Classic Mexico Adventure
Slutdestination: Playa del Carmen
If you want to experience all the flavours of Mexico you're going to need more than just tacos and tequila Â the music, the history, and the people all have a little something you'll crave. Cities, beaches, jungle, and the curious spices of mole sauce all await on this 14-day tour that lets you hit the beach, discover the ruins of the Mayans, and wander colonial cities. Think of this as Mexico 101 Âwithout the pop quiz.
G Adventures for Good: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen. Guided tour of Teotihuacan. Orientation walk in Puebla. Orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca. Guided tour of Palenque ruins site. Campeche visit. Orientation walk in Ma©rida. Guided tour of Chicha©n Itza¡. Free time in Puebla, Oaxaca, and Playa del Carmen. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Climb the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Sample mezcal at a local distillery, Explore the ruins at Tulaºm, Lounge on the incredible beach of Playa del Carmen
Public air-conditioned bus, taxi, private vehicle, plane, walking.
Hotels (13 nts).
Day 1 Mexico City
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Mexico City (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore Mexico City. Opt to check out the sprawling zocalo (main square), visit the Frida Kahlo museum in vibrant Coyoaca¡n, or view impressive Mayan and Aztec artifacts at the National Anthropology Museum.
Day 3 Mexico City/Puebla (1B)
Rise early and explore the ancient city of Teotihuacan on a guided tour. Work up a sweat climbing the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, and be rewarded by sweeping views of the ruins site. Travel to Puebla and enjoy an orientation walk downtown.
Day 4 Puebla (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore the city. Opt to visit a ceramics workshop, check out the pyramid of nearby Cholula, sample delicious local specialties, or watch a lucha libre wrestling match at night.
Day 5 Puebla/Oaxaca (1B)
Journey south to beautiful Oaxaca, and get a feel for the city on an orientation walk, stopping to visit one of its sprawling markets.
Day 6 Oaxaca (1B)
Take advantage of free time, and opt to explore the ruins at Monte Alban, learn to make mole in a cooking class, buy local handicrafts at nearby artisan villages, or samples some mezcal at a local distillery - look out for the worm!
Day 7 Oaxaca/Palenque (1B)
Travel in style and fly to Villahermosa, then transfer to Palenque by land.
Day 8 Palenque (1B)
Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque, set in the jungle of Chiapas. Opt for a jungle walk in the afternoon.
Day 9 Palenque/Merida (1B)
Travel to the Yucata¡n Peninsula, stopping off in the seaside historic city of Campeche. Upon arrival in Merida, enjoy an orientation walk to get to know the city's layout and attractions.
Day 10 Merida (1B)
Enjoy a free day to explore Merida and surroundings. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Uxmal or explore the main square and historic buildings of Merida.
Day 11 Merida/Valladolid (1B)
Explore the ancient Mayan City of Chichen Itza¡ with a guided tour, then continue on to the quaint city of Valladolid. Opt to cool off with a swim in a nearby cenote, a natural water-filled sinkhole.
Day 12 Valladolid/Playa del Carmen (1B, 1D)
Travel to Playa del Carmen to lounge on Mayan Riviera beaches. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.
Day 13 Playa del Carmen (1B)
Opt to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach!
Day 14 Playa del Carmen (1B)
Depart at any time.