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|In Partnership||12 people||2019 Dates:||US $2,465/adult|
|with Atlas Obscura||April 2-7, October 2-6, 16-20, October 30 – November 3|
Immerse yourself on this multi-day trip in the complex cultural identity of Mexico City, where pre-Hispanic, colonial, and contemporary influences collide.
On this culinary adventure, together with Atlas Obscura, we’ll explore mouthwatering local gastronomy, set against the backdrop of a vibrant megacity that thrums with the activity of a large population of regional migrants and modern transplants alike—tens of millions of souls make Mexico City what it is today. This unique trip is a celebration of the harmony as well as the dissonance that define this layered city.
Curious about Mexico’s culinary history and culture, and eager to try its many specialty foods and drinks.
Open to spontaneous visits and chance encounters, since the best moments are often unplanned.
Ready to walk 2 to 4 miles a day, whether on Colonial-era cobblestones or loamy farmlands.
Expecting the unexpected, especially when it comes to daily schedules.
Eager to make the most of each day—when you’re dining at market stands, traipsing through agave fields, and sitting ringside at lucha libre matches, you’ve got to cover a lot of ground.
On this 5-day excursion in and around Mexico City, we’ll experience moments when the city’s numerous identities are expressed and aligned perfectly—for instance, enjoying a street snack of tacos al pastor while taking in a hidden Diego Rivera mural. But we’ll also be looking for the fractures, zooming in on specific influences: a heady Aztec brew, or a colonial-era mole recipe, or the unique, pre-Hispanic floating farms still in use today. We’ll be sure to also head out of the center city in an attempt to isolate and better understand these culinary traditions.
From street food to contemporary Mexican dining trends, traditional restaurants to meals in local homes, our focus throughout the trip will be food and the people who make it. On the periphery of our tastebuds will be the history, art, architecture, landscape, agriculture, and street life that brings everything together.
This adventure is limited to only 12 hungry explorers.
Agricultural visits: We’ll be tracing our way back to the source of the foods we’re eating, investigating the farming and production systems that feed into Mexico City.
Hands-on demonstrations and workshop visits: Meet with craftsmen—of food, art, and otherwise—and get a close-up glimpse of the unique work they create.
Unusual religious sites and museums: Mexico City has plenty of the obscure and the occult, and we’ll be sure to explore this side of things.
Market tours and home-cooked meals: Take guided tours through bustling city markets and be welcomed into local homes for a proper, family-style dinner.
Arrive in Mexico City and check into our boutique bed and breakfast, located in the heart of the city, facing Alameda Park. We encourage you to plan your arrival earlier in the day to give yourself some time to relax, settle in, and wander around the neighborhood.
This evening, we’ll enjoy a lively welcome dinner at Limosneros, where chefs Marcos Fulcheri and Carlo Méndez will work with pre-Hispanic ingredients, colonial techniques, and modern creative twists to create an unforgettable meal. In a private room, we’ll share our first of many meals and conversations together. Paco, your main culinary guide, will introduce themselves and give you a glimpse into what the week will hold.
After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll be spending the day in downtown’s Centro Histórico, exploring our trip’s themes through food, history, and culture. Today will be a crash course in the history of Mexico City, with visits to the “obscure side” of major monuments and to sites that are hidden from view.
We’ll visit Templo Mayor, a pyramid built in the 1400s and the former site of human sacrifices. We’ll explore the colonial city, built over the ruins of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan using the same lava-stones from the Aztec temples. We’ll continue through the corridors of history with a look inside one of the city’s most diverse and eclectic collections at a museum that includes everything from comic books and movie posters to lithographs and toys.
For lunch, we’ll be dropping by a former dried chiles shop in the heart of one of the city’s oldest commercial districts, Barrio de la Merced. Once home to large immigrant communities of Jewish and Lebanese merchants, the area is also the birthplace of the famous Carlos Slim.
The afternoon may include visits to the Diego Rivera murals, Bellas Artes Palace, the Blue Tiles House, Santa Muerte altar, and Zócalo Main Square, among other highlights. Paco will be sure to bring us to any special events or exhibitions taking place at the time of our visit!
In the evening, we’ll return to the city center and set out on a taco tour. For dinner, we’ll hit a number of taco stands, including this al pastor spot housed in an auto repair shop. Along with classic tacos, we’ll also have the chance to taste ones made with brains, bull’s eyes, and intestines.
Afterwards, feel free to stay out or head back to the hotel on what will be a full and happy stomach.
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to a bustling local market awash in produce, flowers, food, and crafts to learn about the ingredients that serve as the building blocks of Mexican cuisine. We’ll get a taste of what’s in season and also dabble in a light sampling of food specialties from around the market.
After touring the market, we’ll make an exclusive visit to the nearby private home and workshop of the famous Linares family, considered to be the most important producers of Mexican folk art, to learn about the mesmerizing cultural traditions they are trying to preserve.
For dinner, we’ll enjoy a paired mezcal tasting led by bottler who travels the Mexican countryside in search of small batch producers of the spirit. The mezcal will be paired with dishes such as Taco de cochinita piblil, Guacamole con chicharrón, Tostadas de flores de jamaica, and Quesadillas de flor de calabaza con queso.
Today, we’ll head to Milpa Alta, a center of mole production on the outskirts of Mexico City. We’ll be delving deep on the subject of all things mole, learning about ingredients, production techniques, regional varieties, and how this food represents the colonial heritage of Mexico.
On our way to Milpa Alta, we’ll stop by the home of a local villager to learn about the artisanal production of pulque, a pre-Hispanic drink made from the sap of the agave-like maguey plant.
During the afternoon, we’ll visit private homes and markets to gain a better sense of daily life and the food that shapes and defines it and finish our visit with a late lunch starring — what else? — mole.
This evening, take some time to rest and relax from the long day in Milpa Alta, and have dinner on your own or with some of your group mates.
Rise again to a refreshing breakfast in our hotel, before another action-packed day exploring Xochimilco. A green oasis on the southern edge of the city, Xochimilco is a highlight of the region and treasure of living Aztec culture. Unlike many pre-Hispanic-era monuments that are entombed in museums, Xochimilco is a living place with working farms and much to see, eat, and drink, all linked to pre-Hispanic Mexico.
For lunch, we’ll have a meal on board a traditional flat-bottomed boat along Aztec-era canals that have been in use for more than 2,000 years and are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our meal will be prepared by locals using products from the chinampas, the area’s famous “floating gardens.” You’ll get a taste of pre-Hispanic Mexico via tlacoyos, a fried maza cake, and pulque, an ancient local drink made from fermentedmaguey.
At night, we’ll attend a Lucha Libre wrestling match followed by a visit to Mexico City’s vibrant “mariachi square” for live music, dancing, and street food!
Depart for home or extend your stay in Mexico City.
Until the next adventure!