Hello Mexico

Cancun and Playa del Carmen
Oaxaca's street stalls
Chili lime grasshoppers at Oaxaca Market
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan ruins of Palenque
Mexico City
Teotihuacan's Pyramids of the Sun and Moon
The Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán and Spanish city of Oaxaca
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen-Itza
  • It's time to live out your Mexican food fantasies. Tequila, burritos, nachos, tacos... is your mouth watering yet?

    (Was Mexico City to Cancun)

    Itinerary

    Day 1-3 - Mexico City - Teotihuacan

    Spend our first few days in Mexico City with a trip out to the 1800-year-old ruins at Teotihuacan.

    Day 1

    • Pre-departure meeting in the evening

    Day 2

    • Visit the Teotihuacan ruins - the site of the massive ‘Piramides del Sol y de la Luna’(Pyramids of the Sun and Moon)
    • Discover the site's remaining buildings with the help of a local guide

    Day 3

    • Take a morning walking tour through Mexico City's historic heart
    • Spend free time to discovering the city's museums, galleries, plazas and public buildings

    Day 4 - Puebla

    Puebla is packed with churches (70 in the city centre alone), so the best thing to do is check out a few, then head to the market for local hand-painted ceramics and street food.

    • Catch a morning bus bound for Puebla
    • Enjoy a day at your leisure to explore the charming city
    • Perhaps visit to explore some of Puebla's 70 churches or thousand or so colonial buildings

    Day 5-6 - Oaxaca - Monte Alban - San Cristobal

    Next up is Oaxaca. This is the place to shop for colourful textiles and lots of different margarita flavours. Stop by the Zapotec ruins at Monte Alban on our way to San Cristobal.

    Day 5

    • Get lost among Oaxaca's renowned handicraft markets
      Perhaps relax in a local cafe after a haggling frenzy

    Day 6

    • Drive from Oaxaca to the ancient Zapotec ruins at Monte Alban
    • Trawl over the remains of plazas, tombs, palaces and temples with help from a local site guide
    • Board an overnight bus to San Cristobal de Las Casas

    Day 7-8 - San Cristobal

    Ever wondered how to suture a wound using human hair? The Mayans knew all about it, so pick up a few tips.

    • Visit San Cristobal's beautiful churches, grab some bargains at the weekly market and continue the search for the best taco in Mexico

    Day 9-10 - Palenque

    See the impressive 1300-year-old Mayan palace at Palenque with screeching parrots and monkeys as your soundtrack.

    • Stop by the blue waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol Ha en route to Palenque
    • Learn the history of the Palenque ruins and Mayan people while exploring with a local guide

    Day 11-12 - Merida

    Nearly every Mexican dish is made using corn tortillas (like tacos, tostadas, flautas, chilaquiles and enchiladas), and there's a bicycle cart on almost every corner in Merida selling elotes (corn on the cob) doused in salt, chilli, cheese, lemon juice or mayonaise. So yeah, they like corn.

    • Travel by bus to Merida
    • Utilise your tour guide to make the most of free time exploring this 'White City'

    Day 13-14 - Chichen Itza - Cancun

    Cancun. People either hate it or love it. We're guessing after two days of snorkelling, diving, swimming, tanning, seafood, cocktails and freshly squeezed juices you'll be leaning towards the latter.

    Day 13

    • Set off for the Caribbean Coast
    • Swing by one of Mexico's most famous Mayan sites, Chichen Itza
    • Spend plenty of time learning about and exploring the temples, pyramids and ruins

    Day 14

    • The trip ends today after breakfast
  • What's Included

    • An experienced local leader in Mexico and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Hello Mexico

    mikaila - Australia, 25 Jun, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    Our tour guide was an archaeologist. The perfect guide for a place like Mexico that is so rich in history.

    Hello Mexico

    Stephen - Australia, 30 Apr, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    This was a fantastic journey and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. We went to experience current day Mexican culture and to learn more about pre-hispanic Mesoamerican civilisations. We felt we got both those in spades. We don't speak Spanish and so we felt this tour was perfectly pitched tour between immersion and structure. Tour guide was excellent, and hilarious, and we lucked out with a small but delightful group, mostly younger than ourselves. That worked well because we could choose to do the extra archaeological site and they could choose to party half the night without treading on each others toes.

 
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1 night Overnight bus, 12 nights Hotel
Mexico City
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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