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Mayan Ruins, Aztec Temples, and Modern Mexico Cultural Tour

13 Days from £4,645 pp (excl. international flights)

Mexico City  – San Cristobal de las Casas  – Palenque  – Merida  – Chichen Itza  – Isla Holbox

Mexico: A Tapestry of History, Culture, and Natural Wonder

Embark on a transformative journey across Mexico's diverse landscapes and traditions

Experience a captivating journey through the heart of Mexico, where ancient civilizations, colonial elegance, and coastal splendour converge. From the bustling streets of Mexico City, steeped in Aztec history, to the tranquil shores of Isla Holbox, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises an immersive exploration of Mexico's diverse treasures. Delve into the vibrant street food scene of Mexico City, uncover the ancient wonders of Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza, and wander through the charming colonial towns of San Cristobal de las Casas and Campeche. With private tours, luxurious accommodations, and breathtaking landscapes, each day offers a new adventure waiting to be discovered. Join us as we embark on a journey through Mexico's rich tapestry of culture, history, and natural beauty.

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Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City

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Zocalo Plaza, Mexico

Arrive in Mexico City, one of the world's largest metropolises with a rich history dating back to the Aztec era. Explore the central plaza, Zocalo, and visit the Templo Mayor to witness remnants of the ancient Aztec civilization. Transfer to boutique hotel, The Amsterdam where you will be staying for the next three nights.

Day 2: Discovering Mexico City

Mexico City skyline

Mexico City

After breakfast at the hotel, you'll transfer to the meeting point for an engaging 3-hour walking tour exploring Mexico City's renowned street food scene. Led by an English-speaking culinary guide, you'll weave through a historic neighbourhood, sampling an array of authentic Mexican dishes like tamales, burritos, and carnitas. Afterwards, you'll embark on a private city tour to uncover additional highlights, including the grand Cathedral, the panoramic views from Madero Street, and the grand Paseo de la Reforma avenue.

Day 3: Tres Culturas, Teotihuacan, and the Guadalupe Shrine

Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan

Today's excursion begins at the "Plaza de las Tres Culturas," where the Aztec, Spanish, and contemporary Mexican cultures converge. You'll then continue on to the revered Shrine of Guadalupe, Latin America's most sacred religious site, before driving to the impressive archaeological ruins of Teotihuacan. Wander through this ancient city's temples, palaces, and the imposing Pyramid of the Sun, one of the largest in the world.

Day 4: To Tuxtla Gutierrez

Sumidero Canyon

Sumidero Canyon

After breakfast, you'll check out of your Mexico City hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the lively capital of Chiapas. Upon arrival, you'll be met and taken on a scenic boat ride through the breath-taking 800-metredeep Sumidero Canyon, followed by a visit to the colonial town of Chiapa de Corzo. You'll then continue your journey to San Cristobal de las Casas, where you'll check into Hotel bö for a 2-night stay.

Day 5: Exploring San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal

San Cristobal de la Cassa

Today's private tour begins with a walking exploration of San Cristobal de las Casas' historic city centre. Highlights include the grand cathedral, the 16th-century Templo de Santo Domingo, and time to browse the bustling handicraft market. You'll then venture into the Chiapas highlands to visit the indigenous Tzotzil villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, where you can observe the locals' unique customs and spiritual practices.

Day 6: To Palenque

Palenque

Palenque

Bidding farewell to San Cristobal, you'll make a stop in Villahermosa to explore the Parque-Museo de La Venta and its impressive collection of Olmec archaeological artifacts. Continuing your journey, you'll arrive at the ancient Maya site of Palenque, where you'll check into the Boutique Hotel Quinta Chanabnal. This remarkable city, situated in the foothills and surrounded by lush rainforest, was at its pinnacle between 500-700 AD and is renowned for its elegant architecture and intricate stone carvings.

Day 7: Onto Campeche

Campeche

Campeche Wall

After breakfast at your Palenque hotel, you'll have the opportunity to delve into the magnificent ruins of this important Maya centre, including the towering Temple of the Inscriptions and the intricately adorned Palace complex. You'll then travel to the historic coastal city of Campeche, where you'll check into the Boutique Hotel Casa Don Gustavo. Surrounded by its well-preserved 16th-17th century fortified walls, Campeche exudes a romantic, swashbuckling atmosphere, which you'll experience on an afternoon walking tour of the city centre.

Day 8: To Merida

Uxmal

Uxmal

Departing Campeche, your first stop today will be the Maya archaeological site of Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its low, elegant palaces adorned with symbolic Chaac motifs. After exploring these impressive ruins, you'll continue on to the capital of the Yucatan, Merida. You'll settle into your accommodations at the Boutique Hotel Kunuk, where you'll spend the next two nights.

Day 9: Merida City Tour

Merida

Merida

This morning, you'll embark on a private half-day tour of historic Merida, founded more than 450 years ago on the site of the ancient Maya city of T'ho. Highlights include the magnificent 16th-century Cathedral of San Ildefonso, the grand Casa Montejo, and the stately Paseo Montejo boulevard, inspired by the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The remainder of your day will be at leisure to discover Merida's colonial charm and vibrant atmosphere.

Day 10: Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Departing Merida, you'll make your way to the legendary Chichen Itza archaeological site, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you'll explore the magnificent ruins, including the imposing Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Great Ball Court, and the sacred cenote. After your immersive visit, you'll check in to the charming Hacienda Chichen, where you'll spend the night surrounded by the tranquillity of the Yucatan countryside.

