Mexico small group holiday, a food adventure

“A nine day, small group holiday, travelling through some of Mexico’s most fabulous foodie cities and discovering the most delectable aspects of Mexican culture. ”

Highlights

Mexico city | Puebla | Lucha Libre' performance | Famous food markets of Oaxaca | Mazunte | Ecolodge stay on Pacific coast

Description of Mexico small group holiday, a food adventure

This nine day Mexico small group holiday is not only a journey around some of Mexico’s finest cities but also a delicious food adventure. Because so much of Mexican culture revolves around food, and drink of course.

Starting in Mexico City, we feast from morning until night, from breakfast bakeries, to taco street food to mezcal bars. While leaving you plenty of time to explore the archaeological and architectural gems of this great city at your own pace. From the main capital city to Puebla, which is considered the foodie capital by many, and which you will discover on a culinary tour that allows us to gorge on dishes that have both Spanish and pre-Hispanic influences. Puebla is also a very beautiful town with its snow-capped mountainous backdrop and UNESCO city centre.

UNESCO may, however, consider our next stop of Oaxaca first for food, as it has officially listed and protected its cuisine with World Heritage status, describing it as ‘intangible cultural heritage’. You can, however, touch and taste plenty of it here, because whether you are a cheese or chocoholic, or indeed carnivore, Oaxaca is sizzling when it comes to that all important sense of taste.

Mexico’s weather is also sizzling, and so beach time is a must here, and we spend a couple of our final days in Mazunte, on the Pacific coast where you can chill and chow down, with no shortage of ceviche and cerveza.
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Food Adventures

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what makes a Food Adventure different?
Our focus on these trips is exploring our destination through regional specialities, eating where the locals eat, learning to cook traditional dishes and refreshing your palate with the local tipple! Our usual grass roots style of travel is still very much in evidence and you'll still get to explore a region's highlights as well as more out of the way places under the guidance of your group leader, but there will be a lot of focus on the unique flavours of the region you are visiting.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mexico small group holiday, a food adventure

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment

We take care to use local transport throughout and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This tour will lead you on a cultural and culinary journey with countless opportunities to interact with the locals and learn their gourmet secrets, from the vibrant Abastos Markets where you will sample the distinct Oaxaca regional specialities with the stallholders to sharing a glass of Mezcal with the locals in the Mezcal bars of Mexico City. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses. We encourage our travellers to reduce their excess waste using a reduce, re-use and recycle policy. We also in avoidance of animal cruelty never visit places known to use cruel practices in rearing and/or slaughtering of livestock. We also make sure that foods from the endangered species list are not served on the trip.

As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

We are proud to be a carbon neutral company. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. Through these schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travellers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

We invest in internationally accredited offset projects that are based in our biggest destinations. These projects not only offset our emissions but they also improve the environment of the local communities by providing an alternative to fossil fuels and therefore produce less pollution.
Our current project is the Alize Çamseki wind farm in Turkey. The wind turbines produce approximately 82,000 MWh of electricity annually and in doing so prevents 52,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere each year.

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“On this trip we definitely saw the proper Mexico and met lots of local people. I’m not really into museums and things like that, so because the trip was mostly about food and Mexican culture, I found it to be really good.”

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Going to local markets and learning and tasting about different foods.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Turn up with a smile and a positive attitude and everything will be fine

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes going to local establishments really helped the local economy

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


11/10 had a fantastic time with great people who were all travelling alone

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This was a food trip, and the food was fantastic. Our great guide, Fernando, took us to street food, markets, and restaurants--more than I expected. The cities of Puebla and Oaxaca are beautiful. For me high points were the markets and Monte Alban.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1) Check the exact date you are going. We happened to be on the one trip that started at a different hotel, and there was confusion.
2) Now there is an overnight bus from Oaxaca to Zipolite (apparently soon there will be a better road). When the guide says take the motion sickness medicine, do!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It did benefit local people by our staying at hotels, eating, and buying things. Most tourism creates some environmental impact--don't know the tradeoff about this trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great! I hadn't been to Mexico before (not counting a few days in Cabo) so it was all fascinating. I liked having the focus on food--we tried so many different things, all delicious. There was generally a good balance between group time and free time. The hotels varied in quality, but fortunately went up the scale as we went. The bus system was so good and really more enjoyable than a private van.

The one disappointment was Mitla--the guide wasn't very good. I would suggest
switching to a good tour of Monte Alban and having the free time where the Mitla trip was, or else another guide.

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