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A cultural journey into the heart of Mexico

Explore the culinary traditions of Mexico City and Oaxaca, hike the Sierra Norte Mountains and bathe in the mineral pools of a petrified waterfall

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A cultural journey into the heart of Mexico

9 Days | From $2859

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  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation

About your trip

World-famous cuisine, natural wonders and characterful cities make Mexico one of our favorite destinations. Here’s why we think you’ll love it too.

Travel in Mexico and you’ll find yourself delving under the skin of a rich, intriguing culture. Into a landscape of Aztec ruins, petrified waterfalls, a vibrant cuisine and secret recipes handed down through generations. All of which you’ll experience on this eight-day adventure through Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca.

Forget indulgent beach escapes; this trip is about the cultural essence of Mexico.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local transport
  • Most meals included
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Private airport transfers

Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.


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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 HOLA, MEXICO

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    Welcome to Mexico City, the most populous city in North America and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Check into your hotel, then you’ll meet your fellow travelers and guide before heading out for welcome drinks. You’ll then dine in a downtown restaurant, enjoying traditional dishes (and perhaps a shot of tequila) with your companions.


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    Start your morning with a relaxing walk around Chapultepec Park, with a couple of stops to sample local Mexican bites. Then, head to San Juan Market in Zócalo Square, where you’ll spend the next six hours eating your way through the stalls, with everything from garnachas to chipotle chillies on offer. A tequila master will talk you through three different tequilas, all distilled according to local traditions. This evening, you’ll witness a Lucha Libre wrestling show – one of the nation’s favorite sports. 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.


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    This morning will see you explore the beautiful streets of Coyoacan. Lined with restaurants, bars and galleries, this bohemian district is renowned as the neighborhood of Frida Kahlo. Continue your exploration of the city in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Xochimilco on the outskirts of Mexico City, where hundreds of brightly decorated boats create a spectacle of color. Then, you’re in for a quintessential Xochimilco experience, with lunch aboard a trajinera boat. Enjoy a classic Mexican meal, as musicians and food vendors sail past. Back in Mexico City center, the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. Dinner tonight will be at a local cantina, for a taste of evening life in Mexico City.

  • Day 04 Cultural sights in Puebla

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    Today, you’re heading three hours east to the historic city of Puebla. En route, you’ll pause to explore Cholula, home to the largest pyramid in the world. Take a guided tour inside the pyramid, exploring labyrinthine tunnels steeped in Aztec history. Then, it’s onto Puebla, which you’ll explore on an afternoon walking tour through the cathedrals, palaces and temples that make up the city. Pay a visit to the Calle de los Dulces (the Street of Sweets) where you’ll find rows of stores selling traditional Mexican treats. Dinner will be enjoyed at a traditional restaurant, with dishes served in Poblano pottery.


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    This morning, head four hours south to Oaxaca – the culinary capital of Mexico. Set amid the mountains, this charming city is filled with gastronomic traditions and endless street food options. Find your bearings with an introductory walking tour, weaving through stalls selling local handicrafts and vibrant street food. Then, as evening falls, head to a nearby brewery to sample some of the region’s finest beers, before taking your pick from the many restaurants of Oaxaca tonight.

  • Day 06 Hike the Sierra Norte

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    Today’s agenda: hiking the Sierra Norte mountains around Oaxaca. Spend the morning exploring this rolling mountainscape of dense woodland and rocky peaks, with epic views of the valleys below. If the weather is clear, you may catch a glimpse of the volcanic Pico de Orizaba or Citlaltepetl, the highest mountain in Mexico. Lunch will be traditional affair, consisting of local dishes and enjoyed alongside the community of Benito Juarez. Back in Oaxaca, the afternoon is all yours.


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    This morning is all about learning how to cook like a local. Start by heading to Sanchez Pascuas Market, where you’ll learn how to source the right herbs, spices and chillies; then it’s time to transform your ingredients into a home-cooked feast. The rest of the afternoon is then yours to do as you please. In the evening, we recommend heading out to explore Oaxaca’s restaurants and bars, enjoying the local food and drink scene with your fellow travelers.

  • Day 08 Swim near a petrified waterfall

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    Today, you’re off to Hierve el Agua (‘the water boils’), the world’s only petrified waterfall. Unfamiliar with the concept? A petrified waterfall forms when water cascading over the limestone cliff calcifies over thousands of years, creating an ethereal frozen-in-time effect. This also happens to be a fantastic spot for wild swimming, with natural thermal pools forming at the source of this frozen cascade. Take the opportunity to swim alongside the only petrified waterfall in the world, before heading onto Mitla, an archaeological site that was an important cornerstone of Zapotec culture. Then you’ll continue onto a family-run distilery, where you’ll witness the art of mezcal in the making. Return to Oaxaca in the evening, savoring your final taste of Mexico’s culinary capital.


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    Your adventure in Mexico has come to an end. It’s over to you to make your own way onwards, and your guide will be on hand to help you arrange a transfer. If you’re interested in experiencing another side of Mexico, we recommend browsing our trip to the Yucatán Peninsula.

Our Favorite Hotels

Browse a selection of our favorite hotels, for a flavor of where you may stay on this trip.

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Zócalo Central Mexico City

Elegant hotel overlooking Zócalo Plaza

A 19th-century townhouse recalling the Mexico City of the past, 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 on 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.

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Hotel Palacio San Leonardo

Graceful hotel housed in an 18th century Palace

Not only is this an elegant hotel experience, but it’s located at a stone’s throw from the city’s best sights.

Why we stay here

Boasting spacious rooms, stylish interiors and a banquet hall, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to 18th-century Mexico.

Important Notes

  • Fly into Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and fly out of Oaxaca International Airport (OAX).

  • Please try to arrive before 4pm, although we will arrange a transfer for you at whichever time you arrive. Feel free to depart at your own leisure on day 9.

  • 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 – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures. Read our safety policy here.


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