Wander Across Mexico (Nov 2024)

Nov 08 — Nov 17, 2024
10 days
2/12 spots booked
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $500 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be refundable - minus a 3% transaction fee - for 30 days. [Deposits are non-refundable within 90 days of the tour start date, even if 30 days have not yet passed since the payment date.]
Join our unique journey into the heart of Mexico! We'll dive into the rich history, flavorful cuisine, city and village life and vibrant cultures in a style you won't want to miss!
Visit the millennia-old UNESCO World Heritage Site of Teotihuacan
Navigate the verdant canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco on a traditional trajinera boat
Stroll through the bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacán, exploring its cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and vibrant market
Get up close with the thrilling world of Lucha Libre
Savor the flavors of Oaxaca's renowned cuisine, including traditional dishes like tlayudas and rich moles
Witness the creation of alebrijes, colorful and whimsical wooden figures
Experience the natural wonder of Hierve el Agua, known for its petrified waterfalls and natural swimming pools
Engage in intimate cultural exchanges through home-cooked meals in local Oaxacan homes

Get ready to embark on a magnificent Wandering Earl experience through Mexico! Our adventure will take us through two of Mexico’s most captivating regions: the dynamic metropolis of Mexico City, where ancient traditions meet contemporary life, and the charming Oaxaca, celebrated for its artistic heritage and unique culinary scene.

Our itinerary is designed to show you the very best of Mexico. In Mexico City, we’ll experience the thrill of Lucha Libre, explore the historic center, savor the city’s diverse gastronomy, stroll through the famous Chapultepec Park, tour the ancient Aztec ruins and much more. Then, as we head to Oaxaca, we’ll connect with local artisans, enjoy home-cooked meals in family homes, visit tranquil mountain villages, sip locally crafted mezcal and explore the region’s indigenous heritage, gaining a deeper appreciation of Mexican culture. Each day will be filled with new sights, sounds, and flavors, ensuring a journey that’s as educational as it is exhilarating

Under the guidance of our knowledgeable tour leader and our team of local guides, we’ll discover places primarily known to locals. This focus leads to a more authentic exploration, with one profound and rewarding experience after another!

