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Introducing Mexico

Make the most of your time in Mexico.
Mexico is a vast and surprising destination. Yes, it has beautiful beaches and endless stretches of Pacific and Caribbean coast—but it also boasts 35,000 archaeological sites, 10% of the world’s biodiversity, and more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the Americas. It's a cultural melting pot of more than 50 indigenous ethnic groups, with endless tradition (and endless incredible cuisine). There's a side of Mexico to suit every traveler—let us help you find yours.

When is the best time to visit?
Seasons in Mexico vary from region to region. On the Yucatán Peninsula, December-April is when the weather is warm and dry. It's also the most crowded and expensive time to go. We recommend May-June, when crowds have thinned and the rainy season has yet to arrive. The same goes for Mexico's Pacific coast. For other parts of the country, like Puebla or Mexico City, May-October is the wet season—you can expect rain almost every day. Ask your specialist for more on what to expect during your visit. Learn more

Where should you go?
For ancient history, you can't do better than the Yucatán—archaeological sites here include the iconic Chichen Itzá, Ek Balam, and many more. This is an especially good area for a self-drive tour. If you're interested in community-based activities, engage in local culture with village visits to Chunhuhub or Nuevo Durango

Oaxaca is world famous for its culture, cuisine, and world-famous surfing beaches—and if culture is what you're after, you'll also want to put Mexico City, Puebla, and other colonial cities such as San Miguel de Allende on your list. Chiapas, San Luis Potosi, and Veracruz are access points to Mexico's natural world—think waterfalls, rivers, and deep jungle. The biosphere reserves such as Sian Ka’an and Calakmul are also outdoor adventure destinations.

How many days do you need?
Have we mentioned yet that Mexico is a big country? The more days you can spend, the better. With 5 days, stick to Mexico City and Puebla, or pick another region to immerse in—Oaxaca, Chiapas, or Veracruz make good stand-alone trips. Ten days means you can comfortably visit the Yucatán, combining it with either Campeche and Riviera Maya or Chiapas. A trip through the colonial cities would also be possible in 10 days.

The lucky travelers with 2 weeks (or more) will get to experience the diversity that defines Mexico, visiting several regions with different ecosystems and ethnic groups. Start in Baja California Sur and make your way to Chepe, pair Puerto Vallarta with Guadalajara, or dive into Oaxaca, Puebla, and Mexico City.

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Mexico Tours & Itineraries

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El Chiflón waterfalls, Chiapas
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Highlights of Chiapas - 10 Days

Experience the best of Chiapas with this 10-day itinerary. Start with a mix of nature and culture in San Cristobal de las Casas with a walking tour of the city and day trips to Sumidero Canyon and Montebello Lakes National Park. From there, spend four nights in Palenque, where you’ll visit craft markets and archeological sites, and learn about the indigenous Tzotzil people.

The Church of San Servacio in the city of Valladolid
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Mexico City & Riviera Maya - 10 Days

This off-the-beaten-track adventure kicks off in Mexico City, where you'll learn the area's pre-Colombian history and visit mysterious temples built by the Aztecs and Mayans. From here, fly to the Riviera Maya to ramble in the colonial streets of Valladolid, dine on fresh cuisine, and chill out on the Caribbean Sea. Expect private guides and transportation throughout (except for your free day in Tulum).

Parque Labastida in the historic center of Oaxaca, Mexico
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Magical Oaxaca & the Pacific Coast - 10 Days

Explore the cultural and natural highlights of Oaxaca on this ten-day itinerary around the region. You'll explore colorful marketplaces, see a 2,000-year-old tree, feel the spray of crystal-blue waterfalls, visit traditional villages in the Northern Highlands, learn how to make mole in a private cooking class, and spend the last few days on Oaxaca's idyllic Pacific beaches.

