Mexico City + Oaxaca

full itinerary

 
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Arrive: You’ll have the afternoon to get settled and start exploring—snag a reservation at one of the city’s destination lunch spots (you’ll receive an editor-curated guide with suggestions), or spend a couple hours exploring the Roma Norte and Condesa neighborhoods.

Evening: We’ll kick things off with a welcome dinner at the house of local chefs Jorge and Beto. Their design-forward Roma Norte home is a destination in and of itself—we’ll head up to the roof during sunset for mezcal cocktails, small plates, and plenty of Mexico City intel from the home’s charming owners. After dinner, Jorge and Beto will take us to one of their favorite old school dance halls—get ready for a crash course in salsa.

Meals included: Dinner

 
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Morning: We’ll shake off the previous night’s cocktails with an early excursion to the floating gardens of Xochimilco. You’ve probably seen photos of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: it’s packed with colorful boats sailing the canals, and mariachi bands for hire (you can even see a photo of Frida Kahlo’s own visit in 1936 at her house, La Casa Azul). We’ll drift down the canals to a brunch prepared with fresh, local ingredients, before hearing from the farmers working to preserve this natural space.

Afternoon: The second half of your day is free to spend as you choose. For the aesthetes of the group, we suggest heading to the city’s holy grails: Casa Luis Barragan, the Archivo structure, and Labor gallery (they’re all on the same street). If you came to Mexico City for Frida, make a reservation to tour her home, La Casa Azul, followed by a walk through her neighborhood of Coyoacan. Tap your guide or on-trip editor for dinner recs (if Pujol is on your list, this is a great night for checking it off—just make sure to reserve a table well in advance).

Meals included: Breakfast, brunch


 
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Morning: You probably came to Mexico City with visions of life-changing street food—and today, you’ll get to experience it IRL. Some friends of ours will take us on a walking tour of their favorite street stalls, where we’ll try everything from Oaxacan quesadillas stuffed with corn fungus (trust us) to sips of pulque (an ancient alcoholic drink) in storied cantinas. (And plenty of tacos, of course.) Our guides will also give you the lowdown on street food culture, so you can navigate the scene like a pro throughout the rest of the trip. We’ll wrap things up in the afternoon—sink into your food coma with a nap back at the hotel, or walk it off at one of Centro’s renowned museums or markets.

Evening: The night is yours. Huddle up with other travelers for a group hang (tap your on-trip editor, or that  handy list, for tips), or treat yourself to a little R&R on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch


 
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Morning: This morning, we’ll visit a female-owned culinary studio where we’ll be making brunch. The chef will guide us through several Mexican breakfast staples, highlighting the diversity and significance of each, before we sit down and enjoy the meal. Afterwards, we’ll get to chat with the owner about her experiences as a female entrepreneur in the city.

Afternoon: Fit in some free time before the evening. If you haven’t worked your way through Roma’s shops, or the up-and-coming Juarez neighborhood yet, this is the perfect time to do it.

Evening: We’ve got ringside seats at the city’s infamous Lucha Libre show. Brace yourself for sparkling, latex costumes, and some of the most theatrical wrestling the world has seen. Our local host will make sure you know when to cheer—and when to heckle—so you can do as the real fans do.

Meals included: Breakfast, brunch


 
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Morning: We’ll say our farewells to CDMX, then hop on a morning flight 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 has been drawing artists in search of inspiration for generations.

Afternoon: Get acquainted with the city’s cobblestoned main square, or take it all in from the hotel pool before our first activity.

Evening: One of the most interesting examples of new meeting old is Boulenc bakery, which uses European techniques on ancient Oaxacan grains (think sourdough pan de muerto). Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the coolest places to eat and drink in Oaxaca. We’ll get our official introduction to the city over a private dinner here, with a menu made just for us.

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner


 
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Morning: The best way to see all of Oaxaca come together is at the market.  You can find everything from freshly made cheese, to hand-woven rugs, to fried insects here—but it requires a pro to really navigate it. Our local hosts will guide us to their favorite stalls and snacks, ending with a tasting of the famous “Seven Moles” Oaxaca is known for.

Afternoon: After our morning excursion, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore on your own. Join a free, guided tour of the city’s impressive Botanical Gardens, or weave your way through the city’s independent galleries.

Evening: For those who want to grab a drink, we’ll be holding down a table on the Los Amantes’ rooftop. This cathedral-facing hotel has spectacular views, and is one of the best places to watch the sunset over the city. Bonus: It’s owned by a boutique mezcal brand, meaning the drinks are smooth (and strong).

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch


 
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Morning: When most residents of Oaxaca are looking for a quick breakfast, they grab a memela. These little maize patties are topped with fresh cheese, avocado, spiced meat and a hearty smearing of pork lard—aka, the perfect power snack for a long day ahead. We’ll stop by a local’s home for our memela fix, before breaking a sweat at Oaxaca’s most popular site, Hierve El Agua. These rock formations hang like a barnacle on the side of a mountain, resembling a waterfall frozen in time. We’ll do a short hike around the site, before taking a dip in the hot springs at the top.

Afternoon:  Get ready to while away the afternoon at a family-owned mezcal farm. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how mezcal is made, with a guided tasting to hone our palettes. The farm’s matriarch (and our guide’s grandmother) will prepare lunch: slow-roasted barbacoa that’s been cooking underground all morning.

Evening: After a long day, you might be ready to kick back at the hotel, but those wanting to explore will have the night free to do so.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch


 
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Morning: We’ll get a new perspective on Oaxaca by visiting the village of San Agustin Etla, 30 minutes outside the city. This village is home to a prolific arts center built into a 20th-century textile mill with striking architectural details. A local artist will guide us through the center’s current exhibits and grounds.

Afternoon: Lunch will be served at a home just a few hundred feet away. The women who live here operate an informal restaurant on their back patio, and will prepare a family-style spread of tlayudas (a bigger, bolder version of the memela), rich moles, guacamole, and more. Post-lunch, we’ll be hitting two shopping stops on the way back into town: a small ceramicists workshop, where black clay pottery is made and sold on site; and a textile village known for producing colorful rugs and blankets (make sure to save room in your suitcase).

Evening: We’ll close our Oaxaca chapter with an unforgettable last meal at Enrique Olvera’s Criollo. The seven-course tasting menu changes daily, but consistently highlights the regions unique ingredients and dishes, with modern takes on celebrated classics. Our meal will be accompanied by a drink pairing for one last mezcal fix. We can’t think of a better way to say goodbye.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


 
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Morning: Soak up your last moments in Oaxaca, whether they’re spent rehashing memories over breakfast, or getting in one last quiet stroll through the neighborhood before checkout. Cars will shuttle everyone to the airport. Extending your stay? Use your packet of editor-selected local recs to guide you.

Meals included: Breakfast