EXPLORE MEXICO CITY | LEARN ABOUT THE FOOD, Frida + Barragán, Shopping the markets, COOKING CACTUS! and colourful local culture
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO | AUGUST 22 - 27, 2018
It feels like Mexico City (also known as Distrito Federal, DF or CDMX) is going through a major moment, the culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. Mexico City is one of the "go to" places right now where the street food is incredible, the restaurants hip and the sights and sounds amazing!
There's good reason that Mexico City has been named the World Design Capital of 2018, with Old-school cantinas, intriguing museums, inspired dining and an array of art from 20th-century icons like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, but also new, world-class art institutions like the Soumaya, and the Museo Jumex, this city has just about everything and we hope to show you the best!
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), learn all about Cactus on a farm tour, discover the secrets to making the best tamales and mole, and take part in a hand's-on Jewellery making workshop with a local Designer.
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.
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.
This Ace Camp includes:
- 5 nights* (based on shared occupancy)
- 5 breakfasts
- 4 lunches
- 3 dinners
- A visit through the home of Luis Barragan and a visit to La Casa Azul—also known as the Frida Kahlo Museum (guided)
- A Shopping + Markets Tour (guided)
- A Culinary Adventure to a Cactus Farm
- Cooking class
- A Traditional Mexico Craft Workshop with a local artisan
- All transportation during tours and to restaurants
- All admissions to sites during the tours
- Tips for guides, hotel staff + drivers
*Rooms are shared with one other person.
Fee: $1995.00 USD - airfare is not included
Deposit: $1000.00 USD - due when place in workshop is confirmed
Final Payment: $995.00 USD due June15, 2018
Payment in USD
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.
WHERE WE'RE STAYING:
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?
- Shop: Lemon Chic, Roma Quince, Mercado Lagunilla to name a few.
- Museo de Arte Popular: Housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco building in the Centro Histórico, this museum is home to Mexican folk handicrafts and textiles from around the country.
- Desierto de los Leones - The complex is remarkable for its pristine flower-filled courtyards and gardens, and it is eerily tranquil inside the monastery.
- Zapata Museum: a collection of memorabilia from the Mexican Revolution. Outside the convent are food stands and restaurants offering tasty traditional food at very reasonable prices.
- Museo del Juguete Antiguo: Japanese-Mexican architect Roberto Shimizu began collecting toys in 1955.
- Museo Nacional de Antropología: Among the pre-Columbian treasures housed here is the Piedra del Sol, a stone disk whose carvings reveal the cosmological sophistication of Aztec beliefs.
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.
Cactus Farm + Tortilla Making
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 ~ 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.
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.
Dinner: Merkava - A new Israeli restaurant from chefs Daniel Ovadia + Salvador Orozco
Day Three ~
TOUR CACTUS FARM + COOKING CLASSES
Early Breakfast at the hotel
The group will travel by private van to the district of Milpa Alta for a full day learning about food and farm life.
We will visit a renowned Cactus farm, learn to pick, clean and cook with Cactus. Enjoy Mexican coffee, brewed with wood in the field. We will also learn about corn and how it is used in Mexican cooking, try your hand at making nixtamal mix for the morrillos dough followed by hand making tortillas, and enjoying them with special sauces.
After this you'll have a tamales workshop! where you will learn how to make this traditional dish. Finally we'll visit a family-run mole business. This small business is very famous in this region as they have been making some of the tastiest mole for over 40 years. You will learn all about this dish and how it is prepared, then dine on cactus and mint tostadas, mole with chicken, rice, + amaranth candy.
Return to hotel late afternoon/early evening depending on traffic, Dinner on your own
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 ~
CRAFT WORKSHOP + BARRAGAN HOUSE TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel
Morning Craft workshop with local textile designer Andrea Alfaro creating beaded style bracelets
After your workshop you will take a guided tour through the Luis Barragan House
Afternoon free to explore - your guide can give you ideas of places to visit today, and we can recommend a visit to the Museo de Arts Popular
Dinner: On your own
Day Six ~
Breakfast at the hotel
Check out of hotel and say our final goodbyes.
There will be no refunds for this trip - please know you can make it before your registration.