Adventure to Mexico:
November 4th-14th, 2018
Culture + Cuisine
in San Miguel de Allende (7days)
+ mexico city (2 days)
duo $5,680 (shared room)
First Leg of the Trip:
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato: November 4-12:
Named the best city in the WORLD by Travel & Leisure: San Miguel is a stunning and quaint cobble stoned colonial town nestled in Mexico's Bajio region and was named an Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008. Well known as a large expat community, there are many reasons for the attraction. Having lived in San Miguel for 7 years intertwined with the locals and the foreigners, the charm of this town never wears off. Experience the history and charm through the art, theater, artisan markets, incredible local food and landscape. The botanical garden, hot spring paradises and tucked away museums and galleries are just the beginning. A place where there is a cause for celebration daily. We know the ins and outs of this vibrant pueblito and will create an experience for you not achievable by just passing through.
We will be exploring San Miguel inside and out. From the artisan markets, hot springs, incredible botanical gardens, walking the streets (and hills), local shopping, galleries and artisan visits, an atv tour to the oldest church in san miguel and to see the gorgeous dessert terrain, a traditional chichimeca temascal (sweat), and so much more.
Our guide and chef of Chuparrosa, Héctor Guerrero, will be focusing on Mexican cuisine and cooking 3 meals for you over the span of the trip. he will take you to the market, talk about the ingredients, history of the food and dishes, and then either have cooking demonstrations with you, or cook meals. We will have a special last evening dinner/fiesta accompanied by mezcal and live music.
Accomodations are included, but not airfare. We will be happy to help you arrange travel.
'A well known and lovely place to stay in San Miguel, this ornate and deeply Mexican B and B has spacious rooms in a decorative colonial mansion, lavish breakfasts and friendly, knowledgeable owners. '
Pricing includes 7 nights stay in an amazing top rated B and B in town. Daily breakfast (delicious), 3 meals with Héctor, market visits, local transportation to and from our planned activities, hot springs entrance and lunch, ATV excursion & meal, botanical garden entrance & snack, mask museum entrance, traditional temascal, final fiesta with dinner, mezcal & music!
Second Leg of the Trip:
Ciudad de Mexico
Mexico City is, and has always been, the sun in the Mexican solar system. The culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. The way I describe Mexico City to those who have never been: Imagine walking the streets of New York City, filled with soul and history, and you come around the corner to see an ancient pyramid popping up through the stone of the metropolitan historical center. It carries a spirit so deep and rich- you can feel it-everywhere.
We will be flying in and out of Mexico City, as ticket prices are more economical. You are welcome to get your ticket directly into Leon (BJX) (1 hour from San Miguel) and out of Mexico City(3-4 hours). First class buses in Mexico are clean, safe and comfortable. We will spend the first 7 days in San Miguel, and the last 2 nights in Mexico City, and fly out on the 14th. We are happy to assist with your travel plans.
This leg of the trip is a short amount of time in Mexico City-but we will see some amazing sites, experience top notch cuisine , architecture, and culture. We will go visit the incredible home of Frida Kahlo, Casa Azul, in the south- Coyoacan. We will visit the incredible market San Juan- a gourmet culinary mecca; we will go to the amazing Zocalo- The Zócalo is the common name of the main square in central Mexico City. Prior to the colonial period, it was the main ceremonial center in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. We will roam around La Roma-besides residential buildings, the neighborhood streets are lined with restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, cultural centers, churches and galleries. Many are housed in former French-style mansions dating from the Porfiriato period at the beginning of the 20th century. Roma was designated as a "Barrio Mágico" ("magical neighborhood") by the city in 2011. We will go restaurant hopping for small bites from many different spots to experience the culinary bliss in this region.
Pricing for the 2 days in Mexico City includes hotel for 2 nights, bus fare from San Miguel de Allende, entrance to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, does not include any meals.
Q-Is it safe to travel to Mexico? A-Of course we all hear about Mexico in the news, probably daily. But those who travel there frequently, or have lived there, know that like traveling anywhere, you need to pay attention and make logical choices. Héctor of course is Mexican and knows the ropes, and Elizabeth lived there 7 years and spends lots of time there. We plan our trips to be safe and stress free.
Q-Do I need travel insurance? A- Yes! All guests will need to fill out a brief questionnaire (to assess if we are a good fit for the trip) and all guests will need to purchase travel insurance.
Reserving your spot! Deposit & Cancellation Policy
Please contact us - if you would like to talk about the trip, we would love to answer any questions you have. When you are ready to reserve your spot, please register here. Once we receive your registration, we will send you a Venmo request for 50%. The balance is due 65 days prior to our departure. 50% of your deposit is refundable up to 90 days before the trip (please note if you pay in full and then cancel before 90 days, still only 50% of your deposit will be returned. Within 90 days of the trip, the 50% of the deposit will no longer be refundable. If you have any questions please contact us!
Traveling FROM the u.s
While flying into BJX (Leon) Airport is the most convenient (1 hour from SMA), tickets are much less expensive flying into Mexico City. Take a first class bus to San Miguel (approx 3-4 hours) directly from the airport in Mexico City. You can look into flying into BJX and out of MEX as we are starting the trip in San Miguel and ending in Mexico City. Most likely, round trip in and out of Mexico City will be most cost effective.
Our passion is to take people to Mexico, to share our experiences, knowledge and connections to this soulful and rich country. If you come with us, it will change your life too. Here is a comment from a happy client:
"I first met Hector at his private supper club in Portland, Chuparrosa. My first impression was how passionate he was about his food. His warmth as a host has always stuck with me.
I travel a lot to Mexico for my photography, and went last year to Oaxaca, where Hector was working with artisans, exploring the region, and cooking for locals and travelers. Hector was the perfect guide, so generous with his knowledge of the land and culture. Exploring the region with Hector, was like exploring it with a long lost friend.
If you don't have time to plan a trip, but want a rich and authentic experience in Mexico, I highly recommend Hector's trips..... San Miguel alone is magical, but with Hector's intimate knowledge of his second home, it will no doubt be an unforgettable experience. Whether you are interested in the food, amazing sites, the glorious outdoors, or if you are an artist wanting fresh and rich inspiration, Hector will take you there. I promise you won't be disappointed." Calvin Chen