Tacos & Tequila - a Mexican food safari

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  • Hosted by chef Christine Manfield
  • Unique boutique accommodation
  • Tacos, tequila, mole & mezcal
  • The world’s best street food!

Key Facts

  •   Mexico

  •   Great for foodies & solo travellers

  •   12 days

  •   Hosted by Christine Manfield

 We are no longer taking bookings for this itinerary. Please contact us for alternative journeys or for your very own tailormade adventure.

Travel to the heart of Mexico’s rich culture using food and gastronomy as a visitor to access and appreciate the country’s ancient civilisations, colonial history and modern vibrancy. Exploring the most beautiful, mysterious and ancient parts of the country you’ll taste your way through world-class restaurants, markets, street stalls and family home kitchens feasting on recipes both old and new, and sampling the local tipples of mezcal and tequila. Travelling with Christine you will benefit from her infinite knowledge and experience as a world-class chef as she interprets the sights, smells and flavours around you.

Beginning your journey in Mexico City you’ll dine with the world's finest chefs, drink in backstreet cantinas with locals, visit flower-filled market garden islands and float over the Teotihuacan pyramids by hot air balloon. Moving on to Oaxaca you’ll wander the cobbled alleys sampling ceviche, tacos, mole and cacao served in a gourd. You’ll browse the local markets to select the finest produce ready to cook up a storm and spend time with the region’s artisans learning the art of traditional rug-weaving. Rounding off the journey in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Puebla you’ll sink into Mexico’s turbulent history surrounded by churches, temples and ‘Indigenous Baroque’ architecture whilst tasting your way through a whole host of culinary delights ranging from the rustic to the refined.

Staying in a hand‐picked selection of Mexico’s finest hotels you’ll enjoy the whispering walls of an exquisitely converted former nunnery, the industrial chic of cool city hangouts and the peaceful gardens of a stylish bohemian retreat. All place you within easy walking distance of the finest local hotspots.

Travelling with Christine on this bespoke culinary safari will deepen your appreciation of Mexico’s rich and ancient gastronomic culture and leave your tastebuds tingling!

Itinerary Details

Day 1 | Mexico City | 5 nights        

Welcome to Mexico! Check in, freshen up and head out for a welcome dinner at Dulce Patria by Martha Ortiz ‐ savour ceviches, tostadas, colourful stews & all sorts of culinary delights!

Day 2 | Mexico City                 

After breakfast head out to explore the historic centre of Mexico City including the Zocalo, Metropolitain Cathedral, Templo Mayor & the National Palace. Stop for lunch at Azul Historico for a traditional Mexican feast. This afternoon journey about on an Old Cantinas tour ‐ sampling traditional Mexican drinks such as tequila or Mezcal. Dinner at leisure.

Day 3 | Mexico City

Rise and be ready to go nice and early this morning towards Xochimilco in the south of Mexico City. Visit the chinampas or lands where flowers, fruits & veggies are still grown, learn the techniques the locals have been using for hundreds of years for growing their crops & discover the ancient Aztec city of Mexico‐Tenochtitlan while here. Enjoy a traditional lunch with local ingredients before returning back to the hotel for some time at leisure. Dinner this evening is at Quintonil Restaurant.

Day 4 | Mexico City

Explore Mexico City, its markets and historic neighbourhoods on foot ‐ start off in the vibrant community of Roma, head to the market to learn about Mexico's vast and rich cuisine and learn about its cultural heritage, sampling all sorts of delights enroute. This evening enjoy a special after hours visit to the National Museum of Anthropology followed by a taco dinner this evening at a local authentic haunt. 

Day 5 | Mexico City

Rise and soar over the pyramids of Teotihuacan early this morning ‐ a unique experience by hot air balloon! Enjoy a typical Mexican breakfast before exploring the pyramids on foot with a bilingual guide & learn about the rituals, cosmology, beliefs and snippets of the everyday lives of the Aztecs and the inhibitants of Teotihuacan before them. Dinner this evening is at Maximo Bistro in the Roma neighbourhood.

