Discover all the best-loved highlights on this tour of Mexico, traveling from the scenic west coast to Cancun in the southeast. From Maya and Aztec ruins set within dense jungles to quaint, colonial towns, beautiful beaches and vibrant, artistic cities, the best of Mexico awaits!
Guadalajara presents a heady concoction of the classic and the contemporary. Celebrating its poster image of Mexican heritage, thanks to local Mariachi melodies, the stylish sport of charreadas, and the folkloric Mexican hat dances, Guadalajara is also an attractive hub for technology startups.
A Taste of Tequila Driving down from Guadalajara, revel in the landscape of the Jalisco countryside carpeted with blue-agave fields against a backdrop of volcanic mountain surrounds. Welcome to Tequila! Soak in the colorful buildings and cobblestone streets as the gorgeous Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol looms over the town square. Catch the fascinating act of voladores, who perform ritualistic harvest dances on a towering pole at regular times through the day. Next up, visit a working distillery in downtown Tequila to understand the entire production process of this namesake firewater, the national drink of Mexico! During this entertaining tour, watch truckloads of blue agave being sliced, learn about the handpicked ingredients used to create tequila, and its aging process in the cavas. Also, step into the fields to see jimadores, or local farmers, harvesting agave, and horses grazing about. Sit down with your host for an elaborate tequila tasting session. Sample Blanco, Reposado and Añejo varietals of tequila, complemented by fruits, spices, and snacks of cooked agave plants. Salud! (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Notes: Carry sunscreen, wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, and bring cash for souvenirs).
Guanajuato is a beautiful mountainous city characterized by candy-colored buildings and narrow hilly alleyways. Jardin de la Union, featuring trimmed Indian laurel trees fringed by restaurants and cafes, forms the social heart of this university town.
Glimpses of Guanajuato Enjoy a day out in the hilly town of Guanajuato learning about its silver mining history over rounds of pulque. Stroll on its narrow cobblestone streets flanked by bright colorful buildings, and the historical center that flaunts colonial charm and neoclassical architecture. Drive about its network of underground tunnels that populate the city’s dry river bed. Relive old romantic folklore with your partner at the Alley of the Kiss. Drop by the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, a granary converted into a museum that details the history of the region. Past its central courtyard and Tuscan style columns, soak in José Chávez Morado’s dramatic murals showcasing Guanajuato’s history. Marvel at the flamboyant red and gold oriental interiors of Teatro Juarez that features precious metals, carved and stained glass, presenting a stunning example of eclecticism. Finally, visit the landmark Hidalgo market, a large metal complex that houses a central clock tower, Mexican food, and a medley of local produce. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate)
San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque mountain resort town set in the colonial highlands region of Central Mexico. Take in the city’s cosmopolitan vibe and thriving art scene with its myriad galleries, studios, street artists, and incredible culinary diversity.
Romantic Countryside Vineyard Tour Discover the secret behind the delicious wines of the country’s Bajío region on this informative vineyard tour. After breakfast at your hotel, arrive at the De Cote Vineyard located on the outskirts of San Miguel, accompanied by your English speaking guide. You have the option to hike through the sprawling vineyard on foot, explore it on a bike, or experience it in the unique setting of a train wagon! Walk through the wine fermentation tanks, discovering Cava or sparking Spanish wine. Enjoy a glass of white or rosé cava served by the vineyard’s very own sommelier. You could also bike your way to discover all the nooks and corners of the lovely vineyard, making your way to the wine cellar and tank room. Learn all about the making and maturing of wine from an expert sommelier, followed by a wine tasting session. Savor glasses of the vineyard’s delicious red and white wines. If you opt for the train tour, enjoy an informative session on the art and science of wine making from the vineyard’s expert sommelier aboard the train wagon. Drop into the wine cellar and tank room on the wagon, followed by wine tasting where you can enjoy glasses of the delicious red and white wines produced at the De Cote Vineyard. (Full day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7hrs, 1100-1800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Wine tasting; Fitness level: Moderate; Note: Please bring sun hat, shades, sunscreen, light clothes & comfortable walking shoes).
