Experience, discover and enjoy Mexico in a unique way. This Mexico trip immerses you in the culture and dance life of the country. No matter if you are a dance beginner or an advanced dancer. Learn and practice your dance steps with professional dance teachers from Cuba and Mexico. Dance with your Mexican dance partner until dawn. This trip takes you from Mexico City to Guadalajara to the Pacific coast, to Puerto Vallarta and takes place from a group size of 6 people. Runs 3 times a year – January, March and November.
After your arrival in Mexico City, you will be picked up at the airport and brought to your hotel. (no breakfast incl.)
After breakfast, you can explore this gigantic cosmopolitan city on foot. Discover the historic centre with the huge Zócalo and the famous Cathedral. Optional (not incl. in the price): you can book a city tour with an English-speaking guide. In the afternoon there is time to relax, have lunch at the Balcón del Zócalo restaurant with a view of the main square, or go on a taco tour (optional), before heading to the dance class. Experience two hours of Salsa Cubana with a Cuban dance teacher and your individual experienced dance partner. After dance classes, head to a popular Salsa club in town with live music. This gives you the opportunity to put your newly learned dance steps into practice right away (entrance to dance club incl. in the price). (breakfast incl.)
A trip to Teotihuacán should be part of every trip to Mexico. So today you will visit the City of the Gods – Teotihuacán, 50 km northeast of Mexico City. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way back to Mexico City, you make a stop at the famous Basílica de Guadalupe. Since colonial times, it has been considered the holiest place in Mexico and is the most important pilgrimage church in the country. After a rest at the hotel, you will be picked up from the hotel in the evening and taken to a folklore show. The special thing about it is that you not only get to know the various traditional Mexican dances, but also have the opportunity to learn a few dance steps yourself and try on the colourful costumes. After the show, you will be taken back to your hotel. (breakfast incl.)
Today will be a very Mexican day of dancing. In the late afternoon, you will learn “Cumbia”, a style of Latin American Salsa. The characteristic feature of cumbia is that, in addition to the closed basic step, an open dance posture is adopted in which both dance partners dance sideways in a crossed back step next to each other. After class, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your newly learned steps in a typical night club with live cumbia music (entrance to dance club incl. in the price). Optional (not incl. in the price): The afternoon is at your free disposal, for example, you can go to the beautiful south of the city, to Coyoacán, the artists’ quarter. There you will find the “blue house” of the famous artist Frida Kahlo, who once lived and worked in Coyoacán. Today, the house is a museum in which some of Frida’s originals and personal objects are exhibited. (breakfast incl.)
Today you can relax a little on the journey to Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico. The intercity bus takes you 540 km through the country until you reach the capital of the state of Jalisco. It is famous for its Mariachi music and Tequila. By the way: In 2011, the Mariachi music, which is mainly about heroic deeds, homesickness, love and passion, was recognised as intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO committee. Once you arrive in Guadalajara, we can organise a visit to a restaurant with Mariachi music in the evening. (breakfast incl.)
After breakfast, you can explore the historic centre of Guadalajara on your own or book an optional guided city tour with an English-speaking guide (not incl. in the price). The Cabanas Museum, with its famous murals by the artist José Clemente Orozco, is definitely worth a visit. You should also try the regional speciality “Birria” in an authentic restaurant in the city. In the late afternoon, after you have digested the cultural dive, you will go to dance classes. Experience two extensive dance classes of “Salsa Rueda” in a Cuban dance school. In the evening, if your energy level is still high enough, you can continue dancing in one of the many dance clubs. (no breakfast incl.)
Today you will learn everything about the national drink – Tequila. You will be picked up from the hotel in an exclusive car, where you will already find drinks such as beer, water and Tequila. The tour starts at a high-quality Tequila distillery. Here you will learn all about the Tequila production process and take part in a tasting of different types of Tequila and Mezcal. To continue the adventure, you will stop for dinner at an old Tequila hacienda with a beautiful garden and then heading to the village of Tequila. There you have time to get to know the historic centre. The excursion is rounded off with a visit to the “Cantaritos del Güero”, where you can dance to “banda music” and taste the famous drink “Cantarito” (not included). (Lunch and Tequila tasting incl., no breakfast incl.)
