Escape the cold! Since pre-Columbian times, Tepoztlan has been appreciated for its wonderful weather. This area of Mexico is known as “the land of eternal spring” because of year-round temperate climate – 70-80 degrees F during the day, sunny, and dropping down to lovely sleeping weather in the evening with the mountain climate. Enjoy our open-air kitchen and beautiful views of the mountains as you cook time-honored recipes.
Congratulations! La Villa Bonita Tepoztlan is where it all begins – Chef Ana´s specially-designed culinary resort located in the foothills of the Tepozteco mountains. Take a walk back in time and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Mexico. Hear the church bells ring as you take a stroll on the ancient cobblestone streets. Purchase your ingredients from local producers in the market. Cook dishes handed down over generations in our specially-designed, open-air kitchen with a breath-taking view of the 16th Century ex-convent. Have lunch while being embraced by a 360-degree view of the majestic Tepozteco mountains. Enjoy small-town life as a local.
IMPORTANT: This schedule is posted to give the guest a general idea of our TRUE FOODIE 7-night package schedule on a normal week. Please check your package details for included elements. The schedule and lineup of dishes may change to take advantage of seasonal dishes, ingredients or the interests of our guests. LVB reserves the right to modify this schedule and the dishes contained therein.
Guests arrive at MEX (Benito Juarez Mexico City International) with airport pickup provided. The trip takes 1.5 hours from Mexico City to La Villa Bonita and guests will be greeted upon arrival with a delicious homemade cocktail such as Chef Ana’s famous Margarita made with her own Calamondine Orange liquor as well as snacks such as guacamole, cheeses, home-made salsa, and chips.
Later that afternoon/evening guests will enjoy Chef Ana’s 4-course chef’s table gourmet dinner made from primarily local ingredients grown in the garden or from local providers. Dinner is served within our ample open-air kitchen with view of the valley below or above our kitchen in the elevated dining area with a 360-degree view of the mountains. Chef Ana will explain her dishes to the guests and also discuss how the week will unfold.
The day begins with Chef Ana’s famous big breakfast with fresh fruit, biscuits, homemade jams and jellies along with a new traditional Mexican main dish each morning. Guest will go to the local Tepoztlán market to select the best ingredients from Chef Ana’s local providers and bring these ingredients back for the cooking session in the open-air kitchen.
Today is a day to enjoy Mexican comfort food with a focus on the famous tortilla Azteca with chicken, refried beans, Mexican vegetable soup, ensalada casera. The dessert will be sherry rompope gelatin. Cooking generally takes place from 11 to 2:30 in the afternoon with lunch of dishes prepared in the open air kitchen or the elevated terrace with wine and beer service as well as coffee or tea with dessert. An “agua fresca” of the day will be prepared such as mandarin water. Each day we will make a different agua fresca with different fruit, Jamaica flower, or tamarindo to accompany each lunch. As well each day we will have a new signature cocktail which is a Mango margarita. Today we will also learn about the process of nixtamalization so that we can make our own tortillas during the week from ancestral corn grown in the area.
The day begins as always with a fabulous breakfast, optional yoga class (15 USD), and a trip to the market to select ingredients and to meet the local butcher and cheese vendor. Guest return to LVB to cook up a storm. Today is a day to learn how the locals eat on a daily basis with Zompantle or Colorin flower cakes and green bean cakes in a guajillo chile sauce with green rice and fried plantains along with mushroom quesadillas and chile morita salsa. For dessert, we will make a delicious Tejocote pie. Our agua fresca of the day cantaloupe water and the signature cocktail is Chef Ana’s classic margarita made from her homemade calamondine liquor.
Learn how to use red, white or blue masa made from ancestral corn varieties produced locally and make your own tortillas and place them on the comal with Mari your “ama de llaves” or mayordomo during your stay at La Villa Bonita.
Guests enjoy lunch of dishes prepared with drink service in the open air kitchen or the elevated terrace. After late lunch, guests will have an opportunity to take a walk into the downtown, relax around the pool with a good book or take a great nap! You are on vacation, it is up to you!
Today guests will join Chef Ana on a walking/eating tour of the Tepoztlan market, visit the Ex-Convent and museum as well as try a wide variety of local delicacies in the market. Walk, learn and eat like a native, delicacies such as itacates, pancita, cecina, and traditional Morelos quesadillas. This is the farmer’s market day in Tepoztlan with an opportunity to see the wide variety of ingredients and dishes that Tepoztlan has to offer.
Breakfast starts a day of pottery and incredible local cuisine. After breakfast guests will witness a demonstration of how to make traditional lead-free artisan pottery from an artisanal producer in Tlayacapan by the name of Doña Chayo. Her family has produced pottery in the traditional way for generations. Almost all of Chef Ana’s earthenware in the house Doña Chayo. Learn how these noble vessels are made! Guests will have an opportunity to purchase his traditional rice and bean pots, flatware, cazuelas among many other great items.
