Think you’ve been to Mexico if you’ve been to Cabo, Cancun or Puerto Vallarta? The real Mexico is more hidden; it’s not found on a popular beach or in a high-rise tourist-flooded hotel zone. Mexico is like many shy but brilliant people. It holds onto its secrets, only revealing them when you take the time to get to know it. We’ll start our adventure in majestic Mexico City, where we’ll focus on great art, architecture, and stellar gourmet food. Experience the spiritual, sensual, and mystical elements in the “real Mexico” led by the gentle guiding hand of a famous floral designer. What better way to delay the crazy and overwrought aspect of the holidays than to take a week out surrounded by beauty, design, and blossoms? In early September, Mexico is awash with blooms (It’s dahlia season) and greenery in the Valle de Bravo and Tepozetlan areas, two resort towns a short drive from Mexico City.
Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip
We’ll begin our adventure by arriving at the Mexico City Airport. Make sure you arrive by 1:00pm.Grab a cab and head to the hotel.
We'll check into the hip and charming Alest Hotel in the Polanco neighborhood, the Beverly Hills of Mexico City.
After unpacking, we’ll head over to the Soumaya Museum. It's known for its vast collection of Rodin sculptures, paintings, and other works dating from Mesoamerica to the modern day. The architecture is as fascinating and thrilling as the museum itself. You'll have time to rest and relax this afternoon.
Tonight, we’ll take in the lights of the Zocalo (central square) and the 500-year-old cathedral as we dine in style at the Balcon de Zocalo. We’ll toast to the adventures we'll live this upcoming week and repeat this Mexican, saying Barriga llena, Corazón contente, meaning full stomach, happy heart.
We'll devote today to art and architecture.
Our first point of call is Casa Luis Barragan, one of the most iconic pieces of mid-century Mexican architecture – a building ahead of its time. Built in 1948, it is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture from an international point of view. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For lunch we'll enjoy a walking and tasting tour at Mercado La Merced with a local foodie guide.
We'll close our day at the Frida Kahlo Casa Azul House and Museum, a pilgrimage every woman must make while in CDMX.
Dinner is at a mansion in the Roma neighborhood, a place that is on everyone’s best Mexico City restaurant list. It is also one of the most picturesque.
Walking food tour for lunch
Valle de Bravo
After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Garden of Eden.
Arriving at Valle de Bravo, we’ll drop our bags at the hotel and head to La Musa de las Flores, a flower lover's paradise.
Gabriella, the owner and founder, is from Mexico but lived in England for five years. Hers is one of the most followed Instagram accounts focused on flowers. She teaches gardening and floristry with a difference, as she believes in mindful flower arranging. She teaches home enthusiasts and florists alike, but when they take her classes, they finish with lessons that are much more fulfilling than creating a beautiful arrangement.
We’ll meet Gabriella for an amazing catered lunch. Then, she’ll take us through her cut flower garden. After the tour, we’ll relax in this serene environment with a glass of wine.
September is dahlia season and a prolific blooming season for many other flowers, so prepare for an explosion of color and unique blooms. Nothing Gabriella plants is ordinary.
She’ll explain to us our fabulous workshop set for tomorrow before we leave for the hotel. We’ll then check into La Casa Rodavento.
After rest and relaxation, a rooftop mezcal tasting will enlighten your taste buds before a fabulous dinner at the Nuestro Restaurante at the hotel.
Visit and Introduction to Gabriella's Garden
Valle de Bravo
You’ll wake up in a gorgeous hotel room that feels as if it is suspended in a forest.
Then we’ll meet Gabriella again and walk in the forest and the surrounding countryside to forage for items for our bouquets. We'll have a bouquet class in the late morning, where Gabriella will show us how to mindfully mix her unique, organic flowers with our foraged items.
We’ll enjoy a healthy lunch in the garden. Then, Gabriella will lead a bouquet workshop.
You can take your flower arrangements to the hotel and admire your creations for the next few days.
Tonight, we’ll celebrate our new-found artistry and respect for nature with a jubilant meal at a sister resort. Enjoy the amazing five course floating dinner on a private lake.
