6-Night Mexican Culinary Vacation - Tlaxcala, Mexico

Seven-Day, Six-Night Mexican Culinary Vacation from Epitourean

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Seven-Day Culinary Vacation at the Home of Puebla Chef Estela Salas

On this seven-day, six-night Mexican culinary vacation from Epitourean, you’ll learn how to cook some of the most delicious meals from Mexico’s Puebla region under the tutelage of chef Estela Salas Silva. While staying in a homey Mexican B&B just outside Tlaxcala, you’ll make your own three-course lunch and dinner as Estela takes you through her family recipes.

This deal includes roundtrip ground transfers from Mexico City International Airport (MEX), daily classes and meals, private accommodations, a market excursion, and a guided city tour of Old Tlaxcala. Airfare is not included.

Click here for more details on the trip, or read below for a summary of what the trip entails.

Cooking the Puebla Way

Pueblan cuisine is a little different from what’s traditionally considered Mexican food, due to its mixture of French, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and indigenous influences. Each day, you’ll work side by side with Chef Estela for up to three hours, creating three-course meals for lunch and dinner, including potential entrees such as almond chicken and chipotles en conserva. You’ll also learn about authentic Pueblan ingredients during a guided visit to a local produce and spice market.

Stay at Casa Carmelita

Casa Carmelita is a hacienda-style bed and breakfast located on farmland about 5 miles from the city of Tlaxcala. You’ll stay in a room in the main house, which also has a shared living room, library, and large kitchen. During your stay, you’ll enjoy two parties with appetizers, margaritas, and the musical stylings of a talented Mexican guitar duo.

Exploring Tlaxcala

About 70 miles west of Mexico City, Tlaxcala is a small Old-World city not usually visited by tourists. The town has preserved its historic parts well—you’ll see cobblestone streets and magnificent colonial buildings, many painted in salmon pink and mustard yellow. A complimentary tour will take you past the San Jose Parish Church, as well as a fountain that was a gift from King Philip IV of Spain in 1646.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Seven-day/six-night Mexican culinary vacation. Valid for Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required), or pay an additional $300 fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

  • Option 1: $998 per person to depart 3/10/13, 3/17/13, 3/31/13, 6/9/13, or 8/11/13 (up to a $1,896 value); $1,298 to travel solo ($998 + $300 fee)
  • Option 2: $1,139 per person to depart any day 3/31/13–2/28/14 except for 3/10/13, 3/17/13, 3/24/13, 6/9/13, or 8/11/13 (up to a $1,896 value); $1,439 to travel solo ($1,139 + $300 fee)

Included in all options:

  • Six nights of accommodations in a main-house room at Casa Carmelita
  • Welcome dinner with margaritas
  • All meals, drinks, cooking classes, and excursions
  • Hands-on traditional Pueblan cooking classes
  • Cultural history tour of Old Tlaxcala
  • Guided excursion to produce and spice market
  • Complimentary airport transfers from Mexico City

Book by: 4/30/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Fireplaces in suite
  • Shared living room
  • Library
  • Private bathrooms
  • Gardens
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 4/30/13 or promo value expires
  • Must complete travel by 8/18/13 or 2/28/14 depending on option purchased
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
  • Limit 1 per person per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $75 fee
  • 21-day cancellation notice required or up to Groupon price applies
  • Airfare not included
  • Tours run Sunday to Saturday
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • $300 single supplement fee required for solo travelers
  • 10% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

  • One king or two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Private bath
  • Fireplace

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: not available
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking is allowed inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 73 miles (118 km) from Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
  • By car: about 75 miles (121 km) from Mexico City
  • By shuttle: complimentary airport transfers are included.

Traveler's Tips

  • A passport is required for all travel outside the United States.
  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
  • No previous cooking experience is required. The class will move at a pace that’s comfortable for all guests.

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