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Mexico Food Adventure tour
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Mexico Food Adventure

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cookery classes and Chocolate Metate class
  • Authentic local restaurants and street food experiences
  • Local produce markets and Mezcal distillery tastings

Short Description

Recognised by UNESCO as a treasure to humankind, Mexico’s culinary heritage is fascinating and diverse. Traditional Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive model comprised of farming, ritual practices, age-old skills, culinary techniques and ancestral community customs and manners. The knowledge and techniques used express community identity, reinforce social bonds, and build strong local, regional and national identities One of the best ways to discover and learn about Mexico is through its food!  We’ll also explore some of the region’s most important and beautiful historic sites, and experience Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca.Taste your way through Mexico’s divine history

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Mexico City
End City Oaxaca

Destinations

Mexico

Cities & Attractions

Mexico City

Activities

Culture Nature

Age Requirement

16

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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners included
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London

Depart London

Day 2 Arrive Mexico City; dinner at traditional restaurant, La Casa de Toño

Those on the group flights normally arrive in Mexico City very early in the morning.  Land only passengers should aim to arrive in the afternoon.  Meet tonight for a welcome dinner at a traditional local restaurant, located not too far from the hotel. Dedicated to sustaining the old traditions of Mexican cuisine, *La Casa de Toño* makes flavourful dishes, true to the original recipes of Toños family. Having started out as a small street stand in 1983, La Casa de Toño has grown and now has 14 locations.  *Hotel Royal Reforma or similar*

Day 3 Visit Mundo Chocolate Museum and artisan chocolatiers; plus lunch at one of the oldest restaurants in the city.

Our first stop this morning is at the Mundo Chocolate museum which is dedicated to the history of chocolate. It is a small museum housed in a very beautiful 100 year old home with a café.  We have lunch today at Café Tacuba. Housed in a former convent, this restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Mexico City. In fact, the street on which the restaurant is located—Calle de Tacuba—is said to be the city's first road. The restaurant is rich with corn-based food—an indigenous ingredient that survived Spain’s 300 years in power. Maize, a corn-based flour, is used in /tamales/, /atole/ and /enchiladas/.  / / After">https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chicken-tamales-tomatillo-cilantro-s... lunch, get your third taste of chocolate at a boutique marketplace that houses the artisanal chocolatier, Qué Bo. Sample contemporary versions of traditional Mexican chocolate, experience flavours of fruit, caramel and flowers infused in the bonbons and truffles. We visit the hub that is the Zócalo area the Palacio Nacional, seeing both the Catedral and the Templo Mayor before returning to our hotel in the late afternoon. *Hotel Royal Reforma or similar*

Day 4 Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum; explore the Coyoacan neighbourhood and local market; boat ride on the Xochimilco Canals.

Today we head out for a day of exploring the bohemian side of Mexico City. We start off by making our way to the south of the city and a particular house hidden behind cobalt blue walls known as Casa Azul. This is where the acclaimed artist Frida Kahlo was born, grew up and, eventually, lived with her muralist husband, Diego Rivera, until she died in 1954 at the age of 47. Now a museum, the colonial house, set around a luxuriant garden, doesn’t only showcase the collections and personal effects of the two great artists but is also a window into the life of affluent Mexican bohemians in the first half of the 20th century. Next, we visit the quaint neighbourhood of Coyoacan (meaning place of coyotes) with its pebbled streets, colonial churches, bustling little markets and quiet squares. This area was inhabited before the arrival of the Spanish and it is said that the conquistador, Hernan Cortes, made this the first capital of New Spain. While here we will visit the local market, and taste a variety of local specialities: /Churros, Tostadas, Elote/s. Finally, we enjoy a relaxing ride and lunch on a pre-Hispanic boat along the peaceful waters of the Xochimilco Canals. These scenic waterways would have been used by the Aztecs and today see us enjoying a relaxing journey past floating gardens and little floating kitchens selling food.  We will of course try the local specialities during our boat ride. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon.  *Hotel Royal Reforma or similar*

Day 5 Visit Medellin Market with a chef prior to today’s cooking class; dine on your creations paired with Mexican wine and craft Mezcal.

