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Mayas, Ruins & Beaches
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TBC 2020 - TBC 2020


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*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
*This tour departs with a min of 8 guests & max of 12 guests.
*Daily activities will be subject to factors such as weather and other events beyond control.

*International Flights are not included in the Land Only cost. This itinerary works well with Air NZ/Air Mexico via the United States, or LAN CHILE via Santiago, Chile.
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Mayas, Ruins & Beaches

MAYAS, RUINS & BEACHES

 

Mexico is captivating, cultural, sophisticated and enthralling. It is overflowing with history, breath taking countryside, colonial cities, UNESCO sites, festivals & customs and intriguing cuisine. 

This fabulous tour begins in bustling Mexico City where we soak up the Historic Centre, Museums, artists quarters and discover the imposing Teotihuacan archaeological site. Driving along the Sierra Madre we arrive in gorgeous Oaxaca. We discover the outlying markets, eat regional gourmet delights and visit a mescal distillery. We visit the UNESCO Campeche old city and explore the Mayan ruins and other natural wonders of the Yucatan. From Merida we visit magnificent Chichen Itza.

We will spend incredible nights in Haciendas in Campeche and Yucatán. Each hacienda is at the very heart of a Maya community, preserving ancient customs and traditions. With our hacienda as a base, we will dive into the contemporary Maya world along quaint streets, in artisanal workshops or just by chatting with the people who work in the haciendas themselves. 

You will delve into Ancient Maya art & architecture, Yucatán small town life and the historical splendors of life on the hacienda. And there will be plenty of time for pure relaxation such as Maya-style massage, visiting with a traditional Maya medicine man to learn how ancient herbal remedies form part of modern medicine in the Yucatán and meeting local artisans in their workshops to learn firsthand about their magnificent artworks and handicrafts.

Join me, and a team of exceptionally knowledgeable guides, for an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the glorious wonders of Mexico.

Tour Overview
Duration
17 Days - TBC 2020
Start Point
Mexico City
Finish Point
Merida
Tour Style
Escorted Tour
Accommodation
Boutique Hotels
Meals
As per itinerary
Transport
Private Transfers, Boat, Domestic Flight
Max Group Size
Min 8, Max 12 Guests
Tour Inclusions
  • 4 nights Zocolo Central Hotel, Mexico City
  • 2 nights Hotel Azul, Oaxaca
  • 3 nights Hotel Bo, San Cristobal
  • 2 nights Hotel Quinta Chanabal, Palenque
  • 1 night Hacienda Puerta Campeche
  • 2 nights Rosas & Xocolate, Merida
  • 3 nights Ana y Jose, Tulum - extension
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Other meals as per itinerary 
  • City tours of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Campeche & Merida
  • Xochimilico Floating Gardens
  • Culinary excursion & Cooking Class at Xochimilico
  • Casa Azul - Frida Kahlo's house
  • Teotihuacan
  • Artists Route, Oaxaca
  • Indian villages tour, San Cristobal
  • Agua Azul
  • Palenque ruins
  • Uxmal - one of the most complex sites in the Yucatan - & Kabah
  • Tequila and Mezcal tasting
  • Chichén Itzá - the most magnificent of all Mayan cities
  • Entrance fees to all Museums as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Mai Journeys Host
  • English Speaking Guide(s) on all excursions
  • Private Transportation with Chauffer
  • Bottled water & snacks during transfers
  • All excursions as per itinerary
Tour Highlights
  • Vibrant Mexico City
  • The incredible Aztec city of Teotihuacan
  • Market Tour & Cooking Class 
  • Xochimilco - floating gardens
  • La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's house in Coyoacan
  • UNESCO Heritage Oaxaca City
  • Mescal Distillery visit
  • The traditional Indian communites of San Cristobal
  • UNESCO Heritage Campeche
  • Meeting Mayan women Artisans
  • The Puuc-style architecture of Uxmal
  • Merida, the 'Paris of the New World'
  • Chichen Itza - the most celebrated archaeological site
  • Swimming in a cenote
  • White sands & azure waters of Tulum
  • Magnificent accommodations in restored haciendas & private villas
  • Yucatec food & famed local restaurants
  • Private luncheons / picnics
  • Tequila & Wine Tasting

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrive Mexico City
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Arrival to Mexico City. Bienvenido a México!
Built on the site of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire, Mexico City is vast, chaotic and vibrant; a sprawling megalopolis of more than 20 million people and a multitude of attractions.

Your journey begins with a warm welcome at the airport. You will be met by our driver outside of customs (international flights) and transferred to our gorgeous hotel where you can get settled in. 

Rest and relax after a long flight. 

This evening we will meet at the Balcon bar for a Welcome Cocktail, and then a Welcome Dinner. This is a great chance for the group to get to know each other and chat about ourupcoming adventure. 

Overnight Zocolo Central Hotel. (Welcome Drink & Dinner)

Day 2 - Mexico City
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Today we will explore magnificent Mexico City.

We will visit the Zocalo, flanked by Mexico’s most important and buildings including: The National Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, the Temple Mayor Aztec Archaeological Site, the Palace of Fine Arts (Bellas Artes), and more depending on time and interest. 

The great square, called the Zocalo, evokes the place of homage and was the heart and ceremonial nucleus of Mexico-Tenochtitlan.

Taqueria Lunch in the City. (to own account)

We then continue on to the world renowned National Anthropology Museum where our expert guide will explain the myriad of exhibits, giving special attention on the Aztec and Maya rooms.

Late afternoon we return to our hotel for relaxation. Your evening is free. 

Overnight Zocolo Central Hotel. (B)

Day 3 - Xochimilco, Cooking Class, Coyoacan
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This morning we'll head to Xochimilco. Xochimilco, the floating gardens, were once connected to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) by a causeway, and are where the Aztecs grew much of their food.