Discover the vast Maya city of Uxmal on the Puuc Route
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Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Riviera Maya - 14 Days

Step back in time on this two-week itinerary highlighting ancient Aztec and Maya ruins. Along the way, you'll explore Mexico City, the colonial towns of Valladolid and Mérida, and the turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya. Other adventures include snorkeling in freshwater cenotes, hiking up pre-Hispanic pyramids, and meeting with Indigenous locals to learn about Maya history and culture.

A colorful street in San Miguel de Allende
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Mexico's Ultimate Culture Tour - 14 Days

This exciting Mexican road trip covers a whopping number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites—perfect for culture enthusiasts. Starting in Mexico City, you'll visit historic colonial towns, architectural sites, nature parks, and gorgeous interiors while making your way to both coasts with free time each evening to explore markets, restaurants, and art galleries on your own. This two-week itinerary is best suited for those who like to be on the move (a private driver and transfers are included).

A cenote on the Yucatán Peninsula
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Culture & the Great Outdoors on the Yucatán Peninsula - 7 Days

On this colorful trip plan, you'll experience Mexican culture in an authentic way. See the highlights of the Yucatán Peninsula, visit the archaeological sites of Chichen Itzá, Cobá, and  Xcambó, and view flamingos at Río Lagartos before finishing up in Mérida, where you'll go on a kayak tour and relax on the beach.

Make the Most of Your Time in Mexico

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Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
How Many Days to Spend in Mexico

Five days is just enough time to enjoy the highlights of one region in Mexico. With a full week or 10 days, you can combine three or four areas to create an eclectic...

Cenote Dos Ojos on the Yucatán Peninsula
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1 Week in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have a week to spend in Mexico, you can do a deep dive into one region like the Riviera Maya, or hop between two cultural hubs like Mexico City and Oaxaca. Explore the...

Ruins in Tulum
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10 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have 10 days to spend in Mexico, you have time to mix cultural sightseeing with outdoor activities, culinary tours, and relaxing on the beach. Focus your time on Mexico...

Mexico Travel Advice

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The Ideal Day at Chichen Itza

Whether you’re peeling yourself off of your Cancun beach chair after four straight days of sun or just arrived in the Yucatan, the towering structures of Chichen Itza are...

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Choose a Oaxaca-focused itinerary to discover regional culture and cuisine (photo courtesy of Majagua Hotel Boutique Oaxaca)
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5 Days in Mexico - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

If you have five days for a luxury trip to Mexico, it's best to focus on one or two regions. Beachgoers can head to the Riviera Maya for a private yacht cruise and a swim in the cenotes, while history and architecture enthusiasts will appreciate a historic tour of Santiago de Querétaro and an elevated stay at the 19th-century Edelmira Hotel. Foodies will enjoy curated experiences such as private tasting tours of Mexico City's markets and a chance to cook alongside chefs in a Zapotec community in Oaxaca.

Explore the colorful streets of Mexico City on a five-day tour
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5 Days in Mexico City - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With five days in Mexico City, you can enjoy an itinerary catered to your interests. Art enthusiasts will find the city's museums an excellent match, while foodies opt for a trip featuring street vendors, upscale restaurants, and a taco crawl. If you're traveling with your significant other, consider a romantic getaway filled with quality time together. Or, pick up the pace and include excursions to Teotihuacán, Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park, and Cholula to your agenda.

Discover some of Mexico's City's most romantic neighborhoods on this five-day getaway
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Romantic Getaway to Mexico City - 5 Days

Let Mexico City sweep you off your feet on this romantic, five-day introduction to the city. Taste adventurous flavors at an intimate dinner in the Centro Histórico, then hold hands as you cruise the canals of Xochimilco by traditional boat. Tour the charming neighborhoods of Coyoacán and San Ángel, and step into the world of famed muralist Diego Rivera at his museum. Finally, take a day trip to the incredible ruins of Teotihuacán to explore the pyramids and take part in an ancient cave ritual.

Mexico Travel Maps

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7 Days in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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2 Weeks in Mexico - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Mexico
Travel specialist Leslie Pérez

Leslie Pérez

I am proudly Mexican and passionate about travel. I have had the opportunity to visit 25 different countries but during the past 4 years, I have been focused on exploring and sharing the hidden...

