It feels like Mexico City (also known as Distrito Federal or DF) is going through a major moment, and due to the many inquiries we have had we've organized a trip so you can see some of the best it has to offer. Mexico City is one of the "to go" places right now where the street food is incredible, the restaurants hip and the sights and sounds amazing!
Then there’s the art scene, where it’s no longer just about iconic 20th-century artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, but about new, world-class art institutions like the Soumaya, and the Museo Jumex that have both landed there in the last five years.
We will dine at some of the city's most recommended restaurants, tour the markets + learn about the architecture and food culture (think handmade blue-corn tortillas, flor de calabaza - squash blossoms and amazing tacos + moles) with a guide and take part in a hand's-on craft workshop to learn to make Catrinas from a local artisan.
Your group will head out on a Mezcal Tour (with antojitos) with one of the city's best instructors - Carlota de Garay Montoya, editor in chief of Apasionado Magazine a publication about tequila and mezcal. Carlota is a Master Sommelier from La Academia Mexicana del Tequila y Mezcal.
If you thought of extending your trip Mexico City is located in the center of the country, with many great towns accessible by bus. Good day trips include: Cuernavaca, Puebla, Valle de Bravo, Taxco, San Miguel de Allende, and Tepoztlán.
...as always there will be free time for you to explore on your own. We think that's important!
The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and will be there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.
They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration.
*Rooms are shared with one other person.
This Ace Camp is limited to 10 people.
Fee: $1895.00 USD - airfare is not included
Deposit: $1000.00 USD - due when place in workshop is confirmed
Final Payment: $895.00 USD due April 15, 2016
COLONIA ROMA – the cool-right-now neighbourhood. Calle Colima – once home to numerous undertakers, now you'll find the city's edgiest clothing, design and antiques. You will also find gorgeous Mexican-designed clothing, accessories, and graphic art. Look for Kong, Sicario and Dime, two blocks over on Alvaro Obregón. Hipsters, artists, and boutique owners have revived this once-bourgeois neighbourhood of Art Nouveau mansions.
CONDESA - Mexico City’s answer to New York’s West Village, shops, restaurants, and apartments radiate out from the Parque México.
COYOACÁN - a colonial township that has been absorbed by the city was named for the coyotes that once roamed around this former village has been home to everyone from Cortés and his Indian mistress La Malinche, to Frida Kahlo, Leon Trotsky, and Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz. Cobblestone and quaint, this area is a favorite with Mexican families for a traditional Sunday stroll and has maintained its bohemian flavor.
This wonderful bed and breakfast located in Condesa is a great place to spend your time in Mexico City. The staff, especially Victor and Ernesto, are extremely helpful and friendly and have suggestions for site recommendations, safe taxis and a list of local eateries. The hotel is located in one of the best neighbourhoods, which is full of great restaurants, shopping, galleries and very close to the underground metro.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO?
Arrival at MEX (Benito Juárez International Airport) is surprisingly easy. Once you leave the secure area, after clearing immigration and customs, there are a number of authorized taxi companies with service desks located within the airport. Their rates and services are all similar but ‘Excelencia’ and ‘Nueva Imagen’ were recommended to us by a local and we have used both without any issues or complaints. Flat-rate airport transfers to the center (Condesa, Roma, Zona Rosa, Reforma) are around $15 US with the authorized airport taxis.
Mexico is a year-round destination with little variation in temperature through the months. The month of June is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 27°C to 24°C. Light rain gear is recommended as is an umbrella.
Regardless of the season, remember to always carry a light sweater or jacket. On an average day, Mexico City has cool mornings and late evenings (60's) and warm afternoons (high 70's low 80's).
BEST SOUVENIRS FROM D.F.
Milagros (small, religious charms)
Pewter and Ceramic
Victoria Beer Trays
Hammered Copper Pots
Papal Picado - perforated paper flags
Devotional paintings from the twenties to the fifties
Textiles ~ sarapes, huipiles, otomi, carpets
Mexican Palm Baskets
Market bags - woven shopping totes
Dulce de leche/cajeta
Rustic wooden dough bowls
Molcajete - Mexican Stone Mortar and Pestle
...and so much more. We’ll have a shopping list for you.
Day One ~
Make your way to The Red Tree House. We will help you arrange transportation to the hotel after your travel plans have been sent to us.
Welcome Dinner: Temporal ~ a relatively new restaurant with a hip, modern vibe.
Day Two ~
GUIDED FOOD + MARKET SHOPPING TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel
We start with a guided street food tour through Condesa and a tour of Jamaica Market: a traditional flower and food market.
Then we will visit the Witchcraft market and learn about the roots of Mexican Culture.
After lunch we head to Ciudadela Market: the most famous craft market filled with traditional crafts from all over Mexico. Refuel after a shopping session with ice-cold beer cocktails, or micheladas.
Day Three ~
GUIDED ARCHITECTURAL TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel
Guided tour through the Luis Barragan House
A walking tour with expert architect through 3 historic neighbourhoods learning about Mexican architecture.
Lunch in Colonia Roma (TBD)
After lunch we will experience a 2 hour Mezcal tasting workshop with a mezcal expert who will guide us through the world of mezcal, the origin, different varieties, aromas - with a selection of mexican tapas " antojitos"
Rest of afternoon and evening is free for you to explore.
OPTIONAL: A Luchas Libre evening with a guide. Let's do this! Hilarious and fun.
Day Four ~
GUIDED TOUR - A DAY IN COYOCAN
Breakfast at the hotel
Pick up and drive to Coyoacan - the neighbourhood is filled with colourful colonial homes, cafés, shops, markets, and cobblestone streets where we start our walking tour of San Juan Bautista Church and Casa Frida Kahlo.
Explore Coyoacan Market and enjoy lunch at the famous Tostados de Coyoacan.
To finish off the day we head to Bazaar del Sabado (a Saturday market) and shop for arts and crafts in San Angel neighbourhood
Day Five ~
Breakfast at the hotel
A 6 hour hands on craft workshop taught by local artisans.
Our craft workshop includes hands on process of decorating and outfitting a small Catrina character.
La Catrina has become the referential image of Death in Mexico, it is common to see her embodied as part of the celebrations of Day of the Dead throughout the country; she has become a motive for the creation of handcrafts made from clay or other materials, her representations may vary, as well as the hat. While the original work by Posada introduced the character, the popularity of La Calavera Catrina as well as her name is derived from a work by artist Diego Rivera in his 1948 work Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central.
Lunch at TBD
Afternoon free to explore
Dinner: On your own
Day Six ~
Check out of hotel.
There will be no refunds for this trip - please know you can make it before your registration.