Beaches with brilliantly white sand, historic cities nestled in the highlands, towering Mayan archaeological sites and enough culture to impress even the most world-weary traveller – this is Mexico! Read more...
Celuisma Dos Playas, CancunCancun
The hotel is conveniently located on the beach near the main activities that Cancun has to offer. Within minutes from downtown or shopping malls and stores and near the discos and bars of the hotel zone.
Travel Dates: 14 October - 20 November 2015.
Beachscape Villas & Suites CancunCancun
A tropical setting welcomes guests to this relaxed beachfront resort offering light-filled villas with spacious balconies overlooking the resort grounds and sparkling azure waters. In this idyllic slice of paradise, guests can unwind on a lounge chair by the outdoor pool, relax under a thatched umbrella on the beach, and revitalise with a therapeutic massage. Tastebuds will be tantalised with fresh, regional dishes at the two ocean-view restaurants and refreshing cocktails can be enjoyed at the bar or while lazing in the pool.
Travel Dates: 14 October - 20 November 2015.
Grand Caribe Real, CancunCancun
Grand Caribe Real Cancun is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Travel Group clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. The Gran Caribe Real Cancun by Real Resorts is in the centre of the famous hotel zone on one of the widest stretches of pristine beach. Recognized for its beach restoration program, this Resort is a favourite for those seeking a relaxed yet luxury vacation experience. Perfect for families, singles and couples, the Resort is home to the Oki Splash Water Park and Oki Kid's Club, which is complimentary for children 4-12, as well as its T-Zone, an activities club for tweens and teens. Adults will enjoy the personal service and the many amenities including a complimentary in-room refreshment bar and the 6a8 6 exceptional dining in an array of International Buffet and gourmet a la carte restaurants. There is a wide selection of spacious suites, including the popular Family Suites with bunk beds that can accommodate up to two adults and three children comfortably. In addition, one child 12 and under can stay free when sharing a suite with an adult and additional children and teens enjoy discounted rates. Couples celebrating a special occasion can count on the Romance Concierge to create a memorable moment while those planning a wedding will appreciate the dedicated Wedding Specialists who can design the perfect ceremony. For added pleasure guests may book a treatment at SPAreal (for an additional charge).
Travel Dates: 22 October - 2 December 2015.
Grand Oasis Palm, CancunCancun
Grand Oasis Palm is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Travel Group clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. The Grand Oasis Palm is all about the kids' activities: endless entertainment, family-friendly accommodations, child-friendly restaurants and a Kids Club that's cool as can be. Not just a "family friendly resort" the Grand Oasis Palm also has that pampered, indulgent side, too, be sure to check out the Kin Ha Spa shows - these are great for parents while the kids are off being entertained. This much like its sister resort, Oasis Palm - but a bit more upscale, with the extra amenities all guests are looking for. This is a Mexican resort and proud of it: the dancing, dining and decor capture the culture of Cancun, but don't forget about the delicious Mexican Food in the cantina.
Travel Dates: 22 October - 2 December 2015.
Me Cabo is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Travel Group clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. Me by Melia Cabo has 150 rooms in the resort with an upgraded contemporary concept; from the vibrant colours to the modern furnishings. Each room has been thoughtfully decorated to envelop a modern feel. Aside from the renovation of all rooms, the resort now introduces a new concept which will help guests get away from their everyday responsibilities and daily routine. All of our rooms and suites can have a third person as a maximum. An extra charge will take place for a third person.
Travel Dates: 2 November - 2 December 2015.
