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Mexico Ancient Civilizations

15 days,Playa del Carmen to Mexico City

White sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera, vibrant nightlife, colourful markets, tasty Mexican food and and drink, opportunities to snorkel in cenotes, visit Mayan sites and climb Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan.


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From the ruins at Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world, to the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, this adventure takes in the cultural and historical highlights. It’s perfect for travellers on a tight budget looking to see as much as possible of this diverse region. Explore Mexico's incredible history with others who share your appetite for adventure. Get a suntan on the white sand of the Mayan Riviera beaches then explore the country's ruins and pueblos.

What's Included

  • Orientation walks in Mérida, San Crístóbal De Las Casas and Oaxaca.
  • (Allow USD340-470 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (13 nts), night bus (1 nt).
  • Public bus, Taxi, Walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 10
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen. See Mexico Ancient Civilizations

Day 1 Playa del Carmen

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Playa del Carmen

Option to visit Mayan ruins of Tulum or lounge on the Mayan Riviera beaches.

Day 3-4 Mérida/Chichén Itzá

Orientation walk in Mérida. Option to visit Chichén Itzá en route, and from Merida, option to visit Mayan ruins of Uxmal or swim in three cenotes (underground pools).

Day 5-6 Palenque

Option to visit ruins of Palenque, set deep in the jungle.

Day 7-9 San Cristóbal de las Casas

Enjoy an orientation walk around town. Option to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.

Day 10-11 Oaxaca

Enjoy an orientation walk around town. Option to travel to nearby artisan communities or visit the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán.

Day 12 Puebla

Orientation walk around town. Option to sample the delicious Mole Poblano sauce or explore the city by foot viewing the old buildings covered in hand-painted tiles for which the city is famous.

Day 13-14 Mexico City

Option to visit Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan or explore bustling Mexico City. By night, option to witness a high-flying "lucha libra" (Mexican wrestling) match.

Day 15 Mexico City

Depart at any time.