|Mexico City||Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico|
It's time to live out your Mexican food fantasies. Tequila, burritos, nachos, tacos... is your mouth watering yet?
(Was Mexico City to Cancun)
Spend our first few days in Mexico City with a trip out to the 1800-year-old ruins at Teotihuacan.
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.
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.
Ever wondered how to suture a wound using human hair? The Mayans knew all about it, so pick up a few tips.
See the impressive 1300-year-old Mayan palace at Palenque with screeching parrots and monkeys as your soundtrack.
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.
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.
• Gecko's expert English-speaking regional tour guide throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites.
• Orientation walking tour in Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobel, Palenque and Merida.
• Exploration of four archaeological ruin sites with local guides and entry included: Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Palenque and the most famous Mayan site in Mexico - Chichen Itza.
• Visit to indigenous highland villages near San Cristobal.
• Time at the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol Ha.
• Free time to relax on the beaches of Cancun.
• Free time to explore Mexico City, Spanish colonial Puebla; Oaxaca, and the 'White City' of Merida
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.
We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
Important - A Word on Central America
Central America is different and that’s what makes it such an fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. The locals live with these issues everyday. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. If you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Central Americans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.
Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, most museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
10 February 2014