Best of Mexico Overview

Marketplaces, waterfalls, Mayan ruins – there's a wealth of excitement and beauty to be found in Mexico. Savour it all on a trip from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen.

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      USD $2,355
      CAD $2,505
      AUD $2,605
      EUR €1,810
      GBP £1,555
      NZD $3,090
      ZAR R23,700
      CHF FR2,235
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Unearth the treasures of Mexico, from spicy Mexico City to Chichen Itza

Cheers a margarita glass to the vivacious beauty and fiery flavours of Mexico. Discover the culture and landscapes of this fascinating country on a trip that takes you from Mexico City to Play del Carmen – with a spattering of enticing stops along the way. Discover Mayan history and culture at the incredible Chichen Itza ruins, and visit traditional communities in the charming San Cristobal de las Casas. Indulge in a feast of delicious local food, with a chance to learn some cooking skills of your own. Snorkel in the brilliant Caribbean waters, laze on white sands and stroll through lively marketplaces. Waterfalls and volcanoes await you, and a host of museums, churches and archaeological sites give you a taste of Mexico’s rich cultural heritage.

  • Stroll down Mexico City’s Avenue of the Dead
  • Try your hand at traditional Mexican cooking
  • Roam the cobbled streets and charming local shops of San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Visit the astonishing Misol-ha and Agua Azul waterfalls
  • Explore Mayan culture at the Chichen Itza ruins
  • Swim in the crystal Caribbean waters

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Finish:

    Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    14 breakfasts, 0 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (14 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Metro, Minibus, Taxi
  • Included activities:

    Chichen Itza - Ruins, Complimentary airport arrival transfer, Mexico City - Governor's National Palace and Diego Rivera murals, Mexico City - Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City - Teotihuacan Ruins, Oaxaca - Monte Alban Ruins, Palenque - Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls, Palenque ruins entrance fee, San Cristobal de las Casas - Sumidero Canyon, San Cristobal de las Casas - Villages tour

  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. 2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking. 3. Please note that due to a change in flight schedule, we have had to vary this itinerary slightly from what was printed in the brochure. The trip will now spend 2 nights in Puebla instead of 1, and 2 nights in San Cristobal de las Casas instead of 3.

  • Total price from

    USD $2,355
    CAD $2,505
    AUD $2,605
    EUR €1,810
    GBP £1,555
    NZD $3,090
    ZAR R23,700
    CHF FR2,235
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  • Per day from:

    USD $157
    CAD $167
    AUD $173
    EUR €120
    GBP £103
    NZD $206
    ZAR R1,580
    CHF FR149
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Days 1-3 Mexico City

On arrival in Mexico, head to the heart of the downtown area to settle in. Meet the team and grab a delicious dinner of spicy tacos, cheesy quesadillas and traditional arroz con frijoles negro (black beans and rice). Check out the must-see archaeological ruins of Teotihuacan, home to the two giant pyramids – Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Stroll down the Avenue of the Dead with a local guide to uncover the site's many wonders and to better understand the way life was lived nearly 2000 years ago. Then visit the major religious landmark Virgen de Guadalupe before spending some free time feeling the rhythm of Mexico City’s streets.

Day 4 Puebla

Travel by minibus to Puebla and explore a city that has successfully combined modern developments with its colonial past. Take the time to intimately explore this Mexican township. Head to the market and bargain for local arts and crafts, or take an optional hike to a nearby volcano. If the food of Mexico has already seduced you, why not learn a few new cooking skills at a traditional cooking class and try to master the local dish mole poblano, which originated in Puebla and is famous all over Mexico.

Days 5-6 Oaxaca

Explore the colourful markets, exciting architecture and flavoursome cuisine of Oaxaca. Bargain with the Zapotec and Mixtec Indians, who sell colourful woven blankets and shawls, or wander the streets, dazed by the range of architectural delights. Otherwise, relax like a local with a mescal or tequila in hard while sitting in the shady central square, El Zovalo. Be sure to visit Monte Alban, a mountain home that was inhabited for 1,500 years by a succession of cultures (Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs).

Day 7 Tehuantepec

See the widest tree in the world - the Tule Tree - and stop by a Mezcal factory and the Mitla ruins on the way to Tehuantepec.

Days 8-9 San Cristobal de las Casas

Discover the old world charm of San Cristobal de las Casas on this journey into a more traditional part of Mexico. Explore cobbled streets dotted with local shop fronts, which are run by friendly indigenous locals. Be introduced to this colonial city on a village walking tour, passing impressive cathedrals, green plazas and countless museums and cafes. Learn more about the tradition, culture and history of these mainly Mayan communities. During free time, perhaps rent a bike to explore the town further or venture to the Sumidero Canyon to get in touch with nature.

Days 10-11 Palenque

Head out on a waterfall excursion like no other. See Misol-ha – a high, fast moving waterfall, where water plunges 35 m, crashing into the pool below. Later, make tracks to the low and wide Agua Azul, which flows slowly over limestone rocks. The next day, visit some impressive Maya ruins in the jungled hilltops of Palenque. Dating back to AD600, many of the ruins are stil hidden within the surrounding forest, and due to a low number of visiting tourists, the sites are often seemingly empty.

Day 12 Campeche

Take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico before continuing on to the fortified colonial town of Campeche.

Day 13 Merida

Spend the day exploring Merida’s well-preserved old town. As well as being the capital of Yucatan state, Merida is the cultural capital of the entire peninsula. Today is free to choose your own adventure: relax in a sunny central cafe, meander museums or walk around the plaza Grande, checking out cathedrals, 16th-century houses and its municipal cultural centre. There is a lot to see and do, but be sure to stop, take a breather and try some unique Yacatecan food. Influenced by the Maya culture, this cheesy, spicy and meaty cusine is some of the best in Mexico.

Days 14-15 Playa del Carmen

Explore Chichen Itza, arguably the most famous, and by far the most visited, Maya site in Mexico. With a local guide, see the El Castillo pyramid, where human sacrifices were made to appease the Mayan rain god Chac, and learn about the ball courts, where disputes were settled during a sporting game; combatants are only allowed to hit a ball using their elbows, hips and wrists, and the losing players do not escape with their head. In Playa del Carmen, spend time at the beach, exploring the aqua blue waters with a snorkel while the Caribbean rays falls from the sky. This laidback coastal town has some of the best international food in the area, which makes it the perfect spot to cheers a margarita glass to the success of an indepth Mexican adventure.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,355
      CAD $2,505
      AUD $2,605
      EUR €1,810
      GBP £1,555
      NZD $3,090
      ZAR R23,700
      CHF FR2,235
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