Mexico for Foodies

A Culinary Tour through Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca

Taste your way through Mexico by sampling some of its finest food with renowned chefs and local families for
12D/11N Starting at $5445 per person

This trip is designed for travelers to experience the absolute best of traditional Puebla and Oaxacan cuisine while also sampling some of the country’s more contemporary styles in Mexico City.

Mexico Culinary Tour Cooking Class

In addition to visiting traditional markets and taking cooking classes in each city with top-rated chefs and local, indigenous families, you will enjoy some of the region’s most important and beautiful historic sites, making the trip ideal for those who love great food served with magnificent history and culture.

  • Mexico Culinary Tour Highlights:
  • Mexico Culinary Tour Highlights

  • Mexico City – Visit historical places such as the Zocalo, Palacio Nacional, and Metropolitan Cathedral
  • History of Chocolate – Enjoy a tasting of 100% artisan chocolate and visit the chocolate museum
  • Mexico City Market Tour and Cooking Classes – Shop at the colorful San Juan Market in Mexico City before cooking class with Chef Maycoll
  • Puebla – Enjoy a private tour of Puebla’s Historic City Center and learn about the city’s unique gastronomy
  • Mesones Sacristía Cooking Class – Join a Mexican cooking course at Mesones Sacristía
  • Oaxaca – Visit some of the city’s highlights, and nearby archaeological ruins and artisan villages
  • Mezcal – Visit San Dionisio Ocotepec & Santiago Matatlan, two  towns with authentic mezcal distilleries.
  • Cooking Class with Zapotec Family – Enjoy a regional cooking class and lunch as special guest in a Zapotec family home


Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1 : Mexico City

Today you will be met by your driver outside of customs (international flights) and will be privately transferred to your Hotel, for check in and rest of evening at leisure.

Enjoy dinner (on your own) at one of the many gourmet Mexican restaurants in the area, our suggestion is Pujol by acclaimed Chef Enrique Olvera which was named by Wall Street Journal as the “best restaurant in Mexico City” and ranked as the 17th best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine in 2013.

Overnight St. Regis Mexico City, breakfast included.   

Day 2 : Mexico City - Cooking Class / Historical Center with Chocolate Tasting

Accompanied by your locally renowned cook, you will have a cultural and culinary experience in the heart of one of Mexico City´s most artistic and dynamic neighborhoods – La Roma.  Inside Casa Jacaranda, your hands-on cooking lesson begins using seasonal ingredients.

Later this afternoon enjoy a brief walking tour of the Historical Center of Mexico City including visits to the most important sites. This tour not only offers a great overview of Mexico’s history, but it also incorporates important facts about Mexico’s rich culinary heritage and includes a stop at the famed Cafe Tacuba restaurant where you will learn about one of the country’s most celebrated dishes.

This experience concludes with a tasting at Que Bo, a chocolaterias (chocolate shoppe) by Jose Ramon Castillo. Here, you will taste and learn all about Mexico´s cacao and chocolate legacy over delectable artisan chocolate…a true delight for all of the senses!

Time permitting, you can visit the Chocolate Museum, Mucho Mundo Chocolate, to learn how the native cocao bean has been used since pre-Hispanic times in foods both savory and sweet.

Overnight St. Regis Mexico City, breakfast included.  

Day 3 : Mexico City - Coyoacan and Xochimilco

Today you will be met  for a privately guided exploration of the subtler aspects of Mexico City.

We head to the charming suburb of San Angel,  you will also visit the Casa Estudio de Diego Rivera, the actual home of Diego and Frida Khalo, where you can see the artists’ workshop and original works by Diego Rivera.

On to Coyoacan where you can explore the Bazar Artesanal  and  the now famous Casa Azul, the  former birthplace and home of Frida Khalo where you can see original works as well as photos and artifacts from her life.

After lunch (suggested at  Los Danzantes – not included) you’ll continue to the ancient Aztec waterways of Xochimilco. Enjoy a private ride in one of the traditional trajineras. It’s not unusual to see other river boats pass by, selling traditional Mexican snacks. Time and interest permitting you can visit the Dolores Olmedo Museum. 

In the late afternoon you return to our lovely hotel to enjoy rest of evening at leisure.

Overnight St. Regis Mexico City, breakfast included.  

Day 4 : Mexico City Markets

One of the best ways to get to know a city is by walking through its historic neighborhoods.

This experience beings with walking through the vibrant community of Roma to learn about the vicinity´s history  with insider tips on local shops and businesses and an explanation of the area´s architecture and its uniqueness in what is one of the largest cities in the world.

Then visit a local market and learn about Mexico´s vast and rich cuisine, an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, by way of its regional and season chilies, produce, seeds, flowers and spices. Today’s lunch is suggested at Nikos Restaurant (not included).

Overnight St. Regis Mexico City, breakfast included.   

Day 5 : Mexico City - Puebla

Today after breakfast (included) and check-out you will enjoy a brief Mexico City sightseeing tour of the most important avenues and buildings before heading south to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Puebla.

Upon arrival you will enjoy a delicious lunch (included) sampling some of the regions most delectable specialties and a short orientation overview of the downtown enabling you to comfortably explore the area on your own.

For dinner we suggest sampling one of Puebla’s regional dishes which include tacos arabes, cemitas and chalupas.

