Itinerary #1: Family Trip to Chiapas & the Yucatán Peninsula
Discover picturesque beaches and lush jungles on this two-week family excursion across southern Mexico. Explore the lost Maya cities of Chiapas and dive into the secret cenotes of the Yucatán Peninsula before soaking up the sun along the sandy shores of Holbox Island.
|Day 1||Arrive in Villahermosa, Transfer to Palenque||Palenque|
|Day 2||Discover Ancient Palenque, Visit the Roberto Barrios Waterfalls||Palenque|
|Day 3||Transfer to Nahá, Lagoons of the Lacandon Jungle & Fire Ceremony||Nahá|
|Day 4||Nature Excursion & Arrow Workshop in Nahá, Transfer to Palenque||Palenque|
|Day 5||Transfer to Campeche via Cenote Azul||Campeche|
|Day 6||Campeche: A Fortress City Walking Tour||Campeche|
|Day 7||Transfer to Uxmal, Eco-Tour Immersion & Jícara Engraving Workshop||Uxmal|
|Day 8||Explore Uxmal, Visit the Choco-Story Museum, Transfer to Merida||Merida|
|Day 9||Free Day in Merida||Merida|
|Day 10||Transfer to Chichén Itzá via Izamal & Yokdzonot||Chichen Itza|
|Day 11||Visit the Maya Wonder of Chichén Itzá, Transfer to Holbox Island||Holbox|
|Days 12 & 13||Relax on Holbox Island||Holbox|
|Day 14||Ferry to Chiquilá, Transfer to Cancún & Depart|
Welcome to Mexico! Begin your family-friendly adventure in the southern state of Chiapas. Learn about the ancient Maya people while the kids explore the jungle-bound ruins and waterfalls of Palenque. Travel to Nahá, where the whole family will learn to craft handmade bows and arrows. Spot wildlife, including turtles and crocodiles, on a boat tour through the Nahá Reserve. On the way to the walled city of Campeche, stop for a dip in one of the region's cenotes, pools formed by limestone erosion. Cap off your first week in Uxmal, where a local will lead you on a family hike focused on nature conservation.
Week two begins with a tour of Uxmal's archaeological site, including the Pyramid of the Magician. In the afternoon, sample a traditional chokoj ha drink during an interactive, kid-friendly experience at the Choco-Story Museum. Take a day to explore the monuments, museums, and barrios of Merida, Yucatán's capital. Then, journey east to the Maya wonder of Chichén Itzá, stopping on the way in a colonial town and an ecotourism site. For the final three nights of your trip, bask in the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Holbox Island, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxation. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Family Adventure on Mexico's Costa Maya
Explore the beautiful beaches of Mexico's Costa Maya on this two-week itinerary ideal for active families. Snorkel in coral reefs, zipline through the jungle, and sail across lagoons while experiencing the region's culture and cuisine.
|Day 1||Arrive in Chetumal, Transfer to Mahahual||Mahahual|
|Day 2||Snorkeling in Mahahual||Mahahual|
|Day 3||Transfer to Chunhuhub, Mystical Bonfire Experience||Chunhuhub|
|Day 4||Maya Community & Jungle Tour||Chunhuhub|
|Day 5||Transfer to Tulum, Free Time & Cooking Class||Tulum|
|Day 6||Cenotes of Chemuyil, Tulum Archeological Site||Tulum|
|Day 7||Cenotes & Handicrafts in Yalcobá||Tulum|
|Day 8||Caving at Río Secreto||Tulum|
|Day 9||Cobá by Bike, Punta Laguna Hike||Tulum|
|Day 10||Chichén Itzá Tour, Yokdzonot Cenote Swim||Tulum|
|Day 11||Transfer to Bacalar, Muyil Sian Ka´an Reserve Ecotour||Bacalar|
|Day 12||Bacalar Lagoon Sailing, Free Time||Bacalar|
|Day 13||Sunrise Paddling Tour, Stone Carving Workshop||Bacalar|
|Day 14||Transfer to Chetumal, Depart|
Kick off your trip in Mahahual, a tranquil fishing village in the heart of Costa Maya. Discover colorful reefs and spot turtles and manta rays on a family-friendly snorkeling tour of Mexico's ecological reserves. Travel to the Maya community of Chunhuhub, where you will visit a traditional home and learn to extract chicle (gum) from chicozapote trees. Return to the coast for free time on the beaches of Tulum before indulging in a taste of Mexico in an all-ages cooking class. The following two days bring active adventures as you bike through the beachfront town of Chemuyil, explore the Tulum ruins, and take a dip in cenotes.