Here we have our first cooking experience. Stroll through the colourful local market for some fresh ingredients and cook in the private kitchen of a local Xochimilco lady. Enjoy lunch from your own creation whilst taking a short ride in a traditional Trajinera boat through the canals of Xochimilco that once connected many settlements of the Valley of Mexico. Our driver moves the boat along by pulling a pole through the water and we can relax under the shade of your boat's roof as you gaze at other vibrantly painted vessels carrying passengers and goods and even enjoy some local entertainment as local mariachis. We’ll be navigating the tree-lined canals on board a traditional 'trajinera', a flower-decked wooden punt, and will discover a little of how Aztec life was before the conquest. Xochimilco forms part of a cultural World Heritage site but on a national level it is also a protected natural area. 

The afternoon continues with a visit to the fringes of the city and its most prestigious artist quarter. Coyoacan is a picturesque neighbourhood with Spanish-era mansions, cobblestone streets and plazas. This neighbourhood still has its own identity, with narrow streets, plazas, cafés and a lively arty atmosphere. Here we will visit La Casa Azul, the house where Frida Kahlo was born and where she spent her later years up until her death in 1954. As you make your way through the house her presence can be felt through her art and artefacts which played a prominent part in her life, including her wheelchair which sits at the foot of her paint-strewn easel. The house is a treasure trove, not only of her paintings, but also of innumerable artefacts associated with her and her husband, famous muralist Diego Rivera.

While in Coyoacan, we may (*time permitting) also visit the MUAC or the home of Leon Trotsky. Thanks to Frida Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, this Bolshevik revolutionary was granted political asylum in Mexico City. 

Later in the afternoon, we return to our hotel. Evening is free to relax.

Overnight Zocolo Central Hotel. (B)

Day 4 - Teotihuacan
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Few cities in the world have been considered worthy of being inhabited by Gods. Teotihuacan is such a city. Teotihuacan dates from the time of Christ and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It is hugely influential in the historic narrative of modern Mexico and, and although it had already been abandoned by the time of the Aztecs, even this great empire held it in awe. Soak up the history as you stroll along the Avenue of the Dead, leading to the Pyramid of the Sun, and take the opportunity to climb its ancient steps for a panorama of the ruins and the surrounding countryside. 

Lunch will be in the traditional Monte Christo restaurant en-route back to Mexico City. 

We return to Mexico City and visit the Basilica de Guadalupe, Latin America's most revered religious shrine, where the Virgin of Guadalupe is said to have appeared before an Indian named Juan Diego in 1531, and an image of her was miraculously emblazoned on his cloak. We should have time to explore the New Basilica de Guadalupe (the Old Basilica, built in 1700, is slowly sinking) and to see Juan Diego's cloak. 

Overnight Zocolo Central Hotel. (B / L)

Day 5 - Oaxaca
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After breakfast this morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Oaxaca (pronounced ‘wa-ha-ca’). 

Oaxaca is renowned for its cuisine and vibrant art scene. It's also an excellent place to browse for traditional Mexican handicrafts, as descendants of the Zapotec and Mixtec Indians sell an array of bright woven blankets and shawls here.

The population in this area is still dominated by people of Zapotec and Mixtec descent, and the town has many examples of well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture.

On arrival at Oaxaca airport, we are met by our Driver and transferred to our hotel. After checking in, we explore the historic centre – yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site – on foot with our guide and soak up the unique flavours of Oaxaca.

Rich in history and culture, Oaxaca is a fascinating city where ancient civilizations, colonial architecture and traditions are still very much alive. Founded in 1529 as New Spain city, this land was already inhabited by Zapotec civilizations. We visit the Cathedral, the magnificent Santo Domingo church and Gold museum. 

Overnight Hotel Azul (B)

Day 6 - Oaxaca
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Today we tour the outlying market villages surrounding Oaxaca, famous for everything from wood figurines to shiny black pottery, and meet the talented artisans who create these pieces. Fanciful woodcarvings, colourful weavings, and pottery. We will visit several artisans' homes and workshops to see how the pieces are created and learn about the people who make them. 

Lunch is a real treat today: a rustic local lunch with a family is included and at the end the day we visit of a local Agave farm where we learn all about Mezcal production, produced only in Mexico and mostly in Oaxaca.

In the afternoon we return to Oaxaca city.

Overnight Hotel Azul (B / L)

Day 7 - San Cristobal de las Casas
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This morning you can have a last wander through the markets; past stalls of everything from cactus fruit to grasshoppers, Oaxacan chocolate, and then heavenly Oaxacan cheese - queso oaxaca. And perhaps continue with a quick visit of Calle de los Dulces, or 'Sweets Street', to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Our driver will then transfer us to the airport for our flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez, before being transferred to San Cristobal. 

On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel.

Overnight Casa del Alma (B)

Day 8 - San Cristobal de las Casas
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Today we explore the colonial city centre of San Cristobal de las Casas. We visit the cathedral - with its lavish interior and gold-encrusted pulpit, then walk a few blocks to the impressive 16th century Dominican church, with its intricate pink façade and gilded Baroque interior.

We can then browse the handicrafts where Tzotzil Indians from the surrounding hills come to trade before we drive into the Chiapas highlands, to the Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. In San Juan Chamula, we visit the Church of San Juan Bautista that has simple, but incredibly beautiful ornamentation on the outer façade. We will see the artistic beauty of the church on the inside, with Catholic saints dressed according to indigenous traditional customs. Some of them are adorned with mirrors and multicolour ribbons, as a notorious sample of the religious mix between the Mayan-Tzotzil roots and Catholicism. (Picture taking is not allowed inside this church, which is why you won't be able to find any published image of the inside of this extraordinary religious centre.) The candles, incense and chanting worshippers make a powerful impression.

We then drive to the nearby village of Zinacantan, with its pretty church and handicraft market.

These villages serve as marketplaces and religious ceremonial centres for the indigenous people who live in the surrounding hills. The local people have retained their traditional way of life and are often seen dressed in their own distinctive colourful costumes. We will certainly learn more about the culture and history of these mainly Mayan communities.

This afternoon we return to San Cristobal. 

Overnight Casa del Alma (B)

Day 9 - San Cristobal de las Casas
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Today you are free to explore San Cristobal at your own pace. 

