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Mexico

 

To say Mexico is having a moment feels like an understatement—the 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 that 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 the Women 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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PRICE

$4,100 per person (Special edition Day of the Dead TRIP $4,400)

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LENGTH

8 NIGHTS AND 9 DAYS

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CITIES

Mexico city & oaxaca

 
 
 
 

 

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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



 
 

 

COUNTRY RESOURCES

Want to know more about Mexico? Check out some condé nast traveler COUNTRY RESOURCES.

 

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