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.  Here you can take a day trip to the Mayan ruins at Teotihuacan and spend time visiting Frieda Kahlo’s house.
  • 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.   

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

Mexico in Style

from £4195 per person (incl flights)
11 days experiencing the best of Mexico’s iconic sights combined with luxurious hotels. Enjoy exploring vibrant lively Mexico City, then head to the Yucatan Peninsula to discover the colonial beauty of Merida and the fascinating architecture of Mayan ruins before unwinding on the beautiful Riviera Maya.

Self drive the Yucutan Peninsula

from £1900 per person (excl flights)
The Yucatán peninsula has a decent road network suiting independent drivers who want flexibility to explore the multitude of Mayan ruins and colonial towns. Your point-to-point itinerary is planned out for you, with hotel reservations made in advance and maps provided, so you can explore the Mayan ruins and colonial towns at leisure. You’ll find vestiges of the once supreme Maya civilisation and sites replete with temples and pyramids. At your beach hotel base on the soft-sand Caribbean coast at tranquil Tulum village there is time to laze on the beach and take part in water sports or visit nearby resort towns.

Cultural Heartlands to Caribbean Coast

from £3260 per person (excl flights)
This busy fourteen day itinerary takes you to Mexico’s most fascinating historical places and archaeological sites, including indigenous Oaxaca and Chiapas; the Mayan jungle sites at Palenque and in the Yucatán; and Mayan Riviera beaches. You will visit the museums and teeming plazas of the megalopolis Mexico City, where Aztec and Spanish heritages sit side by side then move on to the dramatic landscapes of the Sumidero Canyon to indigenous Oaxaca and colonial Mérida, gateway to the ruined jungle-cloaked Mayan temples. Your journey ends on the white-sand beaches that fringe the Yucatán Peninsula.

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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