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Mexico: Real Food Adventure

From €1195pp tour-only
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9 Days
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Experience Mexico’s distinctive cuisine while travelling through Oaxaca, Puebla, Mazunte and Mexico City.

Get an authentic taste of Mexico on this luscious journey through some of the country’s most famous culinary regions.

Meander through Oaxaca’s aromatic markets; take to the streets of Puebla to sample some the city’s local specialties; indulge in fresh seafood on the beach; and take to the streets of Mexico City on a taco crawl to experience a delightful culinary heritage that goes back thousands of years.

If you’re after cultural richness, authentic experiences and flavoursome food that’s tinged with fiesta, then this Real Food Adventure is for you.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • This trip take you to the source of some of the nation's most iconic foods, from delicious tacos to spicy mole and beyond
  • In Oaxaca you'll enter the heart of pre-Hispanic cuisine; taste chiles, chocolate, mezcal and the surprisingly delicious chapulines (grasshoppers)
  • It may not be edible, but a Lucha Libre (theatrical 'freestyle wrestling') match in Puebla is an entertaining and memorable cultural experience
  • A boating expedition out on the Pacific Ocean followed by fresh ceviche on one of the best beaches on Mexico's southwest coast

Is this trip right for you?

This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please be aware that in many countries dietary restrictions are not common or well understood.

If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!

You will be covering a fair amount of ground on this trip, so be prepared for some driving. Mexico is a big country. However, there's only one very long bus trip (approximately 9 hours), from Oaxaca to Mazunte

Single Supplement:
A single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Days 7 & 8 (Mazunte).

On Entry:
Please note on arrival into Mexico Immigration will give you a document with the number of days you are allowed to stay in Mexico. You will need to keep this document safe and show this document to the airline when you leave the country. A possible fee of approximately 500 MXN will be charged to you if you lose this document.

Day 1: Mexico City

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico City. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 7 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and travel group. Please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place. This evening your leader will take you on a 'taco crawl' around town. You'll taste Mexico City’s delicious street-food staple, tacos al pastor, among others. Along the way you'll stop in for a sip of mezcal at one of the many mezcal bars that have started popping up all around Mexico City.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Mexico City - Taco crawl

Meals Included: Dinner

Special Information:

It can take some time to adjust to the heat and humidity in Mexico City, and it's normal to experience some lethargy and loss of appetite. Be sure to drink plenty of water and try not to do too much in one day.

Day 2: Mexico City

Enjoy breakfast at a Mexico City institution: a two-storey bakery brimming with cakes, breads and biscuits, then embark on a walking tour of Mexico City's Centro Historico. Take in the beautiful Bellas Artes Palace, travel down the Paseo de la Reforma (the city's main thoroughfare) and marvel at the impressive Zocalo (Latin America's largest main square). Along the way you'll visit Mercado San Juan, the city’s main food market, then roam the surrounding streets and watch local vendors at work. If you come across tortillas being freshly pressed, be sure to try them warm with a sprinkle of salt. Pull up a chair at one of the best seafood stands in the city for a late lunch.

The rest of your day is free for your own exploration. Perhaps relax in Chapultepec Park or take in some of the city's notable museums, including the renowned Museo Nacional de Antropologia (anthropological museum), which is considered one of the finest in the world. Alternatively, head to the leafy district of Coyoacan – a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Mexico City. There you can enjoy the Sunday markets or perhaps check out the home of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

This evening, you will again be able to explore more of Mexico City’s vibrant dining scene.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Mexico City - Centro Historico food tour and lunch

Optional Activities:

  • Mexico City - Bosque de Chapultepec & Natural History Museum - USD5
  • Mexico City - Coyoacan visit - Free
  • Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (Cheaper for students, pensioners & on weekdays. Closed Mondays) - MXN200
  • Mexico City - National Palace and Diego Rivera murals - Free

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3: Puebla

Catch a local bus to Puebla, Mexico’s culinary capital. The city is renowned for dishes which combine Spanish and pre-hispanic influences, such as chiles en nogada (stuffed chillies covered in creamy walnut sauce).

Venture out on a culinary city tour – start with some Pueblan street food before making a beeline for Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street) to sample tortitas de Santa Clara (shortbread biscuits) and camotes (sweet potato lollies). Check out the much-loved and very colourful Lucha Libre wrestling this evening, a unique combination of sport and theatre!

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities: 

  • Puebla - City food tour
  • Puebla - Lucha Libre show

Meals Included: Lunch

Day 4: Puebla/Oaxaca

This morning you have free time to explore Puebla and perhaps enjoy a few more chalupas, before catching a local bus to Oaxaca (approximately 4 hours) - a beautiful colonial city nicknamed the ‘land of the seven moles’. Visit the fabulous Abastos Market and enjoy some delicious regional specialities including grasshoppers, cactus fruit and Oaxacan cheese.

