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Mexico Historical and Cultural Highlights

  • Sport and adventure
This 20 day-tour combines the cultural and historical highlights of Mexico, focusing on nature and active travel! Climb dormant volcanoes, trek deep into the jungles to visit hidden ruins, and explore stunning colonial towns. This tour has a little bit of everything and is perfect for anyone looking for adventure – even horseback riding to indigenous villages – this holiday has it all....

This 20 day-tour combines the cultural and historical highlights of Mexico, focusing on nature and active travel! Climb dormant volcanoes, trek deep into the jungles to visit hidden ruins, and explore stunning colonial towns. This tour has a little bit of everything and is perfect for anyone looking for adventure – even horseback riding to indigenous villages – this holiday has it all.

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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...

· Transfer from Mexico city airport to your hotel
· Accustom yourself with your surroundings
· Dine at a restaurant nearby or in your hotel

Visited:
Mexico City
Accomodation
Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 2: Mexico City Tour

Stroll the beautiful historic centre...

· Visit impressive Zocalo with its famous Cathedral 
· Visit the Anthropological Museum
· Learn about the history and culture of Mexico

Visited:
Mexico City
Accomodation
Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 3: Teotihuacán – Querétaro (Private)

Discover the largest city of ruins in Latin America...

· Climb up the Sun and Moon Pyramids
· Continue to the charming town of Queretaro
· Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in the many plazas 

Accomodation
Night at hotel Aspeytia (Santiago de Querétaro)

Day 4: Pinal de Amoles – Río Escanela – Jalpan

Breathtaking jungle vegetation of the Sierra Gorda...

· At Pinal de Amoles begin a 3-4 hour hike
· Stop off at the beautiful Rio Escanela
· Enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool mountain water

Visited:
Sierra Gorda, Puente de DiosJalpan de la Sierra
Accomodation
Night at Mision Jalpan (Jalpan de la Sierra )

Day 5: Day trip to the majestic Xilitla

Spend an unforgettable day in Xilitla...

· Visit the eccentric mansion and wild gardens
· Be inspired by abstract sculptures and stairways
· Relax & swim in the waterfalls and natural pools  

Visited:
Xilitla
Accomodation
Night at Mision Jalpan (Jalpan de la Sierra )

Day 6: El Chuveje - Bernal – Mexico City

Enjoy a dip in the natural pools...

· Visit the eccentric mansion and wild gardens
· Continue on to the El Chuveje waterfalls
· Climb the world’s third largest monolith

Visited:
Jalpan de la Sierra , Bernal, Mexico City
Accomodation
Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 7: Paso Cortés – Mirador “La Joya“ (Private)

Another hiking adventure...

· Hike to the Popocatéptl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes
· Reach the lookout of Mirador La Joya
· Be awe-inspired by your panoramic views

Visited:
Paso Cortéz, PopocateptlAmecameca
Accomodation
Night at hotel Hampton Inn Suites (Mexico City)

Day 8: Mexico City – Puebla & Cholula (Private)

 Indigenous culture collides with Christianity...
· Puebla is located in the middle of four volcanoes
· Visit the colourful temple Santa María Tonantzintla
· Try the delicious chile en nogada

Accomodation
Mesones Sacristia (Puebla)

Day 9: La Malinche Volcano (Private)

Take advantage of the cool morning weather...

· Return to the volcanoes surrounding Puebla
· La Malinche is the fifth highest peak in Mexico
· Visit the Franciscan Monastery

Visited:
PueblaLa Malinche
Accomodation
Mesones Sacristia (Puebla)

Day 10: Climb La Malinche Volcano (Private)

Take advantage of the cool morning weather...

· View Popocatepetl, Iztaccihuatl, Pico de Orizaba
· Enjoy a breathtaking 360˚panoramic view
· Transfer back to Puebla, then bus to Oaxaca

Visited:
La Malinche, Oaxaca
Accomodation
Mesones Sacristia (Puebla)

Day 11: Tule, Hierve el Agua & Mezcal Factory

Sample some traditional liquor...

