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Culinary Tour to the Yucatán, Mexico
TOUR DATES: NOV 29-DEC 4, 2022 (4 spots left)
Spend 6 days and 5 nights exploring the beauty of Isla Mujeres and the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico on an exceptionally curated foodie adventure. This custom small group trip is the perfect way to unwind and treat yourself. It offers the BEST of our longer culinary tour, in a shorter trip. We’ll spend the days exploring and experiencing Mexican cuisine and culture, led by Mexico’s best chefs, guides and bartenders, and the evenings relaxing by the pool or at the beach. Hands down our best tour yet.
- Isla Mujeres – 5 nights in a beautiful villa, with a private chef cooking class, delicious breakfast daily, guided mezcal tasting and cocktail class, local restaurants, and the most beautiful beaches. This tour offers more curated experiences than any other tour you’ll find and time to relax and unwind.
- Spend your nights at Isla Retreats, an oasis on Isla Mujeres with marble bathrooms, a salt water pool, beautiful landscape and within walking distance of restaurants, and the ocean.
- Valladolid – Enjoy 1 full day trip to this beautiful city rich in culture and food. We’ll spend the day exploring markets, ruins and cenotes, plus enjoying an incredible Mayan food. We utilize private transportation services for the day.
Cooking class with award winning chef
Mezcal tasting with award winning mixologist
Guided food tour of Isla Mujeres
Beautiful villa with swimming pool
Local restaurants and street food
Valladolid day trip
Traditional Mayan meal
Ek Balam Ruins and guided tour
From $2149/pp 8 spots**
Food Tour Itinerary
Arrive at the Cancun airport. Upon arrival transfer by private vehicle and ferry to Isla Mujeres at Isla Retreats. Relax, unpack, and dip in the pool before enjoying appetizers and a welcome drink under the palapa. Enjoy your private villa featuring marble bathroom, king size beds and saltwater pool access, and air conditioning. Located centrally on the island, the villas are close to restaurants and bars, but secluded enough for your retreat.
3pm or later
Welcome Dinner and Drinks and Apps
After a delicious breakfast, enjoy time exploring North beach (voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world) or lounging by the pool or exploring the neighborhood.
After a day of relaxing, we’ll enjoy an evening guided food tour of the island for dinner via golf cart or bike.
Guided food tour
Be prepared for a cooking class like no other. Chef Arturo Lopez will lead us in learning to cook regional cuisine, elevated to fine dining along with techniques and recipes to prepare the meal yourself at home. This class will take place at our villa so you can attend in your bathing suit! Chef Arturo Lopez has represented the Yucatan and Isla Mujeres at national cooking competitions and festivals. He focuses on using indigenous ingredients and techniques, elevated to fine dining experiences.
Cooking Class with Award winning chef Arturo Lopez
Today we explore the Yucatan and the vibrant Mayan culture. We’ll start early with a guided tour of Ek Balam with Mayan guide Mellie Tzip, followed by a refreshing dip in a cenote and a delicious spread of Mayan food. We’ll have a chance to enjoy a little shopping or just relax on the central square in Valladolid before returning to the island.
Breakfast, Late Lunch, Market Snacks
Valladolid, Ek Balam, Cenote
On our last full day we will enjoy lounging and relaxing, or shopping before we indulge in a guided mezcal tasting and cocktail class with award winning mixologist Alan Avalos. This class will take us through Mexico’s indigenous spirits via a meditation, history lesson, preparation methods, a tasting and end with cocktail making. An absolutely incredible experience. We can explore the south point for a final incredible sunset with waves crashing against cliffs and see the ruins of Ixchel or head back to the beach for sunset.
Mezcal tasting and cocktail class with award winning mixologist
Departure Day: After a delicious breakfast and a final dip in the pool or walk to the beach you’ll arrive at the airport via private transport.
Private airport transfer
**COST: All prices USD/pp. There are currently no options for non-cooking companion.
Small villa double occupancy $2149/pp
Large villa double occupancy $2449/pp
Small villa single occupancy $2325/pp
Large villa single occupancy $2625/pp
EARLY BIRD PRICING! Book before May 31, 2022 and get $100.00 off/pp.
Owner, Guide and Event Host
Otehlia founded Otehlia Travels, LLC in 2021, and has been a leader in the travel and tourism industry for over 10 years. International group travel comes naturally to her! She led her first international tour to Mali, West Africa in the late 1990’s when she brought a group of dancers to study there. She made group travel her official job in 2011 when she led her first culinary tour to Mexico. She eventually added culinary tours to Cuba, and then finally in 2021, she launched Otehlia Travels, LLC, a dedicated travel brand.Read More
I have no hesitation in recommending this, or any other tour Otehlia curates, to anybody who wants a fun filled culinary tour with like minded people, expertly crafted and put together.
