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MEXICO CITY TO PLAYA DEL CARMEN

15 days from MEXICO CITY

DEPARTS MEXICO CITY to PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

Jan-Dec from £690

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

If you require further information please fill in the Query form below, also detailing the dates you would like to depart.

 

You will meet your tour leader and group at 1800 hrs in the hotel lobby on day 1. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.

 

Day 1-2: Mexico City & Teotihuacan An incredible mix of old and new awaits in Mexico City and as you find out more about your travelling companions and tour leader at your late afternoon welcome meeting your pulse will already be starting to race just that little bit faster. Over the next couple of days you'll have the chance to acclimatise on a guided tour of both the city and the surrounding area with a whole host of archaeological, cultural and exciting options ensuring you really get to hit the Aztec trail at full pace. There's so much to do in Mexico City that it may take you a while to stop your head from spinning however, once you get your bearings it's time to have fun. Having the option to watch a football match, explore anthropology museums or find out more about the ruins of Teotihuacan all present a wide array of choices. So, best advice is to research, ask your guide and then hit the ground running. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 3-4: Puebla Wave adios to the ancient pyramids and urban excitement of Mexico City as you head further south to the colonial streets and handicraft markets of Puebla. Get ready for plenty of haggling as well as having the chance to hike up a volcano or make the delicious local sauce, mole poblano. Cookery lessons are a great way to learn a bit of the lingo and take home a couple of recipes to attempt to replicate back home. Although sauces like cholula can be a bit fiery to the uninitiated you may be surprised by how your tolerance levels rise by the end of the tour - little by little is often the key! Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 5-7: Oaxaca & overnight bus to San Cristobal Take an afternoon bus to Oaxaca where you'll be met by a mix of native and colonial buildings including the legendary UNESCO site of Monte Alban. This is an exceptional site and an absolute cultural experience to savour no matter what you're into. Monte Alban is literally carved from the rock-face and features: terraces, canals, pyramids and ceremonial alters that pay testament to the ingenuity of the pre-Columbian inhabitants of Oaxaca. Day 7 you are free to enjoy your last impressions of Oaxaca before boarding your overnight bus to San Cristobal de las Casas. Accommodation: Hotel included + overnight bus transfer

 

Day 8-9: San Cristobal de las Casas The effects of Spanish colonialism are littered throughout Mexico, and nowhere is this more evident than the cobbled streets of San Cristobal de las Casas. A bike or horse ride will take you out of the city to discover what life was like before the arrival of the early European explorers. Optional village tours are a great way to explore the local area and renting a bike will allow you to travel at your leisure and experience life at your own pace. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 10-11: Palenque & overnight bus to Merida Wind your way through the jungle to the ancient city of Palenque where you'll find one of the finest collections of Mayan architecture and carvings in existence. This is where things go slightly Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft and as you walk under waterfalls and swim in limestone pools you'll definitely be forgiven for having a little smile to yourself. This is truly an outdoor adventurers' dream and if you're looking for the chance to camp out within the realm of jungle-hidden waterfalls and ancient ruined temples then this is where you have the option to do just that. Boat trips, jungle treks and bike hire are all excellent means of getting closer to the very essence of natural Mexico and if you fancy undertaking a volcano climb then get ready for an experience to remember for the rest of your life. On the evening of day 11 you board your overnight bus to Merida. Accommodation: Hotel included + overnight bus transfer

 

Day 12-13: Merida Leave the jungles behind as you explore the museums, galleries and cathedrals of Merida, the capital city of Yucatan. This is a great chance to collect your thoughts amongst the markets and mansions of this cultural hub and if you're still hankering for more Mayan ruins then the site of Uxmal is easily within reach. Cultural activities of a different nature can be found in Merida every Sunday and if you fancy slipping on your dancing shoes then you won't be disappointed. Salsa and Merengue are the order of the day to finish off the weekend and as some of the streets close and turn into dance floors you may not be able to stop yourself from joining in - Brucey eat your heart out! For some more spectacular sites of a feathered variety then you'll find optional nature tours to be just to your liking with the pink flamingos of Celestun Bird Sanctuary always proving to be one of many colourful highlights. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 14-15: Chichen Itza & Playa del Carmen Chichen Itza is just one of those 'must see' Mayan moments and after you've had your fill of pyramids, inscriptions and gigantic stone staircases then it's time to let your hair down and celebrate in Playa del Carmen. Also, if you fancy letting off a bit of steam at the end of your travels then a trip to Xel-Ha Water Park is pretty much up there with the best of them and with a massive aquarium and the chance to swim with dolphins it may be slightly more peaceful than you may have first envisaged. Although close to Cancun, Playa isn't as full-on and if you're hoping for a spot of snorkelling, reef diving or simply watching the sunset with a tropical cocktail or two then why not - you deserve it. Accommodation: 1 night hotel included

Activities

Visit Mexico

Toe-tap to a mariachi band in Mexico City

Embrace a kaleidoscope of colour at a Mexican market

Walk amongst waterfalls and clear limestone pools

Explore the cathedrals of the capital city, Merida

Escape the Mexican heat in San Cristobal de las Casas

Bask on Playa del Carmen's white sand beaches

Sparkling Caribbean Sea and sprawling jungles

 

Plus you get...

Services of a professional bilingual tour leader

All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)

All accommodation - 12 twin share hotel nights & 2 sleeper coaches.

Maximum group size of 16

Various optional activities are available with a selection of the most popular listed below. All activities are arranged and paid locally with your tour leader. Please see the day by day itinerary for a full list of activities available each day.

> Sumidero Canyon boat tour, San Cristobal de las Casa US$25

> Local villages tour, San Cristobal de las Casas US$12

> Mexico City Soccer Match US$15

> Teotihuacan Ruins visit US$50

> Musems of Anthropology, Mexico City US$10

> Cholula Visit, Puebla US$6

> Monte Alban Ruins, Oaxaca US$10

> Lagunas de Montebello, San Cristobal de las CasasUS$30

> Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls, Palenque US$6

> Volcano climb, Palenque US$25

> Palenque ruins entrance fee US$9

> Bonampak Ruins, Palenque US$20

> Guided Jungle hike, Palenque US$15

> Boat trip to Santiago de Atitlan & San Pedro, Palenque US$14

> Uxmal Ruins tour, Merida US$40

> Merida City tour US$10

> Cenotes Tour, Merida - $US30

> Flamingos tour, Merida $US20

> Chichen Itza ruins US$9

> Cenote Ikil, Playa del Carmen US$5

> Dos Ojos Cenote snorkelling tour, Playa del Carmen US$35

> Ferry to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen US$25

You only need to pay a £150 deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

You will need adequate travel insurance to join this trip.

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