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MEXICO: ART & FOOD FROM MEXICO CITY TO OAXACA

A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

A Small-Group Tour

Join us on a cultural adventure from Mexico City to Oaxaca. Led by University of Victoria Hispanic Studies professors, Chrissie Forster and Rosa Stewart, we’ll explore everything from historical sites to fine art museums to open-air markets and everything in-between.  


Travel with us through the history of Mexico from pre-contact to contact and all the way to today through its archaeological sites, writing, architecture, and perhaps most importantly, its food. This Mexico Cultural Tour spans some of the most important cultural and historical destinations in Mexico. Our adventure begins by exploring the incredible metropolis of Mexico City stretching from its Zocalo to Coyoacan, Xochimilco, and the pyramids of Teotihuacan. From CDMX, we continue to the artistic capital of the country, San Miguel de Allende. Known to be one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world, San Miguel is sure to impress visitors with its architecture, cuisine, and cobbled streets.

Puebla is the most Spanish of Mexican cities, with its hundreds of churches and thousands of colonial buildings, many adorned with hand-painted tiles. After Puebla, travel into the remote, rugged sierras and reach the city of Oaxaca. The population in this area is still dominated by Indigenous groups, while the town has many examples of well-preserved colonial architecture, some fine museums, a thriving artistic community, as well as a wonderful climate.

Learn about Mexico’s Art, Food, and Culture on this small group tour. Contact us for more info – [email protected]

MAY 2nd – 20th, 2023

$6125 USD per person

Single Supplement: $2195 USD (single room )

  • 19 nights accommodation in 4-5* hotels
  • All transfers in a private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking local tour guides for sight-seeing
  • Experienced Tour Leaders & University Professors – Chrissie Forster & Rosa Stewart
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned on the itinerary
  • All meals as per itinerary (19B, 5L, 5D)
  • Clean drinking water on the vehicle (bring a reusable bottle like this)
  • All applicable taxes
  • Travelling with UVIC Hispanic Studies Professors Chrissie Forster & Rosa Stewart
  • Exploring the wonders of Mexico City
  • Visiting Teotihuacan Pre-Hispanic City
  • Learning about culinary traditions in Puebla
  • Travelling around Oaxaca and its surroundings
  • Strolling the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende
  • Tasting the delicious, local delicacies in each city we visit 
Mexico City Tour - Luchadores

Day 1 – ARRIVAL TO MEXICO CITY

Bienvenido a Mexico! 

Welcome to beautiful Mexico City. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Mexico City, your home for 7 nights.

A stroll through the buzzing downtown area reveals the capital’s storied history, from pre-Hispanic and colonial-era splendor to its contemporary edge. This high-octane megalopolis contains plenty of escape valves in the way of old-school cantinas, intriguing museums, and inspired dining, and boating excursions along ancient canals. 

  • Meals:-/-/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Zocal Central (or similar)

CDMX - Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 2 – CITY TOUR OF CDMX CENTER

After a delicious breakfast, we head out on a city tour of this incredible city.

With a local expert, we’ll explore the Zocalo, Bellas Artes Museum, Cathedral, National Palace, and the Templo Mayor. 

  • Meals: B/L/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Zocalo Central
Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 3 – CHAPULTEPEC + MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Chapultepec (with Castillo), Museo de Arte Moderno, and the Museum of Anthropology. 

We’ll enjoy dinner together at one of the city’s great cooking schools. 

  • Meals: B/-/D
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Zocalo Central
Xochimilco - Mexico: Art & Food tour

Day 5 – SOUTHERN CDMX TOUR

After breakfast, we depart for the southern part of Mexico City. 

Explore the unique canals of Xochimilco by boat. From here will visit the Dolores Olmedo Museum, UNAM Fachada, and the Contemporary Art Museum. 

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Zocalo Central 
Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 5 – COYOACAN & SAN ANGEL

After breakfast, we head towards the southern part of the city with our local guide to further explore its colourful neighbourhoods such as Coyoacan, San Angel, and the Casa de Diego y Frida. 

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Zocalo Central 
Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 6 – BALLET FORKLORICO

After breakfast, this morning we enjoy a performance of the renowned Mexico City Folkloric Ballet (Ballet Folklorico). For three hours, you’ll be mesmerized by dance choreography from Mexico’s past and present, and you’ll find the onstage energy and dancers in their vibrant costumes infectious.

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Zocalo Central
Teotihuacan - Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 7 – EXPLORING TEOTIHUACAN

This morning we have a guided coach tour to Teotihuacán, about 50 kilometres northeast of Mexico City. Teotihuacán is a pre-Hispanic city, settled as early as 400 BC, but with most of its buildings and temples erected in the first few centuries AD. We will have lunch at La Gruta Restaurant near the pyramids.

  • Meals: B/L/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Zocalo Central
San Miguel de Allende - Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 8 – DEPART CDMX FOR SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

After breakfast, bid farewell to Mexico City.

We depart Mexico City by coach this morning, stopping for lunch in Bernal, and continue to the art haven of San Miguel de Allende for a four-night stay. The remainder of the day free to explore at your leisure. 

  • Meals: B/L/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Doña Urraca (or similar)
Sopa - Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 9 – WALKING TOUR SAN MIGUEL

After breakfast, we enjoy a walking tour of San Miguel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Afternoon is free for you to explore. 

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Doña Urraca (or similar)
Dolores Hidalgo - Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 10 – DOLORES HIDALGO TOUR

After breakfast, we head out on a guided tour to Dolores Hidalgo, the birthplace of Mexican independence. While here, we visit Casa José Alfredo Jiménez, the home of one of the country’s most beloved singers and songwriters, and other sites.

Group dinner this evening.

