The best of Mexico
Colorful & Tasty… Mexico
By David Reyes
I have traveled with David Reyes in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. He is an excellent guide and leader…very knowledgeable about Mayan history and culture. He is an excellent interpreter of and guide to the contemporary society of these countries as well. And then there are the birds! He can spot, identify and beautifully photograph these big and little beauties that are found throughout Central America. He is dynamic, energetic, humorous, multilingual, and a people person bringing out the best in all of his travelers. I eagerly look forward to my next Wonders for Wanders trip! Sharon B, New York
One more full day in Antigua, Guatemala. I highly recommend travel to this country. If you want to travel in Guatemala safely and comfortably...I recommend having David Reyes plan your tour. Does not matter how many people are in your group. David guides one person...to a group of 16-18 people. I thought that our group of 14 was ideal. David has a degree in Tourism. He is highly knowledgable. His English is perfect. I met David, several years ago, when he was our Tour Director for a tour to Guatemala and Belize. Since that time, David has led trips for my groups to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.
This trip was 5 star! You cannot beat the organization and agenda skills of Kathy partnered with David’s “on the ground” knowledge, skill set and personal interest in every individual. We smoothly sailed into and out of Honduras and for those with special interests such as birding or hiking, David did not disappoint. It was all there!!!
Maynor Ovando and a driver took us to two places for birding, plus a spectacular breakfast at Cerro San Cristobal. After birding around the restaurant, we went to Finca de Pilar, where there is a path up into the mountain as well as hummingbird feeders. Maynor was very knowledgeable about the birds and the area, really knows (and loves) the birds, and his English was also quite good. Thanks, Maynor!
David Reyes is a devoted and loving Guatemalan, who has always worked as tour guide since 2004. He became a trip leader and worked for several renowned international travel companies such as Coppola’s Resorts, Overseas Adventure Travel and Intrepid Travel.
Because of his knowledge in the in the travel industry David has designed many trips and David run them as well. David has visited over 70 ancient Sacred Sites (archeological centers) and almost every corner of Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America). He has been from Guadalajara in Mexico to Coiba in Panama (the largest island in the Pacific out of North and Central America), he has visited Teotihuacan in Mexico as well as El Mirador in Guatemala. David has met and guided the world in terms of nationalities, all types of adventurers and intrepid travelers, from High-end helicopters rides with Mickey Hart to jungle hikes or food tours. David Reyes is in short words a great Tour Guide/Trip Leader who will kindly take you through your travel experience and make the beast out of it!
In 2014 David Reyes met Kathy Dieder and Jack McDonald among others while travelling through Guatemala and Belize. Their friendship grew stronger and started to travel together to Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and Panama and El Salvador. David visited Jack McDonald in 2016 and both went to visit New York and Washington, both decided to come up with a Travel Company idea. Wonders for Wanderers was born! Unfortunately Jack passed, such a big loss.
David and MARTSAM joined forces to continue with Jack McDonalds’ legacy. So both launched Wonders for Wanderers. David leads W4W’s project where he and his team of specialist guides work hard to make the best out your trips.
Hiking and sightseeing on this trip will be at an easy level.
Colorful & Tasty… Mexico
Day 1 (Friday)
Arrive at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport; a complimentary transfer is included with your trip so please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organized. You’ll meet your tour leader and other group members for a pre-tour briefing in the evening, which will be followed by an optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant. This is normally held at 6pm but please check the notice board at reception to confirm the time.
Mexico City could easily keep you busy for a week, so we have organized 3 nights and two full days in such a Wonderful city. Since it is our arrival day, let’s enjoy a gentle walk around the Zocalo (Main Square).
Day 2 (Saturday)
Today in the morning your Wanderer Leader will have you ready to visit El Zocalo and nearby treasures such as Tenochtitlan (Aztec’s Capital City), Diego Rivera’s wall paintings, and any Casa de Bellas Artes. Later in the evening let’s head to Plaza Garibaldi (Mariachis’ square), to enjoy rancheras (a type of Mexican country music) and much more of Mexico’s music. A Wonderful dinner awaits for us at Café Tacuba!!!
