Top Mexico Cooking Vacations & Food Tours in 2023-2024

A view of Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City.

Magical Mexico City Culinary Vacation

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4 Nights Starting At $2,075

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Enjoying a Mexican feast prepared during one of your hands-on cooking classes.

Cooking on the Riviera Maya

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4 or 7 Nights Starting At $1,270

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Enjoying a stay in Mexico.

Hola Mexico

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5 or 7 Nights Starting At $1,850

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Discover Our Best Mexico Culinary Tours

Mexico has become a top culinary destination while remaining one of the world’s most popular travel spots: an ideal combination for a cooking vacation! Whether you are exploring the beaches of the country’s many fine coastal towns or the charming villages of the interior, your cooking holiday in Mexico will enchant and delight you. 

Visit ruins of ancient times, learn the traditional way of making regional dishes that locals say have remained unchanged for centuries, eat at sophisticated restaurants and indulge in fantastic Mexican cocktails—what are you waiting for?

Mexico is a traveler’s paradise: desert landscapes, ancient ruins, sophisticated cities, time-warped colonial towns, glitzy resorts, and inviting beaches. Great and amazing food in a setting of great beauty, Mexico’s gastronomic star has been on the rise for many years, with its own cuisine and amazing produce and seafood taking center stage.

Types of Culinary Vacations We Offer in Mexico

We offer various types of culinary vacations in Mexico to cater to different interests and preferences. Whether you’re a novice cook or a seasoned foodie, we have something for everyone. Here are some of the tour types we offer:

  • City tours: Explore the food and wine scene of Mexico City or other major cities like Guadalajara or Puebla.
  • Regional tours: Discover the unique cuisine of regions like Oaxaca, Baja California, Yucatan, or Chiapas.
  • Market tours: Visit bustling markets and learn about the ingredients that make up traditional Mexican dishes.
  • Cooking classes: Learn how to cook authentic Mexican dishes with expert chefs.
  • Wine tastings: Sample the best wines of Mexico and learn about the country’s wine history, culture and production.


Maxing tamales during an authentic hands-on cooking vacation in Mexico with The International Kitchen.

Maxing tamales during an authentic hands-on cooking vacation in Mexico with The International Kitchen.



What are some of the most popular dishes in Mexican cuisine?

Some of the most popular dishes in Mexico include tacos, enchiladas, chiles rellenos, guacamole, and mole. Each region of Mexico also has its own specialties and unique flavors.

What types of ingredients are commonly used in Mexican cuisine?

Mexican cuisine makes use of a wide variety of ingredients, including chilies, tomatoes, corn, beans, avocados, cheese, and meats such as beef, pork, and chicken. Other common ingredients include cumin, garlic, and onions.

Do I need to have cooking experience to join a Mexico cooking vacation?

No, you do not need to have prior cooking experience to join a Mexico cooking vacation. Our cooking vacations cater to all skill levels and are led by expert chefs who will guide you through the preparation of traditional Mexican dishes.

What types of wine are produced in Mexico?

Mexico produces a variety of wines, including reds, whites, and roses. Some of the most popular grape varietals grown in Mexico include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz. Mexico is also known for its production of mezcal and tequila.

What is the best time of year to visit Mexico for a culinary tour?

The best time of year to go to Mexico for a culinary journey depends on the region and the type of tour you’re interested in. Generally, the winter months (November to April) offer pleasant temperatures, while the summer months (May to October) can be hot and humid. It’s also worth considering the timing of festivals and food events in the region you’re interested in visiting.

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What to Expect on Mexico Food Tours?

Here are some typical taste experiences you can expect on a Mexico food and wine tour with us:

  • Local food and wine tastings that showcase Mexico’s unique flavors.
  • Visits to bustling markets and food stalls that offer a glimpse into Mexico’s culinary heritage.
  • Cooking class with expert chefs who share their techniques and secrets.
  • Wine tastings that offer a taste of Mexico’s best wines and its wine-making history.
  • Guided tours by locals that offer an insight into Mexico’s culture and history.
  • Accommodations from authentic farmhouse B&Bs to luxury private villas;
  • Transfers and transportation;
  • Personalized service by The International Kitchen’s trained and experienced staff of tour planners.

Tips for Planning Mexican Cooking Vacations

Learn our useful tips for travelers planning a food and wine tour in Mexico. Here are some of our top tips:

  • Research the region you want to explore and choose a tour that caters to your interests and preferences.
  • Plan your trip in advance and book your tour early to secure your spot.
  • Pack comfortable shoes and clothes, as well as a hat and sunscreen, as some tours may involve walking and outdoor activities.
  • Be open to trying new foods and wines, and be respectful of the local customs and traditions.