Mexico Pacific Coast
Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican beach resort town, situated on the Pacific coast. Stretching around the blue waters of Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is known for its sandy beaches, stylish restaurants and nightlife. At its heart is the old town with cobbled streets around a colonial plaza, overlooking the oceanfront boulevard. Nearby, is the red brick Church of Our Lady and Isla Río Cuale, a small lush island in the middle of the river that splits Puerto Vallarta in two.
Begin with the mountainous state of Queretaro, known for its blue Salamanders and explore its well-preserved architectural delights of Queretaro City. Then to San Miguel de Allende in the Bajio region, well-known for its mild climate, thermal springs and colonial architecture. In Guanajuato, marvel at the colourful architecture set against the Veeder Mountains. Then visit the infamous town of Tequilla, and relax in Puerto Vallarta fronting the Pacific Ocean.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY MEXICO PACIFIC COAST ADVENTURE…
And, experience the resort town of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The only direct scheduled flights from the UK to Mexico City are from London Heathrow to Mexico City or London Gatwick to Cancún, both with British Airways. Flying from anywhere else in Britain to any other destination in Mexico, you will have to change 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 (with a usual minimum of three). Depending on the airline, the pass will usually also include one or more destinations in Mexico and Canada.
Mexico Pacific Coast
Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Tequila, Puerto Vallarta
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Mexico City Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Hotel Regente (4 star).
Day 2 – City Tour
Mexico City Today enjoy an excursion around the capital. Take a private guided city tour and visit the breathtaking pyramids of Teotihuacan. The capital city, with nearly 9 million inhabitants, makes for a lively and culturally rich place. What was previously known as Tenochititlan, was then conquered by the Spaniards and renamed. Although the Aztec sites were preserved, the Spanish dotted cathedrals throughout the Mexico City continued to grow in size and stature at an impressive rate through to the present day. One can gain insight into the ancient cultures of Mexico, whilst in the shadows of the spectacular skyscrapers of the modern-era.
Overnight at Hotel Regente (B)
Day 3 – Historic City Tour
Queretaro Travel to Queretaro, one of Mexico´s colonial jewels. The historic city centre is filled with lovely colonial mansions, fountain-filled squares and stone streets lined with bougainvillea. One of the most distinct sites is Los Arcos, an aqueduct with 74 pink stone arches. Enjoy a guided tour of the delightful city in the state better known for its blue Salamanders.
Overnight at Hotel Plaza Camelinas (B)
Day 4 – Baroque Architecture
Guanuajuato Travel to the beautiful San Miguel de Allende and enjoy a guided tour of the area and dip into the history of the charming town. Continue on to mountainous Guanajuato. Once the world’s leading silver-extraction centre, its churches are considered to be among the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Central and South America. Allow an experienced guide to take you around the city.
Overnight at Hotel Mision (4 star) (B)
Day 5 – Colonial City Tour
Morelia Take a trip to Morelia, the epitome of Mexican colonial cities. Enjoy a guided visit of the city with more than 200 historic buildings, all in the region's characteristic pink stone. Its architectural history reflects an eclectic blend of Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements.
Overnight at Hotel Aranzazu Acueducto (4 star) (B)
Day 6 – Heritage City Tour
Guadalajara This morning journey by road to the colonial city of Guadalajara, a World Heritage Site, and enjoy a visit to the traditional handicraft village of Tlaquepaque. Steeped in history, you may marvel at the architecture and enjoy visits to many places of interest, like the neoclassical Teatro Degollado and a cathedral with twin gold spires.
Overnight Best Western Plaza Genova (4 star) (B)
Day 7 – Tequila Country
Puerto Vallarta Enjoy a scenic road-trip to the Pacific coast. En-route, delight in a visit to a distillery in the infamous town of Tequila.
Overnight at Hotel Emperador (4 star) (B)
Day 8 & 9 – Beach Activities
Puerto Vallarta Today is for you to enjoy at your own leisure. Explore the beautiful beaches, picturesque coastal scenery and take advantage of the restaurants, shops and art galleries in area. You may also wish to take part in some of the local water-based activities on offer. Enjoy your free day at your own leisure.
Overnight at Hotel Emperador (B)
Day 10 – Depart
Mexico City Transfer to Puerto Vallarta airport today, and take your flight to Mexico City. (B)
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
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Overview Mexico is vibrant, colourful and unique. It's beautiful and diverse, with breathtaking vistas, numerous cultures, cuisines, handicrafts, music and art forms. The 500-year old ornate churches in Spanish architecture crown the hillsides, and plazas mark the centre point of Mexican cities. Although, some of the Mexican cities are at the height of urban sophistication, there are other parts of the country that feel more like forgotten Spanish colonies, with an all pervading influence of native American culture.
The adventurous traveller willing to get off the beaten track can explore amazing Aztec style temples and other cultural highlights. Those who like water can surf along its 6000-mile coastline, full of beaches, points, reefs and river mouths. Waves vary from slow rollers to crashing tubes and every few miles of waterfront offers a new surf spot. Mexico is a dream destination and it will fulfil every traveller’s dream!
Where to go Mexico City may be a nightmare for travellers but its surrounding destinations offer the chief relics of the pre-Hispanic cultures of central Mexico: the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán and the main Toltec site at Tula. Travelling west towards Guadalajara, is the most gently scenic country in Mexico, where the thickly forested hills are studded with lakes and ancient villages.
South of the capital, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, have some of the largest populations of pure indigenous groups; superb markets and fascinating archaeological sites. And San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, makes a nice stopover before travelling to the picturesque Maya ruins of Palenque.
East into the Yucatán are magnificent Maya cities – Chichén Itzá and Uxmal – and the burgeoning Caribbean resorts that stretch down the coast from Cancún. On the Pacific coast, where the surf is wilder and the scenery more rugged than in the Caribbean, Acapulco is a fine beach destination. Along the ocean to the north, hundreds of kilometres of relatively empty sand are broken up only by resort cities like Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
In the heart of the country, are the beautiful silver-mining towns of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, the historic centres of San Miguel de Allende and Querétaro, and many smaller places with a legacy of superb colonial architecture. Baja California in the far northwest of Mexico offers world-class whale-watching, untrammelled beaches and crumbling Spanish ruins.
When to go November to May: This is late winter in Mexico and the traditional tourist season, worth considering when thinking about the best time to visit. November is probably the ideal time to visit, with the rains over, the land still fresh and the peak season not yet begun. December through to April are the busiest.
January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales. May is a hot month and when the rains make a slow start in the south, gradually creeping northwards over the coming months.
June to October: Beginning in 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, where it is almost monsoon like. By October, rains begin to ease a little. However, high temperatures, heavy showers and humid conditions remain across much of the country.
Visa British nationals visiting Mexico as a tourist don’t need a visa, but you do need a tourist card, which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico. Immigration officials at the port of entry may ask to see proof of your departure plans from Mexico before allowing you entry to the country, although this isn’t a formal entry requirement.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Mexico.
Travelling to Mexico via the US: If you’re travelling to Mexico via the US, even if you’re only transiting, check the US entry requirements with the US Embassy in London. If you don’t have the correct authorisation you will not be allowed to travel to or transit through the US.
Further information can be found on the FCO’s US Travel Advice.