Day 3 (Sunday)
Since Mexico is one of the largest cities in the world it will be a great city for museums and markets. Let’s take in some of the city’s notable museums, including the renowned Museo Nacional de Antropologia (anthropological museum), which is considered one of the finest in the world.
Right after you’ll visit Mercado San Juan, the city’s main food market, then roam the surrounding streets and watch local vendors at work. Pull up a chair at one of the best seafood stands in the city for a late lunch. For the rest of your day let’s head to the lively district of Coyoacan – a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Mexico City. There you can enjoy the Sunday markets or perhaps check out the home of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. This evening you will again be able to explore more of Mexico City’s night life.
Day 4 (Monday)
Travel by private vehicle to Teotihuacan, about 50 kilometres northeast of Mexico City. Here you’ll discover the extraordinary ruins known as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, which dominate the skyline. This was once one of the country’s biggest ancient cities. With the help of a local guide, you’ll have time to wander around The Avenue of the Dead to see fascinating clues as to what life here was like nearly 2,000 years ago.
After lunch a great scenic road will take us to Puebla (approximately 2 hours). Although it’s a rapidly growing city, Puebla has managed to retain a strong sense of its past. This city is also obsessed with food and is regarded by many as the gastronomic capital of Mexico. Its cuisine is a mixture of pre-hispanic fare and Spanish influenced dishes, including mole poblano and some of the best churros ever. Puebla features many well-maintained colonial churches and buildings. You’ll also witness a ‘Lucha Libre’ performance today. This popular sport combines wrestling and theatre (optional activity).
Day 5 (Tuesday)
Today is a great day to discover Puebla through the eyes of locals. Puebla features many well-maintained colonial churches and buildings. Two good examples are the Santa Domingo Church and Rosary Chapel. It is always a great idea to look for something outside of the city, so let’s take ride to Cholula town to visit the Great Pyramid. After a day sightseeing and shopping, why not try some mole Poblano, a dish native to Puebla and famous all over Mexico?
Later in the evening a succulent dinner will be served at a well-known local restaurant!
Day 6 (Wednesday)
Late in the morning we will head to Oaxaca de Juarez (4 hours’ drive) a beautiful old colonial town, Oaxaca is full of graceful arcades and colorful markets. The markets are populated by descendants of the Zapotec and Mixtec Indians selling colorful woven blankets and shawls. Oaxaca is also known for its arts scene, including folk art, fine art and dance. After a fascinating walking tour feel free to explore the narrow, cobbled streets or simply sit in the square sipping coffee as the world goes by. Your hotel is within walking distance of Oaxaca’s nightlife hot spots.
Day 7 (Thursday)
Today, perhaps visit the spectacular mountain top temples of Monte Alban just outside the city. Monte Alban was inhabited for 1,500 years by the Olmec, Zapotec and Mixtec peoples, and is an outstanding example of a pre-Columbian ceremonial centre. The settlement’s terraces, dams, canals and pyramids were literally carved out of the mountain. Alternatively, you could take a day tour out to the nearby Mitla Ruins, the mineral springs of Hierve el Agua and a mezcal distillery. Back in town, why not whip up something delicious at a cooking class?
Day 8 (Friday)
The cultural aspects of Oaxaca are endless, today we will head to the magical town of Coyotepec where we can learn the making of black pottery. Arrazola is a unique village where fantastical creatures are being crafted from local woods, they are known as Alebriges, (brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures).
And as a grand finale to Oaxaca…. Monte-Alban – Unesco World Being visible from anywhere in the central part of the Valley of Oaxaca, the impressive ruins of Monte Albán attracted visitors and explorers throughout the colonial and modern eras the most incredible Zapotec site!
Later in the evening let’s enjoy a delicious Mexican dinner… to say Adios to Mexico Lindo!!! AHUA!
Day 9 (Saturday)
After breakfast you will be transfer to the airport… come back soon!