18-to-Thirtysomethings: Mexico Cities, Cuisine & Ruins (MMC)
Countries Visited: Mexico Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 18, avg 14.
Meals Included: 1 dinner
Accommodations: Simple hotels (12 nts), overnight bus (2 nts).
Tour ancient Mayan ruins, dance the night away in Mexican clubs, bargain for beautiful textiles and handmade goods at colourful markets, savour tasty Mexican food and drink, chill on the white-sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera.
From the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, to the ruins at ChichEn ItzA, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this adventure takes in all the cultural and historical highlights. It's perfect for travellers on a tight budget looking to see as much as possible of this diverse region.
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|Day 1||Mexico City||Day 1 Mexico City|
Arrive at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Mexico City||Day 2 Mexico City|
Explore one of the worlds largest metropolitan areas or take an optional day trip to the famous archaeological site of TeotihuacAn. If you prefer to get outside the city, the pyramids of TeotihuacAn and the canals and gardens of Xochimilco are two good places to start. At night, you'll have the option to witness the high-flying practitioners of "lucha libre," Mexico's world-famous brand of wrestling.
|Day 3||Puebla||Day 3 Mexico City/Puebla|
After a short drive on one of Mexico's comfortable and often colourful buses, we arrive in Puebla, famous for its hand-painted tiles, unique handicrafts, mouth-watering Mole Poblano and rich colonial history. Orientation walk around town upon arrival to help you get your bearings. If you want to get out of town, head to nearby Cholula, home to a massive pyramid that hosts a church at the top and is now covered by the town, to catch an impressive sunset. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: First-class bus (2.00 hour(s), 130km)
|Day 4||Oaxaca||Day 4 Puebla/Oaxaca|
Upon arrival in Oaxaca, your CEO will take you an orientation walk around town to introduce you to this fascinating city. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: First-class bus (6.00 hour(s), 320km)
|Day 5||Oaxaca||Day 5 Oaxaca|
Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities, visit a beautiful petrified waterfall, or check out the Zapotec ruins of Monte AlbAn.
|Day 6||San Cristobal de las Casas||Day 6 Oaxaca/San Cristobal de Las Casas|
Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities or visit the Zapotec ruins of Monte AlbAn. Hop on an overnight bus to San Cristobal. Transport: First-class bus (11.00 hour(s), 625km)
|Day 7||San Cristobal de las Casas||Day 7 San Cristobal de Las Casas|
Crossing into the highlands, we make our way to the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas. An included orientation tour will introduce you to the city and help give you your bearings. Known for its ties to the Zapatista revolution, San Cristobal is also an architectural and cultural wonder. We have the option to take a trip to some of the outlying villages and learn how locals combine traditional beliefs and modern religion with intriguing results. Tours go into local homes to learn about day-to-day village life-an experience which should not be missed. You can also take a horse ride in the mountains, a day trip to Sumidero Canyon or mountain bike in the local hills. Additional Notes: The people here are as curious about foreigners as foreigners are about them. Please respect their traditions. Dress conservatively when visiting the villages and refrain from photographing religious ceremonies, or individuals who do not wish to be photographed. Put yourself in their place before you act. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 8||San Cristobal de las Casas||Day 8 San Cristobal de Las Casas|
Enjoy another free day to visit nearby villages, check out the natural beauty of Chiapas, and scour the markets. Dont miss the night life.
|Day 9||Palenque||Day 9 San Cristobal de Las Casas/Palenque|
A scenic travel day through the mountains takes us to the outskirts of Palenque. Transport: None
|Day 10||Palenque||Day 10 Palenque|
One of the most significant ruins in the entire Mundo Maya, Palenque is set within the lush Chiapas jungle. The colourful, riotous wildlife and profuse flora will impress you as much as the ancient structures.
|Day 11||Merida||Day 11 Palenque/Merida|
Merida is a fascinating and beautiful city and easy to explore on foot. If cities aren't your thing, escape to the beach town of Progreso and see the Dzibilchaltun ruins on the way. Merida is also the gateway to the Mayan ruins of the Puuc Route, the most famous of which is Uxmal, which rivals ChichEn ItzA in its scale and extent of excavation. Visit a nearby cenote (water-filled sink hole) near the town of Cuzama, not far outside Merida. Transportation is an adventure as it involves taking small wooden horse-drawn carts that run along old rail tracks. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: First-class bus (9.00 hour(s), 550km)
|Day 12||Merida||Day 12 Merida|
Explore Merida, and opt to visit a nearby cenote (underground pool) near the town of CuzamA or the Mayan ruins of Uxmal.
|Day 13||Playa Del Carmen||Day 13 Merida/Playa del Carmen (1D)|
Begin the day with an included guided tour of the beautifully restored ruins of ChichEn ItzA. Our final stop is Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-minute drive south of CancUn. The town is your last chance to enjoy some nightlife, buy last-minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean Sea. There is also snorkelling and diving available, and long stretches of sandy beaches which are perfect for walking and relaxing after a hectic day. Included Activities: ChichEn ItzA Guided Tour El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program Transport: First-class bus (3.00 hour(s)) First-class bus (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Playa Del Carmen||Day 14 Playa del Carmen|
Opt to explore the Mayan ruins of TulUm or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach!
|Day 15||Playa Del Carmen||Day 15 Playa del Carmen|
Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Playa del Carmen is located just south of CancUn airport (45 minute drive) so you can easily head directly there without returning to CancUn. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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