Days
15
Price from
5880CAD
Map of Mexico In Depth including Mexico

Maya ruins, colonial towns and coastal relaxation combined

Get a true taste of Mexico with 15 days travelling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen. Passing by the mighty ruins of Teotihuacan, marvel at the colourful delights and local craft industries of Oaxaca, learn of traditional indigenous customs in the Chiapas highlands at San Cristobal de las Casas, explore lush jungle temples with an archaeologist at the Palenque ruins and wind up on the beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula. Savour the best food on a taco crawl and Zapotecan lunch, tour Aztec, Maya and Zapotec sites and stroll the streets with your local leader to get a true insight into these vibrant and vivacious lands.


Start
Mexico, Mexico
Finish
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Destination
Mexico
Style
Peregrine
Code
PSMI
Physical rating
Trip rating
10 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Learn of the ancient Zapotec, Maya and Aztec histories with visits to the ruins of Teotihuacan, Mitla, Chichen Itza and Palenque, joined by specialist guides to further enhance your visit.

  • Discover traditional craft industries and the locals who produce them in Oaxaca and Zinacantan, learning about Zapotec woven fabrics, textile making, mezcal distilling and beeswax candle-making.

  • Understand the diversity of true Mexican food with experiences such as an included taco crawl in Mexico City and a Zapotecan family lunch in the Oaxacan countryside.

  • Be one with nature in Mexico as you explore cenotes, the Sumidero Canyon and Agua Azul waterfall throughout your journey with your small group.

  • Relax at the historic Hotel Geneve in Mexico City – your Feature Stay property. This elegant museum hotel is located in the city’s Pink Zone, close to popular restaurants and shopping districts.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Some included activities, such as guided tours of archaeological sites, can be strenuous. Be sure to bring comfortable and sturdy footwear.

  • There are a few long days of travel, as you'll be covering a lot of ground. So be prepared for some driving. You will, however, make stops at interesting locations along your way to break things up.

  • Due to sporadic Zapatista protests in the region around Palenque, some changes to Day 8 of your itinerary may be necessary.

  • The tropical climate of Central America means conditions can be hot and humid. Always carry plenty of water with you and stay hydrated, especially on walking tours.

Itinerary

Welcome to Mexico City! Arrive at Benito Juarez International Airport and meet a Peregrine representative for your included transfer. Once you have checked in to your hotel, meet your group leader and fellow travellers for a welcome meeting in the evening, usually around 6 pm, which will be followed by an optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant. If you happen to arrive early, consider exploring the city – the Leon Trotsky and Frida Kahlo museums are two popular sights worth checking out. Trotsky found refuge in Mexico City after being expelled from the Soviet Union, while Frida Kahlo is perhaps the best-known Mexican artist in history.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Geneve or similar, Feature stay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Optional Activities
  • Mexico City - Leon Trotsky Museum - MXN40
  • Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (entrance fee) - MXN270
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through us. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 14 days prior to travel, as we may not be able to confirm a request made within 14 days of travel.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

