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Obsidian Tours: Discover Mexico's Heritage and Culinary Delights

Obsidian was born out of the creative partnership of an archaeologist and a chef with a deep passion for sharing the fascinating history and culture of Mexico with the world through one of a kind experiences.

Obsidian is one of the most emblematic materials of ancient Mesoamerica. It was widely used in Prehispanic times to make all kinds of cutting tools and implements, including those used in the preparation of food. Obsidian is also one of the most common elements found in archaeological sites all across Mexico; thus this beautiful volcanic glass is the perfect element to represent the collaboration of gastronomy and archaeology.

For the past two years we have been offering unique tours and experiences that combine archaeology and gastronomy unlike anything you’ve seen before. Beginning with the splendor of the Prehispanic era, Obsidian aims to create a greater understanding of Mexico’s cultural evolution through its food and history.

Cholula Pyramid
Prehispanic food

With Obsidian Tours, you'll uncover the secrets of ancient civilizations as we guide you through remarkable historical landmarks. From awe-inspiring Prehispanic ruins to picturesque colonial towns, our expert guides will share fascinating insights into the cultural significance of each site, bringing the past to life.

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Obsidian Tours is driven by a shared passion for Mexico's rich history and culinary traditions. Chef Jaime's international acclaim and mastery of flavors will delight your palate, while Mesoamerican archaeologist Carmen's academic expertise will provide valuable context and insights throughout your journey. With our combined knowledge and dedication, we guarantee a seamless and enriching experience that will create lasting memories.

Gastronomic Experiences
Red Temple Cacaxtla
Prehispanic food
Archaeologist Carmen Caelen

Carmen Caelen

I am an archaeologist and historian that has been living in Cholula for the past 20 years. I was born in Mexico City but grew up in California; this gave me the wonderful advantage of learning both English and Spanish as native languages. My professional experience includes participating in several archaeological projects, mainly in Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California, and 10 years teaching history in bicultural high school and university programs in Puebla. I have also worked as an academic writer doing research on a variety of topics related to ancient Mesoamerica and I collaborate on a history and philosophy blog called Rebelion Antigua. I started offering experiences on Airbnb in 2019 when I launched my signature “Cholula Walking Tour with an Archaeologist” and quickly realized that this was something I wanted to pursue further. I really enjoy meeting people from all over the world and having the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for history and archaeology, while also learning something new from every person I meet. I look forward to taking you on a tour you will never forget!

Archaeological experiences
Chef Jaime Lopez

Jaime López

I am a chef from Puebla with 23 years of experience in the profession. After attending culinary school in my local hometown I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different areas, such as restaurants, grand tourist hotels, as a private chef, gastronomic consultant, and university professor. I have also worked abroad promoting Mexican cuisine, occupying the position of head chef at the Mexican Embassy in the Netherlands, and most recently representing Mexico at the Diplomatic Club in Doha, Qatar, during the FIFA World Cup 2022. I greatly enjoy sharing the rich diversity that characterizes my country’s gastronomy through the amazing variety of authentic recipes that represent the different periods of Mexico’s history. Join me for a delicious experience I guarantee you will enjoy!

Gastronomical experiences

Giving back to the community

At Obsidian Tours, we value authenticity, sustainability, and cultural preservation. We strive to support local communities and promote responsible tourism practices. By choosing Obsidian Tours, you're not only embarking on an extraordinary adventure but also contributing to the preservation of Mexico's heritage and the livelihoods of its people.

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Join us on a transformative expedition that immerses you in Mexico's captivating history and tantalizes your taste buds with its diverse culinary wonders. Contact us now to start planning your unforgettable journey with Obsidian Tours.

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