For you guys playing at home, our Adventure Collective triapsed through Mexico & Guatemala. Starting in the queso-filled markets of Mexico City, they wound their way south, through Zapotec ruins in Oaxaca, local villages in San Cristobal and over the waters of Lake Atitlan, all the way to Antigua in the Guatemalan highlands. It was grueling. There were tacos.
The good news is you can follow in their footsteps (metaphorically anyway – it’s really hard to keep track of real footsteps). With each destination below, we've listed a few trips that visit the area.
Days 1-2 Mexico City
Mexico City is what happens when mariachi music, high-octane nightlife, colonial history and Aztec ruins get together in one delicious, cheese-filled explosion. Here our Collective will taste some of the freshest market produce, check out the ruins of Teotihuacan, expand their minds (and stomachs) on a killer taco crawl and sip mescal in one of the city’s hottest downtown bars. It’s tough work, but someone’s got to do it.
Days 3-4 Oaxaca
With a surplus of trendy artists and a street parade in the Zócalo every other day, Oaxaca has that laid-back-city vibe down pat. It’s where Mexico comes for a good time, and our Collective will be exploring it from edge to edge: Zapotec ruins in Mezcaleria and Mitla, the famous Árbol del Tule (the widest tree in the world), market plazas and nightlife hotspots, not to mention a cool dip and mountain views at the stunning Hierve el Agua. Heaven, thy name is Mexico.
Days 5-6 San Cristobel
There aren’t many spots in the world where you get cobblestoned colonial beauty and shamans cleansing the air with firewater and chickens. San Cristobal is one of them. It’s half old-world charm, half tribal roots. Our Collective will explore Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages by bike, check out the church at San Juan Chamula, buy a few handicrafts at the markets and kick back with a cheesy elotes locos (crazy corn) in the highlands of Chiapas.
Days 7-8 Panajachel / Lake Atilan
Days 9-10 Antigua
Other great Central American adventures