MEXICO CITY: WHERE WORLDS COLLIDE
2019 dates coming soon…
In this immersion trip, we will dive into the old and new, experiencing the ever-changing traditions of the city—influenced by people from all the world, including Lebanon, Spain, and the various states and regions of Mexico—in a way only locals know how to.
We will be dining in both high-end and off-the-beaten-path street stands, tasting the mix of flavors that result from the clashing of various cultures, as well as comparing the traditional with the more modern Chef driven interpretations. We will get to know the city through its several neighborhoods, or colonias, cities in and by themselves, each with its own character and architecture.
We will also visit some of less urban areas in the outskirts of the city for an up-close look at traditions untainted by modernity, like pre-Hispanic agricultural practices, or what remains of the Aztec empire at the archeological site of Teotihuacán. And since we want to make sure you experience the food of the city and the ingredients as close as possible, we will be visiting several markets, tasting as we go, getting to know the spices, chiles, and everything in between. On a different day, we will be choosing ingredients as a group, for a cooking lesson led by Chef Iliana de la Vega. During this session, which will take place in a beautiful local kitchen, we will explore the ingredients and understand how to use them intuitively in your own cooking.
The tour includes all meals taken with group (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even ingredients that we will buy for the cooking session), transportation in a large and comfortable Mercedes van, all activities and entrances to museums, a cooking session led by Chef Iliana de la Vega, and 8 days, 7 nights at a beautiful 5-star hotel. It does not include airfare or alcoholic beverages outside of certain experiences and tastings which include alcohol. The tour will begin in Mexico City, so each person must fly there on their own, though we are more than happy to provide help with booking flights. We will arrange for people to be picked up and dropped off at the airport.
Since we want to ensure that each guest is well taken care of, and because our tours are designed for slow, intimate, and careful enjoyment, we are only able to take a maximum of 12 people per tour with us. We believe a smaller group allows for a more intimate and personalized experience, as much with the other guests and tour guides as with the city, the culture, and the food itself.
Following is a tentative itinerary, to give you a better idea of what the trip looks like, but keep in mind that some things might change and others might be moved around:
Day 1: Introduction
Arrival at airport. Transportation will be provided to pick guests up from airport
Arrival at hotel
Introduction dinner at a high-end restaurant for a taste of some of Mexico City's finest dining experiences
Day 2: Downtown
This day we'll be venturing into the beating heart of the city: its historic downtown.
Zócalo (main plaza), including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace
Walking tour to see the main architectural landmarks of the downtown area, as well as Templo Mayor, the ruins of the original city of Tenochtitlán
Mexico City street food staples for lunch
Dinner at high-end traditional Mexican restaurant
DAY 3: south mexICO city
We will be visiting one of the most iconic neighborhoods of the city: Coyoacán. A colonial gem oozing with provincial charm, and an important cultural and artistic history.
In the footsteps of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Afternoon strolling through hip neighborhood
Dinner at iconic high-end restaurant
day 4: Paseo de la reforma, and the old and new
This day will be focused on experiencing the landmarks surrounding the most important avenue of the city, Reforma, as well as one of the oldest and richest neighborhoods, Polanco, which lately has boomed into a modern economic and cultural center.
Breakfast of traditional food from Veracruz
Walking Paseo de la Reforma
Lunch at high-end seafood restaurant
Old and new Polanco
Dinner at high-end restaurant that uses traditional ingredients with modern techniques
Day 5: Canals and ancient traditionS
On this day we will explore the wonders of Xochimilco, where we will board a trajinera and venture into the canals of this magical area of the city.
Tour through Xochimilco
Open air market visit
Tacos al pastor dinner
Day 6: Teotihuacán
Visit archeological site of Teotihuacán
Lunch of lebanese food to understand its influence on the food of Mexico City
Free afternoon (suggestions available)
Dinner at a local fonda
Day 7: Cooking SESSION
Buying ingredients at the market and cooking session led by Chef Iliana de la Vega
Farewell dinner at high-end restaurant
Breakfast at hotel before departure
Transportation will be provided to airport