Say hola to new friends, adventures and memories on a small group tour through Mexico

Always longed to visit ancient Aztec ruins or dreamed about eating traditionally made tacos on the streets of Mexico City? Maybe you're thinking about the language barrier or wondering what you need to see and where you can skip. Well, cast your doubts aside and hop aboard a fantastically fun small-group tour of Mexico with Intrepid. Our tours are perfect for solo travellers longing to immerse themselves in a new environment as we provide the expert guidance, cover the logistics and keep safety in mind, all so you can enjoy your margaritas with new friendly amigos.

Our solo tours in Mexico

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The perks of solo travel through Mexico with Intrepid

A local leader guiding travellers in Mexico City, Mexico

A local leader

We’re sure you know the top spots in your home area to visit as well as some of the places you can avoid. That's why all our tours are led by people local to the area and who are experts in all things Mexico. They’ll be your tour guides and go-tos for the best daily activities, dining spots and even the best photo-op spots. So you can leave your guidebook behind and enjoy the timeless beauty of this Central American wonder.  

Chatting by the Calakmul Jungle Pyramids, Mexico

Safety

Although not all areas of Mexico are the safest travel destinations, all Intrepid trips are only run in areas deemed safe. Our tour locations are also thoroughly and routinely checked by our team on the ground. This is one of the greatest perks of joining a small group tour, especially as a solo traveller. We’ll give you day-to-day advice and guidance on travel through the country while keeping your safety as the top priority at each stage of the journey.

Eating home cooking around a table in Mexico

Ready-made friends

Mexico is an incredibly lively place filled with fun, fiestas and vibrant festivals each month of the year. Even though you have plenty of opportunities for some downtime, you’ll also get the bonus of around 10 travel (and party) companions to share the tequila-soaked sunsets with. But hey, if the nightlife isn’t a must on your Mexico trip, you’ll be able to connect with your fellow travellers over some delicious elote and refreshing aguas frescas in the bustling city streets between siestas. 

Sitting by the beach at Bacalar Lagoon, Mexico

Logistics and convenience

Ever had those moments of frantically wondering which train to catch, or worrying if you’re getting ripped off for a taxi? With every Intrepid trip, the itinerary, transport and accommodation are all organised for you. Even though you do have plenty of opportunities to branch off yourself, you’re never too far away from the safety and guidance of your local leader. So, leave the days of frantic solo travel behind and cruise through a Mexican adventure on a small Intrepid group tour.

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 policy

It's your call. Rooming on our trips is organised on a twin-share basis, but most of our trips also have the option to pay an extra fee for your own room. Just let us know at the time of booking and we'll arrange it for you.

For twin-share rooms, we pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what's indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open-gender, multi-share basis. In those instances it will clearly be stated in your Essential Trip Information.

Whether you’re travelling alone or with a partner, our trips have a set itinerary. But within that there’s time set aside for your own exploration (if you want to – no pressure). Depending on how you're feeling, you may want to have some downtime, ask your guide for a few tips then head out alone, or hang out with the group and see where the day takes you.

You sure do. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their tour. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Credit cards are generally accepted in Mexico at large stores and most mid- high-range hotels. Some cafes, bars and restaurants may accept card too, but the places with real character – and the best local food – tend to be cash only.

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Learn more about accessible travel with Intrepid

Our solo travel safety guide

Good advice for us all, but particularly for people travelling solo. Make copies of your itinerary, contact details, passport and travel insurance, then email them to yourself and to one or two friends/family at home. Check-in on social media when you can so people can keep track of where you are. 

If you’re arriving late in a city by yourself, book a hotel with a front desk or concierge service (many hotels also offer private transfers that don’t cost the earth from the airport or train station). If you're travelling with us, we can help you organise an arrival transfer. Read your maps before you head out for a walk (you can use a map app on your smartphone – or take screenshots of where you’re going if you don’t want to use up your precious data). If you need to check your map when you’re out and about, duck into a shop or café to do it. Leave the blingy jewellery, wedding rings and designer clothes at home, and aim to dress like the locals do – hit up the local markets if you haven’t packed the right outfits. Aim to keep track of travel times, so you’re not caught out after dark.

Most mobile/cell providers now offer travel passes to help manage your international roaming costs (which, let’s face it, are expensive!). For a few dollars a day, you’ll have access to data, which means you can log into your apps (like Skype, email and WhatsApp) when you’re out of WiFi zones and quickly get in touch with someone – a friend at home, someone in your group, or the police – if you need to. It might also be worth checking out the local cell/mobile providers as these can be quite cost effective. 

Solo travellers are way more likely to be ‘taken for a ride’ at the airport by unscrupulous taxi drivers, so do your research before you arrive. Make sure you get a cab from the airport/station taxi rank – if you’re not sure where to go, just head to the information desk for help. Touts tend to hang out in the arrivals area and promise cheaper rates, but can often be dodgy. When you get to the cab rank, ask the driver to use the meter or request a cost estimate before you hop in the car – if it’s way higher than it should be, pick another vehicle. A lot of airports have train stations attached as well, so consider public transport if you want to save a dollar or two.

It’s one of the advantages of travelling solo on a group tour: safety in numbers. The big, 50-person bus groups stand out on the road, but a small Intrepid group of eight or nine people, with a local leader showing the way – including areas to avoid and getting around safely – won’t draw much attention. Plus, it’s a great way to see parts of the world you may feel uncomfortable exploring on your own. If you want to do things on your own, consider a day tour to familiarise yourself with a city and get to know the local way of life. 

Solo travel is all about confidence. If you’re relaxed and self-assured on the street, you’re more likely to blend in. When you meet new people, don’t assume they’re all out to get you, but be sensible too and trust your gut. If it feels wrong, it probably is. Remember: the popular tourist areas are often the most well-lit and secure, but they’re often a juicier target for pickpockets and scammers. Just use your common sense; half of travel safety is simply being aware of your surroundings.

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