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La Villa Bonita invites you to join this amazing cooking and food tour in Mexico. During this trip, you will learn how to cook Mexican dishes, visit many interesting places, and taste incredible flavors from a skilfull chef. Mexican cuisine and culture will be highlights of this holiday since you can explore Mexico via its food and landscapes. You will stay overnight at a charming accommodation where you can enjoy the beauty of stunning surroundings and their small garden. Come and take this chance for a brand new experience!
During this tour, you will stay on site with Chef Ana on the grounds her premier culinary hotel, La Villa Bonita, completed with a heated pool carved out of volcanic rock, organic citrus orchard and vegetable garden, as well as specially designed open-air kitchen with a stunning view of the Tepoztlan valley. A maximum of 12 guests can stay at La Villa Bonita in six beautiful and spacious guests rooms completed with French doors, private baths, and king size or two twin beds.
This schedule is posted to give you a general idea of the program schedule on a normal week. The schedule may change to take advantage of seasonal dishes, ingredients, or your interests. Depending on where holidays fall, packages may begin on a different day of the week. La Villa Bonita reserves the right to modify this schedule and the dishes contained therein. You will receive a PDF manual with Chef Ana’s family recipes and background information about the ingredients and Tepoztlan.
Your dinner on cooking days is not necessary as you will eat lunch at about 3:00 p.m. It is a big meal so most do not want their dinner. Gourmet chef’s table dinner is provided on Sunday night giving you Wednesday to try dinner in the downtown.
You will arrive at Mexico City International Airport (MEX) with the airport pickup. The trip takes one and a half hours from Mexico City to La Villa Bonita and you will be greeted upon arrival with a delicious homemade cocktail such as Chef Ana’s famous Margarita made with her own Calamondine Orange liquor and Refino (the local Tequila).
Later that afternoon or evening, you will enjoy Chef Ana’s four-course gourmet dinner made from primarily local ingredients grown in the garden or from local providers. Your dinner is served with the ample open-air kitchen with the view of the valley below or above the kitchen in the elevated dining area with a 360-degree view of the mountains. Chef Ana will explain her dishes to you and also discuss how the week will unfold.
The day begins with Chef Ana’s famous big breakfast with fresh fruit, biscuits, homemade jams, and jellies along with a new traditional Mexican main dish each morning. You will go to the local Tepoztlán market to select the best ingredients from Chef Ana’s local providers and bring these ingredients back for the cooking session in the open-air kitchen.
An example of dishes that may be created that day is Mole Colorado with chicken, pork in Pipian sauce (Mole Verde), refried beans, classic red rice with vegetables and vanilla flan. Mole technique is an important part of Mexican cooking and you will learn from a professor. Cooking generally goes from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon with the lunch of dishes prepared in the open air kitchen or the elevated terrace with wine and beer service as well as a coffee or tea with dessert.
An agua fresca made with fruit or horchata, Jamaica, or tamarindo accompanies each lunch. You will learn to make your own tortillas and place them on the comal with native women such as Mari your “ama de llaves” or mayordomo during your stay at La Villa Bonita.
The day begins as always with a fabulous breakfast and a trip to the market to select ingredients and to meet the local butcher and cheese vendor. You will return to La Villa Bonita to cook up a storm. An example of dishes on this day may be fillings or “guisados” for classic Morelos quesadillas such as squash blossoms, huitlacoche, fresh pork rinds in a green tomatillos salsa, potatoes, and chile poblano strips. You will learn how to use white, blue, or red masa produced from ancient corn varieties grown locally.
You will enjoy lunch of dishes prepared with drink service in the open-air kitchen or the elevated terrace. After the late lunch, you will have an opportunity to take a walk into the downtown, relax around the pool with a good book, or take a great nap. You are on vacation, so it is up to you.
Breakfast starts a day of pottery and incredible local cuisine. After the breakfast, you will witness a demonstration of how to make traditional lead-free pottery from a producer in Tlayacapan by the name of Don Margarito. His family has produced pottery in the traditional way for generations. You will have an opportunity to purchase his traditional rice and bean pots, flatware, cazuelas among many other great items.
In the late morning, you will join Chef Ana on a walking and eating tour of the Tepoztlan market, visit the Ex-Convent and museum as well as try a wide variety of local delicacies in the market. Walk, learn, and eat as a native, delicacies such as itacates, pancita, cecina, and traditional Morelos quesadillas. This is the farmer’s market day in Tepoztlan with an opportunity to see the wide variety of ingredients and dishes that Tepoztlan has to offer.
