What's included

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 8 nights hotel based on sharing twin-rooms
    8 nights hotel based on sharing twin-rooms
  • all activities with local Flash Pack Leader & Driver
    all activities with local Flash Pack Leader & Driver
  • Max 15
    Max 15
  • private van or mini-bus transportation & airport pickup any time on Day 1
    private van or mini-bus transportation & airport pickup any time on Day 1

Forget Mexican holidays sprawled face-down on a beach, allow us to take you on one incredible adventure. This is one for the foodies out there, those of you who aren’t content with flavourless burritos and sub-par enchiladas. You want proper Mexican cuisine, with ingredients sought fresh from authentic markets and flavour-packed dishes discovered on the sizzling back streets of Mexico City. We’re here to get your taste buds racing with 9 days of delicious escapism, kicking off in the buzzing capital for a gastronomic food tour, tequila tasting and a Lucha Libre wrestling show. Prepare to float along canals in colourful Mexican-style gondolas and discover amazing Aztec ruins. To hike between the volcanoes of Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park, followed by a spot of pasita raisin liquor in the oldest bar in Puebla. There’s an exclusive cooking class in Mexico’s culinary capital and an interactive tour in the mezcal capital of the world. Then, after eating your way through the sweets of Calle de los Dulces and visiting the oldest candy shop in Mexico, the cherry on the top of your adventure is a visit to the impressive waterfall-style rock formations of Hierve el Agua. It’s an adventure of non stop culinary delights, complete with vibrant culture and amazing architecture around every corner. Sound like your kind of holiday? Throw your soggy taco to the wind and come experience the real deal.

  • Taste delicious Mexican cuisine on a culinary adventure through the capital
  • Hike through the epic scenery of Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park
  • Enjoy a master class in tequila tasting
  • Visit striking agaves fields and learn how mezcal is made at a local distillery
  • See the amazing natural rock formations of Hierve el Agua
  • Watch the iconic spectacle of a Lucha Libre wrestling show
  • Float along the canals of Xochimilco in a brightly decorated trajinera
  • Walk the tunnels of the Great Pyramid at the Cholula ruins
  • Go on a culture packed tour through the historic city of Puebla
  • Eat your way down Calle de los Dulces, aka ‘the Street of Sweets’
  • Drink raisin liquor in the oldest bar in Puebla
  • Cook up a feast at a private cooking class in Oaxaca, the culinary capital of Mexico
  • Discover the amazing history and dynamic culture of Mexico City, the most populous city in North America
  • Savour craft beers at an authentic brewery in Oaxaca
  • Admire the archaeological ruins of Monte Albán

Itinerary

Day 1: HOLA NEW ADVENTURE

Step off the plane in Mexico City and welcome to the most populous city in North America, home to 21 million people in its metropolitan area and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Here you’ll find a buzzing metropolis bursting with fascinating history, a booming nightlife and flavour-packed streets that has foodies flocking from far and wide. First things first, your private transfer will whisk you to your hotel found right in the heart of the action by the famous Zocalo plaza. Here you can check into your adjacent hotel and freshen up for an evening in the capital. You will also meet your expert Pack Leader here who will be unlocking the best-kept secrets of the city, kicking things off with welcome drinks at a trendy local bar. Soak in the energy of this diverse city whilst getting to know your new Flash Pack amigos and revelling in the adventure that is to come – tequilas optional but highly recommended. Let’s start as we mean to go on…

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Welcome to Mexico City!

Drink to your new adventure, tequila anyone?

