Mexico City with Carlos Anthony

January 20 - 24, 2025 | One Exclusive Departure

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Savor Mexico City

Experience the flavorful heart and cultural soul of Mexico City with Chef Carlos Anthony

January 20 - 24, 2025

One exclusive departure — likely to sell out, reserve your spot

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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You’ve only wandered into the local market, yet somehow, it feels like you’ve stumbled upon a different dimension — one in which color and texture reign supreme. Here, line cooks flash in lightning-fast streaks, while towers of marzipan vie for space with sticky tarugos and mangos the color of the sun. All week you’ve met chefs and artisans at the peak of their craft; you’ve contemplated Aztec stone sculptures and wandered the halls of Frida Kahlo’s candy-colored home. Later today, you’ll float alongside mariachi bands in Xochimilco’s ancient canals, but right now, immersed in the electric hum of market life, you feel it deep in your bones: this is Mexico City, exhilarating, intimate, and exquisitely high-definition.

Your companion on this journey is none other than Carlos Anthony, the all-star chef who positively dazzled as he scooped up victories on both Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped: Next Generation. Off screen, Carlos is executive chef at the San Diego staple Herb & Wood, where he’s renowned for whipping up innovative, artistic dishes layered with intricate flavors and impossible dimensionality. Carlos is as comfortable plating a refined, elegant fine-dining meal as he is eating street-food and humble sidewalk tacos — which makes him the ideal companion to experience the authentic flavors of Mexico City.

No matter how much you may know about Mexico City’s mesmerizing culture and food, this journey will teach, delight—and leave us 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 Carlos Anthony and Mexico City's most stunning traditions and culture

3 Reasons to Travel with Carlos Anthony

There’s no other way to put it: Carlos Anthony is sort of a big deal. The Tucson native is executive chef at San Diego’s award-winning Herb & Wood and the champ of two of television’s most high-profile cooking competitions: Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped. While his accolades earn him bragging rights for life, Carlos is profoundly humble—he’ll even credit his career to the unassuming pinto bean (more on that below!).

Lessons in Cuisine

Carlos grew up in a first-generation Hispanic household where food was love. As a boy, he’d help his grandmother pick out the small pebbles and splintered shells from piles of dried beans—a task that taught him the power of care and detail in the kitchen.

Travel to Grow

Carlos has been traveling since he was young—his grandparents would often take him on their trips back to Mexico—and today, he harnesses his wanderlust as a tool for professional development, a way to understand how a single ingredient can be used in a multitude of ways.

Street Food to Fine Dining

Though Carlos is no stranger to fine dining (at Herb & Wood, his oxtail gnocchi is a three-days-in-the-making work of art) he’s equally devoted to street food—especially when said streets are in Mexico City, a mecca for market eats and taco stands.

Your Experience

“Mexico City is a rare treat, a melting pot of cultures and communities.”
Carlos Anthony

Mexico City | Xochimilco, Coyoacán & Polanco

“The best things in Mexico are things you stumble upon.”
Carlos Anthony

Day by Day

Day 1: Mexico City

Bienvenidos a México! Our journey through the country’s mesmerizing capital—CDMX, short for ‘Ciudad de México’—begins at our hotel, a stylish oasis in the heart of the city in the Reforma district, bordered by distinguished Bosque de Chapultepec, the largest park in the city.

We’ll take a moment to get settled, and then we’ll meet up with Carlos and head out on our first adventure: an exclusive, after-hours visit to the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology (NMA). While the building on its own is an architectural wonder, inside it’s another world, one lined with hushed halls and exquisite exhibits of Aztec stone sculptures and murals as old as time.

Such an unforgettable glimpse into history begs for an equally unforgettable meal. At stylish Rosa Negra in Polanco, we’ll sit down for a bonafide welcome feast—think vibrant, hyperlocal ingredients and charcoal-grilled meats and seafood, seasoned to perfection with the region’s traditional herbs and spices. As the sun sets over the buzzy Polanco district, we’ll raise our glasses in a hearty salud! to Carlos and the adventures to come.

Day 1: Mexico City Highlights

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

Day 2: Mexico City

This morning, we dive straight into the heart and soul of Mexico City with a food-centric exploration through the city’s historic center. Alongside Carlos and an expert local guide, we’ll wind through sweeping plazas and marvel at the city’s most iconic monuments, popping into local cantinas and buzzing markets as we go. Between bites of Aztec-inspired fare and street-food favorites, we’ll chat with some of the city’s most beloved makers and chefs, learning their stories and gleaning their best food tips. 

Feeling inspired from the morning’s bites and sites, we’ll head back to the hotel, the afternoon ours to relax or explore. Sip a paloma at Sofitel’s rooftop bar or wander down Reforma’s streets and revel in the majesty of Bosque de Chapultepec. We won’t meet up again until dinner, and trust us on this one—it’s a real treat: in the Roma district at Filigrana. Here, mere food turns to art with exquisite dishes that showcase the region’s most iconic flavors.

Day 2: Mexico City Highlights

  • Explore Mexico City
  • Food markets & tastings
  • Dinner at Filigrana 
  • Stay at Sofitel

Day 3: Mexico City

This morning, 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. As we taste our way through the maze of stands and restaurants, Carlos will guide us through his favorite spices and ingredients, picking out a few for a special treat later.     

We’ll all but float to our next destination: In Xochimilco, we’ll trade land for water, hopping aboard colorful gondolas to glide through canals built by the Aztecs. As michelada vendors float past and mariachi music sails through the air, we’ll sample Carlos’ market finds alongside an exquisite lineup of artisanal mezcal.

Day 3: Mexico City Highlights

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

Day 4: Mexico City

If yesterday was an homage to one of the city’s greatest artists, 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. As a special treat, Carlos and Chef Alfredo Chavez—a trailblazer in the city’s dining scene—will guide us through the market’s unique ebb and flow, introducing us to their favorite vendors and sharing their tips for choosing the choicest ingredients.

Baskets brimming with market finds, we’ll move next to the kitchen, rolling up our sleeves for a hands-on cooking class. As the drinks flow, we’ll help Carlos and Alfredo prepare a full spread of fresh appetizers, traditional mains, and decadent regional desserts. Each course is a fascinating glimpse into Mexico’s rich culinary history and a dazzling component of the family-style lunch we’ll tuck into afterwards.

Carlos, in typical fashion, has pulled out all the stops for dinner tonight. At La Unica, we’ll gather for a farewell feast, a symphony of inspired dishes that showcase the best of the country’s exquisite cuisine. Alongside a special guest, we’ll round out the night with a toast to the memories and friendships we’ll cherish for years to come. 

Day 4: Mexico City Highlights

  • Market tour
  • Hands-on lunch
  • Farewell dinner at La Unica
  • 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 private transfers 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.

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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 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 for tourist visits to Mexico, but are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months after your travels are over. On arrival in the airport, you will be issued a visitor’s permit, known as a FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple). For citizens of other countries, please check with the Mexico 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 September 22, 2024, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after September 23, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after November 21, 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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