Mexico–Cities, Cuisine & Ruins

From$1199USD
15 days,Mexico City to Playa del Carmen
MMC

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

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.)
  • Public air-conditioned bus, taxi.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.
  • Simple hotels (12 nts), overnight bus (2 nts).

Additions Available on This Tour

Itinerary

Day 1Mexico City

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Mexico City

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

Day 3Mexico City/Puebla

Orientation walk through Puebla's cobblestone streets. Explore the walkable centre 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 4Puebla/Oaxaca

Travel to colonial Oaxaca. Orientation walk to the main square and nearby markets.

Day 5Oaxaca

Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities or visit the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán.

Day 6Oaxaca/San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities or visit the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán. Overnight bus to San Cristóbal.

Day 7San 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 8San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Enjoy another free day to visit nearby villages, check out the natural beauty of Chiapas, and scour the markets. Don't miss the night life.

Day 9San Cristóbal de Las Casas/Palenque

Travel along the winding roads of Chiapas towards the jungle of Palenque.

Day 10Palenque/Mérida

Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Palenque, set deep in the jungle. Night bus to Mérida.

Day 11Mérida

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

Day 12Mérida

Explore Mérida, and opt to visit a nearby cenote (underground pool) near the town of Cuzamá or the Mayan ruins of Uxmal.

Day 13Mérida/Playa del Carmen

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

Day 14Playa del Carmen

Opt to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach!

Day 15Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

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