After a hearty breakfast, you will have an opportunity to rest, relax, or build your own itinerary. This is your day off to do what your heart desires. You can explore the town, read a book, or hang out at the pool.
After breakfast, La Villa Bonita will organize your return to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and count the days until you see each other again for a new culinary adventure.
During this holiday, you will take daily excursions on cooking days with Chef Ana or local experts to select ingredients at the local market in Tepoztlan and the wholesale market of Cuernavaca, join Locavore Wednesday Walking Tour to know Tepoztlan and its local ingredients with a walking or eating tour of Tepoztlan, and hike to the Tepozteco pyramid.
Ana Garcia is one of the most vivacious traditional Mexican chefs and teachers in Mexico today. The inspiration for Chef Ana’s recipes and hospitality grow out of her long, rich family history in central and northern Mexico. She has taken this extensive knowledge and incorporated it into a culinary repertoire that includes traditional central and northern Mexican specialties, as well as nouvelle Mexican cuisine using traditional ingredients in new and gastronomically adventurous ways.
The vacation will take place in Tepoztlan, Mexico. Tepoztlan, a “Pueblos Magicos” (magic village) and one of Mexico’s most unique destinations is located about 5,280 feet above the sea level and roughly one hour 15 minutes south of Mexico City making transportation easy. Tepoztlan is a year-round destination where award-winning packages take place in the specially-designed culinary hotel of La Villa Bonita.
Tepoztlan is made up of stubborn townspeople and subsistence farmers who vigilantly guard their traditions from the change which makes it an ideal destination for the “foodie” and the traveler seeks to experience a rich culture. “Tepoztecos,” as they are known here, appreciate the foreign tourist because you appreciate their culture. You can walk anywhere day or night and people will say “hello” to you, be cordial, but not overburdening.
This magic village with its mystical vibe is known as the “Sedona of Mexico” and consists of a very small, tight-knit community where people are very content with their lifestyle, a full social calendar that consists of constant cultural events, celebrations, and festivals during both the week and weekend. While the media tends to paint Mexico with broad strokes without definition, Tepoztlan is a piece of art without comparison, exquisite but not commercial.
In Tepoztlan, you will hear the enveloping sounds of the community, the church bells, the rooster crowing, the occasional fire-cracker, and the music wafting through the valley.
La Villa Bonita is located on the upslope of the Tepozteco mountains with a privileged perch above the town and an incredible view of the content below. They are a 15-minute walk to the central downtown circuit so there is not an excessive amount of traffic in front of La Villa Bonita but they are just steps away from the Centro and Zocalo.
You will taste Chef Ana’s famous home-made breakfast every morning with biscuits made from scratch, locally made pastries, home-made jams and jellies, a different main breakfast dish every morning, fresh fruit of the season, coffee and fresh juice, yogurt, and granola. On Sunday, you will participate in a gourmet chef’s table dinner of four-courses made with primarily local ingredients or ingredients grown in La Villa Bonita's garden. All meals mentioned in the itinerary are included in the prices.
You can take part in a day-long tour of Taxco Silver City and Xochicalco Ruins with guide Arturo Marquez at an additional cost of 95 USD plus tax per person for minimum two people.
Mexico City International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Mexico City International Airport (MEX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. La Villa Bonita will pick you up from the airport. You should arrive between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you arrive before 12:00 a.m., there may be some wait time in the airport. If arriving after 5:00 p.m., it may be necessary for La Villa Bonita to arrange for the transportation to La Villa Bonita at an additional cost.
The ideal time of arrival in Mexico City International Airport (MEX) is 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. La Villa Bonita meets you in the very comfortable American Express Centurion Lounge in terminal one while the other guests arrive. Depending on other guest’s arrival time, there may be a waiting period in the airport before departing to La Villa Bonita.
The departure time for your flights at the end of the stay should be after 12:00 p.m. If you cannot meet the criterion for arrival and departure, please contact La Villa Bonita before making your flight reservation so that they can choose the best times. They can arrange for chauffeur (private car), taxi, or very comfortable and nice executive direct bus service either to or from the Mexico City International Airport (MEX).
La Villa Bonita will pay for your the executive bus, and the taxi and chauffeur are available for an additional fee. Due to the unpredictability of Mexico City traffic and their commitment to pick up other guests at the airport, they cannot personally pick up or deliver guests to any other site other than Mexico City International Airport (MEX).
La Villa Bonita will, however, arrange transportation for you for an additional fee. If you arrive early to stay in Mexico City, they will make arrangements to meet at Mexico City International Airport (MEX). If you do not make your flight, your flight is canceled or delayed, please inform by phone or email immediately so that they can arrange for your airport pickup.
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