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Mexico City Discovery

A Gay Cultural Tour of the Mexico City Area

OUT Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

VISAS: A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Mexico. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

CULTURE SHOCK: Tourism in Mexico is well-developed enough to afford many of the luxuries of home. That being said, roads can be crowded and in rough shape, Wi-Fi may be slow, and not everyone will speak English. We recommend you relax, have a sense of humour and go with the flow.

LOCAL LGBT SCENE: Mexico has strong influences from the Roman Catholic Church, so tends to be fairly conservative. However, it has recently become more welcoming of the LGBT community. Mexico City itself, however, has a thriving gay scene, and is by far the country's most popular place to live for LGBT Mexicans.

WEATHER: Mexico City is situated in the Valley of Mexico; aka the Valley of the Damned, which is considered a tropical zone. It's a high-altitude city (7,240ft/2,230m above sea level) with hot summers, mild winters, and subtle changes from season-to-season. The coolest month is January, while May is typically the warmest, with rainfall concentrated between June and October. Temperatures in March see daily highs around 25-28°C/77-82°F, and lows between 12-15°C/59-65°F.

REQUIRED VACCINATIONS: Based on the entry requirements for Mexico, there are no vaccinations needed for entry, unless you are travelling from a Yellow Fever Zone, in which case you will be required to provide proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

ELECTRICITY: You may need an international travel plug/adapter for type A/B sockets. Visit http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/mexico/ for more information.

CONNECTIVITY: Our Mexico City hotel will have Wi-Fi access, so feel free to tweet, pin, post and share your experience with your friends and family at home. They might be a tad jealous!

 

For everybody's peace of mind, all OUT Adventures include comprehensive travel insurance. That's up to $200 you won't have to fret about adding to your budget, unless you want to insure the value of your trip for cancellation. Here's what's covered:

  • Unlimited Trip Interruption
  • Up to $50,000 Emergency Medical plus up to $300,000 for ambulance transportation, up to $5,000,000 CAD with valid GHIP coverage.
  • Baggage Loss or Damage up to $1,500
  • Baggage Delay up to $500
  • Flight Accident up to $100,000
  • Travel Accident up to $50,000

 

Our March 2017 tour will be led by our local gay Tour Leader and OUT Adventures Co-Founder Robert Sharp. As part of a special partnership, the tour will be hosted by The Gay & Lesbian Review's Editor in Chief and Founder Richard Schneider, and Business Development Manager Stephen Hemrick. Your hosts will create a unique opportunity to discuss LGBT history and literature in Mexico while exploring Mexico City, the heart and soul of this country. To read a review of the book Frida Kahlo by Claudia Bauer, follow this link to The Gay & Lesbian Review.

If you're pleased with your local guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day...they'll certainly appreciate it!

OUT Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.

Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an OUT Adventure. And just because we're a gay tour operator doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.

 

If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.

The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.

Every OUT Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.

To keep things flexible, not all meals are included in the trip price. Although we typically dine together so that everybody can get a taste of everything, feel free to explore on your own...your guide will always have some restaurant recommendations.

Room Mate Valentina
Calle Amberes 27, Juarez, 06600, México D.F.
Phone: +52 55 5080 4500

The 4-star Room Mate Valentina is located in the trendy Zona Rosa area, a short distance from some of the city's most remarkable landmarks. The hotel features in-room Wi-Fi and a small gym.

If you are checking in to the hotel under your OUT Adventures reservation, a complimentary arrival transfer will be included.

If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $100-$150 USD.

The local currency is the Mexican Peso. We recommend carrying local currency or small USD bills for small purchases, however credit cards are accepted at most upscale restaurants and hotels. We also recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used only in the case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

Most OUT Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb. If you bring along a steam trunk, chances are you'll have costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.

The following packing list should be used as a guideline, not as gospel. Our Adventure Specialists are happy to answer any specific questions about how much, or little to bring.

Travel Documents:

  • Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance 
  • Pre-trip packet
  • Credit/ATM card 
  • Yellow Fever vaccine certificate if travelling from a country with risk of Yellow Fever

General Personal Items:

  • Eye mask/ear plugs
  • Smartphone/camera/tablet/charging cords/International travel plug for type A/B
  • Daypack
  • Luggage lock
  • Guidebook/Phrase book/Reading material
  • Travel-sized towel
  • Sunglasses/Hat/Small Umbrella
  • Sandals/Comfortable Walking Shoes/Shoes for upmarket Dinners

Clothing:

  • Shirts: t-shirts/long-sleeved t-shirts/collared shirt or polo shirt for upmarket dinners
  • Pants: Long, lightweight pants/Casual pants for upmarket dinners
  • Shorts
  • Lightweight jacket or sweater for evenings
  • Water resistant jacket

Health-related Items:

  • Personal medication/Insect repellent/bite cream/antihistamines
  • Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Antibacterial gel/wipes
  • Toiletries
  • Travel First Aid Kit

We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you're celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time. Here are some ways you can give us a hand, while also getting to know and befriending your fellow travellers:

  • Sit with (and get to know) different people at different meals
  • Mix up walking partners on excursions
  • Invite solo travellers to join you for an optional excursion or meal
  • Enjoy inside jokes in privacy, or let the group in on the secret ;)

If you'd rather relish an exclusive escape with just your own party, we also offer private departures. This is a great way to create and manage your own holiday guest list, while possibly saving money as well. Please contact one of our Adventure Specialists if you're interested in a customized quote.