ME Cancun is a myTime resort, which offers bonuses, inclusions and superior service exclusively to Flight Centre Travel Group clients. As well as the fantastic myTime bonuses mentioned above, you will also receive access to a dedicated check-in and check-out area, a personal welcome and letter from the manager, gift in your room, welcome drink, mid stay courtesy call plus a myTime point of contact at the resort. ME Cancun is designed to raise eyebrows, blur boundaries, tempt, tease and seduce. An experience beyond accommodation, the essence of ME awakens its guests. Cancun's most arousing night scene, Maxim pool bar, boasts one of Mexico's largest infinity-edged pool. "The Level" is an entire adult oriented floor with private lounge and living room. In-room amenities range from free pre-tuned iPods to private Jacuzzis to original works by artist Yuri Zatarain, while indulgent Mediterranean and Asian cuisine wets the appetite on the most perfect stretch of beach in the western hemisphere. At the heart of it, in the heat of it, is ME Cancun.
Travel Dates: 22 October - 2 December 2015.
Mexico City: Day of the DeadMexico
Day 1 Mexico CityWelcome to Mexico City, a buzzing capital replete with fine museums, awesome eateries and elegant architecture. Spend the day exploring the city streets or perhaps head to the Xochimilco gardens for a trajinera ride through the canals. When evening falls, why not head out with the group for a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine and mariachi.Day 2 Mexico CityThe morning kicks off with a visit to the fascinating Anahuacalli Musuem in the leafy suburb of Coyoacan, before free time for lunch at the local market. Later, enjoy a guided tour of Frida Kahlo's birthplace which is now a museum dedicated to her life as a renowned artist.Day 3 Mexico CityEmbark on a city orientation walk that takes in the Day of the Dead alters on display in the Zocalo. Journey out to Xochimilco and go for a wander around the fascinatingly eerie Isla de la Munecas, an island littered with hundreds of tattered dolls in memory of a young girl who lost her life there. Back in Mexico City, join in on one of the lively Day of the Dead street parties taking place.Day 4 Mexico CityEnjoy a guided tour of Tepoztlan, an ancient Aztec city of palpable indigenous significance. Witness, and perhaps join in with, some of the traditional activities that go in to preparing for the Day of the Dead ceremony. Stop in at the town of Mixquic, where particularly colourful celebrations take place as local families decorate the tombs of deceased family members.Day 5 Mexico CityYour immersion in Mexico's Day of the Dead festival ends after breakfast this morning. Why not stick around and see more of what this tremendous city has to offer.
Travel Dates: From 30-Oct-2015 to 03-Nov-2015
Mexico Food & CultureMexico City
Day 1 Mexico CityThere are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Mexico City/Puebla (1D)Head to Puebla, famous for its hand-painted tiles, unique handicrafts, mouth-watering Mole Poblano (a mouth-watering spicy sauce made with cocoa and infinite varieties of chillies) and rich colonial history. Opt to take a mole-making class to learn the secrets of this famous sauce. Enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant known for its featured seasonal specialities. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: First-class bus (2.00-2.50 hours, 130km)Day 3 PueblaDay 4 Puebla/Oaxaca Included Activities: Orientation Walk Cooking Class Transport: First-class bus (4.00-5.00 hours)Day 5 Oaxaca (1D)Monte Albán, a spectacular grouping of pre-Hispanic (Zapotec) mountain top temples, is just a short bus ride away, as is the Valley of Mitla with its colourful ruins and hand-loomed carpets. Stepping from the cultural to the culinary, Oaxaca is also a great area for trying out new tastes and textures. Included Activities: Mezcal Factory TourDay 6 Oaxaca/Puerto Escondido Transport: First-class bus (10.00-11.00 hours, 255km)Day 7 Puerto EscondidoDay 8 Puerto Escondido/Mexico CityCatch a flight back to the largest city in the world. This fascinating multi-layered megalopolis is home to an endless list of cultural wonders, the best anthropology museum for Mexican archaeology, the largest plaza (the zocalo), the Zona Rosa, many Aztec historic sites, and a vibrant street life at all hours. Transport: Travel by van to the Puerto Escondido airport, about 20 mins, before the short flight to Mexico City. Travel by private vehicle to your hotel on the other end, which can take up to 1.5 hrs with traffic. Plane (1.25-1.50 hours)Day 9 Mexico City
