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Cook Oaxacan delicacies while enjoying spectacular ocean views. Select fish right from the fisherman’s boat. Ride through the mangroves to spot rare birds. Surf on a pristine beach only accessible by boat. Enjoy gourmet meals prepared by Chef Ana and learn the technique that has made Oaxacan cuisine one of the world’s finest.
Welcome to Chef Ana's beachfront home for February and March. The property consists of six guest rooms all with private bathrooms. Five rooms have a direct view of the ocean with a king bed or two twins (one master bedroom with a larger bath, big closet, and private balcony) and it has one bungalow room with a king or two twin beds.
The bungalow does not have a direct view of the ocean but has its own kitchen and is on the main floor with the pool. WiFi is available in the house. Each room has a slightly different design and is very comfortable with beautiful bathrooms.
La Villa Bonita in Puerto Escondido is located on a privileged perch above Playa Manzanillo and Puerto Angelito in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. The house has constant ocean breezes which keeps all rooms and common areas very comfortable.
The property is steps away from Playa Manzanillo and a 10-minute walk to Carizalillo surf beach. The kitchen is open with lots of cooking space that is perfect for Chef Ana’s communal cooking experience. The house has two pools on the main floor, an outdoor theatre, gardens and an elevated viewing area complete with grass on the top of the house.
Welcome! Guests arrive at PXM (Puerto Escondido) airport. You will be picked up and brought to the house (a 20-minute drive). Let the ocean breeze sweep your cares away.
Guests will be greeted with delicious cocktails as you get accommodated in your room and stroll the property. Snacks will be available throughout the day, and dinner will be served in the late afternoon / early evening depending on the arrival times. You will talk about the week to come!
Today you start early with a light breakfast at 6 a.m. so that you can be present at the Bahia Principal when the fishermen arrive with their catch. Chef Ana will teach you how to select the best fish.
You will then go to the main market for a tour and selection of fruits and vegetables followed by traditional Oaxacan lunch at Las Juquileñas. You will return to the house with some time to relax before your first cooking session for dinner at 3 p.m.
Let´s get started! Today you will prepare fresh tuna tostadas, Amarillito with fresh shrimp and Lechilla for dinner at 8:00 p.m.
Breakfast will begin at 9 with a new main dish each morning, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, fresh biscuits. At 11 a.m., the class will begin with the preparation of the classic Oaxacan dish Manchamanteles with pork, Chiles Rellenos with fish, and a fresh mango dessert among other side dishes.
You will have lunch at 2 - 3 p.m. and then guests will have time to enjoy the beach and house until you have gourmet dinner at 8:00 p.m.
After breakfast at 9 a.m., you will begin the cooking session at 11 a.m. to prepare Aguachile, Chileajo, an assortment of Oaxacan ceviches, and Escabeche de Pescado for lunch. Today is a double cooking session, and you will also prepare Tapistes de Pescado, black rice with fried plantains, nopal salad, and corn cake for dinner.
You will have lunch at 2 - 3 p.m. Later in the afternoon, La Villa Bonita will organize an excursion to go shopping in the artisan’s market and to see the release of the baby sea turtles. Enjoy dinner of dishes previously prepared will be at 8 p.m.
Today you will have breakfast at 9 a.m. Today you are going to really see what this area is all about. You will take a trip to Chacahua National Reserve.
You will take a boat ride through the mangrove tunnels and see all of the life that lives where the freshwater meets the sea – birds, crocodiles, mussels (that you use in the tichinda tamales), fish, and shrimp.
You will make your way to Chacahua Beach which is populated by descendants of African slaves who live there and run small palapa restaurants. If you would like to surf or swim, this is the place. The surf is great all day and it is also a suitable beach to swim in. It is an incredible journey.
After a fabulous breakfast, you will start the cooking session at 11 a.m. Today is Oaxacan tamale day with freshwater mussel tamales, rice with chepil, cold avocado soup, and strawberry tamales.
Today you will also begin a spectacular Mole Negro that will cook for two days in preparation for your Champagne dinner on Thursday evening. Lunch will is served at 2 p.m. You will have a light dinner with cocktail service at 8 p.m.
After breakfast, you will have a relaxing rustic palapa / hammock / beach day at Aguas Blancas Beach and have fresh oysters, lobster, and fish. However, today is your day to decide what you like to do (additional charges apply depending on what you would like).
You can take a surfing lesson, go shopping in Puerto Escondido, read a book by the pool. It is a day to rest, explore or shop. You can go with others to Aguas Blancas or do what your heart desires. There will be a tour guide available as well if you would like to choose from a variety of options.
Later in the day, La Villa Bonita will schedule a visit to a local Mezcal producer to try the different varieties. Your farewell Champagne Mole dinner will be served at 8 p.m.
