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Cooking in the Yucatan, Mexico with Chef Anita Lo.

December 5-11, 2019 Reserve this trip

Food Has No Borders

"Travel is one of the most obvious ways to expand your palate and integrate new flavors into your cooking." — Chef Anita Lo, Beyond Borders

Spend a week with Chef Lo exploring the beauty and bounty of the Yucatán. Visit the food markets and learn from local cooks in hands-on cooking classes where you’ll prepare salsas, guacamole, panuchos, poc chuc, pollo pibil, tortillas and so much more.

The adventure wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Mayan archaeological site, Uxmal and Chef Lo's cooking class will teach you how to make a meal using local ingredients with her signature, contemporary take on Yucateca cuisine.

Our Hacienda Es Su Hacienda

Savor your 7 day/6 night culinary adventure in an elegant 17th century hacienda with the luxury of a world class resort. It's situated on 250 acres of gardens and natural habitat with walking trails surrounding a swimming pool, spa, salon and gym pavilion.

Shaped by traditional hacienda architecture, The Casa Principal includes expansive terraces, elegant living rooms and a library with a well-stocked bar. Soak in the sound of pouring waterfalls and bird songs, while lounging on outdoor terraces. The beautiful bedrooms include luxurious baths, high ceilings and refined tile floors. An attentive staff will take care of your every need.

DAY 1: Thursday, December 5

  • Arrival and transfer to Hacienda Petac. You will be greeted at the airport by our driver and guide. The drive from the Merida Airport to the Hacienda is a comfortable half hour drive. We will meet you with a welcome cocktail and help you settle into your home for the week. Depending on your arrival time, we will either serve snacks or head in to supper around 8:30 pm.

DAY 2: Friday, December 6

  • This morning we will serve breakfast at 8:30 am so that we can climb into the van at 9:30 am and begin the adventure. Once in Merida Market we'll investigate the colorful local market with its bustling crowds and pungent fragrances, perusing everything from kitchen and household hardware supplies to chickens, fancy foreign fruits and fresh vegetables, turkeys, pork, and corn masa for making tortillas!
  • By the time we are ready for a rest we'll scoot over to the Museo de Gastronomia e Restaurante only a few blocks away and we'll sip a cold beverage and nibble a botana to perk ourselves up. Now we can concentrate on an interesting demonstration of a traditional method of cooking, or an explanation of the ways of the people and the food in the little country villages of the Maya. The museum, although small, packs in a plethora of information and examples of local seeds and foods.
  • After that stop, we'll head back to the Hacienda and our own traditional lunch of the local favorite, Panuchos. After the long morning and then lunch, you'll want to rest up a bit by the pool or snooze in your room before an evening cooking class. Starting the class at 7:00 pm. with a mixology lesson gets the party started. We'll continue with learning how to make and eat a couple of the local botanas such as Xni Pec and Guacamole. Then we will jump in to learning to make Sopa de Tortilla and Poc Chuc.
  • Supper at about 8:30 pm. and then evening at your leisure. The Game Room has almost every board game imaginable. You might prefer a game of billiards, ping pong or just relax and listen to music.

DAY 3: Saturday, December 7

  • Today we will offer breakfast at 9:30 am. Today you’ll cook with Chef Anita Lo, as she prepares her contemporary American meal based on the flavors on the Yucatan..
  • This afternoon you can rest and relax by the pool, unwind with a spa treatment, or walk the grounds and do a little birdwatching. Prepare for a late evening. The guide and van will arrive at 7:30 pm to whisk us in to Merida for some once-a-year special night life. Before leaving, we will serve a light supper of a warm soup and mushroom and cheese quesadillas.
  • Off to Merida for the Noche Blanca, a joyful festival of the arts in Merida's Centro Historico. Galleries and studios all across town are open from 8:30 pm until 2:00 am. Don't worry, we won't be out that late!! We'll hear musicians and street performers, sample at food stalls, see what's hot in the Merida contemporary art market, enjoy the Christmas lights and laughing locals out and about!! This is an event that is growing in popularity every year! Home again!

DAY 4: Sunday, December 8

  • Sleep in a bit and breakfast at 9:30 am Today you’ll cook with Chef Anita Lo, as she prepares her contemporary American meal based on the flavors on the Yucatan.
  • Afternoon spa will be open for those who wish a massage or facial...
  • At 7:00 pm. head to the Teaching Kitchen for a Supper class of Sopa de Lima and Pollo Pibil, the ever popular, cooked-in-the-ground chicken dish. Your guests back at home will love this! Mixology class will also be offered for those interested. Supper at about 8:30 pm.

DAY 5: Monday, December 9

  • Early rise to breakfast at 8:00 am. Leave about 9:00 am. with the guide to head out for a full day. Today we will tour the outstandingly beautiful archaeological site of Uxmal followed by a swim at the incredible cenote, Hacienda Muycuche, where Empress Carlotta swam years ago. We will send a tailgate picnic lunch with you. Grilled chicken, veggies, polcanes and brownies to eat before you get to the cenote. You'll return to Hacienda about 5:00 pm. This should give you just enough time to refresh yourselves before evening supper botana class of Sik il Pak and tortilla making beginning at 7:30 pm. Supper at 8:30 pm.

DAY 6: Tuesday, December 10

  • Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.
  • Yucatan is the citrus producing center of the Yucatan Peninsula. The town of Oxkutscab is at the heart of the citrus region and will begin to celebrate its harvest this week and everyone is invited! Have your cameras ready as this will be a very colorful day full of locals in traditional dress selling at their stands of oranges, mandarinas, grapefruits, limes, limas, flowers and other wares. Music and food will also be part of the day. The van will be here ready to take you to the party at 9:30 am. You will be back in time for a late lunch about 2:00 or 2:30 pm. After an afternoon swim and rest we will invite you into the kitchen at 6:30 pm. for one last Mixology class. The Trova Musicians will be here at 7:30 pm. to serenade you on your last night at Petac. Farewell supper to follow.

DAY 7: Wednesday, December 11

  • For those with early morning departures, we will have coffee, juice and banana bread, and hard-boiled eggs for you in the kitchen. Later departures, we can offer a light sit-down breakfast.