Wings Over Mexico (2022/23)

Immerse yourself in Mexico’s diverse culture and discover its rich history, exploring sites that range widely throughout Mexico, all made easily accessible by privately chartered air.

Journey Overview

Immerse yourself in Mexico’s diverse culture and discover its rich history on a journey that takes you from bustling Mexico City to the verdant rural landscapes of Colima and Oaxaca, where indigenous roots are still strong, and to the imposing Mayan ruins of Palenque and Chichen Itza, exploring sites that range widely throughout Mexico, all made easily accessible by privately chartered air.

Wings Over the World itineraries feature private charter flights between destinations, allowing you the convenience of visiting remote places with less time spent getting there.

Journey Highlights

  • Fly in comfort between inspiring destinations across Mexico aboard an exclusively chartered aircraft with a dedicated flight crew
  • Rise over Teotihuacán on an early morning hot air balloon flight, taking in views of one of the world’s largest pyramids and one of the most important of all Mesoamerican sites
  • Learn the secrets of Oaxacan cuisine during a cooking demonstration by a top local chef
  • Walk through highland forests among millions of monarch butterflies that migrate here from the US and Canada
  • Enjoy an exclusive after-hours visit and dinner at the Frida Kahlo House & Museum
  • Delve into Mexico’s indigenous roots by visiting Zapotec villages near Oaxaca
  • Discover lesser-visited archaeological sites such as Monte Albán, Palenque, Uxmal and Kabah
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Mexico City, Mexico

Arrive in Mexico City, where you are met and transferred to your luxurious hotel, with the rest of your day at leisure.
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

Day 2: Mexico City | Tranquil Floating Gardens

This morning, begin your explorations with a visit to the UNESCO-listed floating gardens of Xochimilco, which offer a glimpse into what the landscape was like here before the Spanish conquest. Board a colourful trajinera (gondola-like boat) for a graceful ride through its canals and view the gardens, or chinampas — floating rafts made of reeds covered with mud that eventually took root in the canal bed — on which locals have grown fruits, vegetables and flowers for generations. Glide along in a festive atmosphere serenaded by mariachi and marimba music, enjoying a relaxing experience beloved by Mexico City residents. After lunch and some time to relax, make your way to the Frida Kahlo House & Museum, the former residence of the famed artist and cultural icon, for an exclusive after-hours private visit and dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Mexico City | Sunrise Ballooning Over Teotihuacán

Rise early to lift off on a hot air balloon flight over Teotihuacán, gliding over this UNESCO World Heritage Site to marvel at its stunning pyramids and temple. Built by an indigenous pre-Aztec civilization of which relatively little is known, the city flourished between the first and sixth centuries. Touch down for a private breakfast served on the grounds of a little hacienda. Enjoy time to explore the archaeological wonders of Teotihuacán before returning to the city centre to savour a lunch of traditional dishes with a contemporary touch in the city’s historical centre, complete with a tequila tasting.

After lunch explore the centre of modern‐day Mexico City, starting in the capital’s main square, once an important gathering place for the Aztecs. Then, make a guided visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Americas. Head to the National Palace to see the murals of Diego Rivera, which tell the story of Mexico from pre‐Hispanic times to the Mexican Revolution. Next, join your expert guide for a private, off-hours exploration of the National Museum of Anthropology, a showcase of fascinating artifacts from cultures that once thrived in Mesoamerica. Tonight, head to the trendy Polanco neighbourhood to enjoy dinner at one of the most innovative restaurants of Mexico City.
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Piedra Herrada Sanctuary | Among the Monarch Butterflies

This morning, head outside the city to visit the Piedra Herrada Sanctuary, a reserve for monarch butterflies. Meet a biologist and expert guide who share their knowledge about these winged wonders, which face steep ecological challenges throughout their migratory existence. Stop for lunch before boarding a short flight by private chartered air to Colima. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your stylish accommodations in the beautiful Mexican highlands.
Hacienda de San Antonio | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Colima | A Day in the Mexican Highlands

Enjoy a day of exploration in the Mexican highlands. This morning, devote some time at leisure to taking in views of the nearby volcano and forest, before gathering for lunch near the pool. This afternoon, visit a coffee farm and a local cheese factory, sampling their products on site. Then, return to your hacienda or take time for a leisurely forest walk, followed by a relaxing Scenic Sundowner experience.
Hacienda de San Antonio | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Oaxaca | Learn the Secrets of Oaxacan Cuisine