Travel Dates: From 01/10/2014 to 02/12/2016
Mexico Day of the Dead in OaxacaMexico
Day 1 OaxacaArrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you will meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Monte Albán, a spectacular grouping of pre-hispanic (Zapotec) mountain-top temples, is just a short bus ride away, as is the Valley of Mitla with its ruins and colourful foot-loomed carpets. In addition, the Oaxaca region is home to a plethora of activities and celebrations focused around the Day of the Dead ("Dia de Los Muertos") festivities in Mexico. During this tour, you will experience many related events firsthand. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private VehicleDays 2-6 OaxacaTake an orientation walk around Oaxaca with your Chief Experience Officer. Visit two massive markets located just off the zócalo (main square), where you'll find many local foods on sale alongside ornaments and Day of the Dead essentials for local families. This tour includes visits to cemeteries in both Xoxocotlan and Atzompa to view the altars and families gathering as dusk turns to dark. The many candles placed around the altars and graves add to the ambiance. In addition, you'll view Day of the Dead parades in both Oaxaca and the Etla Valley. Participants in these parades dress in elaborate costumes and are serenaded by brass bands. Mezcal served in small plastic cups is frequently passed out to those watching the parades. Day of the Dead takes place between October 31 and November 2 and is a celebration and remembrance of the deceased. Families will build private altars and bring large feasts to cemeteries, where they go to be with the souls of the departed. It is believed that the souls will come back to visit and take part in the celebrations. Some of the altars ('ofrendas') are very elaborate and include sugar skulls and marigold flowers. In most regions, the souls of infants and children are honoured on November 1, with adults being remembered on November 2. It is generally a festive rather than somber gathering. The Oaxaca area is well known for its many artisans who make everything from pottery to elaborate weavings to tequila's cousin, mezcal, and the group will also have the opportunity to visit a couple of the the nearby communities to see the artisans at work. Additional Notes: The schedule of this tour is very flexible allowing for the CEO to make the best of our time based on events and activities on a day-by-day basis. The CEO will go over the schedule with you locally. Included Activities: Oaxaca Day of the Dead CelebrationsDay 7 Oaxaca (1B) Included Activities: Departure Day
Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 29/10/2016
Explore Mexico & GuatemalaMexico
Day 1 CancunOnce an unknown fishing village, Cancun is now a heaving tourist centre with plenty of bars, restaurants, resorts and nightclubs to contrast the beautiful white-sand beaches.Days 2-3 Chichen Itza/MeridaChichen Itza was once a city of the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation; its ruins are wonderfully preserved and this captivating site provides a wealth of things to see. Founded in 1542, Merida still retains much of its old-world charm with a well-preserved Old Town, wonderful museums and city streets alive with art and culture.Days 4-5 PalenqueBuilt around 100BC, the incredible ruins of Palenque were virtually swallowed by the jungle until their excavation, where some of the finest examples of Maya architecture were discovered.Days 6-8 San Cristobal de las CasasWith winding cobblestone streets and colonial Spanish architecture, San Cristobal de las Casas maintains a lovely old-world feel mixed with strong indigenous roots.Days 9-10 PanajachelPanajachel, located on beautiful Lake Atitlan with distant volcanoes looming in the background, has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy.Day 11 San Jorge La LagunaSan Jorge La Laguna is a small, picturesque village situated in a valley near Lake Atitlan, where welcoming locals live traditional lives.Days 12-13 AntiguaAffectionately known as 'Chichi', Chichicastenango is a vibrant and colourful town famous for its wonderful market held on Thursdays and Sundays. Declared a World Heritage site due to its well-preserved buildings, Antigua is a bewitching city sheltered between three volcanoes with wonderful food and atmospheric streets.
