Mexico City The Ultimate Journey

Mexico City possesses one of the utmost concentrations of galleries and museums in the world, plus an outstanding innovative cuisine scene rivaling London, Tokyo and Copenhagen. Add an abundance of design shops and classic hotels with our private exclusive experiences to understand why we think Mexico City is a Hot Destination!

Arrive Mexico City whisk through customs with our VIP arrival specialists, meet driver and head to the Four Seasons or if you arrive privately, heli to downtown!

A sample itinerary:
Day One: Early rise for sunrise in private hot air balloon over the Valley of Teotihuacan ruins, the center of the Aztec civilization. Drift over the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and taking in the sheer size of the religious and ceremonial center of the Aztecs and looking out over vistas of the surrounding valley.

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Dawn Hot air balloon over the Valley of Teotihuacan ruins, the center of the Aztec civilization. Drift over the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Mexico

Once the gentle flight is over you will toast with sparkling wine, as has been done since the first days of hot-air ballooning, before heading to a breakfast in a private garden. Afterward, explore Teotihuacán by foot and climb the pyramids. Deluxe Private Tour to Teotihuacan Pyramids with Special Access to Atetelco workshop and Tetitla murals in Teotihuacan. After your morning experience you will continue with the visit to Atetelco, once an active archaeological workshop which served as a strategic center of operation in 1950s and today is closed to the general public. Accompanied by an expert archaeologist, you’ll be captivated during a one-hour, private expedition of this exclusive area. Rediscover an infinite number of ceramic artifacts, fossil remains, sequentially numbered fragments for the reconstruction of the outer wall and many other incredible treasures. You’ll also get a glimpse into the workings of the excavation by viewing the original blueprints and newspapers from the 1950s.

Atetelco workshop and Tetitla murals in Teotihuacan. Mexico

Next, head towards the Palace of Tetitla, where you will access a restricted area, closed to the general public, to admire ancient mural paintings that your private archaeologist will bring to life through interpretation and knowledge. Afterwards, take a short drive to the Teotihuacan archaeological zone to continue with a guided tour of the world-class site. With your expert bilingual guide, will explore the archaeological zone while learning about the rituals, cosmology, beliefs and everyday lives of the Aztecs and the inhabitants of Teotihuacán before them.

Atetelco workshop and Tetitla murals in Teotihuacan. Mexico

Evening dinner with pairing of Mexican wine / artisanal beer with two locally renowned cooks and food experts, in their home in the heart of one of Mexico’s most fashionable neighborhoods.

Day Two: Private tour to Mexico City historic centre with a visit to San Juan Market and Churro Experience. Discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican, colonial and revolutionary history while exploring the historic center of the capital with your personal, expert guide. What is now the heart of this modern city was also once the center of the Aztec world, Tenochtitlan. Visit the Cathedral built upon the main Aztec temple by the Spanish conquistadors, as well as the painted representation of Mexico’s past by muralist Diego Rivera in the National Palace. Walk through some of the center’s iconic streets to the Palace of Fine Arts where to explore its varied architecture and visit the Museo de Arte Popular.

Tree of Life, Mexico City

Your next stop will be at Mercado San Juan also known as Gourmet Market, it is located in the San Juan neighborhood of the Historic Centre and it is one of the oldest markets in the city. Here you will have the opportunity to try some Mexican delicacies and purchase some Mexican handicraft. The market has its origins in the pre-Hispanic open-air market, or tianguis, in the San Juan Moyotlan quarter of colonial Mexico City. Before 1548, the neighborhood was simply Moyotlan – “place of the mosquito” in Nahuatl – a nod to a common (and persisting) nuisance in the formerly marshy area bordering Lake Texcoco that surrounded ancient Tenochtitlan.

After your meal, enjoy a sample of churros at the world-famous Churreria el Moro, located in the wonderful Condesa Neighborhood, next to Parque Mexico.  After dessert you will be driven back to your hotel to enjoy some free time to relax and refresh before continuing with an exclusive visit to the Anthropology Museum.

