- Sample tamales and churros in Mexico City's historic center
- Cruise the ancient Aztec canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco
- Gather mushrooms in the rare cloud forests around Acaxochitlán
- Learn to make the perfect mole sauce in Puebla
|Day 1||Arrive in Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 2||History, Culture & Gastronomy in Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Explore the Canals of Xochimilco, Get to Know Coyoacán||Mexico City|
|Day 4||Transfer to Acaxochitlán, Spend an Evening in the Forest||Acaxochitlán|
|Day 5||Mushroom Harvesting & Traditional Embroidery Workshop||Acaxochitlán|
|Day 6||Transfer to Puebla, Explore the Historic Center||Puebla|
|Day 7||Tortilla-Making in the Magical Town of Cholula||Puebla|
|Day 8||Learn to Make Mole Poblano in Puebla||Puebla|
|Day 9||Transfer to Mexico City & Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in Mexico CityWelcome to Mexico! Upon arrival at the airport, you'll be met by your private driver and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, spend the rest of your afternoon getting to know Mexico City at your own pace. Discover the capital's many museums, monuments, galleries, and archaeological sites, or start your culinary adventure by sampling the local markets, restaurants, and cafés. For a quiet stroll, put yourself in the locals' shoes and head to the authentic neighborhoods of San Angel, La Condesa, Coyoacán, or La Roma.
Day 2: History, Culture & Gastronomy in Mexico City
Today you'll taste the best street food in the city while discovering the capital's vibrant historic center. Along this guided walking tour, you'll pass highlights like the Alameda Central Park (the oldest public garden in the Americas) and the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Continue along the bustling pedestrian street of Madero to reach the grand Plaza de la Constitución, better known as Zócalo. The city's heart is home to some of its most important buildings and monuments—including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Aztec archaeological site of Templo Mayor, and the 16th-century Palacio Nacional.
Along the way, you'll make lots of different stops to sample some of the local gastronomy. Try some tacos al pastor (pork tacos), huitlacoche quesadillas (made with corn mushroom), and fresh tamales, finishing off the tour with a traditional dessert or some sweet churros. The gastronomy of the Aztec capital is so varied that your guide can easily adapt the excursion to your interests and tastes.
Day 3: Explore the Canals of Xochimilco, Get to Know Coyoacán
Experience one of the most iconic areas of Mexico City today with a visit to the canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco. Meaning "the Place of the Flowers" in Náhuatl, these waterways are the last reminder of the rivers that once crossed the valley floor of ancient Tenochtitlan (now modern-day Mexico City). Explore the canals on a traditional trajinera (a colorful wooden boat) and learn about the Aztec's ingenious techniques for growing food on the fertile riverbeds of the pre-Hispanic waterways—many of which (including the chinampas, or floating gardens) are still in use today.Later on, you'll explore the picturesque neighborhood of Coyoacán. Characterized by cobblestone streets and a bohemian style, this tranquil area will make you feel as if you've been transported outside the city. Pass the Callejón del Aguacate, a narrow street that holds local legends and myths, and see the church of La Plaza de la Conchita, where the first mass in the region was celebrated. Stop for churros and ice cream in the Centennial Garden, then head to one of the area's authentic coffee bars for a gastronomic experience based around the flavors of Mexican coffee.
Day 4: Transfer to Acaxochitlán, Spend an Evening in the ForestLeave the capital behind today as you transfer northeast to Acaxcohitlán. Nestled in the mountains of Mexico's Hidalgo state, this lovely town has deep indigenous roots, inhabited long before the Spanish colonization of the 16th century. Some evidence suggests there were human settlements here during the time of the Toltecs—an ancient indigenous culture that thrived from 950 to 1150 CE and pre-dated the Aztecs.
Day 5: Mushroom Harvesting & Traditional Embroidery WorkshopAcaxochitlán is one of the few regions in Mexico where you can still find native cloud forests, renowned for their rich ecosystems and biodiversity. For centuries, they were home to indigenous groups like the Nahua, Otomi, Tepehua, and Totonac, whose ancient practices continue in the area's traditional cuisine. If you're lucky enough to visit during the rainy season, you'll have the chance to join your hosts for a day of mushroom gathering in the forest before heading to the kitchen to help prepare a delicious lunch with the freshly-picked fungi.
Day 6: Transfer to Puebla, Explore the Historic CenterYour driver will be waiting this morning to transfer you to the beautiful colonial town of Puebla. The Spanish conquest strongly influenced this Baroque city, often considered an architectural and cultural jewel of the country. Get your bearings and stretch your legs upon arrival with a walk through its UNESCO-listed center.
Day 7: Tortilla-Making in the Magical Town of CholulaDiscover the magical town of Cholula today, known as Mexico's "City of Churches." 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 the surrounding volcanoes.
Afterward, visit the local market for an introduction to the gastronomy of Cholula and its famous handmade tortillas. Considered a vital part of central Mexico's culinary identity, the art of tortilla making is a treasured heritage passed from generation to generation. Today's workshop will guide you through the process, from cultivation to preparation. Enjoy a delicious tasting afterward accompanied by refreshing drinks and other corn-based snacks.
Day 8: Learn to Make Mole Poblano in PueblaPuebla is considered one of Mexico's foremost foodie destinations, with vibrant gastronomy shaped by indigenous, Spanish, and Arab influences. It's also the birthplace of many traditional Mexican dishes, including the famous mole poblano, which you'll learn to make on today's hands-on excursion.
Meet your guide and set out on a stroll through the oldest neighborhoods of colonial Puebla to reach the local market, where you'll be met with the aromas, colors, and flavors of the city. Sample some classic street food antojitos (little cravings) and then learn how to prepare a delicious mole (a savory sauce of poblano peppers and chocolate) under the instruction of your lovely chef—sitting down to a delicious meal at the end of the lesson.
Day 9: Transfer to Mexico City & Depart
Enjoy a final morning in captivating Puebla. When the time comes, your driver will pick you up for the transfer back to Mexico City International Airport and your departing flight. Safe travels and adiós a todos!
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