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Mexico

June 17-23 and 24-30, 2024
$2,999 pp based on double occupancy

Day 1 (D)

On the 17th, you arrive in the early afternoon.  Mexico City is 7,300 feet above sea level.  It takes some people a day or so to get used to the altitude, so we’ll take it easy on this day.  Upon arrival at the Benito Juarez International airport (No Visa is required for U.S. citizens), a driver will meet you at the airport and you’ll transfer to the Hilton Mexico City Reforma. It is located in front of the Alameda Central and it is walking distance to several subway stations, the Zocalo (Mexico’s most important plaza) and within feet of a plethora of street food options. Once you settle in, we’ll head one a general tour of the area to help you get your bearings.  We’ll start on the Alameda Central, walk to the Monumento a la Revolución, Bellas artes, and la Torre Latinoamericana, then ride the subway to the Ángel de la Independencia. We will then return to the hotel and walk down Calle Madero to dine at Azul Histórico, one of Mexico’s best restaurants.  The food here is traditional and it will provide you the opportunity to enjoy some staples of Mexican cuisine.

Day 2 (B, L, D)

Today we will stay near the hotel in order to visit three distinct places.  After breakfast, we will walk down to the Zocalo and visit Templo mayor, one of the most important archeological discoveries of the late 20th century. This active archeological site was hidden for centuries in the middle of the city until it was accidentally discovered in the late 1970’s.  Once we conclude this tour, we will walk a few steps to the National Cathedral before we break for lunch.  We will then walk to the Palacio de Bellas Artes (the fine arts palace) to admire its architecture and its art collection. At the conclusion of these tours, you will have an opportunity to relax and explore before you return to our hotel and prepare for dinner at Quintonil (ranked #9 in the world by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants), where you will enjoy a 9-course tasting menu with wine pairing that will guide you through Mexico’s distinct geographies and their cuisines.

 

Day 3 (B, L, D)

Today is Xochimilco and taco day.  Xochimilco is a popular family excursion in Mexico. Given the traffic patterns in Mexico on Sundays, we’ll ride the subway to Xochimilco where you’ll enjoy a few hours on one of the Trajineras (long boat) while eating some good food from the vendors on the water, listening to some music, and relaxing. After lunch, we’ll head out to Coyoacán and spend the rest of the afternoon there. We’ll visit the Frida Kahlo Museum and enjoy this bohemian neighborhood.  You will also have the opportunity to visit the Leon Trotsky museum.  Trotsky spent his final years in Mexico where he was assassinated in 1940. Along the way we are going to try a variety of different tacos and street food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You may ask what you ate, but not what you are going to eat. In the evening once we return to Mexico City, you will head out to enjoy one of the quintessential Mexican experiences: a Lucha Libre show before we head to one of the most well-known taquerías to close out the day.

Day 4 (B, L, D)

Today you awake early and head northeast of the city on your way to the Pyramids at Teotihuacan. You will also stop at Plaza Tlatelolco on the way there and the Basilica de Guadalupe, the first saint in the new world, on your way back. Once at Teotihuacan, you will have the opportunity to climb the Pyramid of the Sun and learn about Aztec and pre-Aztec cultures. Please remember to bring plenty of water, sunblock, and a hat. You will have lunch on site and then head back to our hotel for some rest. In the evening, you will head out to Sud 777 (ranked #52 in the world #23 in Latin America by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants) where you’ll enjoy an avant-garde take on Mexican cuisine.  After dinner and a long day, we’ll head back to our hotel for some rest.

Day 5 (B, D)

The muralist movement was one of the most influential artistic movements in Mexico’s history.  Today you will have the opportunity to explore representative works from some of Mexico’s greatest muralists concluding with the Museo Mural Diego Rivera. Once you’ve had your fill of muralist art, you will enjoy a market tour.  You will have a chance to explore a variety of products: food, flowers, and ingredients related to religious practices and magic potions.  We take no responsibility for any spells you may cast. You will then return to our hotel for some rest and in the evening, you will enjoy dinner at Rosetta (Ranked #37 in Latin America by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants). Subtlety and balance are a staple of this restaurant. While there is no tasting menu advertised, one will be created for you. You will be delighted by the experience.

 

Day 6 (B, D)

Today you will rise and head out to Mexico City’s largest park: Chapultepec. You will stroll through the forest as you climb to the Castle that served as Maximilian’s home while he was emperor of Mexico. You will then head to the Museo de Antropología where you’ll learn about Aztec, Olmec, and the many peoples that were key in Mexico’s history. Once you conclude this experience, you are free to explore as you wish. One option is to head over to the Plaza Ciudadela, one of the most popular crafts markets in the city, where you will get your chance to purchase whatever souvenirs you are still in need of.  You will have a chance to walk around and haggle with the vendors. You will return to our hotel and prepare for dinner at Pujol (ranked #5 in the world by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants) where you will enjoy Enrique Olvera’s Omakase taco bar tasting menu. Olvera’s tacos experiment with both the ingredients and the tortilla itself.  It is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t forget. After dinner you are free to enjoy your last night in the city.

Day 7 (B)

Today we pack our bags and enjoy a final breakfast at the Casa de los azulejos, a popular eatery in one of Mexico’s most vibrant areas.  Once you are done, you will be transported back to Mexico City’s International Airport for your flight back home.

 

For those of you who wish to spend some time at the beach, we are happy to arrange transport and lodging in Cancun where you can enjoy both beach, archeological sites, and some more fantastic food.

*You will stay at the Hilton or hotel of equal category.

**Contingent on a group of four people or more. If there are less than four people, you will enjoy an a la carte dining experience.

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