What's included

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, including a street food safari
    8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, including a street food safari
  • 8 nights sharing twin-rooms in boutique hotels
    8 nights sharing twin-rooms in boutique hotels
  • All activities, from volcano trekking to tequila tasting, included. Local Flash Pack Leader & Driver
    All activities, from volcano trekking to tequila tasting, included. 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

Savour the very best of Mexican street food with a culinary safari through the capital’s buzzing markets. Taste different kinds of tequila in a private masterclass before cheering from the sidelines of a live Lucha Libre wrestling show. Hike between volcanoes in Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park and marvel at one of the world’s only petrified waterfalls at Hierve el Agua. Glide down the canals of Xochimilco on-board a colourful trajinera, and tap into the secrets of Mexican cuisine with an exclusive cooking class in the culinary capital of Oaxaca. Visit the agave fields of southern Mexico, try mezcal produced by a family-run distillery and tap into Mexico’s burgeoning craft beer scene at a local brewery. Discover Puebla’s legendary “Street of Sweets” and knock back raisin liquor in the city’s oldest bar. Bed down in a series of boutique hotels, and dine at restaurants that the locals love

 

Forget Mexican holidays sprawled face-down on a beach, and 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 local markets and flavour-packed dishes from the back streets of Mexico City. We’re here to get your taste buds racing with nine 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. Hike between the volcanoes of Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park, before slugging welcome shots of pasita raisin liquor in the oldest bar in Puebla. We’ll roll our sleeves up for an exclusive cooking class in Mexico’s culinary heartland and take an interactive tour through the mezcal capital of the world, agave fields and all. 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 the adventure comes with a visit to the majestic rock formations of Hierve el Agua, and one of the world’s only petrified waterfalls. This is a sizzling foray 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.

 

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Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Discover the street food of Mexico City, in an off-radar culinary safari
  • Learn all about tequila in a tasting masterclass before watching a live Lucha Libre wrestling show
  • Conjure up a feast at a private cooking class in Oaxaca, the culinary capital of Mexico
  • Visit the agave fields of Southern Mexico and see how mezcal is made at a local distillery
  • Hike between volcanoes in Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park and marvel at the rock formations of Hierve el Agua
  • Float along the canals of Xochimilco in a colourful trajinera, with lunch and mariachi music
  • Tap into Mexico's burgeoning craft beer scene with a visit to a local brewery
  • Eat your way down the Street of Sweets and drink raisin liquor in the oldest bar in Puebla

Itinerary

Day 1: HOLA, NEW ADVENTURE

Take a private transfer to your sleek city-centre hotel and join your guide and new Flashpacker crew for welcome drinks in one of Mexico City’s buzzing bars. Tequilas all round!

 

Step off the plane into marvellous Mexico City. Welcome to the most populous city in North America and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world, home to 21 million people in its metropolitan area. 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. Check into this elegant hangout (kudos to the steam room and rooftop terrace) and freshen up for an evening in the capital. You’ll also meet your guide, who’ll be unlocking the best-kept secrets of the capital, 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

Soak in the buzz of the capital

This is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world

Tomorrow we'll be embracing the food and culture here

Get to know your fellow Flashpackers over evening drinks

Your hotel can be found right next to the Zócalo

Day 2: Street food, TEQUILA AND LUCHA LIBRE WRESTLING

Unveil the secrets of Mexico City on an immersive foodie foray. Go off-radar in local markets to discover a riot of local ingredients and experiential flavours. Then, get under the skin of the nation’s favourite drink with a dedicated tequila masterclass. In the evening, experience the thrill of a legendary Lucha Libre wrestling show

 

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 in Mexico City begins in the historic centre, with all the dazzling architecture you’d expect from a place 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 thought you know about Mexican cuisine 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 four to five hours following wherever your appetite 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 its most famous drink, so here lies the ultimate tequila masterclass. Forget drunken shots at 4am, and instead try three different tequilas, each one marinated with a small sandwich. Your tequila master will explain the origin, production and characteristics of each pairing, 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 copious sweet treats, to round off your day of culinary delights. Then, prepare for a unique experience this evening complete with cheering crowds and men in tights. In the sacred venue of Arena Mexico, we’ll witness 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 out a favourite and show them your best tequila-fuelled support.

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drink with strangers

We'll meander our way through dazzling markets

Discover the best spots for street food

There are great local delicacies around every corner

Tuck into delicious garnachas made right in front of you

Tacos and tequila are all that you need

Stroll through Mexico City's historic centre

Knock back tequila in an exclusive masterclass

Your tequila master will lead the tasting session

Have those lime wedges handy...

Be dazzled by the action 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: Lunch aboard a TRAJINERA

Travel to the UNESCO borough of Xochimilco and get a flavour for the local culture with a visit to its fruit, veg and flower markets. Hop aboard a colourful trajinera and float down the lively canal, with a lunch-time feast and mariachi music. Return to Mexico City for an evening meal at one of the capital’s best-loved restaurants

 

This morning we’re heading to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Xochimilco on the outskirts of Mexico City, where hundreds of brightly decorated boats create an infusion of colour. To immerse ourselves in the vibrant culture here, we’ll visit the local market selling fruits and vegetables grown on ancient islands known as chinampas. We’ll also stop by the flower market, where the scent of fresh blooms fills the air. After admiring this effusive 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 (flat-bottomed boat), where you can float along the canal with musicians and food vendors passing by on boats of their own. Tuck into lunch on your trajinera with mariachi music drifting by and watch the colourful scene unfold before you, as you feast on delicious local delicacies. Back on dry land, we’ll return to the centre of Mexico City ,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 and is well worth a visit. Or simply stroll along the streets and explore the local shops and cafes. Come evening, we’ll dine at La Casa de Las Sirenas, a restaurant famed for its innovative cuisine and beautiful views across the Zócalo from the top-floor terrace.

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Float along the waterways of Xochimilco

Hundreds of brightly decorated boats fill the canals

Each boat is hand-painted and given its own name

Meander down the canal to the sound of mariachi music

Local food vendors will pass by on boats of their own

Drink in your serene surroundings

The markets of Xochimilco are quite something

Check out Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts

Marvel at the striking cathedral

Tuck into dinner, with sweeping 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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