Mexico – Viva Mexico
11 days from £1,005* per person Saving you £191 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Day 1 Arrival in Mexico City
You’ll be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel in Mexico City – the perfect place to start your visit.
Day 2 Mexico City
Take a guided tour of this exciting city, starting with the Zocalo, its historic heart. Here’s where you’ll find the Metropolitan Cathedral, along with the National Palace, home to the famous murals of Diego Rivera. Next, tour the ruins of the Templo Mayor, an Aztec temple from the ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. Drive down Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to Chapultepec Park, where you’ll visit the Museum of Anthropology.
Day 3 Teotihuacán
Time to discover Teotihuacán, an ancient ruined city, where you can climb the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, wander the Avenue of the Dead and visit the various temples. On the way back to your hotel, stop off at the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a place of pilgrimage for millions of Catholics around the world.
Day 4 Mexico City – Puebla – Oaxaca
Travel to Puebla, passing the snowcapped volcanoes Popocatépetl (Smoking Mountain) and Iztaccíhuatl (Sleeping Lady) along the way. Stop for lunch in Puebla and visit the extraordinary Rosary Chapel and the cathedral, before hitting the road to Oaxaca. This colourful colonial town is famous for its many indigenous traditions, which you’ll see reflected in the crafts and cuisine on offer.
Day 5 Oaxaca – Monte Alban – Mitla – Tule
Leave Oaxaca for the archaeological zone of Monte Alban. There’s plenty to see in this hilltop site: pyramids, temples, tombs, ceremonial rock carvings, plus stunning views of the Oaxaca valleys.
Continue to Mitla, known for its outstanding mosaics, then turn back towards Oaxaca, stopping on the way at the Tule tree, said to be one of the largest living things in existence.
Day 6 Oaxaca – Sumidero Canyon – San Cristobal
Depart early in the morning for the beautiful state of Chiapas. Enjoy a boat trip through the Sumidero Canyon to admire the rock formations, as well as the crocodiles, spider monkeys and birds along the shores of the Grijalva River. Pass through the town of Chiapa de Corzo then continue to San Cristobal de las Casas for dinner.
Day 7 Chiapas highlands
Head up into the highlands of Chiapas to visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán, where age-old pagan and Christian customs and beliefs are still upheld.
You’ll have the afternoon free back in San Cristobal de las Casas to explore this beautiful city further. Check out its colourful market, the cathedral and the jade museum.
Day 8 San Cristobal – Agua Azul – Palenque
Today you’ll travel to Palenque via the Agua Azul waterfalls. Their unique turquoise colour comes from the high mineral levels in the water. View the lush jungle around you and take a dip in the waters before continuing to Palenque for the night.
Day 9 Palenque – Campeche
Tour Palenque’s archaeological zone, one of the most important sites of the Mayan World. This ruined city is home to some of the finest architecture, sculptures and carvings produced by the ancient Mayans. Move on to Campeche, a pretty town built on a naval history and home to plenty of baroque Spanish architecture.
Day 10 Campeche – Merida
Leave Campeche for Uxmal in the Puuc region. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient Mayan city representing the Puuc architectural style. Explore the Magician’s Pyramid, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Governor’s Palace and the ballgame court.
Continue onward to Merida, the main city of the Yucatán state, packed with parks, stunning architecture and fantastic regional cuisine. Follow your guide on a tour of the city’s highlights.
Day 11 Merida – Chichen Itza – Cancun
Today you’ll travel to Chichen Itza, one of the best-preserved Mayan sites in the area. Its most famous landmarks are the Temple of Kukulkan, the Platform of the Skulls, the Temple of the Jaguar, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns and the Sacred Cenote. Take time out to swim in the Ik Kil cenote pool and have lunch before proceeding to Cancun to hit the beach.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included