On this immersive journey, we'll learn about the essential ingredients of Mexican cuisine and their role in the daily life of Mexico City. Expect a one-of-a-kind experience filled with tastings, market visits, cooking workshops, harvest activities, and more. We’ll track down these building blocks of Mexican cooking, learning about the unique and ancient ways in which they are grown. We’ll also learn how they are prepared to create both classic and modern Mexican dishes. We’ll visit corn and cactus fields on the outskirts of Mexico City, taste agave sap drawn fresh from the plant, explore a beloved market where crickets and ant eggs are among the offerings, and step into kitchens of chefs who use Mexico’s elemental ingredients to preserve and update traditional recipes. At the end, we’ll have a cooking class utilizing many of the products encountered during our trip to help us bring it all together.
Feeding Mexico City, a megalopolis of some 22 million people, is no small feat. Incredibly, what the city’s residents eat–as well as how and where that food is grown–has remained largely unchanged since Aztec times, when the area already played home to a bustling urban center. Since those days, corn, beans, and chiles, supplemented by cactus, squash, and other products from the fertile lands surrounding Mexico City, have been the culinary bedrock of Mexican life. Over the course these in-depth and hands-on five days, we’ll gain a deeper sense of how these building blocks have helped shape not only Mexican cooking, but Mexican society as well.ABOUT CULINARY BACKSTREETS
Atlas Obscura has partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets to create and curate this unique experience. Culinary Backstreets is a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.INTRODUCING OUR PARTNER: CHASE SAPPHIRE
We're working with Chase Sapphire® to curate incredible travel experiences near, far and to the places-in-between, like this one to the Mexico. All cardmembers who book their travel from 10/1-11/01/2018, receive a custom welcome package inspired by your destination!
For flights in and out of Mexico City International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez), we suggest you arrive any time before 3 p.m. on October 2 and depart any time after 6 p.m. on October 6. We are happy to book you extra nights at the group's hotel (subject to availability) and provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 2 to 4 miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that Mexico City is a bustling and crowded place!
Yes, definitely! We are able to accommodate vegetarians as long as you give us a heads up.