Mexico Tulum

Taste of Mexico History Tour

15 Days from £5,995 (excl. international flights)

Mexico City  – Oaxaca  – Tuxtla Gutierrez  – Palenque  – Campeche  – Merida  – Tulum

Discover Mexico's Diverse Treasures

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Mexico, from ancient wonders like Teotihuacan to coastal paradises like Tulum. Explore vibrant cultures, breath-taking landscapes, and rich history.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Mexico, where ancient civilizations meet modern charm. This immersive itinerary takes you on a captivating exploration of Mexico's diverse landscapes, cultures, and historical treasures. Begin your adventure in the vibrant metropolis of Mexico City, where the echoes of the Aztec Empire resonate through the bustling streets and towering monuments of the past. Delve into the heart of the city's historic centre, the Zocalo, and witness the remnants of ancient civilizations at the Templo Mayor.

As your journey unfolds, immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Mexico's cultural heritage. Explore the colonial elegance of Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas, where indigenous traditions thrive amidst stunning architecture and vibrant marketplaces. Journey into the depths of the jungle to discover the awe-inspiring archaeological wonders of Palenque and Chichen Itza, where towering pyramids and sacred cenotes reveal the secrets of ancient civilizations.

Venture to the tranquil coastal towns of Tulum and Campeche, where white-sand beaches and turquoise waters beckon you to unwind and relax. Explore the fortified city of Campeche, steeped in history and surrounded by centuries-old walls. Then, wander the ancient ruins of Tulum, perched on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, and immerse yourself in the beauty of its coastal charm.

With private tours, tantalizing street food, and breath-taking landscapes, this journey offers an unforgettable glimpse into the diverse treasures of Mexico, from ancient wonders to coastal paradises.

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Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City

Mexico City skyline

Mexico City

Arrive in Mexico City, the oldest urban centre in the Western Hemisphere. You will be transferred to Boutique Hotel The Amsterdam. Spend the day exploring the city's vibrant history and culture, starting with the central plaza, Zocalo, where remnants of the Aztec Templo Mayor stand.

Day 2: Mexico City

Mexico city architecture

Mexico City

Today you will delve into Mexico City's street food culture. With the guidance of an English-speaking culinary expert, visit the bustling streets of a historic neighbourhood, sampling a diverse array of authentic Mexican delicacies such as tamales, burritos, and carnitas. Gain insight into the rich history and cultural significance behind each dish as you navigate through this vibrant culinary landscape during the 3-hour group street food tour.

Following your gastronomic adventure, continue your exploration with a private city tour, focussing on the city's architectural and historical treasures. Discover the heart of Mexico City with a leisurely stroll along Madero Street, soaking in panoramic views of architectural marvels like the Temple of San Francisco, Casa de los Azulejos, the Post Office, and the Fine Arts Palace.

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

Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan

Enjoy a full day to exploring Mexico City's historical and cultural gems. Begin at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, showcasing Aztec ruins, a colonial church, and modern structures. Next, visit the Shrine of Guadalupe, where the Virgin of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared. Explore the New Basilica and view Juan Diego's cloak. Then, journey to Teotihuacan, an ancient city sacred to the Aztecs. Marvel at its temples and the Pyramid of the Sun, one of the world's largest.

Day 4: To Oaxaca

Mexico Puebla alleyway night

Puebla

Check out of your Mexico City hotel and journey to Oaxaca, stopping en route to explore Puebla. Wander its historic centre adorned with colonial architecture and Talavera tiles. Continue to Cholula, a UNESCO site featuring the Great Pyramid, topped with a church. Arrive in Oaxaca, where you'll stay at boutique hotel Azul Oaxaca. Experience the blend of pre-conquest, colonial, and modern influences in this charming valley city, once the centre of Mixtec and Zapotec civilizations.

Day 5: Oaxaca

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Monte Alban, Oaxaca

A full day of exploration starts at the ancient archaeological marvel of Monte Albán. Perched atop a mountain overlooking the Oaxaca Valley, this UNESCO World Heritage site was the heart of the Zapotec civilization. Explore its ceremonial grounds, including the Gran Plaza and Ball Court.

Returning to Oaxaca city, delve into its colonial centre. Admire Spanish architecture at landmarks like the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Church, while immersing yourself in the city's vibrant indigenous culture evident in its bustling streets and markets. Gain an understanding of Oaxaca's rich history, from its pre-Columbian roots to its enduring indigenous identity amidst Spanish colonial influences.