This morning we will be transferred to Colonia Roma where we  will meet our Mexican chefs at Colonia Roma’s Medellín Market. We will explore the market and meet the best specialty vendors; the butchers who know what they’re doing, the lady who always has the best avocados or chillies. We’ll focus on what’s in season and what merchants say is at its peak; the menu emerges from what we find in the market. Back at the house our cooking begins: salads and sides come together like something out of Eden; meats, poultry and sea food stay simple, but perfect. Meanwhile salsas — sometimes complex in ingredients, almost always a dish’s signature statement — take shape, step by step, complete with tricks and secrets the chefs swore to their grandmothers they’d never pass on. All along the way they speak of the history behind the traditions; in Mexico, legend haunts nearly every dish. We will dine on our creations paired with Mexican wine and a tasting of craft Mezcal from Oaxaca. In the late afternoon, we will say farewell to our hosts and travel back to our hotel. *Hotel Royal Reforma or similar*

Day 6 To Puebla, via Cholula; market visit and apple cider tasting. Dinner in the historical centre of the city.

Today we say goodbye to Mexico City and travel towards Puebla. En route we will stop in Cholula, considered a pueblo mágico (magic town), Cholula is best known for its Great Pyramid and the Church (Nuestra Señora de los Remedios) that was built above it. We will visit the Great Pyramid that, at 55 metres tall, is currently considered to be the largest in Mesoamerica. The pyramid has been only partially excavated, and archeologists have created underground tunnels, allowing them to study the different layers of the pyramid. Heading up to the top of the pyramid that still lays uncovered, you will find the yellow church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, with its mosaic domes. The 16th century church houses a neoclassic altar and the basilica is constructed of brada stone and covered entirely with gold leaf. Since Cholula is known for its many churches, we will also visit the Royal Chapel, which displays Arab influence, having been modeled on the Great Mosque in Cordoba, Spain. On clear days the Popocatepetl Volcano can be seen from the hilltop on which the church stands. One of the more traditional markets available to Cholula, the famous "Cosme of Razo", is located one block from the historic centre in a property where a dozen dealers who sell their products in the region are concentrated. The culinary and cultural mix found in its interior makes it important in the region because it is home to people from the centre of the various villages that make up the ancient city of San Pedro Cholula. The market sells a lot of products: fruits, vegetables, flowers, groceries, butcher shops, shoes, clothing, snacks and much more. Before continuing our Journey to Puebla, we will visit an apple cider factory and learn all about the process and of course, taste it too! We will enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant in the historical centre of the city, tasting the delights of Poblana cuisine from rich /chalupas/, /molotes/, /gorditas/, /chanclas/ to the more specialised dishes. * Hotel Colonial Puebla or similar*

Day 7 Morning stroll the streets of Puebla exploring favourite traditional spots to grab a bite; to Oaxaca.

We spend the morning exploring Puebla de los Angeles, the City of Angels – so called because of a legend that claims angels came down from heaven to place the cathedral’s bells in the towers when builders were unable to do so. This colonial city is known for its traditions, especially its handicrafts, including blue-and-white pottery, and its cuisine that is some of the best in Mexico. We will visit the Cathedral of Puebla and learn about this beautiful building which was completed over a span of 300 years.  Wander the streets of Puebla on a street food tour, exploring favourite traditional spots to grab a bite. The first stop on this quest is a small local place for tamales and café. On this tour, you’ll eat like a true local, tasting /molotes/, /pelonas/ and /semitas/, some of the most traditional /poblano /delicacies, and then you’ll savour tacos at the /Tacos Arabes /stand.  Finish with a stroll down /Calle de los Dulces/, a three‐block street lined with sweet shops, and a stop at La Gran /Fama Dulceria/. Taste hand‐made confections and be sure to try the /camotes/, Puebla’s signature candy made from sweet potato.  In the afternoon we will travel on to Oaxaca  (about 4.5hrs). Tonight we will have dinner in the heart of Oaxaca, with the chance to try /Tlayuda with Tasajo/, a local specialty consisting of a large, thin fried tortillla covered with a spread of refried beans, asiento, avacado, shredded chicken, beef or pork, Oaxaca cheese and salsa. *Oaxaca Real Hotel or similar*

Day 8 Enjoy a typical Oaxaca breakfast at the main market in Ocotlan; stop at a local mezcal distillery and visit Zaachila Market.

