Journeys Rediscovered - Culinary Journey Mexico


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Culinary Immersion Tours Unique to Journeys Rediscovered

"Culinary Journey of  Mexico" 

Small Group Tour of no more than 12

Mexico City – Puebla City - Mexico City - San Miguel de Allende - Tequila

12 days/11 nights

  • 3 nights accommodation in Mexico City - Hotel Carlota or Hotel Stara Hamburgo
  • 3 nights accommodation in Puebla City - Hotel Cartesiano
  • 3 nights accommodation in San Miguel de Allende - Hotel Hacienda el Santuario
  • 2 nights accommodation in Tequila - Solar de Las Animas
  • Breakfast daily at hotels
  • Many lunches and dinners included at specially selected restaurants and culinary experiences
  • All private transfers 
  • All Activities included as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Sightseeing and touring with a local English speaking guide

Contact Journeys Rediscovered on 0477002235 for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more the 12 passengers).

Boutique 4-5 star accommodation twin share. Single Supplements available.

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Contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more than 12 passengers.)

Boutique 4-5 Star accommodation

Day 1 - Mexico City

Welcome to Mexico City! Our expert guide will be meet the group at the hotel lobby on scheduled time each day and will accompany the group while advising them through their activities in Mexico city.

Welcome Dinner at Arango RestaurantDoroteo Arango fought for an ideal, for a better country, for a dream; today the young people of Mexico have the responsibility to continue with this fight and make a homage to our roots, shout to our Mexico that the Arangos'' dream can be fulfilled every day in different ways. In Arango our vision goes beyond being an extraordinary restaurant, but a place that really exalts the Mexican being, a place that shows through every dish and every flavor that can be had what one day began as a dream, a better Mexico.

Overnight - Mexico City

Meals Included - D

Day 2 - Mexico City

Market Tour & Cooking Class at Casa Jacarandas. Accompanied by two locally renowned cooks you will have a cultural and culinary experience in the heart of one of Mexico City ś most artistic and dynamic neighborhoods – La Roma. The day begins in the morning next to the Medellin market where you will taste authentic Mexican tortillas made with traditional Nixtamal dough and learn how this vitamin rich food has spanned the test of time throughout Mesoamerica. Afterwards, you will walk into the market to discover the colors, aromas and deep-rooted tradition of an authentic Mexican market. With a shopping bag in tow, you will interact with local merchants, taste spices, cheeses, ice cream, single origin coffee from Chiapas, and much more. After tasting and selecting the best fresh ingredients for your menu you will enjoy a short walk to Casa Jacaranda, a beautifully restored mansion where your hands-on cooking lesson begins. Generations-old culinary secrets and techniques are shared during this interactive gathering while you chop, grill, marinate and steam to create a 3-course menu with sauces and garnishes. Once completed you dine on your creations paired with Mexican wine and a tasting of craft Mezcal from Oaxaca.You will continue today's tour right in the heart of the city.

Chocolate Museum & Private Tour to Historic Center. You will meet your guide at the hotel lobby and take a private transfer to the Mucho Mundo Chocolate Museum for an exploration of chocolate’s rich history. Your two hours chocolate experience begins with a guided visit through the small museum, you will find out why cacao plays such an important part of Mexico’s past and present. For example, did you know Mexico’s native cultures would also use cacao beans as religious offerings and even as a form of currency? Next, you will learn the ritual way of making chocolate from scratch. Starting with cacao and a metate, you will grind away adding sugar and cinnamon to your liking. Finally, a short tasting will complete the experience with a tour for your tastebuds through the different levels of chocolate.Your adventure into Mexico’s rich past continues with an exploration of Mexico City’s historic center. You will visit the architecturally stunning Metropolitan Cathedral, which was built on top of an Aztec temple by Spanish conquistadors. You will also take in great works of art by famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and tour some of the capital’s iconic streets. Finally, you will explore the Palace of Fine Arts, one of Mexico City’s grandest and most important artistic centers.Once your exploration of the historic center is complete you will be driven back to your hotel and enjoy rest of the day leisure.

