The Mexco culinary Experience: a regional Culinary and Cultural Exploration of the Yucatan Pennensula

Neighbors of the beautiful beaches and easy flights to Cancun take you to the Yucatan, a beautiful world often untouched by tourists

Gimmel Travel is proud to offer our first trip, an exploration of the culture and cuisine of the Yucatan as a trip itself, or part of a vacation to nearby Cancun.

Throughout the multi-day event, you will experience different periods that combine to create the rich culture in the Yucatan.

This is a fully customizable multi day tour divided into parts that represent major periods, each a significant influence on the food, drink, architecture and culture.

Your trip to the Yucatan is created to provide you with an intimate experience, as groups are broken down into smaller parties to minimize our footprint and enable cultural immersion.

Knowledgeable locals, ready to show you their world, will then guide the smaller parties.

You will see, smell, taste, touch, and hear the Yucatan in an unforgettable way.


Itinerary

Day 1, option 1: Departure from Cancun/Riviera Maya - Ek Balam / Lunch at Izamal / Merida

Pick up from your selected hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya and travel west for a visit of the archeological site of Ek-Balam, ancient Maya city whose name means Black Jaguar. Recently uncovered from the dense tropical vegetation this mystical ancient Mayan city is very rarely visited and a treasure to explore

Day 1, option 2: City Tour / Welcome Dinner

Afternoon dedicated to discover the enchanting city of Mérida. The tour begins in the city center with a walking visit to the house of Montejo, founder of the city, the Government palace, Cathedral and the Palacio Municipal.

Welcome Dinner. Taste an exclusive 4 course gourment menu prepared by a renowned chef based on local ingredients at Casa Lecanda, a luxury boutique hotel located in the historical center of Merida.

Day 2 : The Mayan World - Uxmal / Hacienda lunch + Chocolate experience

Continue to Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered as one of the greatest achievements of the Mayas in the Puuc Region and represents the second most important archaeological site of the Yucatan Peninsula following Chichen-Itza.

Following the visit, lunch at a traditional Hacienda to enjoy typical yucatecan lunch with refreshing local beverages.

Day 3 : Spanish Colonization- Market Visit / Hacienda Sotuta & Cocktail Class / Cooking Class and Dinner

Early morning with our private Chef. We will start the day visiting the city's principal market Lucas de Galvez open since 1887 and the only place where you can find the appropriate ingredients to prepare the original Yucatecan dishes during the class that will take place in the afternoon.

Continue to Sotuta de Peon, a restoration project of a landmark located in the heart of the ancient henequen farming area near Merida that gives a true glimpse of what was once an operational Henequen Hacienda in the grand style and tradition of this period.

In the afternoon cooking class in the kitchen of Casa Lecanda, where the Chef will be waiting for you with all the ingredients bought that morning in the market.

Day 4: Life by the Sea - Flamingos, Celestun, and Lunch

For those who wish to discover the wildlife of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Biosphere Reserve of Celestún is a real treat. The Reserve is located 56 miles west of Merida and expands for 146,000 acres.

Following the tour, we will visit the beachside town of Celestún to enjoy some of the freshest seafood in the area.

For more information or to book your tour, please contact us at 877-406-3446 or email us at info@gimmeltravel.com