This trip can be booked as part of a longer combination trip – Mexico & Cuba Highlights. As such, some of your fellow travellers may continue travelling to Cuba at the end of this trip. Please contact a Peregrine booking agent or search trip code PSCMC on the Peregrine website for more information or to book.
Today is a long but worthwhile day with a city tour starting at approximately 8.30 am. Visit the impressive National Museum of Anthropology before heading to the Zocalo (main square) for a trip to the Cathedral and National Palace. You’ll discover that Mexico City is an exciting mix of modern cosmopolitan glamour with remnants from both its ancient and colonial history. The tour will finish at approximately 3 pm, and in the evening your leader will take you on a taco crawl around town to try the locals’ favourite taquerias. You may not want to know the ingredients before you try them, but just trust your taste buds!
Accommodation
  • Hotel Geneve or similar, Feature stay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mexico City - National Museum of Anthropology
  • Mexico City - Leader-led City Tour of Historic Center
  • Mexico City - Metropolitan Cathedral (entrance fee)
  • Mexico City - Diego Rivera Murals in the National Palace (entrance fee)
  • Mexico City - Leader-led Taco Crawl
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel by private vehicle to Teotihuacan, about 50 kilometres northeast of Mexico City. Here you'll discover the extraordinary ruins known as the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, which dominate the skyline. This was once one of the country's biggest ancient cities and the Aztec capital. With the help of a local guide, you'll have time to stroll down The Avenue of the Dead to see fascinating clues as to what life here was like nearly 2000 years ago.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Geneve or similar, Feature stay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Teotihuacan - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Farewell Mexico City at approximately 8 am and head south to Puebla. The drive takes about 3 hours, depending on local traffic, and your leader will take you on a walk around town on arrival. Puebla has retained its colonial heritage despite rapid growth and development, and you’ll visit Calle de los Dulces (Candy street) and El Parian (handicraft market), as well as the impressive Rosary Chapel and Town Hall Palace. Continue the journey south to Oaxaca (approximately 5 hours' drive) – a city renowned for its cuisine, vibrant art scene and traditional Mexican handicrafts.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Victoria or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Puebla - Visit Puebla on route to Oaxaca
  • Oaxaca - Leader-led Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, venture out of the city and take a guided tour of the Oaxaca region. Visit the Mitla ruins archaeological site – once the religious centre for Zapotec communities – and the Tule Tree, considered the world’s widest tree at over 11 metres in diameter. The Montezuma cypress’ gnarled trunk is over 1500 years old, roughly the same as the ruins! Continue to a beeswax candle-making workshop, learning age-old processes passed down for generations and the intricate designs that are created. Later, take part in a Zapotec weaving demonstration, which uses only traditional techniques, tools, patterns and organic dyes. Watch as local families meticulously craft folk clothing and rugs, some taking months to complete. You will learn the whole process from preparing and dyeing the yarn to traditional weaving methods. Here, enjoy a mostly plant-based lunch of regional Zapotec specialities. On your way back to Oaxaca, stop by an agave mezcal factory for a tasting. Once back in the city, your evening is free for you to relax and explore.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Victoria or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Oaxaca - Beeswax candle shop visit
  • Mitla - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Oaxaca - Guided full-day tour including the Tule Tree, a Mezcal distillery, and lunch in a Zapoteca family home
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Be ready to rise early to fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the Chiapas state in southern Mexico. Travel by private vehicle to the Sumidero Canyon – an 800-metre deep canyon and World Heritage-listed site dating from the same time as the Grand Canyon. You’ll take a boat tour on the Sumidero River, the canyon’s architect, before continuing a further 1.5 hours to San Cristobal de las Casas. Expect to arrive by 7 pm, with the evening free for you take in the distinctive old-world feel courtesy of the Spanish colonial architecture and pretty, cobbled streets.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Casa Vieja or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sumidero Canyon - Boat Excursion (entrance and transport)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that occasionally towards the end of dry season (November–April) the water level in Sumidero Canyon may become too low for us to safely take the boat tour. If our staff deem this activity to be unsafe, we will replace it with another included activity of similar value.
Embark on a half-day tour this morning to the Maya villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Nestled in the highlands, these villages serve as marketplaces and religious ceremonial centres for indigenous communities 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. You’ll explore these villages with a guide and learn more about the culture and history of these mainly Maya people.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Casa Vieja or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas - Leader-led City Tour
  • San Juan Chamula - Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Zinacantan - Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Zinacantan - Textile making interaction with Maya Community
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Prepare for a long travel day as you depart San Cristobal de Las Casas and travel north to Palenque. You’ll visit the Agua Azul waterfall on the way, so wear or pack your swimmers in your day pack. Cool off in the turquoise waters before continuing towards Palenque and expect to arrive around 6 pm. Situated in the jungle, Palenque is the jump-off point to the nearby Maya ruins of the same name which you’ll visit tomorrow. Tonight enjoy an included dinner together.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Chablis or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agua Azul - Waterfall Visit (entrance fee)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Due to increased activity by the Zapatista movement in the region around Palenque, some changes to your itinerary may be necessary for your safety. Some transport to and from Palenque may need to be rerouted, which means longer travel times of up to 9 hours. Currently there are no safety issues within the city of Palenque itself, or at the nearby Mayan archaeological site. We’re constantly monitoring this situation to ensure the safety of our passengers and leaders.
