Day 1 Mexico City There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Mexico City/Puebla (1D) Head to Puebla, famous for its hand-painted tiles, unique handicrafts, mouth-watering Mole Poblano (a mouth-watering spicy sauce made with cocoa and infinite varieties of chillies) and rich colonial history.
Opt to take a mole-making class to learn the secrets of this famous sauce.
Enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant known for its featured seasonal specialities.
First-class bus (2.00-2.50 hours, 130km)
Day 3 Puebla Enjoy a free day in Puebla. Opt to visit some of the many museums and cathedrals or the great pyramid at Cholula. For markets, visit the Mercado de Sabores or the Mercado El Carmen for cemites.
Day 4 Puebla/Oaxaca Head to Oaxaca. Explore the markets and enjoy an included cooking class to get a hands-on understanding of Mexican cuisine.
First-class bus (5.00-6.00 hours, 340km)
Day 5 Oaxaca (1D) Monte Albán, a spectacular grouping of pre-Hispanic (Zapotec) mountain top temples, is just a short bus ride away, as is the Valley of Mitla with its colourful ruins and hand-loomed carpets. Stepping from the cultural to the culinary, Oaxaca is also a great area for trying out new tastes and textures.
Mezcal Factory Tour
Day 6 Oaxaca/Puerto Escondido Take a bus to the Oaxacan Pacific coast and enjoy time in this beach paradise. With so much to do in Puerto Escondido you might want to lounge on the beach, try surfing, diving or take an eco tour to spot dolphins, sailfish or sea turtles. Visit the local market for a taste of how the locals shop. Opt to enjoy a seafood dinner in this quaint coastal town.
First-class bus (10.00-11.00 hours, 255km)
Day 7 Puerto Escondido Enjoy a free day in this beach paradise.
Day 8 Puerto Escondido/Mexico City Catch a flight back to the largest city in the world. This fascinating multi-layered megalopolis is home to an endless list of cultural wonders, the best anthropology museum for Mexican archaeology, the largest plaza (the zocalo), the Zona Rosa, many Aztec historic sites, and a vibrant street life at all hours.
Travel by van to the Puerto Escondido airport, about 20 mins, before the short flight to Mexico City. Travel by private vehicle to your hotel on the other end, which can take up to 1.5 hrs with traffic.
Plane (1.25-1.50 hours)
Day 9 Mexico City Depart at any time.