Best Culinary Tours and Vacations in Mexico

Colonization and conquest during the most explosive era in history has made Mexican cuisine the first fusion food. Mexican cooking is native traditions blended with European, Asian, and African influences. During colonization old world ideas were transformed and implemented using a whole new pantry of ingredients. Avocado, corn, vanilla, peanuts, and tomatoes originated in Mexico and Central America. Can you imagine cuisine today without these ingredients? Cuisine from Mexico is truly the best of all worlds. What a great place to explore food and culture.

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Mexico Food Adventure

Type: Gastro Vacation
Length: 9 days
Cost: $1249/person
Lonely Planet (US & CA)
This is a group tour with a set itinerary that includes Mole Poblano Cooking Class, Salsa Dance lessons, visit a mescal factory, cultural bus tours, and led orientation walking tours.

Gadventures is a tour company that caters to the young and active traveler. Tours are usually fast paced and on the move.

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What’s Included

  • Puebla orientation walkbest_mexican_cooking_and_food_tours_gadventures Mexican food and culture tour map
  • Oaxaca orientation walk
  • Cooking class
  • Local Oaxacan dinner
  • Mezcal factory tour
  • Market visit
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 2 dinners. (Allow USD240-320 for meals not included.)
  • Public bus, plane
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Hotels (8 nts).


Real Food Adventure

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Type: Gastro Vacation

Length: 9 days
Cost: : $1495/Person
Explore Mexico on a small group adventure

Meander through Oaxaca’s aromatic markets; take to the streets of Puebla to sample some the city’s local specialties; indulge in fresh seafood on the beach; and take to the streets of Mexico City on a taco crawl to experience a delightful culinary heritage that goes back thousands of years. If you’re after cultural richness, authentic experiences, and f
lavorful food that’s tinged with fiesta, then this Real Food Adventure is for you.

  • Take a taco crawl through Mexico Citybest_mexican_cooking_and_food_tours_Intrepid Mexico food tour map
  • Sample queso, cactus and even grasshoppers at Oaxaca’s incredible Abastos Markets
  • Discover the fascinating ruins of Mitla
  • Sip smoky mezcal on a distillery tour
  • Learn to make Puebla’s most famous dish, mole poblano, during a memorable cooking class
  • Eat fresh ceviche on the beach in Zipolite
  • Taste tortillas fresh off the comal
  • Dine on the flavours of Mexico at a traditional cantina

Whats included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Bus transport, Plane during tour
  • Hotel Accommodations


Sabores Mexico Food Tours

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Sabores offers a variety of foodie walking tours.
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Historic Center Food Tour in Mexico City

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Type: Food Walking Tour
Length: 4 Hours
Cost: $83/person

A gastronomic adventure through the traditional flavors of Mexico, from pre-Hispanic food to contemporary culinary dishes. Explore the most important Aztec market, drink in a typical cantina and be delighted with street food

Colonia Roma Food Walking Tour

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Location: Mexico City, Colonia Roma
Type: Food Walking Tour
Length: 3-1/2 hours
Cost: $76/person
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Explore amazing tastes, sights and sounds of the culinary trends in Colonia Roma. Seek out traditional ‘mom and pop’ specialty food shops, ethnic eateries and charming neighborhood restaurants. So go ahead and feel good about indulging your taste buds – it’s fuel for the body and replenishment for the soul.

Let your local guide show you why Colonia Roma has earned its reputation as a culinary and artistic haven over the past 100 years. Experience the everyday life of a Mexico City local as you take in the architectural gems, beautiful gardens and historic mansions that define this quirky and esoteric neighborhood.


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The Little Mexican Cooking School


Type: Cooking School
Length: 3 1/2 hours
Cost: $110 per person
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What should I bring? – Print off your map so you can find us easily. Also bring a PEN. Everything else at The Little Mexican Cooking School is provided – all ingredients, a recipe/workbook, towel, utensils and a The Little Mexican Cooking School apron (yours to keep!)