Today you’ll meet a local archaeologist for a memorable visit to the ruins of Palenque. Archaeologists have been hard at work uncovering the secrets of this ancient city, but around 90% of the site remains unexcavated and concealed in the forest. Sitting on a hilltop surrounded by thick trees, the ruins date back to AD600 and are some of the most impressive Maya relics in Mexico. The area gives you an idea of what the Spanish invaders must have seen when they first came across the hidden ruins, and try to listen out for the eerie calls of howler monkeys and the echoes of screeching parrots as you walk through the jungle. After lunch, you’ll continue driving 6 hours north to Campeche, the last long travel day on this itinerary.
Accommodation
  • Casa Don Gustavo or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Palenque - Archaeologist-led visit to Palenque Ruins (Entrance, Guide & Transport)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Campeche is a port city located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and was once the most important seaport for the Spanish conquerors. Campeche’s history is well-preserved and it was awarded World Heritage status as an urbanisation model of a baroque colonial town and because of the defensive walls and fortification system, a result of ongoing pirate attacks throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Your leader will take you on a tour of the city in the morning, and the afternoon is yours to continue exploring or catch some rays and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Accommodation
  • Casa Don Gustavo or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Campeche - Leader-led city tour
Optional Activities
  • Campeche - San Miguel Fort - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Continue along the coast this morning to visit the Celestun Bird Sanctuary and Biosphere Reserve where you'll take a guided boat tour. Here, near extensive beaches lined with coconut trees, you'll see a variety of coastal birds. Depending on the season (usually November–March), you may be lucky enough to witness thousands of flamingos painting a pink streak across the landscape. Arrive at the historic town of Merida in the evening and take an orientation walk with your leader before finding some Yucatan cuisine for dinner. Merida, founded in 1542, is the Yucatan capital and retains much of its old-world charm. Take in the splendour of its many colonial buildings and learn more about the Maya heritage of the town.
Accommodation
  • La Mision de Fray Diego or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Celestun Biosphere Reserve - Boat Tour (entrance fee, guide and transport included)
  • Merida - Leader-led Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day to explore the many sights of Merida and your leader will be able to recommend some good options. There are several museums including the impressive Regional Museum of Yucatan, and the streets are perfect for strolling and enjoying the city’s art and culture. Hang out in the green and shady Plaza Grande, with the 16th-century cathedral on one side and City Hall, the State Government Palace and Casa Mantejo on the other. For a taste of Merida's 19th-century glory, take a walk along the mansion-lined Paseo de Montejo. The outdoor market is another essential visit with an array of hammocks and Maya replicas for sale, plus a selection of mouth-watering local foods including a Yucatan specialty, cochinita pibil (little pig).
Accommodation
  • La Mision de Fray Diego or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Merida - Regional Museum of Yucatan - MXN52
  • Merida - Uxmal Ruins tour (inc. shared transport and guide) - MXN810
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Merida at 6.30 am and arrive at Chichen Itza when the doors open at 8 am. Named as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is considered the most important archaeological vestige of the Maya-Toltec civilization in Yucatan by UNESCO. You’ll take a two-hour guided tour of what is perhaps the most famous Maya site in Mexico, dominated by the Temple of Kukulkan, or El Castillo, a Mesoamerican step-pyramid. You’ll also visit Ik Kil, one of the most beautiful cenotes (freshwater natural rock pools) in Mexico. After an option to swim (remember to pack your swim gear in your day pack again), enjoy a buffet lunch. Continue approximately 3 hours to the Caribbean coast and Playa del Carmen. Blessed with azure waters, powdery beaches and an almost European feel, Playa del Carmen is a popular resort town famed for its coral reefs and excellent diving.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Hacienda Paradise or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chichen Itza - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Cenote I'kil - Fresh water rock pool with option to swim (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Playa del Carmen - Leader-led Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Take today to enjoy Playa del Carmen as you see fit. Kick back with a book, stroll along the white sands or snorkel in crystal-clear waters. For adventures further afield, take a ferry across the turquoise seas to Cozumel, explore another cenote or take a guided tour of the nearby Tulum ruins. In the evening, settle in beachside and watch the world go by with a margarita in your hand.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Hacienda Paradise or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Playa del Carmen - Ferry to Cozumel (Round-trip Ticket) - MXN300
  • Playa del Carmen - Half-day tour of Tulum Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport) - MXN800
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Adios! Your trips comes to an end after breakfast today. Please keep in mind that you must comply with the hotel's internal check-out times.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel Feature stay (3 nights), Comfortable hotel (11 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Mexico City - National Museum of Anthropology
  • Mexico City - Leader-led City Tour of Historic Center
  • Mexico City - Metropolitan Cathedral (entrance fee)
  • Mexico City - Diego Rivera Murals in the National Palace (entrance fee)
  • Mexico City - Leader-led Taco Crawl
  • Teotihuacan - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Puebla - Visit Puebla on route to Oaxaca
  • Oaxaca - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Oaxaca - Beeswax candle shop visit
  • Mitla - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Oaxaca - Guided full-day tour including the Tule Tree, a Mezcal distillery, and lunch in a Zapoteca family home
  • Sumidero Canyon - Boat Excursion (entrance and transport)
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas - Leader-led City Tour
  • San Juan Chamula - Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Zinacantan - Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Zinacantan - Textile making interaction with Maya Community
  • Agua Azul - Waterfall Visit (entrance fee)
  • Palenque - Archaeologist-led visit to Palenque Ruins (Entrance, Guide & Transport)
  • Campeche - Leader-led city tour
  • Celestun Biosphere Reserve - Boat Tour (entrance fee, guide and transport included)
  • Merida - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Chichen Itza - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Cenote I'kil - Fresh water rock pool with option to swim (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Playa del Carmen - Leader-led Orientation Walk

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 25kg for check in luggage and 10kg for carry on.
4. Full name exactly as per passport is required at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on the passport), for internal flights. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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