Day 6: To Tuxtla Gutierrez

Chiapas Mexico min

Chiapas

Depart from Oaxaca on your flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas. Upon arrival, join a boat ride through the majestic Sumidero Canyon, carved by the Grijalva River. Marvel at its 800-metre deep geological formations. Next, visit the colonial gem of Chiapa de Corzo, famed for its 16th-century Mudejar-style fountain. Then, journey to San Cristobal de las Casas, a charming colonial city. Check into boutique Hotel Bö for a 2-night stay.

Day 7: City Tour and Indian Villages

San Cristobal

San Cristobal de las Casas

Today's exploration is of San Cristobal de las Casas and the surrounding indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Start with a walking tour of San Cristobal's historic centre, including visits to the majestic cathedral and the Templo de Santo Domingo. Explore the bustling handicraft market, where local Tzotzil people sell their traditional wares.

Venture into the Chiapas highlands to discover the Tzotzil Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Witness unique customs, costumes, and spiritual practices as you visit the white church of San Juan Chamula, filled with chanting worshippers. Explore the handicraft market and pretty church of Zinacantan before returning to San Cristobal.

Day 8: To Palenque

Palenque Chiapas Mexico min

Palenque

Check out from your San Cristobal de las Casas hotel and journey to the ancient Maya site of Palenque. En route, stop in Villahermosa to explore the impressive Parque-Museo de La Venta, showcasing archaeological finds from the Olmec site of La Venta. Marvel at the massive stone Olmec heads, relocated here for preservation. After the museum visit, continue your drive to Palenque and check into Quinta Cha Nab Nal

Day 9: Palenque - Campeche

Ruins Aerial Palenque Chiapas Mexico min

Palenque Ruins

Check out from your Palenque hotel and journey to the historic coastal city of Campeche. Begin your day with a visit to the Palenque archaeological site, accompanied by your private guide. Explore the well-preserved ruins, including the Temple of the Inscriptions and the intricate Palace complex.

Continue your journey to Campeche, a city surrounded by 16th-17th century fortified walls, reflecting its history as a target for pirates. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of the historic city centre, including the dramatic light and sound show at the Land Gate, recounting the city's pirate past.

Check into Casa Don Gustavo and enjoy the ambiance of this charming city as you unwind after your day of exploration.

Day 10: Campeche - Merida

Merida Yucatan Mexico min

Merida

Continue to the city of Merida, the capital of Yucatan state. En route, explore the Mayan archaeological site of Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its distinctive architecture adorned with symbolic Chaac motifs. With your private guide, visit highlights like the House of the Magician and the Nunnery, enjoying a delicious lunch.

After Uxmal, continue to Merida and check into Künük for a 2-night stay. Merida boasts a charming colonial atmosphere, with a historic downtown featuring a large central plaza and the grand Paseo Montejo boulevard lined with European-style mansions. Use your free time to explore Merida's attractions, including nearby Mayan sites and natural wonders like pink flamingo sanctuaries and cenotes.

Day 11: Merida City Tour

Merida

Merida

Discover Merida's historic treasures starting in the colonial downtown, marvelling at the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, built in the 16th century with stones from ancient Mayan temples. Admire murals depicting the encounter between Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo and Mayan King Tutl Xiu.

Explore the Casa Montejo, former home of Francisco de Montejo, and the Governor's Palace, adorned with 27 murals illustrating Yucatan's history. Capture photos of these landmarks from the tree-shaded Plaza Principal. Drive along the historical Paseo Montejo boulevard, reminiscent of Paris's Champs-Élysées, lined with elegant mansions, shops, and restaurants.

Day 12 - 14: Merida - Tulum via Chichen Itza

Beach tulum Mexico

Tulum

Depart from Merida and journey to the picturesque coastal town of Tulum, with a stop at the renowned Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Explore the iconic Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Great Ball Court, and the sacred cenote with your private English-Spanish speaking guide.

After the Chichen Itza tour, continue the drive (approximately 3.5 hours) to Tulum. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Tulum is the only fortified Mayan city by the sea. Check into Boutique Hotel Tago Tulum for a 3-night stay in a jungle view suite with continental breakfast included.

Enjoy your time in Tulum relaxing on its pristine white-sand beaches, exploring ancient Mayan ruins, and embracing the laid-back coastal atmosphere.

Day 15: Departure Day

Take a private transfer from your Tulum Hotel to Cancun for your departure flight.


Duration: 15 Days

Location: Mexico Holidays, South and Central America Holidays

Price: £5995pp

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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