Travel Dates: From 13-Jun-2015 to 12-Jan-2017
Days 1-2 Mexico CityModern meets ancient in Mexico City. This former Aztec capital is full of incredible sights, rich in culture and home to a famed food scene which is definitely worth discovering.Days 3-4 PueblaWith a compelling history still reflected in its wealth of colonial buildings and churches, Puebla is a delight - especially its cuisine, which gave the world mole poblano.Days 5-7 Oaxaca/Overnight BusOaxaca is a culturally diverse city with beautifully preserved colonial buildings, impressive archaeological sites, amazing markets and one of the most respected art scenes in Mexico.Days 8-9 San Cristobal de las CasasWith winding cobblestone streets and colonial Spanish architecture, San Cristobal de las Casas maintains a lovely old-world feel mixed with strong indigenous roots.Days 10-11 Palenque/Overnight BusBuilt around 100BC, the incredible ruins of Palenque were virtually swallowed by the jungle until their excavation, where some of the finest examples of Maya architecture were discovered.Days 12-13 MeridaFounded in 1542, Merida still retains much of its old-world charm with a well-preserved Old Town, wonderful museums and city streets alive with art and culture.Days 14-15 Chichen Itza/Playa del CarmenChichen Itza was once a city of the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation; its ruins are wonderfully preserved and this captivating site provides a wealth of things to see. With azure waters, powdery beaches and a European feel, Playa del Carmen is a resort city close to Cancun but without the party atmosphere.
Travel Dates: From 04-Jul-2015 to 14-Jan-2017
Day 1-3: Mexico CityBienvenidos a Me-hi-co City! Initiation mission: try as many Mexican delicacies as humanly possible. This means you’re having pambazos for breakfast, camotes for morning snack, tacos for lunch, chicharrones for afternoon tea and burritos for dinner. In between mouthfuls, check out the Teotihuacan ruins.Day 4-5: PueblaJump on a bus to pretty Puebla, a city packed with churches (they’ve got 70 in the city centre alone). If you’re feeling particularly holy, grab a map and get your cathedral on before heading market-side for local, hand-painted ceramics and piping hot street food.Day 6-7: Oaxaca/Overnight BusGet cosy with the locals as you take the 5-hour bus ride to Oaxaca. This is the place to shop for colourful textiles and margarita flavours (because pillowcases and alcohol are survival necessities). Consider escaping to the Mont Alban ruins for a little peace and quiet after the haggling frenzy. Snag a window seat on your overnighter to San Cristóbal De las Casas.Day 8-9: San CristobalSay ‘hola’ to San Cristóbal, your pastel-hued highland home for the next two days. It’s surrounded by a bunch of traditional Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages; if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to suture a wound using human hair, this is the place to get the insider know-how.Day 10-12: Palenque/Overnight BusKick on to Palenque (6 hrs) and check out the impressive 1300-year-old Mayan Palace. It comes with a soundtrack of screeching parrots and monkeys for a real ‘day in the jungle’ vibe.Day 13: MeridaIt’s an early morning arrival in Merida, which means you get a good chunk of time to explore the famous ‘White City’ of Yucutan. When you’re not sampling the delicious elotes (corn on the cob) sold from bicycle carts on street corners, maybe hunt down one of the hidden cenotes and take a dip in the crystal clear fresh water.Day 14-15: Chichen Itza - Playa del CarmenCancun – people either hate it or love it. We're guessing after two days of snorkelling, diving, swimming, tanning, seafood, cocktails and freshly squeezed juices, you'll be leaning towards the latter. In between all of the Caribbean cruising, squeeze in a trip to Chichen Itza, one of Mexico’s most famous Mayan ruins. Take a selfie at the top, you know you want to.
