- Savor the heat of Mexican spices and the awesome flavors of Mexican food and drink.
- Chillax on the white sand beaches of Mayan Riviera, sipping on Margaritas and tanning under the Mexican sun.
- Take a walk through the life of Frida Kahlo in La Casa Azul.
- Learn about the mysteries of these great lost civilizations touring the Mayan and Aztec ruins.
- Paint the town red and dance the night away in Mexican nightclubs.
- Scour the market for beautiful textiles and handmade goods and make a fun shopping day out of it.
Get teleported back to lost centuries and ancient civilizations embarking on an adventure through the gem of Latin America- Mexico! From the bustle of City life to the shrieks and creaks of a jungle to beachy breezes of the Yucatan Peninsula, this is truly an all-terrain adventure sans the all-terrain vehicle! Discover the hidden treasures of Maya and Aztecs and find yourself an odd group of friends in the super diverse crew of Mexican People. Fawn over the artistic depictions of Frida’s angst in Mexico City and tick a Wonder of the world off your list with a visit to Chichén Itzá. Also do acclimatize your palate to the heat of Mexican spices to savor the sensationally tasty cuisine, all amidst palm laden beaches, colorful haciendas and fiesta fireworks. If a tight budget has been stopping you from taking on a Mexican Odyssey, then this 15-day tour could be the perfect starter for a Latin Gap year on a shoestring! Choo, Choo, hop aboard the adventure train people!
Day 1 - Kickoff from Mexico City
Arrive in Mexico City at any time and head out on your own to explore this uber cool city. Check into the hotel and work off your jet lag, the adventure begins tonight with a welcome meet with the group in the evening.
Day 2 - Out and about in Mexico City
Experience the perfect combination of Cosmopolitan and cultured in Mexico city and make good use of this free day hitting up the many historical spots that the city is brimming with. Explore the bustling metropolis or choose to visit the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán, there’s much to see so you better get going!
Day 3 - Onward to Puebla
Hop aboard a colorful Mexican bus for a short drive down to Puebla. Join in for an orientation walk through the city and learn more about the rich colonial history and the unique handicrafts market that the city is famous for. And if an out of the town adventure is calling out to you, simply head out to the nearby town of Cholula and witness its many archaeological awesomeness!
Day 4 - Travel to Oaxaca
Take a walk through the colonial Oaxaca and discover the rich treasure of world heritage buildings and monuments of the city. Join us for an orientation walk and allow our coordinators to properly introduce you to the city.
Day 5 - Open day in Oaxaca
If its history, gastronomy, and cultures that gives you the perfect fix of Travel-high, then you’re in for a ride in Oaxaca. Options abound in Colonial Oaxaca and its surrounding area, so get your list prepared and set out for the day to tour this amazing city.
Day 6 - Overnight trip to San Cristóbal
Opt to visit the artisan communities in Oaxaca or tour the Zapotec ruins and catch up on some last minute shopping from the been-around-forever street markets. Then later in the day, set out for an overnight journey to San Cristóbal de Las Casas and be ready for a big day out tomorrow.
Day 7 - 8 Explore San Cristóbal de Las Casas
Crossing into the highlands, we’ve made our way to the colonial town of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, a name that also resonates with architectural and cultural greats. Join us for an orientation walk through the town and get a proper introduction to the city. You can also choose to tour the Mayan villages nearby and experience their day to day lives from up close or opt for a day trip to the Sumidero Canyon.
NOTE- Dress conservatively when visiting the villages and refrain from photographing religious ceremonies, or individuals who do not wish to be photographed.
Day 9 - To the jungle of Palenque
A day of traveling through the scenic mountains and the sprawling, humid city of Villahermosa, taking you up to the outskirts of Palenque.
Day 10 - A day out in Palenque
Explore the sights and sounds of the jungle in Palenque on this free day. Opt for a trip to the ancient ruins of Mundo Maya set deep in the jungle of Palenque, the soaring jungle-covered temples are truly national treasures or simply enjoy a walk through the lush, colorful flora and enjoy the wildlife in the jungle.
Day 11 - Palenque to Mérida
After your journey to the architectural capital of the entire Yucatan Peninsula- Mérida, join our group for an orientation walk through the city streets and learn more about the thriving markets, best museums, and its broad Central Plazas.
Day 12 - Enjoy a free day in Merida
The beautiful city of Mérida is easy to explore on foot and the city sights and lights are all waiting for you. But if cities aren’t your thing, you can choose to escape to the beach town of Progreso and even check out the Dzibilchaltun ruins on the way. There are lots to do in and around, so be sure to keep your wanderlist ready on the go!
Day 13 - Off to Playa del Carmen
Begin your day with a fun guided tour through the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and marvel at the ancient architecture of the step pyramid. Later, make your way to Playa del Carmen and get ready for some beach time on the white sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera.
Day 14 - Relax in Playa del Carmen
Ride the waves in Playa del Carmen or simply chillax by the beach and take in the Mexican sun! You can also opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Tulúm after a hardcore relax-session. Enjoy a full day of free time to fill as you wish.
Day 15 - Depart from Playa del Carmen or embark on another adventure
Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead!
For those who are leaving, Adios, we’ll miss you!
NOTE- Playa del Carmen is located just south of Cancún airport (45 min drive) so you can easily head directly there without returning to Cancún.
Dates & Cost
- Accommodation in Hotels/Hostels.
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- Orientation walks in Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de las Casas, and Mérida.
- Guided tour in the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá.
- Beach time in Playa del Carmen.
- International/Domestic Airfare.
- Visa Fees.
- Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
- Cost of Vaccinations.
- Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
- Airport transfers (available at extra cost)
Accommodation - Simple hotels/hostels (14 nts, most multi-share).
Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Some nights we use multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room). We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip. Couples: Please note that due to the variety of accommodation used in Central America, couples will be split into separate rooms when we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.
Meals Included - 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to Go Discover Abroad group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.