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A Journey in Mexico

A captivating journey through an astonishing country

The bustle of Veracruz City square is set to the ever present mariachi soundtrack. The distant smoking volcano silhouetting the long abandoned Aztec city. The flock of flamingos taking lazily to the sky as our boat approaches. Contrasting experiences of this beguiling country.

We start in Mexico City, built around an original Aztec city high in the central mountains. Next to Puebla where we explore the ancient pyramid at Cholula, the largest ever built. We continue to Oaxaca for perhaps the most impressive ruins and some great walking, out from the town amongst the Zatopec indigenous communities. We continue through the mountains via Cordoba to tropical, vibrant Veracruz, a great city with a very Caribbean feel.

We fly east to Merida, a beautiful old colonial city. From here we visit the flamingo sanctuary at Celestun, where thousands of birds provide a great spectacle, and walk amongst vegetation covered Mayan ruins, just like Indiana Jones! Finally we stop at Chichen Itza, perhaps the most impressive pre-Hispanic site in Mexico and the most visited. Our hotel is close by so we can visit early when the site is quiet and be gone before the crowds arrive.

This is a truly diverse holiday, including mountain walking (at an easy pace), history, culture and wildlife. We will have a Mexican guide with us throughout to make sure we see and experience all the most authentic aspects of this astonishing country.

Everywhere we travel in Mexico you will be aware of the cultural diversity. Listen out for the various languages being spoken on the streets. Although Spanish is the lingua franca, for many it is a second language. Look out for differences in local dress and custom as we travel through diverse climate and landscape. The high mountains around Mexico City are a world away from the plains of the Yucatan.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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    08 Nov 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    08 Nov 2017 - 23 Nov 2017

    Day 1 - Mexico City
    We fly to Mexico City and take the short transfer to our hotel for two nights.

    Day 1 - Mexico City
    We fly to Mexico City and take the short transfer to our hotel for two nights.

    Day 2 - Mexico City
    We will spend a day exploring the extraordinary temples at World Heritage Pre-Hispanic Teotihuacan and the Centro Historico with expert local guides. Visit the centre of the Aztec universe now the heart of one of the world's great modern cities.

    Day 2 - Mexico City
    We will spend a day exploring the extraordinary temples at World Heritage Pre-Hispanic Teotihuacan and the Centro Historico with expert local guides. Visit the centre of the Aztec universe now the heart of one of the world's great modern cities.

    Day 3 - Mexico City
    Today we visit of the Anthropological Museum, one of the most important of its kind in the world. In the afternoon we will take a boat tour around the floating gardens at Xochimilco.

    Day 3 - Mexico City
    Today we visit of the Anthropological Museum, one of the most important of its kind in the world. In the afternoon we will take a boat tour around the floating gardens at Xochimilco.

    Day 4 - Puebla
    First we visit Tepoztlan, famous for the remains of El Tepozteco temple built on top of Tepozteco Mountain, as well as for the exotic ice cream flavours prepared locally. We will walk up to Tepozteco pyramid along shaded paths to enjoy panoramic views from the top. Our journey then continues to World Heritage city Puebla where we stay two nights.

    Day 4 - Puebla
    First we visit Tepoztlan, famous for the remains of El Tepozteco temple built on top of Tepozteco Mountain, as well as for the exotic ice cream flavours prepared locally. We will walk up to Tepozteco pyramid along shaded paths to enjoy panoramic views from the top. Our journey then continues to World Heritage city Puebla where we stay two nights.

    Day 5 - Puebla
    We will spend the morning exploring the tunnels of Tlachihualtepetl, the partially buried temple of nearby Cholula and enjoy a walking tour of Puebla in the afternoon.

    Day 5 - Puebla
    We will spend the morning exploring the tunnels of Tlachihualtepetl, the partially buried temple of nearby Cholula and enjoy a walking tour of Puebla in the afternoon.

    Day 6 - Oaxaca
    We have a long journey of approximately five hours (345km) overland with stops on the way to Oaxaca (4 nights). We will have time for a walking tour of the city centre.

    Day 6 - Oaxaca
    We have a long journey of approximately five hours (345km) overland with stops on the way to Oaxaca (4 nights). We will have time for a walking tour of the city centre.

    Day 7 - Oaxaca
    Today we visit the world heritage site of Monte Alban and walk around the extensive site. We will walk from Monte Alban to the Alebrijas (fantastical sculptures) centre of Arrazola. On our return to Oaxaca we will take in the sprawling market full of things you wouldn't find on sale in the UK.

    Day 7 - Oaxaca
    Today we visit the world heritage site of Monte Alban and walk around the extensive site. We will walk from Monte Alban to the Alebrijas (fantastical sculptures) centre of Arrazola. On our return to Oaxaca we will take in the sprawling market full of things you wouldn't find on sale in the UK.

