Woo Hoo! I love Mexico and I want you ladies to see it in the most vibrant way possible! Many people only think of Mexico as a beach like Cancun, full of young American partiers drinking up a storm! Or they think Mexico is just violent drug gangs shooting down the tourists (I have NEVER heard one news story of a tourist being killed by a drug cartel!)
There is a fascinating Mexico waiting for you to explore….central Mexico, busy big cities, charming small ones, and quaint rural towns and amazing scenery. We start our trip by flying into Mexico City. Below is a sample of our itinerary…with more to come (and subject to change on the fly) which should give you an idea of what you will see and do on the trip.
Day One – Sunday Oct 25 – Arrival in Mexico City: We will be staying in the heart of Mexico City so we will be able to visit museums and parks and little restaurants….Mexico City is always a comfortable temperature and Sunday is family day….we will join them out and about. We will have a short day as everyone is just arriving, perhaps a relaxed stroll in the parks and a delicious dinner. But who knows? If everyone is all hyper from being in a new city, we could always go to the arena and see the insane, acrobatic masked Mexican wrestlers do their thing! Not to worry, though, we will be returning to Mexico City later in the trip and will have more time to explore the city in depth.
Day Two – Monday Oct 26 – We will take the bus two hours to the nearby charming colonial city of Puebla. First Class Buses in Mexico are awesome! Super comfortable with air conditioning, bathrooms, and movies.
Day Three – Tuesday Oct 27 – We will take another two hour bus ride (but this time on a “chicken bus” – it is an experience! )to the small city of Tehuacan. This is a city most tourists pass right by which is why we will stop! It is regular Mexico and we will get a real feel for normal life. We can visit a couple of small museums, a beautiful church, and the biosphere reserve nearby which has awesome cacti!.
Day Four – Wednesday Oct 28 – We will probably take another chicken bus (all depends on what we feel like and what is available) on down to Oaxaca (another couple hours). This is a fabulous city which everyone raves about visiting. There is much to do and the cuisine is outstanding. We will have a great time here.
Day Five – Thursday Oct 29 – Oaxaca
Day Six – Friday Oct 30 – We leave Oaxaca on the fancy bus and return to Mexico City. We will have all afternoon and evening to check out the city. One of my favorite places to visit is the magnificent Zocolo (the big square) and the Frida Khalo museum which is located in a lovely section of the city. Oh, and the National Palace with huge Diego Rivera Murals and the Plaza Garibaldo in the evening for Mariachi music!
Day Seven – Saturday Oct 31 – We get up early to catch a bus to Teotihuacan (just a 45 minute ride). Teotihuacan is an incredible complex of pyramids, my favorite group of pyramids along with those in Egypt. After we exhaust ourselves climbing in and up the pyramids, we will bus back to the city and enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Day Eight – Sunday Nov 1 – Two great things to do in Mexico City on a Sunday is to visit the zoo (I love visiting zoos in other countries; you get to mix with local families and sometimes see some really odd animal exhibits) and then we will take the light rail to Xochimilco, a beautiful town of canals and gondolas which will will board and enjoy the relaxing ride and the songs of the musicians along the way.
Day Nine – Monday Nov 2 – Now that you are really good at traveling in Mexico, you are ready for the final exam. We will take the metro to the edge of the city and catch a local bus to Mizquic, a small town in which will be a massive celebration for the Day of the Dead. The decorations and the fireworks, the thousands of candles, the music, the specialty food, just wow….we will join in the craziness, even going with others to the church, the plaza, and the cemetery to see the amazing work the locals have done on the graves of their loved ones. The locals are really nice to visitors who come to join them in remembering their loved ones who have passed….it will be a fantastic final day and evening in Mexico. We will return by bus and metro to our hotel, hopefully, by midnight!
Day Ten – Thursday Nov 3 – One last day in the wonderful D.F. (As you now know is how the locals call Mexico City – El Distrito de Federales).
Day Eleven –Friday Nov 4 – We say good-bye to Mexico and fly home.
The website has lots more information provided on this trip and how my trips work. But, I can tell you this now: the cost is approximately one-third of what most tours will run you and you will have a far more unique experience – no tourist buses and tourist hotels and tourist food. Our experience will be much more, well, “down-to-earth” and MUCH MORE FUN! Every day will be an adventure….and although you have seen the basic itinerary, we have a lot of choices we can make along the way as to what we will do, where we will stay (what? you thought I would make reservations everywhere? Nah….maybe just in Mexico City so when you arrive and before you leave, we won’t have any problems), what we will eat…and…the itinerary can change if something better to do pops up or there is a need to divert our course.
Oh, back to the cost: there is a nonrefundable $300 fee to book your place in this group of no-more than 10 of us) and get me for your tour planner and guide and the daily cost will be between $50-$75 (for all lodging, travel, food, and entertainment), and the cost of whatever flight you book from your hometown. You can’t beat the price!
Last comment: This is a older women only trip. We will be rooming together which is why we can keep the cost down and women without partners can actual go on this trip and not be charged extra for being forced into a private room. As a woman who has traveled alone before, I can tell you that having someone to share the experience with is so much better and so much safer. We will be bringing very little luggage….no more than a daypack (I will explain later how one actually carries enough clothing in so little space) so we can walk and hop on and off of transport without dragging a monstrosity with us. Because we will not always be checking right into a hotel upon arrival in a town, whatever we carry with us will need to be our light, little friend! Women who go on this trip also must be able to walk a reasonable amount (we might need to walk a couple miles through the city) and not be totally freaked at hotels that might not be exactly swank and meals that we might consume in the middle of a busy market or on the side of a street. We are not backpacking and hiking, but we are roughing it a little…. and loving it!
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