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Mexico City: Ring in the New Year Right! Dec 2020 – Jan 2021

Mexico City: Ring in the New Year Right! Dec 2020 – Jan 2021

$1995 per person
9 days 8 nights | Group size: 6 - 12

CDMX, unlike most big cities in Latin America, is not just a place for a layover, it’s a destination its own right. Having experienced quite the renaissance, CDMX has ditched its reputation of being dingy and dangerous and is quickly becoming a major destination known for its culture, art, and gastronomy. With an approximate population of 21.3 million people, Mexico City is a bustling metropolis that balances a rich history and tradition with modern innovation and world-class amenities.

From a stroll through the charming La Condesa neighborhood, to a ride downtown on the overloaded metro there is something for everyone in Mexico City. Plus, you’ll truly be hard pressed to find a city that beats CDMX when it comes to food, art, and museums.

With so much to see, do, eat and drink in Mexico City a week is enough time to just get your toes wet in exploring this incredible city. We will start our adventure by getting settled into a quant boutique hotel which will serve as our home base for 8 nights and is the perfect place to come back to after a long day exploring the city or a night of salsa 😉

During our time together we will immerse ourselves in history, culture and everyday life in Mexico City through a diverse array of activities. A few of the major highlights of this trip are our visits to many of CDMX’s art and history museums, a night at the famous folkloric ballet, a morning boat ride down the river in Xochimilco with mariachis and marimbas aboard, stuffing our faces on unique Mexican fare at Mercado Jamaica, drinking tequila in Plaza Garibaldi and staring out across the city from the top of the Teotihuacán pyramids!

Itinerary subject to small changes at the discretion of The Heart of Travel guides in order to provide you with the safest, and most comfortable and enjoyable travel experience possible.

Dates

Friday, December 27th, 2020 – Saturday, January 4th, 2021 

Services

Included

All transportation within Mexico City and surrounding areas in private shuttle

8 nights of accommodation in boutique hotel in La Condesa

Entrance fees, tickets and local guide fees for all activities included in the itinerary

Spanish language immersion opportunities for those interested

8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners (not including alcoholic beverages)

We will help you find the best flight deal for your trip

24/7 access to bilingual (native English speaking) Heart of Travel guides

Not Included

International airfare to and from Mexico City

Travel insurance (recommended, not required)

Meals not indicated on the itinerary

Additional tours/activities done individually during free time (we can assist in coordinating these for you)

Tips to local guides

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Tour Plan

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DAY ONE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27th: D included

Arrive in Mexico City: Participants will be flying in from a variety of different places, therefore, travelers are welcome to choose the flight path that best suits their travel preferences and needs. That being said, we encourage participants to book flights that arrive in Mexico City (CDMX) in time to get settled in before the welcome dinner that evening. If you need assistance booking your international airfare please let us know!

Upon arriving at the airport Dylan, our tour leader will be waiting to escort you to the hip La Reforma or La Condesa neighborhood via private shuttle (30-minute drive). Once in the heart of the city, you will be checked into your hotel and be given a brief orientation of the area. If you need any assistance going to the bank, store, pharmacy, etc., Dylan will be more than happy to accompany you. In the event, you arrive early in the morning and would like to coordinate any specific activities during the day just let us know so we can accommodate your request!

7:00 pm: Welcome Dinner at Nudo Negro (included)

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DAY TWO: MONDAY, DECEMBER 28th: B included

8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel (included)

9:00 am - 11:30 pm: Boat Ride through Xochimilco Canals

We’ll start the morning once again with our tour leader Dylan to drive to Xochimilco at the southern end of CDMX. Here we will float down the river on colorfully painted boats known as trajineras. Not only will we appreciate onboard mariachis and marimba music and floating food vendors, but we will also learn more about pre-hispanic CDMX.

What we know today as CDMX was once a large Aztec city that was comprised of an intricate series of man-made islands, or “chinampas,” and canals on what used to be el Lago Texcoco. The lake was later drained and filled in by the Spaniards who then began to build the historic buildings we see today. Xochimilco is one of the last remaining places where you can get a feel for what the area was like prior to the Conquista.

