Itinerary #1: Color and History in Mexico City
On this lively itinerary, you'll see Frida Kahlo's house, cruise down the canals of Xochimilco on a traditional boat, and trek to the top of the pyramids in Teotihuacán.
|Day 1||Arrival in Mexico City - Explore the neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa||Mexico City|
|Day 2||Visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacán & gastronomic tour by bike||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Side-trip to the wilderness of Jungapeo||Jungapeo|
|Day 4||Trekking in caves and waterfalls||Jungapeo|
|Day 5||Observation of monarch butterflies||Mexico City|
|Day 6||Xochimilco canals & Frida Kahlo’s House||Mexico City|
|Day 7||Transfer to Mexico City's airport|
After checking into your hotel, go for a stroll through the historic center or explore the neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa, full of art galleries, cafés, shops, bars, and restaurants. On day two, go on a bike tour of Teotihuacán, the largest and most influential city in the history of the New World. Cycle through the valley and past the pyramids. Next, move onto the next destination of your trip: Jungapeo. Relax and recharge in the wilderness—you'll have access to a spa and a temazcal (a traditional sweat lodge used by the pre-Columbian people to purify their bodies and care certain diseases).
On day four, go on a trek to see interesting caves and the Tuxpan River, then treat yourself with a dip in thermal waters. The next day's excursion takes you to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see thousands of butterflies. Next, head to the canals of Xochimilco for a ride on a trajinera (a decorated boat) and then to Coyoacán to learn about the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Try a deep-fried quesadilla in the marketplace nearby, then go out for drinks on your last night in Mexico. Learn more
Itinerary #2: A Cultural Tour of Mexico
On this wide-ranging trip that features stops at Merida, Teotihuacan, Chichén Itzá, and Cholula, you'll learn about the ancient cultures that once inhabited the land area now known as Mexico.
|Day 1||Welcome to Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 2||Discover Mexico City||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Incredible Teotihuacán||Mexico City|
|Day 4||Monumental Cholula and Puebla||Mexico City|
|Day 5||Magical Mérida||Mérida|
|Day 6||Awe-inspiring Chichén Itzá||Mérida|
|Day 7||Departure from Mexico City|
Get to know Mexico City on the first few days of the trip. On a guided tour, you'll visit the main square in the city, known as the Zócalo, see the magnificent National Palace, and go inside the Metropolitan Cathedral and its chapels and bell towers. Head to the National Museum of Anthropology before catching a performance of Ballet Folklorico de Amalia Hernandez. Leave the city behind the next day and travel to Cholula to see the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the largest pyramid in the world. Continue onto Puebla and tour the historic center before returning to Mexico City.
Catch a domestic flight to Mérida and tour the city's main attractions, including the impressive cathedral and busy Montejo Avenue. The following day, you'll tour the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, once the most venerated center of worship and pilgrimage on the Yucatán Peninsula. Visit the Pyramid of Kukulkán and the Temple of the Warriors before traveling to Ik Kil Cenote for a refreshing afternoon dip. You'll fly out the next day. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Mayan Culture and Beaches of the Riviera Maya
There's something for everyone on this varied trip plan to the Riviera Maya: relaxing on the beach, snorkeling through cenotes at Xcaret, learning about ancient civilizations in Tulum, and nightlife in Playa del Carmen.
|Day 1||Welcome to the Riviera Maya||Playa del Carmen|
|Day 2||Chichén Itzá to Playa del Carmen||Playa del Carmen|
|Day 3||Akumal, Mayan coast & the jungle||Playa del Carmen|
|Day 4||Tulum & Mayan traditions||Playa del Carmen|
|Day 5||Adventure in Bacalar||Bacalar|
|Day 6||Xcaret Park||Playa del Carmen|
|Day 7||Paradise in the Caribbean||Playa del Carmen|
|Day 8||Departure from Mexico|
Touch down in Cancun and make your way by shuttle bus to Playa del Carmen. Relax by the hotel pool, stroll along the beach, and have street tacos at one of the city's many restaurants. The next day, you'll go to Chichén Itzá, an archaeological site considered one of the New Wonders of the World, and Ik Kil cenote, a stunning example of the 6,000-plus sinkholes in the Yucatán region. Then day-trip to the resort town of Akumal, noted for its white sands, coral reef, clear water, and marine life, especially turtles.
