July 9 – 17, 2022
Mexico Real Food Adventure
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All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.
Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 12 passengers.
Desired pick-up location is not guaranteed until passenger minimums are met.
*Airfare is currently not included in the price of the trip. Airfare will be added when rates and schedules become available and may have a payment and cancellation schedule that is different from the land tour.
- Free parking with roundtrip transfers to a local International Airport*
- Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel
- Eight night hotel accommodations
- Sightseeing as stated in itinerary
- Services of a Professional Club Adventures Local Leader
- Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- Mexico City
- Mercado Benito Juarez
- Cooking Class in Huatulco
Saturday, July 9: Depart for Mexico
Motorcoach from Central PA to a local International Airport for a flight to Mexico City.
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico City. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting where you’ll meet your tour leader. This evening your leader will take you on a ‘taco crawl’ around town. You’ll taste Mexico City’s delicious street food staple, tacos al pastor, among others. Along the way you’ll stop in for a sip of mezcal at one of the many venues that continue to pop up all around Mexico City. Hotel: Ibis Styles Zona Rosa, Mexico City (Dinner)
Sunday, July 10: Mexico City
Indulge in a sweet morning with a visit to a local Churreria, making Mexico’s signature cinnamon dusted fried dough churros. Then enjoy a visit to a Mexico City institution: a two-story bakery brimming with cakes, breads and biscuits, followed by a walking tour of Mexico City’s Centro Historico. Along the way you’ll visit Mercado San Juan, the city’s main food market, then roam the surrounding streets and watch local vendors at work. Later, pull up a chair at one of the best seafood stands in the city for a late lunch. The rest of your day is free for your own exploration. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Monday, July 11: Mexico City & Puebla
Catch a local bus (with group and leader) to Puebla, Mexico’s culinary capital. The city is renowned for dishes which combine Spanish and pre-hispanic influences. Venture out on a culinary city tour. Start with some Puebloan street food before making a beeline for Calle de los Dulces (Sweet Street) to sample totitas de Santa Clara and camotes. If you want an adrenaline filled night, why not check out the much-loved and very colorful Lucha Libre wrestling this evening, a unique combination of sport and theatre! (this is an optional activity) Hotel: Hotel Los Leones, Puebla (Lunch)
Tuesday, July 12: Puebla & Oaxaca
This morning you will have free time to explore Puebla, and perhaps enjoy a few more chalupas, before catching a local bus (with group and leader) to Oaxaca (approximately 4-6 hours depending on traffic), a beautiful colonial city nicknamed the “land of the seven moles”. Visit the fabulous mercado Benito Juarez, a bountiful market taking up a full city block and brimming with produce, mole spices, pastes, and towers of Oaxacan cheese. Chocoholics won’t want to miss a trip down to the shops on Calle Mina for a taste of real Oaxaca chocolate. It’s no wonder it’s seen as the food of the gods! For dinner, you’ll dine at a traditional local restaurant featuring regional specialties. Hotel: Oaxaca Real, Oaxaca (Breakfast, Dinner)
Wednesday, July 13: Oaxaca
Partake in a traditional breakfast of chocolate, tamales and pan de yemas. Your afternoon is free to explore Oaxaca’s many culinary delights, such as the local specialty chapulines (grasshoppers)! Alternatively, you can visit the archaeological site of Monte Alban, an outstanding example of a pre-Columbian ceremonial center. The terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Alban were carved out of the mountain. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Thursday, July 14: Oaxaca
Today you will venture out of Oaxaca for an insight into regional life. Visit Mercado Tlacolula, one of the oldest markets in Mesoamerica. This is a unique opportunity to witness the ancient Zapotec cultural traditions of dress, cuisine and language, as the community gathers together from neighboring villages. Indulge in a meal of Oaxacan barbacoa, then head to the ancient ruins of Mitla. On the way back to Oaxaca, stop into a mezcal distillery. Although this tequila-like drop is experiencing a resurgence in popularity all over Mexico, it is largely produced in Oaxaca. It’s generally enjoyed straight-up, so it’s not for the faint-hearted! (Breakfast)
Friday, July 15: Oaxaca & Huatulco
Board a morning bus for the long but scenic drive to Huatulco (approximately 9 hours). We will stop at a local village for lunch along the way. This is your chance to relax and unwind, as this town belongs to one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Hotel: Hotel Xestal, Huatulco (Breakfast)
Saturday, July 16: Huatulco
Try you skill at a cooking class and feast on your creations in a traditional meal celebrating the bounty of the Costa region of Oaxaca. After savoring these traditional coastal dishes, head out on a boating expedition. If you’re lucky you might spot turtles, stingrays or even dolphins. The rest of the day is free for you to explore or simply relax by the water. Perhaps make a toast to the end of your adventure with a glass of mezcal by the ocean. (Lunch, Dinner)
Sunday, July 17: Depart for USA
Your adventure ends today with an included transfer to the Huatulco Airport for your flight home and transportation back to Central PA.
Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.
Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.
Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s) is required for this tour.
A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by April 25, 2022.
Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100
Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...
From Deposit date - May 10, 2022 - $400 per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From May 11 - 25, 2022 - 50% of amounts paid, in addition to the $400 per person
After May 25, 2022 - NON-REFUNDABLE
*Airfare cancellation schedule will be advised after airfare has been added to the package (airfare is not currently included in the price of the tour)
Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases the names to the airline(s) 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights may contain code share agreements.
For your protection, Club Adventures requires proof of travel insurance with ample coverage in order to travel on this trip (not included in the price of the trip). Please see your AAA travel professional for specific coverage requirements and information. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask you travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.
Temperatures for Mexico in July average in the 80s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.
One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat and on the local buses. Baggage fees are not included in the cost of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing needed assistance.
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