11:30 pm - 12:00 pm: Drive to the Coyoacán

Upon finishing our boat ride we will drive over to the beautiful neighborhood of Coyoacán. A quirky and intellectual neighborhood blended with the independent character that comes from the area’s history as a village apart from the larger city makes Coyoacán a favorite among many visitors.

12:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Lunch at El Centenario 107 (not included) and neighborhood tour

Next, we will have lunch at El Centenario 107 followed by a visit to the neighborhood and a stop at Servin Ceramic. There we will meet our friend Brenda and learn about her family’s pottery business! We highly recommend taking a piece home with you as their handmade items are truly stunning and unique!

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Frida Kahlo Museum

We’ll visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, a historic house and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

6:30 pm: Optional Group Dinner (not included)

Optional group dinner near the hotel! If you prefer to dine on your own, we can give you some excellent recommendations.

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DAY THREE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29th: B & L included

8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel (included)

9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Tour of Paseo de la Reforma and Chapultepec Park

Get ready for a bike tour of Paseo de la Reforma and Chapultepec Park with a stop at Chapultepec Castle and the National History Museum. Every Sunday, Mexico City shuts down major streets to cars and opens them up to the public. They call this “Muévete en Bici” which translates to “move with your bike.” As a visitor, this is a unique time to explore the city and get some exercise!

1:00 pm: Lunch at El Tizoncito (included)

El Tizoncito, which has been around since 1966, is famous for its Tacos al Pastor. A must-have!

2:00 - 5:00 pm: Free time to rest and relax or explore independently!

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Optional Dinner (not included)

We will meet in the hotel lobby to grab a quick bite together nearby before heading to the Castillo de Chapultepec.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Amalia Hernández’s Ballet Folklórico

After dinner, we will drive to the Castillo de Chapultepec to see one of the most impressive pieces of performing arts in Mexico City, Amalia Hernández’s Ballet Folklórico.

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DAY FOUR: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30th: B & L included

8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel (included)

Breakfast included at the hotel whenever you wake up :) We recommend eating early or very light since we will be stuffing our faces a bit on today’s food tour!

10:30 am Pickup at the hotel.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Walking Food Tour of Mercado Jamaica

Mercado Jamaica is a bustling market and one of the principal ones in the city for fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants in the city. On this tour, you’ll learn about the area’s history and will also try many of Mexico’s unique ingredients and flavors that make their cuisine so tasty and unparalleled.

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Stop at the artisanal market La Ciudadela

We’ll stop at the artisanal market La Ciudadela, which will be the perfect opportunity to do shop shopping as this market is home to many artisan crafts as well as everyday items. If you are looking for textiles, pottery, woodworks, art, jewelry, chocolate, coffee or pretty much anything you’re likely to find it here! If you're not as much of a shopper, have no fear, our favorite coffee shop/mezcaleria is tucked inside this market so pull up a seat for some coffee, chocolate, or mezcal. If you are feeling adventurous you can even get a beverage that has all three!

8:00 - 9:30 pm: Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling Show or Soccer Game

For those looking to live a more local experience, we will hit a stadium to catch either a soccer game or watch México’s famous Lucha Libre wrestling show, depending on availability. While Lucha Libra is a bit hokey, this is an iconic part of modern-day Mexican culture and fun to check out for a couple of hours while enjoying some cerveza and popcorn ;)

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DAY FIVE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st: B, L & D included

8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel (included)

9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Guided Tour of the Teotihuacán Pyramids:

We will spend the morning once again with Daniel to explore the famed site of Teotihuacán, whose original builders remain a mystery. This complex of majestic temples is known for its two massive pyramids that are commonly referred to as the Pirámide del Sol (Pyramid of the Sun) and Pirámide de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon). On our tour of this important archaeological site, we will dive deeper into Mexico City’s history and civilization prior to the Spanish invasion and how it relates to the rest of México and other Mesoamerican countries.