Churreria el Moro

National Museum of Anthropology private visit. This once in a lifetime experience will take you to explore The National Anthropology Museum on a private and off-hours tour. This museum showcases fascinating artifacts from various cultures that once thrived in Mesoamerica and is the most visited museum in Mexico. Designed and built by architect Pedro Ramirez Vasquez in 1964, it is considered to be very important for its architectural design as well as the vast array of artifacts that it houses.

National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City

Our expert guide will lead you on an exploration of the museum, taking you on a journey through the many histories and cultures of Mesoamerica. One of the most important pieces housed at the museum is the 24-ton Aztec Sunstone that was found buried beneath the city´s main square in 1790. While you observe its intricate craftsmanship, our guide will explain the legend of the five suns that is depicted in the stone. You will also explore replica temples and the tomb of King Pakal found at Palenque in Chiapas as well as learning about the ancient ball game that was played across Mesoamerica.

Day Three: Private Full Day Cooking Class. Accompanied by two locally renowned cooks, enjoy a cultural and culinary experience in the heart of one of Mexico City´s most artistic and dynamic neighborhoods – La Roma. The day begins in the morning next to the Medellin market where you will taste authentic Mexican tortillas made with traditional Nixtamal dough and learn how this vitamin rich food has spanned the test of time throughout Mesoamerica.

Afterwards, walk the market to discover the colors, aromas and deep-rooted tradition of an authentic Mexican market. With a shopping bag in tow, you can interact with local merchants, taste spices, cheeses, ice cream, single origin coffee from Chiapas, and much more.

After tasting and selecting the best fresh ingredients for your menu you will enjoy a short walk to Casa Jacaranda, a beautifully restored mansion where your hands-on cooking lesson begins. Generations-old culinary secrets and techniques are shared during this interactive gathering while you chop, grill, marinate and steam to create a 3-course menu with sauces and garnishes. Once completed, dine on your creations paired with Mexican wine and a tasting of craft Mezcal from Oaxaca.

Diego Rivera Murals, Mexico City

Day Four: Private full day tour to Southern Suburbs & Xochimilco with catered lunch and mariachi. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you will be driven to San Angel, located in the South of Mexico City. With its narrow, cobbled streets and large colorful houses, it can be hard to believe that San Angel is part of Mexico City. That might be due to the fact that it didn’t officially become part of the city until the 20th Century. You Take your time to wander around the central Plaza, learning about the history of the area, known in pre-Hispanic times as Tenanitla.

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Xochimilco, Mexico City

You will have time for lunch before continuing on to Coyoacán, another area of the city that also feels like a small pueblo. Meander down the tree-lined street, Francisco Sosa and observe the colorful, heavy brick architecture. Sixty-four of the buildings on this street are catalogued by INAH for their historic value.

Then visit the Church of St John the Baptist, and learn about its outside plaza, used to preach to the native people who were accustomed to listening to their priests under the open sky. Inside, your guide will lead you in exploring the mixture of architectural styles found within the church and the Arab influence in much of the design.Traversing the narrow streets of Coyoacán, arrive at Plaza la Conchita, where the Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortes’ house can be found. Next you will head to Diego Rivera Studio and take an in-depth look into Diego Rivera´s passionate lifestyle, art and legacy.

Pottery aficionados, we may arrange a meeting and visit to the workshop of Alberto Diaz de Cossio. Explore the Studio, and then drive to Xochimilco. Meaning ‘Place of the Flowers’ in Nahuatl, Xochimilco is famous for its canals. These canals made up part of vast man-made waterways surrounding the ancient city of Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs built fertile riverbeds called chinampas, using wattle, mud and river sediment, on which they were able to grow many of their staple crops.

Alberto Diaz de Cossio Pottery

Explore the canals on a colorful boat called a trajinera and discover that the chinampas are still in use today but for growing flowers rather than food crops. Your guide will be on hand to point out the local wildlife, including monkeys and tropical birds, abundant in Xochimilco despite it being part of one of the most populated cities in the world. A private mariachi performance is the finale of this visit!