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Travel specialist Rene Rodarte
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Rene Rodarte

I'm a Mexican who loves to travel, stay in touch with the environment and learn from the different cultures around the world! I believe in travel as a tool for positive development. My country...

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Travel specialist Jorge Reyna

Jorge Reyna

My name is Jorge, your local travel expert in Mexico. I love traveling, to experience new cultures and see the amazing diversity of this world. I studied tourism and take any opportunity I get to...

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Travel specialist Karen Quintero
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Karen Quintero

Holaaa! I'm Karen, proudly Mexican and native from a small city called Tlaxcala. In the last 4 years, I’ve been exploring Mexico and I love to share with the world the authentic Mexico that I’m in...

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Trip Reviews for Mexico

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Most Memorable Mayan and Mexico City Trip
Mexico | Apr 26 - May 7, 2024

Soumava
Soumava A.
Beaverton, OR | Reviewed on May 11, 2024
The trip was super memorable from the beginning to end. Isa was amazing from the very beginning. She understood our need to have private tours to learn about meso-american civilization and culture. Luz Ma fantastic as well and was constantly in touch via WhatsApp. She helped us with daily questions and resolving daily issues. Our tour guides Louis and Guadalupe for Teotiuhacan and Cholula were great. Appreciate their professionalism and knowledge. Then comes Manuel, our tour guide... Read more

The trip was super memorable from the beginning to end.

Isa was amazing from the very beginning. She understood our need to have private tours to learn about meso-american civilization and culture.

Luz Ma fantastic as well and was constantly in touch via WhatsApp. She helped us with daily questions and resolving daily issues.

Our tour guides Louis and Guadalupe for Teotiuhacan and Cholula were great. Appreciate their professionalism and knowledge.

Then comes Manuel, our tour guide for the majority of our stay in the Yucatan and Mayan sites. He became my Mayan brother. He further customized our trip as per our need on the go. We would love to do more trips with him.

Finally, our tour guides at Punta Lagoona, Enrique and at Muyil, Memo made some indelible impression for this trip.

Hotel Reviews
Villa Pescadores Tulum
Tulum

This was the best and the most comfortable of all the hotels we stayed during our trip. Great room, comfortable, big, open design, separated from the bathrooms. Eco friendly yet they cleaned everyday. It was within the boundary of a national park and Tulum archaelogical site. This made it more private, a bit secluded, and safe. I loved it. Extremely friendly folks and great service including room service.

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Le Muuch
Valladolid, Yucatán

It was a good hotel but the room was a bit small and a little inconvenient with the luggage.

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Kuka y Naranjo
Mérida

Loved the hotel's interior decoration and authentic style. Our room with a big terrace was a win (if I remember the name of the room it was Santa Lucia). Great service, they used to deliver tea or coffee at our request in the room.

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Casa de la Luz
Mexico City

Great location, historic property, fantastic service. The only issue I had was with rooms with no windows as I was feeling claustrophobic and altitude sickness. They understood and changed my room twice to accommodate my need that was super service. Shoutout to Lazaro!

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Activity Reviews
Float in the Muyil Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Float in the Muyil Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Tulum
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Visit the archaeological site of Tulum
Visit the archaeological site of Tulum
Tulum

It's a great site but most of the access was closed to visitors. We could see it bit could not enjoy it to fullest.

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Look for spider monkeys in Punta Laguna
Look for spider monkeys in Punta Laguna
Mexico

Not the most interesting activity for us. Although the experience was fun.

