THE ADVENTURE

Everyone there simply calls it Mexico. Or maybe on days when the football Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 5.51.26 PM is going strong, they call it Chilangolandia. Because every soul in this ten million person metropolis is a chilango, if not by birth-rite by approximation to the bustling sights, sounds, and tastes of this one-of-kind La Ciudad de la Esperanza, or City of Palaces. Russ has been singing about Mexico City to anyone that will listen for years, “It’s like New York. Well kinda. But more interesting. Like The City used to be.” We’re excited to take him up on that claim and experience this adventure through the markets, museums, architecture, tequilerias, ancient history, and street-side food carts of Mexico City. Whatever you call it … let the tacos begin!

Activities

Market Shopping:

Touring Teotihuacan Pyramids:

Touring Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México:

The Tequila Museum:

Food Tourism:

Local Salsa Dance Lessons, Nightlife

Lucha Libre Spectating:

Accommodations

5 Nights in Mexico City Rental House (shared rooms)

Itinerary

Day 1 : We Begin in Mexico City

Just down the block from Frida Khalo’s old hacienda-turned-museum, we begin by breaking bread, err, as it were, sharing delicious tostadas at the iconic Tostadas Coyoacán in the heart of the kinda chaotic, but crazy fun large public Mercado Coyoacán. Thus begins our family affair with Mexico City’s wonderful market and street food culture. We’re meeting here for a late lunch at 2pm on this first day, so don’t be late

After lunch we’ll stroll the neighborhood of Coyoacán itself, once a separate town outside the city limits, now a popular area with cobblestone lanes full of art galleries, museums, restaurants and flea markets.

As afternoon turns to early evening, enjoy a precopeo with new friends while planning your first night out in Downtown Mexico City, or CDMX as it’s locally known. Just like another City that someone we know, ahem, tends to go on and on about … you’ll see that CDMX doesn’t sleep.

Day 2-5: We Tour In

What’s the perfect way to shake off any hangover from the merriment of our last night out … why, Spanish lessons of course! Well, not quite … but hey, if you’re going to find that perfect mole dish to beat the hangover blues at the mercado, you could use some pointers. And if not, we’ll meet you at lunch at La Casa de Tono (pozoles, tacos, quesadillas, oh my). Fortified and ready, we round out the afternoon with salsa dance lessons and laughter. There will be laughter.

Our next day takes us through a guided exploration of five of Mexico City’s famously bustling markets. We’ll see the range of delicious food, household goods and oddities sold in Mexico’s bustling markets, from pinatas to “love potions,” exotic flowers to tamales. These big city bazaars can be overwhelming, but with a guide, you can shop for offbeat souvenirs and sample Mexico City’s famous market fare without worrying about getting lost.

Following a market lunch, we’ll enjoy a welcome margarita upon arrival at Plaza Garibaldi for a tour of the Museum of Tequila and Mezcal in Mexico City. Admission includes a 1.5-hour guided tour showcasing the process of making tequila and mezcal from Mexico’s native agave plants, the history of mariachi and Plaza Garibaldi, plus a tequila and mezcal tasting that includes five sample drinks.

Let the tequila tuck you in early though, our next day brings an early morning tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids, also known as the City of the Gods. On this tour, we’ll have an archeologist take us around the UNESCO World Heritage site to provide unique insight into the majestic plazas and murals. They’ll be plenty of time for photos from the top of Sun Pyramid and Moon Pyramid because we’ll be among the first visitors to arrive at the archeological park, right when it opens. The relative tranquility of early morning is worth the effort. We’ll have space to wander through plazas and discover the pyramids without jostling around crowds. Nothing beats unobstructed photos of structures like the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, also known as the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, as well as the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl.

Perhaps all of yesterday’s history and mystery has left you searching for some answers. Maybe head over to Donceles Street on your quest. Or maybe just continue to get involved in possibly the world’s best street food scene. You can’t go wrong with either approach as your Mexico adventure continues to unfold.

And it’s just when you think you’ve got your answers or when you think you’ve had your fill of what Mexico City has to cook up … boom … Lucha libre comes before your eyes and nothing and everything makes sense all at once. We celebrate our last night in Distrito Federal with an iconic, if not unusual, viewing of this, one Mexico City’s favorite sporting events. We’ll shoot back shots of tequila to induce a special care for the absurd as we watch masked wrestlers dressed as superheroes and villains rumble and tumble inside the ring. Nacho Libre … eat your heart out.

Day 6: Where We Go From Here

Salsa dancing, mariachi mingling, tequila, oh yes there was tequila. Ancient ruins without answers. Book stalls and markets filled with tortas, licuados, and tacos, oh yes there were tacos. And Libre. How are we ever going to forget Libre. But without knowing it or really knowing why, we know where we go from here– certain places, faces, moments in time– will somehow remind us of Mexico City. And maybe that’s really why it’s La Ciudad de la Esperanza. What could hold more memories than a palace?

Provisions

What's Included

Five nights of lodging in Mexico City (shared room)

Lunch at Tostadas Coyoacán

Spanish Lesson

Lunch at La Casa de Tono

Mexico City Markets Tour

Museum of Tequila and Mezcal in Mexico City Tour

Teotihuacan Pyramids Tour*

*Transportation to/from Teotihuacan Included

Lucha Libre Show

What's Not Included

Meals not specified above

Airport transfers

On-the-ground transport (aside from Teotihuacan)

Insurance of any kind

Alcoholic beverages and/or Soft Drinks

Visas, Associated Travel Fees

Items of a Personal Nature

Dates

October 2018 ; August 2019

Group Size

25-30 GlobeKickers

Suggested Airport

Mexico City International Airport; officially Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX) in Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Weather

Daily high temperatures in October are around 73°F with daily lows between 54°F and 49°F. Precipitation is hit or miss in October, with chances of rain significantly decreasing as the month unfolds. Humidity is typically low.

Gear List

Recommended

  • Passport
  • Major Credit Cards
  • Sunglasses
  • A couple of “nicer” shirts
  • Some athletic tops and bottoms
  • A thin, long-sleeved shirt
  • A light sweater
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Casual sneaker-like shoes
  • Sandals / flip-flops
  • Socks
  • Dressier shoes
  • A Hat
  • Mexico City guide book
  • Sunscreen
  • Spanish Phrasebook
  • Earplugs
  • Headphones
  • Phone and Camera
  • Toiletries
  • Ibuprofen
  • Prescription medicine (make a note of active ingredients in addition to brand in case of loss)
  • Motion sickness remedy
  • Pain relievers
  • Calamine lotion
  • Diarrhea remedy
  • Hydration tablets
  • Allergy medicine (& EpipPen if serious)
  • Standard first-aid-kit with bandages
  • Sleeping aid for travel

Optional

  • Compass
  • GoPro (great for climbing ruins!)
  • Maps
  • Small Multitool
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Laptop
  • E Reader
  • Day of the Dead Makeup

Travel Documents

  • Passport
  • Mexico Visa Requirements
  • Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
  • Photo Identification
  • Color Copy of Passport Identification Page

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