If you're short on time but don't want to compromise on adventure, this packed six-day trip to Central Mexico is for you. Start in Mexico City, where you'll explore the city and go on a street food tasting tour. Spend a couple of days in Cholula, learning about agricultural crops, Talavera art, and more.
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Spend a week discovering Mexico's central region, from Mexico City to Oaxaca. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, go biking in Teotihuacán — The City of the Gods, and explore the history of the local agricultural staple of Cholula: corn. End in Oaxaca for a historical tour and a cultural experience to create your own alebrije: a little clay statuette.
Explore anthropology museums in Mexico City, explore archaeological sites in Teotihuacán, and experience local cultures on this eight-day immersive trip to Mexico's Central region. Start in Mexico City to explore the bustling capital, then head to Cholula for ancient ruins and a tour of the local staple crop: corn. End in Oaxaca: Mexico's food capital.
This trip is perfect for travelers who are short on time but don't want to compromise on adventure. Start in Mexico City to explore the food scene and waterways that show the city's history. Continue to the foodie town of Cholula to explore Teotihuacán, then end the trip in Oaxaca for a history tour and a chance to taste authentic mezcal in the place where it's produced.
This ten-day adventure to Central Mexico is the perfect duration to see most of the region's highlights while leaving time for a few off-the-beaten-path experiences. You'll go biking in Teotihuacán — The City of the Gods, create your own Alebrije statuette, explore the foodie scene in Oaxaca, and more.
This packed eleven-day itinerary offers the best of Central Mexico's culture and nature, from volcanoes to the ocean. You'll go hiking in the national park, visit Mexico City's best museums, and walk through a forest of cactuses. There's also time for moments of relaxation — kick back on Mazunte's beaches, enjoy a leisurely sunset walk in the forest, and take in the best of Oaxaca's foodie scene.
Explore ruins of ancient cities, go hiking through a cactus forest, and more on this packed twelve-day visit to Mexico's central region. Start in Mexico City for museums and street tacos, then head to Cholula and Oxaca for Tehuacán-Cuicuitlan Biosphere Reserve and historic tour. End the tour in with lots of time in nature: hiking in the clouds, horseback riding, and a trip to the coast to see bioluminescence light up the water.
If you want to experience Mexico's culture and leave time for adventure, look no further than this packed 13-day trip. From the buzzing streets of Mexico City to the ancient archaeological ruins that emerge from the rainforest, you'll see the best of the region and enjoy insider experiences, like a traditional Temzacal steam bath.
Spend two weeks exploring the best that central Mexico has to offer. Start in Mexico City for explorations of the metropolis and a ride on a traditional wooden Trajinera. Continue to Cholula to explore Teotihuacán, then head to Oaxaca to visit the Tehuacán-Cuicuitlan Biosphere Reserve. End in Mazunte to see bioluminescence and view baby sea turtles return to the ocean.
Spend fifteen days explore the best of central Mexico. You'll walk through a cactus forest in the Tehuacán-Cuicuitlan Biosphere, taste traditional Mexican Mezcal, and more on this itinerary. Start by exploring the various neighborhoods of Mexico City and floating on the canals of Xochimilco in a traditional wooden Trajinera, then continue to the countryside to explore nature and ancient ruins.
Taste traditional mezcal and tequila in Mexico City, travel back in time to learn about ancient indigenous history and more on this sixteen-day getaway. You'll explore Oaxaca's incredible food scene, bike through the ruins of Teotihuacán, and see the bioluminescent plankton light up the ocean.
This eight-day adventure is the perfect blend of history and culture in Mexico's Chiapas region. You'll wander the colorful streets of San Cristobal de las Casas, go swimming in the turquoise waters of Agua Azul, see ancient Mayan ruins, and more.
If you want to explore Mexico's Chiapas region but are short on time, this nine-day trip is a perfect blend of history, culture, and nature. Start in San Cristobal de las Casas for a visit to Sumidero Canyon and a cooking class, then continue to Palenque and Naha for turquoise waterfalls, ancient archaeological sites, and a bow-making workshop.
