Discover Mexico’s rich culture and gastronomic delights! With focus on authentic culinary experiences such as mezcal tasting, distillery and street food experiences, experience Mexico like a local on this private tour. Discover the country’s colonial heritage, rich indigenous traditions, Maya ruins and more, while you visit Mexico’s top three food and culture destinations!
Mexico City, the nation’s capital, is vibrant, colorful and full of character. Fascinating museums rub shoulders with beautiful churches while theme parks co-exist harmoniously with long-standing academic institutions in this sprawling city.
Gastronomical Journey Through Colonia Roma Traverse the vibrant neighborhood of Colonia Roma in search of exotic flavors to tantalize your taste buds in this walking tour. This erstwhile upscale neighborhood is now the hub of hipster subculture in the city. Accompany your local expert through the serene streets of this historic area that is home to trendsetting restaurants and eateries. Walk past the lovely squares and elegant fountains as your guide leads you to seven different restaurants to sample the best in Mexican cuisine. Stroll past quaint specialty food shops and ethnic diners as you get valuable insight into the area’s rich culinary past. Listen to your guide narrate interesting anecdotes about the beautiful mansions and its famous residents. (Half Day; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Please wear comfortable footwear as there is quite a bit of walking involved in this activity.)
Culinary Exploration of Xochimilco and Trajinera Ride Head out to explore the picturesque borough of Xochimilco, known for its ancient network of canals flanked by lush greenery. Saunter around the local market in search of fresh produce and ingredients for your meal as you take in the sights, sounds and aromas of the place. Interact with the vendors before making your way to the private kitchen of a local resident to hone your culinary skills. Enjoy cooking a traditional two-course meal using regional recipes and relish the fruits of your labor as you savor the dishes and enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage. After lunch, step into one of the colorful trajineras or gondolas that dot the picturesque canals. Sit back and relax as you glide along the water passing by pre-Hispanic manmade agricultural islands known as chinampas. (Half Day; Meal Included: Lunch and non-alcoholic beverage; Fitness Level: Easy. It is recommended that you have a light breakfast as you will be sampling food items during the market tour.)
Puebla, with its magnificent cathedral, lively ornamental tree-lined square, and the world’s largest pyramid, is an elegant city steeped in history, culture, and religion!
Exploring Puebla by Foot Explore the charming city of Puebla, known as the City of Angels and famous for its baroque architecture, on this walking tour. Start your exploration at the colonial town square or ‘Zócalo’, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Santo Domingo Church, one of the most imposing structures towering over the Zócalo, in the company of your English speaking guide. Admire the Baroque-style Capilla del Rosario, or Rosary Chapel, within the church, which is layered with heavy gold work. The colonial era Puebla Cathedral, with its towering bell towers, also skirt the town square. Discover the city’s distinct Talavera pottery of traditional hand-painted tiles that adorn most buildings around town. Walk over to the Los Sapos artistic quarter to learn more about Puebla’s artistic heritage. Stop by the El Parian market to catch a bit of local color, soaking in the rhythm of everyday life in this beautiful heritage city. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Note: Please bring sun hat, shades, sunscreen, light clothes and comfortable walking shoes).
Experience the magic of Oaxaca – a city unlike any other in Mexico! A pulsating arts and crafts scene, unique indigenous culture, and natural wonders, make it a potent tourist magnet.
A walk around Oaxaca Begin your day from the lively historical center, taking in the colorful sights and sounds at the main tree-lined Hidalgo Square. Steps away, soak in the exquisite interiors of the 18th century Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Oaxaca’s main cathedral, showcasing baroque architecture and gilded interiors. Within the adjoining monastery complex, visit the Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca that showcases Mexico’s rich history and exotic artifacts including the Mixtec treasures. Next door, drop by the ethnobotanical garden that houses myriad exotic species of agave and cacti. Later, stroll on the pedestrianized street of Alcalá, flanked by brightly colored buildings, and enlivened by local artisan shops, buskers, and contemporary street art. Nearby, visit the Macedonio Alcala Theater, exquisitely decorated in Imperial style with marble staircases, elegant arches, and Corinthian accents. Hopping between attractions, sample mezcal, Oaxacan coffee, and hot chocolate along with the local favorite – fried grasshoppers! (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Snacks not included; Fitness level: Easy; Notes: Bring sunscreen, wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Museum is closed on Mondays).
Chocolate Baking in Oaxaca Set off from your hotel in the city and drive for about 30 minutes to reach the Zapotec community village. Stroll around the local market as you pick and choose ingredients such as sugar and cacao in preparation of your culinary experience. Head to the mill and get these ingredients ground finely before you head to the kitchen at the house of one of the villagers. Learn the process of making adorable chocolate figures with the milled paste. Make some rich chocolate by mixing these figures using milk or water in a traditional grinder. Bite into a piece of sweet bread dipped in this delicious chocolate and feel the flavors roll off your tongue before you start on your journey back to the hotel. (Half Day; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that pick up and drop is included if your hotel is in the city square area.)
Mezcal Distillery and Tasting Tour Head out of Oaxaca and make your way to a nearby distillery that produces mezcal, a local alcoholic beverage sourced from agave. One of Mexico’s most famous alcoholic beverages, mezcal has been popular since the time of Spanish Conquistadors! Learn all about the process of distilling this beverage in an artisanal technique that has been passed down over generations. You’ll also discover the different types of agave that can be used to produce mezcal – both cultivated and wild varieties. From how long it takes for the agave plant to mature to how young or old it needs to be – there’s a lot intricacy involved in mezcal production. Having learned the details, reward yourself with samples of fine mezcal to gain a better appreciation of its flavor and popularity. (Half Day; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that pick up and drop is included from the city square area.)
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