Today, fly by private charter to Oaxaca. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before joining a renowned local chef for a hands-on cooking demonstration, followed by lunch. Afterward, head to the city centre for a walking tour of this amazing community. Later this afternoon, set out for a privileged, off-hours visit to Monte Albán, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites of the Pre‐Hispanic era, exploring alongside an expert guide. This evening, return into the city centre for a dinner of local Oaxacan specialties.
Quinta Real Oaxaca | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Oaxaca | Zapotec Indigenous Heritage

Journey outside the city to Teotitlán del Valle, a rural village famed over the centuries for its weaving and textiles. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walk to the local market, followed by a visit to a Zapotec family home to see how their woven rugs are made. Many artisans here still use the traditional techniques of carding and spinning their own wool, then dying it with natural colours, and weave on solid‐wood looms. Also learn how Dominican priests once utilized weavings with architectural features to establish a relationship with the local Zapotec and Mixtec cultures. After lunch, return to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Quinta Real Oaxaca | Meals: BL

Day 8: Oaxaca | Family Mezcal Distillery Visit

Step back in time today on a visit to the remote village of San Agustin Amatengo, where you enjoy the opportunity to interact with local mezcal producers and their families, learning both how they make the popular spirit and how they go about daily life in rural Mexico. This afternoon, return to Oaxaca for time at leisure. Later, visit the church and former monastery of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, which hosts the treasures of the Zapotecs found in Monte Albán. View an amazing trove that includes golden masks, some inlaid with precious stones, as well as necklaces and other personal artifacts of Zapotec rulers dating as far back as far as 500 BC.
Quinta Real Oaxaca | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Palenque | Private Flight to Archaeological Site

Board your privately chartered flight to the steamy jungles of Chiapas to visit Palenque, a stunning yet hard-to-reach Mayan archaeological site. Arrive and explore this impressive remnant of the vast Mayan civilization, which flourished here during the sixth and seventh centuries, including the tomb of the site’s longtime ruler, Pakal the Great. After lunch in the company of a local epigraphist and Mayan academic, fly on to Mérida in the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula, and continue to your resort nestled in the jungle just outside the city.
Chablé Yucatán | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Mérida | Design Your Day

Relax with a morning at leisure. This afternoon, enjoy one of these Design Your Day experiences.

  • Visit the Celestún Biosphere Reserve along the Yucatán coast, a mangrove environment seasonally home to migrating flamingos in the winter months
  • Gain a Deeper Knowledge of the Mayan World by visiting the lesser-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Uxmal and Kabah
  • Indulge in a Spa Treatment, which is just part of the soothing wellness offerings available at your resort

In the late afternoon, return to your resort. Later, set out on a guided city tour in the cooler air of the evening, followed by dinner in Mérida’s city centre.
Chablé Yucatán | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Mérida | Awe-Inspiring Chichen Itza

Today, set out on an expedition to famed Chichen Itza, a complex of Mayan ruins best known for its iconic step pyramid, El Castillo (the castle). Visit the site early in the day, before the crowds arrive, giving you more time to observe the magnificent buildings and immerse yourself in Mayan culture. Afterward, drive to a private cenote (limestone sinkhole) for a swim in its clear, refreshing waters, followed by lunch served on site. This evening, toast your journey with fellow guests at a farewell dinner.
Chablé Yucatán | Meals: BLD

Day 12: Depart Mérida

After breakfast, transfer to the Mérida Airport for your departing flight.

Meals: BL

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 AM on Day 2.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 8:00 PM on Day 11.

Flight Details
Toluca-Colima (45 min)
Colima-Oaxaca (1 hr)
Oaxaca-Palenque (45 min)
Palenque-Merida (45 min)

 Aircraft: Gulfstream IV or comparable (Aircraft and seating configuration subject to change).

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 2, 2022 - Dec 13, 2022
Price AU$37,830pp Single Supplement AU$6,210 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Jan 12, 2023 - Jan 23, 2023
Price AU$37,830pp Single Supplement AU$6,210 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 2, 2023 - Feb 13, 2023
Price AU$37,830pp Single Supplement AU$6,210 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Feb 16, 2023 - Feb 27, 2023
Price AU$37,830pp Single Supplement AU$6,210 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
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