Luxury Mexico Itinerary

Beautiful, fascinating and lesser-known Mexico 

Mexico has an extraordinarily diverse culture and our travels and contacts in Mexico have unearthed lesser-known secrets of Mexico’s most special and under-explored areas far from the crowded sites flocked to by the masses. Less-is-more is our recipe for a successful holiday in Mexico, providing meaningful opportunities to explore, indulge and relax. 

Starting in the often-underappreciated Mexico City, you’ll come to admire the history and striking colonial and art deco architecture of the oldest capital in the Americas and former capital of the Aztecs. You’ll visit the nearby Teotihuacan archaeological site to view temples, palaces and the immense Pyramid of the Sun, before an evening in the tranquil neighbourhood of Colonia Narvarte, indulging in family-style taquerias and a private mezcal tasting. Prior to leaving Mexico City you’ll be taken to the floating gardens of Xochimilco for a specially prepared breakfast, before visiting Frida Kahlo’s incredible home.

Arriving in Puebla, you’ll peruse the beautifully restored colonial centre lined with stunning churches and colonial mansions, then visit the Cholula archaeological site and its Great Pyramid. Your second day in Puebla involves a street-food and market tour, discovering the ins and outs of the city, sampling different dishes and strolling through the aisles of the historic Mercado La Acocota.  

Often described as the most magical city of Mexico, thanks to its strong Zapotec presence, you’ll stroll Oaxaca’s streets, experiencing the gaiety of its people and colourful markets. Finally, take time to survey the surrounding countryside of Oaxaca and the wealth of incredible archaeological sites, temples and markets, before wrapping up your adventures in wonderful Mexico.

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KEY FACTS
PEAK TIME

October-April

PRICE

From GBP £5,200 USD $6,188 pp excl. flights

IDEAL LENGTH

10 days

FLIGHT TIME

11 hours 30 mins from London
5 hours 25 mins From NYC

CURRENCY

Mexican peso (MXN)

LANGUAGE

Spanish

Where you'll go
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Mexico City

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Puebla

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Oaxaca

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Oaxaca is one of Mexico’s most culturally diverse states, with a significant indigenous population. There are 16 recognised indigenous groups in Oaxaca, each with its own languages, traditions, and art forms.

The itinerary highlights

Half Day tour of Teotihucan 

Teotihucan  part of our itinerary for Mexico

Be driven to the impressive archaeological site of Teotihuacan, located 50 kilometres northeast of Mexico City. This site was one of the most impressive cities of the ancient world, held sacred by the Aztecs. You’ll explore its temples, palaces and pyramids, including the Quetzalpapalotl Palace Complex, the Temple of the Feathered Conches, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the immense Pyramid of the Sun, ranked among the biggest in the world.

Visit Puebla, Cholula archaeological site and Tonantzintla

Puebla Mexico

Visiting the World Heritage Site of Puebla, stopping in Tonantzintla to visit the exuberant church and its dome covered with colourful stucco saints, devils, flowers and birds. Then continue on to visit the Great Pyramid of Cholula, larger in volume than Egypt’s pyramid of Cheops before returning to Puebla to explore the colonial centre, lined with churches and colonial mansions adorned with the beautiful hand-painted Talavera tiles for which the city is famous.

Walking street-food tour & mezcal tasting in Oaxaca city

Oaxaca market

Your private driver and guide takes you to visit the Market of Benito Juarez, the main street food centre in the city, to taste the well-known grasshoppers (chapulines), and traditional cheese and quesadillas. You’ll continue walking to the Market 20 de Noviembre to enjoy a traditional Tlayuda or piece of tasajo (grilled meat) with guacamole and baby onions. For dessert, there’s typical candy, Oaxaca sherbet or a local nicuatole, and to finish, there’s mezcal!

Sunrise at the Chinampa in Xochimilco floating garden with breakfast

Visiting these floating gardens in the south of the city, you’ll never forget the view from the canals and the Chinampa del Sol as the sun appears over the horizon and Don Francisco prepares your magical breakfast with the day’s harvest. Navigate the canals on a colourful “trajinera” boat and learn of ancient, pre-conquest life.

Mitla Archaeoligical Site, El Tule Tree, Tlacolula and Tlacochahuaya - Full Day

Explore the countryside around Oaxaca with your private driver/guide, stopping at the village of Santa Maria El Tule to admire The Tule Tree, thought to be around 1,500 years old. Continue to Mitla and the most important Zapotec archaeological site, which dates back some 10,000 years. Then stroll through the colourful handicraft market at Tlacolula before stopping at a temple in the Zapotecan village of Tlacochahuaya.

Walking tour Narvarte at night: tacos, chelas & mezcal

Visit the Colonia Narvarte, a tranquil neighbourhood, barely changed in decades and known for its dozens of family-style taquerias. Try tacos al pastor and suadero tacos from vendors who have been in the area for years. You’ll visit a lively cantina to learn about the culture in Mexico City, where you can enjoy “chela”, slang for cold beer, or a cocktail before attending a private mezcal tasting with a local expert chef in a cosy neighbourhood restaurant.

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Where to stay

Nothing but the best. On this suggested Mexico itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.

Circulo Mexicano, Mexico City

Located in the heart of Mexico City, Circulo blends historic charm and contemporary luxury to glorious effect.

Set within a beautifully restored 19th-century mansion, the hotel features 25 thoughtfully designed rooms that capture the essence of Mexican culture. With its artistic ambiance, personalised service and proximity to attractions such as Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zócalo Square, the hotel provides a memorable and immersive experience for a cultural escape in the vibrant capital.

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Casa Oaxaca, Oaxaca

Known for its charmingly intimate atmosphere and culinary excellence, Casa Oaxaca’s on-site restaurant serves authentic Oaxacan cuisine, showcasing the rich flavours and ingredients of the region.

The hotel is also situated within walking distance of the city's main attractions, including the Santo Domingo Church, the Zocalo (main square), and the bustling markets so you can easily explore the vibrant streets, art, food, festivals and cultural heritage of the city.

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Banyan Tree, Puebla

Offering impeccable hospitality in the gorgeous historic city centre, Puebla is best known for its colonial-era architecture, traditional Mexican cuisine, and Talavera pottery.

Reflecting regional influences, the hotel showcases contemporary art from local artists. The dining options at Banyan Tree Puebla rival any of the city’s upscale restaurants and include Saffron's Thai cuisine, Mexican plates at the garden framed Pasquinel Bistro, and the swanky tapas bar, Los Lavaderos. The hotel also touts a rooftop pool with unparalleled views of the historic city below and surrounding volcanoes.

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