Frida Kahlo Blue House, Mexico City

Private off hours visit to Frida Kahlo´s Blue House. Frida Kahlo’s Blue House, the house where Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born and later died, is now a museum dedicated to her life. Through observing her house, her art and reading her words you will learn more about this painter who has become an iconic figure in Mexico and beyond. End the day with dinner at Rosetta, a popular Italian restaurant in the Roma district.

Frida Kahlo Blue House, Mexico City

Day Five: Begin the day at the Museum of Modern Art, a small but influential collection of works by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and Frida Kahlo. Meet your guide for a walking tour of the houses designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning modernist architect Luis Barragán. Lunch at the historic San Ángel Inn. After your visit you will be driven to one of the best restaurants of Mexico City to enjoy dinner

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Pujol Mexico City

Additionally, we can can extend your exclusive Journey to Oaxaca or to the coast for a few days beachside!

“¡Olé!

Four Seasons Paradise in Punta Mita

September 4. Punta Mita, Mexico. We arrived at the Four Seasons Resort on a sizzling September afternoon, it was muggy, hot and damp. Always expecting a warm welcome, the Four Seasons didn’t disappoint, a refreshing juicy cocktail spiked with tequila served with a fragrant chilled towel. Sip and freshen up – the ideal combination, we’ve alighted in Paradise!

Labor Day week is generally quiet for me; thus, I escape! September in this jungle climate, typically produces showery evenings; monsoon type tempests accompanied by impressive thunder & spectacular jagged lightening, for a native Californian, it’s Mother Nature at her very very best!

The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is a luxurious family-friendly resort hotel with excellent facilities on a 1,500-acre nature reserve on the northern tip of Bahia de Banderas, one of the world’s largest natural bays. Fringed by palms, sandy beaches and a backdrop of jungle clad mountains. Paradise Indeed! Richard and Elizabeth and the Night of the Iguana introduced these picturesque fishing villages to the world.

The Arrival – a refreshing juicy cocktail spiked with tequila. It sets the stage for the visit! Four Seasons Punta Mita.

The Welcome continues – this is one of my absolute favorite hotel amenities at Four Seasons Punta Mita

Holas and sipping achieved, we were escorted by golf buggy through the fragrant frangipani gardens to the Presidential Suite and its adjoining sumptuous suites. The Welcome continues – this is one of my absolute favorite hotel amenities, I am passionate about The Welcome – the most delectable individual Margarita, with guacamole, chips and salsa- mosey out to your terrace or slip into your plunge for a brilliant sunset and panoramic views of the Pacific. Did I mention Paradise?

A hacienda style retreat with five-bedrooms, it’s located at the very tip of the Resort’s private cliffside, overlooking massive sea rocks and the panoramic views of the Pacific. Each suite has a plunge pool and spacious terrace.

Our clients are devoted to this little oasis of calm relaxation on a sun-splashed stretch of Mexico’s Banderas Bay coastline. Reserving many times a year for multi-generation families and couples, it’s a peaceful fun sanctuary with impeccable service – we rely on the perfection so much, I haven’t visited in several years. Our clients are considered Royalty here – Aztec Gods.

Plunge View from Presidential suite Four Seasons Punta Mita

Presidential Suite Four Seasons Punta Mita

The resort has 173 guest rooms, including 34 suites. All are spacious and feature large bathrooms with separate shower and bath tub, as well as a private balcony or terrace. The suites also feature a separate sitting area and private plunge pool. The massive outdoor shower provided my daily rinse.

Bahia Restaurant Four Seasons Punta Mita

The hotel has three main restaurants. A new restaurant Dos Katrinas will be completed by November. Overseen by executive Chef Jorge González, the restaurant will marry Mexico’s past and future with a new culturally rich dining experience set in a modern, reimagined space with views to the ocean. Bahia by Richard Sandoval has a prime spot on Las Cuevas beach, enjoying some of the best sunset views, and taking advantage of the fishermen’s daily catch, with delicious seafood prepared on the open-air grill. Cool ocean breezes set the scene for the extensive range of smoky mesquite grilled seafood and meat, served with seasonal vegetables and signature sauces. The Aramara restaurant, meaning “sacred place by the ocean”, features a melting pot of Latin American and Asian cuisine and the Aramara bar offers the perfect place to relax before or after your meal.

