Itinerary #1: Highlights of Mexico - Mexico City to Tulum
Experience the best of Mexico on this two-week itinerary featuring the ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins of the Yucatán Peninsula, sightseeing in Mexico City, and snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya.
|Day 1||Arrive in Mexico City; Guided walking tour of the historic center||Mexico City|
|Day 2||Visit the National Museum of Anthropology; Free evening||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Aztec city of Teotihuacan; Basilica of Guadalupe; Free evening||Mexico City|
|Day 4||Navigate the Xochimilco canals; Visit Frida Kahlo’s house||Mexico City|
|Day 5||Flight to Cancún; Transfer to Valladolid||Valladolid|
|Day 6||Day trip to Chichén Itzá and Yokdzonot Cenote||Valladolid|
|Day 7||Free day in Valladolid||Valladolid|
|Day 8||Day trip to Ek' Balam, X'Canche Cenote and Maya community workshop||Valladolid|
|Day 9||Drive to Uxmal - Explore Uxmal and Kabah archaeological sites||Uxmal|
|Day 10||Visit Muná; Drive to Mérida||Merida|
|Day 11||Walking tour of Mérida – Transfer to Tulum||Tulum|
|Days 12-13||Free day in Tulum||Tulum|
Your trip begins in the capital with a guided walking tour of the historic center and a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Side-trip to the pyramids of Teotihuacán and the Basilica of Guadalupe before spending a day exploring the canals of Xochimilco and touring Frida Kahlo’s house. Then catch a flight to Cancún. Explore Chichén Itzá, then go for a refreshing dip in Yokdzonot Cenote.
On the second week of the trip, head into the jungle to visit the Yucatec-Maya archaeological site of Ek' Balam, followed by a stop at X'Canche Cenote. On day nine, explore Uxmal and Kabah archaeological sites. Drive to Mérida, where you'll take a walking tour and spend a night before continuing on to the last stop of the trip: Tulum, where archaeological ruins are positioned on a cliff above the sea. Snorkel in the Gran Cenote and relax on the sand—it's the perfect way to end this two-week Mexican adventure. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Ultimate Culture Tour - Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende, & More
This exciting Mexican road trip takes you to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, featuring stops in Mexico City and the Pacific and Caribbean coasts—perfect for culture enthusiasts who want to see a lot on a single itinerary.
|Day 1||Arrive in Mexico City - Transfer to Queretaro||Querétaro|
|Day 2||Queretaro - Transfer to San Miguel Allende||San Miguel de Allende|
|Day 3||San Miguel de Allende - Transfer to Zacatecas||Zacatecas|
|Day 4||Zacatecas - Transfer to Tequila||Tequila|
|Day 5||Tequila - Transfer to Morelia||Morelia|
|Day 6||Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve - Transfer to Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 7||Luis Barragán & Central University City||Mexico City|
|Day 8||Mexico City - El Tajin - Transfer to Costa Esmeralda||Costa Esmeralda|
|Day 9||Costa Esmeralda - Tlacotalpan - Transfer to Córdoba||Cordoba|
|Day 10||Córdoba - Transfer to Oaxaca City||Oaxaca|
|Day 11||Monte Albán's Archaeological Site||Oaxaca|
|Day 12||Oaxaca City - Transfer to Puebla||Puebla|
|Day 13||Transfer to Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 14||Depart Mexico City|
The trip begins in Mexico City, but you'll quickly make the transfer to Querétaro, a city known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture. From there, you'll continue onto the UNESCO-listed Franciscan missions in the Sierra Gorda of Queretaro, then overnight in San Miguel Allende. Make a stop at the 'The Sistine Chapel of America' in Atotonilco on your way to Zacatecas, a city founded in 1546 after the discovery of a large silver lode. Take a break in Tequila to learn how Mexico's most famous spirit is made, then continue on to Morelia and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
Midway through the trip, return to Mexico City for a full day of sightseeing. Then continue on to the Costa Esmeralda for some relaxing time on the beach, making a stop at Veracruz to see the pre-Hispanic city of Tajin along the way. Pass through Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley, offering the richest biodiversity in North America, en route to Oaxaca City. Explore the beautiful historic city center and check out its world-renowned cuisine. Visit Monte Albán's archaeological site and tour Puebla before returning to Mexico City, where the trip ends. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Chiapas & the Riviera Maya
Discover the diverse state of Chiapas, with its amazing waterfalls and archaeological sites—and the Riviera Maya, with coastal landscape ideal for outdoor adventures—on this family-oriented itinerary.
|Day 1||Welcome to Mexico!||Cancún|
|Day 2||Boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon||San Cristobal de las Casas|
|Day 3||El Chiflón Waterfalls & Amatenango del Valle||San Cristobal de las Casas|
|Day 4||Agua Azul & Misol-Ha Waterfalls||Palenque|
|Day 5||Trekking in Palenque||Campeche|
|Day 6||Magical city of Izamal||Izamal|
|Day 7||Chichén Itzá & colonial city of Valladolid||Valladolid|
|Day 8||Swimming in X'Canché Cenote||Valladolid|
|Day 9||Arrival in Tulum||Tulum|
|Day 10||Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve||Tulum|
|Day 11||Punta Laguna & Isla Holbox||Holbox|
|Day 12-13||Days off on the paradise island of Holbox||Holbox|
|Day 14||International departure|
This adventure is neatly divided into two parts. The first week happens in Chiapas: you'll start with a boat ride along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon, spotting spider monkeys and waterfalls. Continue on to El Chiflón waterfalls, the tallest in Chiapas. Visit a pair of indigenous villages in the highlands before seeing Agua Azul waterfalls and towering Misol-Há waterfall. Wander the streets of colorful San Cristobal de las Casas and tour the impressive Palenque archaeological site to wrap up the week.
