Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins

15 days,Mexico City to Playa del Carmen

Visit Mayan ruins, dance the night away in Mexican clubs, bargain for beautiful textiles and handmade goods at colourful markets, savour the tasty Mexican food and drink, chill on the white-sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera.

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From the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, to the ruins at Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, 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.

What's Included

  • Orientation walks in Oaxaca, San Crístóbal De Las Casas, Puebla and Mérida. Guided tour of Chichén Itzá. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • (Allow USD340-470 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (13 nts), overnight bus (1 nt).
  • Public air-conditioned bus, taxi.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
Day 1 Mexico City

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Mexico City

Visit the Aztec ruins of Teotihuacán or explore bustling Mexico City. By night, witness a high-flying "lucha libra" (Mexican wrestling) match, or go out for night on the town.

Day 3 Puebla

Orientation walk through Puebla's cobblestone streets. Explore the walkable center and check out the city's famous hand-painted ceramics that tile the walls of its historic buildings. Don't miss sampling the delicious Mole Poblano sauce.

Day 4-6 Oaxaca

Orientation walk to the main square and nearby markets. Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities or visit the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán. Overnight bus on Day 6.

Day 7-8 San Cristóbal de las Casas

Orientation walk around this colonial town. Opt to visit the nearby indigenous Mayan village of San Juan Chamula to see unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride or scour the market for beautiful textiles.

Day 9-10 Palenque

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

Day 11-12 Mérida

Orientation walk of Yucatán's capital. Opt to visit visit nearby cenotes (underground pools) near the town of Cuzamá or the Mayan ruins of Uxmal.

Day 13-14 Chichén Itzá/Playa del Carmen

Guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá. Travel to Playa del Carmen to lounge on Mayan Riviera beaches.

Day 15 Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

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