Huipíl and Coffee Festival Itinerary: Tepoztlán-Puebla-Cuetzalan
Join us on an incredible culinary and cultural journey. Every year we go to the Huipil and Coffee Festival which is one of the most spectacular cultural traditions in Mexico complete with flyers, dancers and a huipil queen! This year it is September 27 – October 5, 2017.
The week package includes everything mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise noted noted. It includes airport pickup and return to MEX, transportation to Puebla and Cuetzalan, breakfast and lunch on all days, 3 cooking sessions with Chef Ana in Tepoztlan of traditional Puebla specialties, trips to the market and tortilla mill to meet providers, all hotel accommodations throughout the week, gourmet chef’s table dinner on arrival, all excursions, tastings, and visits mentioned in the itinerary.
The package costs $2350 USD plus tax per person in double occupancy and $2950 USD plus tax per person in single. Sales tax is 16%. Please contact us with the reservation form for more details.
Thursday: Welcome to La Villa Bonita
Arrival in Mexico City Airport (prior to 4:00 pm). Airport pickup and 1.5 hour drive to La Villa Bonita Tepoztlán. Relax, get accommodated in your rooms and breathe the fresh mountain air. You are greeted upon arrival with refreshing margaritas and traditional Mexican bocadillos upon arrival. Later that evening guests will enjoy a 4 course gourmet Chef’s table dinner made primarily from ingredients provided local providers or grown in our garden.
Friday: Let’s begin!
The week begins with our famous breakfast of homemade banana bread or biscuits, jams and jellies from fruit grown in the garden, yogurt, granola and fresh juice. Then comes a new main traditional breakfast dish every day – huevos a la Mexicana, huevos rancheros, chicharron en salsa roja, queso panela a la plancha sobre nopales, chilaquiles, enfrijoladas, among many more. Today guests will make incredible Poblano (from Puebla) traditional dishes such as Chileatole (corn soup), Pipian Poblano or Poblano Chiles Stuffed with Vegetables in Puff Pastry, tortillas, and camote confitado (sweet potato confit). We will have lunch of dishes prepared in the elevated terrace.
Saturday: A Classic – Mole Poblano
After breakfast, a trip to the tortilla mill is scheduled to grind masa for tortillas made from ancient varieties of local corn. Today’s menu includes the classic Mole Poblano with red rice, chilacayota squash, chalupitas poblanas, burned milk and Macadamian nut dessert spoons.
Sunday: Mexican Brunch Class
Breakfast starts the day and traditional brunch class follows with crepas poblanas, memelas, frijol gordo con nopales, naranjas cristalizadas (candied oranges)
In the mid-afternoon we will depart to Puebla where we will visit the International Baroque Museum and stay at the Presidente Intercontiental. Cocktails and canapes will be provided in the evening in the Club Lounge at the hotel.
Monday: Puebla Delicacies and Fabulous Cheese!
We will have a light breakfast in the Presidente and Chef Ana will take guests on a walking/eating tour of the historic center of town. We will depart from the hotel in the late morning and on the way to Cuetzalan we will visit a hidden gem — the La Manchuela cheesemaker for tasting of his incredible goat and cow cheeses in Libres, Puebla. We will arrive at Cuetzalan in the late afternoon staying at Tosepan Kali which is a small hotel run but the local indigenous society and the coffee and honey cooperative. Dinner in town TBD (not included).
Tuesday: Flyers, Dancers, Pyramids, and Orchids
After an early breakfast in the hotel, we will get to know Cuetzalan and its incredible customs and culture. We will visit the impressive Yohualichan ruins and the Xoxoctic botanical gardens. During the day we will have lunch in the downtown. In the afternoon we witness the beginning of the celebration of the Feria del Huipil y Café with the “voladores” or “flyers, the “danzantes” or costumed dancers with the procession of the elaborate wax sculptures to the church. Dinner in the downtown (not included).
Wednesday: Selecting the Huipil Queen
We will have breakfast in the hotel and make our way to get our seats reserved for the selection of the Huipil Queen. This takes place in the town square and is one of the most memorable cultural events you can witness in Mexico. Village elders select the Huipil Queen based upon her traditional dress and her passion for tradition with a speech in Nahuatl, the Aztec dialect, and Spanish. This ceremony ends in the late morning/early afternoon.
We will then make our way back to the Presidente in Puebla and will visit the world-famous Uriarte talavera plant. In the evening we will have the opportunity to eat out in Puebla and meet local chefs (TBD) (dinner not included).
Thursday: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
After breakfast in the Presidente we will make arrangements to return to the airport in Mexico City from Puebla.