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8 days
Available in English and Spanish
All levels
Max. 12 people

What's included

  1. 7 nights of accommodation in double or twin room
  2. 7 breakfasts, 4 four-course lunches, 1 four-course dinner
  3. 4 cooking sessions
  4. Daily excursions
  5. 1 walking and eating tour of Tepoztlán market
  6. Pottery tour in Tlayacapan
  7. Hike to Tepozteco Pyramid
  8. PDF manual with Chef Ana Garcia's recipes
  9. Airport transfers

 

Not included

  • 3 meals (dinner on Day 4 and lunch and dinner on Day 7)
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE ● FREE CANCELLATION ● $100 DEPOSIT
Day 1: Arrival

You will be picked up from Mexico City International Airport and transferred to your accommodation at La Villa Bonita, where you will be welcomed with luscious cocktails crafted by Chef Ana. Take some time to settle in your authentic Mexican room and enjoy your first four-course gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Ana. Held in the open-air kitchen overviewing the incredible surroundings, dinner will be an excellent opportunity to meet your instructor and plan for the upcoming days.

Meals included: four-course dinner

Enjoy an abundant breakfast made by Chef Ana and then embark on a trip to the local market of Tepoztlán in search for fresh ingredients. You will get to meet Chef Ana's providers and wander through the enticing and appetizing food stalls. You will return to the accommodation and begin your first cooking session in the open-air kitchen of La Villa Bonita.


Recipes are seasonally changing, depending on the time of the year and local harvest, but for your first cooking session expect to learn and prepare the following: Mole Colorado with Chicken, Pork in Pipian sauce, Refried Beans, Classic Red Rice with Vegetables and Vanilla Flan.


Enjoy leisure time for the rest of the day and take a well-deserved siesta by the pool at La Villa Bonita.

Meals included: breakfast, four-course lunch

After Chef Ana's delectable breakfast, head to the local market to pick the freshest ingredients for the next cooking session. You will meet Chef Ana's local butcher and cheese vendor, her unspoken allies for delicious and unforgettable culinary experiences.


You can expect to learn how to prepare various 'guisados' (i.e. fillings) for Morelos quesadillas - squash blossoms, huitlacoche, fresh pork rinds in Green Tomatillos Salsa, potatoes, Chile Poblano Strips, just to tempt you with a few - and savory Mexican corn tortilla.


After a late lunch, enjoy your afternoon at leisure on the property of La Villa Bonita or wander the streets of the lively and scenic Tepoztlán.

Meals included: breakfast, four-course lunch

Savor your breakfast and embark on a day filled with glimpses of the Mexican culture. The pottery tour in Tlayacapan will offer you a demonstration of a local potter and show you how well preserved the traditional Mexican 'artesanias' (i.e. crafts) are.


Your tour will continue with an immersion in the typical day of the locals, and you will dive in a walking and eating tour in the Tepoztlán. You will explore farmer's market day with its myriad of aromas and delicacies. The famous Itacates de Tepoztlán, Pancita, juicy bites of Cecina (i.e. dried and smoked beef meat) and Morelos quesadillas await you for tasting.

Meals included: breakfast, four-course lunch

You will start you day with breakfast and then visit the Masa Mill to learn how to produce your own masa from locally grown corn.


Your day will continue with a lesson on how to prepare Tamale, the traditional Mesoamerican dish, garnished with miscellaneous types of stuffing. Prepare for a broad introduction in the origins and distinctions of Mexican liquors, accompanied of course by the tasting of Pulque, Mezcales, and several Tequillas, including its local interpretation, 'Refino'.

Meals included: breakfast, four-course lunch

Get introduced to Poblano Chile, the Mexican chili pepper, the main ingredient for Chiles en Nogada, the national dish of Mexico, and the centerpiece of this cooking session.


Chef Ana will show you different ways to prepare Poblano Chile, fresh and stuffed, blistered or dried, along complementary side dishes and Tres Leches Cake.

Meals included: breakfast, four-course lunch

Enjoy the last day of your vacation at La Villa Bonita with a tasty breakfast, charming views, and plenty of free time.

Meals included: breakfast

After breakfast, check out, wave goodbye to your instructor and vacation mates, and get transferred to the airport.

Meals included: breakfast

Experience a meaningful culinary and cultural vacation in Mexico with chef Ana Garcia. You will learn to prepare:

  • Mole sauce
  • Various corn tortillas
  • Classic Morelos Quesadillas 'guisados' (i.e. fillings)
  • Different types of Tamale
  • Chiles en Nogada (i.e. Mexico's national dish)
  • Fresh Poblano Chile stuffed
  • Many other traditional Mexican recipes
Standard room
King-size / twin bed(s)
Ensuite shower room
WiFi
Toiletries and towels
Room cleaning
Common areas

A picturesque house adorning the foothills of Tepozteco, La Villa Bonita has six spacious and elegant bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms.


The property of La Villa Bonita includes traditional open space kitchen, central courtyard, orchard and lily pools, and an invigorating swimming pool. 

This culinary experience is based on fresh and local ingredients only. All meals will be provided for the duration of your stay, except for three meals (dinner on day 4 and lunch and dinner on day 7) which are not included in the package.

