If you like your city breaks filled with nature and outdoor adventure, this five-day Mexico City getaway is your perfect match. You'll stroll the urban oases of Coyoacán and Chapultepec, glide through Aztec-era waterways on the canals of Xochimilco, and venture farther afield with day trips to the pyramids of Teotihuacán and a rugged hike among the volcanoes of Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park.


  • Explore the pyramids of Teotihuacán followed by an ancient cave ceremony
  • Take a full-day hike amid the volcanoes of Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park
  • Cruise the ancient Aztec waterways of Xochimilco in a colorful "trajinera" boat
  • Shop for crafts at Jardín Hidalgo in the leafy neighborhood of Coyoacán

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Mexico City, Explore Paseo de la Reforma & Chapultepec Forest Mexico City
Day 2 Secrets of Teotihuacán: Pyramids, Cave Ritual & Culinary Delights Mexico City
Day 3 Full-Day Hiking Adventure in Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park Mexico City
Day 4 Cruise the Ancient Waterways of Xochimilco, Coyoacán Neighborhood Tour  Mexico City
Day 5 Depart Mexico City  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City, Explore Paseo de la Reforma & Chapultepec Forest

Find an oasis of green space amid North America's largest city at Bosque de Chapultepec

¡Bienvenidos a México! Your driver will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Mexico City. One of the largest urban centers in the world, Mexico's capital traces its roots back to the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, which the Spanish built from in the 16th century. Today, the sprawling metropolis overflows with lively neighborhoods, historical sites, and culinary delights.

After settling in, head to the central Paseo de la Reforma. This vibrant avenue, also known as the "The Empress Promenade," was inspired by the Champs Elysées in Paris and is crowned by the column commemorating the country's independence, a winged angel known as the Angel of Independence. After you explore the monuments and shops, visit the connected Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest), the "green lung" in the middle of the Mexican capital.

At the end of the day, head for the Centro Histórico (Historic Center) to sample some traditional Mexican dishes, often with a modern twist. Try El Mayor, with its views of the city's main square, Zócalo, or the nearby Balcón del Zócalo, known for its gorgeous terrace. 

Day 2: Secrets of Teotihuacán: Pyramids, Cave Ritual & Culinary Delights

Explore the intricate details of Teotihuacán up close today 
Wake up early for a day-long excursion outside Mexico City to the archaeological site of Teotihuacán. The ruins of this ancient Mesoamerican city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as "The City of the Gods," date back to 100 BCE. Walk along the Calzada de los Muertos (Causeway of the Dead) and visit buildings such as the Palacio de Quetzalpapálotl, famous for its murals (don't miss the Mural de Puma), as well as the famous Pirámide del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun) and Pirámide de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon).
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After you've hit the highlights of the ruins, your guide will take you to a local cave to partake in a sacred ceremony. As part of this experience, you'll receive special gifts to enhance the significance of the ceremony, allowing you to connect deeply with the spiritual essence of Teotihuacán.

To refuel after your captivating journey, a delicious buffet lunch awaits you. Savor local flavors and dishes such as pre-Hispanic specialties like sopa Azteca (tortilla soup), fried corn cakes, roasted prickly pear cactus, escamoles (sautéed ant larvae), chinicuiles (caterpillars), or pipián (pumpkin seed sauce). Follow the delicious meal with locally made pulque and mezcal samplings, traditional beverages deeply rooted in Mexican culture.

Day 3: Full-Day Hiking Adventure in Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park

Hike in the Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park
Spot active, snowcapped volcanoes as you hike in Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park

Wake up early this morning for your transfer into the mountains of Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park. This park holds two of Mexico's tallest mountains: the famous active volcano Popocatépetl (meaning "smoking woman" in the Aztec language) and the snowcapped, dormant Iztaccíhuatl (which translates as "sleeping woman"). Depending on your preference and experience, you'll follow one of the different hiking trails through the park accompanied by a private guide. 

Whichever way you hike, you'll gain sweeping views from the Paso de Cortés, which offers glimpses of the volcanic peaks, surrounding landscape, glaciers, forests, and valleys. As you walk along the trail, take notice of the native flora and fauna, including many species of fungi and, if you're lucky, the endangered volcano rabbit. Your experienced guide, familiar with the park and its trails, will provide valuable information and ensure your safety in the mountains. Once you make it back down, your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Mexico City.

Day 4: Cruise the Ancient Waterways of Xochimilco, Coyoacán Neighborhood Tour

Xochimilco canals
Cruise down the lively and historic canals of Xochimilco and learn about the chinampas agricultural system

Discover the remnants of the Aztec Empire's vast water transport system today among the floating gardens of Xochimilco. You'll spend several hours traversing the beautiful canals aboard a traditional trajinera (typical canal boat) with a private expert guide. Learn all about the history and culture of these waterways as the colorful gondola-esque boats take you past floating food vendors, artisans selling their crafts, and mariachi bands.

Your tour will also take you to several different chinampas, small islands built into the canals that make up an agricultural system known as the most efficient and sustainable in the world. Visit the local ecotourism center to learn about the production of vegetables on the islands, and stop at the wildlife refuge dedicated to preserving the famous Mexican salamander, the axolotl, endemic to the area.

Back on dry land, you'll head to the south of Mexico City for a private tour of the picturesque, bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacán, characterized by its cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. Make your way to the lovely Jardín Hidalgo, the borough's central plaza, and get lost among craft stores, art events, churches, and galleries. Around the plaza, explore the famous Isidro Fabela Cultural Center and the Parroquia San Jacinto on the west side along Juarez Street, known for its gorgeous, landscaped atrium.

Day 5: Depart Mexico City

Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes
Take in one final sunset on your last evening in Mexico City
It's time to say goodbye to Mexico City! Your driver will take you to the airport, where you'll board your flight home or to your next destination. Safe travels!

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