As any parent knows, kids tend to have big appetites. Satisfy perpetually empty bellies and curious tastebuds on a 10-day food-focused tour of Mexico. Starting in Mexico City and ending in Oaxaca, you'll enjoy a range of culinary activities along the way—as well as physical activity to earn that next meal. Visit a taco night market in Mexico City, cycle through an Aztec archeological site, try your hand at making Indigenous food in Oaxaca, hike through cactus-filled deserts and mountains, and more.


  • Sample authentic tacos in Mexico City
  • Cycle around the Teotihuacán archeological site
  • Take hands-on cooking classes in Cholula and Oaxaca
  • Visit villages that produce colorful handicrafts

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Mexico City, Narvarte Night Tour Mexico City
Day 2 Food & Street Art Walking Tour Mexico City
Day 3 Biking in Teotihuacán, Transfer to Puebla Puebla
Day 4 Cholula's Markets & Corn Puebla
Day 5 Cactus Forest Walk, Transfer to Oaxaca & Indigenous Food Tour Oaxaca
Day 6 Historical Tour of Oaxaca City Oaxaca
Day 7 Rural Cooking Workshop in Oaxaca Oaxaca
Day 8 Handicrafts Villages Tour Oaxaca
Day 9 Hiking & Handicrafts in Teotitlán Oaxaca
Day 10 Fly to Mexico City, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City, Narvarte Night Tour

Playing in the fountains of the Monumento a la Revolución

Welcome to Mexico City! Upon arrival at the airport, you'll be met by your private driver and transferred to your hotel. Rest from your flight and get ready for a fun evening activity that will fill everyone's bellies.

Mexico City's Narvarte neighborhood is known throughout Mexico City for its tacos, and you'll kick off the tour with a visit to a neighborhood taquería (taco shop) that specializes in volcanes, a type of crispy tortilla cooked on a charcoal flame and smothered in cheese and poblano peppers. From there, you'll try tacos al pastor—picture a big outdoor roasting spit that shoots flames, which the kids will love—and suadero (a thin cut of meat) from vendors who've been in the neighborhood for decades. Grown-ups will also get a chance to sample artisanal mezcal if they wish, while kids can enjoy a range of Mexican sodas.

Day 2: Food & Street Art Walking Tour

Discover the sights and tastes of a Mexican market

Keep breakfast light because today, you'll enter the heart of Mexico City's historic center and discover the gastronomic roots of the Aztec capital with a visit to San Juan Market. Famous chefs and local shoppers come here for produce, meats, and specialty foods—from scorpions to lion's meat. Children can look out for the most unusual foods they've ever seen and taste Mexican fruit, cheese, jam, coffee, and other delicacies while learning about Mexican cuisine. The tour continues around the San Juan neighborhood, where you can try pulque (a fermented agave drink), tacos, and seafood tostadas.

Thoroughly full, take an art-focused walking tour with plenty of colorful art and grand buildings to keep kids interested. Tour the Diego Rivera Mural Museum and stroll through Alameda Central Park, established in 1592 and considered the oldest public garden in America, with many art installations and places for youngsters to run around. Reach the Palacio de Bellas Artes, an Art Nouveau masterpiece completed in 1934. Other highlights include the landmarks around Madero and Cinco de Mayo Streets and Constitution Square, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the National Government Palace

Day 3: Biking in Teotihuacán, Transfer to Puebla

Biking in Teotihuacán
Cycle and walk around Teotihuacán

One of the best ways for kids to learn about history is to be immersed in it. Today, you'll visit one of the most impressive archeological sites in Mexico: Teotihuacán. Cover a lot of ground on a biking tour of the Valley of Teotihuacán that surrounds the archaeological site. Then, take a guided walking tour of Teotihuacán, which means City of the Gods. Walk along the Causeway of the Dead, check out the amazing Temple of the Feathered Serpent, the Pyramid of the Sun, and the Pyramid of the Moon, and learn about the mysteries of this ancient Aztec city.

At the end of your tour, adults have the chance to taste pulque, fermented agave liquor, and visit a workshop with local products made from tuna, nopal, and xoconostle fruits. Finally, you'll be transferred to Puebla, around two hours away, your base for the next couple of days.