Today, we travel to Ocotlan de Morelos, where we will enjoy a typical Oaxaca breakfast at the main market. One of the food stalls is called “La Cocina de Frida”, and standing behind the counter is none other than Frida Kahlo herself, or at least a reasonable facsimile; owner Beatriz Vázquez Gómez likes to play up her resemblance to the famous Mexican artist. She greets visitors warmly and serves up excellent /chillies rellenos, mole, enchiladas,/ and other local specialties. We then continue with a stop at a local mezcal distillery, to learn all about it and of course, to taste it! The producers will take us step‐by‐step through the production process; learn how long it takes for the agave to mature, how it is fermented using ‘donkey power’ and what techniques are used to distill this spirit that the locals refer to as the ‘elixir of the gods’.  Afterwards we head to Zaachila, where each Thursday the Tianguis Market takes place between the central park and church. Colourful stands sell the most traditional goods from this area of the valley: pecans, alebrijes, red pottery, peanuts, radishes and regional fruits.  This fantastic market is worth a visit to experience the sights, sounds and smell of a Zapotec market.  *Oaxaca Real Hotel or similar*

Day 9 Discover why Oaxaca is the gourmet heart of Mexico during a fun cooking class at a local restaurant.

Oaxaca is the most famous region in Mexico for its cuisine and we get more acquainted with it as we head for a cooking class, learning to make dishes that can easily be recreated at home. The menu can change but we generally learn how to make two types of tortilla, three different salsas, guacamole, mole, a starter, a soup, a desert and a drink. We first visit a bustling nearby market, where delicious local ingredients and the best ways to use them in your cooking are explained, before returning to the restaurant for our class and a succulent lunch. The afternoon is free to wander around Oaxaca on your own. In the evening we go for a final meal together in the heart of the city, at one of the local restaurants specialising in typical Oaxacan cuisine (at own expense). *Oaxaca Real Hotel or similar*

Day 10 End Oaxaca

The trip ends after breakfast for land only passengers. Those on the group flights will be transferred to Oaxaca airport for their flight back to London.

Day 11 Arrive London

Arrive London



Land Only

Day 1 Arrive Mexico City; dinner at traditional restaurant, La Casa de Toño

Those on the group flights normally arrive in Mexico City very early in the morning.  Land only passengers should aim to arrive in the afternoon.  Meet tonight for a welcome dinner at a traditional local restaurant, located not too far from the hotel. Dedicated to sustaining the old traditions of Mexican cuisine, *La Casa de Toño* makes flavourful dishes, true to the original recipes of Toños family. Having started out as a small street stand in 1983, La Casa de Toño has grown and now has 14 locations.  *Hotel Royal Reforma or similar*

Day 2 Visit Mundo Chocolate Museum and artisan chocolatiers; plus lunch at one of the oldest restaurants in the city.

Our first stop this morning is at the Mundo Chocolate museum which is dedicated to the history of chocolate. It is a small museum housed in a very beautiful 100 year old home with a café.  We have lunch today at Café Tacuba. Housed in a former convent, this restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Mexico City. In fact, the street on which the restaurant is located—Calle de Tacuba—is said to be the city's first road. The restaurant is rich with corn-based food—an indigenous ingredient that survived Spain’s 300 years in power. Maize, a corn-based flour, is used in /tamales/, /atole/ and /enchiladas/.  / / After">https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chicken-tamales-tomatillo-cilantro-s... lunch, get your third taste of chocolate at a boutique marketplace that houses the artisanal chocolatier, Qué Bo. Sample contemporary versions of traditional Mexican chocolate, experience flavours of fruit, caramel and flowers infused in the bonbons and truffles. We visit the hub that is the Zócalo area the Palacio Nacional, seeing both the Catedral and the Templo Mayor before returning to our hotel in the late afternoon. *Hotel Royal Reforma or similar*

Day 3 Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum; explore the Coyoacan neighbourhood and local market; boat ride on the Xochimilco Canals.

