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15-Day Road Trip - South to North Mexico

Travel from the ruins of Chichén Itza, one of “New 7 Wonders of the World”, to vibrant and modern Mexico City!

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Duration
Duration
15 Days
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Max Group Size
14 Pax
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18 yrs
Languages
Languages
English / Spanish
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Meals
Breakfast
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Hostel
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FromUSD $2290
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Next available: 09/11/2019

What's Included

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) guide/tour leader
  • Visit 8 Mexican states 
  • Discover the diverse cuisine of each state
  • Get to know Mexico City - the largest city in Latin America 
  • Climb huge Pirámides del Sol y de la Luna (Pyramids of the Sun and Moon)
  • Have a swim and see the sunset in Hierve el Agua
  • Learn surfing in Salina Cruz 
  • Take a boat trip in awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon
  • See fascinating ancient rituals and beliefs blended with modern Christianity in San Juan de Chamula.
  • Admire the elegance and craftsmanship of the buildings, as well as the lightness of the sculpted reliefs with their Mayan mythological themes in Palenque.

WHERE WE VISIT

  • Mexico City 
  • Puebla (UNESCO)
  • Oaxaca (UNESCO)
  • Chiapa de Corzo
  • Salina Cruz
  • San Juan de Chamula
  • San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Campeche (UNESCO)
  • Valladolid
  • Playa del Carmen
  • National Anthropology Museum
  • Teotihuacán, Monte Alban
  • Palenque
  • Chichen Itza
  • Tulum
  • Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve
  • Hierve el Agua
  • Canyon Sumidero 
  • Agua Azul & Misol-Ha Waterfalls
  • Miguel Colorado Cenotes
  • Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve
  • Cenote Ik Kil

What's excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off (available for extra fee)
  • Insurance
  • Other activities, meals, entrance fees, personal expenses & tips

WHAT TO EXPECT

This 15-day tour of North and South Mexico is ideal for travellers who want to see the best of the country without having to plan every little detail themselves. This guided tour from Playa del Carmen will cover all your bases, from planning activities to getting you from place to place to securing accommodation in each spot you visit. This means more time for you to sit back, relax and enjoy all the natural and cultural wonders that Mexico has to offer. 

 

Discover Mexico's ancient ruins, mountainous architecture gems, exhilarating waterfalls and canyons, breathtaking coasts and modern cities. This tour will let you see and experience the best of Mexican nature, culture, and entertainment! From the ruins of Chichén Itza, one of "New 7 Wonders of the World", to vibrant Mexico City which carefully preserves its magic and cultural heritage, this adventure takes in all the natural, cultural, and historical highlights of 8 Mexican states.

 

Day 1: Playa del Carmen
 

Bienvenidos a Mexico! This country is home to a pleasant and warm climate, diverse landscapes, superb art and architecture, impressive pyramids, rich cultural heritage and traditions, unique UNESCO-listed cuisine, friendly people,  and, of course, millions of ways to have fun a great time!

 

Arrive at any time and go to our accommodation in Playa del Carmen – Cancun International Airport is just 50 km away and is frequently served by taxis and buses. An idyllic place in the heart of the Riviera Maya with fine white sand and blue-green waters, Playa del Carmen is a place where you will always find a hammock and an umbrella to sunbathe and rest. If you prefer action, you will find water activities such as windsurfing, jet skis, kayaking or diving in the impressive Mayan coral reef.

 

On Saturday evening, join a welcome meeting with your group and Tour Leader followed by optional dinner & get-together in one of the local restaurants.

 

  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Playa del Carmen
  • Activities Included:
    • Welcome meeting


Day 2: Playa del Carmen
 

Free day - Spend day 2 however you'd like. Relax on the beach sipping a refreshing cocktail, choose among numerous outdoor activities (scuba diving, snorkelling, sea kayaking, parasailing, ATV riding, etc.) or take a day trip to some of the local natural attractions or Mayan ruins, etc. In the evening, join for an optional dinner and get-together with the group.

 

  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Playa del Carmen

 

Day 3: Playa del Carmen – Tulum – Valladolid 

 

In the morning, go to explore Tulum – the only Mayan ruins located directly on the beach. You will enjoy learning the history behind this location as you will walk through different areas of the site. You can also walk down to the amazing beach and enjoy the white sand and turquoise water, see wild iguanas and beautiful tropical foliage throughout the site.

 

In the afternoon, arrive in Valladolid. Once known as the Sultana of the East, Yucatán’s third-largest city is known for its quiet streets and sun-splashed pastel walls. Check into your accommodation, take an orientation walk and enjoy free time to explore this beautiful town. Then, participate in an optional dinner and get-together with the group in the evening.

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Valladolid
  • Activities Included:  
    • Guided visit to Tulum, orientation walk in Valladolid

 

Day 4: Valladolid – Cenote Ik Kil – Chichen Itza – Celestun

 

In the morning, go to Ik Kil – arguably one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico that was considered sacred by the Mayans who performed here human sacrificing to their rain god. In order to reach the water, you have to climb down 26 meters. The water is 40 meters deep while its diameter is 60 meters. 


