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MexicoSpotlight Mexico And Colonial Towns

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Looking to get off the beaten track? Embrace a Mexico rarely visited by tourists on this 15-day tour, starting in Mexico City. Explore the colonial towns of Bernal and Queretaro, encounter colourful markets, unique architecture and pristine nature in Oaxaca and Chiapas. Finish off laying on an exquisite beach on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. You’ll never want to leave!

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival In Mexico City 

Bienvenidos a Mexico!

·         Arrive in Mexico City International Airport.

·         Transfer to your hotel for the night.

Mexico City
Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 2: City Tour and Anthropological Museum 

Stroll through the bustle of the capital…·         Follow your guide on a city tour.·         See Zocalo Cathedral and the Rivera murals.·         Take an optional evening food tour with tacos and mezcal!

Mexico City
Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 3: Pyramids Of Teotihuacán and Basilica De Guadalupe 

Marvel at the largest city of ruins in the world…

·         Tour the impressive archaeological site of Teotihuacán.

·         Climb the Sun and Moon Pyramids to see the ‘City of the Gods’.

·         Visit Basilica de Guadalupe, a famous pilgrimage site. 

Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 4: Popocateptl Volcano 

View the snow-capped peaks of a volcano…

·         Head off to Popocatepetl Volcano on a private tour.

·         Stop at Amecameca and Tlamacas village on your journey.

·         Climb to 3700m at Paso Cortez for volcano views. 

PopocateptlPaso Cortéz, Mexico City
Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 5: Bernal and Tequisquiapan to Querétaro 

Visit the most beautiful towns of central Mexico…

·         Travel to Bernal and climb its 288m monolith, la Peña.

·         Taste some traditional gorditas (filled corn dumplings).

·         Visit Tequisquiapan famous for its handicrafts and markets. 

Bernal, Santiago de Querétaro
Night at hotel Aspeytia (Santiago de Querétaro)

Day 6: Puebla and Cholula to Oaxaca 

See the city in the middle of four volcanoes…

·         Follow your guide to Puebla, beautiful colonial city.

·         View the famous pyramid of Cholula.

·         Head onwards to Oaxaca for the next stage. 

Night at Camba (Oaxaca)

Day 7: Tule, Hierve El Agua and Gracias A Dios Factory 

Get happy with some organic Mezcal…

·         Dip in the mineral waters of Hierve el Agua waterfalls.

·         Taste traditional Mezcal in Gracias a Dios.

·         Understand the organic manufacturing process. 

Tule, Hierve el Agua
Night at Camba (Oaxaca)

Day 8: Monte Albán to San Cristóbal De Las Casas 

A favourite of Aldous Huxley up next…

·         See the ancient temples and pyramids of Monte Albán.

·         Return to World Heritage Oaxaca city centre for a tour.

·         Take the overnight bus to San Cristobal de las Casas. 

Day 9: Cañyon Del Sumidero 

Stunning natural landscapes…

·         Visit immense Cañyon del Sumidero.

·         Take a boat tour through the biodiverse canyon.

·         Enjoy lunch in lovely Chiapa del Corzo. 

Casa Vieja (San Cristóbal de las Casas)

Day 10: Lagos De Montebello and El Chiflón 

The turquoise blue lakes of Montebello…

·         Learn about pottery-making in Amante Nango del Valle.

·         Continue to Montebello National Park, famed for its lakes.

·         See the tallest waterfall in Chiapas, El Chiflon. 

Lagos Montebello, San Cristóbal de las Casas
Casa Vieja (San Cristóbal de las Casas)

Day 11: Agua Azul & Misol Há to Palenque 

Bathe in waterfalls in the middle of the jungle…

·         Drive through the early morning fog of the jungle.

·         Dip in the waters of Agua Azul waterfalls.

·         Walk behind a curtain of falling water at Misol Ha. 

Agua AzulMisol Ha, Palenque/Temp
Night at hotel Chablis (Palenque/Temp)

Day 12: Yaxchilán & Bonampak

See sites rarely visited by tourists…

·         Visit Yaxchilan archaeological site, deep in Lacandon forest.

·         See the wall paintings at Bonampak site.

·         Encounter monkeys and other animals. 

Night at hotel Chablis (Palenque/Temp)

Day 13: Palenque to Campeche 

These ruins even have a ball court…

·         Head to the Mayan archaeological ruins of Palenque.

·         Climb up the Temple of Inscriptions for the view.

·         Continue to peaceful Campeche village to relax. 

Night at hotel Chablis (Palenque/Temp)

Day 14: Uxmal to Mérida

The Yucatan’s second most important site…

·         Explore Mayan huts of Uxmal archaeological site.

·         Find Hacienda Yaxcopoil to see a restored plantation.

·         Finish in beautiful Mérida, known as the ‘White City’.

Night at hotel Del Peregrino (Mérida)

Day 15: Chichen Itza to Playa Del Carmen Or Cancun 

End your trip on a high…

·         Take a guided tour of Chichen Itza, a Wonder of the World.

·         Admire monumental Kukulkan Pyramid.

·         Off to the coast for the rest of your trip or fly home. 

Mexico CityTeotihuacánPopocateptlPaso CortézBernalSantiago de QuerétaroPueblaCholulaOaxacaTuleHierve el AguaMonte AlbánSan Cristóbal de las CasasCanyon SumideroLagos MontebelloAgua AzulMisol HaPalenque/TempYaxchilanBonampakCampecheUxmalMéridaChichén-ItzáPlaya del Carmen

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,660 / 15 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on 3-star hotel, double occupancy

Included in price:

  • 13 overnight stays in middle/upper middle class hotels (country specific category)
  • Accommodation in double rooms with a private bathroom
  • Meals according to hotel list below
  • All transfers to and from the airport or bus station
  • All tours and transfers in air conditioned country specific vehicles
  • Shared tours in small groups with certified bilingual guide (Spanish/English)
  • Private certified English speaking guide on day 5,6,13
  • First class bus ticket from Oaxaca to San Cristóbal
  • Boat trip at Cañon del Sumidero
  • Boat trip at Rio Usumacinta and Yaxchilán
  • Entrance fees to the mentioned excursion destinations
  • Local taxes

Not included in price:

  • Voluntary tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses and extras in the hotels
  • Additional meals and beverages
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
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