Parting is such sweet sorrow! Today you have breakfast and be transferred to PXM airport. La Villa Bonita knows that many of the flights are early to go to MEX so whenever your flight is, they will get you to the airport at the appropriate time. La Villa Bonita looks forward to seeing you again on another culinary adventure with Chef Ana and La Villa Bonita.
This schedule is posted to give the guest a general idea of Cooking in Paradise Week in Puerto Escondido. The schedule may change to take advantage of seasonal dishes, ingredients or the interests of the guests. LVB reserves the right to modify this schedule and the dishes contained therein. Seven-night is the only package available.
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.
Puerto Escondido is really one of the great “undiscovered” beach towns in Mexico earning distinction by the New York Times as one of the “places to go” in 2017. Located on the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido is known for its fishing and laid-back surfer environment.
It has numerous famous surf beaches where you can take a lesson or just sit in your palapa and watch the waves come in on beaches such as Carrizalillo, Zicatela, and Punta Zicatela. Puerto Escondido hosts numerous international surf competitions throughout the year like the ESPN X Games and the MexPipe Challenge.
Puerto Escondido was actually first named “Bahia de la Escondida” or “Bay of the Hidden Woman” because it got its name from a Mixtec woman who was captured by the feared pirate, Andres Drake (brother of Sir Francis Drake).
Drake used the bay to hide, rest, and anchor his ship. As legend has it, he captured the Mixtec woman in Huatulco and kept her in a cabin onboard. The local woman escaped her capturers and dove into the bay. She swam to shore and hid in the jungles.
Drake sent a party to find her but never did. Even later, Drake would return to look for her but never found her. Bahia de la Escondida eventually became Puerto Escondido.
Puerto Escondido is also known for its diverse wildlife with freshwater lagoons in the town of Manialtepec where there is a variety of animal life. The lagoon is full of mangroves with a variety of birds such as pelicans, seagulls, ibis, storks, cranes, jacanas, buzzards, kingfishers, and swans along with a variety of animals such as raccoons, weasels, deer, wild boar, foxes, and crocodiles.
La Villa Bonita can accommodate special diets. Please contact them prior to arrival so that they may accommodate your diet. There is dinner on the first night which is prepared prior to your arrival. Please let them know if you have anything you do not eat.
La Villa Bonita will stock the house with food for all of the meals, drinks, and snacks during your stay. If you would like them to have a particular item on hand, please let them know a week prior to your arrival to assure that they can stock your item.
Your itinerary is a very complete one but you have time to enjoy the beach and house. During this holiday, you can enjoy activities that are not included in the package that La Villa Bonita can arrange for an additional fee.
Yoga will be available for an additional fee every day. Please let La Villa Bonita know if you are interested so that they can schedule accordingly. Massages can also be scheduled a day in advance at any point during the week. The house is yours to enjoy as well as the kitchen.
Bahías de Huatulco International Airport
Transfer not provided
Puerto Escondido International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. La Villa Bonita Culinary Vacations will pick you up from the airport.
There are no international flights into the Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM) but there are five flights daily on Fridays from Mexico City Benito Juarez Airport (MEX). This is a short 45-minute flight on VivaAerobus, Interjet, or Aeromar.
Therefore, you will need to have two separate tickets – one round trip to Mexico City (MEX) and another round trip ticket (MEX-PXM). Please note that VivaAerobus does not post their flights to make a reservation until about 7 months ahead of time.
Please give yourself enough time to make your Mexico City connection as you will need to go through immigration, pick up luggage, go through customs, and then recheck luggage in the public part of the terminal.
La Villa Bonita suggests three hours if you have checked luggage. If you travel with carry-on luggage only, you can fly through very quickly since you can download your boarding pass to your phone or print it out prior to your trip.
Many guests opt to spend one night in Mexico City on Thursday night and then fly out on the first flight Friday morning to PXM.
Airport pickup and return are provided to the Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM). You can arrive at any time and La Villa Bonita will pick you up. The airport is tiny so there are no instructions to find La Villa Bonita's staff members other than providing La Villa Bonita with a picture of yourself through Whatsapp and they will find you.
The trip to the house takes about 25 minutes. The only scheduled event on Friday is dinner in the evening. Classes will start on Saturday. For departure, choose the flight that best fits your connection in MEX and La Villa Bonita will get you there on time.
Your return the following Friday will be easier as there are morning flights to get you to your connecting flight in MEX. If you need any assistance in selection flights, please contact La Villa Bonita and they will be happy to help you select the best option.
One other option for arrival is utilizing the Huatulco Airport (HUX). This airport has some international flights and is about 1 hour and 45 minutes away from the house. La Villa Bonita cannot pick you up at this airport but you can obtain an airport car service for about 90 USD each way to pick you up and return you to the airport.
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