Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico City. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 7 pm where you’ll meet your tour leader and travel group. Please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place. This evening your leader will take you on a ‘taco crawl’ around town. You’ll taste Mexico City’s delicious street-food staple, tacos al pastor, among others. Along the way you’ll stop in for a sip of mezcal at one of the many venues that continue to pop up all around Mexico City.
Enjoy breakfast at a Mexico City institution: a two-storey bakery brimming with cakes, breads and biscuits, then embark on a walking tour of Mexico City’s Centro Historico. Take in the beautiful Bellas Artes Palace, travel down the Paseo de la Reforma (the city’s main thoroughfare) and marvel at the impressive Zocalo (Latin America’s largest main square). Along the way you’ll visit Mercado San Juan, the city’s main food market, then roam the surrounding streets and watch local vendors at work. If you come across tortillas being freshly pressed, be sure to try them warm with a sprinkle of salt. Pull up a chair at one of the best seafood stands in the city for a late lunch. The rest of your day is free for your own exploration. Perhaps relax in Chapultepec Park or take in some of the city’s notable museums, including the renowned Museo Nacional de Antropologia (anthropological museum), which is considered one of the finest in the world. Alternatively, head to the leafy district of Coyoacan – a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Mexico City. There you can enjoy the Sunday markets or perhaps check out the home of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. This evening, you will again be able to explore more of Mexico City’s vibrant dining scene.
Catch a local bus to Puebla, Mexico’s culinary capital. The city is renowned for dishes which combine Spanish and pre-hispanic influences, such as chiles en nogada (stuffed chillies covered in creamy walnut sauce). Venture out on a culinary city tour – start with some Pueblan street food before making a beeline for Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street) to sample tortitas de Santa Clara (shortbread biscuits) and camotes (sweet potato lollies). Check out the much-loved and very colourful Lucha Libre wrestling this evening, a unique combination of sport and theatre!
This morning you have free time to explore Puebla and perhaps enjoy a few more chalupas, before catching a local bus to Oaxaca (approximately 4 hours) – a beautiful colonial city nicknamed the ‘land of the seven moles’. Visit the fabulous Abastos Market and enjoy some delicious regional specialities including grasshoppers, cactus fruit and Oaxacan cheese. Chocoholics won’t want to miss a trip down to the shops on Calle Mina for a taste of real Oaxaca chocolate – it’s no wonder it’s seen as the food of the gods! For dinner, you’ll have the option to dine at a restaurant where the local chef is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of dishes and specialises in ancient cooking methods from all over the state of Oaxaca.
Partake in a traditional breakfast of chocolate, tamales and pan y yemas, then join a local chef on a walk through Oaxaca’s renowned markets for an introduction to some regional specialties. Pick up ingredients to take back for a cooking class, in which you’ll discover the secrets to preparing Oaxacan delicacies at home. Feast on your creations over lunch. Your afternoon is free to explore Oaxaca’s many other culinary delights. Any carnivores will relish the pasillo de carnes asadas (grilled meats hall) at Mercado 20 de Noviembre, where freshly purchased meat is barbecued right in front of you. Those with a sweet tooth can find several shops on Calle Mina (just south of Mercado 20 de Noviembre) at which to learn about the production of real Oaxacan chocolate – and of course taste this regional specialty. Alternatively you can visit the archaeological site of Monte Alban, an outstanding example of a pre-Columbian ceremonial centre. The terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Alban were carved out of the mountain.
Today you will venture out of Oaxaca for an insight into regional life. Visit Mercado Tlacolula, one of the oldest markets in Mesoamerica. This is a unique opportunity to witness the ancient Zapotec cultural traditions of dress, cuisine and language, as the community gathers together from neighbouring villages. Indulge in a meal of Oaxacan barbacoa, then head to the ancient ruins of Mitla. Mitla (the Nahuatl word for ‘underworld’) is an important Zapotec archaeological site and was the main religious centre for the Zapotec people. On the way back to Oaxaca, stop into a mezcaleria (mezcal distillery). Although this tequila-like drop is experiencing a resurgence in popularity all over Mexico, it is largely produced in Oaxaca. It’s generally enjoyed straight-up, so it’s not for the faint-hearted!
Board a morning bus for the long but scenic drive to Huatulco (appx. 9 hours). We will stop at a local village for lunch along the way. This is your chance to relax and unwind, as this town belongs to one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on Mexico’s Pacific coast. It’s also quieter and less touristy than some of the bigger beachside spots, although these are accessibly by taxi. Pull up a chair at one of the restaurants or perhaps pay a visit to the local food markets. We spend the night in Huatulco (approximately 1 hour).
Head out on an early morning boating expedition. If you’re lucky you might spot turtles, stingrays or even dolphins while you’re out on the water. Back on land, enjoy a masterclass on preparing Mexican coastal-style ceviche (raw fish cooked in citrus juice) and savour this over lunch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore or simply relax by the water. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner celebrating the bounty of the Costa region of Oaxaca and make a toast to the end of your adventure with a glass of mezcal by the ocean.
Your adventure ends today. There are no activities planned for the final day.
Mexico City - Taco crawl
Mexico City - Centro Historico food tour and lunch
Puebla - City food tour
Puebla - Lucha Libre show
Oaxaca - Mercado Abasto tour
Oaxaca - Mercado Tlacolula visit with Barbocoa Tasting
Oaxaca - Mezcaleria visit
Oaxaca - Mitla Ruins (Entrance)
Boating Expedition and Ceviche Masterclass