Overnight Casa del Alma (B)

Day 10 - Palenque via Agua Azul
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Today is a long travel day as we depart San Cristobal de Las Casas and travel north to Palenque. We will navigate the Southern Sierra Madre by descending from alpine forests into the steamy lowland jungles of Palenque. Along the way, we will visit the famous Agua Azul waterfalls, which are approximately forty-five minutes away from Palenque. We may have a chance to take a break from the heat with a swim in the stunning, naturally formed pools at the waterfalls before we reach Palenque in the early evening and check in to our hotel. 

 

Situated in hot jungle, Palenque is the jump-off point to the nearby Maya ruins of the same name – which we will visit tomorrow.

Overnight Hotel La Aldea del Halach Huinic (B)

Day 11 - Palenque
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This morning we will visit the archaeological site of Palenque, a World Heritage Site, located 7km outside of the town of Palenque overlooking the swampy plains that stretch northward all the way to the Gulf coast. Palenque flourished between AD600 and 800, when its influence extended throughout the basin of the Usumacinta River. The site, surrounded by rainforest where toucans and howler monkeys live, is made up of some five hundred buildings spread over 15 sq km, of which only a few have been excavated. Archaeologists have been hard at work uncovering the secrets of this ancient city, but around 90% of the site remains un-excavated and concealed in the forest. We will explore the magnificent ruins, including the Temple of the Inscriptions the tallest and stateliest of Palenque's buildings, the Temple of the Sun crowned with a prominent roof comb, The Palace with its maze of corridors and rooms, and many other beautiful buildings 

Overnight Hotel La Aldea del Halach Huinic (B)

Day 12 - Palenque to Campeche via Isla Aguada
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After breakfast, we will be picked up at our hotel and transferred to Campeche. On the way, we will stop at the Natural Reserve of Laguna de Terminos and as we reach the smalling fishing village of Isla Aguada, enjoy a 1.5 hour boat cruise through the lagoon. Keep an eye out for dolphins and manatees! Stop at an Island in the Lagoon and see the local flora and fauna. 

Continue to Campeche. Also the capital of the state of Campeche, the city of Campeche itself boasts many restored buildings and colonial structures that helped it to become a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

In the late afternoon, we will explore. For centuries Campeche was one of Mexico’s most important ports and a frequent target of pirates, necessitating its justly famous city walls, parts of which still stand. Today a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is home to museums, magnificent churches and colourful colonial architecture, plus dozens of other hidden corners that few but our Guide knows. 

One of the greatest pleasures to be had in Campeche, comes from simply wandering the old fishing docks and peaceful malecón in the early evening light. The city comes alive in the evening, so we will make the most of it’s ethereal lighting with a short moonlight walk.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Campeche. (B)

Day 13 - Merida
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After breakfast we are picked up from our hotel and driven into the so called Puuc Region, which means “hilly landscape” in the Mayan language. Here we will find Uxmal and Kabah, two very interesting archaeological sites (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage). The Puuc culture exhibited a highly decorative expression in their architecture, and at Uxmal, besides the Pyramid of the Dwarf, we will see the Nun's Quadrangle and the Governor's Palace, among others, where beautiful stone relief masks and ceremonial patterns cover the façades. In Kabah, we will be led over an ancient Maya White Path “Sac-Beh”, to discover the kind of explosion in decor and stone art in the façade of Codz Pop temple full of amazing masks and patterns. 

A traditional Yucatecan lunch is served at Hacienda Ochil.

In the late afternoon we are transferred to our hotel in Merida and enjoy the evening at leisure. 

Overnight Hotel Casa Lucia (B / L)

Day 14 - Merida
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Today we'll enjoy a Guided visit to Merida's market, the heart of the city. Then, we will hit the neighbouring shops full of linen clothes, handbags made of sisal fiber, Guayaberas, Huipiles, woodwork, hammocks, a tiles factory and of course, a chocolate boutique to die for. 

Lunch is included at the famous Yucatecan restaurant La Chaya Maya.

This afternoon we can enjoy Merida's free entertainment including live bands and dancing. 

Overnight Hotel Casa Lucia (B / L)

Day 15 - Chichen Itza to Tulum
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Today will be a highlight of our journey; exploring the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, possibly the most famous Maya site in Mexico. The UNESCO site is located 120km east of Merida. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza was originally built by the Maya, later conquered by Itzás, and Toltecs, and ultimately defeated by princes of Mayapán. We will explore the magnificent ruins set in a dense jungle, including El Castillo (the Pyramid of Kukulcan), its height and striking geometric design the most prominent of this site. We will see the Great Ball Court , the largest and most impressive in Mesoamerica and the Sacred Cenote, a natural well used for human sacrifice. 

We'll also see many other beautiful temples. 

From Chichen Itza we'll continue for 30 minutes to the Hacienda Selva Maya for a buffet lunch and a swim in a Cenote. You will also visit the Mayapan Distillery where you will learn about the traditional way of Tequila production and of course taste the Mexican national beverage. 

From here we'll head to the white sandy beaches of Tulum.

Overnight Ana y Jose Hotel and Spa. (B / L) 

Day 16 - Tulum
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Today we will be taken on a visit of the famous ruins of Tulum. The Tulum archaeological site is the only walled city in the Mayan empire and the only one located by the edge of the Caribbean. The major building is the castle, a handsome pyramid perched on the edge of a cliff high above the pearl-white beached below.

We are then taken to the Gran Cenote for a swim before returning back to our hotel.

Overnight Ana y Jose Hotel and Spa. (B) 

Day 17 - Tulum
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Today is at your leisure to enjoy the magnificent beaches and crystal clear waters of the Riviera Maya. Apart from its excellent beaches Tulum possesses some impressive cenotes (underwater sinkholes) which offer fantastic snorkelling opportunities and you should also consider a side trip to its breathtaking Mayan ruins. 

