Foodie Tours

February 9-11, 2014
Puebla~ The City of Angels
Cuisine, Talavera and Architecture

Take a captivating tour of Puebla, The City of Angels. Enjoy its notable cuisine, discover its architecture, wander through its Sunday antique flea market, and El Parian (artisan walkways) with a small group of travelers and expert guides. Visit a Talavera Majolica ceramic factory and wander the historic district just two blocks from our comfortable renovated historic hotel.

Puebla   |   Photo by: Russ Bowling
Experience remarkable cuisine in Puebla’s finest regional restaurants. Mexico’s best known mole is named after the city of Puebla. “Mole poblano” is so delicious that there are two versions of its origin. The first tells that this sauce is from pre-Hispanic times and was served by the Aztec Emperor Montezuma to Hernan Cortez and his men. Another tells that 16th century nuns from the Convent of Santa Rosa were worried when they learned that their archbishop was going to visit them, and they had nothing to prepare for him except an old turkey in the courtyard. They began to mix together everything they had on hand including chiles, day old bread, chocolate and some twenty other items. The sauce simmered for hours and was poured over the cooked turkey meat. The archbishop was quite pleased with the meal and thus began the recipe for “mole poblano”. Either way, mole has gained refinement over time and is considered by all to be one of the pinnacles of Mexican cuisine.

Mole Poblano ingredients   |   photo by: Leslie Seaton
Mole Poblano   |   photo by: Renée Suen
Another famous Mexican dish, “chiles en nogada,” may also have been created in Puebla. There is a story of three sisters from Puebla who met and fell in love with three of Agustin de Iturbide’s officers. The three sisters became engaged, but none of them knew how to cook. Their mother sent them to cooking classes with the nuns of the Convent of Santa Monica. After learning basics, the three sisters created an original dish to impress their beloved officers, “chiles en nogada,” which represents the three colors of the Mexican flag. The dish was served to deserved acclaim for the first time at a banquet in Puebla for Iturbide and his officers.

Chiles en Nogada   |   photo by: Daniel Dionne
Today, Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. A photographer’s dream, Puebla is filled with Spanish-colonial and elegant 17th and 18th century European architecture, featuring over 5,000 buildings of historical significance. It is no surprise the city has won many accolades in the past years including: “One of the top 10 destinations in the world for 2012” (Lonely Planet Travel Guide), and “ #13 of the must visit cities in the world for 2012” (New York Times).

Puebla Zocalo at Night   |   Photo by: Russ Bowling
Indulge your curiosity and reward your senses with the best that Puebla has to offer. Join Travelian Eco Tours for this small group exceptional excursion to one of Mexico’s treasures ~ Puebla de Los Angeles!



Itinerary

Day 1 Sunday 9, February 2014

We’ll leave from San Miguel de Allende at 7:00 am, a box breakfast will be provided en route. We’ll arrive in Puebla around noon. After checking into our hotel, we’ll leave for lunch at one of Puebla´s finest restaurants. Then, we’ll wander on Los Sapos (Sunday Flea Market and Antique Fair), and explore Puebla’s Zocalo, Cathedral and the Biblioteca Palafoxiana. Later, we'll have free time to relax before meeting at our hotel´s outstanding restaurant for cocktails and dinner.


Day 2 Monday 10, February 2014

After having breakfasts at our hotel at 8:30 am, we’ll leave to visit La Capilla del Rosario, and then the famed Talavera Fabrica Uriarte for a tour. After lunch at an acclaimed restaurant, we’ll walk to El Parian for Talavera and artisan items from Puebla or take time to relax or take photographs. We’ll return to our hotel to rest and freshen up. Later, we’ll meet in our hotel lobby to walk to another exquisite poblano restaurant for cocktails and dinner.


Day 3 Tuesday 11, February 2014

This morning breakfast will begin at 8:00 am in our hotel, or you may sleep in and eat later. If you have an early breakfast you will have time for photography, wandering, or last minute shopping. Be sure to be packed and ready to go by 11:30am!. We’ll have our last poblano meal at a renowned restaurant. Then, we’ll leave for San Miguel de Allende. -Approximate arrival time to SMA: 6:00 pm.

* Meals are not included in the tour fee.
** This Itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification



Trip Costs:
For Attendees to the San Miguel Writers Conference 2014

$495.00 usd (or $5,950 pesos)

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* 4% paypal fee applies



For non Attendees

$545.00 usd (or $6,540 pesos)

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* 4% paypal fee applies



For single supplement, add:

$95.00 usd or ($1100 pesos)

Select number of travelers:
* 4% paypal fee applies

Single Accommodation Supplement:
If you are traveling alone we will try our best to match you with another single traveler of the same gender. Otherwise we offer single accomodations for an extra fee..


Trip cost includes:

Accommodation
Transportation
Gratuities (except for tour leader)
Entrance fee for Museums
Sack Breakfast -first day-


Trip cost doesn't include:

Meals


Reservations

To make a reservation or if you are interested in going on this trip,
please send us an email or call us to:

reservations@travelian.com.mx
+52 (415) 152-3644
+52 (415) 100-2798



Payment and cancellation policies

   •   Full payment of the tour is due by:

    January 6th, 2014

   •   Reservations will be confirmed once the full payment
       has been received.

   •   Due to the cancellation policies of our providers, we must
       retain 30% of your payment if you cancel your reservation.

   •   If you cancel less than 15 days prior to departure 100% of
       your payment becomes nonrefundable. If you or we are able
       to find a traveler to fill your space we'll refund 100% of your
       payment.

   •   If Travelian does not have the minumum number of travelers
       necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and
       you will receive a full refund of your payment.

We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance in case you need to cancel.
Here are links for providers we recommend:
www.allianztravelinsurance.com
www.worldnomads.com
www.chartisinsurance.com


Payment and cancellation policies

   •   We accept payment in cash (pesos), check form or credit card.

   •   If using an American or Canadian bank account make your
       check/checks payable to: Rodrigo Lopez

   •   Each traveler must turn in a signed Trip Form
          Instructions for Trip Form:
          > Download this link: Trip form
          > Fill it out - Print it and sign it

   •   Put your check, Trip Form, your phone number, and email
       address inside the envelope.
          > All cash payments must be delivered to Colleen Besman
             personally: 4151523644 colleen@travelian.com.mx

   •   Seal the envelope and address it to:
       Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B.

   •   Deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3

   •   To make a payment using a credit card contact Rodrigo Lopez at rodrigo@travelian.com.mx

   •   If you are mailing your payment from Canda, US
       or other country outside of Mexico, mail it to:

       Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian
       PMB # 214-B
       220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
       Laredo, TX 78043-4464

Your envelope will be delivered by La Conexión; a prívate mailing service to San Miguel. This mail service is very secure and efficient. Once we have received your envelope, we will email you a confirmation.

       Thank you!


Useful information

ITEMS TO BRING
   •   Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID  (copies are fine)
   •   Water Bottle
   •   Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, umbrella and rain gear
   •   Day pack
   •   Puebla is a traditional city.
       You may wish to wear comfortable clothes for day time (avoid wearing shorts and tshirts).
       Evenings you may wish to wear dressier oufits.


Tour Leaders