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Mexico Real Food Adventure

Experience Mexico’s distinctive cuisine while travelling through Oaxaca, Puebla, Huatulco and Mexico City.

Duration

09 Days

Start

Mexico City

Finish

Huatulco

Trip Code

MRF216


Route Map

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Mexico Real Food Adventure - Route Map

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Details • Accommodations • Meal Plans • Extras

Street Food In Mexico City, Mexico
Street Food In Mexico City, Mexico

Day 01

Day 01

Arrival In Mexico City

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico City. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 7 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and travel group. Please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place. This evening your leader will take you on a 'taco crawl' around town. You'll taste Mexico City’s delicious street-food staple, tacos al pastor, among others. Along the way you'll stop in for a sip of mezcal at one of the many venues that continue to pop up all around Mexico City.

Accommodation Hotel
Meal Plan Dinner
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Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico

Day 02

Day 02

Mexico City

Indulge in a sweet morning with a visit to a local Chuerreria making Mexico's signature cinnamon dusted fried dough churros. Then enjoy a visit to a Mexico City institution: a two-storey bakery brimming with cakes, breads and biscuits, followed by a walking tour of Mexico City's Centro Historico. Take in the beautiful Bellas Artes Palace, travel down the Paseo de la Reforma (the city's main thoroughfare) and marvel at the impressive Zocalo (Latin America's largest main square). Along the way you'll visit Mercado San Juan, the city’s main food market, then roam the surrounding streets and watch local vendors at work. If you come across tortillas being freshly pressed, be sure to try them warm with a sprinkle of salt. Pull up a chair at one of the best seafood stands in the city for a late lunch. The rest of your day is free for your own exploration. Perhaps relax in Chapultepec Park or take in some of the city's notable museums, including the renowned Museo Nacional de Antropologia (anthropological museum), which is considered one of the finest in the world. Alternatively, head to the leafy district of Coyoacan – a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Mexico City. There you can enjoy the Sunday markets or perhaps check out the home of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. This evening, you will again be able to explore more of Mexico City’s vibrant dining scene.

Optional Activities

  • Mexico City - Bosque de Chapultepec & Natural History Museum - USD5
  • Mexico City - Coyoacan visit - Free
  • Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (Cheaper for students, pensioners & on weekdays. Closed Mondays) - MXN200
  • Mexico City - National Palace and Diego Rivera murals - Free
Accommodation Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast (B) • Lunch (L)
Trip Progress
22.22%

Chiles En Nogada Dish In Puebla, Mexico
Chiles En Nogada Dish In Puebla

Day 03

Day 03

Mexico City    Puebla

Catch a local bus to Puebla, Mexico’s culinary capital. The city is renowned for dishes which combine Spanish and pre-hispanic influences, such as chiles en nogada (stuffed chillies covered in creamy walnut sauce). Venture out on a culinary city tour – start with some Pueblan street food before making a beeline for Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street) to sample tortitas de Santa Clara (shortbread biscuits) and camotes (sweet potato lollies). Check out the much-loved and very colourful Lucha Libre wrestling this evening, a unique combination of sport and theatre!

Accommodation Hotel
Meal Plan Lunch (L)
Trip Progress
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Various Insects Being Sold As A Snack In Oaxaca, Mexico
Various Insects Being Sold As A Snack In Oaxaca

Day 04

Day 04

Puebla    Oaxaca

This morning you have free time to explore Puebla and perhaps enjoy a few more chalupas, before catching a local bus to Oaxaca (approximately 4-6 hours depending on traffic) - a beautiful colonial city nicknamed the ‘land of the seven moles’. Visit the fabulous Mercado Benito Juarez, a bountiful market taking up a full city block and brimming with produce, mole spices and pastes, and towers of Oaxacan cheese. Maybe try local specialties like chapulines (grasshoppers)!

