This trip takes you beyond margaritas and tacos. We take you from the modern, yet historical Mexico City, through the cactus covered mountains to colonial cities surrounded by stunning landscapes. Visit archaeological sites that were once inhabited by Toltecs, Aztecs, Zapotecs and Mayas. Let our local guides in these sites, transport you back in time! Swim in crystal clear swimming holes, get lost in blue waterfalls and become a Tequila connoisseur.
Duration: 13 days/12 nights
Departure City: Mexico City. Ending City: Playa Del Carmen
Accommodations: hotels (12 nights)
Transportation: private mini bus, public buses, taxis
Leaders: Tour leader and driver
Included meals: 10 breakfasts
Included Activities: Entrance to Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Palenque and Chichen Itza, Hierve el Agua, Tule, Mezcal Distillery, village tour of San Juan Chamula and Zincanantan, Jungle walk in Palenque, entrances to Misol Ha and Agua Azul, Uxmal/Kabah OR Santa Barbara Cenotes.
Day 1: Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in downtown Mexico City.
Day 2: An early departure on public transport out of Mexico City to visit the mighty ruins of Teotihuacan! It’s close by, only around 45 minutes by bus. We then return to Mexico City, where you will have a free afternoon.
Day 3: Departing the hotel early, we will head in taxis to one of the biggest bus terminals in Mexico, where we will ride in a first class bus to Oaxaca! The journey is approximately 7 hours.
Day 4: Today is a free day for you to enjoy everything that Oaxaca has to offer!
Day 5: A morning departure will see us our own private vehicle! We have a full day visiting Monte Alban, Hierve el Agua, the town of Tule and a Mezcal Distillery! Returning to Oaxaca around 5pm
Day 6: A morning departure from our hotel, we will be transferred to the airport. A short, one hour flight takes us to San Cristobal De Las Casas!
Day 7: A 9.15am departure (from the centre of town), for a unique visit to two Mayan Villages, San Juan Chamula and Zincanantan!
Day 8: A morning departure sees us leave the cooler temperatures of San Cristobal De Las Casas and head for the heat of the jungle. Enroute to Palenque we will be stopping off at Agua Azul and Misol Ha.
Day 9: A full morning includes a magical jungle walk and guided tour into Palenque.
Day 10: A morning departure to take a short walk to the bus terminal, we will ride on a first class bus to Merida. Always warm and inviting, Merida is another city you are sure to be impressed with!
Day 11: Today you have the option (pre-booking required) of visiting the impressive archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah or the cenotes of Santa Barbara.
Day 12: An early departure will see us at the Chichen Itza gate early for some impressive photos of the Temple of Kukulkan, the Grand Ball Court and everything in between. Chichen Itza is the one you have all been waiting for! After, we will continue another 2 hours to our final destination Playa del Carmen.
Day 13: Tour ends for those finishing in Playa del Carmen, or a free day for those continuing on to Antigua, Guatemala!
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation. All travellers will be matched up with another traveler of the same gender. If you would prefer a guaranteed room to yourself there will be a mandatory single supplement charged and single rooms are subject to availability.
If you prefer to have a room to yourself, you must select “Single Supplement” when making your booking. If you wish to room with someone specific who has made a separate booking please advise us of your roommate’s name in the special requests box or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Add-on 1: Single Supplement – $480.00