A Walk through San Miguel de Allende Explore the exquisite marriage of European and Latin American heritage on this tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of San Miguel de Allende. First established as a fortified town by Spanish colonists in the 16th century, note how the city’s gorgeous colonial architecture has evolved over the centuries. Walk by the quaint central plaza of El Jardín, paved with cobblestones and surrounded by churches built in baroque and neo-classical architectural styles. Take in the most popular landmark of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel with its signature pink shaded pinnacles towering over the town plaza. The town is also the birthplace of one of the heroes of the Mexican independence movement, Ignacio Allende. Stop by the Museo Histórico de San Miguel de Allende, the house where Allende was born. Now converted into the town’s history museum, the house attracts pilgrims from across Mexico. (Half day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Note: Museum closed on Mondays; Please bring sun hat, shades, sunscreen, light clothes & comfortable walking shoes.)
Mexico City, the nation’s capital, is vibrant, colorful and full of character. Fascinating museums rub shoulders with beautiful churches while theme parks co-exist harmoniously with long-standing academic institutions in this sprawling city.
Gastronomical Journey Through Colonia Roma Traverse the vibrant neighborhood of Colonia Roma in search of exotic flavors to tantalize your taste buds in this walking tour. This erstwhile upscale neighborhood is now the hub of hipster subculture in the city. Accompany your local expert through the serene streets of this historic area that is home to trendsetting restaurants and eateries. Walk past the lovely squares and elegant fountains as your guide leads you to seven different restaurants to sample the best in Mexican cuisine. Stroll past quaint specialty food shops and ethnic diners as you get valuable insight into the area’s rich culinary past. Listen to your guide narrate interesting anecdotes about the beautiful mansions and its famous residents. (Half Day; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Please wear comfortable footwear as there is quite a bit of walking involved in this activity.)
Tlatelolco, Teotihuacan, and Basilica of Guadalupe Excursion Head out from your hotel in the morning, accompanied by your local expert, to visit the iconic landmarks of the city. Start at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, or the square of three cultures in Tlatelolco, which houses the remains of Aztec temples. Take in the sight of ancient ruins co-existing harmoniously adjacent to the Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco and a modern housing complex. Drive on to the Basilica of Guadalupe to explore both the old and new basilicas. Get a glimpse of the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe housed in the new basilica. In the afternoon, drive on to the sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site of Teotihuacan on the outskirts of the city. Wander around this spectacular archaeological site, stopping by the impressive Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, Quetzalpapalot Palace with its murals, and the Avenue of the Dead as your guide points out their unique features. Explore these ancient ruins to your heart’s content before starting back on the journey to your hotel. (Full Day; Fitness Level: Easy. Please bring sunscreen and be sure to dress in comfortable clothes and footwear in keeping with the season.)
Puebla, with its magnificent cathedral, lively ornamental tree-lined square, and the world’s largest pyramid, is an elegant city steeped in history, culture, and religion!
Exploring Puebla by Foot Explore the charming city of Puebla, known as the City of Angels and famous for its baroque architecture, on this walking tour. Start your exploration at the colonial town square or ‘Zócalo’, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the Santo Domingo Church, one of the most imposing structures towering over the Zócalo, in the company of your English speaking guide. Admire the Baroque-style Capilla del Rosario, or Rosary Chapel, within the church, which is layered with heavy gold work. The colonial era Puebla Cathedral, with its towering bell towers, also skirt the town square. Discover the city’s distinct Talavera pottery of traditional hand-painted tiles that adorn most buildings around town. Walk over to the Los Sapos artistic quarter to learn more about Puebla’s artistic heritage. Stop by the El Parian market to catch a bit of local color, soaking in the rhythm of everyday life in this beautiful heritage city. (Half Day; Time of Day: morning or afternoon; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Note: Please bring sun hat, shades, sunscreen, light clothes and comfortable walking shoes).
With its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture and cobbled pathways, San Cristobal de las Casas transports you to a forgotten era. Located in the state of Chiapas and nestled cozily in the Central highland valley, the city is set high above sea level.