In the afternoon, continue Chichen Itza. The most famous and best restored of the Yucatán Maya sites, it is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Many mysteries of the Maya astronomical calendar are made clear when one understands the design of the ‘time temples’ here. 


In the evening, arrive at our accommodation in Celestun – a small fishing town near Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve. Check-in and enjoy an optional dinner and get-together with the group.

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Celestun
  • Activities Included:
    • Guided visit to Chichen Itza, entrance to Ik Kil cenote

 

Day 5: Celestun – Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve – Campeche

 

In the morning, take a flamingo-watching boat and visit a cenote in Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO). A gift of great beauty where you can observe the spectacular colony of pink flamingos together with a wide variety of bird species in their natural habitat, and an “eye of water” that characterizes this fishing port. 

 

Arrive at Campeche (UNESCO, check into your accommodation and enjoy some free time. Campeche is a historical fairyland, its walled city center a tight enclave of restored pastel buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, fortified ramparts, and well-preserved mansions. Added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites in 1999, the state capital lacks a ‘daily life’ ambience as few people actually live in the historic centre.

 

End the night with an optional dinner and get-together with the group in the evening.

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Campeche
  • Activities Included:
    • Entrance and boat tour in Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve (flamingo watching + visit to cenote)
    • Walking tour in Campeche

 

Day 6: Campeche – Miguel Colorado Cenotes – Palenque

 

In the morning, go to Miguel Colorado Cenotes – two large scenic limestone sinkholes with a spiffy new eco-centre and a private nature reserve. Eat an optional lunch and go kayaking, swimming or zip-lining over one of the cenotes. You can also hike along hilly, rocky trails to each cenote, keeping an eye out for spider and howler monkeys. In the afternoon, continue to Palenque (UNESCO). A prime example of a Mayan sanctuary of the classical period, the city was at its height between AD 500 and 700, when its influence extended throughout the basin of the Usumacinta River. Arrive at our accommodation near Palenque by evening. Check-in, eat an optional dinner and join for a get-together with the group in a nearby restaurant.

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Campeche
  • Activities Included:
    • Guided visit to Palenque and Miguel Colorado Cenotes (kayaking, swimming, zip-lining, monkey watching)

 

Day 7: Palenque – Agua Azul & Misol-Ha Waterfalls – San Juan de Chamula – San Cristobal de las Casas

 

In the morning, go to explore stunning waterfalls. See the cascading falls of Agua Azul and swim in a mineral-rich pool beneath 35-meter tall Misol-Ha. In the afternoon, visit San Juan de Chamula, the centre of independent Tzotzil ethnic group famous for their unique religious practices. In the evening, arrive at San Cristobal de las Casas. Check-in, take a walking tour, and enjoy an optional dinner and get-together with the group. 

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Activities Included:
    • Walking tours in San Juan de Chamula & San Cristóbal de las Casas
    • Visits to Agua Azul & Misol-Ha waterfalls

 

Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas – Canyon Sumidero – Chiapa de Corzo
 

In the morning, visit breathtaking observation points and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon by boat to enjoy the sight of impressive waterfalls, enter mystical caves and see the cliff where Chiapanec Warriors committed suicide instead of being forced to surrender to the Spanish Conquistadores.  


Once finished, go to Chiapa de Corzo – one of the most beautiful towns in Chiapas, well known for the Grijalva River, warm people and colourful Renaissance architecture. Check into your accommodation, take a walking tour in the historic centre and end the night with an optional dinner and get-together with the group.

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Chiapa de Corzo
  • Activities Included:
    • Visit to observation points and boat tour on Sumidero Canyon
    • Walking tour in Chiapa de Corzo

 

Day 9: Chiapa de Corzo – Salina Cruz
 

In the morning after breakfast, head to Salina Cruz – surfing centre of the region. Check-in at one of the local surf camps and enjoy the sea! Finish the day with an optional dinner and get-together with the group in the evening.

 

  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Salina Cruz

 

Day 10: Salina Cruz – Hierve el Agua

 

Enjoy the sea and sun in the morning before going to Hierve el Agua. The place of 5-star Instagram photos, Hierve El Agua consists of a series of spectacularly sited mineral springs and is a good place to end a trip to the Valle de Tlacolula when the sun starts to dip. Spend the night relaxing at your accommodation in nearby hotel/guesthouse and participating in an optional dinner and get-together with the group.

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house near Hierve el Agua
  • Activities Included:
    • Guided visit to Hierve el Agua

 

Day 11: Hierve el Agua – Monte Alban – Oaxaca

 

In the morning after breakfast, go to Monte Alban (UNESCO). The former capital of the Zapotec people is today an illustrious ruin, but for over a thousand years it served as the second-largest ceremonial site in Mesoamerica, after Teotihuacán. 