Today we head out for a day of exploring the bohemian side of Mexico City. We start off by making our way to the south of the city and a particular house hidden behind cobalt blue walls known as Casa Azul. This is where the acclaimed artist Frida Kahlo was born, grew up and, eventually, lived with her muralist husband, Diego Rivera, until she died in 1954 at the age of 47. Now a museum, the colonial house, set around a luxuriant garden, doesn’t only showcase the collections and personal effects of the two great artists but is also a window into the life of affluent Mexican bohemians in the first half of the 20th century. Next, we visit the quaint neighbourhood of Coyoacan (meaning place of coyotes) with its pebbled streets, colonial churches, bustling little markets and quiet squares. This area was inhabited before the arrival of the Spanish and it is said that the conquistador, Hernan Cortes, made this the first capital of New Spain. While here we will visit the local market, and taste a variety of local specialities: /Churros, Tostadas, Elote/s. Finally, we enjoy a relaxing ride and lunch on a pre-Hispanic boat along the peaceful waters of the Xochimilco Canals. These scenic waterways would have been used by the Aztecs and today see us enjoying a relaxing journey past floating gardens and little floating kitchens selling food.  We will of course try the local specialities during our boat ride. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon.  *Hotel Royal Reforma or similar*

Day 4 Visit Medellin Market with a chef prior to today’s cooking class; dine on your creations paired with Mexican wine and craft Mezcal.

This morning we will be transferred to Colonia Roma where we  will meet our Mexican chefs at Colonia Roma’s Medellín Market. We will explore the market and meet the best specialty vendors; the butchers who know what they’re doing, the lady who always has the best avocados or chillies. We’ll focus on what’s in season and what merchants say is at its peak; the menu emerges from what we find in the market. Back at the house our cooking begins: salads and sides come together like something out of Eden; meats, poultry and sea food stay simple, but perfect. Meanwhile salsas — sometimes complex in ingredients, almost always a dish’s signature statement — take shape, step by step, complete with tricks and secrets the chefs swore to their grandmothers they’d never pass on. All along the way they speak of the history behind the traditions; in Mexico, legend haunts nearly every dish. We will dine on our creations paired with Mexican wine and a tasting of craft Mezcal from Oaxaca. In the late afternoon, we will say farewell to our hosts and travel back to our hotel. *Hotel Royal Reforma or similar*

Day 5 To Puebla, via Cholula; market visit and apple cider tasting. Dinner in the historical centre of the city.

Today we say goodbye to Mexico City and travel towards Puebla. En route we will stop in Cholula, considered a pueblo mágico (magic town), Cholula is best known for its Great Pyramid and the Church (Nuestra Señora de los Remedios) that was built above it. We will visit the Great Pyramid that, at 55 metres tall, is currently considered to be the largest in Mesoamerica. The pyramid has been only partially excavated, and archeologists have created underground tunnels, allowing them to study the different layers of the pyramid. Heading up to the top of the pyramid that still lays uncovered, you will find the yellow church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, with its mosaic domes. The 16th century church houses a neoclassic altar and the basilica is constructed of brada stone and covered entirely with gold leaf. Since Cholula is known for its many churches, we will also visit the Royal Chapel, which displays Arab influence, having been modeled on the Great Mosque in Cordoba, Spain. On clear days the Popocatepetl Volcano can be seen from the hilltop on which the church stands. One of the more traditional markets available to Cholula, the famous "Cosme of Razo", is located one block from the historic centre in a property where a dozen dealers who sell their products in the region are concentrated. The culinary and cultural mix found in its interior makes it important in the region because it is home to people from the centre of the various villages that make up the ancient city of San Pedro Cholula. The market sells a lot of products: fruits, vegetables, flowers, groceries, butcher shops, shoes, clothing, snacks and much more. Before continuing our Journey to Puebla, we will visit an apple cider factory and learn all about the process and of course, taste it too! We will enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant in the historical centre of the city, tasting the delights of Poblana cuisine from rich /chalupas/, /molotes/, /gorditas/, /chanclas/ to the more specialised dishes. * Hotel Colonial Puebla or similar*

