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Overview

Magical Mexico City Culinary Vacation

Visiting the historical center of Mexico City.This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Mexico is well known throughout the world for its amazing gastronomic tradition. It offers a variety of dishes and drinks prepared with wonderful, fresh ingredients, unique flavors, aromas, and textures. You can discover them all on our culinary vacation in Mexico City. 

Visiting the Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacan during a Mexico City culinary vacation.When Spanish conquerors arrived in Mexico and began to colonize, they brought ingredients and techniques from Europe, Asia, and Africa, which then fused with native ingredients. This gave rise to a truly Mexican cuisine full of exquisite dishes like mole, chiles en nogada, pozole, and a wide range of sauces, drinks, and desserts. 

Mexican culinary art has continued to develop, and in the past several years Mexican chefs have brought in different techniques and ingredients from other parts of the world to create a unique and renowned contemporary Mexican cuisine. The never-ending creativity of the chefs, combined with the centuries of Mexican traditions and ingredients, will surprise and delight the most demanding palate on our culinary vacations in Mexico City.

Palacio de Bellas Artes in the center of Mexico City.Mexico City lies at the heart of Mexico and is one of the oldest and largest cities in the Americas. Built on the ancient ruins of the Aztec city Tenochtitlan, it is home to a dizzying array of cultural sties. You can explore its fascinating colonial architecture on our Mexico City culinary tours–the European colonizers drained Lake Texcoco to build a city of palaces–as well as its amazing art scene, including the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. 

Adding some hot sauce during a Mexico City food tour.At the heart of Mexico City is Zócalo. A zócalo in Mexico is a public plaza or square, and the most famous is Constitution Square (Plaza de la Constitución) in Mexico City. This has been the heart of the city since the days of the Aztecs, the site of ceremonies,  swearings in, festivals, celebrations, and protests for hundreds of years. From there the city sprawls outward, a huge metropolis made up of different neighborhoods, cities themselves, that lie side by side. 

Mexico City is the melting pot of Mexican regional cuisine. During your Mexico City culinary vacation, you will find both dozens of regional restaurants as well as fine dining options that incorporate traditional dishes with contemporary flair, in addition to local markets. 

If you’re interested in the ultimate culinary vacation in Mexico, pair our Magical Mexico City culinary vacation with our Taste of Puebla and Oaxaca culinary vacation in Mexico!


Trip Details

Enjoy a hands-on cooking class in which you will learn to prepare two staples of Mexico cuisine: corn tortillas and guacamole. 

Itinerary

Visiting Constitution Square, called Zócalo, on a Mexico City Tour.Day One

  • Arrival at Mexico City international airport and meet your English-speaking guide.
  • Transfer to your hotel, check in and rest of evening on your own.
  • Overnight.

Enjoying Mexican cheeses during a Mexico City food tour.Day Two

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin your Mexico City culinary vacation with a guided tour of the city, starting with the Historical Center. Gaze in wonder at the beautiful baroque buildings, including the Cathedral and the National Palace, that surround the famed Zócalo, or Constitution Square.
  • The Cathedral is the largest in Mexico. It is a quintessential example of colonial architecture in Latin America, lying as it does on the remains of the largest Aztec temple. You can admire the murals painted by Diego Rivera at the National Palace (closed Mondays), which is the seat of the Mexican presidency. One of the most recently discovered sites is the Templo Mayor, the great temple of the Aztec capital (panoramic visit only.)
  • Tasting local fruits during a Mexico City food tour at the market.At noon, continue on your tour of Mexico City while experience the city’s cuisine in several exotic and wonderful food stops. You will have a gastronomic adventure through the flavors of Mexico, from pre-Hispanic foods to contemporary dishes. Visit a typical Mexican market full of unique ingredients, have a drink at a typical cantina, and taste the popular street food.
  • Return to the hotel in the evening, with dinner on your own (if you are still hungry).
  • Overnight.

Visiting the Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan during a Mexico City culinary vacation.Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Teotihuacán, one of the most important archeological sites of the Valley of Mexico.
  • You will see the site where the Teotihuacán civilization flourished between the first and sixth centuries. Their influence appears to have been so vast as to have reached Tikal in Guatamala, as one can find traces of their influence in the the famed Mayan ruin located there. Burned in the Eighth Century, Teotihuacán was already a ruin by the time the Aztecs settled there. Due to its immense size, they attributed its construction to gods or giants.
  • Teotihuacán has three large buildings distributed around what is called the “Avenue of the Dead.” The Pyramid of the Sun is the primary among these, while the more modest Pyramid of the Moon lies to the north. The Citadel, like the others, reflects the art and astronomical knowledge of its builders.
  • Delicious ceviche tostada during a Mexico City food tour.Head to a local restaurant for lunch, where you will learn to make an authentic guacamole sauce from chilies, green tomatoes, avocado, and other spices. Enjoy it as a snack or with assorted tacos or tortas, including hand-made tortillas that you will prepare yourself with corn masa. Tortillas are, of course, a primary ingredient in so many classic Mexican dishes: tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, totopos, entomatadas, chalupas, flautas, chilaquiles, quesadillas, and more.
  • Nopal (cactus) fruit known as "tuna."In the afternoon, stop at a cooperative food factory in the village of San Martín de la Pirámides. They produce honey, jam, sweets, and hots sauces from the nopal (cactus) fruits known as tuna and xoconoxtle.
  • Next, head to an obsidian workshop. You can watch the artisans work the raw material to shape unique pieces of regional handicraft. Taste the local liquor called pulque, which is made from the Agave plant.
  • Return to Mexico City.
  • This evening, continue your Mexico City culinary vacation at a local restaurant for dinner. The eatery is found in the heart of the city’s trendiest quarter, Colonia Roma, and it combines the aesthetic of the Mexican architect Javier Sordo de Haro with the building’s original 20th-century architecture. The bistrot’s menu offers a variety of regional dishes from throughout Mexico.
  • Return to your hotel and overnight.

