TOUR LIST

The True Flavor of Mexico
PUEBLA - TLAXCALA


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8 Days


Besides the rich Pre-Columbian heritage and splendid colonial art
& architecture, Puebla & Tlaxcala are also the birthplaces of ‘Mole’, ‘Chiles en Nogada’ and the ‘Mixiote’, some of Mexico’s most exquisite traditional dishes… On this tour you will explore the flavours and learn the
secret preparations & ingredients that go into every recipe as
you discover the magic and the true flavour of Mexico…


DAY 1
US- MEXICO

Arrival into the Benito Juarez International Airport from the US. Your hosts, Ecotourism & Adventure Specialists, will meet and greet you at the airport & deliver your travel documents. Transfer to your hotel for overnight. Overnight at Hotel Camino Real.

DAY 2
MEXICO- PUEBLA

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the National Museum of Anthropology & History. Here you will discover the vast cultural wealth of ancient Mexico and understand different aspects about the Spanish Conquest. Lunch at the Villa Maria Restaurant, where you will begin to discover the variety of gourmet dishes which come from different regions, before you proceed to Puebla de Los Angeles. Puebla was founded in the XVI century and was a stronghold for the Conquerors of New Spain during the Golden Age, which flourished on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean… Dinner on your own at recommended restaurants. Overnight at Hotel Camino Real or at a private colonial villa, La Casa de la Iluminada.

DAY 3
PUEBLA, COLONIAL GEM OF NEW SPAIN

After breakfast at your villa or hotel, our guide will take you on a fascinating discovery of Puebla’s colonial art and architecture. We will start on our Colonial History Walking Tour by visiting the Cathedral and the Zocalo, or Central Square. We will visit the largest book collection in Latin America at the Palafoxiana Library, within the Casa de la Cultura. We will proceed to the Museo Amparo, which houses an impressive art collection before lunch at your hotel’s courtyard. In the afternoon, we will visit the House of the Dean and El Rosario Chapel in Santo Domingo Church. The rest of the afternoon is free to walk around the Zocalo, the Candy Street and the handicraft shops. Overnight at Hotel Camino Real or at your private colonial villa, La Casa de la Iluminada.

DAY 4
PUEBLA

After breakfast at your hotel or villa, our driver will pick you up to take you for a quick visit to the Gardens & Church of Analco and the Ovando Bridge. We will proceed to the Forts of Loreto and Guadalupe and the 5 de Mayo Civic Center to discuss an interesting passage of Mexican History. We will return to the Ovando Bridge to enjoy exquisite Mexican cuisine. After lunch we will visit the Parian Market, the Barrio del Artista and the House of the Serdan Brothers. In the evening you will enjoy a colonial music recital in a private colonial villa by candlelight. Overnight at the Hotel Camino Real or at your private colonial villa, La Casa de la Iluminada.

DAY 5
PUEBLA- CACAXTLA- TLAXCALA

After breakfast we will set out to the State of Tlaxcala, where we will appreciate a series of fine ancient murals at Cacaxtla. The rich colors and the state of preservation the murals are allow us to peek into the past, to a time when this was an important trading centre. Many of the battle scenes and the Maya elements found in the paintings have puzzled scholars to this day. We will proceed to the archeological site of Xochitectl and continue to the city of Tlaxcala for lunch and to explore the city’s highlights before we proceed to a real Mexican Hacienda, declared cultural heritage of the nation. Your hosts at Hacienda Tenexac will welcome you with an exquisite gourmet dinner. Overnight at Hacienda Tenexac.

DAY 6
COOKING LESSON AT HACIENDA TENEXAC

Breakfast at the Hacienda. Explore your surroundings & learn about the history of Hacienda Tenexac. After a quick introduction to Mexican cuisine, you will have your first hands-on experience with Tlaxcalan cooking with your expert hostess. She will guide you into the preparations & the ingredients you will use to prepare your first Mexican dishes, which you will enjoy for lunch today. In the afternoon, you will continue to delve into the magic experience of this gourmet tour… Dinner at the hacienda. Overnight at Hacienda Tenexac.

Here is a quick example of the menus you will explore

Soups:
Squash flower & Avocado Cream Soups
Main dishes:
Adobo- Pork or chicken dish with a sauce based on dry chillies, vinegar & spices
Mixiote- Lamb wraped in a maguey leaf with a sauce based on chillies & spices
Deserts:
Lemon sherbet & Chongos Zamoranos

DAY 7
COOKING LESSON AT HACIENDA TENEXAC

The day will start early today, when your hostess will share the secrets of bread making with you and you continue to explore the fascinating world of Tlaxcalan traditional cuisine…

Your menus today may include…

Soups:
Chile rajas & corn, Carrot & orange creme
Main dishes:
Stuffed chillies & Pulque Chicken
Deserts:
Poblano Candies

DAY 8

After breakfast transfer to the Mexico City airport for your flight back home. Farewell.