Mexico City with Ana Castro

December 13 - 17, 2024 | One Exclusive Departure

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Savor Mexico City

Experience the flavorful heart and cultural soul of Mexico City with Chef Ana Castro

December 13 - 17, 2024

One exclusive departure — likely to sell out

5 Days, 4 Nights

Best of Mexico City, from Xochimilco to Coyoacán

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Per person based on double occupancy

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Plate after gorgeous plate of dishes you never imagined are served in procession. Whether it’s today’s tikka masala with beans and plantains in the design district or yesterday’s corn and mushroom quesadilla picnic beyond the Xochimilco canals, every sumptuous bite is a microcosm of Mexico City itself. It reminds you of this morning’s studio tour with groundbreaking artists—their work both an ode to history and a tribute to the melting of pot cultures who propel the zeitgeist today. It’s been like this all week; every little moment—from bartering with an artisan at the Coyoacan market to sitting quietly with a centuries-old Zapotecan wall painting—were not even moments at all. They were lessons in slowing down, in bearing witness, of embracing the dazzling bustle of one of the most enchanting cities on Earth.

Joining you is Mexico City-raised and James Beard Best Chef finalist, Ana Castro. The force behind the New Orleans hotspot, Lengua Madre, Ana is famous (like Food & Wine Best Chef famous) for elevating the flavors of her childhood into culinary works of art. She also has her finger on the pulse of Mexico City’s design resurgence, and we just can’t wait to travel beside her.

No matter how much you know about Mexico City’s mesmerizing culture and food, this journey will teach, delight—and leave you hungry for more. Wander colorful markets, taste incredible street food and ancient Aztec ingredients, then wash it all down with the finest artisanal mezcal. This is Mexico like you’ve never imagined.


Vibrant street food, Aztec ingredients, artisanal mezcal—flavors beyond comparison


At colorful markets, Aztec waterways, stylish eateries, intimate museums


Seasoned chefs and cherished artisans, new friends and beloved local makers


With Chef Ana Castro and Mexico City's most stunning traditions and culture

3 Reasons to Travel with Ana Castro

A true traveler at heart, Ana has been around the world and back again, always with her apron packed and her knife roll at the ready. She's honed her culinary chops in France, India and New York City before settling down in New Orleans to open Lengua Madre—her ode to heritage Mexican cuisine heralded by the likes of Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and the New York Times.

Family Affairs

Holiday meals were epic events at Ana's house in Mexico City. Alongside her grandmother, she'd cook a feast for the senses, embracing both the chaos and the communion of the season

All in the Matriarchy

Ana was raised by women and attributes her audacity and joy to days spent around the dinner table with the women of her family, telling stories and forming unbreakable bonds.

The Fab Five

Ana's New Orleans hotspot Lengua Madre is an ode to her childhood in Mexico City. Every experience is a thematic deep dive into an always-evolving, five-course tasting menu.

Your Experience

“Mexico City is a beautiful paradox of the ancient and modern.”
Ana Castro

Mexico City | Xochimilco, Coyoacán & Polanco

“The main ingredient in my cooking is nostalgia.”
Ana Castro

Day by Day

Day 1: Mexico City

Bienvenidos a México! Our exploration of the captivating capital—CDMX—kicks off at our stylish basecamp nestled in the heart of the Reforma district, a neighborhood distinguished by Bosque de Chapultepec, the city’s largest park.

After settling in, we’ll join Ana for our inaugural escapade: an exclusive after-hours tour of the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology (NMA). Beyond its remarkable architecture, the interior transports us to another realm—quiet corridors adorned with exquisite displays of ancient Aztec stone sculptures and murals.

Such a remarkable dive into history deserves an equally exceptional dining experience. Our destination is Campomar where we’ll indulge in an authentic welcome feast. Expect a medley of vibrant, locally sourced ingredients, remixed and reimagined beside salmon and octopus.

As the sun dips below the horizon in the lively Polanco district, we’ll raise our glasses in a hearty salud! to Ana and the thrilling adventures ahead.

Day 1: Mexico City Highlights

  • Private transfers to hotel
  • After-hours NMA visit
  • Welcome dinner at Campomar
  • Stay at Sofitel

Day 2: Mexico City

Today is all about celebrating Mexico City’s most cherished culinary traditions. We’ll begin our morning at the neighborhood market, weaving our way through stalls bursting with gem-toned produce and fresh, leafy herbs. Ana will guide us through the market’s unique ebb and flow, introducing us to her favorite vendors and sharing their tips for choosing the choicest ingredients.

We’ll take the afternoon to ourselves and reconvene in the evening to finish what we started this morning. We’ll bag up our market finds and visit Chef Alfredo Chavez in his home for an incredible collab dinner. As we’re treated to some artisanal mezcal and views of the Polanco neighborhood, Ana and Alfredo will concoct an of-the-moment recipe based on our ingredients. With these two at the helm, it’s sure to be extraordinary.