Travel Dates: From 04-Jul-2015 to 14-Jan-2017
Day 1 Playa del CarmenWith azure waters, powdery beaches and a European feel, Playa del Carmen is a resort city close to Cancun but without the party atmosphere.Days 2-3 TulumSitting on a cliff with views of an azure ocean, Tulum not only has spectacular Maya ruins to discover but some of Mexico's finest beaches to frolic on.Days 4-6 Caye CaulkerA small island with no cars, white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, Caye Caulker is an idyllic place to while away some time and soak up the very relaxed vibe.Days 7-8 San IgnacioA friendly place with a multicultural feel, San Ignacio is a wonderful base to explore the gorgeous countryside that surrounds the town.Day 9 TikalOnce a powerful Mayan city, Tikal was abandoned in the 10th century and sank into the surrounding jungle. It's now alive with jungle wildlife and awe-inspired visitors.Days 10-11 Rio DulceMeaning 'sweet river' in Spanish, Rio Dulce is a town (also known as Fronteras) and a river with clean waters, a unique lifestyle and wonderful wildlife.Day 12 AntiguaDeclared a World Heritage site due to its well-preserved buildings, Antigua is a bewitching city sheltered between three volcanoes with wonderful food and atmospheric streets.Day 13 Chichicastenango/San Jorge La LagunaAffectionately known as 'Chichi', Chichicastenango is a vibrant and colourful town famous for its wonderful market held on Thursdays and Sundays. San Jorge La Laguna is a small, picturesque village situated in a valley near Lake Atitlan, where welcoming locals live traditional lives.Day 14 PanajachelPanajachel, located on beautiful Lake Atitlan with distant volcanoes looming in the background, has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy. Go for a swim, hike or kayak on the lake. The surrounding area is dotted with villages which can be reached on foot or by boat. Watch women weaving at Santa Catarina Palopo or explore the colourful markets of Santiago Atitlan, In each village the local life has changed little over the last few hundred years. Each village has its own typical dress and make all the textiles themselves in designs passed down through generations.Days 15-17 AntiguaFeel as if time has stood still among the narrow, cobbled streets, grand churches, Spanish colonial architecture and fascinating ruins of captivating Antigua.
Travel Dates: From 06-Jun-2015 to 16-Jan-2017
Mayan Sun–SouthboundPlaya Del Carmen
Day 1 Playa del CarmenCheck into our hotel and enjoy the city. Additional Notes: Shuttles and buses from the Cancún airport are easy to find and reasonably priced. You can also take the public ADO bus that has departures every 30 minutes from the airport to Playa Del Carmen for approximately MX 146 ($12 USD). Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Playa del CarmenStart your holiday off with some hardcore relaxation. Enjoy a full day of free time to fill as you wish. Get your ruin on with a visit to Tulum perched atop the sea, explore the fish- and coral-filled seas around Cozumel on a scuba dive, go swimming in a cenote or at the beach, and save some energy for a night out on the town.Day 3 Playa del Carmen/Caye CaulkerMention Belize and you may conjure up visions of unbelievably clear blue waters, diving and snorkelling along the barrier reef and remarkable marine life. Belize also boasts huge swaths of jungle, ancient Mayan ruins, and above all, friendly, easygoing people. Belize is all this and much more! Included Activities: Border Crossing (Mexico - Belize) Transport: First-class bus (4.00 hour(s), 315km) Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 158km) Water taxi (0.75-1.00 hours, 39km)Days 4-5 Caye CaulkerDay 6 Caye Caulker/San IgnacioFrom the town of San Ignacio, opportunities abound for exploring Belize’s little known inland scenic beauty. With free time here, choose to explore the area by foot, canoe or horse, take a caving trip, or visit the Mountain Pine Ridge Area and swim in its inviting pools and rivers. It is possible to do cave tubing or ATM cave on this day however it would require a group decision to do this with minimum numbers. The local operator would pick them up from the water taxi terminal and take passengers directly from Belize City to do one of these activities. Additional Notes: In San Ignacio, the accommodation is a rustic eco-lodge, totally surrounded by nature. Eat local Belizean food, swim in the river that passes by and wake up to the sounds of Belizean wildlife at your window. There are composting toilets and ceiling-less showers, making this lodge is one of the most unique stops on this adventure. Transport: Water taxi (0.75-1.00 hours, 39km) Local bus (3.00 hour(s), 123km)Day 7 San IgnacioDay 8 San Ignacio/FloresCross the border into Guatemala and you immediately notice the difference in culture, with its heavy Mayan influence and Spanish language. Here we have entered Guatemala’s northeast jungle Petén region. The descendants of the Maya of Chichén Itzá migrated to the Petén area several centuries after the collapse of the great Mayan cities in the Yucatán. En route to Flores, stop for a guided tour of the ancient city of