Magical Mexico stretches from the pristine beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific, to rugged mountains, dense jungle and Mayan ruins. At the heart of this mysterious country lies a bustling city rich in history, architecture, art and a burgeoning street food scene. The Yucatan Peninsula offers miles of unspoilt beaches whilst located to the west, Baja California brings to us an annual, natural, wildlife phenomenon enabling you to engage with Grey whales and their young, on their annual migration to the warm temperate waters which is their breeding ground.
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‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
DAY 1 - Arrive in Mexico City
On arrival in Mexico City, once you have cleared any formalities, you will be met by one a representative and taken to the hotel of your choice.
Our guide will take you on a walk to introduce you to the surrounding areas of your hotel so that you can get your bearings upon arrival somewhere new. This short introduction (up to one hour) will help with your orientation so that you can feel confident to be on your own afterwards.
DAY 2 - Mexico City Tour
Sightseeing tour to the city centre, visiting the main square (Zócalo), the National Palace with its magnificent mural by the famous Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera; the sinking Cathedral; the square of three cultures, Chapultepec Park, the residential area of Las Lomas and the impressive National Museum of Anthropology.
DAY 3 - Mexico City
Today, enjoy a guided tour visiting the huge Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan. We also visit Mexico City's popular Saturday market.
DAY 4 - Mexico City
Day at Leisure in the city.
Top tip is to try and make this a Sunday! Sundays are great days to enjoy the relaxed and fun ambiance of Mexico's capital city. Join local people and families for a walk in Chapultepec park or go cycling on Avenida Reforma which is closed to traffic on Sundays; or book a stylish restaurant and enjoy a long lunch in a very typical Mexican family style.
DAY 5 - Oaxaca
Depart Mexico in the morning on a flight to Oaxaca, transfer through to your chosen hotel.
This colonial city Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ca), was founded in 1529, near an Indian settlement called Huaxyacac. Its location is ideal, with a superb mountain climate that means it never gets too hot or cold. The city has a strong indigenous influence and a thriving artistic community, as well as some beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and fine museums, giving itself an unexpectedly cosmopolitan atmosphere.
There are many experiences to enjoy as Oaxaca maintains a strong indigenous identity expressed in local life, monuments, and crafts. Their markets offers a fascinating insight into history as well as visiting the Centro Cultural and the Baroque Cathedral.
DAY 6 - Oaxaca
Your guide and transport will meet you at your hotel for your full day tour. In the morning, you'll visit the impressive Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban, a world heritage site spectacularly situated on a mountain 400 metres above the Oaxaca Valley. You will explore the Gran Plaza, the Ball Court, the Observatory, the Palace, and other beautiful structure.
DAY 7 - Oaxaca
A day at leisure for you to explore under your own pace. Explore the colourful markets, ornate buildings, churches, elegant archways, balconies, decorative grill work and charming plazas.
DAY 8 - Merida
Transfer to the airport at Oaxaca for a flight to Merida. On arrival collect the hire car for self-drive touring for the rest of the holiday. We would recommend taking a night in historic Merida to enjoy a classical Mexican evening in the main plaza whilst preparing for the next few days of driving.
DAY 9 - Campeche
Depart for Campeche after breakfast, but make the time to take an excursion to Uxmal on your way through. The extensive site of Uxmal, perfectly restored, shows fine exmaples of the ornate Puuc style in the intricate stone lattice work and mosaics. The Pyramid of the Magician rises high above the surrounding vegetation standing proud landscape of the Yucatán Peninsula.
DAY 10 - Campeche
A day at leisure to enjoy the delights of this most interesting coastal city. With its old walled town, restored colonial buildings and cobbled streets a visit is a must.
DAY 11 - Chichén Itzá
Transfer to Chichén Itzá, where you will spend one night before moving onto the coast, visiting this extensive archaeological site with impressive, austere pyramids, the temple and observatory.
DAY 12-14 Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya
Explore Chichén Itzá further in the early morning light before the tour buses and crowds from Merida arrive!
Thereafter transfer out to the coast at either Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya for some relaxation time on the beach before returning the car to Cancun Airport for your flight home.