Mexico City with Jose Salazar

October 11 - 15, 2024 | One Exclusive Departure

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Savor Mexico City

Experience the flavorful heart and cultural soul of Mexico City with Chef Jose Salazar

October 11 - 15, 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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You’re strolling through Coyoacan’s two-story marketplace, and every one of your senses is on ecstatic overdrive—stalls overflow with artisanal crafts and mouthwatering bites, from tostadas piled high with ceviche to mangos carved into intricate roses. As you absorb the historic bustle of Mexico City, exquisite threads emerge—you recall the obsidian masks from last night’s after-hours visit to the National Anthropology Museum and you can feel their essence in the crafts on display. Later tonight, you’ll dive deeper into the past and cruise the ancient canals of Xochimilco, mezcal in hand, beside a mariachi band. This is the brilliance of Mexico City, a place defined by centuries of tradition, but pulsing with vitality and joy.

You’re joined by Jose Salazar, a Food and Wine Best Chef, James Beard Award finalist, and one of Cincinnati’s most respected culinary personalities. His restaurants—Salazar, Mita’s, Goose & Elder—are acclaimed spots for New American cuisine combining the traditions and flavors of Latin America and the world. This is Jose’s third (!) Modern Adventure, and we’re thrilled to be joining forces once again, this time in a city that has long captured both his heart and his soul.

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.


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3 Reasons to Travel with Jose Salazar

After starting his career alongside some of the world's most acclaimed chefs (Thomas Keller to name one,) Jose decided to leave the city and set up shop in Cincinnati. Now, he’s a Food and Wine “Best Chef,” a four-time James Beard nominee, and a staunch believer that fundamental flavors should never be watered down. This is his third modern adventure, and we are thrilled to be traveling together again.

Street Food First

Despite all his fine-dining accolades, when Jose is traveling, he's drawn to the markets and stalls on the streets. One of his personal favorite street food memories: al pastor tacos in Mexico City.

Cooking Out of Turn

While working as a server and bartender, Jose would get in trouble for spending too much time back in the kitchen picking the minds of chefs like Donatella Arpia. These moments inspired him to enroll in the New York Restaurant School, and the rest is history.

Throwing Shades

Colors speak to Jose and he is famous for combining vibrant farm-fresh ingredients into works of art. For him, the dish is a blank canvas waiting to be painted with blue corn huarache, salsa verde, or braised radish.

Your Experience

“Street food is a vital part of the story of Mexico City.”
Jose Salazar

Mexico City | Xochimilco, Coyoacán & Polanco

“I travel to hear the stories behind the food and the people who make it.”
Jose Salazar

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 Jose 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 the trendy Máximo Bistrot, where we’ll indulge in an authentic welcome feast. Expect a medley of vibrant, locally sourced ingredients, remixed and reimagined into dishes like stone crab and mole verde and oxtail ricotta ravioli.

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

Day 1: Mexico City Highlights

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

Day 2: Mexico City

Today, 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, Jose 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 Jose’s market finds alongside an exquisite lineup of artisanal mezcal.

Dinner, if you’re even hungry, is on your own this evening.

Day 2: Mexico City Highlights

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

Day 3: 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 Jose 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, and contemplate our next moves. Those inspired to sip a paloma at Sofitel’s rooftop bar or wander down Reforma’s streets and revel in the majesty of Bosque de Chapultepec are encouraged to just that. Others who have an appetite to witness a Lucha Libre fight can follow Jose and immerse themselves in one of the city’s most colorful pastimes. 

Either way, we’ll meet back up for an evening cruise through some of the capital’s oldest barrios—Anzures, La Roma, and La Condesa—in search of the perfect taco. We don’t want to ruin the surprise, so let’s just say our quest will not be in vain. 

Day 3: Mexico City Highlights

  • Explore Mexico City
  • Food markets & tastings
  • Neighborhood taco tour
  • Stay at Sofitel

Day 4: 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. As a special treat, Jose 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 Jose 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.

True to his style, Jose has gone above and beyond for tonight’s dinner. Our venue is Filligrana,  the Roma-district hotspot where mere food turns to art with exquisite dishes that showcase the region’s most iconic flavors. After Jose and the resident chef collaborate on a one-off dish, we’ll raise our glasses and toast the culmination of a truly extraordinary shared experience.

Day 4: Mexico City Highlights

  • Market tour
  • Hands-on lunch
  • Farewell dinner at Filligrana
  • 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 $1,500 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 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 $900 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 June 13, 2024, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 14, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 12, 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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