Tikal. Arrive in Flores, the capital of the department of Petén, a small island located on the second largest lake of Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Belize - Guatemala) Tikal Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Taxicab (0.25-0.50 hours, 5km) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.50 hours, 100km) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 65km)Day 9 Flores/Rio DulceA travel day from Flores to Rio Dulce which is located in the department of Izabal, home of the largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Izabal was one of the most important water ways of the Spanish crown during colonial times. We take the road past areas of dense jungle and arrive at Río Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal and a port stop for boaters around the globe, on their way to/from Livingston and the Caribbean coast. Transport: Taxicab (0.25-0.50 hours, 2km) Local bus (4.00-4.50 hours, 210km)Day 10 Rio DulceOpt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall, take a sunrise kayak to visit groups of noisy howler monkeys, enjoy a hike combined with yoga at the Shaman Tower, or take a horseback ride through the rubber plantations combined with a visit to the Shaman Tower.Day 11 Rio Dulce/AntiguaToday is a travel day from Rio Dulce to Antigua, followed by an orientation walk once you arrive. Plan your activities for the next day and enjoy some of the nightlife this beautiful colonial city has to offer. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will take you on a brief orientation walk to help you get your bearings. While you're here, opt to take a mountain bike ride out into the countryside or explore the fascinating markets, shops and museums within the city. Enjoy an included group salsa lesson and practice your moves out at night. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Salsa Lesson Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.50 hours, 315km)Day 12 AntiguaRelax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture of this colonial town’s many museums and cafes, attend a chocolate workshop, visit one of the local coffee or macadamia nut plantations, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.Day 13 Antigua/PanajachelTravel through the hills and fertile fields of the Guatemalan highlands to the shores of Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful spots in Guatemala. Twelve native villages, blue/grey mountains and three volcanoes line the shores of this lake resulting in a wonderful combination of unusual natural beauty and traditional culture. The area is also ideal for outdoor pursuits like swimming, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and horseback riding. Additional Notes: Note: Please dress conservatively when visiting the villages and refrain from photographing religious ceremonies, or individuals who do not wish to be photographed. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s), 100km)Day 14 Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna (1D)Opt to explore the village of Panajachel or take a tour by boat of some of the different villages on Lake Atitlán. Included Activities: Mayan Homestay Project Transport: Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)Day 15 San Juan La Laguna/AntiguaWe return to Antigua to spend more time to explore the city, shop, and check out optional activities in the area. Optional activities include visiting a macadamia nut and coffee plantations, biking around Antigua's surrounding hills and salsa lessons. Transport: Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 80km)Day 16 Antigua Additional Notes: Antigua is only an hour’s drive from the capital, Guatemala City, and airport transfers are easily arranged locally. Included Activities: Departure Day
Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 29/12/2016
Real Food Adventure - MexicoMexico
Days 1-2 Mexico CityDive into Mexico City’s celebrated food scene on a taco crawl. Eat at some of the best taco stands in town, discover the delectable tacos al pastor (slow-roasted, marinated pork tacos) and sip mezcal in one of the city’s sensational bars. The next morning, dive into the markets and be awed by the amount of fresh produce on offer and discover the city’s historic centre.Day 3 PueblaWith a compelling history still reflected in its wealth of colonial buildings and churches, Puebla is a delight - especially its cuisine, which gave the world mole poblano.Days 4-6 OaxacaOaxaca is a culturally diverse city with beautifully preserved colonial buildings, impressive archaeological sites, amazing markets and one of the most respected art scenes in Mexico.Days 7-8 ZipoliteTake the bus to Zipolite, where we’ll visit the colourful markets in search of this town’s culinary treats. The next day, head out on a fishing expedition and enjoy some chill-out time on the beach. Learn how to make ceviche (raw fish cooked in citrus juice) in the true Mexican style. Then it’s time for one final dinner to celebrate this divine Mexican food adventure.Day 9 Mexico CityCatch a flight to Mexico City this morning, where this culinary adventure ends at the airport.
