Considered one of the world's most culturally vibrant and diverse cities, Mexico City keeps evolving without losing sight of its history, combining colorful traditions and century-old practices with modern-day living.
Join us in this unique discovery adventure of Mexico City's most beautiful and emblematic spots by running through the streets of this incredible city and it's surroundings.
5 days 4 nights, all inclusive.
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ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE / ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The Mexico City experience is one of our most lively and dynamic adventures. In this trip we will enjoy the beautiful chaos of the metropolis, as well as the breathtaking landscapes that surround it.
We will visit one of Mexico City's most representative locations, Xochimilco: the last remnant canals of a very efficient water transport and agricultural system built by the Aztecs during the Great Tenochtitlán times. The chinampas (floating gardens) have been the traditional method of cultivation since pre-Hispanic times and continue to be an example of sustainability and productivity. We will be joining Yolcan (a network of local agriculturists) for a gastronomic immersion in this centennial practice. Later that night we will have a one-of-a-kind beer run, where we will visit several traditional cantinas, ending up at the famous Salón Covadonga.
Afterwards, our next destination will be Valle de Bravo: a folkloric town located in State of Mexico, Mexico. It is located on the shore of Lake Avándaro, approximately 156 km southwest of Mexico City. There, we will start up our day with a yoga and meditation session at the Great Stupa for Global Peace; the largest and most ancient stupa in the western world. The 36 meter tall building is immersed in a beautiful landscape that seems to try to hide it in some mystical manner, keeping it peaceful and hermetic. Later, we will immerse ourselves into the forest to enjoy of a 13 km trail run.
Later into the trip we will go back to where we started: Mexico City, for a 10 km sightseeing run, where we will make our way through the Chapultepec forest, better known as the lungs of the city, and all the way to the Historic Center. On our way we will run past by the city's most iconic landmarks, historic sites and cultural venues.
We will provide daily yoga and meditation sessions designed especially to guide you on a path of physical and mental well-being.
The next day we will head to Nevado de Toluca, a stratovolcano (conical volcano built up by many layers of lava) which some sources claim as the 4th highest peak in Mexico. Located about 80 km (50 mi) west of Mexico City. There, we will have the chance to run 16 km amongst the Nevado de Toluca crater.
The Nahuatl name of the mountain, which is still often used, is Xinantecatl, which means “The Naked Lord” or “Lord of the Corn Stalks.” From the distance, Nevado de Toluca looks flat-topped, like a person's chest and shoulders without a head. A Nahuatl tale explais why the volcano has that shape by associating Xinantecatl (an Aztec warrior from which the mountain supposedly takes its name) with Popocatepetl (another Aztec warrior and Mexico’s second tallest volcano) and Itzaccihuatl (an Aztec princess and Mexico’s third tallest volcano). According to this myth, Xinantecatl was in love with Itzaccihuatl, Popo’s wife. In anger, both warriors started to fight and throw stones at each other. Finally, Popo threw a large chunk of ice and ended up decapitating Xinantecatl. That is why the mountain like a beheaded man.
SPIRITUALITY, WELLNESS & ANCESTRAL MEDICINE
We believe in recognizing ancestral wisdom and spirituality as a source of valuable knowledge and good living, as well as in the constant practice of physical activity as a way to reconnect to our bodies and to our higher selves.
Taking advantage of Mexico's millenary traditions of ancestral medicine, you will be invited to take part in sweat lodge and cleansing rituals that will purify your body, deepen your bond with the earth and promote the awakening of your ancestral memory.
We will visit Stupa de La Paz, the only stupa in Mexico and the largest one in the West, where we will take part of a unique meditation and yoga session.
Our guides, local medicine men and spiritual teachers will make sure that this life changing experience transcends running, allowing us to dive deeply into the region's history and set out on a journey of awareness and self discovery.
Our trips are designed to welcome hikers and runners of all fitness levels.
We will assign different guides to groups of different levels so that no one is left behind. You will feel safe and comfortable throughout the trip whether you're a professional runner that wants to add these runs to your training, an amateur who wants to explore the world of trail-running or a casual hiker who wishes to challenge him- or herself while enjoying nature in a secure environment.