Day 6 Morning stroll the streets of Puebla exploring favourite traditional spots to grab a bite; to Oaxaca.

We spend the morning exploring Puebla de los Angeles, the City of Angels – so called because of a legend that claims angels came down from heaven to place the cathedral’s bells in the towers when builders were unable to do so. This colonial city is known for its traditions, especially its handicrafts, including blue-and-white pottery, and its cuisine that is some of the best in Mexico. We will visit the Cathedral of Puebla and learn about this beautiful building which was completed over a span of 300 years.  Wander the streets of Puebla on a street food tour, exploring favourite traditional spots to grab a bite. The first stop on this quest is a small local place for tamales and café. On this tour, you’ll eat like a true local, tasting /molotes/, /pelonas/ and /semitas/, some of the most traditional /poblano /delicacies, and then you’ll savour tacos at the /Tacos Arabes /stand.  Finish with a stroll down /Calle de los Dulces/, a three‐block street lined with sweet shops, and a stop at La Gran /Fama Dulceria/. Taste hand‐made confections and be sure to try the /camotes/, Puebla’s signature candy made from sweet potato.  In the afternoon we will travel on to Oaxaca  (about 4.5hrs). Tonight we will have dinner in the heart of Oaxaca, with the chance to try /Tlayuda with Tasajo/, a local specialty consisting of a large, thin fried tortillla covered with a spread of refried beans, asiento, avacado, shredded chicken, beef or pork, Oaxaca cheese and salsa. *Oaxaca Real Hotel or similar*

Day 7 Enjoy a typical Oaxaca breakfast at the main market in Ocotlan; stop at a local mezcal distillery and visit Zaachila Market.

Today, we travel to Ocotlan de Morelos, where we will enjoy a typical Oaxaca breakfast at the main market. One of the food stalls is called “La Cocina de Frida”, and standing behind the counter is none other than Frida Kahlo herself, or at least a reasonable facsimile; owner Beatriz Vázquez Gómez likes to play up her resemblance to the famous Mexican artist. She greets visitors warmly and serves up excellent /chillies rellenos, mole, enchiladas,/ and other local specialties. We then continue with a stop at a local mezcal distillery, to learn all about it and of course, to taste it! The producers will take us step‐by‐step through the production process; learn how long it takes for the agave to mature, how it is fermented using ‘donkey power’ and what techniques are used to distill this spirit that the locals refer to as the ‘elixir of the gods’.  Afterwards we head to Zaachila, where each Thursday the Tianguis Market takes place between the central park and church. Colourful stands sell the most traditional goods from this area of the valley: pecans, alebrijes, red pottery, peanuts, radishes and regional fruits.  This fantastic market is worth a visit to experience the sights, sounds and smell of a Zapotec market.  *Oaxaca Real Hotel or similar*

Day 8 Discover why Oaxaca is the gourmet heart of Mexico during a fun cooking class at a local restaurant.

