Discover Mexico’s heartland on this immersive trip of history and culture

The history of Mexico is one that spans over three millennia, with a complex system of indigenous civilisations dominating the land for more than 13,000 years prior to Spanish colonisation in the 16th century. Explore a place where history and modern life collide with thrilling results, a place where Aztec temple ruins sit side by side with bustling suburbia in the heart of Mexico City at Templo Mayor and a place where art, music and traditional culture interweave seamlessly. Explore ruins at Teotihuacan and Tzintzuntzan, discover life in a ‘Pueblo Magico’ (Magic Village) as you travel the countryside, taste tequila in Guadalajara and visit cathedrals and historical sites as you explore on this Mexican adventure.


Start
Mexico City, Mexico
Finish
Mexico City, Mexico
Country
Mexico
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
QVSM
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Stand at the foot of the mammoth Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan

  • Explore the historic streets of Mexico City on a walking tour of the city

  • Spend a day exploring the World Heritage-listed city of San Miguel de Allende

  • Brush up on your art history in the museum of Diego Rivera’s house in Guanajuato

  • Visit a ‘Pueblo Magico’ at Santa Clara del Cobre

  • Get the best view over Zacatecas from the hill-top site of Cerro de la Bufa

  • Take a tequila tasting tour in the heart of Guadalajara

  • See more butterflies than ever before at the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico.

Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Modern meets ancient in Mexico City - one of the world's largest urban centres. Although crowded and smoggy, D.F. (Distrito Federal) offers a great variety of impressive museums, galleries and architecture, along with exciting night life and delicious street food. Head to the Zocalo, the city's huge central square, to see Aztec ruins and colonial architecture or relax in one of the many parks, plazas and gardens.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a guided walk taking in some of the most iconic sights of the city, including a visit to the Zocalo in the historic centre of Mexico City, Templo Mayor, the Government Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The rest of your day is free. If you prefer to get out of the city and escape the crowds, take a trip to the canals and gardens of Xochimilco. In the evening, explore Mexico's exciting night life. Learn some dance moves from the locals, or try out your own to the music of a mariachi band.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel out of town by subway and bus for a guided tour of the ancient city of Teotihuacan.

Located 50 kilometres northeast of Mexico City are the 'must-see' archaeological ruins of Teotihuacan - the site of the massive Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon which dominate the skyline. This was once the country's biggest ancient city and capital of the Aztec people, who ruled over the largest empire in the pre-Hispanic era. Guarded by mountains this magnificent city is thought to have been founded early in the 1st century AD and reached its peak around AD 500, when its influence extended down to Guatemala and as far north as present-day Texas. With the help of a local guide we have time to stroll down ‘The Avenue of the Dead’, uncover its many wonders and imagine what life must have been like nearly 2000 years ago.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel to Queretaro (approx 3 hrs), where the bustling city streets give way to a pretty scene of plazas and museums. Explore the city at your leisure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we journey to historic San Miguel de Allende (approx 1.5 hrs).

Pay a visit the Independence Museum and discover the city’s brilliant Spanish colonial architecture.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Continue on to the colourful streets of Guanajuato (approx. 1.5 hrs).

Named a World Heritage site in 1988, Guanajuato was developed with riches acquired from rapid mineral discovery in the 1500s.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Pay a visit the Museo Casa Diego Rivera and to the Granary Museum for a unique glimpse of the history of this area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel further north to Zacatecas (approx. 4.5 hrs).

Get acquainted with this historic silver town on a walking tour taking in the Cerro de la Bufa and the Revolutionary Museum.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Transfer to Guadalajara and go on a Mexican Murals Painting Tour to view seminal works integral to the history of the area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Sample the famous drink made from the heart of the blue agave plant on a tequila tour. Enjoy the laidback ambience of Guadalajara in the afternoon – perhaps relax in the central plaza and do some people watching.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Drive south to Paztcuaro (approx. 4 hrs)

Explore the city's pretty streets and impressive churches on an orientation walk.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Visit the World Heritage-listed stone ruins of Tzintzuntzan en route to Morelia (approx 1.5 hrs).

Spend an afternoon exploring the local cafes, museums and restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Get better acquainted with the state capital of Michoacan on a walking tour around the city. The stunning pink-stone cathedral demands a better look.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Return to Mexico City with a stop en route to visit the breathtaking El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Reserve (depending on the season). It's home to millions of these colourful beings from November to March each year.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today your central Mexican adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned, so you're able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

6 breakfasts

Transport

Private minibus

Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights)

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Important notes

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