The afternoon is free for you today. Optional (not incl. in the price): After breakfast, you can set off about 7 km northeast of the city – to Tlaquepaque – with an English-speaking guide. In the 19th century, Tlaquepaque was a noble suburban district of Guadalajara and still has a small-town character today. Tlaquepaque is known for its handicrafts of various kinds such as glass, ceramics, wood carvings, jewellery and leather goods, and for its Mariachi music. In the late afternoon, you will again experience two extensive “Salsa Rueda” dance classes in a Cuban dance school. In the evening, if your energy level is still high enough, you can continue dancing in one of the many dance clubs in GDL. (no breakfast incl.)
After breakfast, we take the bus towards the Pacific coast, about 330 km west of Guadalajara – to Puerto Vallarta. This city is incredibly diverse and a little jewel on the Pacific coast. It combines originality and modernity, sea and mountains, a lively promenade (Malecón) and secluded beaches. Optional: In the evening, you can visit a beautiful restaurant by the sea (sunset guaranteed) and, if you like, you can still shake a leg to live salsa music. (no breakfast incl.)
To find your way around Puerto Vallarta, you will take part in a city tour today. This will take you to well-known places in the city, and you will also pass typical taco stands. Breakfast and lunch today will be traditionally Mexican. In the late afternoon, when the tacos have been digested, there will be two dance classes with the duo “Con Clave Son” and individual experienced dance partners. Note: Unfortunately, there is no possibility to dance Salsa in Puerto Vallarta on Monday evening so far. Optionally, a trip to Sayulita can be organised, where a Salsa night by the sea takes place on Monday evening. (no breakfast incl.)
In order not to lose the Salsa beats, you will continue with dance classes in the morning. The afternoon and evening are at your free disposal. Enjoy the time by the sea with a Margarita in your hand, walk through the old town, up the “Mirador” or book a massage or yoga class. Optional: In the evening, you can take part in a “night taco tour” and/or dance in a typical salsa club with live music. (no breakfast incl.)
The morning is at your free disposal. Optional (not incl. in the price): Already in the morning, the joint cooking class starts with a walk to a traditional market, where all the ingredients for the meal with the chef are procured. You will learn everything about salsas and typical Mexican dishes so that you can cook them at home (recipes included). In the late afternoon, there are two dance classes again to keep you in practice. In the evening you have the opportunity to go dancing in a salsa club in Puerto Vallarta (Marina). (no breakfast incl.)
The day is at your free disposal. Optional (not incl. in the price): Let’s go to Las Animas. You take the local bus for about 30 minutes to Boca de Tomatlan and hike from there past 6 hidden beaches. At a special beach section you make a longer STOP to linger there and jump into the Pacific. After arriving in Las Animas, you take the boat back to Boca de Tomatlan (approx. 20 min.), and from there you take the local bus back to Puerto Vallarta. Optional: In the evening dancing in a salsa club. (no breakfast incl.)
Note: Difficulty level of the hike T2. Physical fitness is a prerequisite.
The day is free for you today. In the evening, there will be two dance classes for the last time. If you wish, a closing event with the dance team (teacher and Mexican dance partners) can be organised afterwards. (no breakfast incl.)
Today it is time to say goodbye to the group, México lindo and Puerto Vallarta. Depending on how you have planned your trip, you will either return to Mexico City or stay a while longer in this wonderful country. (no breakfast incl.)
Learn and / or practice “Salsa Cubana” and “Cumbia” with Reiner Fernández from Cuba and Joel Macedo from Mexico. You will learn everything about Cumbia and of course everything about Salsa Cubana in Reiner’s dance school in Mexico City. The dance lessons take place in a group with individual experienced dance partners from Mexico.
Learn and practice “Salsa Rueda” with Yagnier, in his dance school Áche de Cuba. In Guadalajara you will dance (learn) in the group “Salsa Rueda”, a dance style that is popular in the Salsa scene. It is a group dance in which couples dance in a circle and perform various figures and steps synchronously in response to announcements. “Salsa Rueda allows you to have fun in a group while improving your Salsa dancing skills.
Learn and/or practice Salsa Cubana and Cumbia in Puerto Vallarta with the dance couple “Con Clave Son”. Natalia and Angel bring years of dance experience and you can expand your dance style or learn new dance steps with them and your individual, experienced dance partner. The group can decide together which dance style will be taught on the day.
Please note: In order to achieve optimal dance success, it is important that you inform us of your dance level when registering. No previous dance experience is required for the dance and culture tour.