Mexico City in style, Food & Culture
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Day 1: Mexico City for 4 night
Meet & greet private transfer from airport to hotel
1 junior suite, Zocalo view, breakfast & taxes included at Hotel Zocalo Central****
Situated right next to the National Cathedral, where Moctezuma’s Palace once stood, this hotel in downtown Mexico City offers convenient amenities such as free on-site parking and a beautiful restaurant overlooking the famous Zocalo plaza.
Housed in an 1890’s-era building, Hotel Zocalo Central offers refurnished rooms and suites, including some with views of the Zocalo. They boast modern décor, a flat-screen TV, a work desk and a spacious private bathroom with free toiletries.
Guests at the hotel can enjoy a meal at the restaurant’s roof-top terrace, or explore any of the nearby sights, with population attractions like the Fine Arts Palace or Alameda Park within a short 10-minute walk. The property also has a steam room.
Hotel Zocalo Central features a front desk that can arrange a tour of the city or purchase tickets to shows or concerts. The Polanco business neighbourhood can be reached in a 15-minute drive, while Mexico City International Airport is a short 20-minute drive away.
3 hour private guided walking tour of the Old Town
Ditch the guidebook and get ready to see the real Mexico City! Discover the city as you would if you were staying with a friend who loved there and in just half a day you’ll see an authentic side of CDMX as you visit famous attractions and discover hidden gems. From exploring an off the beaten path neighbourhood to seeing the city’s most iconic sights, with a local ‘Chilango’ by your side, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in CDMX’s unique culture and get a taste of local life. Discover the famous spots as well as stopping by locals’ favourite shops, bars, markets and neighbourhoods so you can get the best of both worlds.
Dinner reservation at El Balcon del Zocalo
The restaurant offers the widest and most comfortable terrace overlooking the Zocalo in Mexico City. This is the best panoramic view of the Plaza de la Constitución and the surrounding buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace and the Government Palace, among others.
Merced Market Private Tour
We’ll start this tour in the Downtown Historic Center, before jumping on the subway one stop to La Merced market. There, we’ll wind through the market’s lively banquetón, or prepared food area, tasting tacos, aguas frescas and tamales. After that, we’ll stroll through the gigantic fruits and vegetables building, and learn about—and taste!—prehispanic ingredients, such as grasshoppers and chicatana ants. After a quick stop to rest, we’ll leave the market to take the subway back to the Historic Center where we’ll finish up the tour with a refreshing drink and a snack in a newly revived part of the city that you won’t want to miss!
Afternoon at leisure to visit the El Museo Nacional de Antropología, or the National Museum of Anthropology, is recognized as one of the most important museums safeguarding the legacy of indigenous Mexico and contains some of the country’s most vital artifacts like the magnificent Stone of the Sun (perhaps better known as the Aztec calendar stone).
Dinner reservation at Beef Bar
Discover fresh steaks, seafood and more in a modern, elegant setting at Beefbar. With a delectable selection of Black Angus and Wagyu steaks like filets and New York cuts, Beefbar features the best, most tender entrees and appetizers. The diverse menu also includes seafood dishes, salads, pasta and small plates.
Private Hot Air Balloon over Teotihuacan and private guided tour of the archeological site
Spend an unforgettable day discovering the ancient Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacán: fly over millennia-old pyramids in your own private hot air balloon!
You’ll be taken to the takeoff area ready to experience one of the most exciting days of your life. While you wait for your hot air balloon to be prepared, enjoy a coffee to build your energy for your flight over one of Mexico’s most famous archaeological sites.
Climb aboard your hot air balloon accompanied by an expert qualified pilot who will inform you of key safety procedures so you’ll enjoy the hot air balloon experience as much as possible.
Spend around an hour flying over the Teotihuacán Valley, taking in the spectacular views over the archaeological site with a soundtrack of romantic music. The Avenue of the Dead, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon… you’ll have ancient Mexico at your feet!
For the finishing touch on your hot air balloon flight, you’ll be handed a glass of sparkling wine to toast to an unforgettable experience, as well as enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast. What’s more, you’ll be presented with a certificate demonstrating your flying experience – the perfect souvenir!
Back on solid ground, you’ll have two hours of private guided tour of Teotihuacán on foot. (entrance included). You’ll then be returned to Mexico City around 2:30 pm approximately.
Rest of the afternoon at leisure for shopping
Browse the 12 city blocks of Mexico City’s Zona Rosa, shop for antiques, jewelry, and boutique clothing. Heavy silver bangles, leather jackets, and brightly painted tiles are especially prominent.
Dinner reservation at Dulce Patria
Discover a fresh, modern take on classic Mexican fare at Dulce Patria. This contemporary eatery reinvents traditional favorites with fresh, flavorful ingredients and world-famous presentations. The menu includes everything appetizers, like tamales and quesedillas and ceviches and taquitos, to exquisite entrees and decadent desserts. Dulce Patria’s ambience and service rival the cusine, making every meal memorable.
Private Tour to Xochimilco Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum
Discover the fascinating history and rich culture of Xochimilco, the floating flower gardens which are the last vestige of the ancient Aztec’s agricultural system of canals known as “chinampas”. Experience a wonderful experience for the senses as visit the vibrant market of Xochimilco, feast on pre-hispanic cuisine and float along the flower-perfumed canals aboard a brilliantly colourful “tajinera”, the traditional flat-bottomed gondolas of the waterways or kayak. Discover the ancient heritage of the city as you explore the last of the five lakes which the city was once built upon, stealing a glimpse into the world of Tenochtitlán, and seeing for yourself why this cultural landscape was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But go beyond what most visitors see and discover a grassroots community project where locals are protecting their cultural heritage and an endangered native species, explore the local barrio and try authentic local food and drinks in the market.
Another place that is a must to visit in Mexico City is Coyoacán, a neighborhood located in the South of the city with colonial architecture.
Discover the bohemian side of Mexico City. This colourful neighbourhood seems immune to the passing of time; artists, writers, poets, film directors, actors, and intellectuals from all periods could not resist its unique charm. Walk around this peaceful area filled with tradition and voices which sound today as echoes of yesterday.
See gorgeous 16th century churches like the church of St. John The Baptist, a symbol of the beautiful Novohispanic Baroque style.
You’ll visit the house of Frida Kahlo or the Blue House ( La Casa Azul) which is now a museum, where her paintings and personal belongings are being exhibited. Likewise, you’ll get to know the Mexican craft bazaar, mercado de antojitos. Fast track included
Dinner reservation at Restaurant Pujol
Pujol is a Mexican restaurant named by Wall Street Journal as the best in Mexico City. The restaurant is run by chef Enrique Olvera, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America.
Private transfer from hotel to Mexico City airport
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