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6 Day Layer by Layer Culinary Holiday in Mexico City

Hotel Historico Central, Calle de Bolívar 28, Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Amazing Culinary Holiday in Mexico

On this six-day excursion in and around Mexico City, you’ll experience the ultimate moments when the city’s layered identity is expressed so perfectly, as in a street-side snack of tacos al pastor or a hidden Diego Rivera mural. But you’ll also be looking for the fractures, zooming in on specific influences and heading out of town in an attempt to isolate and understand them better, like a heady Aztec brew, or a Colonial-era mole recipe, or the unique, pre-Hispanic floating farms still in use today. Your focus will be food and the people who make it, but in your periphery will be history, art, architecture, landscape, agriculture, street life and popular culture.

Highlights

  • Guided tours through bustling city markets
  • Hands-on demonstrations and workshop visits
  • Be welcomed into local homes for a proper, family-style dinner
  • Enjoy market tours and home-cooked meals
  • Unusual religious sites and museums
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Agricultural visit

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5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 6-12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will enjoy five nights of accommodation in Hotel Historico Central during this holiday.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Mexico City

Arrive in Mexico City and check into the group’s hotel and have a quick look around this historic neighborhood before meeting for a welcome dinner at Limosneros, where the chefs work with pre-Hispanic ingredients, colonial techniques, and modern creative twists to create an unforgettable meal. In a private room, you’ll share your first of many meals and discuss the plans for the week.

Day 2: The many layers of Mexico City

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be spending the day in downtown Centro Histórico, exploring the trip’s themes through food, history, and culture. Today will be a crash course in the history of Mexico City, with visits to the “obscure side” of major monuments and to sites that are hidden from view including Aztec Temples and a mural by Diego Rivera.

For lunch, you’ll be dropping by a family-run Oaxacan grocery / restaurant in the heart of one of the city’s oldest commercial districts.

In the evening, you’ll set out on a taco tour, hitting a number of nighttime taco stands, including an al pastor spot housed in an auto repair shop. Along with classic tacos, you’ll also have the chance to taste ones made with brains, bull’s eyes, and intestines, a suitable welcome to you week in Mexico City.

Day 3: Mole and Milpa Alta

Today, you’ll head to Milpa Alta, a center of mole production on the outskirts of Mexico City. You’ll be delving deep on the subject of all things mole, learning about ingredients, production techniques, regional varieties, and how this food represents the colonial heritage of Mexico.

On the way to Milpa Alta, you’ll stop by the home of a local villager to learn about the artisanal production of pulque, a pre-Hispanic drink made from the sap of the agave-like maguey plant. During the afternoon, you’ll visit private homes and markets to gain a better sense of daily life and the food that shapes and defines it and finish the visit with a late lunch starring – what else? – mole.

Day 4: Shop, Cook, Feast & Lucha Libre

This day will be spent with well-known Mexican chef Graciela Montano, who will take you on a guided shopping trip through a colorful market in the hip Roma Norte neighbourhood and then bring you back to her nearby atelier for a cooking lesson. Step by step, she will lead you through the recipes and techniques of classic Mexican cooking, focusing on the materials you’ve picked up in the market, with a particular emphasis on salsas.

After the lesson, you’ll enjoy the feast you’ve prepared, celebrating the native ingredients you’ve tracked from farm to market to you table.

In the evening, you will attend a Lucha Libre wrestling match, going behind the scenes to learn about this unique Mexican tradition and also meet some wrestlers and hear about their work.

Day 5: Floating Farms of Xochimilco

Rise again to a refreshing breakfast in the hotel, before an action-packed day exploring Xochimilco, a highlight of the region and treasure of Aztec-era living culture. Unlike many pre-Hispanic era monuments that are entombed in museums, Xochimilco is a living place with working farms and much to see, eat, and drink, all linked to pre-Hispanic Mexico.

For lunch, you’ll have a meal on board a traditional flat-bottomed boat as we float along canals that predate the Aztecs. The meal will be prepared by locals using products from the chinampas, the area’s famous “floating farms,” one of which you’ll have the chance to visit. Back on land, you’ll check out a local market and get a taste of pre-Hispanic Mexico before heading to the enchanting Dolores Olmedo Museum.

For dinner, you will enjoy a paired mezcal tasting led by a bottler who travels the Mexican countryside in search of small batch producers of the spirit. The mezcal will be paired with classic Mexican dishes with a creative spin.

Day 6: Farewell and departure

Today, depart for home or onto your next destination – or, if you’d like, spend a few more days exploring Mexico City. The guide will be happy to provide additional recommendations.

Until your next adventure!

Note

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. Culinary Backstreets expects to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Activity level

Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 3 to 5 miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that Mexico City is a bustling and crowded place!

Included excursions

  • Day trip to Milpa Alta Mole Village
  • Day trip to Xochimilco Eco-Reserve

Location

Mexico City has a complex and fascinating cultural identity, a place where pre-Hispanic, Colonial, and contemporary influences collide in a riot of street food, bustling markets, Cathedrals built atop Aztec ruins against the backdrop of a megacity thriving with regional migrants as well as a stylish modern set. There are tens of millions of souls who make Mexico City what it is; this trip is a celebration of the harmony as well as the dissonance.

Food

Five breakfasts, three lunches, and four dinners are included in the price, while additional meals and drinks outside of Culinary Backstreets offerings, including one lunch, one dinner, and some alcoholic beverages are not included.

Culinary Backstreets encourages an adventurous palate! They try their best to accommodate dietary restrictions, though in most cases ingredients can’t be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a particular food allergy or intolerance, please send an inquiry to Culinary Backstreets to find out if this is the right trip for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation throughout the trip in stylish, boutique hotels
  • Professional guides throughout the entire experience
  • All meals and drinks included in CB activities, a belt-popping experience
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • Private coach for visits inside and outside the center city
  • A hungry group of Culinary Backstreets travelers, excited to explore all that Mexico City has to offer!

What's not included

  • Transportation and flights to and from Mexico City, including airport transfers
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Culinary Backstreets offerings, including one lunch, one dinner, and some alcoholic beverages
  • If applicable, applying for a Mexico visa
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mexico City International Airport (MEX). Transfer from this airport is not available. Please send your inquiry for further information.

For flights in and out of Mexico City International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez), Culinary Backstreets suggests you arrive by 3 p.m. on day 1 and depart anytime on day 6. Culinary Backstreets is happy to book you extra nights at the group’s hotel and provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.

Arrival by bus

Guests can take the orange Metrobus from the airport to Hotel Historico Central which would take about an hour; or take a taxi or shared ride which would take between 25 and 55 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Tuesday May 18, 2021
Departure: Sunday May 23, 2021

Solo travelers

This vacation can accommodate solo travelers.

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