Travel Dates: From 11-Jul-2015 to 08-Jan-2017
Yucatan Highlights (Start Mexico City, End Cancun)Mexico
Day 1Arrive Mexico CityThis morning meet your Trip Manager and fellow travellers as we turn back the clock this morning with a trip to Teotihuacan, the largest archaeological city ever to exist on the American continents. Climb the impressive pyramids and imagine how this was once central America’s greatest city. Our Local Guide will fill you in on the Teotihuacanos beliefs and rites as you walk around the site and see the Sun and Moon Temples. This afternoon, discover another side of vibrant Mexico City with a visit to the easy-going, old barrio (neighborhood) of Coyoacan. Take in the old colonial mansions, fountains and quiet squares of this cultural quarter. See the paired studios of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and maybe visit Frida Kahlo’s famous Blue House, which is filled with colorful art, pre-Hispanic artifacts and a beautiful garden. In your free time, live a slice of the local lifestyle and head to the Coyoacan Markets – the buzzing food stalls are perfect for trying authentic Mexican food, like a torta (Mexican sandwich), enchiladas and tacos. Shopping-wise, this town has it all, from big brands to bargains. Get some tips from your Trip Manager before you splurge. Rummage through the colorful La Merced, the largest market in the city. See piles of dried chillies, tropical fruits and other vibrant food displays as well as local crafts. Otherwise, walk the streets and get a feel for the city’s bustling street life, where cafes spill out onto the pavements, pushcart kitchens cook up fantastic food and sidewalk vendors sell anything from t-shirts to jewelery. Take a break and taste Mexican coffee in a traditional coffeehouse or sip on some tropical juice at a jugeria (juice bar). If you’re hungry, try a rosticeria for some crispy roast chicken Mexican style or a hole-in-the-wall taqueria for a burrito. For something different, find out if there is lucha libre (Mexican masked wrestling) on while you’re in town and go check out a match. For a dose of culture, walk through Mexican history with a visit to the famous Museo Nacional de Antropologia (Museum of Anthropology). It has an incredible collection of artifacts, starting from pre-historic times. The museum grounds are also great for taking a break from the buzzing down town area, so hang out in the gardens, read beside the lake or check out the zoo.Day 2Mexico City to MeridaToday, it’s a total change of scene when we leave behind Mexico City and fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Laid-back and pretty, it’s perfect for a wind down after the hectic hum of the capital. Get a real feel for this small, stylish town on our walking tour through the center as your Tour Manager gives you the story behind the haciendas, palaces and gorgeous buildings. We'll ride through town old-style on our included horse & carriage ride. The local driver will show off Merida’s core spots as you sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Use your free time to explore the buzzing market district, where you can pick up handicrafts, hammocks and traditional travel treasures like ponchos and sombreros.Day 3Merida to Cancun via Chichen ItzaWe kick start the day with a trip to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza – the best preserved and most famous Mayan ruins in Mexico. Hear from our expert Local Guide about the time temples and how the Mayan calendar worked as you explore the spectacular ancient ceremonial center and the fascinating snail-shaped observatory. Back on the coach, we continue on to glitzy Cancun, Mexico’s super resort. This party paradise is a high energy destination, loaded with outdoor activities and a buzzing nightlife. Use your free time to relax with an evening siesta. Then head into town to the Mercado 28, a lively market serving up homemade foods. Sit yourself down in a fondita (little café) and order various specialties from throughout Mexico or try the regional