Oaxaca is the most famous region in Mexico for its cuisine and we get more acquainted with it as we head for a cooking class, learning to make dishes that can easily be recreated at home. The menu can change but we generally learn how to make two types of tortilla, three different salsas, guacamole, mole, a starter, a soup, a desert and a drink. We first visit a bustling nearby market, where delicious local ingredients and the best ways to use them in your cooking are explained, before returning to the restaurant for our class and a succulent lunch. The afternoon is free to wander around Oaxaca on your own. In the evening we go for a final meal together in the heart of the city, at one of the local restaurants specialising in typical Oaxacan cuisine (at own expense). *Oaxaca Real Hotel or similar*

Day 9 End Oaxaca

The trip ends after breakfast for land only passengers. Those on the group flights will be transferred to Oaxaca airport for their flight back to London.

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I was introduced to Antarctica in the most amazing way. When we arrived there
was a blanket of heavy fog the team got us on the zodiac and navigated on
compass bearings. Suddenly like the curtain of a stage being pulled back we
sat in sky of blue surrounded by a wild and pristine environment.
See above. Watching whales breech. Smelling penguins before you could see
them. Filming Leopard seals with my gopro. You truely need to be awake 24hrs
a day and have eyes in the back of your head for this trip.


Shelly and the team were amazing. Their passion and commitment and tirless
effort to show what they love and care about the most was amazing


Do take European travel plugs for Ushuaia as well as American.


Enjoy everything this trip has to offer. Remember this is an expedition and
not a five star hotel as some travellers on my trip thought. Things can go
wrong and weather is unpredictable. A real once in a lifetime trip.


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Another fantastic trip to the wilderness that is Antarctica. Brilliant from
start to finish with awesome scenery and wildlife experiences throughout on a
fantastic ship.
Experiencing the beauty of both Oraca's and Humpback whales upclose to to
zodiacs and a brillient night spent camping on the Ice of Antartctica.


Woody was excellent from start to finish, extremely knowledgeable and
passionate about Antarctica, friendly, open and worked brilliantly with
the Ships Captain/Crew to get us lots of fantastic landings and cruising
opportunities. He was ably assisted by the rest of his expedition crew who
were all also fantastic.


Go... A definite must do atleast once in your life. Antarctica is awesome.


Although some people might conside this type of trip as being expensive,
I'd qualify it by saying this was my second trip to Antarctica and
althought it is not a cheap holiday it is great value for money, I
wouldn't have returned otherwise.The Ship is fantastic, food was
excellent and all the crew were so friendly, helpful and ofcourse
knowledgeable.


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A holiday that exceeded all expectations. Stunning scenery, abundant
wildlife, a great team and a superb boat and crew
Seeing that being a penguin parent is true dedication!


"Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of
shape....." A quote from a member of the group that sums up Woody.
Excellent does also.


Book it NOW!


I knew we'd see a lot of wildlife and had hoped I'd see an albatross
- there were 6 gliding around the boat on the first day! The excesses just
got greater each dayafter that!


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An absolutely amazing trip!  It had been a long time coming as I booked
it 18 months previously, but it did not disappoint.
There was so much that was fantastic....the sheer beauty and enormousness
(don’t know if that is a real word) of it all, unspoilt by humans, but
the most inspiring moment was watching an iceberg calve, and then because
its’ centre of gravity had changed, virtually turn over.......and I
think I was the only one sitting there watching it!   And yes,
Paul, I do have photographic evidence!!


Kirsten was professional, and made the best of the weather conditions.


Travelling to Ushuaia is very long and tedious, especially if you are on the
early flight from Gatwick to Madrid (8 hour wait at Madrid), and even if you
have been checked straight through to Ushuaia, you need to collect your
baggage, even if you have the domestic flight from the international terminal
(very confusing....nearly left my luggage at BA airport). 3 days
travelling on board without setting foot on land, can seem a long time, but
there are presentations given by various members of the expedition staff that
give you an insight to the Antarctic region, its wildlife, and history. You
can also go on deck if weather permits, or up to the bridge viewing platforms
to pass the time of day and take pictures of the birdlife, or icebergs on
your journey south.Once you make your first zodiac trip though, everything
previously is forgotten, and take Paul’s advice....don’t have
your viewfinder surgically implanted to your eye, make sure you take stock of
where you are, and enjoy every moment of it.We were lucky with the weather,
and only missed 1 landing, but be prepared that if the weather is bad, you
will not be able to go ashore or do the zodiac cruises, and be prepared for
some ‘iffy’ moments on the zodiacs if the sea is a bit
rough.  It was my first time on zodiacs, and now feels that I could cope
with anything. It didn’t happen to me, but remember the Aerolineas
 Argentinas weight restrictions for hand-luggage; 5kg.  If you can
put your camera equipment in a backpack and have it on your back, they
don’t seem to mind.  Also, leave room in your case/bag for the
Quark Parka.  I wore the inner fleece for flying and packed the outer
shell, but still fairly cumbersome.


