Go beyond the usual tourist bus experience on this tour that takes you out of Mexico City to see Teotihuacan pyramids and more.
- Marvel at the many treasures of Latin America as you browse the stalls at Medellín market and chat with stallholders about their lives, their products, and their love for Mexico City.
- Wander around Colonia Roma, one of the hippest neighborhoods in the city, and try some of the best churros you’ve ever had in your life.
- Discover the work of Mexican artists and artisans as we visit galleries and stores in the city’s most artsy neighborhoods.
- Taste a delicious variety of local food, including Mexican vegan dishes, oysters, mezcal, and wine.
- Visit a hidden gem that’s missed by most tourists, and discover a magical lost world of Latin American decorative arts.
- Adult Ages 18+
The Hidden Side of This Amazing City!
Seven-hundred-year-old Mexico City is transforming itself into a vibrant, hip destination for artists, restaurants, and businesses, but it never forgets its past. With your Urban Adventures guide and an itinerary inspired by the New York Times, spend a day immersed in Mexican culture, markets, and cuisine with exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to our favorite designer workshops, concept stores, and food joints.
New York Times Exclusives:
- Behind-the-Scenes Access: Go behind the scenes at designer Carla Fernández’s workshop and laboratory, watch her team create clothes for her collections, and learn about the significant social impact of her designs.
- Hands-on Element: Shake up your own original mezcal and avocado cocktail at a famed mezcalería that’s forever pushing culinary boundaries with its Mexican products.
- Local Interaction: Enjoy lunch with the volunteers at Huerto Roma Verde Community Garden and be inspired by its transformation from a seedy neighborhood hangout to a multi-functional community space that’s become a symbol for environmental and social hope in the city.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, entrance fee to Franz Mayer Museum, Metrobus fare, vegan ceviche or a sandwich paired with fresh fruit water at Huerto Verde, ice cream at Helados Palmeiro, coffee and/or hot chocolate and a churro at Churreria el Moro, avocado and mezcal cocktail, sample of Mexican oysters, and Mexican wine.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Allow us to introduce you to the Franz Mayer Museum, an often overlooked Mexico City attraction that quietly displays the largest collection of decorative arts in Latin America. Located in a former monastery and hospital building, its extensive collection spans three centuries. Learn about the museum’s origins as your guide directs you towards its most significant pieces. On the second floor, we admire one of our favorite objects, a 17th-century screen that depicts the chaos of the Spanish conquest on one side and an idealized version of the pristine Mexico City that rose from the ashes on the other.
Ethical fashion is next on our agenda. Carla Fernández is an exciting contemporary designer who uses indigenous textiles and themes in her clothing designs. The team here travels throughout Mexico meeting artisans who specialize in handmade textiles, learning from them and utilizing their centuries-old indigenous techniques, preserving them for future generations to enjoy. Carla’s studio is not usually open to the public, but you are granted exclusive access to find out more about this inspirational fashion house.
Lose your fear of navigating Mexico City’s chaotic streets by hopping on the Metrobus with us. We stop for lunch at Huerto Roma Verde, a funky community garden that grew out of a neighborhood ruined by the devastating 1985 earthquake. In a city as crowded as this, the garden focuses on sustainability and innovation through research and participation and is a wonderful example of turning blight into beauty. We talk to some of the volunteers and see for ourselves the need for green spaces among the cement jungle.
Next, we visit Mercado Medellín (officially known as Mercado Melchor Ocampo). This bustling market may be small, but it’s jam-packed with mouth-watering products from Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Peru, and other Latin American countries. The exotic fruits and desserts are particularly popular, but we are here for the ice cream! We seek out Eugenio, a molecular biologist from Havana who, luckily for us, has turned his scientific thinking to ice cream. If you’re lucky, he might be the one serving. His top seller is nata, made from the cream that rises to the top of buttermilk, but there are plenty of options to choose from. If we have time, we make a quick stop to sample a beloved Latin American cocktail too.
We go from the traditional Mercado Medellín to the modern Mercado Roma, now Mexico City’s premier foodie destination. This neighborhood, Colonia Roma, is affectionately referred to by the locals as the “Magical Neighborhood” because of its delightful array of restaurants, bars, cantinas and breweries. Among the beer, street food, sauces, wine, and chocolate you can pick up at the market is Churreria el Moro, one of the oldest and most famous churrerías in all of Mexico. Here we grab a cup of coffee or chocolate and a hot churro (we may have to stand in line for a bit, but it’s totally worth it!).
As we munch on our churros, we stroll through the streets, stopping in at galleries and stores selling furniture, art, and old crafts. We make our way toward the shop of David Pompa, where once again indigenous crafts are incorporated in innovative ways into contemporary fashion. Then, at Fábrica Social, a social enterprise that supports the work of female artisans, we learn more about traditional Mexican artistry and sewing techniques.
Mezcal and the avocado are the international culinary stars of Mexican cuisine; drinks and dishes featuring these products have spread worldwide. We taste them both at El Traspatio. Their mezcal experts teach you how to make a delicious cocktail that incorporates both mezcal and avocado (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!).
Our final stop takes us a couple of blocks away to La Docena, a restaurant owned by a group of friends from the state of Guadalajara. They own a vineyard in Baja whose brands are becoming well known in Mexico and beyond. We taste the white or rosé (the barrel-aged white wine is likely to please even red wine lovers), alongside some superb Mexican seafood. Ask the oyster experts here about the flavors, sizes, seasons, and types of oysters available in Mexico and sample the catch of the day, wine in hand.
Please note that this tour includes approximately 9 kilometers of walking distance, spread out over 6 – 7 hours.
New York Times Reading List:
- My Mexico City Is Everyone’s Now
- From Pyramids to Chocolate, Mexico City Through the Eyes of Children
- Eduardo García’s Path: Migrant Worker, Convict, Deportee, Star Chef
- Retired From the Brutal Streets of Mexico, Sex Workers Find a Haven
- Grazing an Entire Country at a Mexico City Market
- Escaping Mexico City’s Hustle Within City Limits
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Dress standard: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a raincoat or umbrella in case of rain. Note that this tour includes approximately 9 kilometers of walking distance, so comfortable shoes are a must!
Your trip: For your New York Times Journey/Urban Adventure, you are in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. See you at the meeting point! Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: Travelers under 18 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do so in the “Additional information” box at checkout, or by emailing us at [email protected].
Mr. Amaël Cognacq C. from Japan travelled on 23 Feb 2019:
Excellent tour with Rodrigo
Mrs. Marilyn R. from USA travelled on 27 Jan 2019:
Loved it! Like enthusiastic friends showing off favorite parts of their city. Seeing behind the scene at the designer’s workshop was intriguing. Great cocktails. Fun day.
Mr. John H. from USA travelled on 26 Jan 2019:
Ron was extremely well prepared, informative and both personal and personable.
Mr. Paul S. from USA travelled on 20 Nov 2018:
Guide was enthusiastic and helpful. We enjoyed the tour…but the two fashion stops were odd. We enjoyed the discussion of different ways to bring native artisans into the process. But we also felt awkward not buying anything. I doubt UA or the NYT wants to resemble the classic guide who rounds up retail customers. So perhaps this is worth re-thinking.