Start this ten-day trip to Mexico's Chiapas region by exploring the colorful streets of San Cristobal de las Casas. You'll learn to cook regional fare, then visit a working coffee farm. After, head to Tziscao to cross a lake on a traditional log raft, then end in Palenque & Nahá for ancient Mayan ruins, a bow-making workshop, and more.
From the colorful streets of San Cristobal de las Casas to the ancient Mayan ruins of Yaxchilan & Bonampak, this eleven-day exploration of Mexico's Chiapas region is packed full of adventure. You'll learn to make local meals, go swimming in turquoise waters, and learn to make a bow and arrow the old-fashioned way: by hand.
If you want a getaway to Mexico but are short on time, look no further than this foodie & adventure-packed itinerary. You'll spend the trip based in San Cristobal de las Casas, where you'll explore the towering walls of Sumidero Canyon, learn to cook regional fare and wander the colorful streets. Spice things up with a one-day trip to Tziscao to take a boat trip on a log raft and visit a coffee plantation.
Explore the best of the Chiapas region of Mexico on this six-day foodie trip. Start in San Cristobal de las Casas for a boat trip through Sumidero Canyon and a cooking class, then head to Tziscao for a visit to a coffee plantation and a trip across a lake on a traditional log raft.
If a week of immersive cultural, nature, and foodie experiences sound good to you, keep reading. This seven-day trip to the Chiapas region of Mexico is full of adventure: a visit to the stunning Sumidero Canyon, paddling across a lake on a traditional log raft, and more. Top things off with a visit to a coffee plantation and a five-course cooking class.
From peaceful jungle cenotes to the colonial streets of Valladolid, this nine-day trip covers millennia of history and culture and leaves plenty of time for relaxation. Swim in the jungle, visit Chichen Itza — one of the Seven Wonders and relax on the car-free beaches of Holbox Island. Immerse yourself into local life as you learn about local indigenous culture & customs and eat a delicious traditional meal.
Explore ancient Maya ruins, kick back on the beach, and visit the rainforest on this ten-day trip to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Start the trip in Tulum for swims in cenotes, then head to Valladolid to see Chichen Itza and other archaeological sites. End the trip on Holbox Island, a car-free oasis of sprawling beaches and quiet cafes.
Swim in a hidden jungle cenote, explore the Playa Ruinas near Tulum, and more on this eleven-day exploration of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. You'll go caving underground to see ancient geologic formations, visit the archaeological site of Coba, and end the trip by relaxing on Holbox Island's beautiful sand beaches.
From the colonial streets of Valladolid to the peaceful beaches of Holbox Island this twelve-day itinerary delivers plenty of adventure and relaxation in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Walk on an ancient Mayan sacbe, explore underground caverns, and go swimming in the jungle.
From ancient archaeological sites to relaxing waterfall oases, this weeklong exploration of Central Mexico packs plenty of adventure. You'll explore the ancient Mayan cities of Yaxchilan & Bonampak, learn to make a traditional bow & arrow, and cool off at the Roberto Barrios waterfalls. To top it off, there's no driving — your personal driver will make sure you get where you're going.
Spend six days visiting ancient Mayan archaeological sites, swimming in turquoise waterfalls, and learning about the indigenous cultures of central Mexico. Throughout it all your expert driver will accompany you from location to location, ensuring that you're only focused on relaxing and spending time in nature — not navigating the roads.
Explore the best of Central Mexico's indigenous cultures and rainforest on this whirlwind five-day trip. You'll land in Palenque, then make your way to Villahermosa by way of Naha. Your expert driver will deliver you to all of your planned stops: visits to ancient Mayan ruins, oasis-like waterfalls, and traditional handicraft lessons.
Get away from the hustle and bustle on this adventurous weeklong trip to Tulum. You'll see the best of the Yucatan Peninsula — including the Tulum archaeological site, the Coba Maya ruins, underground caves, cenotes, and more — without compromising on the relaxation factor.
If you want to get away to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, but don't want to sacrifice on adventure, this five-day getaway trip is for you. You'll base yourself in Tulum for daily activities: visiting ancient Mayan archeological sites, swimming in cenotes, wildlife viewing, and of course: eating all of Mexico's best food.
