Off the Beaten Path – Private Tour

On this Mexico Private Tour your private guide takes you the most amazing and hidden gems of Mexico far away from mass tourism. Your adventure starts with a hot air balloon ride over the well-known pyramids of Teotihuacán before your journey continues to the dense vegetation of the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro where you take a hike through pure nature. Your private tour ends in Guadalajara, Mexico´s most traditional city where you can eat authentic Mexican food accompanied by mariachi-music and of course tequila!

Day 1
Arrival in Mexico City

According to your time of arrival you are picked up from the airport in Mexico City and brought to your hotel. Overnight stay. (Meals: none)

Day 2
Mexico City & Anthropological Museum

Today, you will be picked up from your hotel in Mexico City and taken on a city tour. Explore the centro histórico on foot and visit the huge Zócalo with its famous Cathedral “Metropolitina” and the Government Palace with its impressive murals by Diego Riviera, amongst others. Learn all about the fascinating histpry of the metropolitan capital. To make the city tour perfect, it finishes with an informative visit of the Anthropological Museum which is situated on the brink of the Chapultepec Park. Learn all about the history and culture of Mexico´s many pre-hispanic civilizations. Afterwards, you are brought back to your hotel in the late afternoon and you can enjoy some free time on your own. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 3
Mexico City – Teotihuacán – Mexico City

At approx. 05:30 am you are picked up from your hotel to take part in an extraordinary
, discovering Teotihuacán, the “City of Gods”, from a hot air balloon. Spanning 22 km², it is the largest city of ruins in Latin America and its extent is perfectly observed from a hot air balloon in this once in a lifetime experience. Your adventurous day starts by watching the sun rise over the majestic ruins. The takeoff and landing location is situated about 800 meters from the pyramids. Help prepare the balloon for takeoff or take some pictures before you lift into the sky. During your one hour flight you can cover a distance between 3 and 30 kilometers, depending on the weather and wind conditions. After having admired the Sun and Moon Pyramid from a bird’s eye view you are back on solid ground and get the chance to climb the pyramids and discover the interesting history of Teotihuacan with your guide. Afterwards you will be brought back to your hotel in Mexico City.


Experience a memorable “Tacos & Mezcal” night with a local foodie. It is said that Mexico City is the best place in the world for tacos and the best “Taquerias” usually open in the evening. Your taco expert knows exactly where to take you.

The meeting point of the tour is the tourist info stand at the Angel de la Independencia, which you must get to on your own.

During the tour you will visit 4 classic Taquerias in the fascinating and emblematic neighbourhoods of: Condesa, Colonia Roma, San Rafael and Anzures where modern, traditional, small restaurants and foodtrucks offer everything you can imagine, obviously in taco form. You will be amazed by the variety of spices and the intensity of the flavours while hanging out with the local population. Mexican cuisine has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage and tacos are a specialty. End the night with a mezcal tasting in a traditional mezcalería. Afterwards, say goodbye to your guide and make your way back to your hotel on your own (not included).

Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 4
Mexico City – Querétaro

After breakfast, you are picked up at your hotel and you head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Querétaro. Enjoy the day exploring the charming colonial town filled with cobblestone streets and stunning colonial architecture. Visit the Plaza de la Independencia, the Aqueduct, the Teatro de la Republica where Mexico´s constitution was signed, the Mercado de La Cruz and soak up the atmosphere of this authentic city filled with history and local legends. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 5
Rancho Santa Marina – Puerta del Lobo Querétaro – Querétaro

Today, you will leave the city to follow the wine and cheese route. Querétaro has gained reputation in recent years for the excellent cheese produced in the region as well as becoming the second largets wine producing area in Mexico aside from Baja California. The first stop of the day is the Rancho Santa Marina which produces a variety of delicious cheese from goat and sheep milk. Enjoy a tour of the installations as well as of course a cheese tasting. Continue to the Puerta de Lobo winery which is also a small hacienda style boutique hotel where you will spend the night. After a short walk around the grounds, enjoy a delicious meal as well as an extensive wine tasting. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 6
Pinal de Amoles – Rio Escanela – Jalpan de Serra

After breakfast, you head into the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro which is not visited as frequently by tourists and a great area to explore the unique vegetation of the region. The first stop is the small mountain village of Pinal de Amoles. Explore the charming town before continuing on to Rio Escanela where you can enjoy an approx. 2 1/2-hour-walk hike along and through the crystal clear turquoise river. The small paths ultimately lead you the the beautiful Puente de Dios (God´s Brigde), a naturally formed bridge across the river. Once you arrive, you can cool off in the natural pools (during the summer months). Afterwards, you continue to your private Cabaña with a spectacular view and beautiful modern architecture. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 7
Jalpan de Serra – Xilitla – Jalpan de Serra