  • Meals: B/-/D
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Doña Urraca (or similar)
Guanajuato - Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 11 – GUANAJUATO CITY TOUR

After breakfast,  we have a guided tour to beautiful Guanajuato City, once a silver mining town, known for its colonial architecture and colourful houses. We will have a walking tour of the historic old town and visit Casa Diego Rivera.

  • Meals: B/L/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Doña Urraca (or similar)
Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 12 – DEPART SAN MIGUEL FOR PUEBLA

We set out this morning by coach to Puebla, making a short stop in lovely, colourful Cholula, considered the oldest city in America.

The entrance to Santa Maria Tonantzinitia Church is included.

Group dinner this evening

  • Meals: B/-/D
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Casa Reyna 
Cooking Class - Mexico: Art & Food Tour

Day 13 – COOKING CLASS IN PUEBLA

After breakfast, we meet our local guide for a cooking class, where we’ll prepare our own lunch.

This afternoon we have a guided city tour, including a visit to a talavera workshop.

  • Meals: B/L/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Casa Reyna 
Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 14 – PUEBLA TO OAXACA

We depart Puebla by coach this morning and drive to Oaxaca for a five-night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure until our group dinner this evening at Casa Oaxaca el Restaurante.
Meals: B/-/D
Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Hotel de la Parra (or similar)

Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 15 – OAXACA TOUR + BOTANICAL GARDENS

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Oaxaca City, including casa Benito Juárez and the botanical garden.

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Hotel de la Parra (or similar)
Oaxaca Tour - Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 16 – OAXACA SURROUNDINGS

Today, enjoy a guided tour of surrounding villages where we’ll see alebrijes, Oaxacan wood carvings; textiles; black ceramic in San Bartolo Coyotepec; and perhaps have a tasting or two of mezcal.

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Hotel de la Parra (or similar)
Mexico Cultural Tour

Day 17 – VILLAGES + MONTE ALBAN

After breakfast will enjoy a guided tour of nearby villages and Monte Alban Pyramids. 

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Hotel de la Parra (or similar)
Chillies Oaxaca tour

Day 18 – FREE DAY OAXACA

Free day to enjoy beautiful Oaxaca city. 

This evening we will dine together.

  • Meals: B/-/D
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Hotel de la Parra (or similar)

Day 19 – OAXACA TO CDMX

We catch a morning flight to Mexico City and the remainder of the day is free. You may wish to visit the famous Bazaar del Sábado, located within easy walking distance of our hotel.

  • Meals: B/-/-
  • Overnight: double/twin occupancy at Krystal Grand Insurgentes (or similar)

Day 20 – DEPARTURE DAY

Today we bid farewell to beautiful Mexico! 

You’ll be transferred to the airport for your departure. 

If you would like to extend your stay, please let us know. 

  • Meals: B/-/-

Tour Exclusions

  • International and domestic flights (can be arranged through [email protected])
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through
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  • Activities and services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for staff (housekeepers, servers, guides, drivers, etc)
  • All tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff, porters, etc. 
  • Visa and passport fees 
  • Any required Covid-19 testing 

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out in our Booking Terms & Conditions prior to booking a trip with Finisterra Travel LTD. We strongly recommend that you also read the Country Information relating to your trip prior to booking, and ensure that you understand the itinerary and the active style of the trip you are undertaking.

IMPORTANT NOTES

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change. Although we always do our best to stick to the itinerary, due to the ever-changing nature of Morocco, activities, hotels, and visits are subject to change due to forces beyond our control.

AIR TRAVEL: Flights are not included in the tour price. DO NOT purchase any airline tickets until the trip is confirmed to take place. Pre and post-tours can be arranged through available at an additional charge.

PASSPORTS: Must be valid for at least 6 months upon return date to your home country. Proper documentation is the responsibility of each traveller.

VISAS: (responsibility of the traveller)

PROGRAM COSTS: Program costs are based on a minimum number of participants and are subject to change without notice. Single supplement will apply to single travelers (unless a participant opts in for room share and a roommate is found. this cannot be guaranteed).

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Waiver Form

All participants will be required to sign a Waiver Form prior to departure.

CHRISSIE FORSTER

Chrissie Forster first came to Victoria as a Lecturer at the University of Victoria (UVic) in 1998, and has been teaching Spanish Language, Latin American Culture Through Music, and Hispanic Film in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies ever since.  She was born in England and raised mostly in Canada, but she developed a special interest in Argentina during the last year of her secondary education, which she spent at a public school in the Province of Buenos Aires.  After returning to Canada, she completed a Graduate Studies program in Contemporary Latin American Literature in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 

She visits Argentina regularly for professional as well as personal reasons, and she has served as the Academic Resource Advisor and/or On-Site Coordinator for the UVic Division of Continuing Studies’ Travel-Study Programs to Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Spain.

ROSA STEWART

Rosa Stewart teaches in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Victoria. She did her BA in Spanish language and literature with a minor in Latin American Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University and then completed a Masters degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Throughout her time at the university, she has taught language and also courses on the culture of  Mexico and Spain. One of her most popular classes is on Mexican Culture through Food.

Rosa has always loved to travel and for many years, she combined her passion for teaching and travel by leading educational tours to Spain and Latin America. She has also been the on-site coordinator for travel study programs to Cuba, Chile, and Argentina, the Northwest coast of British Columbia and the Southwestern US.

Rosa has also been part of the University of Victoria’s Speakers Bureau, a volunteer group of instructors that give lectures in the community. She has given more than 100 lectures at schools, seniors’ organizations, and service clubs throughout Victoria speaking on the many travels she has taken including talks on Mexico, Spain, Cuba, the Baltic, and the United Kingdom.

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