Photo courtesy of Intrepid Travel.

Not long ago, we ran a sweepstakes along with our friends at Intrepid Travel. The grand prize: a culinary tour of Mexico, ranging from Mexico City, to Oaxaca, to Puebla, exploring the geography, culture, and of course the local cuisine. We received well over 2,000 entries before the sweeps closed, but there could be only one lucky winner—congrats Edgar James on your win, and we can’t wait to hear all about the trip!

Along the way, you’ll meander through Oaxaca’s aromatic markets, take to the streets of Puebla to sample some of the city’s local specialties—tacos arabes, cemitas, and tortitas de Santa Clara are just the beginning—and learn the secrets behind Mexico’s culinary traditions in a hands-on cooking class. While the focus of the tour is food, it’s a true feast for the senses—marvel at the geometric mosaics that adorn the pre-Colombian buildings at Mitla, choose to discover Mexico’s fascinating ancient history at Monte Alban’s Zapotec ruins, taste traditional dishes cooked in colorful local eateries, take to the streets of Mexico City on a taco crawl, and experience a delightful culinary heritage that goes back thousands of years. It’s a beautiful combination of cultural richness, authentic experiences, and flavorsome food that’s tinged with fiesta.

And, even if your name isn’t Edgar James, you can still get an authentic taste of Mexico this year: Join AFAR Experiences in Mexico City, October 17-21, 2014, where, over the course of four enriching days, we’ll explore Mexico City’s rich culture and warmth, and engage with fascinating local experts from the worlds of art, architecture, and ancient civilization to current issues on urbanization and development.