Day 6 | Oaxaca | 3 nights                

Upon arrival to Oaxaca a late lunch awaits at El Asador Vasco in the Oaxaca Historic Centre. After lunch return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out again for a privately guided walking tour of historic, colonial and cobbled Oaxaca. Dinner and evening is at leisure.

Day 7 | Oaxaca

Visit Monte Alban, once the capital city of the Zapotec nation, and one of the first and most populated Meso‐American cities during its peak. Meet a local family who specialize in weaving and spinning the famous Oaxacan rugs, and have the chance to spin wool and see silkworm production. Enjoy lunch with the locals before returning to Oaxaca. Dinner this evening is at a local favourite eatery ‐ the focus this evening is on the land of the mezcales & agave!

Day 8 | Oaxaca                                

Participate in a morning cooking class learning about the traditional Oaxacan chocolate before visiting the local market with your chef and sourcing the ingredients that you will later cook with. Make your tortillas, salsas, soup, mole, guacamole and dessert, then sit back with a local beverage to enjoy the fruits of your labour!

Day 9 | Puebla | 3 nights                     

Transfer from Oaxaca to Puebla with stops enroute as required. Upon arrival enjoy lunch and some time at leisure before re‐grouping for a visit to the museum Los Fuertes. A group dinner is hosted this evening at El Mural de los Poblanos.

Day 10 | Puebla                                                                                  

Today begins with a visit to Uriarte Talavera, the largest fabricator of Talavera in all of Latin America. Later this morning visit the historic center of Puebla, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Stroll along the streets of Puebla sampling the delicassies for lunch along the way such as tamales, cafe, molotes, pelonas, semitas & tacos. The remainder of the afternoon/evening and dinner is at leisure tonight.

Day 11 | Puebla                                                                                  

Enjoy a tour of Cholula with a private guide, the city considered the oldest living continuously inhabited city of the Americas. After wandering about the historic town, head to the tiny village of Santa Maria Tonantzintla to visit its exquisite church and wander about the plaza. Return to Puebla to visit the Barroco International Museum and enjoy some free time before a final farewell dinner at Attico 303 which offers contemporary food from Puebla and a fantastic ambience.

Day 12 | Day of departure                                                                                                                                                           

Drive from Puebla to Mexico City and onwards to the international airport where the itinerary will draw to a close.




About Christine Manfield

Christine Manfield is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs. Curious in her endeavours and unparalleled in her culinary executions, she draws on impressive tastes and flavours from her travels around the globe. A renowned chef, Manfield is also a food and travel writer, food manufacturer, presenter, teacher and gastronomic traveller. As an award‐winning author, her books – A Personal Guide to India & Bhutan, Dessert Divas, Tasting India, Fire, Spice, Stir, Paramount Cooking and Paramount Desserts are testament to her ability to bring innovation and excitement into the lives of eager cooks everywhere.

Manfield was a restaurateur with three highly successful restaurants: Paramount in Sydney 1993 to 2000, East@West in London 2003 to 2005 and Universal 2007 to 2013. Her diverse work portfolio includes mentoring and collaborating with chefs and industry colleagues, hosting pop‐up events in Australia and overseas, working as a national judge for the Delicious Produce Awards and the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Restaurateur Awards and Brand Ambassador for Byron Bay Cookies. She is also Food Director at Pearl Catering in Sydney.

A constant adventurer, Christine continues to broaden her global interests with custom gastronomic tours to alluring destinations including India, Africa, Bhutan, France, South East Asia, Italy, South America and Tasmania. With the grace, humour and experience that Christine brings, this delicious safari promises nothing less than an exceptional gastronomical adventure in one of the most delicious parts of the world.

For more information, please head to www.christinemanfield.com



Key Facts

  • Hosted by Chef Christine Manfield
  • 12 days
  • 15 to 26 February 2020
  • Begins & ends: Mexico City
  • USD $11,300 per person twin share. Excludes international flights.
  • For further details and a full itinerary please contact us