Breakfast optionsChef Ana's delicious homemade breakfast with freshly baked homemade biscuits, local pastries, homemade jams and jellies, fresh fruit, coffee and juice, yogurt, and granola
Four-course lunch / dinner optionsMole Colorado with chicken, Pork in Pipian sauce, Refried Beans, Classic Red Rice with vegetables, Morelos quesadillas, Tamale (with squash and corn, shrimp, pork in Red Sauce), Chiles en Nogada, Fresh Poblano Chile stuffed with Picadillo, cheese and corn with white sauce
Drinks optionsRefreshing Agua frescas, Agua de Jamaica or Tamarindo
Dessert optionsPineapple, pecan and strawberry, Tamale Vanilla Flan
Vegetarian and vegan meals are provided
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

This vacation takes place in the 'Pueblos Magicos' (i.e. magic village) of Tepoztlán, in the Morelos state of the south of Mexico. Based at the foothills of Tepozteco mountain, Tepoztlán is known as the birthplace of the Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl. Local culture and traditions knit together with the colorful streets and the rich and lasting flavors.


La Villa Bonita is set on the upslope of Tepozteco mountain and is only one-and-a-half-hour drive from Mexico's international airport. La Villa Bonita is a 15-minute walk from downtown, being both accessible and intimate for the guests.


How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at Mexico City International Aiport (MEX), Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez.

Airport transfers are included in the package. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
Ana Garcia
Chef

Chef Ana Garcia is an outstanding cook, teacher and will be your skilled instructor throughout your Mexican cooking vacation. Chef Ana cooks with devotion and effortlessly masters traditional central and northern Mexican specialties, besides nouvelle Mexican cuisine. Kitchen cannot hide any secret from her, and guests cannot hide smiles of satisfaction after her copious meals.


Chef Ana masters ingenious gastronomic techniques, great teaching, communication and business skills, completed by her lifetime passion for Mexican Cuisine. Her time out of the kitchen is dedicated to public speeches, offering culinary demonstrations and lectures on Mexican cuisine at culinary institutes, and involving in a project aimed to revive the Mexican culinary scenery.

Is this available to all levels? 

Absolutely, no prior cooking experience is required. All levels of knowledge and ability are more than welcome.


Is this experience available year-round? 

The Mexican cooking vacation is available all year round, starting every Sunday. Please get in touch to check availability.


How far in advance should I book?

Some dates book out fast. Please make a reservation well in advance.


Is WiFi available?

Yes, WiFi is available.


Is this experience suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

Yes, please get in touch in advance to discuss your dietary requirements.


Where should I land?

Please book your flights to arrive at Mexico City International Aiport (MEX), Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez. 


Are airport transfers included? 

Yes, airport transfers from / to Mexico City International Aiport (MEX) are included in the package.


What should I pack? 

Please make sure you pack casual, comfortable clothes and layers that will work for many temperatures, sunscreen, insect repellent, walking shoes for daily activities.


What’s the weather like in Tepoztlán? 

The weather in Tepoztlán is usually warm year-round. The average temperatures range from 21°C / 70°F to 27°C / 80°F during the day and are around 13°C / 55°F during the night. The temperatures rarely drop below 9°C / 47°F.


How many people are to be expected in a group session?

Small groups of up to 12 people take part in this experience.


Are there any age restrictions?

No restrictions whatsoever. However, please keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age to travel independently.


What language is used?

The entire experience is available in English.

Mary, US:

“I remember both of my visits to La Villa Bonita for Dia de los Muertos with pleasure and have recommended the experience to friends. Your Tepoztlan site is simply the most beautiful and the celebrations in and around that small community so rich and rewarding.”

 

Stephen, US:

“My wife and I were looking for a different vacation then the typical beach vacation and we are so glad we chose La Villa Bonita Culinary experience. From the greeting by Andres at the airport to our welcome margarita and cheeses to our last guava strawberry margarita and every minute in between the 5 days here were tasty, memorable and fun. Chef Ana is an amazing host and guide to the culinary world of Mexican cuisine and passion for life, food and her culture. After our incredible meals we were guided through with help from Chef Anna and Maria for support we had 3 very unique and wonderful hikes. Also enjoyed the local ice cream, market tours, pyramid hike and occasional refreshing dip in the pool with a book to catch up on. View from the open kitchen / dining table is spectacular. Rooms clean, spacious and comfortable beds. Proactive housekeeping. My wife put a towel on the floor in addition to the floor mat already there and they added a second-floor mat in the bathroom for her! We also had tour of nearby charming pottery maker and picked up some lead-free unique pieces and serving dishes that were extremely reasonable in price. Looking forward to our return with friends and family.”

 

Rachel, US:

“I highly recommend this amazing culinary experience! We had the pleasure of cooking with Ana today in her amazing kitchen and it was a truly wonderful day. Ana so welcoming, warm and lovely, and she is an absolutely amazing teacher. We loved everything about the day, from the market tour to the cooking class and of course eating all the yummy food Ana taught us how to make! The kitchen itself is an open-air dream with the most amazing views out over the mountains. This is without a doubt the best cooking experience we've had in Mexico. Thank you, Ana, we hope we're able to come back one day”

 

Mike, US:

“Second time, even better than the first. Fantastic experience! Highly recommend to all. Can't wait to go back!! Thank you so much Anna, Rob, Mari, support staff and of course Mojo!!!”

 

Gail, US:

“Best culture vacation in Mexico!!! Everything is 5 stars!!!! I have been on three of La Villa Bonita Culinary trips and loved every wonderful experience!!!”

 

Asmin, US:

“Chef Ana is amazing! We had a spectacular time learning new recipes, going to market, discussing all types of topics, eating and drinking until we were satiated, and enjoying a wonderful atmosphere! Highly recommended!!”