· See the Tree of Tule, most voluminous living tree
· Discover the limestone waterfalls of Hierve el Agua
· Drive to the Gracias a Dios mezcal factory

Visited:
Tule, Hierve el Agua
Accomodation
Night at Camba (Oaxaca)

Day 12: Monte Albán, City Tour & San Cristobal

Monte Albán, significant archeological site...

· Discover temples, pyramids, and ball courts
· Return to Oaxaca for your city tour
· Bus first-class to San Cristobal de las Casas


Day 13: Canyon del Sumidero (Small group)

Boat tour through the canyon...

· Visit the immense Cañon del Sumidero
· At its highest point, this peak reaches 1000m
· Continue on to the village of Chiapa del Corzo

Accomodation
Casa Vieja (San Cristóbal de las Casas)

Day 14: Horseback Ride to San Juan Chamula

Your horseback riding adventure begins...

· Follow narrow trails and ride through lush forests
· View landscapes of San Juan Chamula 
· Learn local customs of the indigenous people

Accomodation
Casa Vieja (San Cristóbal de las Casas)

Day 15: San Agua Azul & Misol Há – Palenque

See the jungle covered in early morning fog...


· Reach the magnificent waterfalls of Agua Azul
· Bright turquoise waterfalls are a beautiful sight
· Continue on to the waterfalls of Misol Ha

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

Day 16: Palenque – Yaxchilán (Private)

Visit the archaeological site of Yaxchilan...

· Boat ride along the Usumacinta River in the jungle
· See monkeys, tropical birds & a host of creatures
· Fall asleep to sights and sounds of the Lacandon

Visited:
Yaxchilan

Day 17: Bonampak, Lacandon & Palenque

Well-preserved murals and monuments...

· Visit the archaeological site of Bonampak
· Native indigenous culture untouched by society
· Have lunch before continuing on to Palenque

Accomodation
Night at hotel Chablis (Palenque/Temp)

Day 18: Palenque & Campeche (Private)

Most beautiful of the Maya cities...

· Visit the famous archaeological site of Palenque
· Explore temples, ball courts & pyramids
· Discover Campeche village at your own pace   

Accomodation
Night at hotel Castelmar (Campeche)

Day 19: Uxmal – Mérida (Small group)

Yucatan's most important excavation...

· Visit the archaeological site of Uxmal
· Architecture is exemplary in the Puuc region
· Continue to Mérida, known as the 'White City"

Visited:
UxmalMérida
Accomodation
Night at hotel Del Peregrino (Mérida)

Day 20: Cancun or Playa del Carmen

One of the seven wonders of the world...

· Take a guided tour of Chichen Itza
· Admire the monumental Kukulkan pyramid
· Transfer to your hotel and then to the airport


Mexico City Teotihuacán Santiago de Querétaro Sierra Gorda Puente de Dios Jalpan de la Sierra Xilitla Bernal Paso Cortéz Popocateptl Amecameca Puebla Cholula La Malinche Oaxaca Tule Hierve el Agua Monte Albán San Cristóbal de las Casas Canyon Sumidero San Juan de Chamula Zinacantán Agua Azul Misol Ha Palenque/Temp Yaxchilan Bonampak Campeche Uxmal Mérida Chichén-Itzá Cancún

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. £2,600 / 20 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on 3-star hotels, double occupancy

Included in price:

  • 18 nights accommodation in the aforementioned or equivalent hotels
  • Accommodation in double rooms with a private bathroom
  • Meals according to the itinerary above
  • All tours and transfers in air conditioned country specific
  • All excursions in small groups of up to 15 people and with Certified Guides (English/Spanish)
  • Certified private English speaking guide on days 4-11 & 16-18
  • First class bus ticket with PRIMERA PLUS from Mexico City to Querétaro and back to Mexico City
  • First class bus ticket with ADO Platino from Puebla to Oaxaca
  • First class bus ticket with ADO Platino from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Boat trip in Cañon del Sumidero
  • Boat trip along the Rio Usumacinta to Yaxchilán
  • All entrance fees
  • Local taxes

Not included in price:

  • Voluntary tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses and extras in the hotels
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
Book your flights to Mexico
International flights are not included in this trip. Thanks to our partnership with Option Way, you can take advantage of booking your flights directly with your local agent.
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