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The archaeological site of Cobá
The archaeological site of Cobá
Mexico
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Ek Balam Archaeological Site & swim in a cenote
Ek Balam Archaeological Site & swim in a cenote
Mexico
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Merida to Valladolid Visiting Chichen Itza Archaeological site and Yodkzonot
Merida to Valladolid Visiting Chichen Itza Archaeological site and Yodkzonot
Mexico
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Uxmal and Kabah: The Jewels of Puuc
Uxmal and Kabah: The Jewels of Puuc
Mexico
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Discover the Magical town of Cholula
Discover the Magical town of Cholula
Mexico
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The car was too small for 4 people.
Explore the archaeological site of Teotihuacan
Explore the archaeological site of Teotihuacan
Mexico City
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Local specialist: Rene Rodarte
Isabelle
Isabelle Bauer
Local specialist in Tulum | Replied on May 13, 2024

Hi Soumava & Sreeroopa!

Thank you so much for having taken the time to send us this detailed feedback!

I am happy that you had such an amazing time in Mexico! This proves us that our trustful relationship with local partners bears fruits - on the one hand our travelers can explore the authentic side and diversity of Mexico and on the other hand support the local economy :)

Designing your tailor-made trip was an absolut pleasure for me and I hope that you will come back soon!

México les está esperando!

Hasta luego,
Isa

Fabulous, hassle-free, adventure-packed trip around Mexico with little to no research on our part. 100% recommended Kim-Kim for those with a busy work-life schedule..
Mexico | Mar 22 - Apr 13, 2024

Marcus
Marcus K.
Australia | Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024
My partner and I left our trip planning for 3 weeks in Mexico very late! We were inundated with a hectic work schedule, the X-mas/NY holiday period having just been and a wedding to negotiate. The thought of sitting down and coming up with an itinerary, researching each town and finding accomodation was daunting. We didn't have a great first impression using a travel agent in Sydney who was suggesting all the wrong activities for us as a gay couple to see and do in Mexico and the hotels he... Read more

My partner and I left our trip planning for 3 weeks in Mexico very late! We were inundated with a hectic work schedule, the X-mas/NY holiday period having just been and a wedding to negotiate. The thought of sitting down and coming up with an itinerary, researching each town and finding accomodation was daunting. We didn't have a great first impression using a travel agent in Sydney who was suggesting all the wrong activities for us as a gay couple to see and do in Mexico and the hotels he suggested were dated and drab. He also gave us "homework" to research what we liked and feed back to him which sort of defeated the purpose of using a travel agent.

We went home that day and discovered some pre-made examples of itineraries on the Kim-kim website with Maps and pictures. We loved the idea of customising/combining two of the suggested itineraries presented to suit our plans with a wedding smack bang in the middle of the holiday.

The process was easy - fill in some information about yourselves, what you like, what you dont like, what you're open to trying, your aversion to noise kids/tourist hot-spots, how many rest days you prefer and how often you want to travel plus any other comments.

Within 3 days we had a draft itinerary which included funky boutique hotel suggestions, and a list of optional activities. Charlotte our trip planner was from France but travelled Mexico extensively and loved it so much she moved to the Yucatan province to live. She knew personally all the good things a young couple would enjoy along our travels with flexibility to change. An easy tick box/comment box below each activity let Charlotte know our thoughts on each activity/destination. 2-3 iterations later (about 2 weeks) and our trip was pretty much planned and paid for.

The only thing left to book was flights which was not included (smart of KimKim as dealing with airlines is a nightmare for traditional travel agents so this makes their business model more sustainable).

Our favourite large city was Oaxaca which was an eclectic mixing pot of fabulous art, colourful architecture, friendly people, punchy delicious food and great cocktails. Cooking class here is highly recommended! We felt most zen along the beaches of Zipolite and Mazunte which attracts a young, textile-free bohemian crowd. We saw turtles and dolphins on the beaches here and had superb food. Chichen Itza site in the Yucatan was absolutely mind-boggling and the area was surrounded by hundreds of natural crystal clear cenotes to take a dip in during the heat of our days driving around. Once back on the east coast our boat tour of Sian Ka'an to see dugongs, flamingo's, pelicans, and swim in a warm crystal clear pirate channel was our best of many boat experiences of the trip. Finally after 3 weeks of driving around the country by ourselves it was nice to be back in the vibrant beach-side town of Playa Del Carmen (a less confronting town than Cancun but still with enough stimulation to bring us back to reality).