Chocoholics won’t want to miss a trip down to the shops on Calle Mina for a taste of real Oaxaca chocolate – it’s no wonder it’s seen as the food of the gods! For dinner, you'll have the option to dine at a restaurant where the local chef is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of dishes and specialises in ancient cooking methods from all over the state of Oaxaca.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Oaxaca - Mercado Abasto tour

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5: Oaxaca

Partake in a traditional breakfast of chocolate, tamales and pan y yemas, then join a local chef on a walk through Oaxaca's renowned markets for an introduction to some regional specialties. Pick up ingredients to take back for a cooking class, in which you'll discover the secrets to preparing Oaxacan delicacies at home. Feast on your creations over lunch. Your afternoon is free to explore Oaxaca’s many other culinary delights.

Any carnivores will relish the pasillo de carnes asadas (grilled meats hall) at Mercado 20 de Noviembre, where freshly purchased meat is barbecued right in front of you. Those with a sweet tooth can find several shops on Calle Mina (just south of Mercado 20 de Noviembre) at which to learn about the production of real Oaxacan chocolate – and of course taste this regional specialty.

Alternatively you can visit the archaeological site of Monte Alban, an outstanding example of a pre-Columbian ceremonial centre. The terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Alban were carved out of the mountain.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities:

  • Oaxaca - Monte Alban Ruins (Entrance fee) - USD5

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6: Oaxaca

Today you will venture out of Oaxaca for an insight into regional life. Visit Mercado Tlacolula, one of the oldest markets in Mesoamerica. This is a unique opportunity to witness the ancient Zapotec cultural traditions of dress, cuisine and language, as the community gathers together from neighbouring villages. Indulge in a meal of Oaxacan barbacoa, then head to the ancient ruins of Mitla. Mitla (the Nahuatl word for 'underworld') is an important Zapotec archaeological site and was the main religious centre for the Zapotec people.

On the way back to Oaxaca, stop into a mezcaleria (mezcal distillery). Although this tequila-like drop is experiencing a resurgence in popularity all over Mexico, it is largely produced in Oaxaca. It's generally enjoyed straight-up, so it's not for the faint-hearted! 

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Oaxaca - Mercado Tlacolula visit with Barbocoa Tasting
  • Oaxaca - Mezcaleria visit
  • Oaxaca - Mitla ruins visit

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Huatulco

Board a morning bus for the long but scenic drive to Mazunte (appx. 9 hours). We will stop at a local village for lunch along the way. This is your chance to relax and unwind, as this town belongs to one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on Mexico's Pacific coast. It's also quieter and less touristy than some of the bigger beachside spots, although these are accessibly by taxi.

Pull up a chair at one of the restaurants or laze in a hammock outside your bungalow. Perhaps pay a visit to the seafood market at the port in nearby Puerto Angel. We spend the night in Huatulco (approximately 1 hour)

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Special Information:

Please note that Mazunte is a surf beach, therefore extreme caution is advised when swimming in the ocean.

Day 8: Huatulco

Drive to Mazunte and head out on an early morning boating expedition. If you're lucky you might spot turtles, stingrays or even dolphins while you're out on the water. Back on land, enjoy a masterclass on preparing Mexican coastal-style ceviche (raw fish cooked in citrus juice) and savour this over lunch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore or simply relax by the water.

This evening enjoy a traditional dinner celebrating the bounty of the Costa region of Oaxaca and make a toast to the end of your adventure with a glass of mezcal by the ocean before returning to Huatulco for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Zipolite - Boating Expedition and Ceviche Breakfast

Meals Included: Lunch | Dinner

Special Information:

In the event that sea conditions are too rough to allow a safe and comfortable boating expedition, this activity will be replaced with an alternative.

Day 9: Huatulco

Your adventure ends today. There are no activities planned for the final day.

Special Information:

Please note that this tour ends in Huatulco. You may wish to plan some additional days here or on the coast in Mazunte to enjoy the beach following your trip. Please ask our travel agents for further details.

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes the following:  

  • Meals:
    • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport:
    • Hotel (6 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights)
  • Accommodation:
    • Private Vehicle, Local Bus, Boat, Metro, Taxi
  • Included activities:
    • Mexico City - Taco crawl
    • Mexico City - Centro Historico food tour and lunch
    • Puebla - City food tour
    • Puebla - Lucha Libre show
    • Oaxaca - Mercado Abasto tour
    • Oaxaca - Mercado Tlacolula visit with Barbocoa Tasting
    • Oaxaca - Mezcaleria visit
    • Oaxaca - Mitla ruins visit
    • Zipolite - Boating Expedition and Ceviche Breakfast

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • International flights- we'll find the best fares for your chosen departure dates
  • Travel insurance
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