*Please be advised, we will be implementing a COVID-19 surcharge to all departures in order to cover costs of reduced group sizes and supplies necessary for sanitizing. Thank you for your understanding and continued patience.
Arrival to the Guadalajara International Airport and transfer to your lovely hotel La Villa del Ensueño in Tlaquepaque, an artisan village in the suburbs of Guadalajara. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant with the first lesson, “Making the perfect Margarita.” (D)
After a traditional Mexican breakfast at the hotel property with chilaquiles that Doña Maria will show you how to make, we will begin the day with a guided tour of Guadalajara, Mexico´s second-largest city and the capital of the State of Jalisco. Lunch today will be in La Fonda de San Miguel Arcángel, a Mexican restaurant located in the first convent of Guadalajara, dating back to the 1600s. They will invite us into their kitchen where the chef will explain several Mexican dishes for which the restaurant is famous. We continue back to Tlaquepaque, where we will have a guided tour of this unique village and afterward walk back to our hotel for a great workshop, “Tamales, the Mexican way of celebrating.” A chef dedicated to the making of tamales and the rescue of the ancient techniques will come to the hotel for a fun and tasty workshop. Guess what you´ll have for dinner tonight? Tamales, of course! (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. From Divorced eggs to Ranchero eggs, Mexico has a fun and delicious way to begin the day. Departure to Guachimontones Archaeological Site (approx. one hour drive west), a unique site with circular pyramids dating back to before Christ. After visiting this ancient site, we will visit a local indigenous family that will show us how to make pre-Colombian dishes as their ancestors did. Upon arrival back to our hotel, we will enjoy a cocktail hour with “botana,” Mexican appetizers that we will make ourselves with the expert guidance of Vicente, our host. Tonight we will enjoy dinner in one of the best local restaurants. (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. With the shopping list Vicente gave you the night before, your tour guide will drive you to the Libertad Market, the largest in Latin America. After a guided tour of the market, the best place to see, feel, smell, and taste a culture, your tour guide will give you ‘pesos,’ local currency, for your purchases. You will meet again for lunch in the famous Plaza de los Mariachis and afterward drive back to the hotel to begin your next culinary experience. From Chiles Rellenos to Mole, you will make and taste the best of Mexican Cuisine! Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Goodbye to Jalisco, but the knowledge to reproduce its flavors goes with you! (B)
*Itinerary and hotels subject to change.