Overnight Ana y Jose Hotel and Spa. (B) 

Day 18 - Departure
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Today you depart. 
You are transferred back to Cancun for your international departure flight, or your onward flight to Cuba or eslewhere in Latin America. (B)

About this tour

Mayan Ruins:  Housing some of the most finely restored ruins in world, the Yucatán Peninsula contains ruins still covered in dense jungle, waiting to reveal new hidden mysteries. Those unearthed offer a glimpse into the ancient Maya world as you walk in the footsteps of civilizations past.

Haciendas: The haciendas were the landed estates of Mexico. Each one was a rural, autonomous social unit with its own history and myths. Haciendas usually concentrated on one particular agricultural product, depending on the region: mescal in Zacatecas, sugar in Morelos, sisal in Yucatan, pulque (the alcoholic beverage produced from the agave plant which, when further distilled, becomes mescal) in hidalgo, and cattle in Querétaro. Around the haciendas, and administered by them, were smaller ranches which supplied grain and other seasonal crops. By the eighteenth century a typical hacienda was an elaborate institution. In addition to the main house and its guest quarters there were stables, a general store, a chapel, a school, equipment stores, servants' quarters, granaries, corrals and a forge. Clothing was produced at the hacienda from cloth woven on the premises. Haciendas today are often still owned by descendants of the older hacendados. Others have been bought since the Revolution by Mexicans from the city wishing to have a place in the country, and some have become hotels.

Gran Hotel de la Ciudad Mexico: Gran Hotel Ciudad de México pays homage to an era when travel was glamourous and service was impeccable. Originally constructed in 1899, it was home to one of the first department stores in Mexico City, designed in the lavish Art Nouveau style then popular in fashionable Paris. To this day, the interior of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México has been lovingly maintained, from the grand stairway to the caged elevators and incredible stained glass ceiling. Located on the famed Zócalo Plaza, Gran Hotel Ciudad de México is the ideal location to explore the rich cultural and historical historic center of Mexico City. With stunning architecture, beautifully appointed rooms and all the services and amenities expected from a luxury hotel, Gran Hotel Ciudad de México is the ideal location for enjoying all that Mexico City has to offer.

La Purificada, Puebla: Located in the historic center of Puebla, La Purificadora is the new incarnation of a late 19th-century factory long used to purify water. The tradition of purity is still the guiding leitmotif at this minimalist yet modern and edgy hotel. The retention of many of the building's original elements, including crumbling walls and stone aqueducts, lends La Purificadora an air of authenticity, while modern juxtapositions like a glass-walled swimming pool and sleek purple lounge chairs create a clean, sophisticated ambience. The resulting mix of new and old is truly stunning. Most of the hotel's 26 guest rooms offer spectacular views of the hotel gardens and the city center beyond, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hacienda Puerta Campeche, Campeche: A converted row of 17th-century houses, Hacienda Puerta Campeche is an architectural marvel. The hotel boasts an indoor/outdoor pool twisting maze-like through its gorgeously renovated rooms. Open the antique mahogany door of Hacienda Puerta Campeche and step into a rustic, vibrant world that bursts with color and character. This fully restored 17th-century property features traditional Mayan-tiled floors, 18-foot ceilings with exposed beams and rafters, and an unbelievable pool that winds through the property like a snake. The 15 rooms are large and spacious and offer all the modern comforts you'd expect from a five-star hotel. Be sure to pay a visit to the rooftop sundeck, where you can stretch out on a daybed under a lofty umbrella and enjoy sweeping views of historic Campeche and the walled fortress directly across the street. When you feel like a break from the sun, take a dip in the pool or curl up in a traditional hammock slung in one of the pool's cozy alcoves. Take a stroll through the lush gardens set within dramatic 17th century stone walls. Then once the sun has set, enjoy the fine cuisine offered in the romantic rooftop setting of La Guardia Restaurant.

Hacienda Santa Rosa: The delightful Hacienda Santa Rosa is located in the heart of the Maya archaeological zone, 70km south west of Mérida. Dating back to the 18th century, it was formerly a grand nobleman’s estate. More recently, it’s been beautifully restored and embellished with modern touches to combine the best of 5-star hotel luxury with the timeless grace of a historic hacienda. Much of the original structure has been retained: the arched veranda, high-beamed ceilings, enormous wooden doors and cool floor tiles. Antique furnishings and walls coated in hues of deep red, sky blue and ochre add to the hotel's character.  The 11 spacious rooms and suites have an air of luxury and exclusivity. All are converted from the original buildings and are set on the ground floor, with leafy garden views. The décor is understated 19th-century colonial style with antique iron bedsteads and crisp hand-embroidered bed linen (decorated daily with fresh tropical flowers). There are plenty of modern conveniences, including air conditioning, phones, minibars and hairdryers. 

Rosas & Xocolate, Merida: Located in Mérida, Rosas & Xocolate was named after the popular lovers' gifts: roses & chocolate. It is a Mayan-inspired mansion with a chocolate shop, mini perfumery and tequila bar. Fresh-cut roses are placed liberally throughout the 17 rooms and suites, in addition to chocolate-based spa treatments and sweet-smelling amenities lovingly engineered by master chocolatier Mathieu Brees. The hotel's stylish use of local materials such as hand-fabricated cement tiles and chucum stucco allows you to fully experience Yucatán's old-world charm together with the city's contemporary spirit. Throughout its 17 rooms, Rosas & Xocolate perfectly melds the rustic elegance of an historical baron's mansion with modern accoutrements. Each of the individually designed rooms boasts an open-air bathtub. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Bose stereos, and espresso machines. 

Casa de Los Artistas: Casa de los Artistas (the “Artists’ House”) stands just one block from the cathedral in the center of Izamal. A modest entrance disguises a splendid dwelling that combines traditional colonial architectural with modern touches, creating a unique setting where each room displays its own special character. The Casa de los Artistas includes a living room, dining room, study, and a fully-equipped kitchen. All six air-conditioned bedrooms (four in the original building and two in a modern addition) have private baths. The Casa de los Artistas offers delightful spaces for relaxing, from the lily pond in the center of the house to the swimming pool in the rear courtyard, the garden terrace, and the rooftop lounge (an ideal perch for a night of stargazing).

