Mexico City Cultural Tour

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 2020  April 10 to 18

A Gay Travel Mexico Cultural Tour

Physical Challenge:

Mexico City is the largest metropolis in the Western Hemisphere and is brimming with rich culture and awe-inspiring architecture. It can be hard to experience it all in one trip, so we’ve lined up plenty of big and hidden gems. We’ll visit ancient pyramids, take walks through interesting neighborhoods, enjoy a wide variety of arts, and have delicious food and drinks along the way.

$5098

  • Marvel at the ancient Pyramids of Teotihuacan
  • Explore the 20th century home of Frida Kahlo
  • View Count del Valle Palace
  • Visit the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco
  • Eat at authentic Mexican restaurants
  • Listen to live music and dance at Zocalo
  • Discover the elaborate art styles made by local people

This cultural tour of Mexico City and Puebla reveals the beauty and culture of the area. We will have the opportunity to experience the ancient Pyramids of Teotihuacan first hand. Learn about local art through the plethora of museums spotted throughout the region. See a variety of architectural styles of homes, palaces, and churches. This tour is overflowing with culture in and around Mexico City.

We’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the hidden gems of the area. We will walk through interesting neighborhoods, eat at some of the most delicious restaurants, including food from an authentic private home. This tour will delight all the senses and submerse you in culture.

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Day 1:  Mexico City, “The City of Palaces”

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Welcome to Mexico City, the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere. Grab your bags and enjoy your transfer to our hotel. To celebrate our arrival, we’ll enjoy a welcome drink at a nearby restaurant which overlooks the Cathedral and National Palace. After that, we will have our welcome dinner at the Terrace of the Grand Hotel, a dining experience that beautifully entwines both indoor and outdoor atmospheric elements.

 

Day 2: 20th Century Mexican Architecture

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We’ll start our day with a walking tour through the Coyoacan neighborhood and end up at Frida Kahlo’s home, the Casa Azul, where the Frida lived the majority of her life. The Casa Azul (Blue House) is both a look into the life of Frida Kahlo and a testament to the beauty of early 20th Century Mexican architecture. Next, we will follow this with the Saturday Art Market, El Bazaar Sabado, in San Angel, where we’ll see stall after stall of handmade jewelry, textiles, crafts, and accessories. After we grab some lunch, we’ll enjoy a boat ride, drinks and mariachi music at another World Heritage site, the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco. In the evening, you’ll have the opportunity to dine at your leisure.

 

Day 3: Pyramids of Teotihuacan

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First, on the list today is a visit to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, a World Heritage Site and an enormous archaeological complex. We will marvel at the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and even see how families lived around the time of 100 BC. After the pyramids, we will have a traditional lunch served in a private home and then head to the Shrine of Guadalupe. The Shrine is located in the Basilica of Guadalupe and is an important pilgrimage site and one of the most frequented churches in the world. Then this evening, enjoy a stroll through entertaining pedestrian walkways. Tonight we will dine at a tasty rustic restaurant.

 

Day 4: Mexico City to Puebla, “The City of Angels”

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Today, we’ll see an early morning as we head to Puebla. We will make a stop for breakfast and then enjoy a visit to a Talavera workshop, followed by a walking tour of downtown. Lunch today will be at a lively café in the town square. We’ll check into our hotel in the Centro Historico District, then take a walking tour of Puebla. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to visit markets with antiques, crafts, and tianguis. We’ll then take a culinary tasting tour of the local market.

 

Day 5: Puebla and The Great Pyramid of Cholula

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This morning, we will visit the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the largest pyramid constructed in the world. Next, we will visit two baroque churches: San Francisco Acatepec and Santa Maria Tonanzintla, then pause for a delicious lunch. Then we will enjoy the Amparo Museum, followed by the Rosary Chapel and the Church of Santo Domingo. To conclude the day, we will experience live music and dinner at the La Casa del Mendrugo, where you can see a unique skull and other interesting art.

 

Day 6: Puebla to Tlaxcala to Mexico City

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Today we will make our way from Puebla to Tlaxcala, the capital of the state of the same name, and the smallest state in Mexico. This area is rich in tradition, history and colonial architecture. It happens to be surrounded by beautiful mountains as well. We will visit the hilltop archeological site of Cacaxtla, built by the Olmec culture around 700 AD. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant and you will have the opportunity to test the “Drink of the Gods” Pulque. After lunch we will continue our journey to Mexico City and the rest of the day will be free.

 

Day 7: Chapultepec Castle – Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art

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Today we will start out by visiting Chapultepec Park. Then we will go to the local Anthropological Museum, to see the world’s largest pre-Columbian relics, artifacts, and art. We’ll enjoy lunch on our own, before heading to Chapultepec Castle, the only castle in North America to have ever housed actual sovereigns. Afterward, we will head to the Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, where you’ll marvel at international contemporary art collections. We’ll finish our day with food and some great atmosphere.

 

Day 8: Count del Valle Palace – Diego River Mural Museum

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We will start today by heading to Count del Valle Palace (House of Tiles), one of the most beautiful pieces of Spanish baroque civil architecture. We’ll then head to the Iturbide Palace and Cultural Museum, once the home of Agustin de Iturbide, who accepted the crown after Mexican independence from Spain. Next, we will visit the Diego Rivera Mural Museum, followed by lunch. A later stop will be the Museum of Popular Art, where you’ll see handcrafted Mexican folk art. After the museum, we’ll head to the Mercado San Juan traditional food market. Here you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the variety and uniqueness of food and atmosphere. Afterward, we’ll have drinks and enjoy our farewell dinner.

 

Day 9: Departure Day

Today we will enjoy one last breakfast together and then take our transfers to the airport.

Price includes: Airport transfers; Accommodations for all nights; All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners; Entrance fees and activities shown; All ground transportation; Services of knowledgeable, full-time, bilingual national guide and HE Travel Tour Director (pending minimum participation). HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.

Not included: Airfare to and from starting and ending points; 3 lunches, 2 dinners; Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel host.

Optional Tour Choices:

$1800 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)

Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.

For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.

This tour starts and ends in Mexico City. We recommend arriving by 2 pm on Day 1 of the tour so you’ll have time to get to the hotel and join our evening reception and Welcome Dinner.

Physical Challenge Level 1

 

To fully enjoy this tour, one should be able to walk on uneven surfaces for extended periods and enjoy outdoor activities.

We will be staying at boutique hotels where possible. Everything is 4-Star or better.

For answers to your additional questions, please email info@hetravel.com or call 305-294-8174


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