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.
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.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Merida, Riviera Maya
(16 Days – Travel Any Day)
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.
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.
Make this your holiday
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.