A CULINARY ADVENTURE IN YUCATAN (MERIDA), MEXICO
7 Days | 6 Nights
Available One Incredible Week Each Month
You will be staying at the historic Hacienda Petac. The Spaniards built the Hacienda in the 17th century, and sits on 250 lush acres filled with walking paths for exploring. You will fly into Merida-Rejon International Airport where you will be greeted by a government registered Yucatan guide who will transport you to Hacienda Petac. As you travel to the Hacienda, your guide will translate the Maya names of the villages that you will pass through, and will tell you a little about each area. The glow of the Candlelit driveway will welcome you to your home for one week. The Hacienda has 7 beautiful guest rooms for you to relax and unwind. The capital city of Merida prides itself on the fact they have one of the lowest crimes rates in all of Mexico.
Each day rise to share a relaxed breakfast in the garden within sight of a beautiful swimming pool that is surrounded by Mayan stone, as well as the lush well manicured garden. During your first cooking class you will be taught how to make Frijol con Puerco (Black Bean Stew). This is a traditional Monday staple, and is one of the most popular dishes on the menu. You will learn to prepare succulent pork simmered in black beans, saving the magnificent broth to flavor a side dish of rice.
Botanas (similar to nachos), Salsas and Guacamole Culinary Workshop – After you have had your siesta, the culinary staff at the Hacienda will teach you how to prepare various Yucatan salsas and dips. They will also share with you their secret to creating world class guacamole. You will learn the distinctive flavors of the Mayan sik il pak (a dip made with ground, toasted calabash seeds accompanied by chopped chives and mashed red plum tomatoes. For those who like it hot, you will make a roasted habanero salsa called chile k’ut. For those wishing something milder, you will make a treat called xni pec sauce. This is a very versatile salsa that goes well with fresh tortilla chips, spooned over chicken breasts, fish filets or can be a base for ceviche. Some of your creations will be served with botanas (snacks) and dinner this evening.
Merida Market Tour | Sorbet Tasting | Chocolate Shopping – Merida is known as the Paris of North America because of its elegant architecture and wide boulevard, called Paseo Montejo. As you drive to the main square for your walking tour of downtown, you will pass by mansions that were built during the booming “Green Gold” henequen era when Merida had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world. The oldest cathedral in the Americas is located in the principal plaza. You will also see the Governor’s palace where murals depict the history of Merida. On the south side of the square is home of Francisco Montejo, the first conquistador who governed the Yucatan. As you continue to the vibrant market scene you will be able to examine the aisles of colorful stalls to buy spices and chiles that will be used later in cooking, including achiote, xcatic, guajillo and a local bean called espelon. You will also see some unusual fresh fruits used locally in drinks and sorbets. Upon leaving the market you will make your way back to the square for a taste at Sorbeteria Colon who has the best sorbets in Merida. Before heading back to the Hacienda, you will visit a local chocolate shop using Belgian techniques with Yucatan chocolate.
Panuchos | Poc Chuc | Tortilla Soup Class – After you relax at the Hacienda, you will delight in having a lunch of panuchos which are generally fried tortillas filled with beans, topped with meat and pickled red onions. Once you have tried these you will want Rosaura to teach you how to make them. These delicious “fast food” treats take all morning to prepare, but Rosaura will give you the short version. All the steps in creating this dish will be demonstrated, and you will be given the recipe to take back home. Panuchos will be followed by a cooking class featuring tortilla soup, and Poc Chuc. Poc Chuc is generally grilled pork in a citrus marinade with grilled roasted onions and fresh cabbage.
Day Trip to Uxmal | Picnic Lunch | Cenote | Cooking with Quail – Your trip will include a discovery tour of Uxmal, a world heritage site that is thought to be one of the most important ancient Mayan cities of the classical period. This tour will be two hours in length, and a specialist in Mayan culture will lead you through the history, beliefs and architectural phases of this once bustling city of worship and commerce. After you enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch, your tour continues with a stop at the underground lake known as a cenote. It is believed that the cenotes are sinkholes left by an asteroid which hit the earth nearly 30 feet below the surface. You can swim in the clear water, or enjoy relaxing. After returning from your exploration, you will help prepare quail in tamarind sauce. These little gems are sourced from a local, organic quail farm. You will help with marinating these small birds with homemade sweet/tart tamarind and chile sauce, and then roasting them over a wood charcoal fire.
Day to Explore or Relax | Take a Spa Treatment | Day Tour | Trova Serenade – After a busy week, you will appreciate your last day to relax and enjoy the scenery, or the numerous activities that are available at the Hacienda. You can walk the paths of the 250 acres of Hacienda Petac, soak in the Jacuzzi, work out in the gym, play a game of pool or ping-pong, or go to the card room for cards or chess. You can also schedule a relaxing treatment in the Hacienda’s private spa (additional fees apply). You can try a Mayan massage, or an aloe vera facial, or a manicure or pedicure. If you would like to see more of Merida, the staff at the Hacienda will be happy to make suggestions for a day trip, and will arrange for a driver and guide (additional fees apply). If you would still like to take more of the Hacienda experience with you, the staff will offer a workshop on creating some of the table designs enjoyed by you during your stay. For your farewell dinner, it will be slowly cooking “underground”, and there will be a live performance by Los Tres Yucatecos to complete your special week.
6 Nights Suite Accommodations
Round-Trip Merida Airport Transfers
All Meals, Beer and Margaritas
Traditional Yucatan Cooking Class
Tropical Drink Demonstration Class
Botanas, Salsas and Guacamole Class
Merida Market Tour and Sorbet Tasting
Panuchos, Poc Chuc and Tortilla Soup Class
All Day Trip to Uxmal and Cenote Visit
Farewell Dinner and Trova Serenade
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