Day 2: Mexico City Highlights

  • Market tour
  • Afternoon on our own
  • Collab dinner with Alfredo Chavez
  • Stay at Sofitel

Day 3: Mexico City

This morning we start on the water. In Xochimilco, we’ll hop aboard a boat to glide through canals built by the Aztecs. As michelada vendors float past and mariachi music sails through the air, we’ll make our way to some of Mexico City’s last chinampas.

These small patches of land are meticulously constructed from canal beds, serving as fertile ground for crop cultivation—a sustainable technique with roots tracing back to Mesoamerican times. Our exploration will also provide a window into the world of agroecology, where millions of species intricately shape ecosystems. Among a diverse array of vegetables, flowers, and herbs, we’ll settle in for a delectable lunch experience, savoring dishes such as quesadillas bursting with fresh huitlacoche (corn mushroom) and pumpkin flowers, alongside pork shawl gorditas, tlacoyos, and a crisp chinampa salad.

In the afternoon, we head south through the city to Coyoacan, the dreamy tree-lined neighborhood that Frida Kahlo once called home. We’ll pay homage to the iconic artist with a tour of Casa Azul, the cobalt blue residence Frida shared with her husband, Diego Rivera. It’s a heartfelt, deeply personal ode to the artist’s legacy, and we’ll wander through intimate exhibitions of folk art and memorabilia to gain a profound understanding of Frida’s life and inspiration.

Afterwards, we’ll continue in Frida’s footsteps with a stop at her favorite shopping spot. Inside Coyoacan’s two-story marketplace, stalls overflow with artisanal crafts and all matters of mouthwatering bites, from tostadas piled high with ceviche to mangos carved into intricate roses. Dinner, if you’re even hungry, is on your own this evening.

Day 3: Mexico City Highlights

  • Xochimilco canal cruise
  • Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul
  • Coyoacan market tour
  • Stay at Sofitel

Day 4: Mexico City

Today we explore Mexico City’s vibrant design scene. Thanks to Ana’s connections, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of Mexican design, visiting exclusive studios, workshops, and showrooms where we’ll have the opportunity to meet both established and up-and-coming designers.

Thanks to Ana once again, we’ve been invited for lunch at Marigold Restaurant, renowned for its fusion of flavors and artistic presentation of heritage ingredients.

Fully sated, we’ll continue your artistic journey with visits to renowned studios like Mooni Art Gallery and Casa Gilardi, both stunning architectural spaces that showcase a diverse range of art, clothing, and artifacts.

After some free time to explore this beautiful city on our own, we’ll meet back up for a truly special farewell dinner. Expect a medley of vibrant, locally sourced ingredients, remixed and reimagined into dishes like stone crab and mole verde and oxtail ricotta ravioli. We’ll take a moment to cheers together and celebrate the final meal of our journey.

Day 4: Mexico City Highlights

  • Studio and gallery visits
  • Lunch at Marigold
  • Farewell dinner
  • Stay at Sofitel

Day 5: Departures

Alas, all beautiful things must come to an end. We’ll say our farewells and cherish all the new connections we’ve made, filling up on one last exquisite breakfast before our private transfer to the airport. Hasta la proxima!  

Day 5: Departures Highlights

  • Transfer to CDMX airport
  • Flights home

Where We Sleep

A chic oasis in the heart of Mexico City, our hotel is luxuriously intimate and the ideal portal to the thriving metropolis below.

Sofitel Mexico City

Reforma District

Brimming with stylish details and out-of-this world views, Sofitel epitomizes the French art de vivre from Mexico City’s most enviable zip code. Sumptuous rooms come equipped with elegant marble bathrooms and all the luxuries you'd expect, while the rooftop bar and 38th-floor pool add to the sublime experience.

“The amount of culture and history our local guide provided surpassed my expectations. I learned more in four days than I would have with a month on my own.”
Chris S.
I loved how incredibly knowledgeable our local guide was.
Stephen F.
Being in a like-minded group of curious travelers pushed me outside my comfort zone to try new foods, explore new perspectives and even fly in a hot-air balloon over the pyramids!
Laura A.

Book Mexico City with Ana Castro

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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs


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  1. What does the price include?

    Four nights at unique 5-star boutique accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; arrival and departure airport transfers; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins and ends at Sofitel Mexico City Reforma in Mexico City, Mexico. The closest airport is Mexico City International Airport (MEX). On our final day, Modern Adventure will organize a complimentary transfer to MEX airport for all guests with flights departing at 11am or later from MEX airport.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Mexico for stays up to 180 days. The only requirement is a valid passport. We recommend that your passport is valid for 6 calendar months beyond your planned departure date from Mexico. On arrival at the airport, you will be issued a visitor’s permit, known as a FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple).

    Not a US citizen? Please check with the Mexican Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $1,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are extremely limited; we recommend booking early to secure single accommodations.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.

  7. Who is leading this trip?

    This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.

  8. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

  9. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before August 15, 2024, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after August 16, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after October 14, 2024 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

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