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.READ MORE +
From GBP £5,200 USD $6,188 pp excl. flights
11 hours 30 mins from London
5 hours 25 mins From NYC
Mexican peso (MXN)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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