9 Days from Mexico City to Huatulco
Get an authentic taste of Mexico on this journey through some of the country’s most famous culinary regions. Meander through Oaxaca’s aromatic markets; take to the streets of Puebla to sample some the city’s local specialties; indulge in fresh seafood on the beach; and take to the streets of Mexico City on a taco crawl to experience a delightful culinary heritage that goes back thousands of years. If you’re after cultural richness, authentic experiences and flavoursome food that’s tinged with fiesta, then this Real Food Adventure is for you.
Why you'll love this trip
- This trip takes you to the source of some of the nation's most iconic foods, from delicious tacos to spicy mole and beyond
- In Oaxaca you'll enter the heart of pre-Hispanic cuisine; taste chiles, chocolate, mezcal and the surprisingly delicious chapulines (grasshoppers)
- It may not be edible, but a Lucha Libre (theatrical 'freestyle wrestling') match in Puebla is an entertaining and memorable cultural experience
- Take a guided ‘taco crawl’ through Mexico City’s bustling markets
- A Pacific Ocean boating expedition followed by a coastal cuisine masterclass on one of Mexico's stunning beaches is the perfect way to wrap up your culinary adventure
Is this trip right for you?
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. In many countries, dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, please advise your agent at time of booking to receive information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed.
- Mexico's climate is sultry and tropical, so can get really hot and humid. Wear loose clothing and make sure you stay hydrated, especially while out on walking tours.
- You will be covering a fair amount of ground on this trip, so be prepared for some driving. Mexico is a big country. However, there's only one very long bus trip (approximately 9 hours), from Oaxaca to Huatulco.
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Private vehicle, local bus, Boat, Metro, Taxi
Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights)
~ Mexico City - Leader-led Taco Crawl
~ Mexico City - Centro Historico food tour and lunch
~ Puebla - City food tour
~ Oaxaca - Mercado Tlacolula visit with Barbocoa Tasting
~ Oaxaca - Mezcaleria visit
~ Oaxaca - Mitla Ruins (Entrance)
~ Huatulco - Boat Trip
~ Huatulco - Cooking Class
Day 1: Mexico CityAccommodation: Hotel (1 night) | Meals Included: Dinner
Included Activities: Mexico City - Leader-led Taco Crawl
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.
Day 2: Mexico CityAccommodation: Hotel (1 night) | Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Included Activities: Mexico City - Centro Historico food tour and lunch
Indulge in a sweet morning with a visit to a local Chuerreria making Mexico's signature cinnamon dusted fried dough churros. Enjoy a visit to 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 and marvel at the impressive Zocalo. Visit Mercado San Juan. 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). Alternatively, head to the leafy district of Coyoacan – a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Mexico City. This evening, you will again be able to explore more of Mexico City’s vibrant dining scene.
Day 3: PueblaAccommodation: Hotel (1 night) | Meals Included: Lunch
Included Activities: Puebla - City food tour
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!
Day 4: Puebla/OaxacaAccommodation: Hotel (1 night) | Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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.
Day 5: OaxacaAccommodation: Hotel (1 night) | Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.
Day 6: OaxacaAccommodation: Hotel (1 night) | Meals Included: Breakfast
Included Activities: Oaxaca - Mercado Tlacolula visit with Barbocoa Tasting; Oaxaca - Mezcaleria visit; Oaxaca - Mitla Ruins (Entrance)
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!
Day 7: HuatulcoAccommodation: Hotel (1 night) | Meals Included: Breakfast
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 and we stay minutes away from the water. 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).
Day 8: HuatulcoAccommodation: Hotel (1 night) | Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Included Activities: Huatulco - Boat Trip (weather permitting); Huatulco - Cooking Class
Enjoy a cooking class and feast on your creations in a traditional meal celebrating the bounty of the Costa region of Oaxaca. After savouring these traditional coastal dishes, head out on a boating expedition. If you're lucky you might spot turtles, stingrays or even dolphins. The rest of the day is free for you to explore or simply relax by the water. Perhaps make a toast to the end of your adventure with a glass of mezcal by the ocean.
Day 9: HuatulcoTour Ends
Your adventure ends today. There are no activities planned for the final day.
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.