- Prices between £1949 - £2149
- 9 days
8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners and a street food safari
8 nights’ accommodation in twin room boutique hotels
All activities, from volcano trekking to tequila tasting, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver
Max 14 Flashpackers
Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private air-conditioned minibus
Zócalo Central Mexico City
Elegant hotel overlooking Zócalo plaza
A 19th Century townhouse capturing the soul of Mexico City, and beautifully located next door to the National Cathedral on Zócalo plaza, in the city’s downtown district.
Why we stay here
The rooftop terrace comes with sweeping views of the plaza, and most evenings you’ll find live jazz or bossa nova music here. The complimentary fruit baskets are a nice touch, and you can hire bikes to pedal across the city.
Hotel Colonial De Puebla, Puebla
Charming bolthole in downtown Puebla
Once a Jesuit monastery, this ancient colonial building is steeped in history. It’s home to one of the oldest working elevators in the whole of Mexico, along with a unique collection of portraits.
Why we stay here
It’s brilliantly placed in Puebla’s historic heartland (Square of the Toads is a block away) and the cuisine is legendary. Have your appetites handy for the daily serving of the hotel’s homemade mole poblano.
The Flash Pack Promise
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.
Hola, new adventure
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. Your private transfer will whisk you through City of the Palaces, past dazzling architecture built on remains of the Great Tenochtitlan (the former capital of the Aztec Empire), and the majestic Zócalo plaza. Check in to your hotel and freshen up for an evening in the capital. You’ll also meet your guide, who’ll be unlocking the city’s best-kept secrets, kicking things off with welcome drinks at a hip local bar. Soak in the energy of your new home as chat to your Flash Pack amigos, revelling in the adventure that is to come – tequilas optional but highly recommended. Let’s start as we mean to go on…Read more
Street food, tequila and wrestling
This morning, immerse yourself in the city’s rich history, and then at midday we’ll head to Mercado de San Juan market to begin our foodie tour of the city. We’ll spend the next five hours feasting on garnachas, sizzling chipotles and fine Mexican cheeses. Then, Flashpackers, it’s tequila tasting time! A tequila master will talk you through three different tequilas, each one marinated with a small sandwich. Next we’ll carry onwards to the oldest (and best) candy store in Mexico for copious sweet treats. This evening, 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. Watch as masked men fight to keep their identity a secret and wrestle in acrobatic displays of strength, in this classic match of heroes versus villains. Pick a favourite and show them your best tequila-fuelled support.Read more
Lunch aboard a trajinera
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. 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, and visit the San Bernardino de Siena church to see this former monastery in all its 16th Century splendour. Then it’s time for a quintessential Xochimilco experience, with lunch aboard a colourful trajinera (flat-bottomed boat), where you can float along the canal with mariachi musicians and food vendors sailing past. We’ll return to the centre of Mexico City where the afternoon is free to do as you please: how about the Palace of Fine Arts or the National Museum of Anthropology? Come evening, we’ll dine at a restaurant famed for its innovative cuisine, with beautiful views across the Zócalo.Read more
Giant pyramids and a street of sweets
Today we’re heading two hours east to the historic city of Puebla. En-route, we’ll stop by the archaeological area of Cholula, home to the largest pyramid in the world, and the Church of Our Lady of the Remedies that sits atop it. We’ll take a guided tour steeped in Aztec history, exploring the tunnels inside the pyramid and marvel at the Mural of the Drinkers. Then, it’s onto Puebla. Founded by Spanish settlers in 1531, this city is brimming with heritage. Your guide will take you through a labyrinth of sights that include cathedrals, palaces and temples. Next up, it’s time for the famous Calle de los Dulces AKA the “Street of Sweets”, where you’ll find rows of candy stores selling traditional Mexican treats. Your Poblano foodie adventure continues with dinner at a traditional restaurant. With dishes served in renowned Poblano pottery and your bags brimming with sweet souvenirs, embrace an evening of delights.Read more
Rugged hikes and raisin liquor
