The Complete Mexico Experience

The Complete Mexico Experience

8 Days



The Complete Mexico Experience

8 Days Starting in Mexico City, Mexico and ending in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

Visiting: Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido

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Culture Trip

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Fully Guided

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4 - 14

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Tour Overview

This country has so much to offer, but it's hard to combine every facet of Mexico into just one trip. Our eight-day adventure pulls it off, starting with a cultural deep dive along the vibrant streets of Mexico City. From there it’s onto the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan and the beautifully tiled buildings of Puebla. You’ll explore a unique cacti forest en route to Oaxaca, the culinary capital, where tortilla making, mezcal tasting and an authentic cooking class awaits. Our final destination? The gorgeous Pacific surf town of Puerto Escondido. Bustling cities, ancient ruins, foodie experiences and some time on the beach – all in just over a week with Culture Trip.


  • Cruise down the canals of Xochimilco in Mexico City

  • Visit the former home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

  • Dine at the iconic Cafe de Tacuba, a CDMX institution

  • Explore the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan and Monte Alban

  • Learn about the artistry behind Puebla’s famous ceramics and tiles

  • Master Mexican cuisine with a cooking class in Oaxaca

  • Become a connoisseur of mezcal with a guided tasting session

  • Kick back on the laid-back beaches of Puerto Escondido

Places You'll See

The Complete Mexico Experience

The Complete Mexico Experience

The Complete Mexico Experience

The Complete Mexico Experience

The Complete Mexico Experience


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Day 1 : Welcome To Mexico City!
Location: Mexico City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: NH Centro Historico
Meals Included: Dinner

Upon arrival at Mexico City International Airport (MEX) you can make your way to our first hotel of the trip. Depending on when you get here, you should have plenty of time to relax and refresh before we gather in the lobby for a welcome meeting with the group and our Local Insider. You’ll then be whisked over to the iconic Cafe de Tacuba for dinner. This place is over a hundred years old, and its hearty cuisine and cosy atmosphere is the perfect introduction to Mexican dining. We recommend capping off the meal with an indulgent cup of Mexican hot chocolate.

Activities Included:
Welcome meeting
Welcome dinner at Cafe de Tacuba

Day 2 : Art, Canal Boats And Fine Dining In Mexico City
Location: Mexico City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: NH Centro Historico
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our first full day is dedicated to the capital, one of the largest and most energetic cities on the planet. After breakfast we’ll head out on a walking tour of the city centre, passing through the epic Zócalo square and visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral. We’ll wind our way to the Coyoacan neighbourhood and the Casa Rivera Museum, a striking Bauhaus building once home to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. We’ll continue in the neighbouring district of San Angel, where cobbled streets and colonial-style homes paint a pretty picture of middle-class Mexico. Our afternoon ends with a real highlight as we go to the floating gardens of Xochimilco, originally built by the Aztecs as a water supply system. Today the canals are lined with colourful trajineras boats, one of which we’ll hop on for a serene boat ride. We’ll round off our day in CDMX with an incredible meal at Azulisimo Restaurant, where Chef Zurita has crafted a menu imbued with Mexican tradition and tasty local ingredients.

Activities Included:
Mexico City morning walk
Casa Rivera Museum visit
San Angel Quarter visit
Xochimilco boat ride
Dinner at Azulisimo

Day 3 : Discover Ancient Mesoamerica And The City Of Tiles
Location: Puebla
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Colonial de Puebla
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we’ll leave the capital behind, with our (just over an hourlong) transfer acting as a kind of time machine, which will take us back to Mesoamerica at the pyramid-complex of Teotihuacan. This ancient city was once home to around 250,000 people, making it the largest metropolis in the Americas at the time. Our local guide will give you a tour of the site, including a spectacular walk down the Avenue of the Dead. Next is one of the most beloved cities in Mexico, Puebla, famed for its rich history in ceramics. The best introduction to the City of Tiles is invariably at a local factory, where we’ll learn all about the production process by watching master craftspeople at work. By late afternoon we’ll be strolling around the city’s Unesco-listed centre – covered in great ceramic architecture, naturally – on a guided walking tour, while the rest of the evening is to be spent at your own leisure – just make sure dinner involves mole poblano, a rich sticky sauce made with chilli and chocolate, which Puebla is famous for.

Activities Included:
Visit to Teotihuacan
Talavera Ceramics experience
Puebla city tour

Day 4 : From Cacti Forests In Rural Puebla To Tortilla-Making In Oaxaca
Location: Oaxaca
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: La Noria Centro Historico
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast we’ll head to the nearby town of Zapotitlan Salinas, where you’ll get to visit its unique botanical gardens. This place feels more like a nature park, with a remarkable collection of cacti spread across its arid plains and unique rock formations. After a hike through the gardens we’ll stop for lunch at Itandehui restaurant, where Chef Antonio Diaz C. takes the ingredients found among cacti forests to create striking variations of classic Mexican dishes. Our afternoon will be spent on a long but scenic drive to the city of Oaxaca, where a tortilla-making masterclass awaits at a local factory – a warm tortilla fresh out of the oven, in this part of the world, is something else.

