|Flight time||from UK: 14hrs; from US: 5hrs 20mins|
|Ideal length||10 Days|
|Price||From £2,599 per person|
|When to go||All Year Round|
Exploring the mysterious Monte Alban ruins set on a scenic plateau and venturing to the ancient burial ground at Mitla.
Having dinner with the local ‘cloud people’ of the Sierra Norte Mountains.
Hiking the pristine forest of the Pueblos region and having a guided tour of historic spots like the fascinating town of Zaachila.
Retreating to the sanctuary of a gorgeous boutique villa overlooking the Pla
Surfing at one of the world’s top ten surfing spots and watching the professionals take on the Mexican pipeline.
Our first tip: leave the frenetic pace of Mexico City behind and head south to Oaxaca. Set high in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, this is one of the country’s most diverse and culture-rich regions. Stay at the Art Hotel Casa Oaxaca and Toast your arrival with a glass of Mezcal, the local fire water, or take the soft option and go for a mug of hot chocolate – there’s so much cocoa stored on Mina St that it literally scents the air. By night the squares of Oaxaca come alive with local musicians and food stalls and the fiesta buzz is inescapable.
Hungry for culture? Musty museums just don’t cut the mustard. Venture further afield to explore the sprawling ancient ruins of Monte Alban and one of Mexico’s most mystical burial grounds at Mitla. Much more appetising than your average history lesson. Looking for adventure? Journey into the sky with a guided trek deep into the Sierra Norte Mountains to meet the ‘cloud people’. This isolated indigenous group lives high in villages shrouded by clouds. Watch as shadowy silhouettes emerge through soft mist and feast with these locals before bedding down for the night. Jaunts down the pub will seem distinctly unspectacular after this.
Wash off from your dusty trek in the turquoise sea at Puerto Escondido. Famed internationally as a surfing mecca, this ‘Hidden Port’ is the perfect place for a celebratory cocktail. Should surfing prove too strenuous, rent a boat to check out marine turtles and porpoises and access otherwise-inaccessible shores. At night enjoy fresh seafood in local restaurants before showing off your tan in one of the towns’ many relaxed bars.
Chocolate-scented streets; shots of Mezcal with friendly locals; dining under the stars as clouds curl beneath you; and relaxing on deserted beaches with a fresh fruit cocktail. This is the real Mexico and our perfect recipe to whet your holiday appetite – far better fare than a soggy fajita at your desk.