As with all trips there are times things don't quite go to plan. Kim-Kim sets up a WhatsApp group with the trip planner and a local booking guide (Monica in our case). They are available 24/7 to assist you in your own language with any misunderstandings with bookings, interpretation, rescheduling etc. Such an easy and personable experience and always super friendly encounters. They also send daily reminders of activities with hints on best parking places and how to ignore scammers/false signs etc.

Looking forward to using Kim-Kim again next year for our upcoming trip to Spain.

Hotel Reviews
Mereva
Tulum

Mereva - this was a gorgeous little hotel 20 min drive out of Talum. It had good facilities and THE BEST breakfast i had at a hotel the whole trip. It is also right on the water with its old private little stretch of beach. The reason it lost some starts from us is it was 20 minutes away from the cute little town of Talum (Again we probaby would have prefered to be in Talum and wander around rather than be stuck in a resort 20 minutes away with kids splashing in the swimming pool around us). Some people however just want a private get away to lounge in without having to visit local towns. The cocktails were also insane expensive here ($370mx for a cocktail!!! which is double what we pay at a nice bar in Sydney, Australia and triple what everywhere else in Mexico was charging).

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Hotel Rancho Encantado
Bacalar

Hotel Rancho Encantado - we probably would have preferred to stay in Bacalar town itself as the town was quite vibrant and had lots of places to eat and drink. This hotel was quite isolated out of town and down a VERY bumpy dirt road. The hotel itself was beautifully situated on the lake with a lovely picturesque wharf on the water but besides that the food and drinks were average, the people working there were quite surly and menu prices quite high. Rooms were big and bright but a bit dated (think the Flintstones). Grounds were so big it was hard for them to keep things clean with rotting fruits all over the pathways (we can look over this as it was a "jungle get away" although some people may not appreciate this. We did see monkeys here which was a highlight).

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Great if you want to be secluded and hang around the resort all day but not in town so need a car to do anything else.
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Piedra de Agua Hotel Boutique

We didnt love Piedra de Agua Hotel in Merida. Despite it being situated in an incredibly historic old building with a grand central foyer and elaborately ornate doors the rooms themselves were horrendously small with NO WINDOWS! The room was pitch black until you could find a light switch and the balcony did have two sets of opaque wooden shutters that could be opened with some difficulty. Breakfast was 4 slices of fruit and 2 tablespoons of yoghurt. I wouldn't recommend anyone stay in this hotel at all unless they get a presidental suite which apparently has a different setup. You can see similar reviews on google maps for this place. The best thing about this hotel was the central location.

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Great building, poorly executed rooms and underused central lobby. Could install an elevator to make rooms accessible to elderly and disabled people.
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Hotel Boutique Olbil Valladolid
Valladolid, Yuc.

What a romantic and well executed build this is. This hotel is hidden inconspicuously along a busy and slightly shabby street. once the front door is open you get a view right down the middle of the hotel across a serene pool surrounded by flowers on vines and tropical trees. Thick wooden furniture in the bar/restaurant area gives a funky safari vibe. Very pleasant staff and gorgeous rooms (high ceilings, massive bed with crisp linen, a macrame hammock stretches across the room and the bathroom has a mayan/Incan temple vibe - truly executed wonderfully.

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This hotel was a little far from some of the funkier streets of this city/anywhere to get good food. We recommend having a car to explore from here. Also the street felt a little unsafe at night.
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The bar tender was overbearing - constantly hustling guests to buy more drinks/food/give a tip for service. He was super enthusiastic and invested in his job which is obvious but for most people wanting to relax on holiday it was unwelcome.
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Villas Caracol
Holbox

This is such a cool Island and a very lovely hotel. Absolutely MASSIVE rooms with open plan bathroom/shower and expansive balcony. Great food and cocktails Great pool area and general ambiance. Be aware this is a family hotel and you will see children running around

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Escondido Oaxaca
Oaxaca

Absolutely stunning what they've done with this place. As the name suggests it is a true hidden gem.

