The Zapotecs are an indigenous people of Mexico. They dwelt in the southern highlands, east of Mexico City, specifically, in the Valley of Oaxaca, which they inhabited between 500 BC to 900 AD. The Zapotecs built their first capital at Monte Albán and then at Mitla, and profited from trade and cultural links with the Olmec, Teotihuacan and Maya civilizations.
This journey through Mexico, includes private touring in the most interesting cities and countryside, visits to ancient Mayan and Zapotec ruins, stops at local craft villages and markets, and a few days on the pristine beaches of the Riviera Maya. Starting in San Miguel Allende, a thriving centre for art and culture, travel to Mexico City and Puebla, important Spanish colonial cities. Also, visit Oaxaca, Mexico’s cultural heart and Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula, known for rich Mayan and colonial heritage. Finally, relax at an exclusive beach resort on the Riviera Maya.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 16-DAY JOURNEY THROUGH MEXICO…
And, experience its most important Spanish colonial & cultural cities.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Merida, Riviera Maya
(16 Days – Travel Any Day)
Begin in San Miguel Allende, a thriving centre for art and culture. Enjoy a privately-guided tour of the town and visit the Artisans Market for a cultural experience and then visit Fabrica La Aurora, a beautiful art and design centre, home to over forty galleries, studios and restaurants. Observe the spectacular pink granite cathedral and explore the cobblestone backstreets lined with beautiful colonial buildings. Spend one day on a private excursion to Guanajuato, a picture-perfect UNESCO-listed town.
Next, travel to Mexico City, the sophisticated and vibrant capital of Mexico. Visit excellent museums, explore colourful markets, art galleries and boutiques. Visit ruins of Templo Mayor, the baroque Cathedral Metropolitan and Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. Then explore the surrounds for historical gems and take a private canal cruise through the floating gardens at Xochimilco.
Next, spend a night in the colonial city of Puebla, one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico before continuing on to Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s best destinations for gastronomy and traditional arts. With your private guide, visit some of the most beautiful and important cultural spaces and be invited into homes of various artisans to witness how they continue the traditions of making native crafts. Stroll in the friendly city centre lined with vibrant colonial buildings, meet the families of nearby local communities and learn about their indigenous traditions.
Fly to Merida , the vibrant capital of Yucatan with rich Mayan and colonial heritage. Explore its narrow streets, colonial buildings and shady parks. Merida is the cultural centre of the peninsula, and every night of the week some engaging event takes place. The city centre is especially delightful on weekends when the streets are blocked off to all but pedestrians. With your private guide explore Plaza Grande, surrounded by some of the city’s most impressive colonial buildings and its laurel trees provide welcome shade. Visit local Mayan homes and villages, and, if desired, take a cooking class at a renowned Yucatan cooking school. Finally, enjoy several relaxing days at an exclusive luxury beach resort on the Riviera Maya.
Day 1 – Arrive
Leon - San Miguel de Allende Private transfer to San Miguel de Allende for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Transfer
San Miguel de Allende Private morning tour of San Miguel de Allende. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3 – Guanajuato Tour
San Miguel de Allende Private excursion to Guanajuato and Dolores Hidalgo.
Day 4 – Transfer
Mexico City Private transfer to Mexico City for 3 nights. En route, tour Teotihuacan.
Day 5 – City Tour
Mexico City Full-day private tour of Mexico City including interesting neighbourhoods, markets, museums and gallery districts.
Day 6 – The Surrounds
Mexico City Continue private city touring.
Day 7 – Transfer
Puebla Private transfer to Puebla for overnight. Private afternoon touring.
Day 8 – Transfer
Oaxaca Private transfer to Oaxaca for 3 nights. Evening Guelaguetza show.
Day 9 – Village Tour
Oaxaca Full-day excursion to local craft villages, markets and ancient ruins.
Day 10 – Cooking Class
Oaxaca Cooking class and market visit.
Day 11 – Transfer
Merida Private transfer and flight to Merida for 2 nights. Private introductory tour.
Day 12 – Mayan Villages
Merida Private tour of nearby ruins and local Mayan villages.
Day 13 – Transfer
Riviera Maya Private transfer to Riviera Maya for 3 nights. Tour Chichen Itza en route.
Day 14 – Tulum Tour
Riviera Maya Private morning tour of Tulum.
Day 15 – Beach
Riviera Maya At leisure.
Day 16 – Depart
Riviera Maya (Cancun) Private airport transfer.
Make this your holiday
Getting There The only direct scheduled flights from the UK to Mexico are from London Heathrow to Mexico City or London Gatwick to Cancún, both with British Airways. Flying from anywhere else in Britain to Mexico, will require change of planes somewhere. If flying via the US, it’s worth checking if your transatlantic carrier has an airpass deal for non-US residents – most major US airlines do – by which you purchase coupons at a flat rate for a certain number of flights in North America. The pass will usually also include one or more destinations in Mexico and Canada.
When to go November to May: This is late winter in Mexico and the best time to visit. January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales. Beginning June, the rains begin to make their presence known, mostly in the form of an afternoon storm. July is the heart of Mexico's rainy season, though rains still accustomed to its afternoon routine, cooling down the temperatures. In August and September, rains become heavier, particularly on the Pacific Coast. By October, rains begin to ease a little but humid condition remain across much of the country.