Oaxaca, Puebla, Mexico City:  Foodie Mexico

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Day 1: Oaxaca for 3 nights
Meet & greet private transfer from Oaxaca airport to hotel
Accommodation at Quinta Real Oaxaca*****
This 100% smoke free hotel is located in Oaxaca de Juárez, just 150 m from Santo Domingo de Guzmán Church. It offers a 24-hour reception and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and WiFi.
The rooms at the Quinta Real Oaxaca feature tiled floors, colonial-style décor and extra cushions. Each one comes with a safe and private bathroom with a hairdryer.

3 hour private guided tour of Oaxaca with chocolate tasting
Oaxaca’s markets, chocolatiers, and streets are our classrooms as we taste and learn about the mysteries of chocolate and corn not only through Mexican and world history, but through flavours. Via pre-hispanic cacao drinks, local seeds, chocolate tastings, very rare types of chocolate, and heirloom maize foods we endeavour to learn about the mysterious paths of the humble cacao bean and the corn cob from their beginnings to its modern incarnations today. Guests are challenged to consider their approach to the vast differences in taste, textures, and context that root Oaxacan and Western chocolate traditions and how all of this might inform our relations to money, death, time, and ceremony.

Day 2:
Private cooking class in the morning
The class is designed to teach authentic recipes of Oaxaca and Mexico using traditional ingredients.
The class is hands-on, taught in English in the chef  home kitchen, and includes printed recipes, a local market tour, a mezcal tasting, and a four-course sit-down meal. Menus typically consist of a salsa, an appetizer, a soup, a main entrée, an agua fresca, and a dessert.

Private guided tour of Monte Alban in the afternoon
One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Monte Albán—an ancient Zapotec capital—is perhaps the most important archaeological site in Oaxaca and among the largest in Mexico. Head to Monte Albán’s flat mountain top for views of the city, then explore the vast site’s temples, tombs, underground tunnels, and ball court.

Day 3:
Private tour to Mitla
A relatively small Mixtec/Zapotec ruin, Mitla is notable for the detailed and well-preserved geometric stonework that decorates the buildings. The setting is pretty, with a cactus garden and shaded benches. From the ruins you can see the domed Church of San Pablo, built in the 16th century when the Spanish pillaged stones from Mitla.

Mezcal tasting in a distillery
We will take you to a distillery and you will learn how mezcal is made. This is very interesting as mezcal is actually made very differently than tequila or any other spirit.
It’s a cousin of tequila – made from the same type of plant, the agave.  Mezcal production dates back to pre-hispanic times. It is almost always made in small batch production on small palenques (farms) using traditional methods. This keeps the traditional culture alive and makes for more varied flavors in limited production bottles.
After the distillery tour, it’s time to taste the mezcal! After sampling a few you’ll realize that not all mezcals are created equally.

Day 4:  Puebla for 2 nights
Private transfer to Puebla
Accommodation at Azul Talavera Hotel*****
Azul Talavera Hotel has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in Puebla. Boasting a garden, the hotel is close to several noted attractions, around 700 m from Puebla Convention Centre, 1.8 km from Biblioteca Palafoxiana and 600 m from Paseo de San Francisco Shopping Mall. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi.
All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a coffee machine, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath and free toiletries.
An American breakfast is available each morning at the hotel.
Azul Talavera Hotel offers a terrace.

Afternoon private guided tour of Puebla with a foodie twist
Framed by the volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihutal, Puebla’s setting is breathtaking. And with enough historic buildings to fill a textbook, it’s no wonder the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A local guide can help bring the colonial history to life, as well as recommending the best place to eat Mole Poblano, a saucy dish made with chili and chocolate.
As we explore the old town, we will stop in a local « taqueria ». The taco arabe is a poblano famous version.
Then we’ll taste a delicious cemita, a mexican sandwich often founded at the soccer stadiums.
You will also taste the molote, a filled corn-based pastry usually served as an appetizer or snack from Mexican cuisine.  You will try a shot of « pasita », one of the oldest liquors in the city. . . very sweet and enjoy the real Chalupas.  
Learn about the history behind Mexican food and where to find the best mole or chiles en nogada.

Day 5:
Private morning market visit and cooking class
With your guide explore a traditional local market, then with the chef take a cooking class.
You will learn to make authentic Puebla dishes in a traditional home.
Enjoy lunch and fun conversation with the chef.

Private guided tour of Cholula in the afternoon
Tour the pre-Columbian city of Cholula, whose Great Pyramid is the largest on earth.
In addition, from the temple you can get a panoramic view of the three nearby volcanoes, including Popocatepetl; the largest active volcano in the world.

Day 6:  Mexico City for 3 nights
Private transfer from Puebla to Mexico City
Accommodation, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel La Valise****
Located in Mexico City’s trendy Roma Norte district, La Valise offers stylish suites with free WiFi and free international calls. The upmarket bars and restaurants around Plaza Cibeles are just 5-minute walk away.
Each suite is individually decorated and has air conditioning, a coffee machine and a flat-screen TV. All suites have a modern bathroom with a bath or shower, and some feature a seating area or a terrace.
You can request room service between 07:00 and 22:00 from Rosetta, one of the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants. There is also a concierge who is always on hand to make your stay more comfortable.
The lively Zona Rosa neighbourhood, Reforma Avenue and the Angel of Independence are all within a 15-minute walk of La Valise. Insurgentes Metro Station is just 600 m from the property.

