Day 1: Australia – – México City
Today, depart Australia for México City! On arrival, you will met and transferred to your hotel in Mexico City. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the evening. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place.
Day 2: Mexico City – City Tour (B)
This morning you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Mexico City. Enjoy the after an leisure before an unforgettable gastronomical evening! Experts say that the Aztec capital has the best street food in the world and considered one of the most desirable and trendiest neighbourhoods in the city. Find hidden amongst art galleries and vintage clothing shops, some of the best taquerías in the city. After you try tacos, get among Mexico’s Holy Trinity of entertainment: Cantinas, Mariachi and Lucha Libre wrestling. Sip some tequila at a cantina, shuffle and sway to Mariachi music, watch masked wrestlers dive, fly, writhe, and grandstand for the audience – all on this Mexico City tour you’d be loco to miss!
Day 3: Mexico City – Teotihuacan Pyramids (B)
After breakfast, start your first adventure in Teotihuacan! We’ll venture out of Mexico City to see Teotihuacan pyramids. Take the opportunity to try local “delights” like cactus candy, sip on ancient pre-Hispanic brews and recharge your energy at the top of the spectacular Sun Pyramid.
Day 4: Oaxaca (B)
After breakfast, we travel to Oaxaca, around a 5-hour drive. A beautiful old colonial town, Oaxaca is full of graceful arcades and colourful markets. The markets are populated by descendants of the Zapotec and Mixtec Indians selling colourful woven blankets and shawls. Oaxaca is also known
for its arts scene, including folk art, fine art and dance. Explore the narrow, cobbled streets or simply sit in the square drinking mezcal as the world goes by.
Day 5: Oaxaca (B,L)
Today we’ll explore the amazing petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua and go for a swim in the natural pools. Visit a gigantic 2,000-year-old tree in Tule and then gaze at beautiful carved stone structures in the Zapotec ruins of Mitla. Learn the process of making woolen rugs by hand in a local village and sip Mezcal, a popular Mexican liquor, at a local factory. After this incredible experience, you will enjoy lunch with a Zapotecan family. Provecho!
Day 6: Oaxaca – – Tuxtla Gutierrez – San Cristóbal las Casas (B)
After breakfast, we take a local flight from Oaxaca to Tuxtla Gutierrez, then transfer to San Cristobal Las Casas. On arrival in San Cristobal Las Casas, enjoy a guided city tour before the evening at leisure. San Cristobal has a distinctive old-world feel, which comes from the Spanish colonial architecture and pretty, cobbled streets.
Day 7: San Cristóbal las Casas – Mayan Villages Tour (B)
Today you will enjoy a half-day visit to the Mayan villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Nestled in the highlands, these villages serve as marketplaces and religious ceremonial centres for the indigenous people who live in the surrounding hills. The local people have retained their traditional way of life and are often seen dressed in their own distinctive colourful attire. Explore these villages and learn more about the culture and history of these mainly Mayan communities.
Day 8: San Cristóbal las Casas – – Merida (B)
Today we fly to Merida. The drive from San Cristobal las Casas to Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport will take about one hour. Merida was founded in 1542 and it retains much of its old-world charm. Take in the splendour of its many colonial buildings and learn more about the Maya heritage of the town. You will have the afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of what many feel is the highlight of this part of Mexico.
Day 9: Merida – Walking Tour (B)
After breakfast, enjoy an orientation walk around the hotel, wander through the Old Town, check out some museums and stroll the city streets, which are alive with art and culture. Hang out in the green and shady Plaza Grande, with the 16th-century cathedral on one side and City Hall, State Government Palace and Casa Mantejo on the others. For a taste of Merida’s 19th-century glory, go for a walk along the mansion-lined Paseo de Montejo. Mornings are the best time to visit the outdoor markets, where you can stock up on hammocks and Mayan replicas. This is also a great place to sample local food specialties, such as ‘cochinita pibil’ or the extremely spicy El Yucateco hot sauce.
Day 10: Merida – Chichen Itza – Playa del Carmen (B)
Today we travel to Playa del Carmen, stopping along the way to visit the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza. Recently named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza contains both Toltec and Mayan ruins lying alongside each other. The famous El Castillo pyramid dominates the site. There is also a large ball court where games used to be held. Nearby, excavations of the Well of Sacrifice offered up treasures of jade, copper and gold as well as many human and animal bones. Spend 2-3 hours here before continuing to Playa del Carmen, about a 3-hour drive. Blessed with azure waters, powdery beaches and a European feel, Playa del Carmen is a resort city close to Cancun with a vibrant atmosphere. After a short orientation walk, pick a place to kick back with a margarita and watch the sunset.
Day 11: Playa del Carmen (B)
After breakfast, take a guided walking tour then your afternoon is free for you to explore the area or just relax at the beach.
Day 12: Playa del Carmen (B,D)
Enjoy your last day in Mexico free at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group to say goodbye to this incredible adventure.
Day 13: Playa del Carmen – – Australia (B)
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to Cancun airport for your homeward flight.
Day 14: In flight
Day 15: Australia
Arrive home today.