Practicalities

Money Matters:  Tipping is expected in most parts of Mexico. Service workers typically earn a low wage and rely on tips to earn a decent living. Add 10-15% to restaurant bills (if service charge is not already included), and leave a few dollars or pesos for housekeepers, porters, bartenders and guides. Major credit cards are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas.  ATMs are common in larger cities and tourist centres. ATMs are less common in rural areas and smaller towns, so you're advised to prepare for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city. Whilst travelling in Mexico, the US dollar is the only widely accepted currency and the easiest to exchange into local currency. 

Visas:  British, other EU, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and US passport holders travelling to Mexico do not require a visa for stays up to 180 day, but do need a Blue Tourist Card which can be obtained on completion of an immigration form available at border crossings or on board flights to Mexico. To obtain a Blue Tourist Card you will need a valid passport (which must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return date), return / onward ticket and proof of financial means (international credit cards or debit cards for instance). Keep your Tourist Card safe because it has to be presented and stamped on leaving. Departure Tax: There is a departure tax of approximately USD$65 pp which is payable on departure from Mexico. This tax depends on which airline you are travelling with and your onward destination. Make sure you have the money just in case if you are unsure whether you need to pay it.

Weather:  In general temperatures in Central America follow the same pattern as the Northern Hemisphere; cooler in the winter (December-January) and warmer in the summer months (June-August), although the hottest time of year is just before the rains come, between March and May, when it can be very hot and humid. Mexico is a year-round destination with the rainy season between May and September bringing the highest amount of precipitation with the rest of the year quite dry. During this season the coastal and low-lying regions are hot and humid. The centre and north of the country enjoys a more temperate climate and can be quite cool during the months of November to February.

The facts

Not Included:

  • International Airfares - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Travel Insurance - PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE
  • Meals & drinks not stated in the itinerary
  • Optional Activities
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions
  • Tips
Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings.

At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns.

You should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.

DATES

TBC 2020 - TBC 2020


RATES

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*Rates are per person based on Land Only Single or Twin/Double Rooms
*'Willing to Share' may be available. Please enquire.
*Prices are subject to change until paid in full.
*This tour departs with a min of 8 guests & max of 12 guests.
*Daily activities will be subject to factors such as weather and other events beyond control.

*International Flights are not included in the Land Only cost. This itinerary works well with Air NZ/Air Mexico via the United States, or LAN CHILE via Santiago, Chile.
PLEASE ASK US FOR A QUOTE.


Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Mexico City

Arrival to Mexico City. Bienvenido a México!
Built on the site of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire, Mexico City is vast, chaotic and vibrant; a sprawling megalopolis of more than 20 million people and a multitude of attractions.

Your journey begins with a warm welcome at the airport. You will be met by our driver outside of customs (international flights) and transferred to our gorgeous hotel where you can get settled in. 

Rest and relax after a long flight. 

This evening we will meet at the Balcon bar for a Welcome Cocktail, and then a Welcome Dinner. This is a great chance for the group to get to know each other and chat about ourupcoming adventure. 

Overnight Zocolo Central Hotel. (Welcome Drink & Dinner)

Day 2 - Mexico City

Today we will explore magnificent Mexico City.

We will visit the Zocalo, flanked by Mexico’s most important and buildings including: The National Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, the Temple Mayor Aztec Archaeological Site, the Palace of Fine Arts (Bellas Artes), and more depending on time and interest. 

The great square, called the Zocalo, evokes the place of homage and was the heart and ceremonial nucleus of Mexico-Tenochtitlan.

Taqueria Lunch in the City. (to own account)

We then continue on to the world renowned National Anthropology Museum where our expert guide will explain the myriad of exhibits, giving special attention on the Aztec and Maya rooms.

Late afternoon we return to our hotel for relaxation. Your evening is free. 

Overnight Zocolo Central Hotel. (B)

Day 3 - Xochimilco, Cooking Class, Coyoacan

This morning we'll head to Xochimilco. Xochimilco, the floating gardens, were once connected to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) by a causeway, and are where the Aztecs grew much of their food.

Here we have our first cooking experience. Stroll through the colourful local market for some fresh ingredients and cook in the private kitchen of a local Xochimilco lady. Enjoy lunch from your own creation whilst taking a short ride in a traditional Trajinera boat through the canals of Xochimilco that once connected many settlements of the Valley of Mexico. Our driver moves the boat along by pulling a pole through the water and we can relax under the shade of your boat's roof as you gaze at other vibrantly painted vessels carrying passengers and goods and even enjoy some local entertainment as local mariachis. We’ll be navigating the tree-lined canals on board a traditional 'trajinera', a flower-decked wooden punt, and will discover a little of how Aztec life was before the conquest. Xochimilco forms part of a cultural World Heritage site but on a national level it is also a protected natural area. 

The afternoon continues with a visit to the fringes of the city and its most prestigious artist quarter. Coyoacan is a picturesque neighbourhood with Spanish-era mansions, cobblestone streets and plazas. This neighbourhood still has its own identity, with narrow streets, plazas, cafés and a lively arty atmosphere. Here we will visit La Casa Azul, the house where Frida Kahlo was born and where she spent her later years up until her death in 1954. As you make your way through the house her presence can be felt through her art and artefacts which played a prominent part in her life, including her wheelchair which sits at the foot of her paint-strewn easel. The house is a treasure trove, not only of her paintings, but also of innumerable artefacts associated with her and her husband, famous muralist Diego Rivera.

While in Coyoacan, we may (*time permitting) also visit the MUAC or the home of Leon Trotsky. Thanks to Frida Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, this Bolshevik revolutionary was granted political asylum in Mexico City. 

Later in the afternoon, we return to our hotel. Evening is free to relax.

Overnight Zocolo Central Hotel. (B)

Day 4 - Teotihuacan

Few cities in the world have been considered worthy of being inhabited by Gods. Teotihuacan is such a city. Teotihuacan dates from the time of Christ and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It is hugely influential in the historic narrative of modern Mexico and, and although it had already been abandoned by the time of the Aztecs, even this great empire held it in awe. Soak up the history as you stroll along the Avenue of the Dead, leading to the Pyramid of the Sun, and take the opportunity to climb its ancient steps for a panorama of the ruins and the surrounding countryside. 

