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Seven-Day, Six-Night Culinary Vacation for One or Two in Mexico from CookingVacations.com

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Family Recipes and Authentic Pueblan Cuisine in Its Native Setting

The culinary-travel specialists at CookingVacations.com by Epitourean create food-focused itineraries for adventurous eaters, highlighting authentic regional cuisine in its own setting through tours, cooking classes, and gourmet meals. This deal takes the culinary curious to the Puebla region of Mexico, known for its moles poblano, chilis en nogada, and much more.

Each Puebla Culinary Vacation includes the following for each person:

  • A six-night stay in a private house room at Casa Carmelita outside Tlaxcala, Mexico
  • A welcome party with cocktails and appetizers
  • Daily 2.5- to 3-hour classes in traditional Puebla-style cooking, ending in a three-course meal
  • A chef-guided market visit in Tlaxcala
  • A guided tour of historical Tlaxcala sights
  • A second cocktail party with live guitar performance
  • Ground transport to/from Mexico City or Puebla airports
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day of your stay<p>

Upon arrival at the airport in either Mexico City or Puebla, private shuttles whisk adventurers to the Casa Carmelita, a traditional bed and breakfast situated on pastoral farmland about 5 miles outside of Tlaxcala. After settling into their rooms—each of which includes a private bathroom and fireplace—guests assemble for a cocktail party to meet their hosts and make traditional margaritas. Each day, Señora Estela Salas Silva leads the group in a 2.5- to 3-hour hands-on cooking class, using recipes learned from her grandmother, chef Doña Eulogia Silva Castillo. Customizing her instruction to match the experience level of each individual, Señora Silva imparts the intricacies and secrets of traditional Pueblan meals, such as almond chicken, and dishes crafted by her family, such as chipotles in conserva. Each lesson also recounts the region’s history, from pre-Hispanic times up to the present, then concludes with a scrumptious three-course meal.

There will also be time to take a tour of historical Tlaxcala, Mexico, a former Spanish colonial city rife with monuments, museums, and picturesque ruins. The town captivates with history at sites such as the former Capilla Real de Indios, built in the 16th century, and the Holy Cross Fountain, a gift of Spanish King Phillip IV in 1646. Another first-hand culinary experience awaits at the city market, where a local chef leads the group in selecting fresh produce and demonstrates how to build an entire maze out of corn tortillas.

About the travel-with-a-friend option:

The travel-with-a-friend option is valid for single travel or in conjunction with a second Groupon, allowing you to combine your Groupon with a friend’s for a two-person trip without putting the entire cost on a single credit card.</i>

What You Get

  • For $998 USD, a seven-day, six-night Puebla Culinary Vacation package per person to travel with a friend or for one person (no single supplement fee required)
  • Or, for $1,956 USD, a seven-day, six-night Puebla Culinary Vacation package for two

Amenities

  • Daily cooking classes, tailored to cooking experience
  • All meals included
  • Chef-guided market visit
  • Tour of Tlaxcala, Mexico
  • Welcome cocktails and music night
  • Ground transport to and from airport

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 10/31/12
  • Must complete travel by 11/30/12
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • $75 fee applies to all cancellations; 30-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply
  • Valid only for house room
  • Airfare not included
  • 6.2% tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call CookingVacations.com by Epitourean by 7/1/12.
  3. Choose a valid date prior to 7/30/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • One queen bed per person
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Two
  • Adding occupants above standard: Not allowed
  • Private bath
  • Fireplace

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Checkout: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: Not available
  • Rollaways: Not available
  • Smoking policy: No smoking is allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: Handicap accessible
  • Room upgrades: Not available

What It's Worth

  • For $998 USD, a seven-day, six-night Puebla Culinary Vacation package per person to travel with a friend or for one person (up to $1,798 USD value; no single-supplement fee required)
  • Or, for $1,956 USD, a seven-day, six-night Puebla Culinary Vacation package for two (up to $3,596 USD value)

Getting There

  • By plane: About 47 miles from Hermanos Serdan International Airport (PBC) in Puebla; about 66 miles from Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
  • By shuttle: Round-trip shuttle service between Tlaxcala and both airports is included in this Getaway

Traveler's Tips

  • The Tlaxcala Tourist Office sponsors cheap trolley tours of the city on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • If you travel by taxi in Tlaxcala, agree on a price before getting in, and don't be afraid to haggle.

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