Overnight - Mexico City

Meals Included - B L

Day 3 - Mexico City

Mexico City Private Tour to Coyoacan and Frida Kahlo Casa Azul with Private Picnic Lunch and Milpa Tour at Yolcan Chinampa del Sol.

Your personal guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and you will be driven to Coyoacan, located in the South of Mexico City. Arriving Coyoacan you will visit the Church of St John the Baptist, and learn about its outside plaza, used to preach to the native people who were accustomed to listening to their priests under the open sky. Traversing the narrow streets of Coyoacan, you will arrive at Plaza la Conchita, where the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes’ house can be found. Next you will head to Frida Kahlo’s Blue House.

The house where Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born and later died, is now a museum dedicated to her life. Through observing her house, her art and reading her words you will learn more about this painter who has become an iconic figure in Mexico and beyond.

Having explored the Blue House, you will then be driven to Xochimilco, roughly a 30-minute drive from Coyoacan (15km). Meaning ‘Place of the Flowers’ in Nahuatl, Xochimilco is famous for its canals. These canals made up part of vast man-made waterways surrounding the ancient city of Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs built fertile riverbeds called chinampas, using wattle, mud and river sediment, on which they were able to grow many of their staple crops. You will explore the canals on a colorful boat called a trajinera and discover that the chinampas are still in use today. Your guide will be on hand to point out the local wildlife that is abundant in Xochimilco despite it being part of one of the most populated cities in the world. aving enjoy the boat ride you will arrive to Chinampa del Sol “Yolcan” (Land of origin in Nahuatl)is a platform that connects local farmers, responsible consumers, academics and the best chefs in Mexico City, a network of fruit and vegetable production in the chinampas of Xochimilco. Founded in 2011 by Lucio Usobiaga and Antonio Murad, this agriculture model has been harvesting the products shown in the best restaurants of Mexico City for 7 years; Contramar, Maximo Bistro, Pujol, Quintonil and Rosetta. On this experience you will meet Chinamperos, you will learn about their cultivation methods and see how they grow their vegetables, next you will continue to Yolcan Palapa to enjoy a Gastronomic Experience that will allow you taste traditional Mexican cuisine at its best.

Relax and enjoy a three-course meal prepared by Yolcan's chef, Yuls Suárez, during your meal a Mariachi Band will play traditional Mexican songs. Having enjoy lunch you will return by trajinera to Embarcadero de Cuemanco to board your awaiting vehicle to take you back to the 32km (1 hour) back to your hotel in Mexico City.

Farewell Dinner Mexico City at Guzina OaxacaThe Oaxaca tradition lives in the kitchen of Guzina Oaxaca, combining the homemade and natural touch with the sophistication and talent that Chef Alejandro Ruíz puts on each plate. A wide variety of fresh and organic products are responsible for giving life to the traditional dishes made at the moment with flavor to Oaxaca. Mezcal, craft beer, coffee and spring water, are 100% Oaxacan elements that make Guzina Oaxaca a unique experience in the city.

Overnight - Mexico City

Meals Included - B L D

Day 4 - Puebla City

Transfer to Puebla via Teotihuacan Archaeological SiteToday after breakfast and hotel check out you will meet your driver at the hotel lobby for a private transfer to Puebla. En route Teotihuacan, you will stop for visit at one of the most famous archaeological sites in Mexico. As you explore the site, learn about Teotihuacan’s accomplishments; the Temples of the Sun and Moon and other important structures shed light on the life and times of these powerful inhabitants of Mexico's oldest and most important permanent settlement.

This half-day experience takes you to one of the most important Mesoamerican sites in the Americas, Teotihuacán. With your expert,bilingual guide, you will explore the archaeological zone while learning about the rituals, beliefs and everyday lives of the Aztecs and the inhabitants of Teotihuacán before them.Lunch at Mayahuel RestaurantBefore your departure back to Mexico city, we will stop for lunch at Mayahuel restaurant, located in Teotihuacan, its privileged view of the Pyramid of the Sun, and its delicious dishes cooked and served with the heart to each of our guests, has distinguished us for more than 15 years.

