- Tour the colorful "chef's market" of Mercado de San Juan
- Take a traditional boat through the floating gardens & canals of Xochimilco
- Learn the art of perfect tortillas in Cholula
- Put your own spin on Puebla's famous mole poblano
|Day 1||Arrive in Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 2||Tour the Mercado de San Juan & Explore the Historic Center||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Discover the Canals & Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Get to Know Coyoacán||Mexico City|
|Day 4||See the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Transfer to Puebla||Puebla|
|Day 5||Tortilla-Making in the Magical Town of Cholula||Puebla|
|Day 6||Learn to Make Mole Poblano in Puebla||Puebla|
|Day 7||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 visiting 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: Tour the Mercado de San Juan & Explore the Historic CenterDiscover the gastronomic roots of the Aztec capital today with a visit to the Mercado de San Juan. Famous chefs and local shoppers alike head to the city's renowned food market for the best quality produce, meats, and specialty foods on offer—from scorpions to lion meat. Join your guide for a walk through the bustling aisles, delighting your senses with the riot of colors and aromas. Sample exotic fruits, cheeses, jams, coffee, and other delicacies while you learn about Mexican cuisine and the market's history.
Your explorations continue in the afternoon with a guided walk through the city's UNESCO-listed historic center. Take a stroll past 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 ancient Aztec archaeological site of Templo Mayor, and the 16th-century Palacio Nacional.
Day 3: Discover the Canals & Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Get to Know Coyoacán
Today, you'll have the opportunity to visit one of Mexico City's most emblematic areas: the canals of Xochimilco. Board a trajinera (a colorful flat-bottomed boat) to tour the area's waterways while your guide shares the secrets of its biocultural richness. Stop at a demonstration chinampa (floating garden) to learn about the importance of the ancient chinampero agriculture system, and discover how traditional cultivation techniques and natural biofilters improve the water quality. Afterward, taste typical Xochimilco flavors as a cook prepares dishes made from local produce and products.
Later on, you'll explore the picturesque neighborhood of Coyoacán. Characterized by cobblestone streets and a bohemian style, this tranquil area feels as if you've been transported outside the city. Pass the Callejón del Aguacate, a narrow road 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: See the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Transfer to PueblaToday's adventure starts early, with a transfer out of the capital to the mystical archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Explore the "City of the Gods" on foot, starting with a walk along the Calzada de Los Muertos (Avenue of the Dead). Climb the majestic Pyramid of the Sun, then continue to the Pyramid of the Moon for splendid views across the site. Afterward, spend some time at the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, where the best-preserved remains are found, and learn about obsidian, the prized stone of the Mayans still plentiful in the mines around the site.
Day 5: Tortilla-Making in the Magical Town of CholulaToday's excursion takes you outside of Puebla to discover the town of Cholula, where you'll visit the local market for an introduction to the local gastronomy 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.
Back in Puebla, you'll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the UNESCO-listed center at your own pace. See the impressive Cathedral and the Chapel of the Rosary, visit a Talavera (hand-painted tile) workshop to discover one of Mexico's most iconic handicrafts, or head to the Palafoxiana Library, a center of universal knowledge and one of the first libraries of the American continent. Other iconic sites include the Calle de Los Dulces, the Barrio del Artista, Barrio de Los Sapos, and the El Parián craft market.
Day 6: Learn to Make Mole Poblano in PueblaPuebla is considered one of Mexico's foremost foodie destinations, with a vibrant gastronomy shaped by indigenous, Spanish, and Arab influences. It's also the birthplace of many traditional Mexican dishes— including the famous mole poblano (a savory sauce of poblano peppers and chocolate), which you'll learn to make today.
Day 7: 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!