Spend six days exploring the best of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as you base yourself in Tulum. You'll swim in jungle cenotes, head underground to explore caves, and relax on beautiful beaches. This laid-back itinerary is perfect for those who want to get away from it all, while still leaving room for adventure.
Seventeen days is enough time to see the Yucatan's highlights while leaving enough time for a couple of free days to walk around town and relax on the beach. Go sailing on the Bacalar Lagoon, visit indigenous communities to learn about traditional gum and corn production, and visit the UNESCO-designated Calakmul ruins.
Take eighteen relaxing days to drive through the Yucatan Peninsula as you explore the best that Mexico has to offer: colonial cities, indigenous communities, white-sand beaches, and ancient Mayan ruins. Start the trip in Tulum for a dip into a turquoise cenote, then head to Bacalar for a sail on the lagoon. End in Valladolid and Holbox Island for sunrise at Chichen Itza and a couple days on the beach.
Drive from city to beach on this nineteen-day immersive trip through the Yucatan Peninsula. From the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid to the ancient Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, you'll explore the best that the region has to offer. Tour historic sites, sample local fare, relax on beaches, and more as you make your way through the jungles and roads of the area.
Spend twenty days on a road trip through the Yucatan as you explore everything from ancient ruins to colonial cities. Go swimming in turquoise cenotes, head underground to visit Xibalba — the Mayan Underworld, and sail on the Bacalar Lagoon. With top stops including Chichen Itza and some of Mexico's best beaches, there's no shortage of adventure.
Fully immerse yourself into Mexican history and culture on this comprehensive three-week trip. From the colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid to the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, this trip covers millennia of history and leaves room for relaxation and food. End the trip on Holbox Island for some of Mexico's loveliest beaches and plenty of sunshine
Spend thirteen days exploring the best of the Yucatan Peninsula on this whirlwind itinerary. You'll explore the highlights — Tulum, Bacalar, Uxmal, and Merida — while also leaving a couple of days to soak in the sun on Holbox Island. Little moments make this trip extra special: like sunrise at the Chichen Itza ruins or visiting an indigenous community to learn about their way of life.
Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to see some of Mexico's best archaeological sites — including Chichen Itza — while also leaving plenty of time for relaxation. You'll swim in beautiful cenotes, explore the colonial city of Merida, and experience indigenous culture. End with a couple days on Holbox Island, where sand, surf, and beautiful sunshine await.
A fifteen-day trip to Mexico is enough time to explore major archaeological sites, while leaving room for beach relaxation. Float in the turquoise blue water of the Chemuyil Cenotes, explore ancient Mayan ruins and experience indigenous cultural traditions. You'll get to visit Chichen Itza, soak in the sun on the beaches of Holbox Island, and sample authentic tequila while taking in sunset beach views.
Explore the best of Mexico's offerings on this comprehensive 16-day trip. Swim in crystal clear cenotes and go sailing in the Bacalar Lagoon. Continue to Chunhuhub for a mystical bonfire experience, then spend a few days exploring the historical sites of Merida and Chichen Itza. End the trip on Holbox Island for several days of sun, beach, and surf.
Explore Mexico City, Oaxaca, and more on this 17-day comprehensive trip. Explore the various neighborhoods of Mexico City, float on the canals of Xochimilco in a traditional wooden Trajinera, and go hiking in Popo-Izta National Park. Immerse yourself in a cactus forest in the Tehuacán-Cuicuitlan Biosphere, then round out the trip by tasting traditional Mexican Mezcal in Mazunte.
Explore the best of Central Mexico on this 18-day tour. Start in bustling Mexico City for cultural exploration and some incredible food, then continue to Cholula to hike in the national park. Head to Oaxaca for mezcal, alebrijes, and a ritual steam bath, then round out your trip in Mazunte where you'll see baby sea turtles return to the ocean.
