Ole Mole!

Culinary Journey Through Mexico

Mexico City & Around, Southern Mexico

Duration: 10 nights

Price: From $6,200 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including accommodation, most meals, all internal flights, experiences as stated, private transfers and taxes

Mexico’s cuisine is one of the most popular in the entire world, and it’s not difficult to see why: from crunchy tostadas to red-hot tamales, it’s a culinary tradition of great richness and variety. This itinerary is perfect for you if you’re keen to explore that variety in depth, learning all about the infinite regional subtleties and differences which make the cuisine so interesting, and picking up a few tricks of the trade yourself with expertly led cooking classes. Your journey begins in Mexico City, where food cultures from across the country and beyond have collided for centuries, before heading to Puebla, home of the famous mole sauce and one of Mexico’s most celebrated culinary traditions. Your journey ends in Oaxaca, where you’ll sample traditional mezcal, eat as the locals do at authentic night eateries, and learn about the cooking traditions of the indigenous Zapotec people.
Perfect forAny lovers of Mexican cuisine.
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Mexico City


Your culinary adventure begins in Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, the centre of Mexico’s melting pot culture for centuries – and cuisine is no exception. On your first full day here, you’ll enjoy a trip to the Medellin market, where you’ll taste traditionally made tortillas and pick up fresh regional ingredients. Then it’s on to Casa Jacaranda, a beautifully restored historic mansion, where you’ll learn the centuries-old secrets of Mexican cuisine with a cooking class – finishing with a three-course dinner where you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labour along with Mexican wine and mezcal. Also on the menu in the capital is a trip to Frida Kahlo’s house, a tour of the Mucho Mundo Chocolate Museum, and a day trip to the Teotihucan pre-Hispanic ruins. Your home for four nights in Mexico City is Las Alcobas, a stylish boutique hotel in the classy Polanco district.
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3 nightsPUEBLA

Your journey continues in the colonial city of Puebla, a couple of hours’ drive southeast of Mexico City. Puebla is famous for the Spanish colonial-era architecture of its historic centre, which you’ll explore on a guided walking tour; the city is also, of course, famous for its cuisine. Poblano food is characterised by meat cooked tenderly in fragrant leaves, and mole poblano, a type of chilli-and-chocolate-infused sauce sometimes said to be Mexico’s national dish. In a guided tour of the traditional Mercado el Carmen you’ll try cemitas steak sandwiches, continuing on to visit Cholula, the largest pyramid base in Mesoamerica. Also during your time in Puebla you’ll enjoy another cooking class where you can learn some of the secrets of Puebla’s celebrated cuisine. You’ll spend three nights here at Casareyna, a luxurious hotel with some architectural features dating back to the 16th century.
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3 nightsOAXACA

The final stop on your culinary journey is Oaxaca, a drive of around four and a half hours. En route you’ll stop at Tehuacan, a nature reserve and botanical garden where maize is first thought to have been cultivated. Your first evening in Oaxaca will see you getting off the tourist trail to really explore the city’s food traditions as the locals do. Beginning at a ‘hole in the wall’ mezcaleria, you’ll taste up to eight different mezcal varieties before heading to a popular nightspot for a tlayuda: a kind of Mexican pizza, with a crunchy tortilla covered in all kinds of delicious toppings. The next day, you’ll take a guided tour to a historic Zapotec village, Teotitlan de Valle, where you can shop for traditional rugs and enjoy a cookery class focused on Zapotec and Oaxacan cuisine. Back in Oaxaca for your final day, another market visit and cookery class is on offer with acclaimed local chef Alejandro Ruiz. Your home for the final three nights of your trip is Casa Oaxaca, a stylish boutique in the city centre.
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