    Day 8 - Oaxaca
    Today we will hike in the Sierra Norte Oaxaca visiting the Neveria community in the Pueblos Mancomunados. We walk on the Cipriano Cabrera path making our way down from the cold pine forest of Neveria to oak forest below. Lunch is included today.

    Day 8 - Oaxaca
    Today we will hike in the Sierra Norte Oaxaca visiting the Neveria community in the Pueblos Mancomunados. We walk on the Cipriano Cabrera path making our way down from the cold pine forest of Neveria to oak forest below. Lunch is included today.

    Day 9 - Oaxaca
    We will visit the ruins at Mitla, see Hievre El Agua, ‘boiling water’ in English, where we can take a quick dip, hike to the petroglyphs of Xaaga, and see the magnificent Tule Tree. A busy day!

    Day 9 - Oaxaca
    We will visit the ruins at Mitla, see Hievre El Agua, ‘boiling water’ in English, where we can take a quick dip, hike to the petroglyphs of Xaaga, and see the magnificent Tule Tree. A busy day!

    Day 10 - Veracruz
    We depart for Veracruz (1 night), where we will discover a very different culture. Just north of town, Hernan Cortez, the first conquistador, arrived in 1519 to violently transform the country. We can experience the local scene at Parque Zamora in this uniquely culturally city.

    Day 10 - Veracruz
    We depart for Veracruz (1 night), where we will discover a very different culture. Just north of town, Hernan Cortez, the first conquistador, arrived in 1519 to violently transform the country. We can experience the local scene at Parque Zamora in this uniquely culturally city.

    Day 11 - Merida
    After a free morning we transfer to Veracruz airport for the direct flight to Merida (3 nights). On arrival we transfer to the city centre among the pastel mansions and promenades. In the afternoon locals gather in the leafy Plaza Grande beneath the towers of a 16th century cathedral.

    Day 11 - Merida
    After a free morning we transfer to Veracruz airport for the direct flight to Merida (3 nights). On arrival we transfer to the city centre among the pastel mansions and promenades. In the afternoon locals gather in the leafy Plaza Grande beneath the towers of a 16th century cathedral.

    Day 12 - Merida
    We drive approx 1.5 hours to the Flamingo sanctuary at the Celestun Biosphere Reserve to explore the mangroves by boat.

    Day 12 - Merida
    We drive approx 1.5 hours to the Flamingo sanctuary at the Celestun Biosphere Reserve to explore the mangroves by boat.

    Day 13 - Merida
    We head south from Merida to see fantastic Mayan sites. Known as the Pu'uc (hilly) Route destinations include World Heritage Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, restored Mayan temples and other structures covered with brush, tree and jungle in much the way early Spanish explorers and archaeologists found them.

    Day 13 - Merida
    We head south from Merida to see fantastic Mayan sites. Known as the Pu'uc (hilly) Route destinations include World Heritage Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, restored Mayan temples and other structures covered with brush, tree and jungle in much the way early Spanish explorers and archaeologists found them.

    Day 14 - Chichén-Itzá
    We leave Merida to explore the Yucatan Peninsula. We overnight close by one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, World Heritage site, Chichén-Itzá.

    Day 14 - Chichén-Itzá
    We leave Merida to explore the Yucatan Peninsula. We overnight close by one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, World Heritage site, Chichén-Itzá.

    Day 15 - In Flight
    The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichén-Itzá are over 1500 years old. We will explore the site early morning, avoiding the heat of the day and the crowds that descend later. In the afternoon we depart from Cancun on an overnight flight to the UK.

    Day 15 - In Flight
    The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichén-Itzá are over 1500 years old. We will explore the site early morning, avoiding the heat of the day and the crowds that descend later. In the afternoon we depart from Cancun on an overnight flight to the UK.

    Day 16 -
    Arrive London Gatwick.

    Day 16 -
    Arrive London Gatwick.


  • Accommodation

     Good tourist class hotels throughout.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • Travel between centres.
    • En suite accommodation in some lovely characterful hotels.
    • Dinner in local restaurants each night.
    • Local guides throughout.
    • All entrance fees and local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Immersing oneself in big, bustling, Mexico City, full of pre-Hispanic and modern history.
    • Walking amongst pre-Hispanic remains, – spectacular Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza and Oaxaca.
    • Walking in the cool of the Oaxaca mountains.
    • The Anthropological Museum in Mexico City.
    • Exploring inside the largest pyramid ever built, Piramide Tepanapa at Cholula.
    • Always accompanied by your Mexican guide to ensure you the best of experiences.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c1hr).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Mexico (c11hrs 50mins)/Cancun-Gatwick (c9hrs), British Airways.        
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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