Mexico small group vacation, a food adventure

“A nine day, small group vacation, traveling through some of Mexicos most fabulous foodie cities and discovering the most delectable aspects of Mexican culture. ”

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Mexico city | Puebla | Lucha Libre' performance | Famous food markets of Oaxaca | Mazunte | Ecolodge stay on Pacific coast

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Food Adventures

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what makes a Food Adventure different?
Our focus on these trips is exploring our destination through regional specialities, eating where the locals eat, learning to cook traditional dishes and refreshing your palate with the local tipple! Our usual grass roots style of travel is still very much in evidence and you'll still get to explore a region's highlights as well as more out of the way places under the guidance of your group leader, but there will be a lot of focus on the unique flavours of the region you are visiting.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mexico small group vacation, a food adventure

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travelers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travelers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment

We take care to use local transport throughout and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travelers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This tour will lead you on a cultural and culinary journey with countless opportunities to interact with the locals and learn their gourmet secrets, from the vibrant Abastos Markets where you will sample the distinct Oaxaca regional specialities with the stallholders to sharing a glass of Mezcal with the locals in the Mezcal bars of Mexico City. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses. We encourage our travelers to reduce their excess waste using a reduce, re-use and recycle policy. We also in avoidance of animal cruelty never visit places known to use cruel practices in rearing and/or slaughtering of livestock. We also make sure that foods from the endangered species list are not served on the trip.

As company our responsibilities dont stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

We are proud to be a carbon neutral company. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. Through these schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travelers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

We invest in internationally accredited offset projects that are based in our biggest destinations. These projects not only offset our emissions but they also improve the environment of the local communities by providing an alternative to fossil fuels and therefore produce less pollution.
Our current project is the Alize amseki wind farm in Turkey. The wind turbines produce approximately 82,000 MWh of electricity annually and in doing so prevents 52,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere each year.

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“On this trip we definitely saw the proper Mexico and met lots of local people. Im not really into museums and things like that, so because the trip was mostly about food and Mexican culture, I found it to be really good.”

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The town of Puebla and Oaxaca were great. The cooking class with Oscar was truly wonderful and so was the visit to Mitla and the rug weavers.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't go over the vacation season. Unless the people who organize this tour get their act together and offer something viable for the vacations, Christmas Eve
and Day are pretty much a total bust re: food experience and anything else printed on the itinerary.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


To some degree, yes. I didn't see anything that reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This trip was pretty disappointing. The itinerary changed constantly and there were only three of the nine days that were actually as written. We didn't stay
at Mizunte. We ended up in Puerto Escondido, never got to the turtle museum and only got the boat trip because we pretty much demanded it. I know you
give this big disclaimer re: things change. I get that. It also doesn't absolve you of your accountability in a poorly planned trip where things changed so much
we couldn't count on anything. I've been on other tours before. Wouldn't do this one again.

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Going to local markets and learning and tasting about different foods.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Turn up with a smile and a positive attitude and everything will be fine

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes going to local establishments really helped the local economy

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


11/10 had a fantastic time with great people who were all traveling alone

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This was a food trip, and the food was fantastic. Our great guide, Fernando, took us to street food, markets, and restaurants--more than I expected. The cities of Puebla and Oaxaca are beautiful. For me high points were the markets and Monte Alban.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


1) Check the exact date you are going. We happened to be on the one trip that started at a different hotel, and there was confusion.
2) Now there is an overnight bus from Oaxaca to Zipolite (apparently soon there will be a better road). When the guide says take the motion sickness medicine, do!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It did benefit local people by our staying at hotels, eating, and buying things. Most tourism creates some environmental impact--don't know the tradeoff about this trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great! I hadn't been to Mexico before (not counting a few days in Cabo) so it was all fascinating. I liked having the focus on food--we tried so many different things, all delicious. There was generally a good balance between group time and free time. The hotels varied in quality, but fortunately went up the scale as we went. The bus system was so good and really more enjoyable than a private van.

The one disappointment was Mitla--the guide wasn't very good. I would suggest
switching to a good tour of Monte Alban and having the free time where the Mitla trip was, or else another guide.

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