Arrive in the buzzing metropolis of the capital

Tomorrow we'll be embracing the food, culture & history here

Get to know your fellow Flashpackers over evening drinks

Your hotel can be found right next to the Zócalo

Day 2: FOODIE FUN, TEQUILA TASTING & LUCHA LIBRE

Rise and shine for the first full day of your Mexican adventure, spent eating your way through the streets of the capital with amazing history and a wrestling show thrown in for good measure. Also known as the City of the Palaces, your day begins in the historic centre with all the dazzling architecture you’d expect from a city built on the remains of the Great Tenochtitlan, the former capital of the Aztec Empire. Immerse yourself in the rich history here, working up an appetite for the gastronomic adventure that lies ahead. At midday, we’ll head to the vibrant Mexican market of Mercado de San Juan where we’ll begin our discovery tour of the best Mexican food in the city. Forget what you think you know about Mexican food and stroll through the city centre savouring pre-Hispanic dishes combined with creative infusions and contemporary twists. From mouth watering garnachas to sizzling chipotles, delicious organic flowers to fine Mexican cheeses, spend the next 4 to 5 hours following wherever your taste buds call you.

 

Then, when you need something to wash this all down, we have just the answer. Flashpackers, it’s tequila time. A trip to Mexico wouldn’t be complete without learning about it’s most famous drink so here lies the ultimate tequila master class. Forget drunken shots at 4am, here 3 different tequilas will be served, each one marinated with a small sandwich whilst your tequila master explains the origin, production and characteristics so that you foodies can taste them in the best possible way. We’ll then carry onwards to the oldest (and best) candy store in Mexico for sweet treats to round off your day of culinary delights. The day does not end here though, this evening prepare for a unique experience complete with cheering crowds and men in tights. In the sacred venue of Arena Mexico, we’re witnessing the spectacle of a Lucha Libre wrestling show – one of the nation’s favourite sports and an integral part of Mexican culture. A classic match of heroes versus villains, watch on as masked men fight to keep their identity a secret and wrestle in acrobatic displays of strength. Pick your favourite and show them your best tequila-fuelled support.

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Enjoy an exclusive tequila tasting

We'll explore (and eat) our way though the city's street food

Tacos & tequila are all you need

Tuck into delicious garnachas made in front of you

There are great local delicacies around every corner

Discover the best spots for local food

Stroll through the impressive architecture on a tour through the historic centre

See the striking cathedral

Your tequila master will talk you through the different types of tequilas

No trip to Mexico is complete without some tequila!

Witness the wrestling sensation of a Lucha Libre show

The masked wrestlers are dressed as superheroes and villains

This is one of Mexico's most popular sports

Day 3: A TRANQUIL TRAJINERA RIDE

This morning we’re heading to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Xochimilco, where hundreds of brightly decorated boats create a colourful sight to behold. To immerse ourselves in the vibrant culture here, we’ll visit the local market where fruits and vegetables are grown on the ancient islands here known as ‘chinampas’. We’ll also stop by the adjacent flower market where the scent of fresh flowers fills the air. After admiring this colourful display, we’ll visit the San Bernardino de Siena church to see this former monastery in all its 16th century splendour. It’s then time for a quintessential Xochimilco experience, aboard a vivid trajinera where you can float along the canal with musicians and food vendors passing by on boats of their own. Enjoy lunch on your trajinera with mariachi music drifting by, watching the colourful scene unfold before you and tucking into delicious local delicacies. Back on dry land, we’ll then return to the Historic Centre where the rest of the afternoon is free to do as you please. You can hardly move for interesting museums and galleries here, including the the Palace of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Anthropology. The cathedral is one of the largest and oldest in Latin America so is well worth a visit, or simply stroll along the streets and explore the local shops and cafes. Come evening, we’re dining at La Casa de Las Sirenas, where you can enjoy amazing traditional and contemporary cuisine whilst drinking in views across the Zocalo.

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Float along the waterways of Xochimilco in a trajinera

Visit the colourful markets of Xochimilco

Hundreds of brightly decorated boats fill the canal

Each boat is hand painted and given a feminine name

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city

Enjoy this unique experience on a traditional trajinera

Local food vendors will past by on boats of their own

Head back to the historic centre for an afternoon to explore

Check out the famous Palace of Fine Arts

Then enjoy dinner with views across the zócalo

Important notes

Fly into: Mexico City International Airport – Benito Juarez

Fly out of: Oaxaca International Airport

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

 

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