Overnight Casa Reyna, breakfast included. 

Day 6 : Puebla and Cholula

Explore the colonial city of Puebla and the Magic Town of Cholula. Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage City, is known for its architecture, talavera pottery and rich gastronomic history.

Visit the sights and learn about Puebla’s importance in New Spain as well as its contemporary reputation as a center for industry and education.  Together with your guide the tour includes a stroll down la Calle de los Dulces (the Candy Street), and a visit to Puebla’s oldest cantina serving artisanal liquers at La Pasita.

Lunch is included today and offers a sampling of Puebla’s famous mole poblano. Then continue on to Cholula, home to the largest pyramid base in Mesoamerica, upon which a 16th Century church was built.

Your guide will lead you in exploring the town and on a clear day you may get a view of the Popocatepetl Volcano.

Overnight Casa Reyna, breakfast included.

Day 7 : Puebla Cooking Class

After breakfast, you will experience a Mexican Cooking Course at Mesón de la Sacristía.

Introduction to Poblano cuisine: salsa verde, salsa roja, chalupas, mole poblano and fresh water of jamaica (hibiscus) Following to preparation is tasting time! Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and later this evening you will meet you guide at the hotel lobby and prepare to enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Puebla’s most traditional restaurants, includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

Overnight Casa Reyna, breakfast included.

Day 8 : Tehuacan - Oaxaca

Early today after hotel check out you will meet your guide for a private 2 hrs transfer to Tehuacan – the place of the oldest maize cobs and city of an impressive botanical garden and biosphere reserve. 

According to the archaeologist Richard Stockton MacNeish, the Valley of Tehuacan is the first place maize was ever cultivated by humankind. The city is well known for its mineral springs and the traditional dish “mole de caderas” (seasonal dish Sep-Dec). Among interesting attractions we will can visit the Museum of Mineralogy.

Your journey continues towards Oaxaca (2 hrs transfer). Once arrived, settle into your charming hotel to rest and refresh; this evening meet your private guide for a orientation walking tour in Oaxaca Historic City Center.

Overnight Casa Oaxaca, breakfast included. 

Day 9 : Oaxaca - Mitla Archaeological Site, Tule Tree & Mezcal Tasting

This morning we drive one hour to the Mixtec archaeological site of Mitla. Mitla is known for the unique stone fretwork found on the facades of its palace-like structures. Lunch in a small, typical restaurant will be included en route.

After our visit , we will then travel through the valley of Oaxaca visiting 2 small towns: San Dionisio Ocotepec & Santiago Matatlan. These towns are premium mezcal producers with authentic distilleries.

Far from the tourist track, the mezcalerias that you will visit use the traditional copper still and pre-Columbian clay still in their production.  We will taste the different agave types of Mezcal: Tobala, Espadin, Cuishe, Tobaciche…and more.

Back at your hotel enjoy rest of evening at leisure, suggested dinner on your own at Pitiona.

Overnight Casa Oaxaca, breakfast included. 

Day 10 : Oaxaca - Teotitlan del Valle, Market Visit, and Cooking Class with Zapotec Family

Meet your guide for a full day excursion to Teotitlan del Valle, possibly the prettiest village in the east side of the valley. Here, there is a remarkable church with authentic art subjects from XVI Century.

At arrival, you will enjoy a guided visit to Teotitlan del Valle Market followed by a visit to a family home to see the process of how traditional woven rugs are made. Many still use the traditional techniques of carding and spinning their own wool, then dying it with natural colors and finally weaving on solid-wood looms.

Later, you will enjoy a regional cooking class and lunch as special guest in a Zapotec family home to share with the locals some secrets of Oaxacan cuisine. Oaxaca is famous world wide for its offerings; both Gourmet Magazine and The New York Times have praised Oaxacan Cuisine as the most authentic food in Mexico.

Overnight Casa Oaxaca, breakfast included. 

Day 11 : Oaxaca - Cooking with Contemporary Chef Alejandro

After spending time in the countryside with local campesinos, learn about the contemporary flavors that continue to attract international attention to Oaxaca with local  top Chef Alejandro of Casa Oaxaca. 

Visit the great central market and discuss the ancient traditions and alternative approaches to a range of local dishes.  Through his personalized course, Alejandro will guide you to experience different flavors of Oaxaca, sharing his gastronomical knowledge along the way. 

Discuss your recent discoveries in the Zapotec communities with Chef Alejandro for further insight into Oaxaca’s cuisine.  Peppers, chocolate, seafood from Veracruz and the southern coast – all of these elements are combined on local tables.  Prepare another special meal today and enjoy along with a selection of artisanal mezcals.

Overnight Casa Oaxaca, breakfast included.

Day 12 : Int'l Departure

Today you will be picked up for your onward flight home.


Price from $5,445.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 12
Nights 11
  • 4 nights St. Regis Mexico City (or similar), breakfast included
  • 3 nights Casa Reyna (or similar), breakfast included
  • 4 nights Casa Oaxaca (or similar), breakfast included
  • Guided excursions as specified - private basis
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guides and drivers

"Every detail was in place."

The agent was very responsive to our requests and preferences. All vouchers were in order, and every transfer went off without a hitch.


- Brad J, Feb 2013

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