Vegan Escapes: Meditation & Mole - Mexico Group Tour
Vegan Escapes Group Trip to Mexico
April 4th-11th, 2019
Join me for my first (of many!) Vegan Escapes small group tours. My vegan tour series will begin in Mexico City, what I consider to be the most delicious city in the world.
Mexico conjures up images of ancient Aztec temples, classic colonial towns, bustling public markets, and some of the world’s most colorful, flavorful, and delicious food. Join EscapingNY for an unforgettable vegan group trip to Mexico City (CDMX), where we’ll feast on world-class cuisine, relax in near-jungle surroundings in one of the country’s “magical villages”, and visit pre-Aztec ruins and the world’s third largest pyramid.
We’ll explore Mexico City’s intoxicating vibe by touring food, flower, and witchcraft markets with a journalist; cycling the city to learn about street art, history, and culture; and fully appreciating the rapidly growing Mexico City vegan scene through a vegan Mexican street food walking tour. Next, we’ll head to the tranquil village of Tepoztlan, where we’ll learn about pre-Hispanic cuisine from a world-renowned chef and enjoy a traditional Mayan sweat lodge cleansing ceremony.
We’ll indulge in all of Mexico’s famous “Ts”: tamales, tacos, tortas, tlacoyos, tlayudas, and tinga, crafted using fresh plant-based ingredients such as: squash blossom flowers, cactus, fava beans, avocado, hominy, amaranth, blue corn, mushrooms, and huitlacoche (known as “Mexican truffles”). Other veganized Mexican cuisine we’ll nourish ourselves with include: pozole, enchiladas, enfrijoladas, mole, gringas, sincronizadas, and esquites. Don’t worry, we’ll also have seitan milanesa (steak), soy al pastor, and chickpea vegan chorizo.
Forget stressing about where to find vegan food in Mexico - just show up and enjoy the delicious ride! Vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians are all welcome and will enjoy the 100% animal-free vegan Mexican food during the trip.
Relax, play, eat, and drink in paradise with and a group of soon-to-be friends for life and with your tour leader, Cassandra, a travel planner, travel writer, and vegan of 15 years.
Thursday, April 4th
Arrive, get settled
Neighborhood walking tour and group dinner at a vegan Mexican-Japanese fusion restaurant.
Friday, April 5th
Breakfast at a little-known-to-tourists food hall serving upscale vegan Mexican and fusion cuisine
Morning visit to the “Blue House”, the historic home and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
Afternoon / early evening Mexican vegan street food walking tour.
Saturday, April 6th
Guided tour of various markets, including Mexico City’s largest retail market, traditional food and spice markets, the flower market, and the witchcraft market, which specializes in hard-to-find herbs, potions, and medicinals. The tour will be led by a local journalist, who will guide us to sample vegan Mexican food staples such as mole, pipian, adobo, fresh tortillas, and hot sauces.
Lunch at Mexico City’s most Instagrammable vegan taqueria
Afternoon free. Museum and other activity suggestions will be provided.
Evening Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling match.
Sunday, April 7th
History, culture, and street art bike ride through closed-streets, Chapultapec Park, downtown Zocalo, and various neighborhoods and important sites not yet visited. The relaxed pace bike tour will be approximately 8 miles along flat roads, making frequent stops at important sites.
Lunch at Mexico City’s best vegan taco and torta (sandwich) cart
Afternoon visit to the Sunday antique market
Margaritas and mezcal in the famous “Mariachi Square”
Evening folkloric ballet performance (optional)
Monday, April 8th
Day trip to Teotihuacan, a vast Mexican archaeological complex that was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city. We’ll tour the village and explore pre-Aztec ruins by bicycle then climb the third largest pyramid in the world for panoramic views of the entire region. The bike tour is a relaxed-pace 8-mile ride along flat, paved roads.
We’ll make frequent stops, including stopping for lunch at a mom and pop restaurant where local chefs create flavorful meals out of squash blossom flowers, cactus, mushrooms, and blue corn.
Tuesday, April 9th
We’ll head to Tepoztlan, considered the birthplace of the Mesoamerican god, Quetzalcoatl, and an important indigenous site. The town itself has a well-preserved historic center and is surrounded by soaring cliffs, on the top of which is the Tepozteco pyramid.
Market and food stall walking and tasting tour with a local chef who is considered to be offer one of the top 10 culinary tours in the world. We’ll sample Mexican vegan traditional cuisine that is only found in this region and learn about the resurgence of (mostly vegan!) pre-Hispanic cuisine that relies heavily on flowers, seeds, and ancient grains.
For an additional fee, enjoy a temazcal or "Mayan steam bath", a type of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica.
Overnight in Tepoztlan
Wednesday, April 10th
Morning yoga and meditation
Afternoon free to explore the “magical city”
Optional one-hour hike to the Tepozteco pyramid the pyramid, which can be quite challenging, but offers a spectacular view.
For an additional fee, join an authentic vegan Mexican cooking class
Overnight in Tepoztlan
Thursday, April 11th
Farewell breakfast and return to Mexico City to fly home
Haven’t had enough? Arrange to stay additional days to explore on your own or with a trusted, recommended guide/local friend.
Price per person*:
$1299 per person if booked by November 30th
$1399 per person if booked by January 30th
$1499 per person if booked by February 28th
Pricing includes round trip airport transfer, accommodations at well-located B&Bs, all museum and attraction admission, trip-related transportation, guides, bike rentals, all breakfasts and all lunches. Pricing does NOT include airfare, or dinners.
*These prices are based on double-occupancy. If you wish to have your own room, please add $499. In the past, guests have enjoyed inviting friends and family to share a room, though I will try to pair up interested singles looking for a roommate.
A 50% deposit is required by the indicated date to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is due by March 1st, 2019.
IMPORTANT: Proof of travel insurance is required for this trip. You may chose your own travel insurance provider but I recommend World Nomad's. I've used their insurance for many years, as have many of my clients, and they offer comprehensive coverage and excellent customer service at a reasonable price.