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    Nov 8Mexico City (arrival day)
    Mexico City (arrival day)
    Highlights: Arrival day, welcome dinner
    Included: Dinner
    Upon your arrival in Mexico City, a bustling metropolis rich in history and culture, a private driver will take you to our conveniently-located hotel in the heart of the city. For those eager to start exploring, our team will be on-hand to assist. Once everyone has arrived, we’ll get together to officially kick off the tour with an orientation meeting and a traditional Mexican dinner.
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    Nov 9Mexico City
    Mexico City
    Highlights: Chapultepec, Historic Center, food tour, lucha libre
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Today we'll immerse ourselves in the dynamic life of Mexico City with a walking tour that captures the essence of its history and culture. Our day begins with a stroll at Chapultepec Park, a lush green oasis in the heart of the city, where we’ll observe its tranquil lakes, hard-working street vendors and dynamic botanical gardens. The park will then take us up to the age-old Chapultepec Castle, offering a peek into Mexico's past and some of the city's most breathtaking views. Next, we'll head into the lively Historic Center. As we navigate its energetic streets, we'll visit some of its main sights such as the expansive Zocalo, the stately National Palace, and the architecturally stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes. We'll also explore some lesser-known neighborhoods, where we'll engage with locals and experience the city's vibrant spirit. Here, we’ll also partake in a culinary adventure, tasting our way through Mexico City's diverse flavors. From indulging in street tacos at local markets and sipping on refreshing aguas frescas, to delving into the unique world of edible insects, where the adventurous can try everything from crispy chapulines (crickets) to savory maguey worms. As the evening sets in, our adventure will take us into the exciting world of Mexican wrestling. From the best seats in the house, our VIP access will offer us an up-close view of this high-energy sport, a dynamic fusion of athletic skills, dramatic storytelling, and colorful costumes. The excitement will peak with an exclusive backstage experience, where we'll have the opportunity to meet the incredible luchadores face-to-face, offering us a deeper understanding of this aspect of Mexican culture.
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    Nov 10Mexico City
    Mexico City
    Highlights: Xochimilco boat tour, Coyoacán
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Our adventure today will take us to Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its verdant canals and chinampas (floating gardens). This area, once a central agricultural hub for the Aztecs, now provides a serene retreat from the city, filled with the sounds of lively music, laughter, and nature. We’ll start with a tour of the peaceful, less-traveled areas, where houses hover over the water and the lush chinampas reveal the indigenous agricultural methods. This quieter part of Xochimilco will offer us a better glimpse into the local’s life and culture, as well as the great historical importance of the area. As we delve deeper, the ambiance shifts to a more festive scene. On a trajinera boat, we’ll navigate the busier canals, immersed in the melodies of mariachi bands and the delicious aromas of Mexican cuisine prepared on nearby boats. Enjoying a Mexican lunch on board (complete with mezcal and cervezas), we’ll be surrounded by the colorful scenery and vibrant atmosphere. Our exploration will then lead us to the bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacán, the artistic heart of the city, where we’ll be captivated by the charm of the cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, as well as wander among the markets filled with local crafts, fresh produce, and culinary delights.
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    Nov 11Mexico City
    Mexico City
    Highlights: Teotihuacán, Torre Latino
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Today's itinerary is dedicated to exploring the awe-inspiring Teotihuacán, an ancient city and a monumental testament to pre-Hispanic civilizations. As a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 1st century BCE, Teotihuacán once stood as one of the biggest civilizations of the ancient world. During our visit, we’ll delve into the intriguing stories and mysteries that have fascinated historians and archaeologists for years, gaining insights into the civilization's mysterious disappearance. Following our exploration, we’ll enjoy a unique dining experience at La Gruta, a remarkable restaurant set within a natural cave right next to the archaeological site. This exceptional setting provides not just a meal, but a first-hand journey into the heart of the local culinary traditions. As the day transitions into night, we'll ascend the Torre Latinoamericana, once the tallest building in Latin America, to witness a breathtaking panoramic sunset view of the city.
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    Nov 12Mexico City » Puebla » Oaxaca
    Mexico City » Puebla » Oaxaca
    Highlights: Puebla, drive to Oaxaca
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    We’ll set off in the morning on a 9-hour drive from Mexico City to Oaxaca with multiple stops along the way. Our first destination is the city of Puebla, famous for its rich culinary heritage. Here, we'll savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, revered for its mole poblano. This essential Mexican dish boasts a complex and richly flavored sauce composed of over 30 ingredients. Following this we’ll enjoy a leisurely stroll around Puebla's UNESCO World Heritage Historic Center, a mix of stunning colonial architecture and a buzzing cultural scene. Afterwards we’ll resume our drive towards Oaxaca, taking several breaks along the way to stretch and enjoy the scenic views. Upon our arrival we will be greeted with a special home-cooked dinner, a meal that will serve as an introduction to the gastronomic heritage of the state of Oaxaca.
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    Nov 13Oaxaca
    Oaxaca
    Highlights: Full-day tour of Oaxaca
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Our exploration of Oaxaca begins with a full-day tour through its historical streets, where every corner tells a story. From the majestic Santo Domingo Church, a stunning example of Baroque architecture, to the lively Zocalo, the city's main square buzzing with activity, we'll immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of Oaxacan life. Here, we'll witness the blend of history and modern-day life, as local vendors, musicians, and daily life unfold around us. For lunch, we'll venture to a local organic market. Surrounded by stalls offering fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, we'll have the opportunity to sample a variety of traditional dishes, each bursting with flavor and made with care. As the evening approaches, our journey continues with a guided food tour. Oaxaca is renowned as a culinary paradise, and our exploration will take us from energetic street food stalls to more upscale dining experiences. We'll taste a range of local specialties, such as tlayudas (large tortillas with beans, cheese, and meat), rich moles, and perhaps even chapulines (grasshoppers). This experience will deepen our understanding of the depth and diversity of Oaxacan cuisine and the stories behind these delicious creations.
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    Nov 14Oaxaca
    Oaxaca
    Highlights: Temascal ceremony, free time, home-made dinner
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Beginning our day with a distinctive Temascal ceremony, we'll delve into an authentic Mesoamerican sweat lodge experience, led by local experts. This ritual, blending heat, steam, and herbs, offers a profound spiritual and cultural connection. The rest of the day will be yours to explore Oaxaca's diverse culture at your own pace. Whether it's ascending to Monte Alban to uncover the mysteries of the ancient Zapotec civilization, joining a local cooking class that starts with a market visit for an authentic Oaxacan culinary experience, or leisurely exploring Oaxaca's historic center, our expert tour leader will help craft your perfect day. In the evening we’ll head straight for a special dinner experience hosted by a local family. In their warm company, we'll be more than guests, we'll be friends, sharing in the family's cherished recipes passed down through generations. This meal will not only fascinate our taste buds but also provide us with a deeper understanding of Oaxacan culture and the culinary traditions integral to everyday life in this region.
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    Nov 15Oaxaca
    Oaxaca
    Highlights: Full-day Southern Craft Route
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    The "Southern Craft Route" presents us with a journey deeply rooted in Oaxacan artistic traditions, starting in San Martin Tilcajete. This village is renowned for its alebrijes, whimsical wooden figures synonymous with Mexican folk art. Usually linked to the Dia de Muertos celebrations, these alebrijes are believed to guide spirits with their vivid colors and fantastical designs. Here, we'll observe local artisans as they skillfully bring these imaginative creatures to life, unveiling the full process of making an alebrije. Continuing to Santa Catarina Minas, a town steeped in the ancient production of mezcal, we'll meet a local female producer who is dedicated to preserving the ancestral methods of crafting this iconic spirit. We'll delve into the entire mezcal process, from the agave fields to the distillery. Lunch in Minas promises a culinary exploration, with dishes thoughtfully selected to complement the distinct flavors of mezcal. Afterwards, we’ll conclude the day in San Bartolo Coyotepec, famous for its exquisite barro negro or black clay pottery. This traditional craft, known for its lustrous black finish, has been handed down through generations. In Coyotepec, we'll watch artisans as they shape the clay into stunning works of art, a vivid testament to the cultural heritage of the region.
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    Nov 16Oaxaca
    Oaxaca
    Highlights: Hierve el Agua, Mitla, Teotitlan del Valle, Tule
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Today's excursion takes us into the authentic Mexican countryside, starting with a traditional breakfast in the home of a local family, providing a warm and welcoming start to our day. Next, we'll make our way to Mitla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Pueblo Magico. Renowned for its 10,000-year history and hand-cut stone mosaics, Mitla offers a glimpse into an ancient world. We'll take our time exploring these storied ruins and meandering through the local artisan market. Then, we'll head to Hierve el Agua, celebrated for its petrified waterfalls. The site's cliffs and natural limestone formations, resembling frozen cascades of water, create an awe-inspiring spectacle. Here we’ll take a light hike through its scenic trails and a swim in its natural pools. For lunch, we’ll continue to Teotitlan del Valle, a Zapotec village famed for its beautifully crafted, naturally dyed rugs. In this village, we'll delve into the art of pre-Colombian weaving and uncover the secrets of dyeing techniques using natural elements like cochineal, moss, and indigo. This hands-on experience will provide a deeper understanding of the village's rich textile heritage. As we return to Oaxaca, we'll stop in Tule, a charming town home to the world's widest tree. Our trip will then conclude with a special farewell 7-course mole-tasting dinner in the "land of the seven moles." This carefully curated meal is a celebration of Oaxacan cuisine, showcasing the diverse range of mole sauces, each course revealing the rich depth and complexity of the region's culinary traditions.
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    Nov 17Oaxaca (departure day)
    Oaxaca (departure day)
    Highlights: Departure Day
    Included: Breakfast
    You will be picked up at the hotel by a private driver who will take you to the airport for your departing flight.