Cost: Starting at $2149/pp double occupancy
Deposits/Payments: To hold your spot in the tour a $500 non-refundable deposit is required. This can be paid by check (address below) or Paypal/Venmo (may incur fees). Your final payment is due 60 days before the trip. You will get an email reminder when payment is due. Cancellations prior to 30 days before the trip are 50% refundable (minus the $500 initial deposit). Cancellations made on or after 30 days prior to the trip are non refundable.
You can also choose to send full payment in advance of the course/tour.
Flexible Booking/Cancellation:A $500 non refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. Your final payment is due 60 days before the tour. The non-refundable deposit can be transferred to another trip if you cancel before 60 days before the tour. After that the deposit is forfeited.
Refunds and adjustments: There will be no refunds or adjustments for unused portion of the tour.
Mail your deposit and fill out the submission form below to hold your spot. Send deposit to 2521 Hoard Street, Madison, WI 53704. Make check payable to Otehlia Travels. Please fill out booking form even if mailing in deposit. Paypal transfer accepted.
LARGE VILLA DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
SMALL VILLA DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
SMALL VILLA SINGLE OCCUPANCY
LARGE VILLA SINGLE OCCUPANCY
Otehlia Travels Vacation Booking Form
Tour Policies and Procedures incl. Covid updates
Covid Protocol and Safety Measures:
We require that all guests, regardless of vaccination status, get tested before traveling with us on any trip regardless of regional entry requirements within 48 (rapid test) or 96 (PCR test) hours prior to travel – effective on departures as of May 1, 2021. Currently Mexico does not require a Covid test to enter, however we want to ensure the safety of our guests. We will adhere to Mexico’s mask mandates and safety protocol, which currently requires that all people over the age of 2 wear a mask or a cloth at all times to cover your face and nose except when you are eating and drinking.
If you test positive and are denied re-entry into the US, you will be fully responsible for any fees associated with your stay including but not limited to health care costs and lodging. By joining the tour each participant voluntarily agrees to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability or expense of any kind that they may experience or incur in connection with their Otehlia Travels Culinary Tours trip and its activities.
Cancellation and Refund: If Otehlia Travels cancels the tour, all fees paid MINUS your $500 deposit (service fee) will be refunded. We strongly encourage trip insurance in case of unforeseen events that result in the cancellation of your trip.
A) Minimum Group Size:
Otehlia Travels’ trips are priced based on a minimum group size that varies by trip, making our trips financially viable to operate. Otehlia Travels reserves the right to cancel any trip if the trip does not attract the minimum number of clients required to make the trip financially viable. Otehlia Travels will not, however, cancel a trip due to minimum group size any later than 21 days prior to the commencement of the trip. In the event of cancellation, Otehlia Travels shall not, in any case, be responsible for nonrefundable expenses incurred by the client, including, but not limited to airline cancellation fees or insurance purchases.
Alternatively, clients may choose to pay a small group surcharge that would be assessed to each guest in groups that fall below the minimum group size, which avoids us having to cancel the trip.
B) Force Majeure:
Otehlia Travels reserves the right to cancel a trip at any stage prior to the scheduled departure due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events which make it unviable for Otehlia Travels to operate our planned schedule. In such a case, Otehlia Travels will, at its own discretion, refund a portion of the trip price (less incurred costs and the non-refundable deposit), reschedule the tour, or offer an alternative tour. Should the client choose to purchase “cancel for any reason” (CFAR) insurance coverage, and the tour becomes unviable for Otehlia Travels to operate or reschedule, Otehlia Travels will cover the client’s CFAR deductible up to 25% of the price of the tour.
If you wish to change your booking in any way, you must contact us as soon as possible and we will accommodate your request to the best of our ability. Surcharges may apply.
SUBSTITUTION OF A CLIENT
If any member of the party is prevented from traveling because of the death, injury or serious illness of the passenger, close relative or friend, redundancy or jury service, it may be possible to transfer the booking to another suitable person (acceptable to Otehlia Travels) provided that written notice is given at least 30 days prior to departure. An administration fee of up to $150 may be imposed by the company to cover non-refundable costs. Airlines may impose 100% cancellation charges and the cost of a new ticket.
Photography release: The tour participants permits Otehlia Travels, LLC to photographs, films, images, text, testimonials of participants for its own commercial use without compensation to participants.
Any dispute related to these terms and conditions or the program itself, directly or indirectly shall be settled solely in the courts of Madison, WI. In such litigation, Wisconsin law will apply.
*Does not include round trip airfare to Cancun, airport taxes, personal expenses, housekeeping and instructor/guide tips, Covid testing fees, travel insurance. Includes meals, alcoholic beverages and excursions as specified in itinerary as well as all tips to staff and guides for included excursions.