Ole Los Angeles, here’s a trip tailor made for all you fans of Mexican food–of which there is an abundance around here. Check out Acapulco Restaurant in the Valley, it’s always jammed. Ditto for El Torito Grills in Beverly Hills or Burbank. We love of enchiladas, quacamole, chips, fajitas and of course margaritas.
And now for the deal Access Trips, the adventure travel company specializing in exotic learning vacations, recently announced its launch of the Mexico Culinary Retreat near Sayulita, Mexico.
Focusing on traditional Mexican cooking, the seven-day tour includes a variety of cooking lessons led by one of Mexico’s leading chefs, trips to local produce and fish markets, a tour of a local coffee roastery and ice cream producer, yoga classes and ample time to enjoy the lush tropical surroundings of the area.
On the Mexico Culinary Retreat Chef Hugo Gutiérrez will lead guests through a series of cooking lessons throughout the week, focusing on traditional Mexican cuisine with a seafood and vegetarian twist, using the freshest, locally-available, organic ingredients, from exotic fruits and vegetables to plentiful locally-caught seafood. A native of Mexico and a recent inductee to L’Académie Culinaire de France, Chef Hugo will teach guests how to make such dishes as Ceviche “Zihuatanejo Style,” Shrimp Al Ajillo, Red Snapper “A La Talla” and Mexican Sorbet. Classes will also lead students through the preparation of many traditional Mexican sauces such as mole, tropical pico de gallo, green and red salsas and Mayan sauce.
November 6-12, 2011 is now available for booking for up to 16 guests per tour in November through April. Located 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is a quaint and laid-back fishing village on the Nayarit Riviera on Mexico’s West Coast. An experienced multilingual local Access Trips tour leader will be on-hand for the duration of the trip to ensure guests get the most out of their experience. Additional activities may also be booked including kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, spa appointments and more.
Accommodations for the Mexico Culinary Retreat are located at the hilltop wellness resort of Haramara, just south of Sayulita. The resort offers serenity to ensure relaxing and renewing vacations with on-site amenities including daily yoga classes, a restaurant and a spa. Guests will enjoy the quiet beauty of the jungle that surrounds them in their private bungalow-style cabanas, lit only by the sun, oil lamps and candles. The resort overlooks the jungle and ocean and offers rustic yet luxurious cabanas, some with outdoor showers, making the trip a memorable and unique experience.
The new Mexico Culinary Retreat costs $2,790 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes all meals, overnight accommodations, cooking lessons, yoga, a 60-minute massage, market visits and airport transfers. Alcoholic beverages and additional leisure/spa activities are an additional cost.
The full daily itinerary can be accessed here:http://www.accesstrips.com/sports/mexican-cooking/.
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