1:30pm - 2:30 pm: Lunch (included)

After burning off some calories under the sun at Teotihuacán we will grab a tasty lunch nearby before returning to the city!

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Drive back & visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

We will begin our ride back to the city center, but first, we will make a stop at the Basilica! The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a Roman Catholic church, basilica, and the national shrine of Mexico. Located in the north of Mexico City, the Basilica houses the cloak containing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The grounds alone are beautiful and photo-worthy, and Mexico’s strong ties to Catholicism, and primarily to the Virgin Mary, are also fascinating, making this stop well worth it! Once back at the hotel, everybody can enjoy a free evening to rest or explore and enjoy the city on your own! If you want to have dinner or plan an activity with your tour leaders they are happy to hang out with you or provide recommendations for things to do independently if you prefer!

9:00 pm - 1:00 am: Dinner at Huset (included) & New Year’s Eve Festivities!

Dinner and walk through Avenida Reforma and Angel de la Independencia enjoying the music and joy of a New Year!

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DAY SIX: FRIDAY, JANUARY 1st: B included

8:00 am: Breakfast (included) and free day

Whenever you arise from last night’s festivities, grab some breakfast, and then enjoy a free day for rest, relaxation, and recuperation or independent exploration. We are more than happy to accompany you as well if you’d like and we can break up into smaller groups if there are people wanting to check out different things during their time in CDMX. Keep in mind that many things may be closed since it’s the 1st, so we encourage you to take this day to chill out and explore neighborhoods such as La Condesa and La Roma. We are happy to put together a laid back walking tour of these areas for whoever is interested (included) if you’d like more structure in your day!

7:00 pm: Optional Group dinner (not included)

9:30 pm - 1:00 am: Salsa Music & Dancing (optional, not included)

Join us for an evening of Salsa Music & Dancing at Mama Rumba!

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DAY SEVEN: SATURDAY, JANUARY 2nd: B, L & D included

8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel (included)

10:00 - 2:00 pm: Walking Tour of Centro Histórico and lunch (included)

On our walking tour of the Historic Center, our fabulous local guide, Daniel will lead us through one of CDMX’s most iconic areas. Here we will check out some of the most fascinating points such as the Zocálo, Templo Mayor (Aztec temple), the Cathedral, a street dedicated solely to weddings and quinceañera gowns, a three-story bakery, the Palacio Nacional (awesome Diego Rivera mural inside), the gorgeous golden post office and mucho más!

5:00 pm: Dinner at Roldán (included)

We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and cooking demonstration at Roldán 37 prepared by Chef Rómulo Mendoza in his family’s beautiful historic home!

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DAY EIGHT: SUNDAY, JANUARY 3rd: B & D included

8:00 am: Breakfast (included) and free day

10:00 am: Visit to M.A. Studio

M.A is a project that combines artistic creations with artisanal methods. Based in Mexico City but with production seasons in different communities of Mexico, it is inspired by traditions, the autochthonous, native beliefs, and local knowledge. We will visit the studio to learn more about this project, the artisans, and how we can support this grassroots movement.

12:00 - 7:00 pm: Free time to check out any museums or points of interest we haven’t made it to yet. Mexico City is full of amazing museums, buildings, and other points of interest and while we will visit a lot of them together we wanted to leave a day open for people to do their own thin if desired.

We will provide you with a list of recommended options and are happy to accompany you or point you in the right direction. High on our list would be the Anthropology Museum as well as the Modern Art Museum which are close by each other near the Chapultepec Castle. Another good option would be heading back down to the Historic Center where there is a cluster of museums as well!

7:30 pm: Farewell Dinner at Fonda Fina (included)

We will celebrate the end of another incredible adventure with Heart of Travel and our Mexico City team by enjoying a fun meal together!

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DAY NINE: MONDAY, JANUARY 4th: B included

8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel (included) and departure

Enjoy breakfast before you depart from the hotel to the airport to catch your international flight home. Your guides will come to give you an “abrazo” goodbye and make sure you get picked up safely and on time for your fight!

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