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Close to some large food and craft markets. Ideally should have a car here as its not that close to the historic centre. The location however is a little less impressive right next to a main road so if in the pool area or bar it is reasonable noisy with trucks going past. The location however is a little less impressive right next to a main road so if in the pool area or bar it is reasonable noisy with trucks going past.
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Circulo Mexicano
Mexico City

Stunning architecture and rooftop terrace bar. Grand spacious rooms with high ceilings and crisp luxurious linen. Location was so central and easy to get everywhere in the historic centre. The Wifi did not work in our room but the whole building is made out of thick architectural concrete slabs so I suspect this may be a challenge to deal with.

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Breakfast staff were a bit surly/disinterested. Frequently had to get up to get stuff ourselves. Bar staff and front desk staff are wonderful however.
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Zoa

Loved this place and the staff here. Super picturesque, LGBTQI+ Friendly, outstanding service with all tips included, spectacular food.

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Situated right on a cliff looking out to the ocean with a very natural jungle hut vibe but high end. Very close to Mazunte main town (2 min drive)
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Activity Reviews
Snorkel in Akumal
Snorkel in Akumal
Mexico

You will see turtles which is cool and there are some lovely clumps of fan coral at the furthest most point where you are dropped in the water. I was not a fan at all of the huge tourist machine that was made of this Akumal bay. Hundreds - if not thousands - of tourists coming and going by the bus load to jump in the water and harass a handful of turtles in this spectacular bag. Stirring up sediment with their fins and pushing on the barriers to get closer look at the turtles. It's great that we can see these majestic animals in their habitat but some thought needs to be put into sustainable tourism at this location. All surrounding parts of the beach have been privatised by the hotels that occupy the forshore so you cannot enjoy a drink or slice of beach along this bay unless you are a hotel member or happy to sit down among the throng of life-jacketed tourists coming and going from the water.

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Boat tour in the Natural Reserve of Sian Ka'an
Boat tour in the Natural Reserve of Sian Ka'an
Mexico

Best boat activity we did in Mexico. The early start to the day was acknowledged and breakfast was provided (most hotels dont open breakfast until 7.30/8). The breakfast was homely and welcome. The boat was tiny but super fast and we sped across crystal clear fresh water lagoon towards a channel cut through the mangroves by The Mayans for trade hundreds of years ago. We could see fish and all sorts of water birds along the mangroves here. Another ultra fast blast across a second fresh water lagoon brough us to a natural "pirate channel" where we floated effortlessly in 29 Celsius fresh water through a mangrove river. This was unimaginably peaceful and unique experience. Finally we blasted out into brackish water at the mouth of the river to spot crocodiles, manatees, flamingo's, dolphins and make it back in time to wash off in a rain storm. Lunch was provided before we departed and we can both highly recommend the banana leaf chicken - so succulent and tasty. I wish i could eat this again.

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Boat tour on the lagoon
Boat tour on the lagoon
Mexico

It was an insanely windy day when we went out but this didn't put a damper on my very first experience in a crystal clear, bath-warm, fresh water lagoon. We couldn't believe such a huge expanse of fresh water would be so clear and devoid of polution/algae. This lagoon is pristine in so many ways. It was also a delight to swim in. Our trip was unfortunately cut short as our boat broke down and we needed to be rescued. The driver couldnt speak English and unfortunately we missed out on the second hour of our experience.

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Tequila and Mezcal tasting
Tequila and Mezcal tasting
Mexico

This was a really cute, personalised tasting experience paired with snacks at intervals. Located in a gorgeous hotel bar in a really quaint neighbourhood i would stick around for dinner afterwards if we had our time again.

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Chichen-Itza site with an English speaking guide
Chichen-Itza site with an English speaking guide
Mexico

This is a must see. Incredible site on so many levels. Wonderful, knowledgeable and friendly private tour guide.