Tour Essentials

Physical Level: Moderate
While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following situations: somewhat long days, walking tours, a variety of weather conditions, one long journey, early morning wake-ups and other similar scenarios.
Accomodation
On this tour, we’ll stay in comfortable and convenient 3* and 4* hotels. All rooms have a private bathroom. There are a maximum of 8 single rooms available. These rooms will be offered on a first come-first served basis. The remainder of the rooms will be shared. Solo travelers will be paired together, two travelers per room in two single beds.
Transport
During the trip, we'll get around with a combination of comfortable vans and public transportation.
Meals
Breakfast every day, 6 lunches and 8 dinners are included. With included meals, some will be served family style, others will involve food tasting at several places and other times you will be able to order anything you wish from the menu. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Sustainability
As with all of our trips, we aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. Reusable water bottles and shopping bags are provided to all guests, trash is recycled where possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.
Small Groups
This tour requires a minimum of 8 participants and has a maximum of 12 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you'll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people. That's the kind of trip we love to offer!

What's included

Included
  • Wandering Earl Expert Tour Leader
  • Small group (maximum 13 participants)
  • 9 nights at 3*/4* hotels
  • Transportation within Mexico (vans and public transportation)
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • All mentioned activities and entrance fees
  • Breakfast everyday, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Water throughout the trip
  • Gratuities at hotels/included meals
  • All airport transfers
Not Included
  • Flights to/from Mexico City and Oaxaca
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Optional meals and activities
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Gratuities