Just book it!!  You’ll not regret it.  This was my first
polar trip, but certainly not my last!!


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A fantastic trip encompassing magnificent scenery and wildlife viewing.
The whole trip was an incredible experience from start to finish, but for me
the highlight was the afternoon spent kayaking in Paradise Bay.  Imaging
360 degrees of snow capped mountains, blue skies, sea ice and perfect
mountain reflections in the sea and you still won't be close to
experiencing how beautiful the place was.


Kirsten was professional throughout and made sure we experienced the best
that the Antarctic Peninsula has to offer. 


Be prepared for the fact that you have 3 days at sea from Ushuaia before you
reach the Peninsula and 2 days on the way back. There are plenty of
presentations on the ship to help pass the time and prepare you for the trip
but it can seem like a long time since you have left home before you are able
to leave the ship and do some landings.  Having said that, the sea days
are forgotten in an instant as soon as you reach the peninsula and the trip
starts properly.We were incredibly lucky with the weather; there was only 1
landing which we were unable to make as the conditions would not allow it.
 You need to be aware though that if weather conditions aren't
favourable you won't be able to do all of the landings or zodiac cruises
which could potentially detract from the overall enjoyment of the
trip. Aerolinas Argentinas can be quite strict with their luggage
allowances; there is a 5kg limit for hand luggage on the internal flight. If
you are carrying a lot of photographic equipment then your hand luggage will
be way over this.  However, if you have your backpack on your back when
you check in then they do not seem to weigh it; if it is on a luggage trolley
then they will weigh it and potentially ask you to pack some of your hand
luggage into your checked luggage. Do not wear expensive jewellery in
Buenos Aires and leave your valuables locked in the safe in the hotel. 


Go ahead and book the trip - it is truly an experience of a lifetime.


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Lovely country, people, and food.

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
This review describes the revised, Lombok-less itinerary. So, no Rinjani,
sadly, but Sumeru is a decent (and difficult) substitute if one is willing to
ascend it (the summit is optional).

For me, this trip was a fine mix of culture (food, people, history, temples)
and hiking, with photographic opportunities wherever one looked. We had three
fantastic sunrises, some dynamite sunsets (especially Merbabu), and we got
very lucky with weather, being barely affected by rain. Our only real
disappointment came at Ijen where the gases from the crater would not clear
enough for a good view - but we got a good workout in while testing our
strength against that of the miners whose loads sulphur are very heavy.

There are some long drives, but most of our group found it easy to sleep on
the bus.
Ascending Sumeru. It's a difficult and frustrating climb (like summit day on
Kilimanjaro) but the view from the top is special.


Our guide (Wira) was attentive, helpful, fluent in four bazillion Indonesian
languages, and a damned good multitasker.


Most of the hiking is gentle but very dusty (we were there in the dry season)
so a buff is recommended to avoid "volcano nose" and care is needed to
protect camera mechanisms. The extension at Candidasa was a perfect and
relaxing way to end (I recommend staying as long as you can :)). Indonesians
are very friendly and you will be asked to pose for THEIR travel photographs,
so be prepared to feel like a rock-star.