Lunch will be in the traditional Monte Christo restaurant en-route back to Mexico City. 

We return to Mexico City and visit the Basilica de Guadalupe, Latin America's most revered religious shrine, where the Virgin of Guadalupe is said to have appeared before an Indian named Juan Diego in 1531, and an image of her was miraculously emblazoned on his cloak. We should have time to explore the New Basilica de Guadalupe (the Old Basilica, built in 1700, is slowly sinking) and to see Juan Diego's cloak. 

Overnight Zocolo Central Hotel. (B / L)

Day 5 - Oaxaca

After breakfast this morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Oaxaca (pronounced ‘wa-ha-ca’). 

Oaxaca is renowned for its cuisine and vibrant art scene. It's also an excellent place to browse for traditional Mexican handicrafts, as descendants of the Zapotec and Mixtec Indians sell an array of bright woven blankets and shawls here.

The population in this area is still dominated by people of Zapotec and Mixtec descent, and the town has many examples of well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture.

On arrival at Oaxaca airport, we are met by our Driver and transferred to our hotel. After checking in, we explore the historic centre – yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site – on foot with our guide and soak up the unique flavours of Oaxaca.

Rich in history and culture, Oaxaca is a fascinating city where ancient civilizations, colonial architecture and traditions are still very much alive. Founded in 1529 as New Spain city, this land was already inhabited by Zapotec civilizations. We visit the Cathedral, the magnificent Santo Domingo church and Gold museum. 

Overnight Hotel Azul (B)

Day 6 - Oaxaca

Today we tour the outlying market villages surrounding Oaxaca, famous for everything from wood figurines to shiny black pottery, and meet the talented artisans who create these pieces. Fanciful woodcarvings, colourful weavings, and pottery. We will visit several artisans' homes and workshops to see how the pieces are created and learn about the people who make them. 

Lunch is a real treat today: a rustic local lunch with a family is included and at the end the day we visit of a local Agave farm where we learn all about Mezcal production, produced only in Mexico and mostly in Oaxaca.

In the afternoon we return to Oaxaca city.

Overnight Hotel Azul (B / L)

Day 7 - San Cristobal de las Casas

This morning you can have a last wander through the markets; past stalls of everything from cactus fruit to grasshoppers, Oaxacan chocolate, and then heavenly Oaxacan cheese - queso oaxaca. And perhaps continue with a quick visit of Calle de los Dulces, or 'Sweets Street', to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Our driver will then transfer us to the airport for our flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez, before being transferred to San Cristobal. 

On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel.

Overnight Casa del Alma (B)

Day 8 - San Cristobal de las Casas

Today we explore the colonial city centre of San Cristobal de las Casas. We visit the cathedral - with its lavish interior and gold-encrusted pulpit, then walk a few blocks to the impressive 16th century Dominican church, with its intricate pink façade and gilded Baroque interior.

We can then browse the handicrafts where Tzotzil Indians from the surrounding hills come to trade before we drive into the Chiapas highlands, to the Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. In San Juan Chamula, we visit the Church of San Juan Bautista that has simple, but incredibly beautiful ornamentation on the outer façade. We will see the artistic beauty of the church on the inside, with Catholic saints dressed according to indigenous traditional customs. Some of them are adorned with mirrors and multicolour ribbons, as a notorious sample of the religious mix between the Mayan-Tzotzil roots and Catholicism. (Picture taking is not allowed inside this church, which is why you won't be able to find any published image of the inside of this extraordinary religious centre.) The candles, incense and chanting worshippers make a powerful impression.

We then drive to the nearby village of Zinacantan, with its pretty church and handicraft market.

These villages serve as marketplaces and religious ceremonial centres for the indigenous people who live in the surrounding hills. The local people have retained their traditional way of life and are often seen dressed in their own distinctive colourful costumes. We will certainly learn more about the culture and history of these mainly Mayan communities.

This afternoon we return to San Cristobal. 

Overnight Casa del Alma (B)

Day 9 - San Cristobal de las Casas

Today you are free to explore San Cristobal at your own pace. 

Overnight Casa del Alma (B)

Day 10 - Palenque via Agua Azul

Today is a long travel day as we depart San Cristobal de Las Casas and travel north to Palenque. We will navigate the Southern Sierra Madre by descending from alpine forests into the steamy lowland jungles of Palenque. Along the way, we will visit the famous Agua Azul waterfalls, which are approximately forty-five minutes away from Palenque. We may have a chance to take a break from the heat with a swim in the stunning, naturally formed pools at the waterfalls before we reach Palenque in the early evening and check in to our hotel. 

 

Situated in hot jungle, Palenque is the jump-off point to the nearby Maya ruins of the same name – which we will visit tomorrow.

Overnight Hotel La Aldea del Halach Huinic (B)

Day 11 - Palenque

This morning we will visit the archaeological site of Palenque, a World Heritage Site, located 7km outside of the town of Palenque overlooking the swampy plains that stretch northward all the way to the Gulf coast. Palenque flourished between AD600 and 800, when its influence extended throughout the basin of the Usumacinta River. The site, surrounded by rainforest where toucans and howler monkeys live, is made up of some five hundred buildings spread over 15 sq km, of which only a few have been excavated. Archaeologists have been hard at work uncovering the secrets of this ancient city, but around 90% of the site remains un-excavated and concealed in the forest. We will explore the magnificent ruins, including the Temple of the Inscriptions the tallest and stateliest of Palenque's buildings, the Temple of the Sun crowned with a prominent roof comb, The Palace with its maze of corridors and rooms, and many other beautiful buildings 

Overnight Hotel La Aldea del Halach Huinic (B)

Day 12 - Palenque to Campeche via Isla Aguada

After breakfast, we will be picked up at our hotel and transferred to Campeche. On the way, we will stop at the Natural Reserve of Laguna de Terminos and as we reach the smalling fishing village of Isla Aguada, enjoy a 1.5 hour boat cruise through the lagoon. Keep an eye out for dolphins and manatees! Stop at an Island in the Lagoon and see the local flora and fauna. 