Explore Montebello Lakes National Park Drive out to the picturesque Montebello Lakes National Park, a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve. Home to 59 lakes of varied hues nestled among a forest of pine trees, the park is dotted with a network of hiking trails. Step into a sturdy row boat as you set out to explore secluded lagoons that are tucked far away from the beaten path commonly frequented by tourists. Settle in and relax as the boat slices smoothly through the tranquil waters while your guide narrates interesting facts about the region. Gaze at the striking colors of the lakes wrought by various factors such as the kind of lakebed, the amount of sunlight reflected by the water, and the surrounding vegetation. Watch the water change hues from pale blue to violet to emerald and turquoise depending on the impact of the sun’s rays. Not in the mood for a cruise? Enjoy hiking one of the many nature trails in Montebello Lakes National Park.(Full Day; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that one rowing boat can accommodate only five people.)
A Walk through San Cristóbal de las Casas Discover the charming highland town of San Cristóbal de las Casas with its ornate colonial architecture and colorful local life on this walk through the city. Sitting in the lap of the Mexican Sierra Madre ranges, find out why this Mayan town is the cultural capital of Chiapas from your English speaking guide. Amble through cobblestone alleyways, flanked by pretty homes with red tiled roofs and wrought iron balconies with flowering pots. Visit the grand San Cristóbal Cathedral with its golden yellow façade at the Parque Central, dedicated to Saint Christopher, the patron of the city. Walk over to yet another example of ornate baroque architecture, the Santo Domingo church and former convent. Stop by the large open-air crafts market of the church with its colorful stalls of local Mayan artifacts before heading back to your hotel. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Note: Please wear light clothes & comfortable walking shoes. Please bring sun hat, shades, sunscreen, mosquito repellent.)
Palenque is an erstwhile Mayan city that is known for its spectacular and well-preserved temples. Set in the midst of a jungle, surrounded by mahogany, cedar, and sapodilla trees, the ancient ruins at this UNESCO-listed site make for a breathtaking scene.
Explore the Ruins of Yaxchilan and Bonampak Ruins Starting at dawn from Palenque, drive toward the frontier town of Frontera Corozal, near the Mexico-Guatemala border. Hop onto a lancha and enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Usumacinta river flanked by dense foliage. Disembark at the Yaxchilan dock an hour later, near the remains of an ancient bridge. Hike to explore these Mayan city ruins nestled amid the lush Lacandón jungle, listening to sounds of howler monkeys and spotting exotic birds. Entering through a labyrinthine tunnel, arrive at the Grand Plaza – a fascinating complex of stone structures and a ball court. Admiring stelae, ornamental roof combs, and exquisitely carved lintels, navigate the temples’ narrow interior stairways. Further up the hill, see more sculptures and a sundial at the Central Acropolis, a lofty temple that affords fantastic views of the area. Back at Frontera Corozal for lunch, head toward the ruins of Bonampak nearby. Reaching the massive pyramid, make your way to the three rooms of the temple on top, each showcasing different themes of well-preserved Maya murals. After observing these vivid murals about festivities, celebrations, battle scenes, and rituals, return to your hotel in the late afternoon. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Notes: Boat transfer may be a shared service. Bring mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.)
Campeche is a calm and colorful beachside resort town overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it still retains many of the walls and forts that were built hundreds of years back.
Visit Laguna de Términos & the ruins of Edzná enroute from Palenque Following breakfast, head along the coast towards Campeche. Enroute, drop by Laguna de Términos, a natural reserve featuring a rich tidal lagoon overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Hop on a boat at the small fishing village of Isla Aguada, and explore this ecological site home to wild flora and fauna. As you cruise through the red, white, and black mangroves, expect to spot myriad aquatic species including dolphins, turtles, and manatees, plus migratory birds. Take a break on a sandbank and enjoy the pristine surroundings of this coastal habitat. Back on land, continue onward to Edzná, an archaeological site known as the ‘House of the Itzas’ with over 2000 years of history. Explore the expansive ancient complex, known for its elaborate irrigation systems, and pyramids with various Maya styles of architecture. See the main plaza with a ball court, surrounded by temples nestled amid lush jungle surrounds. By late afternoon, reach the port town of Campeche. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate: Notes: Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.)