After a hearty breakfast and an optional yoga class ($15 USD) guests will dedicate the day to the production and use of masa with a trip to the Masa Mill to produce our own masa from corn grown locally. Guests will then return to prepare a Yucatecan classic – Cochinita Pibil. Learn the technique that you can use to create this traditional favorite. Along with the cochinita guests will make xni-pec red onion relish, tortillas, white rice, seasoned black beans, a Yucatan Lima soup, a jicama salad with avocado and oranges and a delicious local ice cream for dessert. The agua fresca of the day is Agua de Chaya and the signature cocktail is a Jamaica flower mezcalita.
We start with a fabulous breakfast as usual (with departure to the airport for 5-night guests) and begin our preparations to enjoy the grandeur of the tamale. Today is dedicated to the production of different types of tamales in both banana leaf and corn husk such as chilpan rojo pork, picadillo with chicken, cheese as well as strawberry and pineapple tamales for dessert. The meal will be accompanied by a nopal salad and a variety of salsas like chile de arbol, roasted tomato and raw green salsa. The signature cocktail of the day is a Gavilan Ancho Reyes (grapefruit) and the agua fresca is horchata.
After your delicious breakfast, you have a day to enjoy on your own. Take a hike, enjoy the weekend artisan market, go out for lunch or just relax. Today is a day to do whatever your heart desires . . .
After breakfast, we will organize our return to the Mexico City airport and count the days until we see each other again for a new culinary adventure.
Tepoztlan, the original “Pueblo Magico” (magic village) and one of Mexico’s most unique destinations is located about 5280 ft. above sea level and roughly 1 hour 15 minutes south of Mexico City making transportation easy (we pick you up in the Mexico City airport and bring you back). Because of its incredible “eternal spring” climate, Tepoztlan is a year-round destination where our award-winning packages take place.
Due to its year-round average daily temperature of 83 F/28 C, Tepoztlan has become an off-the-beaten-path destination for those who want a wonderful climate with a picturesque, artistic, authentic, and traditional Mexican backdrop. Tepoztlan’s temperate climate with prevailing sunshine, its wonderful adobe facades, incredible local festivals, and ancient cobblestone streets attract Mexicans and foreign tourists from all over the world who seek a traditional, small-town environment.
Tepoztlan is one of the most unique, authentic, and safest places you can visit and has one of the lowest crime rates in the American hemisphere. You will get this understanding in the first 15 minutes after setting foot in the village. It is a place that time seems to have forgotten with time-honored culinary traditions, wonderful local produce, and a very enjoyable pace of life focused on family and friends.
Tepoztlan is made up of artists, stubborn townspeople, and subsistence farmers who vigilantly guard their traditions from change, which makes it an ideal destination for the “foodie” and the traveler seeks to experience a rich culture. “Tepoztecos,” as they are known here, appreciate the foreign tourist because you appreciate their culture. You can walk anywhere day or night and people will say “hello” to you, be cordial, but not overburdening.
This Magic Village with its mystical vibe is known as the “Sedona of Mexico” and consists of a very small, tight-knit community where people are very content with their lifestyle — a full social calendar that consists of constant cultural events, celebrations, and festivals during both the week and weekend. Tepoztlan is a piece of art without comparison – exquisite but not commercial. In Tepoztlan, you will hear the enveloping sounds of the community, the church bells, the rooster crowing, the occasional firecracker and the music wafting through the valley. So, enjoy your stay and when you go home, please tell everyone about your experience in the “hidden culinary jewel of Mexico.”
We want you to enjoy your vacation at La Villa Bonita and we know that things may come up that preclude you from joining us. While we do not accept cancelations or refund payments, if you need to change your reservation for any reason you can do so once without penalty and subject to availability. You will receive a credit towards the same experience that you can apply to a different date or different experience. If you choose a more expensive experience you will need to pay the difference. Please contact us for further details.
You can receive an additional 5% discount by paying in full upon making your reservation or you can pay full price in 3 equal and consecutive monthly payments (or less if fewer than three months remain before your dates). The 5% discount is not valid with any other discount, sale or promotion. We will send you an invoice by email that you can pay online or you can call us and we will receive your payment information. Prices do not include 16% sales tax which will be added to the final price of your package. Tips are not included.
Welcome to Chef Ana´s mountain home that was specially designed for her culinary program. La Villa Bonita was built in a citrus orchard on a hectare of terraced land and consists of 6 guests rooms all with private baths. Each of the guest rooms has a different design and all are very comfortable. All rooms have a king bed and some rooms have the possibility of 2 twin beds or 1 king and french doors that open up to a common courtyard with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and steps from the open-air kitchen. Chef Ana and her family live on the property as well in their townhouse.
The specially-designed open-air kitchen is complete with a living area, three sinks, lots of cooking and prep space as well as a 360-degree view of the majestic mountains. Above the kitchen sits our 16-person-capacity glass table with an incredible panoramic view of the Tepozteco mountains, the ex-convent, and the town below. La Villa Bonita is located in a very quiet residential area of town away from the downtown hum.
La Villa Bonita offers Chef Ana Garcias’ award-winning culinary and cultural vacation experiences in our specially-designed resort in the foothills of the Tepoztlan valley.
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