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food • 6 days, 5 nights

Layer by Layer: A Mexico City Culinary Adventure

Mexico City, Mexico
food • 6 days, 5 nights

Layer by Layer: A Mexico City Culinary Adventure

Mexico City, Mexico
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Easy
  • Travel Style
    Urban Exploration
from $2,525 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

On this culinary adventure in and around Mexico City, immerse yourself in the complex cultural identity of a metropolis where pre-Hispanic, colonial, and contemporary influences collide. We’ll explore mouthwatering local gastronomy, celebrating the harmony as well as the dissonance that define this layered city, which thrums with the activity of a large population of regional migrants and modern transplants alike. 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 also be sure to head out of the center city with a visit to the floating boats and green oasis of Xochimilco. From street food to contemporary Mexican dining trends, traditional restaurants to meals in local homes, our focus throughout will be food and the people who make it. On the ever-present periphery of our taste buds will be the history, art, architecture, landscape, agriculture, and street life that brings everything together.

Our partner, Culinary BackstreetsIn order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets, a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.

Highlights
  • Market tours
  • Agricultural visits
  • Hidden historic sites
  • Lucha Libre
  • Mezcal tastings

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Culinary Backstreets
In Partnership with Culinary Backstreets

Trip Leader

Paco
Francisco ("Paco") is a Mexico City native who has a deep passion for his country's cuisine. In addition to being one of Culinary Backstreets' Mexico Team Leaders, he is also a bit of a Renaissance man, having been a former champion chess player and bullfighter. But these days, Paco focuses on the antojitos, or little culinary cravings of his hometown, which are a hallmark of a culinary tour of the city with him.

Additional Info

Pricing

The cost of this trip is $2,465, based on double occupancy. 

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. (Not available in 2020.)

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $335. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that Mexico City is a bustling and crowded place!

Arrival & Departure

For flights in and out of Mexico City International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez), we suggest you arrive by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and depart anytime on Day 6. We are happy to book you extra nights at the group's hotel and provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.

Included
  • Five nights of hotel accommodation.
  • All meals and transportation during the trip, including in a private coach for visits outside the center city.
  • The company of an experienced, local English-speaking guide throughout the trip, as well as special guests throughout. 
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Mexico City, including airport transfers.
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • If applicable, applying for a Mexican visa (not required for U.S. citizens).
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Trip FAQ

Joining this trip directly supports the unsung heroes of the kitchen—hardworking, independent people running some of the most economically vulnerable businesses in the cityscape who, through their daily working life, preserve local traditions embedded in food. Aside from the financial support that comes from your trip fees, you can contribute to the preservation of community spirit and memory by sharing the stories of the places and people we visit, and honoring the traditions we encounter along the way.

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