Tabasco & Chiapas


Nov 16, 2010
Outside Magazine

Baja Dinner

Mole in Puebla. Fish tacos in Baja. Smoky margaritas everywhere. Mexico has some of the best food in the world. And learning how to make it right is an adventure unto itself. Sign on with Susana Trilling, a Oaxaca-based celebrity chef; her ten-day Ruta de Cacao culinary epic revolves around the town of Comalcalco's Cacao Fiesta de San Isidro Labrador, an annual all-night bash to celebrate cacao, which has been the primary source of income in this agricultural region for hundreds of years. Following the May 14 festival, guests make for the surprisingly intact colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas. There, days are spent chewing the fat with resident chefs on grand old fincas, or estates, using local goodies to whip up small miracles like carne de chinameca, a classic spicy pork dish. Post-cooking, guests explore the jungly Maya ruins of Palenque, four hours northeast. May 12–21; $2,500;

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