Yucatan dish, chicken pibil (chicken in a special marinade). For some live, local music, make a move to Parquet de las Palapas with some friends. Grab a cold cerveza (beer) from one of the food stands and take it all in. Then explore what’s on offer party-wise in Cancun.Day 4Cancun & Playa del CarmenTake a trip with the group to the hip, hot beach of Playa del Carmen. A popular spot for snorkeling and diving, Playa del Carmen has underwater caves and mind-blowing offshore coral reefs. Take a swim in the azure waters, chill out on the beach or even jump on a ferry to the Island of Cozumel. Back in Cancun, wrap up the day on the beach watching the sun set over the Caribbean Sea. Some ideas for dinner include hitting an open-air restaurant for some fresh seafood or heading to the central plaza for some authentic island specialties.Day 5CancunToday, your Tour Manager will take you to hidden spots and show off tropical jungle and watering holes. Then with a full free day, make the most of Cancun’s action and crystal clear waters. We get away from it all and head to the pint-sized Isla Mujeres. With no cars and little development, this is the place to wind down on pristine beaches and soak up the sun. Experience its fabulous coral reefs on our optional Garrafon Natural Reef Park excursion. You could head to Punta Nizuc for some more snorkeling. For something different have a look through La Casa des Artes Mexicanas (House of Mexican Art), where you’ll see musical instruments, handmade kids’ toys and traditional costumes. Opt for a trip to Xcaret Ecopark, where Mayan ruins, a stunning inlet and jungle combine to make this place so special. Have a swim in the underground river and see colorful birdlife and a butterfly farm. Make your last night on tour one to remember with the group. Get into the fun, festive vibes of Cancun and settle in on an open terrace beachside or at a small, local bar. Keep it moving until the sun comes up if you want – Cancun nightlife is the stuff of legends.Day 6Depart CancunThe trip ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.Arrive Mexico CityCity sightseeing tour, including the National Palace, the Zocalo & Chapultepec ParkVisit the ancient Aztec city of TeotihuacanMexico City to MeridaWalking tour of Merida's sightsHorse & carriage rideMerida to Cancun via Chichen ItzaTurn back the clock at the ancient ruins of Chichen ItzaSwim in a CenoteCancun & Playa del CarmenRelax on the white sand beachesCancunExperience the legendary nightlife
Travel Dates: From 30/05/2015 to 30/07/2015
Discover ancient ruins, tantalise your tastebuds and chillax
Playa del Carmen, on the Yucatán peninsular, is the ultimate beach destination with the beautiful azure sea lazily washing up against miles and miles of sand. Playa, as it is affectionately known, is a bit of a party town – a quieter alternative is nearby Tulum, where pre-Colombian Mayan ruins sit atop 12-metre cliffs overlooking the same beautiful Caribbean sea.
However, the ruins at Tulum are far overshadowed by the monolithic temples at Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan. Chichen Itza is the largest Mayan city on the Yucatán, home to the captivating temple-pyramid of El Castillo. Teotihuacan is an enormous site north-west of Mexico City, where the imposing Temple of the Sun is the key feature, being the largest pyramid in all of Mexico.
Modern Mexican cities have something to offer every type of traveller – San Cristobal de las Casa has enough century-old houses, cobbled streets and colonial buildings to entertain history and architecture buffs; Oaxaca is home to the best Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) cultural celebration in the country; Guanajuato is nestled in the mountains of central Mexico and offers an escape back to nature. And of course vibrant Mexico City, the largest city on the North American continent, is a place where culture, politics, history, art and economics fuse together to create the vibrant powerhouse of Mexico. What more could you possibly want?