Company : Contiki
Duration: 2 weeks to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 1500 to 1750 £ Pound (UK)
On our trip we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of Mexico.
On our trip we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of Mexico.
From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.
1 MEXICO CITY TO GUANAJUATO
Meet up with your fellow travellers and Trip Manager in Mexico’s sprawling capital, before we hit the road and travel to the beautiful Colonial City of Guanajuato. With a history as a major silver mining town, and many of the mines are still active today. Guanajuato was once home to one of the richest and most productive silver mines in the world. The Templo de San Cayetano (San Cayetano Church) stands as a monument to the wealth and riches extracted from the mine. Soak up the sights as your private Local Guide leads you on a captivating journey through the winding streets and subterranean passageways of this UNESCO World Heritage city. View the romantic “Callejon de Beso” (Two balconies separated by only 69cms is home of an old love legend). The legend tells that there lived two people in love called Carlos and Ana. Ana was a rich Spaniard who lived on the left side of the street, and Carlos, a poor miner who rented the house on the right side for a few gold and silver coins…..And the story goes on…. Make sure you ask your Trip Manager to tell you all about it!
The historic center of Guanajuato has a distinct European flavour packed with narrow cobblestone callejones (alleyways) running up and down the hillside. Pretty little plazas are dotted with sidewalk cafés, museums, theatres, markets and monuments. Visit the main square and the cast-iron-and glass Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustave Eiffel. Later, get to know the group and your Trip Manager over dinner in a local restaurant. Guanajuato is a great place to sample regional Bajío cuisine. Favorite local dishes include enchiladas mineras (tortillas filled with meat, beans or cheese and topped with a sauce made from guajillo and ancho chiles) and pacholas Guanajuatenses (ground beef with spices). This is an updated itinerary. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change to the original itinerary on days 1 to 7. For further details, please contact our Reservations team.
2 GUANAJUATO TO GUADALAJARA
Experience the most famous monuments of the ‘Pearl of the West’ as locals refer to Guadalajara. Take a closer look at beautiful buildings and picture perfect plazas; let your Local Guide talk you through the great murals, colonial architecture and colourful history. Stroll through the streets of the historic centre, where you’ll visit the four main squares, venture inside the City Hall and the magnificent Cathedral. Admire the rich neo-classical architecture of the buildings before hitting the modern side of the city. Get ready for some Mariachi! We head to the Mariachi Plaza for some of the best music in Mexico! Mariachi is a recognized symbol of Mexico throughout the world. For Mexicans it is the musical accompaniment to life's most important moments: it forms a vital part of courtship and family events such as weddings, birthdays, baptisms, and funerals. This is the emblematic sound of Mexico, which reaches into the hearts of its listeners evoking the history and traditions. Later, head out to some of the city’s best bars & clubs to continue the Mexican Fiesta!
3 GUADALAJARA TO PUERTO VALLARTA
Our Journey today will bring us through the mountainous culture-rich area of Jalisco. We’ll stop enroute to see the Ceboruco – a dacitic stratovolcano. The most recent and best documented eruption from Ceboruco lasted from 1870–1875, with fumarole activity lasting well into the 20th century. The mountain features one large caldera, created during the Jala eruption, with a smaller crater nested inside that formed when the Dos Equis lava dome collapsed during the Coapales eruption around 1100 AD. In the early afternoon, arrive in the fantastic beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. Get ready to relax by the pool or treat yourself at the spa. Later, meet up with the group to enjoy a delicious dinner on the beachfront. This is an updated itinerary. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change to the original itinerary on days 1 to 7. For further details, please contact our Reservations team.
4 PUERTO VALLARTA
Today we chill out at the awesome Puerto Vallarta beach, but if it’s action you’re looking for there’s the opportunity to get the adrenalin pumping at the extreme zip line adventure. More is more fun when it comes to adventure, and this tour offers the most activities packed into one fun-filled day of adventure. Enjoy thrilling rides on a series of zip lines, including Mexico's longest and fastest, an exhilarating off road ride in a Polaris® UTV and much, much more. This is an updated itinerary. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change to the original itinerary on days 1 to 7. For further details, please contact our Reservations team.
5 PUERTO VALLARTA
With a free day, soak up more of Puerto Vallarta’s vibes, beach life and sparkling blue waters. Join a surfing safari and explore the spectacular hidden beaches along the northern coast of Banderas Bay, some of the best and most beautiful surfing beaches in Mexico. Get out, see more of the area and catch some waves. The beaches near Punta Mita offer some of the best waves for learning to surf in the world - it is the Waikiki of Mexico If you’re looking to learn more about this beautiful environment join the Marietas Eco Discovery. Just offshore, inside Banderas Bay, rests a group of small, volcanic islands known as the Marietas Islands. These islands, made famous by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, provide the perfect environment for an entertaining eco-adventure. Experience wildlife above and below the water as you kayak, snorkel and explore the unique ecosystem with the informative & fun guides and crew. Tonight, choose to join an amazing sunset cruise with exciting pirate show! This five-hour cruise begins just before sunset and offers incredible views of Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta from the deck of a real wooden pirate ship. Onboard entertainment includes Pirate show, acrobatics, sword-fighting and even a fireworks display! Full dinner and free drinks, dancing and music – lets the fun times roll. This is an updated itinerary. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change to the original itinerary on days 1 to 7. For further details, please contact our Reservations team.
