Beyond the stereotypes of Mariachi and tacos, Mexico is a cultural giant of the Americas. A massive, diverse country, its history stretches thousands of years from the ancient Olmec, Maya and Aztec, though the arrival of Cortes and three centuries of harsh Spanish rule. For all its familiarity Mexico is capable of surprising at every turn; to make the mistake of reducing it to a beach resort is like confusing the US with Las Vegas. Certainly, beaches and beach life rank high as reasons to visit. Add to the mix ancient sites and vibrant indigenous culture, the cosmopolitan neighbourhoods of the world's largest city and a cuisine (and liquor) successfully exported around the world, and you've got yourself una buena vacacion.
One of the great festivals of the world, the Day of the Dead is both a celebration of ancestors and a huge party. From candy skulls and colourful parades to family picnics in historic cemeteries, the Day of the Dead is a party like no other—and this tour is your backstage pass. If you’re culturally curious or slightly ghoulish, join us in Oaxaca—Mexico’s artistic heartland—for a truly different perspective of the country at its most exciting. And with incredible ruins and fantastic landscapes all around, you don’t need to be Wednesday Addams to get into the macabre spirit of this incredible celebration.
Highlights: Follow the seas of flowers and flickering candles of cemetery vigils, watch the painted faces and street dances during Day of the Dead parades, enjoy beautiful colonial Oaxaca in all its glory, barter for macabre skeleton dolls at the local market
Mexico Civilizations (CMMCD)
The top of Uxmal’s grand pyramid rewards you with a breathtaking view. This is what you came to Mexico for—the side of the Yucatán you can’t see from behind a resort’s wall. You’re here to dig deeper and discover the region’s rich archaeological and cultural wonders. Fill up on local delicacies and rich culture in Mérida but save space on your camera’s memory card for the region’s white sand beaches. From the majesty of Chichén Itzá to the ruins at Tulúm, connect with a side of Mexico few travellers get to know.
Highlights: Digging deep into ancient history at Mayan ruins, Delving into Mexican culture though the food and markets of Mérida, Swimming in the cooling underground cenotes, Exploring Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.