Dinner at Casareyna RestaurantEnjoy a ten-minute-walk to Casareyna Restaurant where you can enjoy the best cuisine from Puebla, recipes passed down from generations, supplies of the highest quality and passion in everything we do, while also managing to deliver a great experience with spectacular flavors. All this combined with a truly beautiful space, considered a World Heritage site. You'll also find a great team at your service.

Overnight - Puebla City

Meals Included - B L D

Day 5 - Puebla City

Chef Martin Cortez leads this engaging four-hour cooking class as your private bilingual guide stands by for any needed translation. The morning starts with a visit to Acocota, the local market, where Chef Cortez will introduce you to his favorite merchants and teach you about local ingredients, spices and seasonings. You’ll also learn how to source the best and freshest ingredients to create the legendary mole poblano, named after the city of Puebla. You will be welcomed to the kitchen of Casa de la China Poblana Hotel with some Pasita, a traditional local beverage, and then your culinary experience begins. Chef Cortez will guide you step by step in preparing the classic traditional dish, mole poblano. Once the delicious meal is ready to eat, sit down to savor your creation. You can top off the experience with a taste of Yolixpa, a traditional drink prepared with aromatic herbs and brandy. After this feast of your senses, you’ll be returned to your hotel. The rest of the the is at leisure.

Overnight - Puebla City

Meals Included - B L

Day 6 - Puebla City

Foodie Walking Tour in the Historic Center Puebla & Private Tour to Cholula

Meet your knowledgeable guide in your hotel lobby for an adventurous day of Mexican culinary specialties. Foodie lovers will stroll down the streets of Puebla exploring favorite traditional spots to grab a bite. The first stop on this quest is a small local place for tamales and café. On this tour, you’ll eat like a true local, tasting molotes, pelonas and semitas, some of the most traditional poblano delicacies, and then you’ll savor tacos at the Tacos Arabes stand. Along the way your guide will show you from the exterior and talk to you about some of the most iconic historic buildings, such as Palafoxiana, the first library in the Americas, and Capilla del Rosario, a chapel heralded the eighth wonder of the world. Finish with a stroll down Calle de los Dulces, a three-block street lined with sweet shops, and a stop at La Gran Fama Dulceria. Taste hand-made confections and be sure to try the camotes, Puebla’s signature candy made from sweet potato.

After this tour of culinary delights, your driver will take you to your next stop: Cholula.

Considered the oldest living city (continuously inhabited) in the Americas, the towers over Cholula which is home to the Great Pyramid, the largest in the world today. Frightened by zealous Aztec worship of the indigenous, the Spanish hoped to seize power by demolishing ritual centers and building their own churches right on top of the temples’ foundations. You’ll have a chance to walk the tunnels and climb the temple dedicated to the god Quetzalcoatl, as well as see the museum and the Plaza de los Altars.Upon conclusion, you will be driven to your hotel in Puebla to enjoy an afternoon at your leisure.

Dinner at El Mural de los Poblanos. The history of Puebla is narrated in these murals through the vision of José Antonio Álvarez Morán, famous plastic artist and painter from Puebla. The food is another historic tour of Puebla through local flavors and the local ingredients, which are provided by small suppliers from the region. You will also be able to choose your drink from a wide selection of mescal, tequila, craft beers and pulque. Enjoy some of the outstanding Mexican wines from the cava and an excellent atmosphere within the heart of the Historic Center.

Overnight - Puebla City

Meals Included - B L D

Day 7 - San Miguel de Allende

Today after breakfast and hotel check out you will meet your driver at the hotel lobby for a private transfer to San Miguel De Allende (an UNESCO World Heritage Site).

