Mexico

Beautiful beaches, stunning Mayan and Aztec ruins, colonial cities and deep rooted traditions

Mexico is a large and diverse country with stunning scenery, deep rooted traditions, beautiful beaches and ruins from ancient civilisations.  Whatever sort of holiday you are looking for you are likely to be able to find it in Mexico.  Highlights include:

  • Mexico City, the main point of entry to Mexico.  Once a vast Aztec city, it was largely destroyed and rebuilt in the sixteenth century.  It has a beautiful plaza with both fine colonial buildings and the Aztec Templo Mayor.  
  • Made up of twenty canyons, Copper Canyon is in the heart of the Mexican wilderness and the scenery is spectacular.  Most people choose to visit by the famous Chihuahua al Pacifico train either as a one day trip or using the train to hop on and off and visit indigenous villages, old missionary stations, look out points and taking short treks.  
  • Oaxaca, a city south east of Mexico City has Spanish buildings, vibrant indigenous markets and numerous fiestas.  The nearby site of Mitla is one of the best places to see Day of the Dead festivities.  
  • Visit the famous Mayan ruins at Tulum, and Chichen Itza
  • Chiapas is a rural state blessed with lush jungles, Mayan ruins and waterfalls.   It is home to the romantic jungle enshrouded site of Palenque with its soaring pyramids and temples.  
  • Surrounded by cool mountain air and pine forests San Cristobal is a colourful colonial city with cobbled streets and labyrinthine markets
  • Mexico’s Pacific coastline in Baja California has spectacular scenery and lovely beaches.  Its capital La Paz is a great place for watersports and there are a number of other charming coastal towns good for relaxation
  • Perhaps the biggest attraction Baja California has to offer are the whales.  The nutrient rich Sea of Cortez has perhaps the largest and most varied whale population in the world.  The Pacific lagoons are also home to calving grey whales which migrate there January to March each year.  
  • Fly to Cancun instead of Mexico City and visit some of the more laid back (compared with Cancun) beach resorts such as Tulum with its own Mayan ruins and Isla Holbox an island with beautiful shallows, white beaches and a bohemian vibe.   
  • Flying time: 12 hours 15 mins to Mexico City
  • Time difference: + -6 or -7 hours
  • Currency: Mexican peso
  • Best time of year to travel: December to May

Ideas for a trip to Mexico

Here are some ideas for trips to Mexico all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Boutique beach stay

from £2829.20 per person
A week staying at Hotel Esencia set on the pristine white sands of Xpu-Ha beach on the Mayan Riviera. This elegant boutique retreat makes for a peaceful beach holiday with plenty of amenities - watersports, spa, yoga and meditation, cookery classes and gym.

Yucatan Natural Wonders

from £3043 per person
11 nights visiting the sites fo the Yucatan Peninsula staying in boutique accommodation. Sites visited include Merida, Uxmal, Chichen Itza and the beach resort of Playa del Carmen

Magical Mexico

from £3495 per person
14 day trip across Mexico starting in Mexico City, ending in the Yucatan Peninsula and visiting Oaxaca, San Cristobal, Palenque, Merida and Chichen Itza. A perfect introduction to this truly magical country.

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you’re visiting Mexico as a tourist you don’t need a visa, but you’ll need to complete an immigration form and have this with you when you enter and leave Mexico. However always check FCO travel advice before travelling   

No specific immunisations required but check your usual immunisations are up to date and consider Hepatitis A.  Check NHS Fit for Travel website for specific advice

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