Mexico City to Playa del Carmen, and everything in between!
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Group Size: Avg 8-16
Trip code: INMX
Duration: 13 days
Mexico is a non-stop fiesta - think palm fringed beaches, steamy cities, Mayan temples and tequila! Join the party on this amazing two-week group tour of the highlights. Discover the ruins of ancient civilisations, bliss out on sugar-white beaches, swim in turquoise waterfalls, fill your tum with the world’s best tacos and hang out in the hippest nightspots in Latin America.
- Explore Mayan ruins at Palenque, Chicanna and Chichen Itza
- Discover the turquoise waters of Bacalar Lagoon by boat
- Take a dip in a spectacular cenote and the bright blue pools of Agua Azul Waterfalls
- Explore Mexico City’s hottest nightspots
- Relax on powder-soft sands in Tulum and Playa Del Carmen
Day 1: Arrive in Mexico. Buenos dias Mexico City! One of our team members will take you through the city’s bustling streets to the hotel where you’ll meet the gang and get excited together about your Mexican adventure before heading out for tacos and drinks!
Day 2: Mexico City. MC is a heck of a place to kick off the trip. Take a tour of the historic centre before a free afternoon. Check out some of the museums, watch a traditional show or grab a coffee at a streetside café. Get to know the city’s incredible nightlife after sundown – tequila anybody?
Day 3: Puebla and Oaxaca. Adios Mexico City – we’re Puebla bound. Practice your bartering in the artisan markets, grab something delish from the street stalls and check out the colonial architecture. After lunch, we’re off again – to Mexico’s culinary capital – Oaxaca.
Day 4: Oaxaca & overnight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Spend today exploring this bohemian city. We’ll hit the colourful markets before visiting a traditional mezcal distillery. Then we’re hopping on a sleeper bus to Tuxtla Gutierrez.
Day 5: Sumidero Canyon & San Cristobal de las Casas. Today’s first stop is a real looker – we’re taking a boat cruise into the Canyon of Sumidero (think lush jungle, tumbling waterfalls and amazing caves). Later we’ll continue into the mountains to the colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas.
Day 6: San Cristobal de las Casas. Start your day with a visit to some local indigenous communities to learn about their way of life. Then head back to San Cristobal for an afternoon of wandering the cobbled streets, exploring markets and sipping drinks in historic squares.
Day 7: Waterfalls & Palenque. Today’s first stop is the Agua Azul Waterfalls where we’ll swim in the bright blue pools and take in our stunning jungle scenery. Next up it’s Palenque – some of the most complete Mayan temples in the country – just wow.
Day 8: Chicanna & Bacalar. This morning’s destination is Chicanna, a fascinating historic site surrounded by thick jungle. Explore the ruins before travelling on to Laguna Bacalar. This 60km long turquoise lagoon has a white sandy bottom and basically looks like the Caribbean (no filter needed).
Day 9: Laguna Bacalar. Spend today exploring the lagoon on a private boat tour. We’ll get off the beaten track and spend hours just swimming, blissing out on deck and snorkelling.
Day 10: Tulum. Did somebody say Tulum? It’s all about the epic beach action this afternoon. Chill out on soft white sands, take a dip in the ocean, and play some beach volleyball with the gang before sundowners on the beach.
Day 11: Chichen Itza & Cenote. This morning’s entertainment is the famous Chichen Itza. Wander around the temples and soak up the historic vibes before lunch in sun-drenched Valladolid, followed by a dip in the spectacular cenote.
Day 12: Playa del Carmen. Our last stop in magical Mexico is the fashionable beach town of Playa del Carmen. Spend your last afternoon on the beach before going large tonight with a farewell dinner and drinks - Margaritas all round!
Day 13: Adios! Time to say adios to your amigos, and either head home, or continue your travels in amazing Mexico.
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Most expensive: £1,427 December, 2023
This trip kicks off in Mexico City (MEX) and we’d recommend that you arrive on the actual start date. There are no activities planned on the first day, so you can arrive at a time that suits you. If you arrive before the start date, we can help you book extra nights of accommodation (at an additional cost). Whether you arrive on day 1 or earlier, we’ll meet you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
The trip ends on day 13 in Playa Del Carmen. The closest airport is Cancun International, which is about an hour away by taxi or bus (return transfers are not included). If you’re staying on in Mexico, your group leader can help with any onward travel options or additional accommodation. Please leave plenty of time to get to the airport for your flight.
12 nights’ accommodation is included with this trip. All rooms are double or triple share. You’ll spend:
- 2 nights in a funky hotel in downtown Mexico City
- 1 night in a hotel in central Oaxaca
- 1 night on an overnight bus
- 2 nights in a hacienda style hostel in San Cristobal de las Casa
- 1 night in a hotel with pool and tropical gardens in Palenque
- 2 nights in a beachside resort in Bacalar with a private beach
- 2 nights in an ocean resort in Tulum
- 1 night in Playa del Carmen in a hotel with pool
Please note the above is a guide only and is subject to change.
This trip includes 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinners. You’ll have to buy the rest of the meals yourself, meaning you can try lots of delicious local food.
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to take part in this tour. This tour is designed for those aged 18-35.
If you’re a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter Mexico as a tourist. Immigration officials may ask to see proof of departure plans, booked accommodation and / or funds to cover your stay in Mexico.
Please note: Visa, passport and entry requirements can change without prior notice, so please check requirements at the time of your trip. It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away.