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

Journey into the heart of Mexico’s independence and its revolutionary past by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Visit Mexico’s Magical Towns, marvel at the colonial architecture, see what inspired Mexico’s greatest artists, meet local chefs and taste the finest of the area’s cuisine. Selected by Condé Nast Traveler as the Best Small City in the World, San Miguel de Allende is ideally set in Mexico’s Colonial Heartland. The quaint UNESCO World Heritage City is a thriving center for art, culture, and history, where the streets are lined with well-preserved buildings that have become home to various art institutions and galleries over the past 60 years. Beautiful cathedrals and restaurants serve as the perfect backdrop for the many live music and arts events that visitors are likely to encounter.

Before arrival at San Miguel de Allende, the group will stop at Dos Buhos boutique vineyard for an exquisite lunch with wine pairing.

Dos Buhos Vineyard Tour with Lunch and Wine PairingUpon arrival you will be received with a glass of cold sangria (or bottle of Sentia water) to begin your privately guided tour of the property, the vineyards and the winemaking facilities before enjoying a deluxe wine pairing of 5 wines. You will sample the wines with a gourmet meal that includes a cheese platter with baguettes, homemade marmalades, Quiche Lorraine, a salad, poscuitto, cold cut meats, a gourmet chocolate chip cookie and chocolates. This menu can either be packed into a picnic basket or served under our beautiful Mesquite tree on an antique picnic table with elegant table settings.

After your tour and picnic lunch at the vineyard, you will be driven to San Miguel de Allende and straight to your hotel to check in and have some time to rest or freshen up before dinner. Dinner at La Posadita

Overnight - San Miguel de Allende

Meals Included - B L D

Day 8 -  San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel Historic Center & Cooking class. Your personal expert guide will meet you at your hotel to start your day exploring the colorful historic center of San Miguel de Allende. Your day will begin by looking out over San Miguel de Allende, taking in the architecture and the surrounding area. You will then head into the town to visit the iconic central plaza, where locals come to gather and chat under the shade of the trees before going inside San Miguel’s famous pink church (Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel) that boasts gothic-style architecture. Your guide will lead you in wandering through the cobbled streets of this culturally rich town.

Mexican Cooking Class. Let’s take a stroll through the town’s central food market to pick up some ingredients, peruse the many variety of fresh and dried chiles and try small portions of Mexican some of the roasted and seasoned delicacies typically prepared and eaten in the market. From there, we’ll head over to the very heart of town, ‘El Jardín’ to the quaint shop of a local winery to try their selection and choose one suited for our meal. And then head back to one of San Miguel’s most coveted old properties with a working organic garden just steps away from the ‘El Jardín’. In a large, square and wooden kitchen, we’ll prepare a festive meal while enjoying a cheese tasting of a variety of typical Mexican fresh types, making fresh and roasted salsas combining different chiles, as well as all the main vegetable and meat ‘guisos’ or stews that will highlight what is in season (and, therefore, be the most delicious), all variations of traditional Mexican recipes.

Upon completion of the cooking class and dinner you will have the rest of the day to anjoy by yourself.

Overnight - San Miguel de Allende

Meals Included - B L 

Day 9 - San Miguel de Allende

Las Rancheritas & Casa Dragones. The Rancho Tour is an opportunity to meet the weavers of Las Rancheritas and experience life in a rural village. The 16 women are the descendants of the Otomi pyramid builders. This is an intimate hands-on experience where you will be invited into the homes of the villagers to experience the following: Tortillas made by hand, cooked on a wood fired comal and decorated using an ancient process followed by a delicious traditional lunch. Medicinal herbs and other traditions that have been used by these indigenous people for millennia. A short lesson in the ancient language of the Otomi taught by an elder, traditional stone carving demonstrated by a master in this practice.*Lunch w/ soft drink is included in the tourUpon competition of the visit, you will continue and then take your transportation back to head for a 30 minutes ride back to San Miguel Center to culminate the experience and explore the historic Casa Dragones House.