Continue to Campeche. Also the capital of the state of Campeche, the city of Campeche itself boasts many restored buildings and colonial structures that helped it to become a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

In the late afternoon, we will explore. For centuries Campeche was one of Mexico’s most important ports and a frequent target of pirates, necessitating its justly famous city walls, parts of which still stand. Today a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is home to museums, magnificent churches and colourful colonial architecture, plus dozens of other hidden corners that few but our Guide knows. 

One of the greatest pleasures to be had in Campeche, comes from simply wandering the old fishing docks and peaceful malecón in the early evening light. The city comes alive in the evening, so we will make the most of it’s ethereal lighting with a short moonlight walk.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Campeche. (B)

Day 13 - Merida

After breakfast we are picked up from our hotel and driven into the so called Puuc Region, which means “hilly landscape” in the Mayan language. Here we will find Uxmal and Kabah, two very interesting archaeological sites (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage). The Puuc culture exhibited a highly decorative expression in their architecture, and at Uxmal, besides the Pyramid of the Dwarf, we will see the Nun's Quadrangle and the Governor's Palace, among others, where beautiful stone relief masks and ceremonial patterns cover the façades. In Kabah, we will be led over an ancient Maya White Path “Sac-Beh”, to discover the kind of explosion in decor and stone art in the façade of Codz Pop temple full of amazing masks and patterns. 

A traditional Yucatecan lunch is served at Hacienda Ochil.

In the late afternoon we are transferred to our hotel in Merida and enjoy the evening at leisure. 

Overnight Hotel Casa Lucia (B / L)

Day 14 - Merida

Today we'll enjoy a Guided visit to Merida's market, the heart of the city. Then, we will hit the neighbouring shops full of linen clothes, handbags made of sisal fiber, Guayaberas, Huipiles, woodwork, hammocks, a tiles factory and of course, a chocolate boutique to die for. 

Lunch is included at the famous Yucatecan restaurant La Chaya Maya.

This afternoon we can enjoy Merida's free entertainment including live bands and dancing. 

Overnight Hotel Casa Lucia (B / L)

Day 15 - Chichen Itza to Tulum

Today will be a highlight of our journey; exploring the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, possibly the most famous Maya site in Mexico. The UNESCO site is located 120km east of Merida. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza was originally built by the Maya, later conquered by Itzás, and Toltecs, and ultimately defeated by princes of Mayapán. We will explore the magnificent ruins set in a dense jungle, including El Castillo (the Pyramid of Kukulcan), its height and striking geometric design the most prominent of this site. We will see the Great Ball Court , the largest and most impressive in Mesoamerica and the Sacred Cenote, a natural well used for human sacrifice. 

We'll also see many other beautiful temples. 

From Chichen Itza we'll continue for 30 minutes to the Hacienda Selva Maya for a buffet lunch and a swim in a Cenote. You will also visit the Mayapan Distillery where you will learn about the traditional way of Tequila production and of course taste the Mexican national beverage. 

From here we'll head to the white sandy beaches of Tulum.

Overnight Ana y Jose Hotel and Spa. (B / L) 

Day 16 - Tulum

Today we will be taken on a visit of the famous ruins of Tulum. The Tulum archaeological site is the only walled city in the Mayan empire and the only one located by the edge of the Caribbean. The major building is the castle, a handsome pyramid perched on the edge of a cliff high above the pearl-white beached below.

We are then taken to the Gran Cenote for a swim before returning back to our hotel.

Overnight Ana y Jose Hotel and Spa. (B) 

Day 17 - Tulum

Today is at your leisure to enjoy the magnificent beaches and crystal clear waters of the Riviera Maya. Apart from its excellent beaches Tulum possesses some impressive cenotes (underwater sinkholes) which offer fantastic snorkelling opportunities and you should also consider a side trip to its breathtaking Mayan ruins. 

Overnight Ana y Jose Hotel and Spa. (B) 

Day 18 - Departure

Today you depart. 
You are transferred back to Cancun for your international departure flight, or your onward flight to Cuba or eslewhere in Latin America. (B)

About this tour

Mayan Ruins:  Housing some of the most finely restored ruins in world, the Yucatán Peninsula contains ruins still covered in dense jungle, waiting to reveal new hidden mysteries. Those unearthed offer a glimpse into the ancient Maya world as you walk in the footsteps of civilizations past.

Haciendas: The haciendas were the landed estates of Mexico. Each one was a rural, autonomous social unit with its own history and myths. Haciendas usually concentrated on one particular agricultural product, depending on the region: mescal in Zacatecas, sugar in Morelos, sisal in Yucatan, pulque (the alcoholic beverage produced from the agave plant which, when further distilled, becomes mescal) in hidalgo, and cattle in Querétaro. Around the haciendas, and administered by them, were smaller ranches which supplied grain and other seasonal crops. By the eighteenth century a typical hacienda was an elaborate institution. In addition to the main house and its guest quarters there were stables, a general store, a chapel, a school, equipment stores, servants' quarters, granaries, corrals and a forge. Clothing was produced at the hacienda from cloth woven on the premises. Haciendas today are often still owned by descendants of the older hacendados. Others have been bought since the Revolution by Mexicans from the city wishing to have a place in the country, and some have become hotels.

Gran Hotel de la Ciudad Mexico: Gran Hotel Ciudad de México pays homage to an era when travel was glamourous and service was impeccable. Originally constructed in 1899, it was home to one of the first department stores in Mexico City, designed in the lavish Art Nouveau style then popular in fashionable Paris. To this day, the interior of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México has been lovingly maintained, from the grand stairway to the caged elevators and incredible stained glass ceiling. Located on the famed Zócalo Plaza, Gran Hotel Ciudad de México is the ideal location to explore the rich cultural and historical historic center of Mexico City. With stunning architecture, beautifully appointed rooms and all the services and amenities expected from a luxury hotel, Gran Hotel Ciudad de México is the ideal location for enjoying all that Mexico City has to offer.