Day 4: Cholula's Markets & Corn

Mexican corn comes in many colors

Today visit the magical town of Cholula, part of the greater Puebla area and known as Mexico's City of Churches, as well as for its hot sauces. According to legend, it has more than 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Take a stroll through picturesque streets to see the most famous of the city's monuments—Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios. Built atop the great Aztec pyramid of Cholula, it offers impressive views of the city and, on a clear day, the majestic volcanoes of the Valley of Mexico

After, visit the local market for an introduction to Cholula's gastronomy and its famous handmade tortillas. Considered a vital part of central Mexico's culinary identity, the art of tortilla-making is a treasured tradition passed from generation to generation. During a workshop, the whole family will be guided through the process—kids will love getting practical and making their own. Enjoy a delicious tasting afterward, accompanied by refreshing drinks and other corn-based snacks—the hot sauce is optional for the little ones!
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Day 5: Cactus Forest Walk, Transfer to Oaxaca & Indigenous Food Tour

Walk through a cactus forest

Tall, prickly cacti hold great fascination for kids, and today they can enjoy walking through a cactus forest in the Tehuacán-Cuicuitlan Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The reserve is about 2.5 hours from Puebla and is a protected natural area where biological, cultural, and historical richness converges. The forests of columnar cacti, endemic to this area, are a highlight. Enjoy a guided hike and learn about the peculiarities of the cacti that grow here, as well as the other species that characterize this ecosystem.

Later, transfer to Oaxaca, a city that's famous for its food and drink scene—its cuisine has been designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Oaxaca is another 2.5-hours drive away on a scenic road through some of Mexico's most beautiful landscapes. In the evening, visit a unique restaurant where the whole family can relax over a good meal. Chefs from eight Indigenous communities serve traditional Oaxacan cuisine.

Day 6: Historical Tour of Oaxaca City

Learn about Oaxaca's history

Explore Oaxaca on a guided city tour and discover the city's cultural, historical, and gastronomic richness. There will be plenty to keep the little ones entertained as you visit the 16th-century Xochimilco Aqueduct, the colorful street of Garcia Vigil, the Temple of Our Lady of Carmen, and the Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. This latter is home to the Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca. It holds the treasure of the Seventh Tomb of Monte Alban, one of Mesoamerica's most important pre-Columbian archeological finds. Take time to explore the museum, especially if your kids are into history.

Later on, don't miss the facades of the Novo-Hispanic mansions on Alcalá Street, the Oaxaca Cathedral, and finally, the Plaza de la Constitución, with its authentic Art Nouveau kiosk and colorful markets full of delightful aromas and flavors. Take a break with some snacks, especially Oaxaca's own style of ice cream, to reward the kids for all their walking.

Day 7: Rural Cooking Workshop in Oaxaca

Hands in the Dough: Rural Cooking Workshop in Oaxaca
Take a rural cooking workshop in Oaxaca
Today you and the kids get another chance to get your hands dirty (with food, that is). Journey into Oaxaca's countryside to a Zapotec community. A local cook will share their culinary secrets with you as you prepare seasonal products harvested from family gardens over a traditional wood stove. Try your hand at dishes like nicuátole (a custard-like dessert), handmade tortillas, empanadas, sopa de guías (pumpkin soup), segueza (corn mole), and atole (a creamy drink of maize, cinnamon, and vanilla). At the end of your cooking class, sit down to enjoy eating your creations.

Day 8: Handicrafts Villages Tour

Pick out your own colorful alebrije
Oaxacan handicrafts are incredibly colorful, as you'll learn today as you visit four villages dedicated to their production. The first is Coyotepec, famous for its black clay. Stop at a workshop to see pieces being made and enter the colorful 18th-century market. Continue to San Antonio, with its traditional blouses and dresses, and Jalietza, where they make cotton fabrics on a backstrap loom. Finally, visit Tilcajete, where you can witness the carving and painting of the popular alebrijes, colorful carved mythical creatures. The kids might enjoy picking up a souvenir alebrije to remember their trip to Mexico.

Day 9: Hiking & Handicrafts in Teotitlán

Kids can learn about Josefina's chickens and sit down to lunch in a rural household

Make the most of your last full day in Mexico with a hike around the village of Teotitlán del Valle, home to a lake, gorgeous nature, and rich traditional handicrafts, especially weaving made from naturally dyed fibers. Start by the village's dam, at the feet of the massive Sierra Norte mountains, where many birds gather around the water. Make an early start, if you can, because sunrise is a spectacular time to see the active wildlife. 

Hike for about three hours through a landscape full of cacti to the top of the closest mountain, and enjoy views over the eastern Valley of Oaxaca. Make plenty of stops to suit your family's needs, with your guide pointing out interesting flora and fauna along the way, including flowering agave. Later, re-energize with a well-deserved traditional meal at the home of a local woman, Josefina, an excellent cook and weaver. After lunch, Josefina and her family will show you their rugs made in the traditional way.

Day 10: Fly to Mexico City, Depart

Grab some final snacks before you leave

It's time to say goodbye to Mexico! Enjoy a last breakfast in Oaxaca before transferring to Oaxaca International Airport for a flight to Mexico City and then onward to your next destination. ¡Buen viaje!

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