 

In the afternoon, move to Oaxaca (UNESCO). A cultural colossus fit to rival anywhere in Latin America for history, gastronomy and colorful manifestations of indigenous culture, Oaxaca is a complex but intensely attractive city whose majestic churches and refined plazas have deservedly earned it a UNESCO World Heritage badge. Check into your accommodation, take a walking tour, and enjoy an optional dinner & get-together with the group.

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Oaxaca
  • Activities Included:
    • Guided visit to Monte Alban
    • Walking tour in Oaxaca

 

Day 12: Oaxaca – Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve – Puebla

 

After breakfast, go to Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO) located in a complex system of mountain ranges and valleys generating great biodiversity and different ecosystems. The region has played an important role in the development of agriculture in Mesoamerica. Visit an indescribable cactus forest with other very old xerophytes, see outcrops of fossils and footprints of dinosaurs, plus much more.


In the afternoon, head to Puebla (UNESCO). Once a bastion of conservatism, Catholicism and tradition, the city has come out of its colonial-era shell. Puebla retains a fantastically well-preserved centre, a stunning cathedral and a wealth of beautiful churches, while younger poblanos (people from Puebla) are embracing the city’s increasingly thriving art and nightlife scenes. Check into your accommodation, take a walking tour, and end the night with an optional dinner and get-together with the group.

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located hotel/B&B/guest house in Valladolid
  • Activities Included:
    • Guided visit to Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve
    • Walking tour in Puebla

 

Day 13: Puebla – Cholula – Teotihuacán  – Mexico City 

 

In the morning, go to nearby Cholula – the oldest city in America inhabited without interruption since its origins that rise up next to the Popocatepetl volcano. Once there, visit the former Franciscan convent of San Gabriel, one of the oldest in America and the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, built in the sixteenth century by the Spanish and made of domes covered with tiles. It was placed right over the Great Pyramid, the foundation that appears to be a hill rather than an archaeological site. In the afternoon, go to Teotihuacán (UNESCO) – a fabulous archaeological zone that was Mexico’s biggest ancient city and the capital of what was probably the country’s largest pre-Hispanic empire. In the evening, arrive in Mexico City. Check into your accommodation, followed by an optional dinner and get-together with the group.

 

  • Transportation:
    • Private vehicle/mini-coach
  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Mexico City
  • Activities Included: 
    • Guided visits to Teotihuacán & the Great Pyramid of Cholula; walking tour in Cholula

 

Day 14: Mexico City

 

Join your group for a walking tour around the historic centre in the morning. You will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, Zocalo, National Palace and Museum of Anthropology. Then enjoy some free time where you can choose by yourself what to do next in this culturally diverse city. Your trip leader will be happy to give suggestions if needed. Finish the day with an optional farewell dinner and get-together with the group in the evening.

 

  • Accommodation:
    • Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Mexico City
  • Activities Included:
    • Walking tour in Mexico City
    • Guided visit to the Museum of Anthropology

 

Day 15: Mexico City


The last day of the tour is a completely free day. If you decide to extend your vacations, we can always book you extra nights, or even take you on our next adventure.

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  • No airport pickup is included in this tour, so you will need to reach our accommodation independently by public transport or taxi. If you need any advice or help with organizing your transfer (we can book it for you for an extra fee) please let us know.
  • The exact address and name of the accommodation will be shared with you after your booking is confirmed. You will meet your group and tour leader at your accommodation on Day 1 during a welcome meeting.
  • If you choose a Double/Triple/Quad room option, please let us know your preferable bed allocation (separate single beds vs. king-size beds) when booking and we will do our best to satisfy your request.


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  • Cancellation of the Tour is associated with fees that depend on the number of days remaining from cancellation of the contractual relationship to the beginning of the Tour:
    • 60 days and more before the start of the Tour: 0% of the remainder of payment;
    • 30-59 days before the start of the Tour: 25% of the remainder of the payment;
    • 15-29 days before the start  of the Tour: 50% of the remainder of the payment;
    • less than 15 days before the start of the Tour, including the case when the Customer is absent on the Tour without prior notice to the Company: 100% of the remainder of the payment.
    • In cases of First and Second of this point, the Customer has a right to change the dates of his/her travel without cancellation fees by choosing the future date of departure for the same Tour or another Tour with the same or lower price. This right can be applied only once per each booking.
    • The Customer does not pay cancellation fees if he/she arranges a substitute participant for a Tour. Notification of a change in the name of the customer must be made no later than 15 days before the start of the Tour unless the Company and the existing Customer agrees otherwise. The notice must be in writing and must include a statement from a substitute participant that he/she agrees with the booked travel agreement. The original Customer and substitute participant is jointly and severally responsible for paying the remainder of the price of the Tour.
  • Cancellation fees of all extra services booked with the Company (airport transfers, pre, and post-night accommodations, single room surcharge and additional activities):
    • 31 days or more before the beginning of the Tour: free cancellation.
    • 30 days or less before the beginning of the Tour: 100% of the price of extra services.


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