Today we hike the epic scenery of Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of Mexico’s oldest protected areas, following a seven-kilometre route between Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes. Starting at the forested mountain pass of Paso de Cortes, we’ll hike to La Joya (“the Jewel”), for an epic panorama on the south side of Iztaccíhuatl before looping back. Between the stunning views and the 4,000-metre altitude, it’s a breathtaking experience! We’ll toast our courage at La Pasita, the oldest bar in Puebla, with quirky décor and old-school charm. The only beverage to go for here is raisin liquor. This namesake drink of Pasita is the stuff of local legend, served with a salty cube of cheese and dried fruit on a toothpick in the drink. Love it or loathe it, this is your chance to live like a local and cheers to your day of adventure.Read more
Onwards to Oaxaca
After working up an appetite with your day of hiking yesterday, today we’re heading four hours south to the culinary capital of Mexico. Our destination is Oaxaca, a charming city with mountains that stretch beyond a maze of colourful streets. With colourful colonial architecture around every corner, your guide will bring to life the stories and history behind the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, the Government Palace and the Basilica of Solitude. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to try out second-to-none street food, browse local handicrafts and capture brilliant photos in one of Mexico’s most diverse cities. Be it intricately-carved baroque facades or a shabby chic mezcalería, there’s no shortage of mesmerising scenes here. Then as evening descends, take your pick of the local restaurants for dinner with your fellow Flashpackers in tow. Considering Oaxaca’s reputation as a culinary haven, this may be a tough decision.Read more
Learn to cook like a local
This morning we’ll discover the secrets of Oaxacan cuisine with a private cooking class. Your menu choice lies between (deep breath) three types of tortillas, two appetizers, two mole sauces, a soup, dessert and drink. Like a true local, we’ll source herbs, spices and chilis at the local Sanchez Pascuas market before learning how to cook up – and then eat – our feast. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you please. Sleep off your homemade feast in the late afternoon sun in Parque Llano, or mooch around Oaxaca’s boutique art galleries. As the city turns to dusk, we’ll head to a local brewery for another awesome culinary experience. The master brewer here will talk you through six types of craft beer, as you discover the tastes of different malt, hops and wheat-flavoured beers served with local snacks. Your average pint back home will never be the same…Read more
Mezcal and a petrified waterfall
Today we’re off to the archaeological wonder of Monte Albán, home to the ancient remains of a bygone stone city. Explore the Grand Plaza to the astronomical observatory, before we continuing to the World Capital of Mezcal; Santiago Matatlán. We’ll wander around the agave fields and visit a family-run distillery to see how tequila’s rougher “father” spirit is made, along with a tasting to appreciate its distinctive smoky flavour. We’ll then push on to discover Hierve el Agua (“the water boils”), an iconic landmark where giant rock shelves rise up from the valley, on the cusp of one of the world’s only petrified waterfalls. Here, water dripping onto the limestone cliff has calcified over thousands of years – creating what looks to be giant cascades of ice, alongside thermal pools. It’s an awesome sight to behold. We’ll return to Oaxaca for our final night: all the excuse needed to test our new-found mezcal knowledge.Read more
Here’s to Mexican memories
Flashpackers, it’s time to sign off on your evocative Mexico jaunt. As you make your own way to the airport, ride on a high from your action-packed escape. Together with your Flash Pack amigos, you’ve eaten your way through the markets of Mexico City, knocked back tequila in a dedicated masterclass, cheered at a Lucha Libre wrestling show and floated along the Xochimilco canals in a brightly-decorated trajinera. You’ve discovered the amazing architecture of Cholula and Monte Albán, hiked past volcanoes in the Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park and tried raisin liquor in the oldest bar in Puebla. You’ve feasted on sweets in the Calle de los Dulces, cooked up a storm in Oaxaca and knocked back craft beers in a local brewery, all rounded off with a tasting foray through a traditional mezcal distillery and the awesome scenery of Hierve el Agua. Mexico, you’ve been a legend. We can’t wait to return for more…Read more
- Fly into Mexico City International Airport – Benito Juarez and 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.
- Dive right in 11 days
- Ride the prairies 10 days
- Bring your swing 7 days
- Hike a volcano 8 days
- Tap your explorer 13 days
- Old Havana hues 8 days