On the second part of the trip, pick up a rental car—you'll be providing your own transportation for the rest of the itinerary. Drive to Chichén Itzá, then visit the Yucatec-Maya archaeological site of Ek' Balam and go for a swim in X'Canché Cenote. Move onto Tulum to see the ruins on a cliff over the Caribbean Sea. Tour Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve before continuing to Punta Laguna for a boat ride and guided hike. You'll finish up the trip with a few days to relax on Isla Holbox (Holbox Island) before heading to Cancún to catch your flight out. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Family Adventure in Mexico
Bring the whole family along for this two-week trip around Mexico, featuring outdoor fun in San Miguel de Allende, swimming with dolphins in Puerto Vallarta, and tacos and sweets in Mexico City.
|Day 1||Welcome to Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 2||Discover Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Teotihuacan||Mexico City|
|Day 4||Biking in Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 5||Xochimilco and Cultural Coyoacan||Mexico City|
|Day 6||Lovely San Miguel de Allende||San Miguel de Allende|
|Day 7||Canyon horseback ride||San Miguel de Allende|
|Day 8||Welcome to Puerto Vallarta||Puerto Vallarta|
|Day 9||Marietas discovery||Puerto Vallarta|
|Day 10||Vallarta under the stars||Puerto Vallarta|
|Day 11||Swimming with dolphins||Puerto Vallarta|
|Days 12-13||Relax in Puerto Vallarta||Puerto Vallarta|
|Day 14||See you soon!|
Kick off the trip in Mexico City, where you'll spend the first several days of the trip sightseeing, going on a bike tour, floating down the canals of Xochimilco on a traditional boat, and visiting Frida Kahlo's onetime home and studio at Coyoacán. You'll leave town, too, to visit the pyramids of Teotihuacán, returning to the city in the evening to enjoy the cutting-edge dining and nightlife scene. On day six, fly to San Miguel de Allende, where the second part of the trip begins.
Go horseback riding in the canyon outside San Miguel de Allende, and visit a ranch in the region to learn how to make homemade tortillas. On day eight, you'll move onto Puerto Vallarta. You'll base yourself here for the rest of the trip, day-tripping to the Marietas Islands on a boating adventure, catching a cultural show featuring traditional music and dance under the stars, and a special excursion that takes you to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat—the ocean. Kick back on the beach for the last day of the trip before it's time to catch your flight home. Learn more
Itinerary #5: Flavors and Aromas of Mexico
Eat your way around Mexico on this appetizing two-week trip that takes you to taco shops in Mexico City, cooking classes in Oaxaca, and food-focused walking tours in Puebla.
|Day 1||Arrival in Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 2||National Anthropology Museum||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Gastronomic tour||Mexico City|
|Day 4||Xochimilco canals & Frida Kahlo’s House||Mexico City|
|Day 5||Puebla walking tour & cooking class||Puebla|
|Day 6||"Antojitos poblanos" walking tour||Puebla|
|Day 7||City of Oaxaca||Oaxaca|
|Day 8||Food tour in Oaxaca||Oaxaca|
|Day 9||Tule Tree, Hierve el Agua & Teotitlán del Valle||Oaxaca|
|Day 10||Cooking class & visit to Monte Albán||Oaxaca|
|Day 11||Northern Highlands of Oaxaca: Latuvi||Oaxaca|
|Day 12||Northern Highlands of Oaxaca: Benito Juarez||Benito Juarez|
|Day 13||Farm in Benito Juarez||Oaxaca|
|Day 14||International departure|
Start with an empty stomach in Mexico City. Grab some tacos on your way to the National Anthropology Museum, then go on a food-focused tour of the city that takes you to marketplaces and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Enjoy traditional snacks while floating down the Xochimilco canals on a traditional boat. Visit Frida Kahlo's house in Coyoacán before wrapping up the Mexico City portion of the trip and moving onto nearby Puebla for a walking tour and cooking class. On day six, you'll go on a dedicated antojitos (snacks) tour of the city.
The second week of the trip takes you to Oaxaca, one of Mexico's foodie capitals. Take a food tour of the city's bustling marketplaces and food shops, then side-trip to the nearby countryside to see a 2,000-year-old tree and visit picturesque Hierve el Agua. After a cooking class with a local chef, you'll venture to the Northern Highlands of Oaxaca. Take a jam-making workshop in a local community, Latuvi, and visit a farm in Benito Juarez to learn about the production of local specialties. You'll have one last day to sip coffee, eat chocolate, and feast on mole in Oaxaca before you head home. Learn more
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