While the idea of a vacation to Mexico might immediately bring to mind hot, sunny weather and endless beaches, the climate here is actually quite diverse. , you can experience not only the hot, humid temperatures we all tend to associate with Mexico travel, but also dry, clear days, tropical rainstorms, and maybe even some late-night freezes or snow. Find out more about traveling to Mexico in every season with our tips below.
December in Mexico brings big holiday celebrations, excellent wildlife viewing, and high-season crowds. In Mexico City, traditional Christmas festivals and events abound. Head to Bahia Magdalena for seasonal whale watching. And it's a great time for watersport activities such as kiteboarding and windsurfing in Los Cabo, along with snorkeling and diving.
Jungle exploration, warm-water swimming, and seasonal festivities: this is November in Mexico. It's quieter now than in the coming winter, and temperatures are pleasant on the Pacific Coast and in the Yucatán Peninsula. In Chiapas, head to the Agua Azul waterfall park or the less-visited Laguna Miramar. And Dia de los Muertos celebrations bring a joy to the whole country—the most fabulous parades are in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City.
October is an excellent month for both nature and culture. You could base your trip around cultural sightseeing in Mexico City: visit the famous La Merced market, take a walking through the historic streets, and day-trip to Teotihuacán to see the world's third-largest pyramid. Or, head straight to the beaches of Acapulco (especially during the quieter latter-half of the month), to enjoy the sunshine and some very daring cliff-diving performances. Read on for more options.
For the culture and beach lover, September in Mexico is a great time. You can choose between the warm weather in the south and dive into one of the 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatán Peninsula, or go on an island diving tour along the Sea of Cortez. September brings some of the best conditions for snorkeling and exploring places such as San Miguel de Allende. Expect culture, a lot of fun in the water, and picturesque sceneries.
August in southern Mexico is quite hot—great for the traveler who loves water-based activities—while cooler northern Mexico offers plenty of culture and outdoor activities. On Guadalupe Island, you can dive with the Great White Sharks that arrive in abundance this month. Or, visit Oaxaca to see the amazing Hierve el Agua waterfalls, and to experience sought-after regional culture. Read on for more about the weather and activities in August.
July in Mexico is all about beach time and water adventures. It is one of the hottest months, making it an ideal time to swim, snorkel, and dive in underwater caves. Take a trip to the Sea of Cortez to swim among beautiful reefs and whale sharks, cooling off in a cenote in Cancún. Go on exploration tours in the Sierra Madre, or head to one of the world's best diving reef sites in Cozumel. This month, you can also attend the annual Grape Harvest Festival, where you can bike between vineyards and enjoy some of the country's best wines.
June is an ideal month for the traveler who likes to explore authentic Mexico. If you want to experience a different Mexico - this is the time. Enjoy sightseeing and festival celebration in colorful San Miguel de Allende, go cenote diving in Cancún, and visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. June is the sea turtle nesting season, with several species making their appearance. Head to Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres, or Cancún for the best sea turtle experience. To escape the heat, visit the Mexican Highlands and enjoy history, culture, and hiking.
May is a quiet month in Mexico, with great opportunities to enjoy famous sights with fewer crowds. It is the ideal time to enjoy the beaches and attend the jazz festival in Cancún or take a day trip to Isla Mujeres. You can also enjoy an abundance of water sports at El Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas—a true watersport mecca. If you are looking for physical activity, head to Copper Canyon which is great in May with good weather and hiking opportunities.
April in Mexico is a great time, filled with activities and fun. Enjoy some of the best manta ray diving on Socorro Island and go snorkeling and diving Riviera Nayarit. Visit Mexico City and see the beautiful garden and flower sculptures during the Festival de Flores and Jardines, and try something fun like boogie-boarding and body-surfing. Visit the beaches in the south and join the big parties in Cancún or head to Acapulco for adventure and relaxation.
Get ready for carnivals, beach parties, and Mayan dance performances at the Chichen Itza ruins in March. It is a great month not only to visit the beaches in the south but also go sightseeing in central and north of Mexico. Join one of Mexico's best music festivals and join the spring celebration in historical Teotihuacan. Enjoy a canal boat ride in Xochimilco and go on grand adventures such as ziplining above canyons.