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, Calakmul, Tulum and Chichen Itza
- Discover the turquoise waters of Bacalar Lagoon by boat
- Take a dip in spectacular Chukum 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
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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: Calakmul & Bacalar. This morning’s destination is Calakmul, 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 snorkeling.
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 & Chukum cenote. This morning’s entertainment is the famous Chichen Itza. Wander round the temples and soak up the historic vibes before lunch in sun-drenched Valladolid, followed by a dip in the spectacular Chukum 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: £1,358 July, 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
This trip includes 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 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. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).
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.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.