La Purificada, Puebla: Located in the historic center of Puebla, La Purificadora is the new incarnation of a late 19th-century factory long used to purify water. The tradition of purity is still the guiding leitmotif at this minimalist yet modern and edgy hotel. The retention of many of the building's original elements, including crumbling walls and stone aqueducts, lends La Purificadora an air of authenticity, while modern juxtapositions like a glass-walled swimming pool and sleek purple lounge chairs create a clean, sophisticated ambience. The resulting mix of new and old is truly stunning. Most of the hotel's 26 guest rooms offer spectacular views of the hotel gardens and the city center beyond, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hacienda Puerta Campeche, Campeche: A converted row of 17th-century houses, Hacienda Puerta Campeche is an architectural marvel. The hotel boasts an indoor/outdoor pool twisting maze-like through its gorgeously renovated rooms. Open the antique mahogany door of Hacienda Puerta Campeche and step into a rustic, vibrant world that bursts with color and character. This fully restored 17th-century property features traditional Mayan-tiled floors, 18-foot ceilings with exposed beams and rafters, and an unbelievable pool that winds through the property like a snake. The 15 rooms are large and spacious and offer all the modern comforts you'd expect from a five-star hotel. Be sure to pay a visit to the rooftop sundeck, where you can stretch out on a daybed under a lofty umbrella and enjoy sweeping views of historic Campeche and the walled fortress directly across the street. When you feel like a break from the sun, take a dip in the pool or curl up in a traditional hammock slung in one of the pool's cozy alcoves. Take a stroll through the lush gardens set within dramatic 17th century stone walls. Then once the sun has set, enjoy the fine cuisine offered in the romantic rooftop setting of La Guardia Restaurant.

Hacienda Santa Rosa: The delightful Hacienda Santa Rosa is located in the heart of the Maya archaeological zone, 70km south west of Mérida. Dating back to the 18th century, it was formerly a grand nobleman’s estate. More recently, it’s been beautifully restored and embellished with modern touches to combine the best of 5-star hotel luxury with the timeless grace of a historic hacienda. Much of the original structure has been retained: the arched veranda, high-beamed ceilings, enormous wooden doors and cool floor tiles. Antique furnishings and walls coated in hues of deep red, sky blue and ochre add to the hotel's character.  The 11 spacious rooms and suites have an air of luxury and exclusivity. All are converted from the original buildings and are set on the ground floor, with leafy garden views. The décor is understated 19th-century colonial style with antique iron bedsteads and crisp hand-embroidered bed linen (decorated daily with fresh tropical flowers). There are plenty of modern conveniences, including air conditioning, phones, minibars and hairdryers. 

Rosas & Xocolate, Merida: Located in Mérida, Rosas & Xocolate was named after the popular lovers' gifts: roses & chocolate. It is a Mayan-inspired mansion with a chocolate shop, mini perfumery and tequila bar. Fresh-cut roses are placed liberally throughout the 17 rooms and suites, in addition to chocolate-based spa treatments and sweet-smelling amenities lovingly engineered by master chocolatier Mathieu Brees. The hotel's stylish use of local materials such as hand-fabricated cement tiles and chucum stucco allows you to fully experience Yucatán's old-world charm together with the city's contemporary spirit. Throughout its 17 rooms, Rosas & Xocolate perfectly melds the rustic elegance of an historical baron's mansion with modern accoutrements. Each of the individually designed rooms boasts an open-air bathtub. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Bose stereos, and espresso machines. 

Casa de Los Artistas: Casa de los Artistas (the “Artists’ House”) stands just one block from the cathedral in the center of Izamal. A modest entrance disguises a splendid dwelling that combines traditional colonial architectural with modern touches, creating a unique setting where each room displays its own special character. The Casa de los Artistas includes a living room, dining room, study, and a fully-equipped kitchen. All six air-conditioned bedrooms (four in the original building and two in a modern addition) have private baths. The Casa de los Artistas offers delightful spaces for relaxing, from the lily pond in the center of the house to the swimming pool in the rear courtyard, the garden terrace, and the rooftop lounge (an ideal perch for a night of stargazing).

Practicalities

Money Matters:  Tipping is expected in most parts of Mexico. Service workers typically earn a low wage and rely on tips to earn a decent living. Add 10-15% to restaurant bills (if service charge is not already included), and leave a few dollars or pesos for housekeepers, porters, bartenders and guides. Major credit cards are widely accepted in tourist shopping areas, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas.  ATMs are common in larger cities and tourist centres. ATMs are less common in rural areas and smaller towns, so you're advised to prepare for this by having enough cash before travelling out of the city. Whilst travelling in Mexico, the US dollar is the only widely accepted currency and the easiest to exchange into local currency. 

Visas:  British, other EU, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and US passport holders travelling to Mexico do not require a visa for stays up to 180 day, but do need a Blue Tourist Card which can be obtained on completion of an immigration form available at border crossings or on board flights to Mexico. To obtain a Blue Tourist Card you will need a valid passport (which must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return date), return / onward ticket and proof of financial means (international credit cards or debit cards for instance). Keep your Tourist Card safe because it has to be presented and stamped on leaving. Departure Tax: There is a departure tax of approximately USD$65 pp which is payable on departure from Mexico. This tax depends on which airline you are travelling with and your onward destination. Make sure you have the money just in case if you are unsure whether you need to pay it.

Weather:  In general temperatures in Central America follow the same pattern as the Northern Hemisphere; cooler in the winter (December-January) and warmer in the summer months (June-August), although the hottest time of year is just before the rains come, between March and May, when it can be very hot and humid. Mexico is a year-round destination with the rainy season between May and September bringing the highest amount of precipitation with the rest of the year quite dry. During this season the coastal and low-lying regions are hot and humid. The centre and north of the country enjoys a more temperate climate and can be quite cool during the months of November to February.

The facts

Not Included:

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  • Meals & drinks not stated in the itinerary
  • Optional Activities
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions
  • Tips
Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings.

At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns.

You should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.