Merida, the capital city of Yucatan, is a delightful melting pot of varied cultures. The narrow streets contrasted by the expansive plazas are reminiscent of the city’s Spanish colonial past.
In the Company of Pink Flamingos at Celestún After an early breakfast at your hotel, drive west of Mérida and spend a leisurely day attuning yourself with the beautiful natural landscape of the pretty little fishing village of Celestún. Explore the beautiful natural lagoon of Celestún, which lies along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Take a laidback boat ride to the gorgeous Celestún Biosphere Reserve, home to the famous pink flamingo and other coastal birds such as storks, herons, and pelicans. Spot flocks of flamingos getting their fill of saltwater shrimp which give these graceful birds their distinctive pink shade. Take a leisurely walk through the lush mangrove forests, with its crystal clear sweet water. Relish a delicious luncheon at a local inn before heading back to your hotel. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Meals included: Lunch: Note: Please wear light clothes & comfortable shoes. Please carry sun hat, shades, sunscreen & mosquito repellent.)
Chichen Itza, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Testimony to the genius of the Mayan-Toltec civilization, these stunning ruins tower over the surrounding jungle
Day Trip to the Ruins of Chichen Itza and Izamal from Merida Drive from your hotel in Merida to the ancient city of Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, which used to be one of the largest Mayan cities from 600 AD to 1200 AD. Marvel at the sophisticated Mesoamerican architecture as you visit the majestic El Castillo pyramid, and walk around the temples, the Great Ball Court and La Iglesia. Journey on to Hacienda Selva Maya, a restaurant built on the remains of an old cattle ranch in Valladolid. Stroll around the impressive colonial property, and stop at a massive freshwater cenote (water-filled natural sinkhole) called Saamal, with a man-made waterfall cascading into it. Walk down a rustic system of stairs and platforms to dive into the cool, turquoise waters for a magical swim. Get ready to tickle your palate with a tasty lunch, serving local and regional delicacies. Next, visit the magical colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Izamal also known as the Yellow City. Founded in the 4th century by the Mayan religious leader Itzamna, it is one of the oldest cities in the Yucatan peninsula and was later used by Spanish conquerors as a religious base. Step back in time as you observe the colonial architecture, plazas and arcades, horse-drawn calesas (carriages), cobblestone streets, and the vibrant yellow color of the buildings here. Visit the archaeological site in the center of town, the spectacular Franciscan Convent of San Antonio de Padua and some of the pyramids nestled among houses. (Duration: Full day; Please note that this includes road transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, certified English-speaking guide, entrance fees, and lunch. Bring a swimsuit, towel, an extra set of clothes, biodegradable sunscreen and mosquito repellent, and comfortable shoes.)
Pristine beaches and turquoise waters promise you the ultimate tropical vacation at picture-postcard-perfect Isla Holbox. Tucked into the Yum Balam Biosphere Reserve on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, this beautiful island is slightly off the beaten path.
Snorkeling and Fishing tour to Cabo Catoche Go on a fascinating tour of Cape Catoche, located in Quintana Roo, which is the northernmost point on the Yucatán Peninsula, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. Cruise on a boat from the island of Holbox towards the cape, watching wild dolphins jump up from the sea. Stop for bottom fishing in a remote area and try your luck at snaring a few fresh ones – your catch will be the hero ingredient in the day’s ceviche. Fish to your heart’s content before proceeding nearer to shore to snorkel amongst soft corals and a variety of fascinating fish. Swim around leisurely observing harmless nurse sharks, octopus, lobsters, manta rays, sea turtles and starfishes. Back in the boat, move towards a virgin beach and anchor there for a refreshing ceviche lunch. Relax awhile on the white sands before you make your way through scenic mangroves back to the shore. (Please note that this includes water and soft drinks, fresh ceviche, fishing lines, and snorkeling equipment.)
Cancun, the quintessential spring break destination, sits on the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. The clear waters of the Caribbean Sea fringed by miles and miles of white, sandy beaches entice you to have some fun in the sun.
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