On this itinerary, you'll dive into Mexico City and explore everything from the city's historic center to the canals of Xochimilco. Travel back in time to learn about the history of pre-Hispanic people at the Museum of Anthropology, discover the mysterious temples of Teotihuacán, relax in the wilderness of Jungapeo, see a wide variety of butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, and get inspired in the bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacán, where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera used to live.

Highlights

  • Visit the impressive pyramids of Teotihuacán 
  • Try Mexican snacks on a traditional boat on the canals of Xochimilco
  • Take a relaxing side trip to wilderness-filled Jungapeo
  • See a colorful display at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  • Cycle around the city on a food-focused tour

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Mexico City - Explore the neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa Mexico City
Day 2 Visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacán & gastronomic tour by bike Mexico City
Day 3 Side-trip to the wilderness of Jungapeo Jungapeo
Day 4 Trekking in caves and waterfalls Jungapeo
Day 5 Observation of monarch butterflies Mexico City
Day 6 Xochimilco canals & Frida Kahlo’s House Mexico City
Day 7 Transfer to Mexico City's airport  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City - Explore the neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa

Zócalo Mexico City
A view of the Zócalo, Mexico City

Welcome to Mexico! After checking into your hotel, you will have free time to rest. Then go for a stroll through the historic center or explore the neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa, full of art galleries, cafés, shops, bars, and restaurants. 

Day 2: Visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacán & gastronomic tour by bike

Archaeological site of Teotihuacan
The archaeological site of Teotihuacán

Today, you'll go on a bike tour around the archaeological site of Teotihuacán, the largest, most influential and most revered city in the history of the New World. You will cycle through the valley, the archaeological zone, and the Palace of Butterflies.

Later in the day, stop to taste pulque, a traditional alcoholic beverage, and take a short cooking class where you'll learn how to prepare a regional Mexican dish. Head back to the hotel in the evening to relax.

Day 3: Side-trip to the wilderness of Jungapeo

Your hotel in Jungapeo
A luxury hotel in Jungapeo

Today, move onto the next destination of your trip: Jungapeo. You will spend the next few days in a hotel surrounded by wilderness: it's located in a reserve with a rich diversity of fauna and flora, and it's particularly well-known for the incredible butterflies that can be seen in the area.

Take a free day to reconnect with nature and recharge your batteries—you'll have access to a spa and a temazcal (a traditional sweat lodge used by the pre-Columbian people to purify their bodies and care certain diseases). 

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Day 4: Trekking in caves and waterfalls

Outside a temazcal, a Mexican sweat lodge
Outside a temazcal, a Mexican sweat lodge

Go on a trek through the surrounding area to see interesting caves, guava gardens, and the Tuxpan River. Your guide will point out exotic species of flora and fauna along the way. Later, you'll take a dip in thermal waters and have the option to get a deep-tissue massage or spend time in the sweat lodge. 

Day 5: Observation of monarch butterflies

Monarch butterfly
A butterfly in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Watch as thousands of monarch butterflies fly towards the sky in a mosaic of colors on today's excursion, which takes place in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year, millions of monarch butterflies migrate from various places of the American continent to winter in this area. During a tour of the site, an expert guide will give you an overview of their migration pattern and the organization's preservation efforts. Afterward, you'll transfer back to Mexico City.

Day 6: Xochimilco canals & Frida Kahlo’s House

Xochimilco canals
Xochimilco canals on the outskirts of Mexico City

Day-trip to the canals of Xochimilco. The canals are the last reminder of the rivers that once crossed the valley floor of Mexico City. These days, flowers and plants line the banks of the canals. After a tour through the canals on a trajinera (a decorated boat), you will move onto the lovely bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacán to see visit the “Casa de Frida”, also known as Casa Azul or the Blue House, and learn about the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Day 7: Transfer to Mexico City's airport

One last view of the Zócalo
One last view of the Zócalo

After breakfast, you'll head to the airport to catch your flight out. Safe travels!