6 PUERTO VALLARTA TO TEQUILA
Today it is all about Tequila! We head to the picturesque town of Tequila, where we will learn all about the Tequila making, we will visit a Tequila factory and of course, at the end of the tour, a well deserved Tequila tasting. Overnight in the little town of Tequila. Tonight, go out and explore and join the group and Trip Manager for a feast of Mexican specialities then wash it all down with some tequila, Mexico’s national drink. This is an updated itinerary. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change to the original itinerary on days 1 to 7. For further details, please contact our Reservations team.
7 TEQUILA TO MEXICO CITY
After a healthy and well deserved breakfast, return to Mexico City through the charming countryside of the Colonial Heartland. We’ll make our way through agricultural districts that lead to bustling Mexico City, the largest city in the country and the oldest capital city in North America. This is an updated itinerary. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change to the original itinerary on days 1 to 7. For further details, please contact our Reservations team.
8 MEXICO CITY
We turn back the clock this morning with a trip to Teotihuacan, the largest archaeological city ever to exist on the American continents. Climb the impressive pyramids and imagine how this was once Central America’s greatest city. Our Local Guide will fill you in on the Teotihuacanos beliefs and rites as you walk around the site and see the Sun and Moon Temples. This afternoon, discover another side of vibrant Mexico City with a visit to the easy-going, old barrio (neighbourhood) of Coyoacan. Take in the old colonial mansions, fountains and quiet squares of this cultural quarter. See the paired studios of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and maybe visit Frida Kahlo’s famous Blue House, which is filled with colourful art, pre-Hispanic artefacts and a beautiful garden. Visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Board our own brightly colored flat bottom boat and cruise along the canals, past gardens and floating Mariachi bands. Vendors jump from boat to boat with souvenirs, so you can kick back and shop while you ride along the canals. Then we head to the historic heart of the city, where ancient civilization, political power and religion combine around the enormous Zocalo (Central Square). Get inspired as our expert Local Guide uncovers the nation’s core spots and shows off this living time line. Step inside the largest cathedral in Latin America and learn why the tilting Catedral Metropolitana is a spiritual hub for Mexicans. Get up close to Mexico’s Aztec past as you explore the bare ruins around Templo Mayor. Our Local Guide will peel back the layers and explain how a new temple was built here every 52 years, one on top of the other.
9 MEXICO CITY TO MERIDA
Today, it’s a total change of scene when we leave behind Mexico City and fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Laid-back and pretty, it’s perfect for a wind down after the hectic hum of the capital. Get a real feel for this small, stylish town on our walking tour through the center as your Tour Manager gives you the story behind the haciendas, palaces and gorgeous buildings. We'll ride through town old-style on our included horse & carriage ride. The local driver will show off Merida’s core spots as you sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Use your free time to explore the buzzing market district, where you can pick up handicrafts, hammocks and traditional travel treasures like ponchos and sombreros.
10 MERIDA TO CANCUN VIA CHICHEN ITZA
We kick start the day with a trip to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza – the best preserved and most famous Mayan ruins in Mexico. Hear from our expert Local Guide about the time temples and how the Mayan calendar worked as you explore the spectacular ancient ceremonial center and the fascinating snail-shaped observatory. Back on the coach, we continue on to glitzy Cancun, Mexico’s super resort. This party paradise is a high energy destination, loaded with outdoor activities and a buzzing nightlife. Use your free time to relax with an evening siesta. Then head into town to the Mercado 28, a lively market serving up homemade foods. Sit yourself down in a fondita (little café) and order various specialties from throughout Mexico or try the regional Yucatan dish, chicken pibil (chicken in a special marinade). For some live, local music, make a move to Parquet de las Palapas with some friends. Grab a cold cerveza (beer) from one of the food stands and take it all in. Then explore what’s on offer party-wise in Cancun.
11 CANCUN & PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Take a trip with the group to the hip, hot beach of Playa del Carmen. A popular spot for snorkeling and diving, Playa del Carmen has underwater caves and mind-blowing offshore coral reefs. Take a swim in the azure waters, chill out on the beach or even jump on a ferry to the Island of Cozumel. Back in Cancun, wrap up the day on the beach watching the sun set over the Caribbean Sea. Some ideas for dinner include hitting an open-air restaurant for some fresh seafood or heading to the central plaza for some authentic island specialties.
Today, your Tour Manager will take you to hidden spots and show off tropical jungle and watering holes. Then with a full free day, make the most of Cancun’s action and crystal clear waters. We get away from it all and head to the pint-sized Isla Mujeres. With no cars and little development, this is the place to wind down on pristine beaches and soak up the sun. Experience its fabulous coral reefs on our optional Garrafon Natural Reef Park excursion. You could head to Punta Nizuc for some more snorkeling. For something different have a look through La Casa des Artes Mexicanas (House of Mexican Art), where you’ll see musical instruments, handmade kids’ toys and traditional costumes. Opt for a trip to Xcaret Ecopark, where Mayan ruins, a stunning inlet and jungle combine to make this place so special. Have a swim in the underground river and see colorful birdlife and a butterfly farm. Make your last night on tour one to remember with the group. Get into the fun, festive vibes of Cancun and settle in on an open terrace beachside or at a small, local bar. Keep it moving until the sun comes up if you want – Cancun nightlife is the stuff of legends.
13 DEPART CANCUN
The trip ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.
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