Special Programs • Chocolate Route
A Delicious big Enchiladas and the Mole souce
Chocolate and Roses
An Original Delicious Trip
Day 1 Mexico City
Depart from your home town to Mexico City. Transfer to our hotel. Orientation and presentation of the program. Cocktails and welcome dinner.This colorful restaurant will give us a warm welcome to our Mexican dining experience with delicious dishes and Mariachi music! We’ll feel we have stepped into the set of Frida, or back in time to an elegant hacienda at this restaurant, deservedly one of the most noted in the country. Stylish, eccentric, artistic, and whimsical all at once, this place offers not just excellent food but a complete dining experience. The restaurant’s originality is seen in its backdrop of stained glass, antiques, and flickering candlelight.
Day 2 Mexico City
This morning visit the renowned Anthropological Museum, without a doubt the most important museum in Mexico. See precious jade carvings, funerary pottery, animated whistles, immense Olmec carvings and the famous Aztec Calendar, among other treasures of Pre-Columbian We will have an introduction on the importance of chocolate in the pre-Columbian era, from the time it was a drink from the gods, reserved for the higher social level, until its use as a currency. In the afternoon we will visit the Historic Center of Mexico City, the place where colonial life began in Latin America. It is here where the great Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan was located. We will take a tour in time in the heart of the historic area with its Mexican ruins, imposing cathedrals, mansions, colonial churches to the Diego Rivera murals of the twentieth century.
Day 3 Teotihuacan
We will leave for Teotihuacán, one of the largest and most impressive archeological sites in Mesoamerica, a city planned and built on a large scale, it was erected as a religious center in the time of Christ. In fact, the Aztecs believe that these huge structures were built by a race of giants. Teotihuacán means "place where men become gods" in Nahuatl. See the impressive pyramid of the Sun and the Moon. While we visit these structures, we will learn how cocoa played an important role in pre-Columbian times. For those who wish, there would be time available to climb to the top of the pyramid for a fantastic view.
Upon our return to Mexico City, we will visit the historic University of the Cloister of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the convent where the greatest muse of Mexico lived. We will have a demonstration of private cuisine in this historic convent, including the classic preparation of chocolate. It is within the walls of this historic building, now a university, where we will explore the relationships between gastronomy and poetry. We will taste a variety of dishes, some prepared with chocolate! During the colonial era, drinking chocolate among the nuns even became a sin! The afternoon is free.
Day 4 Coyoacán and Puebla
Travel to the historic neighborhood and the colorful market of Coyoacán in the south of the city. It was here that Hernán Cortés, the famous conqueror of Mexico, was based during the siege of Tenochtitlán (today the historic center of Mexico City) and continued to live here while the ancient Aztec city was demolished and construction of the capital began from New Spain. . It is a quiet place, one of the main areas of the city for artists, artisans and musicians with a couple of lively squares and historic buildings. Overlooking the square is the church and monastery of San Juan Bautista, and the Casa de la Malinche, the house of the lover of Cortes. Then, visit the Blue House of Frida Kahlo, wife of the famous muralist Diego Rivera. Short stop at the colorful market of Coyoacán. Continue to Puebla, cradle of the famous mole, a sauce made with chocolate and different types of chili peppers. Along the way, we will see glorious views of the snowy heights of Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl. Tonight's dinner is at the famous Santa Clara restaurant, where we will have the opportunity to taste the mole poblano. We will have the restaurant chef explain the ingredients included in the mole and the importance of chocolate for Mexican cuisine.
Day 5 Puebla / Oaxaca
Today we visit some of the historic colonial buildings of Puebla that show magnificent works in stone, gold leaf and the distinctive Talavera de Puebla, which can be seen on rooftops, church domes, walls, fountains and kitchens! Visit the famous tile factory to see the famous Talavera pottery, which is 100% handmade, and then to the kitchen of Santa Rosa and the Parian market. During our stay we will learn more about the cocoa plant, its uses and its historical importance. Departure to Oaxaca. Visit the historic center of Oaxaca, which is full of indigenous crafts. Special festive Valentine's dinner at a restaurant in the Plaza Central unique for its atmosphere and exquisite Oaxacan food. Oaxaca is known in culinary circles as the "land of the seven moles", although only one of Oaxaca's moles has chocolate, others have a variety of chili peppers, and one is made with pumpkin seeds! We will also examine the surprising variety of Mexican chili peppers.
Day 6 Oaxaca
The capital of the state of Oaxaca is a colorful and peaceful city with a provincial charm that combines elegant Spanish culture with the rich heritage of ancient indigenous peoples. This rewarding environment is our exploration base for the next three days. Today's breakfast is at the company's Butler Restaurant that produces artisanal chocolate called metate. Visit the colorful Oxaca market for an in-depth visit and an examination of its wonderful products. We will see the old-style tianguis at its best with the indigenous people who wear colorful dresses. There are hundreds of products, including some originals. We will also see during our visit to the market the preparation of several delicious and local dishes. See the different varieties of chocolate and how they make the different chocolate pastes. We will have a demonstration and tasting of regional specialties. In the market, we buy some of the ingredients that we will need for our cooking and lunch class at Los Naranjos. In the afternoon we visit the Cultural Center of Santo Domingo, which houses one of the best museums in Mexico. It is here that we will see the gold treasures of Monte Albán. A visit, with a local expert, to the interesting Botanical Ethno Garden, part of the Santo Domingo Cultural Center to see endemic plants of the Oaxaca region, will complete our investigation of this region.
Day 7 Oaxaca
Today is market day in Ocotlán, where we will see an authentic Indian market with its animals. The villagers here also produce glazed green pottery. Then visit the alebrijes, extremely colorful figures that transcend the imagination with their fantasy and color. Visit San Bartolo Coyotepec, famous for its bright and purely ornamental black pottery. In the afternoon we explore Monte Albán, the most important archaeological site in the area. (We had seen their golden treasures at the Cultural Center of Santo Domingo). The great flattened top of the mountain and the layout of this Zapotec ceremonial center are impressive. The Zapotecs were influenced by the Mayans and the Olmecs, but they were a different culture. This group of people literally cut the top of the mountain to create the Monte Alba plateau erected around 500 BC. C. This city seems to be floating and the views from its elevated location are fabulous.
Day 8 Oaxaca
We visit the archaeological site of Mitla, on top of a hill, also an important Zapotec site, with intricate geometric friezes. From around 100-650 A.D., this settlement was a great religious center and a cemetery for priests and kings. Its elegant tombs are still visible, and its buildings offer beautiful examples of architecture from the Classic period. Mitla is also known for its excellent fabric and embroidery. On the way back, we will stop in Teotitlán del Valle, to see traditional carpets and blankets with special geometric and indigenous designs that use organic and mineral dyes. This day, we will also learn about mezcal, a type of tequila. We will stop at a distillery and try different types of mezcal. Stop to see the huge cypress called El Tule that is over 2,000 years old. The rest of the afternoon is free to visit art galleries or visit the MACO, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca, which features works by famous artists such as Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo. Farewell dinner tonight with a variety of Mexican chocolate desserts.
Day 9 Oaxaca / Mexico City
Fly home today through Mexico City. Additional nights can be organized in Oaxaca or Mexico City at the corresponding cost.