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Boat tour Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas
Boat tour Rio Lagartos & Las Coloradas
Mexico

Very chilled and pretty experience.

Boat tour 3 islands
Boat tour 3 islands
Holbox

Very tranquil and pretty half day experience.

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Hierve el Agua – Mitla – Teotitlán del Valle - Tule Tree - Mezcal Testing
Hierve el Agua – Mitla – Teotitlán del Valle - Tule Tree - Mezcal Testing
Oaxaca

A really great introduction to the area surrounding Oaxaca. A mix of history, culture, architecture, natural beauty, local art/trade skills and of course mezcal production and tasting at its finest. The buffet lunch was also one of the highlights, showcasing an incredible variety of delights exclusive to Oaxaca and Mexico - you can see why it got its UNESCO world heritage listing for cuisine.

Cooking Class - Oaxaca
Cooking Class - Oaxaca
Oaxaca

This was one of the highlights of our trip. Super friendly and informative guide/chef who takes you through the market to buy produce and then back to his house which has a colourful kitchen within the courtyard to prepare and cook 3 different delicious meals.

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Safari Magico - Between Sea and Mangrove
Safari Magico - Between Sea and Mangrove
Mexico

1. The snorkelling boat trip through Dive Center Puerto Angel was so incredible. The day was sooooo windy but this didn't put a damper on the journey. The boat punched through waves as we spotted dolphins and schools of morbula rays. We had 3 snorkel spots - each one more vibrant and impressive than the last. The guides/driver were also super lovely. 2. The second part of this trip (the afternoon Mangrove Safari with Ventanilla Ecoturismo) was average. We were 15 minutes late travelling between the two destinations but when we arrived they sent us to another tour operator as they had no English speaking guides. Eventually our lovely Kim-Kim representative Monica spoke to the company on the phone and 45 minutes later we had an English speaking guide drive in from home and take us out. The boat itself did not have any shade and it was a baking 37 degree celsius (so bring an umbrella). The guide also seemed disinterested and lacked genuine friendliness except where it was time to give him the tip at the end. We saw some crocodiles and birds and some deer in captivity but probably could have given this afternoon activity a miss.

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Food
The lunch/breakfast at the end is included (excluding alcohol) so be sure the waiter doesn't charge you like he did with us (we paid twice)
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Lucha libre in Mexico city
Lucha libre in Mexico city
Mexico City

So much fun. Really colourful and energetic play-fighting. Great costumes and entrances. Love the improvisations and the level the crowd got worked up.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Lovely driver.
Xochimilco Tour Trajinera
Xochimilco Tour Trajinera
Mexico City

Cool to do and see but not the highlight of my day.

Private car with Spanish speaking driver
Mexico

The driver seemed sweet but was soooo slow, couldn't understand us, and didn't want to use the air conditioner.

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Transport
Local specialist: Charlotte Melun

We had an incredible experience in Mexico Cit...
Mexico | Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2024

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Harsha M.
Kearny, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 03, 2024
We had an incredible experience in Mexico City. The trip was completely customized to our needs and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. In particular, the market tour, the cooking class and the tour of the Chinampas were excellent. Read more

We had an incredible experience in Mexico City. The trip was completely customized to our needs and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. In particular, the market tour, the cooking class and the tour of the Chinampas were excellent.

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Discover the flavors and colors of the exotic San Juan Market
Discover the flavors and colors of the exotic San Juan Market
Mexico City

Clara was an amazing tour guide. She was incredibly attentive to the needs of the entire family and adjusted the trip to accommodate our interests. She was very kind and very knowledgeable. Really terrific trip.

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Local specialist: Isabelle Bauer
Isabelle
Isabelle Bauer
Local specialist in Tulum | Replied on Apr 03, 2024

Hola Harsha!

Thank you so much for this review! I am happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed the activities operated by our amazing providers.

It was a pleasure organizing your trip and we all hope to welcome you again soon!

Sunny greetings,
Isa and Rutopía Team