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The Many Flavors of Mole

   

THE MANY FLAVORS OF MOLE

MEXICO CITY - PUEBLA - CHOLULA - OAXACA - MONTE ALBAN -

Mexican cuisine is a flavorful blend of spices, tastes, smells and colors that gives as a result an enormous variety of magnificent dishes.  One can taste the spirit of Mexico in its rich and diverse cuisine, especially the mole sauces that vary by region.  Authentic cooking is an art. The blend of local and foreign ingredients, give as a result unique dishes that can only be experienced in Mexico.

A wonderfully delightfully 7 day/6 night mix of gastronomy, cultural and archaeology through some of the most beautiful venues in Mexico.

The tour begins in Mexico City on any Saturday (with a minimum of 4 persons) and ends in Mexico City the following Friday. 

Please note - This tour runs with a minimum of 4 persons.


Day 1 – (SAT) – ARRIVE IN MEXICO CITY

Meet and greet at the airport and a transfer to the hotel.  Depending on your arrival time either a lunch or dinner will be provided.  (L or D)

Day 2 – (SUN) – MEXICO CITY

A morning tour of the Historic Center of the city, the colonial neighborhoods of Coyoacan and San Angel and the city’s main avenues with a Mexican-style lunch along the way.  Free afternoon and overnight accommodations.  (B,L)

                                

Day 3 – (MON) PUEBLA

Breakfast then a departure for the city of Puebla. The Spanish went to great lengths to make this one of the richest and most beautiful cities in Mexico, indeed its cultural and historical value earning it recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site when nominated in 1987. Its streets and religious precincts whisper ancient legends on the wind. Puebla will delight you with its food, culture and tradition.  The tour will visit the Historic Center, the City Hall, the Cathedral, the Church of Santo Domingo, the Chapel of the Rosary, the Palafox Library, the Plazuela de los Sapos, the Casa del Alfenique, the Artist’ s Quarter and the "El Parian” crafts market.

                

On this day we will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious mole poblano, with its hallmark chocolate and chili sauce, considered a national dish par excellence. Mole poblano is synonymous with large parties, weddings and great events.

For dessert, there are more than 300 regional candies to choose from in Puebla. The sweets combine Arabic, Spanish and Indigenous tastes.  Free afternoon to enjoy some of the wonderful museums of the city.  Overnight accommodations.  (B,L)

Puebla’s Mole Poblano Festival in June and the Chile en Nogada Festival in August are must-sees.  From August to October, you can enjoy the famous Chiles en Nogada, a delicious and patriotic dish that incorporates the colors of the Mexican flag and more than 35 ingredients.

 

Day 4 – (TUES)  PUEBLA and CHOLULA

Today, after breakfast of course, tour members will have a cookery class in the local cocina poblana methods with an expert  chef.  Then everyone will sample the results at a midday lunch.  In the afternoon the tour departs for Cholula, one of the most holy religious centers of ancient Mexico, a refuge for Toltec wise men and the site of the largest (by volume) pyramid in the world.  Then its onwards to Santa Maria Tonantzintla, a beautiful example of Mexican folk baroque with tremendous riot of color, imagery and form.  Overnight accommodations.  (B,L)

                            

Day 5 – (WED)  OAXACA

Departure for the multicultural and colorful city of Oaxaca.  Oaxaca is magical. Everything combines into an adventure full of flavor and color, a green bean soup with chepil or ground chickpea soup, a nopal (cactus) stew, combined with other moles, manchamantel or coloradito (both of which are local specialty sauces). And to wash that down you can try water flavored with grated lemon or luna (Prickly pear). At lunch you will have the chance to taste the different moles this city offers: yellow, red, green, coloradito or black, with a good mescal liquor typical of the region. In the afternoon the tour visits the historic center, Plaza de la Constitucion, the Jesuit church, the cathedral, the Basilica de la Soledad, the church and former convent of Santo Domingo, the museum of cultures, the City Hall and the regional museum.   Overnight accommodations.  (B,L)

                   

Day 6 – (THU)  MONTE ALBAN

Transportation to the Monte Albán archaeological site, which was one of the first cities established in Mesoamerica. Monte Albán was the most politically, economically and culturally developed city in the region for nearly 1,300 years.  For lunch we’ll  try tlayudas, which are thin Oaxacan corn tortillas piled with beans, cheese and beef, with chilacayote vegetable juice to drink.  Overnight accommodations.  (B,L)

                                  

Day 7 – (FRI) DEPARTURE TRANSFER

Breakfast. At the time indicated, transfer to the airport to board your return flight home. (Flight ticket not included) (B)

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What’s included:

Double occupancy accommodations in 4-star and/or boutique hotels with all taxes included, meals (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners - B, L, D) according to itinerary, transportation in a carefully maintained air-conditioned vehicle, professionally trained driver, expert bi-lingual guide, and admissions to all sites.

What’s not included:

Beverages, nothing that is not mentioned in the itinerary or tips to your driver and guide (Suggested minimum tips are $2 per person, per day for the driver and $4 per person, per day for the guide). 

Hotels on Route are 4* or similar and will be confirmed according with the availability.

 

Shared services, minimum of 4 passengers

 

Per Person Tour Prices

(Minimum 4 persons)

Double occupancy - $1,040, Single occupancy - $1,265

Hotels on Route are 4* or similar and will be confirmed according to the availability.

 


This tour can be extended by two days to include the following:

Extension Day 1. TLAXCALA

Depart for the city of Tlaxcala to visit the City Hall, Palacio de Cultura (gallery), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, the Church of Santa Cruz, the Basilica de Ocotlan, the Museo Vivo de Artes y Tradiciones (a living folk culture museum), the Capilla Real de lndios (the royal indigenous chapel) and the bullring. The appetizing food of Tlaxcala is characterized by its cultural mix, the product of an ancient heritage enriched by Spanish influences that have given rise to a wide range of tastes, flavors, consistencies and colors. We will have lunch in a regional-style restaurant to savor a delicious green chili atole, a drink based on corn dough, which is a typical dish of the state of Tlaxcala. Free afternoon. Overnight accommodations. (B,L)

      

Extension Day 2. CACAXTLA

Today you will visit the archaeological site of Cacaxtla to view ta r s. Then we will move on to a Pulque Hacienda to see the making of pulque, a traditional alcoholic drink based on the maguey cactus, known as the “Nectar of the Gods." In pre-Hispanic times it was thought of as a sacred drink, drunk by priests and kings. At lunch we can try a Sopa Tlaxcalteca, a soup made with chicken broth, onion, garlic, squash blossoms, kernels of corn, epazote and salt together with cream and cheese, and a Mole de Ladrilllo, made with guajillo chili, cilantro seeds, cinnamon, cloves, corn dough dissolved in water and beef accompanied by a pulque curada which includes pieces of fruit. Return to the city of Tlaxcala. Overnight accommodations.  (B,L)

                    


Per Person Extended Tour Prices

(Minimum 4 persons)

Double occupancy - $1,295, Single occupancy - $1,580

Hotels on Route are 4* or similar and will be confirmed according to the availability.

 

 

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