Journey to the Riviera Maya, where you'll don lifejackets and helmets to explore the ancient caverns and underground rivers of Río Secreto on a tour best suited to older children. The adventure continues in the following days with a visit to the Yucatán Peninsula's largest pyramid, Nohoch Mul, ziplining through the jungles of the Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, and a tour of Chichén Itzá. Conclude your trip with three days in the "magic town" of Bacalar near the Belize border, known for its seven-colored lagoon. Experience Bacalar's natural beauty via sailboat and make the most of your last full day with a sunrise paddle tour. Learn more
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Itinerary #3: Family Tour of "Magical" Mexico: From Mexico City to the Pacific Coast
On this captivating two-week tour, your family will journey from Mexico's capital city to the paradise of Huatulco on the Pacific Coast. Along the way, experience natural and cultural wonders, from historic city streets to active volcanoes and sea turtle sanctuaries.
|Day 1||Arrive in Mexico City, Explore Coyoacán||Mexico City|
|Day 2||Mexico City Walking Tour & Museum of Anthropology||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Teotihuacán & Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe||Mexico City|
|Day 4||Xochimilco, Coyoacán & Casa Azul Museum||Mexico City|
|Day 5||Transfer to Puebla, City Walking Tour||Puebla|
|Day 6||Tour the Magical Village of Cholula||Puebla|
|Day 7||Cactus Forest Walk, Transfer to Oaxaca||Oaxaca|
|Day 8||Oaxaca City Tour||Oaxaca|
|Day 9||Mitla, Tule Tree & Hierve el Agua||Oaxaca|
|Day 10||Monte Albán, Arrazola & Coyotepec||Oaxaca|
|Day 11||Fly to Santa María Huatulco, Sea Turtle Hatchlings Experience||Santa María Huatulco|
|Day 12||Beach Time in Huatulco||Santa María Huatulco|
|Day 13||Discover the Waterfalls of the Sierra Madre del Sur||Santa María Huatulco|
|Day 14||Fly to Mexico City & Depart|
Your family's introduction to the "magic" of Mexico begins with four days in Mexico City. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Coyoacán and visit local museums before treating the kids to churros and ice cream. Depart for a day trip on Day 3 to Teotihuacán, known for its towering pyramids, then finish your time in the capital by exploring the Xochimilco canals on a colorful trajinera boat. Travel to Puebla, with free time to tour the city center and sample Mexican cuisine. Then, head to Cholula, where the Popocatépetl volcano provides a striking backdrop to the oldest continually inhabited town in the Americas.
After departing Puebla, stop for a family hike through the cactus forest of the Tehuacán-Cuicuitlan Biosphere Reserve. Arrive in Oaxaca, where the kids can discover the city's colorful streets and markets and taste its famous hot chocolate. After a full day of city sights, immerse yourself in nature by visiting the 2,000-year-old Tree of Tule. Then, fly to the coastal area of Huatulco, where snorkeling and sandcastle-building await. Treat your kids to an unforgettable experience watching sea turtles lay eggs at a turtle sanctuary. Finish your trip with the crystal-clear waterfalls of the Sierra Madre del Sur. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Southern Baja California Sur for Nature-Loving Families
Nature-loving families will delight in this action-packed two-week tour of Baja California Sur that features hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more. Dive into Mexico's stunning biodiversity, from beaches and coral reefs to waterfalls and desert sand dunes.
|Day 1||Arrive in La Paz, Free Day to Explore||La Paz|
|Day 2||Wildlife Tour & Snorkeling at Espíritu Santo Island||La Paz|
|Day 3||Hike the El Camarón Trail||La Paz|
|Day 4||Sandboarding at the Mogote Dunes||La Paz|
|Day 5||Drive to Punta Arena, Afternoon Beach Time||Punta Arena|
|Day 6||Hike the Oasis Trail||Punta Arena|
|Day 7||Mountain Biking Tour, Drive to Santiago||Santiago|
|Day 8||La Zorra Canyon & Santa Rita's Hot Springs||Santiago|
|Day 9||Snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo, Drive to Los Cabos||Los Cabos|
|Day 10||Free Day in Los Cabos||Los Cabos|
|Day 11||Spider Road ATV Adventure||Los Cabos|
|Day 12||Free Day in Todos Santos, Drive to La Paz||La Paz|
|Day 13||Day Trip to Balandra & San Rafaelito||La Paz|
|Day 14||Depart La Paz|
Arrive in the natural paradise of La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. Stroll along the Malecón La Paz waterfront promenade with your kids in tow, watching for gray whales. Then embark on an ocean adventure at Espíritu Santo Island, where you'll visit a sea lion colony and snorkel in coral reefs. Active families will love sandboarding down the Mogote Dunes and learning about local flora and fauna on a guided hike in the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains. On Day 5, drive south to the white-sand beaches of Punta Arena, where your family can relax along the shore before more hiking and mountain biking through the desert.
Begin week two in Santiago, the perfect launch point for exploring the mineral-rich hot springs of Santa Rita and swimming in the Sol de Mayo Waterfall. Dive into the striking colors of Navajas Reef on an all-ages snorkeling trip. Then, you're back on the road to Los Cabos, the peninsula's southernmost point. Take a free day to sunbathe before jumping back into active adventures with an ATV tour of Spider Road and horseback riding in Todos Santos. Squeeze in a few final destinations, including San Rafaelito Lighthouse and the Balandra Mushroom Rock formation, before you and the gang travel onward. Learn more
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