Today, you will spend an unforgettabe day in Xilitla, the abstract mansion and surreal garden designed by Sir Edward James. Its unique structures were inspired by such artists as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. Explore the unique constructions which are covered in jungle vegetation and a contrast to the natural beauty and dense vegetation of the region. Enjoy some free time to relax and refresh in the natural pools and waterfalls found on the property. A real “off the beaten path” location, Xilitla is a hidden paradise to be discovered. Afterwards, if you want, you can fly through the air on a zipline over the jungle canopy for a rush of adrenaline before being returned to Jalpan. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 8
Jalpan de Serra – San Miguel de Allende

In the morning, you will be picked up and taken to the waterfall “El Chuveje”. After a short hike, you will reach the breathtaking waterfall, which is surrounded by turquoise blue water. You can cool off in the natural pools (in the summer months) before continuing on to the charming town of Bernal. Here you will climb up the notorious 288 meter high monolith Peña de Bernal which is the third highest in the world. It is said to have magical powers and to grant a long life to those who climb up to the top. Afterwards, take some time to explore the charming village and to try some of the traditional Gorditas (corn dumplings with your choice of filling). In the afternoon, you head to the beautiful colonial town San Miguel de Allende. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 9
San Miguel de Allende – Guadalajara

Today, you enjoy a day exploring San Miguel de Allende, also well-known as “the City of Artists”. You visit the original and impressive Neo-gothic church made out of beautiful rose-pink stone, which is also the landmark of the city. Your next stop is the Ignacio de Allende Museum, the birthplace of the Mexican freedom hero and the Mercado de Artesenia. Afterwards, you continue to Guadalajara which is the capital of the state of Jalisco and Mexico´s second largest city. It is known for its strong traditions and customs, mariachi music and of course tequila! Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 10

Today, you will be taken on a bike ride through the city combined with a food tour. Experience the city from a unique perspective and discover the historical, cultural and architectural treasures Guadalajara has to offer. While cruising through the streets you will observe the elegance and stunning architecture which characterizes the capital city of Jalisco. The aristocratic architecture of such historical landmarks as the Cathedral, Arcos Vallarta and Hospicio Cabañas is quite impressive. Along the trip you will also stop to sample sume regional specialties of the region, including “Carne en su jugo – braised beef broth” and “tortas ahogadas – drowned sandwich”. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 11
Guadalajara – Tlaquepaque – Guadalajara 

After breakfast, you head to the small neighbourhood of Tlaquepaque which has been swallowed up by the growing city. It has quaint tree lined streets and outdoor restaurants and is famous for its local artesenia and galleries. Explore the shops filled with art and handicrafts and soak up the atmosphere from a patio with a delicious margarita. Afterwards, you return to the centro historico of Guadalajara. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)

Day 12
Guadalajara – Puerto Vallarta 

Depending on your time of departure please take a taxi (on your own) to either the bus station or the airport. We recommend continuing on to the beach town of Puerto Vallarta (approx. 350 km). Upon request we can organize the flight and/or bus ticket. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)



Price details

This Buenos Días Mexico tour includes:
  • 11 nights accommodation in the aforementioned or equivalent hotels
  • Accommodation in double rooms with a private bathroom
  • Meals according to the itinerary above
  • All tours and transfers in air conditioned country specific vehicles
  • All transfers to and from the airport
  • Certified English speaking guide on days 2-11 (except for days 3 & 10)
  • Tours in small groups including bilingual guide (English / Spanish) on days 3 & 10
  • Hot air balloon ride and culinary tour in Mexico City on day 3
  • Food and bike tour in Guadalajara on day 10
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes


This Buenos Días Mexico tour does NOT include:
  • Voluntary tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses & extras in the hotels
  • Additional meals & drinks
  • Travel and medical insurance (Book here with Travel Secure)

Important information

Important information:
  • Please note that all hotels and services are subject to availability until booking is confirmed.
  • All of the hotels will be booked in a country specific category which does not always correspond to the international standard. Please note that there is no official hotel certification system in Mexico.
  • Please note that the price includes hotels within the standard category (equivalent to 3 stars). If you like an upgrade to 4 or 5 star category, we are happy to help you.
  • Small group travel: Please keep in mind that day trips with small groups often requires patience and understanding, because every group has a certain dynamic. Sometimes the group stops at souvenir shops and markets.
  • This tour is fully customizable and can be adapted according to your needs and desires.
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