Tropical Playground
 – Offering championship golf, diving, surfing, languid swimming pools, whale watching, flyboarding, fishing and the list goes on. The Lazy River is paradise for the kiddos. The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita offers an excellent Children’s Club, a super luxe spa, fitness center, 3 outdoor pools and an impressive tennis center with 10 tennis courts. The hotel also offers a wide variety of other activities including deep sea fishing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking and golf at the two Jack Nicklaus designed 28-hold courses next to the ocean. Whale watching excursions can also be arranged between the months of December and April – and in fact the whales can often be seen right in front of the hotel, do lift your head to the rim of your plunge pool and look for the spouting and slapping tail flukes. A new Teen Center has received raves from our clients: The Container. The resort invites guests 13 to 19 years-old to enjoy the new indoor-outdoor modern space, which offers interactive programming, a “no adults allowed” lounge area and teen-friendly culinary options.

The Container Teen Center Four Seasons Punta Mita

Located just steps from the Resort’s lazy river and the basketball court,

Apuane Spa
 – Pièce de résistance. Step into a coastal haven of rest and tranquility. Apuane, Spanish for “healing waters,” is ultimate serenity in scenic Mexico. Spa therapists have created a special treatment that will enhance your feeling of well-being like no other massage you’ve ever experienced using tequila, indigenous sage oil and traditional Mexican healing techniques. My personal favorite: Dream Time Journey. Huichols believe that we live two lives, one in our waking state and the other in our dreaming state, and both are of great importance in their culture. This beautiful restorative ritual is performed to promote the journey into the dream world, where our subconscious mind and conscious self, meet and create harmony and peaceful sleep. We begin with a luxurious exfoliation and bathing ritual, followed by massage based on ancient techniques with repetitive movements to completely switch off the thinking process. A full body nourishing cocoon with scalp massage completes the treatment to promote deep, deep sleep and a pleasant dreamtime journey.

Four Seasons Punta Mita

In the style of chic Mexican beach homes, each guest room and suite at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is enhanced by simple, elegant décor and wide doors open to a furnished terrace. High-tech features include plasma-screen televisions, DVD and CD players, two-line telephones and high-speed internet access. For personal comfort, there are famously restful Four Seasons beds. Spacious bathrooms feature immense soaking tub, a separate glass-enclosed shower and a stunning outdoor open-air shower, large enough for a group! Some of the Villas we reserve have their own screening room and gyms.

If you want to swim in the Pacific, the water is calm and just cool enough to refresh from the heat, or just laze away the day on a Bali beach bed under the shade of a thatched palapa or float in the infinity pool … a friendly beach attendant will be hovering with a tray of iced drinks and frozen popsicles. Kayaks, boogie boards, SUP are all supplied from the beach shack.

Five-star sea sunsets guaranteed – gazing from your terrace or all the restaurants.

Catch of the Day Four Seasons Punta Mita

Every morning, guests who mosey to the Las Cuevas beach near Bahia may greet the local fishermen boat as they deliver the fresh catch of the day straight from the sea. Instagram the ritual as the whole fish are removed from the fishermen’s cooler and beautifully arranged on slabs of ice that line a replica wooden boat. Thursday’s catch included red snapper, flounder, Dorado and brilliantly colored parrot fish. Chef will let you snap photos with the fish and explain fishology – if your kiddos want to touch the tongue of a fish or peer into the gills, this is an interactive Fresh Fish Cart!

Staff
 – The most devoted professional staff I’ve ever encountered. Fortunate guests will enjoy a round of golf with the very congenial GM. John is a beyond charming Irishman and if you are VV lucky he will gift you a book of his poems.

The Four Seasons property rambles amidst tropical jungle gardens overflowing with fragrant flowers, spectacular songbirds, colorful tree climbing iguanas, and a stunning ocean view.

As Thornton Wilder wrote: There’s nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.

I’m quite pleased with the Four Seasons Punta Mita world.

Four Seasons Punta Mita Included again in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards

Guaranteed Five Star Sunsets Four Seasons Punta Mita

Four Seasons Punta Mita