How the Day Goes

  • 9:45AMGreeting and pastry with Mexican coffee or tea
  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM Introduction to the region of the day, its ingredients & flavors
  • 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Cooking Class
  • (Class ending times are approximate only)
  • Tropical Fruit Juices for refreshments
  • Full Mexican Meal of our dishes with refreshments
  • Partings, souvenir recipe booklets & aprons
  • Peruse The Little Mexican Cooking School Gift Shop


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The International Kitchen – Cooking on the Riviera

Type: Gastro Vacation
Length: 4-6 night
Cost: $1925 to $2950 per person

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Chef David’s cookbook won a James Beard award for “Best Cookbook of the Year” in 2015 and his cooking school was featured on The Martha Stewart Show on August 8, 2008, in the December 2004 issue of Travel and Leisure magazine.

Find out why the Yucatan is the “rising star” on the culinary horizon! Spend a fantastic week-long cooking vacation with Chef David, preparing authentic meals, exploring this intriguing region, all while enjoying the services of this captivating hotel.

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The International Kitchen – Hola Mexico!

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Type: Culinary Vacation
Length: 8 Days
Cost: varies to $1850

Take an unforgettable cooking vacation journey into the culinary heart of Mexico with Chef Ana! Prepare  traditional and nouvelle Mexican dishes, visit villages in the state of Morelos and experience real Mexican life in a small town environment during your culinary vacation, all while staying on an expansive organic garden tucked into the majestic Tepozteco mountains.


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Marilau, The Best Mexican School

Type: Cooking School
Length: 2-3 hours
Cost: $100-130

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Specialty: Mexican ancestry cooking school. Small groups of 2-4 people. All classes are hands on. You can choose between fixed class programs or Chef Marilau is happy to customize to suits your desires.

“In my cooking classes you experience: conversation, history, questions, and laughter fill the room, along with the savory scents of roasting fresh chiles, toasting dry chile, garlic, onion, roast tomatoes, cilantro, tomatillos, cumin, cinnamon, and many other ‘Authentic Mexican’ flavors. Cooking class completed, everyone sits down at a long wooden table to enjoy the fruits of their labor, along with a ‘jarrito de agua fresca de Jamaica’.”



Guadalajara Food Tours

Type: Food Walking Tour
Length: 3 hours
Cost: $25/person
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Between tastings, you’ll experience the life of beautiful streets of Historic Downtown of Guadalajara. Our enthusiastic, local guides share their knowledge and recommendations of architectural buildings, churches, beautiful gardens, historic mansions and exciting local attractions and restaurants. Available private tours on request during week days.



Cozumel Chef Food Tours

Type: Food Walking Tour
Length: 3 Hours
Cost: $80
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Meat-stuffed empanadas, shrimp tacos and sweet Mexican pastries are on the menu for this 3-hour culinary tour of Cozumel. Located off the coast of Playa del Carmen, the island is actually closer to Cuba than it is the Mexican capital, giving its cuisine some Caribbean flair. Get a taste of it with the help of a savvy guide who leads you to five local hotspots for samples of classic Yucatecan food, cerveza and agua fresca. Round-trip transportation from downtown is included on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.




Los Dos Cooking School

Type: Cooking Classes, Half day and Hull day. Food and Pub walking tours
Length: Half Day and Full Day Classes, Multi day classes
Cost: $185 and up
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WHAT MAKES COOKING AT LOS DOS such a delightful experience is that you learn directly with Chef Sterling in his own kitchen. This personal attention – chatting with Chef Sterling over morning coffee or accompanying him to the market – makes spending a day at Los Dos a memorable part of any vacation to the Yucatán Peninsula.

THE SETTING IS A MAGNIFICENT COLONIAL MANSION in downtown Mérida, capital of Yucatán, Mexico. The lovingly restored building is the private home of Chef David Sterling, who manages the school, and partner Keith Heitke. Soaring 18-foot ceilings, sumptuous surroundings, the pool, terrace and garden, a formal dining room and parlor and the gorgeous Mexican kitchen are yours to enjoy.

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