Activities Included:
Zapotitlan Salinas Botanic Gardens visit
Lunch at Itandehui restaurant
Tortilla making class

Day 5 : A Cooking Class And Mezcal-Tasting Session In Oaxaca
Location: Oaxaca
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: La Noria Centro Historico
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

The foodie theme continues in Oaxaca, regarded by many as the culinary capital of Mexico. Don’t over-indulge at breakfast, since a late morning cooking class awaits. Learn about the traditional foundations of Mexican cuisine – the key flavours, ingredients and dishes – as you rustle up your own delicious lunch. It’s the perfect fuel for our walking tour of Oaxaca, one of the most beautiful colonial towns in all of Mexico, full of cobbled streets, bustling markets and magnificent old churches. City strolling is thirsty work, so we’ll stop off for a little mezcal tasting session – this agave spirit has started to earn tequila-levels of fame, and 90% of it is made in the state of Oaxaca. We’ve rather wisely left the rest of your day open, so you can let your mezcal-influenced mind lead the way.

Activities Included:
Cooking class lunch
Oaxaca city tour
Mezcal tasting

Day 6 : Hit The Beach At Puerto Escondido!
Location: Puerto Escondido
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Posada Real Puerto Escondido
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our morning starts with a visit to Monte Albán, the capital of the Zapotec empire and one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica. The ruins are remarkably well preserved, with pyramids, temples, houses and tombs across the site. After a guided tour we’ll head back on the road to Puerto Escondido. Having traversed the heartlands of the Mexican Plateau and the vast landscapes of Oaxaca, we’ll finally reach the ocean! This gorgeous Pacific resort is full of palm-tree beaches and lively coastal towns. We’ll arrive late in the afternoon, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore our hotel’s giant stretch of private beach.

Activities Included:
Visit Monte Alban site

Day 7 : Enjoy The Laid-Back Coastal Life Of Pacific Mexico
Location: Puerto Escondido
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Posada Real Puerto Escondido
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

You’ve explored three of Mexico’s most vibrant cities. You’ve travelled back in time at ancient Mesoamerican sites. You’ve even become an expert on regional dishes and agave spirits. Now it’s time to relax! Today is all about kicking back and enjoying the laid-back surf vibes of Puerto Escondido. Grab a board and ride some waves, chill on the beach or simply enjoy our hotel’s many facilities, including multiple outdoor pools, a private beach, a tennis court and putting green. This evening we’ll gather for a farewell dinner with the group at one of the hotel’s excellent restaurants – perfect for an evening of reflection, and maybe some tequila too.

Activities Included:
Farewell dinner

Day 8 : Adiós Mexico!
Location: Puerto Escondido
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sadly, our all-encompassing Mexican adventure has come to an end. After a tasty breakfast at the hotel we’ll all go our separate ways. You could head to Puerto Escondido Airport (PXM), but we won’t blame you for booking yourself an extra few days by the sea.

What's Included

  • Local Insider

  • Accommodation

    7 nights accommodation

  • Meals described in the itinerary

    7 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 3 dinners

  • Mexico City morning walk

  • Casa Rivera Museum visit

  • San Angel Quarter visit

  • Xochimilco boat ride

  • Visit to Teotihuacan

  • Talavera Ceramics experience

  • Puebla city tour

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What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Visas (if required)

  • Optional activities

  • Insurance

  • Resort Taxes (Where applicable)


NH Centro Historico
Location-wise, it doesn’t get better than this – the NH Centro Historico is bang in the centre of everything, steps from Zocalo square, Metropolitan Cathedral, City Museum and archaeological zone. Rooms are modern, comfortable and clean, and you'll find an on-site gym, an alfresco terrace and a sumptuous breakfast buffet.

Colonial de Puebla
This gorgeous old building, found in the historical heart of Puebla, dates back to the 17th century. It’s a bit of an icon of the city centre and, despite recent renovation, has lost none of its original charm. There’s a particularly homely feel in the all-day restaurant, serving a la carte menus from breakfast through to dinner – some say the mole poblano here is the best in Mexico.

La Noria Centro Historico
The old and the new blend almost seamlessly in this hotel, which somehow manages to feel grand and homely simultaneously. Rooms are spacious, while communal courtyards – like the terrace bar – feel like an oasis in the heart of Oaxaca. There’s a restaurant and bistro, both open all day, as well as a gorgeous outdoor pool, tucked away on a terrace beneath the Mexican sunshine.

Posada Real Puerto Escondido
Without doubt the hotel highlight of our trip, the Posada in Puerto Escondido is a truly epic coastal resort. It’s found right on the Pacific seafront, with exclusive access to one of the best beaches in the region. The gardens are sprawling, the outdoor pools inviting, and the five bars and restaurants onsite will keep you more than satisfied – our favourite? It’s hard to choose between Coco's Beach Club and La Palapita Sunset Bar.

Please note that, while unlikely, the accommodation indicated may be subject to change (see T&C’s). On a rare occasion, alternative arrangements may be necessary – this may be due to a lack of availability at our preferred accommodation, or other reasons outside our control. We’ll do everything we can to prevent this from happening; however, in cases where it is unavoidable, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

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My experience with Culture Trips was outstanding!


My experience with Culture Trips was outstanding! I went on the trip to Iceland in 2021, my very first international trip, and it was absolutely incredible! I felt like it exceeded beyond all expectations. Culture Trips made the whole process of signing up for the trip very easy and understandable, and I always had great customer service whenever I reached out with a question. With the help of Culture Trips and our local insider, I felt like our travel group was well taken care of during the entire experience. Our itinerary was pack full of adventure and we learned so much about the Icelandic culture and nature by our incredible local insider guide. A truly unforgettable experience! Thank you all again for making this dream come true!

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