Day 11-12: Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox

After your immersive experience at Chichen Itza, you'll continue your journey towards the tranquil island of Isla Holbox. This 25-kilometre long, 3-kilometre wide island paradise will be your home for the next two nights, where you'll unwind at the Boutique Hotel Las Nubes de Holbox. Surrounded by pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and a laid-back island ambiance, these days will provide a refreshing respite as you soak up the natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Day 13: Departure Day

Isla Holbox, Mexico

Isla Holbox

On your final day, you'll bid farewell to Isla Holbox and transfer via private service to Cancun, where you'll catch your departing flight. Throughout your journey, an English-speaking assistant will be on hand to ensure a seamless transition from one destination to the next.


Duration: 13 Days

Location: Mexico Holidays, South and Central America Holidays

Price: £4645pp

This trip includes:

  • Transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • Hotel accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts according to the itinerary
  • Transfers and excursions: from 1-2 persons sedan type vehicle.
  • All excursions include authorised professional driver guide and all entrance fees to archaeological sites and museums according to the itinerary.
  • 24/7 telephone assistance

This trip excludes:

  • International flights
  • Any transfers, visits, excursions, activities, hotels or services not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any personal expenses or consumptions
  • International travel insurance
  • Tips to drivers and guides
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January

In January, Mexico experiences pleasant weather with mild temperatures across many regions. It's an excellent time to explore historical sites such as Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan, enjoy water sports along the coastlines, and partake in cultural festivities like the Day of the Three Kings. Be sure to visit Mexico City's museums and savour Mexican cuisine.

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February

February brings delightful weather to Mexico, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities. Enjoy sunny days with comfortable temperatures perfect for exploring archaeological sites like Tulum and Palenque. Experience the vibrant festivities of Carnaval in Mazatlán or Veracruz. Head to the stunning beaches of Riviera Maya or Baja California for snorkelling, diving, or simply relaxing.

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March

Like January and February, March in Mexico offers pleasant weather and abundant opportunities for exploration. Still a great time to visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza or Monte Albán, bask in the sunshine along the pristine beaches of Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, and immerse yourself in the lively celebrations of Semana Santa (Holy Week). March is also an excellent time for outdoor activities like hiking, zip-lining, and exploring Mexico's diverse ecosystems, from the thriving jungles to the crystal-clear cenotes.

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April

The beautiful sunny weather continues in April in Mexico. Explore the impressive Mayan ruins of Tulum or Coba and soak up the sun on the beaches of Playa del Carmen or Los Cabos. It's an ideal time for snorkelling or diving in the stunning coral reefs of Cozumel or exploring the natural wonders of Copper Canyon.

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May

Explore the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza or venture into the deep jungles of Palenque. Relax on the pristine beaches of Playa del Carmen or Tulum and enjoy water activities like snorkelling or surfing. Join in with the vibrant Cinco de Mayo celebrations, highlighting Mexican culture and history. May is also a great time for eco-adventures and exploring biosphere reserves.

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June

In June, Mexico experiences warm weather with regional variations. Coastal areas such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta boast balmy temperatures perfect for beach activities and water sports. June marks the beginning of the rainy season in many parts of Mexico, including the Yucatan Peninsula and Pacific Coast. Expect occasional showers and increased humidity. In contrast, central and northern regions, like Mexico City and Guadalajara, enjoy milder temperatures and lower chances of rain.

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July

July is part of Mexico’s rainy season. Beaches are humid and muggy so if you choose to travel at this time, make sure to plan ways to escape the humidity. However, there is a silver lining to visiting Mexico in July. Due to the less-than-perfect weather, you may find that prices for accommodations and other travel-related services tend to be more affordable. Visit Oaxaca to attend the Guelaguetza festival in July.

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August

The hottest month of the year in some parts of Mexico, if you’re visiting at this time, plan water sports and beach activities to cool off. The Yucatan Peninsula and Pacific Coast have warm temperatures with occasional showers and high humidity. Central Mexico encounters warm temperatures with intermittent rainfall. Northern Mexico has hot and dry weather, while the Baja California Peninsula enjoys warm and dry conditions.

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September

In September, expect wet weather in Mexico. Pack a rain jacket and water-resistant shoes. It's the slowest month for tourism, resulting in reduced hotel and travel prices. Take advantage of deals from high-end resorts. Maximize your time with city exploration, beach getaways, ruins tours, and museum visits. Maybe celebrate Mexican Independence Day in September in one of the major cities. Embrace the varied experiences Mexico offers during this time of the year.

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October

: In October, Mexico's weather varies, with some regions still experiencing rain as the rainy season continues. However, temperatures gradually decrease, making it more comfortable to explore. October is ideal for city visits and major attractions due to milder weather. Enjoy sightseeing, whether it's natural or cultural attractions, as rain becomes less frequent and humidity drops, allowing for easier exploration and participation in activities.

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November

November is highly recommended for visiting Mexico, as it coincides with the vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations (Nov 1-2). Witness ancestral tributes, picnics, and all-night vigils honoring the souls. The festivities blend a macabre touch with candy and skeleton figurines. Enjoy pleasant weather and exciting celebrations. Look for affordable flights and explore popular cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Cancun during the off-season.

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December

In December, Mexico's climate varies across regions. The north enjoys mild temperatures, while the south experiences higher temperatures. Additionally, there is little to no rainfall between December and April, making it an ideal time to visit. Take advantage of the fine weather to explore vibrant cities and spend a weekend in a beach town. Remember to pack a jacket or scarf as cool evenings are common throughout the country during this time of year.

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