Day Four

  • Visiting the elegant baroque Coyoacan quarter on a Mexico City culinary tour.Breakfast at the hotel.
  • This morning, depart for the southern part of Mexico City to visit Coyoacán, the colonial quarter built in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. This is the residential neighborhood where the elite of Mexico City used to live in gorgeous haciendas in the countryside.
  • Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, also called “La Casa Azul” (the Blue House, closed on Mondays). This is where the famous Latin American artist was born, lived, and died.
  • The colorful trajineras boats in the Xochimilco quarter during a Mexico City culinary tour.Lunch at a restaurant in the Coyoacán.
  • In the afternoon, take an idyllic boat ride on a trajinera, the traditional colorfully painted, flat bottom wooden boats. Cruise along the pre-Hispanic canals of Xochimilco, Mexico City’s floating gardens, a place where the Toltecs took refuge during the fall of Tula. Its inhabitants have been dedicated to agriculture since ancient times.
  • In the evening, transfer to a local restaurant for dinner, where you will taste ceviches, tostadas, stews, as well as an impressive array of colorful and contemporary Mexican dishes.
  • Return to your hotel and overnight.

Enjoying a tour of the historical center of Mexico City.Day Five

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out and transfer to the Mexico City airport. (If you would like to continue your journey, you can continue on with our Taste of Puebla and Oaxaca culinary vacation in Mexico, the ultimate extension of your exploration of Mexican cuisine and culture. Inquire for details!)

Trip Details

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

Four nights in a 4* or 5* hotel in Mexico City

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • Three lunches
  • Two dinners

Classes & Instructors

Enjoy a hands-on cooking class in which you will learn to prepare two staples of Mexico cuisine: corn tortillas and guacamole. 

Excursions

  • Guided tour of Mexico City’s historical center, including food tasting tour
  • Excursion to Teotihuacán
  • Visit of a local food cooperative and obsidian workshop
  • Excursion to Coyoacán neighborhood, including Frida Kahlo Museum
  • Trajinera boat ride in Xochimilco
  • Private transportation for all excursions
  • English-speaking local guides

Transfer Details

Roundtrip transfer from/to Mexico City airport 

Miscellaneous

  • Porter services at airports and hotel
  • Entrance fees to archeological sites and museums

Not Included

  • Beverages, paid locally
  • Tips
  • Overnight Mexico tourist tax, paid locally

Accommodation Information

Stay at the 4* Hampton Inn (or similar). Located in the heart of the historical center, just two blocks from Zócalo, the hotel is located in a beautiful 19th-century building with a stained-glass atrium. 

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Or, upgrade to the 5* Four Seasons (or similar). Set around a courtyard, the luxury hotel is located near Chapultepec Park and has an outdoor pool. 

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Pricing:

4-night Program

US$1925 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$720 per person to upgrade to 5* Hotel

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip with 4* accommodations is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. (With 5* upgrade: please inquire.)

Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

Single occupancy supplement: please inquire.
Pricing for groups: please inquire.


Tour Dates

Available year-round for a minimum of 2 people. Sample dates with Monday start follow. (Please note many museums and monuments are not open on Mondays).

2021
May 10-14
May 17-21
May 24-28
May 31-June 4
June 7-11
June 14-18
June 21-25
June 28-July 2
July 5-9
July 12-16
July 19-23
July 26-30
August 2-6
August 9-13
August 16-20
August 23-27
August 30-September 3
September 6-10
September 13-17
September 20-24
September 27-October 1
October 4-8
October 11-15
October 18-23
October 25-29
November 1-5
November 8-12
November 15-19
November 22-26
November 29-December 3
December 6-10
December 13-17
December 20-24
December 27-31

2022
January 3-7
January 10-14
January 17-21
January 24-28
January 31-February 4
February 7-11
February 14-18
February 21-25
February 28-March 4
March 7-11
March 14-18
March 21-26
March 28-April 1
April 4-8
April 11-15
April 18-22
April 25-29
May 2-6
May 9-13
May 16-20
May 23-27
May 30-June 3
June 6-10
June 13-17
June 20-24
June 27-July 1
July 4-8
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29
September 5-9
September 12-16
September 19-23
September 26-30
October 3-7
October 10-14
October 17-21
October 24-28
October 31-November 4
November 7-11
November 14-18
November 21-25
November 28-December 2
December 5-9
December 12-16
December 19-23

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