Private Taco & Mezcal Evening tour
Mexico City is the best place for tacos in the world. There are tacos everywhere! The finest taquerías are open at night, and we know just where to take you. Indulge in traditional and contemporary tacos, beer, and mezcal.
Our local taco lover takes you to eat and drink at four classic taquerías, from established places to street stalls and modern locations. Enjoy the delightful variety of tacos that Mexico City has to offer. Round out the night at the first mezcal bar in the city, where our experts guide you through the flavors of this ancient elixir with two different kinds of mezcal and one cocktail.
Savor the smoky, sweet, and herbal flavors of mezcales. Learn about the cultural and gastronomic heritage of this delicious pre-Hispanic spirit, while visiting La Botica, Mexico City’s first mezcal bar.
We drive you around four fascinating neighborhoods: Condesa, Colonia Roma, San Rafael, and Anzures, while you hear amusing stories, discover emblematic places, and admire Mexico City’s night lights

Day 7:
Private Roma Foodie Tour
Some staples of Mexican cuisine, such as tortillas and mole, have become famous the world over, while delicacies like huitlacoche or escamoles can only be fully enjoyed within the borders of Mexico itself. On this 3-hour tasting tour through Roma neighborhood with a food expert, we’ll learn the stories behind these famous food staples while discovering the hidden culinary treats.
Our expert will lay the foundation of the culinary exploration with a brief explanation of the neighborhood of Roma itself, a close knit community of entrepreneurial businesses and creative restaurants. Nearby we’ll find our first stop where we will focus on the basis of the Mexican diet: corn. We’ll learn its pre-Colombian history and taste some of the best corn dishes that Mexico City has to offer. From there, we may turn our focus to foods brought by the Spanish in the 1500’s, such as pork, dairy, wheat, and almonds, as we taste how these basic ingredients have been adapted through the centuries in the New World.
We’ll then take a pleasant stroll through the neighborhood as we continue our discussion on how Mexico’s history has influenced the food we eat today. Depending on the conversation, the group’s interests and operating hours of the neighborhood venues, we may head to a restaurant specializing in a particular regional dish, or we may prefer a look at the latest food trends with tastings of Mexican fusion. 
After satiating both our minds and bellies with savory stories and dishes, we’ll then conclude our experience on a sweet note of perhaps churros and hot chocolate or ice cream with novel flavors of local fruits. Here our experts will be sure to pass on their best recommendations of must-try restaurants for dining on your own afterwards.
At the conclusion of this tasty adventure, we’ll have reviewed both the origins of Mexican cuisine and lesser-known realms of regional and/or cutting-edge fusion dishes. The Roma food tour will be a fantastic educational and experiential basis from which you may enjoy the rest of your meals in Mexico City.

Afternoon at leisure to visit the El Museo Nacional de Antropología, or the National Museum of Anthropology, is recognized as one of the most important museums safeguarding the legacy of indigenous Mexico and contains some of the country’s most vital artifacts like the magnificent Stone of the Sun (perhaps better known as the Aztec calendar stone). 

Dinner reservation at Dulce Patria
Discover a fresh, modern take on classic Mexican fare at Dulce Patria. This contemporary eatery reinvents traditional favorites with fresh, flavorful ingredients and world-famous presentations. The menu includes everything appetizers, like tamales and quesedillas and ceviches and taquitos, to exquisite entrees and decadent desserts. Dulce Patria’s ambience and service rival the cusine, making every meal memorable. 

Day 8:
Private Tour to Xochimilco Coyoacán with market and Frida Kahlo Museum with skip the line tickets
Discover the fascinating history and rich culture of Xochimilco, the floating flower gardens which are the last vestige of the ancient Aztec’s agricultural system of canals known as “chinampas”. Experience a wonderful experience for the senses as visit the vibrant market of Xochimilco, feast on pre-hispanic cuisine and float along the flower-perfumed canals aboard a brilliantly colourful “tajinera”, the traditional flat-bottomed gondolas of the waterways or kayak. Discover the ancient heritage of the city as you explore the last of the five lakes which the city was once built upon, stealing a glimpse into the world of Tenochtitlán, and seeing for yourself why this cultural landscape was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But go beyond what most visitors see and discover a grassroots community project where locals are protecting their cultural heritage and an endangered native species, explore the local barrio and try authentic local food and drinks in the market.     
Then your guide will lead you to Coyoacán.  You will explore the tree-lined streets and admire the colorful, heavy brick architecture.   Discover the bohemian side of Mexico City.   This colourful neighbourhood seems immune to the passing of time; artists, writers, poets, film directors, actors, and intellectuals from all periods could not resist its unique charm. Walk around this peaceful area filled with tradition and voices which sound today as echoes of yesterday.
See gorgeous 16th century churches like the church of St. John The Baptist, a symbol of the beautiful Novohispanic Baroque style. 
For lunch, your guide will take you inside Mercado Coyoacán where you will enjoy a meal at an authentic Mexican market.
You’ll then visit the house of Frida Kahlo or the Blue House ( La Casa Azul) which is now a museum, where her paintings and personal belongings are being exhibited. Likewise, you’ll get to know the Mexican craft bazaar, mercado de antojitos.  Fast track included

Dinner reservation at Restaurant Pujol
Pujol is a Mexican restaurant named by Wall Street Journal as the best in Mexico City. The restaurant is run by chef Enrique Olvera, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America.

Day 9
Private transfer from hotel to Mexico City airport



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