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Real Food Adventure - Mexico Itinerary
Day 1 Mexico City
Dive into Mexico City’s celebrated food scene on a late-night taco crawl. Eat at some of the best taco stands in town, discover the delectable tacos al pastor (slow-roasted, marinated pork tacos) and sip mezcal in one of the city’s sensational bars. Finish the night chomping down some sweet and scrumptious churros (cinnamon-sugar doughnuts) at a celebrated 24-hour churros stand.
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Days 2-3 Oaxaca
Take flight to Oaxaca, a beautiful colonial city nicknamed the ‘land of the seven moles’. Get a taste of this unique region at the Abastos market, which can only be described as a marvel. Vendors sing out among crowded alleys, hawking crafts, flowers and fresh produce. Taste exquisite queso Oaxaca (Oaxacan cheese), sample sweet cactus fruit and dare to try the local specialty, chapulines (grasshoppers). Check out the Benito Juarez market for some local crafts, stop by Mercado 20 Noviembre for lunch, hunt down a chocolateria, or visit the fascinating Zapotec archaeological site at Monte Alban. This evening, dine at one of Oaxaca’s fabulous restaurants and taste the local specialties, or search out your own culinary adventure. For those after an authentic Oaxacan late-night snack, why not try a tlayudas? Wake early to witness the colours of ancient Zapoteca at Tlacolula’s lively Sunday market – the oldest in Mesoamerica. Spend the afternoon wandering through the impressive Mitla ruins, before visiting a mezcaleria to taste this distinctive local spirit. Afterwards, brace yourself for a real gastronomic treat – an evening barbacoa (slow, pit-cooked barbecue).
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Day 4 Puebla
Start the day with delicious tortillas and quesadillas before catching a colourful local bus to Puebla, Mexico’s culinary capital. This historically rich colonial city is a joy to explore and has mouth-watering cuisine to boot. Lunch at Mercado de Sabores Poblanos and indulge in local specialties - try tacos arabes (Arab-style taco) and cemitas (a special brioche-like roll, stuffed with tasty fillings). Explore the city centre on foot, making a beeline for Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street) to sample tortitas de Santa Clara (shortbread biscuits) and camotes (sweet potato-based lollies). Finish up in a pulqueria to taste pulque, an ancient alcoholic beverage made from fermented maguey sap, once only accessible to Aztec priests. Afterwards, check out some flamboyant wrestling action at a lucha libre match, or nab a spot under the vibrant jacaranda trees at the Barrio del Artista - a buzzing hot spot of live local music.
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Days 5-8 Mexico City
Learn the secrets behind Puebla’s sumptuous mole poblano (spicy chocolate sauce), tinga (spicy shredded chicken tostados) and chiles en nogada (stuffed chillies covered in a walnut sauce) in a cooking class to remember. Head back to Mexico City and spend the evening in your choice of incredible restaurants, cafes or bars. Start the next morning at Bellas Artes Palace and follow the food trail to some of the city’s most iconic sites. Breakfast on café de olla (sweet, spiced coffee) and pan dulce (sweet rolls) before exploring the vibrant Mercado San Juan, and uncovering the gourmet treasures in surrounding streets. Savour salty tortillas fresh off the comal before lunching on delectable seafood – the ceviche and seafood coctels (cocktails) are to die for. Take in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s incredible main square that has served as a meeting place since the times of the Aztecs, and is the largest city square in the world. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps check out one of the fascinating museums, or chill in Chapultepec Park with a spice-kissed sorbet. Start the next morning in the leafy environs of Coyoacan, wandering through the weekly food market and snacking on cajeta-filled churros (doughnuts filled with caramelised condensed milk) while ogling the incredible array of vegetables, fruits and chillies on display. Visit the colourful former home of the enigmatic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, located nearby. Tonight we dine in a charismatic Mexican cantina, filled with authentic, delicious dishes. Relish the refreshing and spicy flavours while enjoying a final night of feasting with new-found friends, before saying ‘adios’ to this intoxicating Mexican food odyssey.
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