Chocoholics won’t want to miss a trip down to the shops on Calle Mina for a taste of real Oaxaca chocolate – it’s no wonder it’s seen as the food of the gods! For dinner, you'll have the option to dine at a traditional local restaurant featuring regional specialties.

Accommodation Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast (B) • Dinner (D)
Trip Progress
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Restaurant In Oaxaca, Mexico
Restaurant In Oaxaca

Day 05

Day 05

Oaxaca

Partake in a traditional breakfast of chocolate, tamales and pan y yemas. Your afternoon is free to explore Oaxaca’s many other culinary delights. Any carnivores will relish the pasillo de carnes asadas (grilled meats hall) at Mercado 20 de Noviembre, where freshly purchased meat is barbecued right in front of you. Those with a sweet tooth can find several shops on Calle Mina (just south of Mercado 20 de Noviembre) at which to learn about the production of real Oaxacan chocolate – and of course taste this regional specialty. Alternatively you can visit the archaeological site of Monte Alban, an outstanding example of a pre-Columbian ceremonial centre. The terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Alban were carved out of the mountain.

Optional Activities

  • Oaxaca - Monte Alban Ruins (Entrance fee) - USD5
Accommodation Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast (B) • Lunch (L)
Trip Progress
55.55%

Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca, Mexico

Day 06

Day 06

Oaxaca

Today you will venture out of Oaxaca for an insight into regional life. Visit Mercado Tlacolula, one of the oldest markets in Mesoamerica. This is a unique opportunity to witness the ancient Zapotec cultural traditions of dress, cuisine and language, as the community gathers together from neighbouring villages. Perhaps also pay a visit to Teotitlan del Valle to watch traditional Zapotec rug weaving done by local families. Indulge in a meal of Oaxacan barbacoa, then head to the ancient ruins of Mitla. Mitla (the Nahuatl word for 'underworld') is an important Zapotec archaeological site and was the main religious centre for the Zapotec people. On the way back to Oaxaca, stop into a mezcaleria (mezcal distillery). Although this tequila-like drop is experiencing a resurgence in popularity all over Mexico, it is largely produced in Oaxaca. It's generally enjoyed straight-up, so it's not for the faint-hearted!

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Meal Plan Breakfast (B)
Trip Progress
66.66%

Huatulco, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico

Day 07

Day 07

Oaxaca    Huatulco

Board a morning bus for the long but scenic drive to Huatulco (appx. 9 hours). We will stop at a local village for lunch along the way. This is your chance to relax and unwind, as this town belongs to one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on Mexico's Pacific coast. It's also quieter and less touristy than some of the bigger beachside spots, although these are accessibly by taxi. Pull up a chair at one of the restaurants or perhaps pay a visit to the local food markets. We spend the night in Huatulco (approximately 1 hour).

Accommodation Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast (B)
Trip Progress
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Huatulco, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico

Day 08

Day 08

Huatulco

Head out on an early morning boating expedition. If you're lucky you might spot turtles, stingrays or even dolphins while you're out on the water. Back on land, learn to prepare Mexican coastal-style dishes and savour these over lunch. The rest of the day is free for you to explore or simply relax by the water. This evening enjoy a cooking class and feast on your creations in a traditional dinner celebrating the bounty of the Costa region of Oaxaca. Make a toast to the end of your adventure with a glass of mezcal by the ocean.

Accommodation Hotel
Meal Plan Lunch (L) • Dinner (D)
Trip Progress
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Huatulco, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico

Day 09

Day 09

Huatulco

Your adventure ends today. There are no activities planned for the final day.

Special Information
Please note that this tour ends in Huatulco. You may wish to plan some additional days here or on the coast in Mazunte to enjoy the beach following your trip. Flights to Mexico City depart regularly from both Huatulco (HUX) and Puerto Escondido (PXM) airports, each approximately an hour drive from the center. For ease of travel and the best rates we strongly suggest booking round trip flights in and out of Mexico City and purchasing your flight from Huatulco or Mazunte to Mexico City in advance.

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