WOMEN WHO TRAVEL: MEXICO
Host + Group Photographer
The local host and photographer on each of our trips have been hand-selected by El Camino Travel and Condé Nast Traveler. Your local host will be leading your group and making sure everything goes smoothly, while your photographer will focus on capturing the highlights. A few weeks before you head to Mexico, we’ll share more details on the badass women guiding and shooting your trip. We’re excited for you to meet them.
To say Mexico is having a moment feels like an understatement—this gravitational pull of this massive, multi-faceted country makes choosing where to start the hardest part. For first-time visitors, this itinerary will introduce you to the country, whilst digging deep on the destinations we visit. If you’ve been before, you know better than anyone: There’s no way you can see, taste, and do all you’ll want to in one visit, and we’re excited to bring you back.
We’ve chosen Mexico City as our first stop: This sprawling, complex, always changing megalopolis is a study in contrasts, from its food scene, a mix of epic street food and chef-driven restaurants, to its art scene, which pairs folk with cutting edge. It’s also home to sophisticated hotels, grand public parks and boulevards, and chic shopping streets rival those of Europe. Mexico City gets under your skin—visit once, and you’ll definitely be back.
For our second destination, we’ll head to the country’s cultural epicenter: Oaxaca. This region is home to more indigenous cultures than any other part of Mexico, which shows in the rich mix of food, rituals, artisanal traditions, and languages spoken. It’s no surprise, then, that the city itself has been drawing artists and travelers in search of inspiration for generations.
Solo travel and safety are two of the biggest topics discussed in theWomen Who Travel Facebook group, and we hope this trip will help travelers feel empowered about both. With experts like El Camino Travel leading the charge, we want female travelers to feel excited to hoof it through Mexico solo or with a friend—or two, or three—and meet other passionate travelers along the way.
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Special Edition Itinerary: Day of the Dead
When choosing our destinations, the “when” is just as important as the “where”. Mexico is known for its colorful Day of the Dead holiday, which takes place just after our Halloween. This series of events honors the deceased, and invites them back for a night of festivities with the living. Though the holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico, and the world, there is no better place to pay witness to its rituals than in the city of Oaxaca. Because this is one of the most popular times to visit, you’ll notice this trip costs slightly more than our regular itinerary. This accounts for high season pricing, plus a few Day of the Dead experiences we’ve created just for the occasion (read the full itinerary here).
How is this trip different from El Camino’s other trips?
You may have heard of El Camino Travel before—maybe you’ve even traveled with them—and are wondering how this differs from other trips. The heart of the trip will reflect El Camino Travel’s values, but it will also be elevated, with the touch of Condé Nast Traveler’s editors: expect chic hotel stays, and new, handpicked experiences (and maybe even a few surprise visits from super travelers we know). And, most importantly, it will be a trip exclusively for self-identifying women.
Like all El Camino Trips, this one will be led by a local guide, with a photographer, both of which have been hand-picked in tandem with Condé Nast Traveler’s editorial team. With these professional travelers at the helm, you’ll have multiple sources of knowledge at your fingertips.
Most importantly, this trip’s itinerary has been created from the ground up, specifically for the Women Who Travel community. Our Day of the Dead itinerary is yet another exclusive offering, made just for Women Who Travel.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is for the traveler who has an adventurous spirit, who craves learning about the varied cultures of Mexico, while also supporting local communities through responsible tourism. It’s for the traveler who wants to make the most out of their valuable vacation days, by relying on trusted experts with local connections to bring them to the beating heart of a destination. This trip is for travelers who are open-minded, inherently curious, and enjoy indulging in the moment; for those who are looking to ditch their comfort zone at check-in.
This trip is also for a solo traveler who does not want to travel completely solo—or, for the oft-group traveler who doesn’t want to wait around for their friends or family to commit. With 15 other travelers, two hosts, and a photographer on board, there’s no such thing as “lonely” here. Of course, you’re always welcome to opt out of group activities when you want a moment to yourself, and every traveler on-board should feel empowered to do so.
Most importantly, this trip, unlike other El Camino Travel trips, is exclusively for self-identifying females. Women Who Travel focuses on creating safe spaces for women, and this trip is intended to be an extension of that—a trip on which you can have the conversations, and ask the questions, you might not elsewhere.
A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND….
El Camino Travel provides a high level of customer service, and these itineraries are well thought through—however, it’s important that our travelers are easy-going, and amenable to change in the sometimes unpredictable landscape of Latin American travel. It’s important that guests booking this trip trust our guides, are prepared to roll with last-minute changes, and let us do our thing to make sure everyone heads home with a treasure trove of new friends, impactful moments, and the photos to remember it by.
On that note: We provide a photographer on this trip so that travelers can be present in the moment, rather than worry about capturing it. This photographer is tasked with photographing the experience of the group as a whole, and is not a personal photographer to individual travelers. While this is an important element that adds to the unique experience of El Camino trips, it is not the focus of the trip. Our travelers are more than excited to receive a set of photos each morning—but it’s a perk, not the purpose.
Our hotels have been hand-selected by Condé Nast Traveler editors. They're our favorite stays in these cities—from chic design, to smack-dab-in-the-heart-of-things locations, down to the fluffiest beds that only Mexico could pull us out of—and we know you'll love them.
Mexico City: Stara Hamburgo
The up-and-coming Juarez neighborhood is one of our places areas in the city—it has a mix of new and old, with organic cafes and tattoo shops sidled up against traditional mercados and bakeries. This townhouse-style hotel is tucked on a quiet street in its heart, making it the perfect escape after a long day out and about. Inside, the vibe is young (think modern art decorating the walls, and terraces off every room), but the amenities and service rival even the biggest of hotels (with highlights that include a gym, spa, and open-air restaurant where we’ll have breakfast each morning).
Oaxaca: City Centro
City Centro serves a bold, Luis Barragan-inspired look with a Oaxacan pink paint job and dramatic walls of cacti as decor—how could we not stay here? Plus, in a city where most hotels are smaller B&Bs, perks like a rooftop pool—with a view onto the city, no less—are incredibly novel. Our real reason to stay, though, is the location a couple blocks out of the busy center, on a quiet street across from a historical cathedral. It feels like an honest slice of the city (you might hear church bells ringing from the pool), without sacrificing any convenience.
Please note that our stays are based on shared rooms. This allows us, among many things, to keep the cost of the trip accessible to as many women as possible, while also enabling us to stay at hotels we love most. It’s important that anyone booking this trip is comfortable sharing a room. If you’re booking this trip with a friend, family member, or significant other, let us know, and we’ll place you together.
Traveling solo? No problem—we’ll be in touch before the trip to learn a bit about you and find the best fit for a roommate. We will make it a priority to best situate you, and are happy to chat more in-depth if you have any questions or concerns about this.
Single room upgrades are available. If you’re really not the room-sharing type, it might be possible to upgrade to a private room of your own. Email firstname.lastname@example.org before booking if this is something you would like to do, and we can share more details.
Pricing & Payment
These trips cost $4,100 per person (our special edition Day of the Dead trip costs $4,400). View available dates and book your spot here.
Things to note: A non-refundable 40% deposit is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 25 days prior to departure. Payments must be made by credit card. Please read our BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS for the full terms of our booking and cancellation policy.
20 Edited images a day of the group + an additional batch of images 3 weeks after the trip ends
Domestic flight between Mexico City and Oaxaca
Transportation to and from the airport
Meals as noted in the itinerary
Activities as mentioned above
Tips for drivers and activity hosts