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Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 8 nights comfortable hotels or resorts
  • Travel by private minibus

Trip ID#:

exodus-AHN

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners included Breakfast generally consist of fruits, cereals, beans and eggs. Meals vary in price from around $15-20 USD for lunch and $15-30 USD dinner. A beer costs on average $3-5 USD. *Food Highlights:* There is a lot more to Mexican cuisine than fajitas and tacos and we have the opportunity to discover the wealth of dishes on offer on this itinerary. *Markets visited on this trip:* */Coyoacan Market (Day 3)/* A very colourful market and full of flavours and smells. It is also very popular for its snacks stalls featuring t/ostadas, quesadillas/, seafood and even stews. We will taste some local specialities like /churros, tostadas/ and /elotes/. */Xochimilco Market (Day 3)/* Little floating kitchens will serve our lunch! It will be a mixture of white cheese, guacamole, refried beans, Mexican rice, tortillas, seasonal fruit and /Chicken Mixiote/ (a traditional pit-barbeque meat dish in central Mexico) */Cholula Market (Day 5)/* Taste Blue corn tortillas with cheese, typical in this region. */Cocina de Frida Ocotlan (Day 7)/* One of Frida’s specialities are the/ chili rellenos/ (stuffed chili peppers). We will enjoy a typical Mexican breakfast at her kitchen. *Cooking Classes:* */Casa Jacaranda Cooking class (Day 4) /* Experience the beauty of Mexican cooking and live like a local with Beto Estúa and Jorge Fitz. As savvy local chefs they will talk about food and teach you how to make an authentic Mexican meal. Suitable for all experience levels, this hands-on cooking class is hosted in our gorgeous Casa Jacaranda, making it more personal in a very intimate environment. */Casa Crespo Cooking class (Day 8) /* This cooking class is perfect for those interested in the roots of culinary culture in Oaxaca. You´ll learn how to cook tortillas, 3 types of salsas, an appetizer, soup, mole, dessert and a drink. Chef Oscar Carrazo was studying to be a painter but began training as a cook. He then decided to offer cooking classes. He has learned all about the flavours, ingredients and techniques that are authentically Oaxacan; his valuable resources are the city’s many markets and chefs. *Puebla street food:* */Cemitas:/* The cemita poblana is a sandwich so big you can hardly get it in your mouth. The bread used to make cemitas is covered with sesame seeds. Cemitas are usually prepared with sliced avocado, string cheese, white cheese, onions, salsa, and a choice of different types of meat: milanesa (breaded cutlet), beef, ham, or carnitas. An essential ingredient in cemitas is a local herb called pápalo which give cemitas their particular flavour. */Pelonas:/ *The name is a slang term which means "baldies" and unlike the bread used to make cemitas, pelonas have no sesame seeds. The bun is lightly fried before it is cut and filled with ingredients: first bean paste is spread on the bun, then it is filled with lettuce, shredded meat, chipotle salsa, and a dollop of cream. The */taco árabe/* (arab-style taco) is made with meat grilled on a vertical spit (usually pork loin) and served in a flour tortilla called pan arabe which bears some resemblance to pita bread. It is likely that immigrants from Iraq began the custom of serving tacos árabes, but they have caught on and are very popular throughout the city. *Traditional sweets in Puebla:* */Dulces de Camote: /*These candies are made with pureed sweet potatoes mixed with sugar and a variety of flavourings. They are hand-rolled and wrapped in wax paper. Dulces de camote also date back to the colonial period in Puebla. */Tortitas de Santa Clara: /*One of Puebla's most distinctive sweets was created in the Convent of Santa Clara during the time of the Spanish colony. It is said that a nun was looking for new uses for the recently created dulce de pepita, a sweet cream made with ground pumpkin seeds, and she decided to use it on a cookie. The cookie base is baked and afterwards the creamy concoction is added on top, which solidifies when it cools, making a delicious cream-coloured topping. */Jamoncillo:/* Jamoncillo referd to a few types of traditional candies. One is similar to fudge and prepared with milk and sugar, and may contain cinnamon and vanilla for flavouring and pecans as a garnish. Jamoncillo de pepita is made with pumpkin seed paste and usually comes in a bar form with a red stripe.

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