MEXICO

Mexico is, without a doubt, my favorite country to explore. I've visited alone many times, with friends, and on a family vacation - the country truly has something for everyone! I've had so much fun in Mexico that I began leading Mexico City Day of the Dead tours each November! The world-famous food alone (tacos, tamales, flautas, enchiladas, tlacoyos, etc) justifies a visit, the people are friendly, and the diversity of landscape (desert, mountain, jungle, beach) and things to do (dance, scuba dive, bike, visit pyramids) is seemingly never-ending. I've visited more times than I can count, including a whale-watching road trip through Baja Cali, a snorkeling and scuba diving trip to Playa del Carmen and Cancun, a camping and waterfall jumping road trip through San Luis Potosi, a nature-watching boat tour in Chiapas, ancient ruins exploration in Veracruz, hiking in Oaxaca, a traditional beach resort trip to Cancun, and of course, many trips to Mexico City for biking, salsa dancing, and visits to Frida Khalo's home, Diego Rivera's museum, and nearby pyramids and native sweat lodge retreats.

Many people love to travel but few are actually good at it. Cassandra is one of these rare specimens that can pull it together wherever she’s at. With a sense of adventure and also a keen idea of how to relax, she is capable of maneuvering in many situations. Cassandra is also completely bilingual in Spanish and English, which means she can help you achieve a truly unique experience - not just the touristy stuff.
— Megan Frye, Editor of Savoteur (Mexico City)
The Day of the Dead tour was a really unique and unforgettable experience. Our group wanted to do as many things as possible and EscapingNY was able to accommodate our on-the-ground requests. It didn’t feel like a typical tour at all. Instead, it felt like traveling with a friend whose in-depth local knowledge allowed for a much richer and more engaging way to experience the country.
— Jasmine L., New York City
I joined EscapingNY group trips to both Cuba and Mexico, which offered in-depth, authentic experiences. I’d highly recommend EscapingNY to anyone interested in really getting to know a country.
— Wei C, New York City
 Lunch in Mexico City

Lunch in Mexico City

 Closing out a  temascal  ceremony in Tepoztlan

Closing out a temascal ceremony in Tepoztlan

 Snorkeling near Playa del Carmen

Snorkeling near Playa del Carmen

 A Day of the Dead parade

A Day of the Dead parade

 Traditional Day of the Dead face paint

Traditional Day of the Dead face paint

 Whale watching in Baja California

Whale watching in Baja California

 The tiny village of San Francisco

The tiny village of San Francisco

 Camping in the salt planes of Baja Cali Sur

Camping in the salt planes of Baja Cali Sur

Baja California- Whale Watching Road Trip

My 3-week road trip through the Baja Cali peninsula to camp, kiss whales, and scuba dive with sea lions was one of the best trips I ever took. I plan to begin leading trips there in 2019. Let me know if you're interested!

January, 2019, exact dates TBD

- Fly into San Diego, California and cross the border to Tijuana, Mexico

- Experience the interesting blend of Mexican & American cultures at the border

- Visit the US/Mexican border wall that runs into the ocean & is surrounded by art exhibits

- Camp within the salt flats of Guerrero Negro and view gray whales up close on a small boat tour

- Swim with whale sharks in the small beach town of Mulege

- Blue whale watching tour in Loreto (optional scuba diving trip to see sea lions and manta rays)

- Enjoy the sun and fun at beaches in Cabo

- Lots and lots of eating!

Mexico City and Michoacan - Butterfly Migration

The monarch butterfly migration in Michoacan, Mexico, is one of the most spectacular sites in the world. However, as tourism to the region grows, I am working with local mountaineers and environmentalists to explore more off-the-beaten-track options to observe the butterflies in their natural habitat.

February, 2019, exact dates TBD

- Witness the migration billions of monarch butterflies in the state of Michoacan

- Day trip to state of Puebla for a historical walking tour, tour of ancient churches....and lots of good food!

- Friday Khalo Museum, Diego Rivera Museum, Museum of Anthropology

- Day trip to the Teotihuacan Sun and Moon pyramids

- Bike tour of Mexico City's "zocalo", Tenochtitlan, National Palace, and neighborhoods tour

- Xochimilco canal tour, Witches Market, Huge produce market tour

- Lots and lots of eating!

 Scuba diving in Cenotes near Playa del Carmen

Scuba diving in Cenotes near Playa del Carmen

 Scuba diving in Cozumel

Scuba diving in Cozumel