Valle de Bravo
We’ll check out after breakfast and drive about three hours to Tepozetlan, a Pueblo Magico (magic village), a resort town. This small but alluring village outside Cuernavaca is known for the small pyramid at the top of a nearby hill dedicated to Ometochtli–Tepoztēcatl, the guru of pulque, a beer-like drink made from the maguey plant. The pyramid, called El Tepozteco, dates from 1452. The region is known for its handicrafts, including artisanal weaving, pottery, and baskets.
We'll explore the market in Tepozetlan. We'll feast on street food from the market. We’ll taste our way through the market, trying red turkey mole, pumpkin flower quesadillas, thin tamales, and itacates. These local favorites consist of buttered corn cakes with salsa, sour cream, and cheese. We’ll wash it all down with a sample of pulque, naturally!
Our home for the next two nights is the Hotel Amomoxtli. After unpacking, you’ll have free time to unwind. Why not book an optional spa treatment and pamper yourself at the hotels amazing spa.
Tonight’s meal is at Mesa de Origen. The food is scrumptious, and you’ll enjoy the cocktail menu and the excellent selection of local Mexican wines (don’t knock them until you’ve tried them. There are some absolutely delicious wines produced in Mexico now).
After breakfast, we'll head over to Cuernavaca, the city of Eternal Spring, an hour long drive to the west.
Our first stop is the Robert Brady House Museum, dedicated to the owner, a poet, writer, and collector. He was born in Iowa, lived in Venice, and then traveled the world collecting art and artifacts before settling in the 16th-century monastery in the 1960s.
Then, we’ll pop into the Chapel of the Third Order of San Francisco, which is pink! Life may not always be a walk in the park, but after going to church, we’ll walk in the Jardín Juárez park, complete with a gazebo designed by Gustav Eiffel.
We will have lunch at La Casa then you have time to shop at the nearby craft markets or discover, on your own, the Palacio de Cortes from 1521 with its Diego Rivera murals.
Later in the afternoon why not relax and enjoy the resort. Maybe schedule yourself into the spa for a well deserved wellness treatment.
For dinner tonight we are in for a delightful treat at Parcela. We will learn how the facility grows organic food and their regenerative agriculture practices. We will explore together our five methods of production of fruit trees, vegetables, flowers and aromatic herbs, and we will be able to appreciate the biodiversity of insects, birds and other animals that now cohabit our space. After the tour, we will enjoy the delights of the garden with seasonal dishes and celebrate our last night together.
Guided Museum Visit
After breakfast, we will head back to Mexico City Airport. Make sure your departure flight is in the late afternoon or early evening. We will cherish the memories and friendships created this week as we say goodbye.
The Alest Hotel was designed with eclectic and sophisticated elements. Its prime location in the heart of Polanco welcomes bon vivants from around the world who wish to enjoy unique and unrepeatable experiences.
Comfort and luxury await you at La Casa Rodaventa. Enjoy luxury facilities including a pool and hot tub.
Cheri calls the tiny island of Utila Honduras home. She loves the sea and tropical gardens. She is a lover of the natural world and all things ALIVE! Travel for her is a deeper experience where she can immerse herself in culture, learning, gastronomy, places of great beauty, and horticulture. Her second career is in tourism and hospitality.
"Mexico is a Reality of Different Realities and Beauties" Enrique Pena Nieto
Escape with us to mystical Mexico. Take the time to uncover Mexico’s secrets away from the tourist crowds. Surround yourself with the fragrance and vibrant color of spring flowers. Encounter design and architecture as never before and discover the sights, sounds and flavors of an ancient land from the quiet comfort of a resort town. The adventure starts in Mexico!
Entrance to museums
All meals except lunch on day 2
All ground transportation (except arrival transfer)
Visit and Introduction to Gabriellas Garden
Bouquet Class and Centerpiece demonstration
Group drop off at hotel or airport in Mexico City
Any personal souvenirs or purchases
International Round Trip Airfare
Travel and Medical Insurance (required)
Any spa treatment desired
Additional wine, beer or sprits beyond of what is offered at meals
You should fly into Mexico City International Airport.
September is an ideal time to visit Mexico, with temperatures ranging from 70 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius).
We will have a Zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.
Doni is the owner and founder of Girls' Guide to the World and she only picks a few trips to do each year. She has traveled to 80 countries and counting and her favorite thing about guiding tours is meeting the amazing women who join her.
The trip officially starts on the afternoon of September 2nd. Make sure you arrive by 1pm. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will book your room for you and make sure that you stay in the same room when the trip starts.