Continue on to discover the archaeological site of Tulum, one of the most important sites of the Mayan culture, located on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Then rent a bike to explore the sprawling ruins of Cobá, an archaeological site filled with pyramids. Go on a kayaking and zipline adventure in Bacalar, enjoying gorgeous views over the lagoon. You'll stay in Bacalar overnight. Then go snorkeling and swimming—and catch a cultural show with more than 300 artists on stage—at Xcaret Park. You'll have a free day in Playa del Carmen to relax before the trip comes to a close. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Culinary Tour Through Mexico City, Puebla & Oaxaca
Eat your way through a few of Mexico's most popular destinations—Mexico City, Puebla, and Oaxaca—on this taco-filled weeklong tour.
|Day 1||¡Welcome to Mexico City!||Mexico City|
|Day 2||Teotihuacan’s archaeological site, Basilica Of Our Lady of Guadalupe||Mexico City|
|Day 3||Puebla gastronomic walking tour||Puebla|
|Day 4||Puebla - City of Oaxaca||Oaxaca|
|Day 5||Day Trip to Tule Tree, Hierve el Agua, Mitla, Teotitlán del Valle||Oaxaca|
|Day 6||Oaxacan Cooking class||Mexico City|
|Day 7||Transfer to Mexico City's airport|
Get oriented in Mexico City before traveling on the second day to the world-famous archaeological site of Teotihuacán. Climb the Pyramid of the Sun and the Moon, and in the afternoon, stop at the Basilica Of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a key monument for Mexico's large Catholic community. Then spend the next day on a food-focused tour of Puebla, the neighboring city to Mexico City, sampling a wide range of antojitos (Mexican snacks).
Next up, you'll drive four hours to Oaxaca and have the afternoon off to explore one of Mexico's top foodie capitals. Day-trip to see an ancient Tule tree—approximately two thousand years old—and bathe in the mineral-rich waters at Hierve el Agua, a petrified waterfall located in the mountains. Visit the village of Teotitlán del Valle, famous for handicrafts. On the last full day of the trip, tour a Zapoteca community in the Oaxaca Valley and take a cooking class in a local family home. You'll have one last night in Mexico City before heading home. Learn more
Itinerary #5: Culture & the Great Outdoors on the Yucatán Peninsula
Get beyond the tourist resorts and into the native communities, archaeological sites, and nature reserves of the Yucatán on this off-the-beaten-path itinerary around one of Mexico's most beloved regions.
|Day 1||Visit Punta Laguna and Cobá||Valladolid|
|Day 2||Explore Río Lagartos Biosphere Reserve||Valladolid|
|Day 3||Day trip tour to Ek Balam & Mayan community||Valladolid|
|Day 4||Chichén Itzá at sunrise - swim in Yokdzonot Cenote||Izamal|
|Day 5||Izamal's and Mérida city tours||Merida|
|Day 6||Kayak Tour, X-cambó & Progreso||Merida|
|Day 7||Departure from Mexico|
The adventure begins in Punta Laguna. This reserve is a beautiful natural environment managed by a Mayan cooperative. You'll go on a hike, looking for spider monkeys and howler monkeys, and go for a sailing trip on the lagoon. Continue to the archaeological site of Cobá, surrounded by beautiful lagoons and trees: you'll have the option to rent a bike to explore the sprawling grounds. Then go on a tour to Rio Lagartos, a protected reserve where you may see flamingos, crocodiles, sea turtles, even a jaguar.
Move onto the Yucatec-Maya archaeological site of Ek' Balam, once a thriving seat of a Mayan kingdom, and stop in a local village to visit three Mayan families and learn how to make tortillas. Stop at X'Canché Cenote to enjoy a swim. Tour Chichén Itzá at sunrise the next day, then go for an afternoon dip in the cenote at Yokdzonot, which is relatively unknown and uncrowded. Stroll along the picturesque cobbled streets of Izamal, then continue to Mérida, where you'll see the cathedral, the main square, and the government hall with its incredible paintings. Finish with a kayak tour through mangrove paths, a visit to the archaeological site of X-Cambó, and relaxing on the beaches of Progreso. Learn more
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