Yolcan is a non-profit agricultural project founded by Lucio Usobiaga and Antonio Murad in 2011. Their objective is to save Xochimilco’s chinampa system by becoming a platform for small producers to find a direct sales channel at a fairer price and to make those products more accessible for the consumer, for those who want to eat healthier, change habits, consume local produce, and regenerate finances.
The word “Yolcan” is Nahuatl for “land of origin,” and that’s exactly what Usobiaga and Murad are trying to do: They want to return Xochimilco’s chinampas to the traditional system of organic and sustainable permaculture made possible by the unique ecosystem. To show off the potential of the chinampas, Yolcan has focused on offering high-quality greens used by the most renowned chefs at Mexico City’s top restaurants like Enrique Olvera, Eduardo “Lalo” Garcia, and Gabriela Cámara — mean that Yolcan provides produce for Pujol, Máximo Bistrot, and Contramar, among others.
What started as a project to rehabilitate the agricultural area in the south of the city, became a business model that seeks to benefit small producers and consumers, by facilitating access to fruits and vegetables of agro-ecological origin and at the same time training farmers who had abandoned this practice due to the geological conditions.
All-inclusive / 5 days- 4 nights
i t i n e r a r y
Arrival to Mexico City / Meet at Hotel / Welcome Dinner at Cancino Roma
Meditation & Yoga Session / Drive to Yolkan / Brunch and Activities at Yolcan (Xochimilco) / Free Time / Night Beer Run + Dinner
Nevado de Toluca / Valle de Bravo
Drive to Nevado de Toluca / 16 km Crater Trail Run / Bruch at Cabaña del Oso / Check-In at Casa de Valle / Free Time / Temazcal / Dinner at Los Churros
Valle de Bravo / Mexico City
Meditation & Yoga Stretch at Stupa de La Paz / 13 km Trail Run / Brunch at La Batucada / Free Time - Packing & Shower / Light Lunch at Garden de Walo / Drive back to Mexico City / Arrival at Hotel / Dinner at Páramo
Meditation & Yoga Stretch / Mexico City 10 km sightseeing run / Goodbye Breakfast at Casa del Fuego / Arrival at Hotel / Packing & Shower / Free Time
Shuttle service from and to the Mexico City International Airport.
Transportation all along the experience.
Exclusively designed trails and activities.
Daily yoga and meditation sessions.
Support and knowledge of our local guides.
Authentic traditional Mexican cuisine.
A specially curated experience in Yolcan with some of Mexico's top farmers and Chefs.
Experience in a unique Buddhist Stupa.
Run on top of an extinct volcano.
Mexico City Sight-seeing Run.
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*To take place, this experience requires a minimum of 4 people. In case that the minimum amount is not reached you can either get a full refund or a credit for another date.
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WHAT IF I’M NOT PHYSICALLY FIT ENOUGH FOR THIS EXPERIENCE?
It is very important to emphasize here that these experiences aren’t races or competitions, but rather opportunities to get away from the noise of urban life and to connect with oneself in nature. That being said, worry not, because the minimum required level of fitness is to be able to walk well, both uphill and downhill. We usually divide into sub-groups according to the level of fitness and each group is assigned a local guide who is very familiar with the route. Furthermore, there will always be a guide who stays behind the last participant of the last group, so that we make sure no one is left behind.
WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER RUN TRAIL BEFORE?
The Aire Libre Team, as well as most of our local guides, have extensive experience running trail, so there will be many opportunities to share relevant information and knowledge. In fact, if this is your first time, we are genuinely thrilled for you, because a truly amazing world of memorable landscapes and deep discovery is waiting for you. Moreover, the pace of our journeys is usually easy and includes frequent rest stops, so you can take your time in getting acquainted with the local terrain.
The content of our travel experiences is geared towards spreading the word and generating awareness about ways to improve your overall wellbeing while living in harmony with nature. It is very important for us at Aire Libre to create consciousness about keeping our planet safe and clean. Our retreats and getaways are created in an environment where conscious consumption, waste management, good nutrition and prosperity are of utmost importance.
Please keep our trails clean (;