Travel through vivacious Mexico from Mexico City to Playa Del Carmen

Discover the heart of Mexico's Aztec, Zapotec, Mayan and Spanish cultures on this two-week journey spanning ruins, pueblos and beaches. Arrive in Mexico and travel through the mad metropolis of Mexico City to the relaxed beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula, and unravel the magnificent mystery of the ancient Mexican civilisations along the way. With plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and hiking, this is the ideal introduction to one of Central America's most colourful and exciting nations.

Mexico City, Mexico
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
186kg pp per trip


  • Embrace a kaleidoscope of colour at a Mexican market
  • Toe-tap to a mariachi band in Mexico City
  • Escape the Mexican heat in San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Bask on Playa del Carmen's white sand beaches
  • Try Oaxaca's famous chocolate and cheese
  • See the impressive ruins of Chichen Itza


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

The fastest growing urban centres in the world, Mexico City presents an intoxicating mix of mariachi music, lively night scenes, fascinating museums and intriguing markets. Get to know what makes this buzzing metropolis tick on an orientation walk or maybe head out to the sprawling Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan.
Jump aboard one of Mexico's colourful buses bound for Puebla. Spend some time exploring the city's handicraft stalls, tuck into mole poblano, the region's specialty, or set out for an optional hike in the city's volcanic hinterlands.
Well-known for its colourful art and handicrafts scene, Oaxaca is a delight to get to know. Stock up on some unique souvenirs, zip out to the Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban, sink the teeth into some peculiar local delicacies or simply pick a plaza bench to sit on and watch the local scene unfold.
Venture into the cool climes of San Cristobal de las Casas, a charming colonial-era town oft regarded as one of the country's gems. Boasting spectacular natural surrounds, this is the perfect place to get active; either by mountain biking out to some of the traditional villages, saddling up for a ride in the mountains or jumping on a day tour out to the Sumidero Canyon.
One of the most impressive Mayan sites in Mexico, if not all Central America, the temples of Palenque are a superb relic of Mayan culture and architectural enterprise. Climb the temples for breathtaking views across the Chiapas Jungle, watch for monkeys swinging through the canopy and take a cooling dip in the nearby Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls.
Journey on to the colonial city of Merida for some time spent soaking up the vibe of this charming colonial-era Spanish town. Chill out in the Plaza Grande, try some local delicacies like cochinita pibil (a slow-roasted pork dish) or join an optional tour out to the incredible Uxmal ruins.
Stop by the amazing ruins of Chichen Itza en route to the Caribbean beachside haven of Playa Del Carmen. There's no shortage of activities on offer here; strap on a mask and snorkel and get exploring the underwater world of the nearby reefs and islands, travel out to Cenote Ikil or join the heaving local nightlife.
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Bus, Metro, Overnight bus
Hotel (12 nights), Overnight bus (2 nights)


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