CDMX Zocalo 3

Classic Mexico Tour - Mexico City, Merida and El Cuyo

11 Days from £2,360 pp (excl. international flights)

Mexico City  – Merida  – Chichen Itza  – El Cuyo

Uncover the Marvels of Mexico: From Ancient Ruins to Coastal Bliss

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Mexico, where you'll delve into the country's rich cultural heritage, explore awe-inspiring archaeological sites, and bask in the serene beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary blend of ancient wonders and modern delights that define Mexico. This 11-day adventure will take you from the bustling streets of Mexico City, where you'll uncover the captivating legacy of the Aztecs, to the tranquil coastal retreat of El Cuyo, where you'll immerse yourself in the natural splendour of the Yucatan. Along the way, you'll discover the UNESCO-listed ruins of Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza, savour the vibrant culinary scene, and bask in the laid-back charm of colonial Merida, creating memories that will linger long after your return home.

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Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City

Mexico City Centre

Mexico City

Upon arriving in the bustling heart of Mexico City, one of the world's largest and oldest urban centres, you'll be greeted by an English-speaking assistant who will transfer you via private service to your hotel, the Zocalo Central. This historic property, situated in the central Zocalo district, will be your home for the next three nights.

Day 2: Exploring Mexico City

Zocalo Square Mexico City Mexico

Zocalo Square, Mexico City

Today, you'll embark on a comprehensive private tour of Mexico City's iconic landmarks, accompanied by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide. Your journey will take you to the Zocalo Square, the magnificent Cathedral, the haunting Aztec ruins of the Templo Mayor, the Diego Rivera Mural Museum, and the grand Paseo de la Reforma Avenue. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional lunch at a local taqueria, making the most of the city's vibrant culinary scene.

Day 3: Ancient Wonders and Sacred Spaces

Plaza de Tres, Mexico City

Plaza de las Tres Culturas

Venturing beyond the bustling capital, you'll visit the "Plaza de las Tres Culturas," where the Aztec, Spanish, and contemporary Mexican cultures converge. Your next stop will be the impressive archaeological site of Teotihuacan, where you'll explore the towering Pyramid of the Sun and other ancient ruins. Finally, you'll travel to the revered Shrine of Guadalupe, Latin America's most sacred religious site, to learn about the legend of the Virgin of Guadalupe's miraculous appearance.

Day 4: Onward to Merida



Leaving Mexico City behind, you'll make your way to the city of Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel, Casa Lucia, from where you'll have the opportunity to explore the city's colonial architecture and laid-back atmosphere. In the afternoon, you'll immerse yourself in Merida's rich cultural heritage during a private Cantinas Tour, visiting three lively local establishments and sampling traditional Mexican beers and botanas.

Day 5: Exploring the Wonders of Yucatan


Uxmal ruins

Today, you'll venture to the Mayan ruins of Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its exceptional Puuc architecture. Accompanied by an expert guide, you'll marvel at the ornate stone mosaics and soaring vaulted arches that characterise this ancient city. On your return to Merida, you'll stop at the stunning Sambulá cenote, a turquoise water sinkhole that was considered sacred by the Maya. Your day will conclude with a private city tour of Merida, showcasing the historic landmarks and grand boulevards that define this wonderful destination.

Day 6: Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza Mexico

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 tranquility of the Yucatan countryside.

Day 7-10: Discovering the Magic of El Cuyo

Dos Mares

Dos Mares Pool Club

Leaving Chichen Itza behind, you'll continue your journey to the tranquil coastal town of El Cuyo. You'll spend the next four nights at the charming Hotel Dos Mares, where you can unwind and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula. Whether you choose to lounge by the pool, explore the mangrove-lined lagoons, or venture out to nearby beaches, El Cuyo promises a peaceful respite, allowing you to fully rejuvenate and enjoy this hidden gem.

Day 11: Departure from Cancun

El Cuyo

El Cuyo

On your final day, you'll be transferred via private service from El Cuyo to Cancun International Airport, accompanied by an English-speaking guide, for your departure. As you leave Mexico, you'll carry with you a bunch of unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the diverse cultural history of this remarkable country.

Duration: 11 days

Location: Mexico Holidays, South and Central America Holidays

Price: £2360pp

This trip includes:

  • Transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • Hotel accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts according to the itinerary
  • Transfers and excursions generally in a sedan type vehicle.
  • All excursions include authorised professional driver guide and all entrance fees to archaeological sites and museums according to the itinerary.
  • Domestic flight from Mexico City to Merida
  • 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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When to go to Mexico

Find out the best time to visit Mexico with our month-by-month guide.

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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



: 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.



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.



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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