On this culinary adventure, immerse yourself in the complex cultural identity of Mexico City, where pre-Hispanic, colonial, and contemporary influences collide. We’ll explore mouthwatering local gastronomy, celebrating the harmony as well as the dissonance that define this layered city, which thrums with the activity of a large population of regional migrants and modern transplants alike. Together, we’ll experience moments when the city’s numerous identities are expressed and aligned perfectly—for instance, enjoying a street snack of tacos al pastor while taking in a hidden Diego Rivera mural. But we’ll also be looking for the fractures, zooming in on specific influences: a heady Aztec brew, or a colonial-era mole recipe, or the unique, pre-Hispanic floating farms still in use today. We’ll be sure to also head out of the center city in an attempt to isolate and better understand these culinary traditions with a visit to the floating boats and green oasis of Xochimilco.From street food to contemporary Mexican dining trends, traditional restaurants to meals in local homes, our focus throughout the trip will be food and the people who make it. On the periphery of our taste buds will be the history, art, architecture, landscape, agriculture, and street life that brings everything together.INTRODUCING OUR PARTNER: CULINARY BACKSTREETS
Atlas Obscura has partnered closely with Culinary Backstreets to create and curate this unique experience. Culinary Backstreets is a global guide to local eats that publishes restaurant reviews and features on local culinary culture. They bring these stories to life on culinary tours and special events, offered in 12 cities around the world, and have extensive international experience with all things gastronomical.
For flights in and out of Mexico City International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez), we suggest you arrive anytime before 3 p.m. on October 30 and depart anytime after 6 p.m. on November 3. We are happy to book you extra nights at the group's hotel and provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 2 to 4 miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Keep in mind that Mexico City is a bustling and crowded place!
Yes, definitely! We are able to accommodate vegetarians as long as you give us a heads up.