Casa Dragones San Miguel de Allende. La Casa Dragones, the original stables where the Dragones spent much of their time, dates all the way back to 1671.Today, the house still stands on a narrow-cobbled street in San Miguel de Allende. Walk past the iron gates, along the trellised stone corridor of the house, and you can feel the passion that once again resides there. La Casa Dragones is home to a new tequila that defies the ordinary. Tequila Casa Dragones is unique in every way; a testament to our spirit of independence. When visiting the house, you will also discover the innovative process and handcrafted techniques that result in Casa Dragones’ uniquely smooth sipping tequilas in this unique 1-hour tasting.You will then have some time to spend at leisure before gathering at the hotel lobby to enjoy your last night in San Miguel de Allende.

Callejoneadas at San Miguel de Allende. Guanajuato is one of the most beautiful states, with a lot of history and traditions. One of the most popular tradition is The Callejoneadas. “Callejoneadas” is a street tour through the alleyways of San Miguel de Allende or Guanajuato. The group gathers at a certain place and walk around the main streets accompanied by a “estudiantina” which is a band of music students that will be in charge of entertaining the ride with typical songs of Guanajuato and Mexico. They will make you dance and sing while they narrate legends or jokes from Guanajuato, with an old dress, string instruments and accordions, you will never forget your Callejoneada experience!

Farewell Dinner at Aperi. Áperi, from the Latin "open" describes the proposal of the restaurant, which offers a unique culinary experience. Food for the five senses, prepared with the best and fresh local ingredients and of course the passion and excellence that characterizes its chef Olivier Deboise. In Áperi, our inspiration is the origin of the product.

Overnight - San Miguel de Allende

Meals Included - B L 

Day 10 - Tequila

This morning (9:00 am) you will be met by your guide in the hotel lobby for a private transfer to tequila, after 3:50 hrs drive you will arrival to Guadalajara for your first stop in Tlaquepaque for lunch (not included), experience the culture combined with artisans work flavor of Mexico in this town, before heading toward Tequila (1:00 hr) and your charming hotel for check in and rest of evening at leisure.

Overnight - Tequila

Meals Included - B L 

Day 11 - Tequila

VIP Exclusive Experience in Tequila. You expert guide will meet you at your hotel at the magic town of Tequila to learn all about the “Spirit of Jalisco” in the town that it was named after.You will head directly to the agave fields to discover the plant from which tequila is derived. You will participate in a harvest with local jimadores (agave farmers) – weather permitting. You will then get exclusive access to the Tequila Fortaleza distillery, where tequila has been produced by the Sauza dynasty for five generations. Here you will see the most traditional tequila process in action.

For lunch, you will head to the Municipal Market of Tequila to experience the local sights, sounds and tastes before continuing on to La Tequileña. In contrast to Tequila Fortaleza, La Tequileña is a modern, boutique distillery owned by the renowned Fonseca family. Here you will discover a more modern production process and have a chance to taste two aged tequilas made by Enrique Fonseca, widely regarded as the most brilliant barrel blender in the industry.Having explored the distilleries, you will then take a walking tour of Tequila’s historic center and the famous La Cata Tequila Tasting Room.

Overnight - Tequila

Meals Included - B L 

Day 12 - Tequila

Private transfer to arirport, why not chat to Journeys Rediscovered about extending your Mexico Traip wiyh a Beach stay in Los Cabos or Cancun

Meals Included - B

Travel Dates

Valid for travel 01 Oct 2020 - until 31 Dec 2021.

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Contact Journeys Rediscovered to register for our 2021 Small Group Journey (no more than 12 passengers.) Journeys Rediscovered Small Group - Culinary Journey of Mexico, will run with a minimum of 6 passengers.

Alternatively, contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary, which is guaranteed with a minimum of one person.

Land-based itinerary is based per person on twin/double share basis (unless otherwise stated), single supplement is available, contact Journey Rediscovered for this surcharge.

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