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Mexico City: Half-Day Market Secrets and Salsa Making Tour

Mexico City: Half-Day Market Secrets and Salsa Making Tour

From US$ 42 per person

Join this tour to see Mexico's best street markets. Shop for groceries, ride public transit and savor street foods before finishing with a salsa making lesson with a local family business.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Visit with a local family on a shared group or private tour
  • Shop for everything from local produce to love potions at two different street markets off the tourist trail
  • Savor several tasty Mexican culinary samplings
  • Hop on the Mexico City Metro and travel just like locals do
  • Join a carbon neutral tour, organized and led by an eco-certified tour operator
Full description
It’s time for a food adventure. Mexico City’s markets are some of the most vibrant places in the city, and this tour opens them up to you, just as locals experience them. Your first stop on your Mexico City tour is a relatively unknown market that boasts a large art collection depicting the political movement from the first half of the 1900s. Your guide will explain the importance of the murals and bridge the gap between the political movement of that period with what is going on in today’s Mexico. After this, travel the city just like the locals do, by riding the public metro. This market boasts an unmatched selection of flowers – you’ll be mesmerized by the variety and by the vendors, who will be all too happy to help you match the perfect bouquet to your eye color. You’ll also find fruits, herbs, meat, fish, pinatas and more, all for sale among the various stalls. You might even find a love potion available amid all the goods. Along the way, you’ll also get to sample some classic Mexican street foods, such as tacos and tamales, along with a coffee or atole – a traditional warm drink made from masa. After buying some fresh vegetables (and learning about local farming practices), head over to a local family business, where you’ll learn how to prepare your own salsa. Together, you’ll wash, cut and grill the ingredients, then smash them in the traditional way, using a molcajete (mortar and pestle). Taste your homemade salsa with a classic huarache.
  • English- and Spanish-speaking local guide
  • Public transportation costs
  • Samples of local food
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Extra food beyond included samples

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance to the Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour is organized and led by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company. B-Corp Certification measures a company’s social and environmental impacts and responsible tourism practices
  • You are advised to dress conservatively as you will be exploring non-touristy areas. Long pants or jeans and a T-shirt are recommended
  • Leave your valuables, such as passports and credit cards in your hotel, and bring a small amount of cash. Only small cameras are allowed
  • During the rainy season (May to September), you are advised to bring a raincoat or umbrella
  • Please notify the activity provider in advance of any dietary requirements. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and other dietary restrictions can be accommodated
Customer reviews

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4.9 /5

based on 75 reviews

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In a group of 4, we were given a compact introduction to the history of the historic center. The guide spoke perfect English, was very helpful and friendly. Outside the center, a large market was visited that had nothing touristy about it. The impressions here were correspondingly exciting. The cooking class was just a short preparation of a meal that had already been prepared. In general, it was a great culinary experience that would not have been possible without a guide.

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November 12, 2022

The tour of the two markets was really nice and we were able to try a few things. Our tour guide also told a few things that were really great. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a little more from the cooking. We all formed a corn cake, filled it with a bean paste and then grilled it. Was very tasty but not what I had promised

November 7, 2022

I had a fabulous tour with Alfonso. We spent several hours touring around the city visiting markets, tasting delicious foods, learning about Mexican history and meeting lovely local people. Every where we went people came up to Alfonso to say hello. Meeting the wonderful family who taught me how to make salsa was definitely a highlight. It felt like Alfonso took me through a secret door and showed me a little piece of real Mexico, I would recommend this tour and guide to anyone who is interested in exploring this wonderful city.

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December 18, 2021

Product ID: 39315