Mexico Yucatan Highlights
The Yucatán Peninsula, in southeastern Mexico, separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico. Its known for its ancient ruins, rainforests, cenotes, and fine beaches. Mérida, the vibrant capital of Yucatán state, is a colonial city that boasts a burgeoning art scene, boutique hotels and fine cuisine. Campeche city, on west coast, has many restored colonial structures. And, the Mayan Archaeological Zones is home to some of the best restored Mayan cities.
Oaxaca, in the south, known for gastronomy and traditional arts is a vibrant colonial centre with indigenous towns. With your private guide, visit some of the most beautiful and important cultural spaces. Stroll in the friendly city centre lined with vibrant colonial buildings and learn about their indigenous traditions. On the Caribbean coast, Cancún is famous for Mexico's Riviera Maya; long beaches, backed by high-rise hotels and nightlife.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY MEXICO & YUCATAN ADVENTURE…
And, experience several important and historical sites of Mexico.
Mexico Yucatan Highlights
Oaxaca, Mexico City, Merida, Riviera Maya
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Begin in Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s best destinations for gastronomy and traditional arts. Visit the vibrant colonial centre, indigenous towns. 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. Oaxaca is ideal for those who love great food served with magnificent history and culture.
Next, continue to Mexico City, the sophisticated and vibrant capital of Mexico. Your expert guide and private driver explore the Historic Centre. It is here where you will find international art museums, Palacio de Bellas Arts, Cathedral Metropolitan, Templo Mayor and the National Palace. One day, explore the surrounds like; the ancient Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacan or paddle down t he ancient Aztec waterways of Xochimilco. Explore the charming neighbourhoods of San Angel and Coyoacan for cultural charm or visit Polanco and La Roma for world-class restaurants, numerous parks and green areas, monuments, and museums.
Continue to Merida, the capital and prosperous city of Yucatan, with 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
Oaxaca Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Introductory afternoon tour.
Day 2 – Ancient Ruins Tour
Oaxaca Full-day excursion to local craft villages, markets and ancient ruins.
Day 3 – Cooking Class
Oaxaca Morning Oaxacan cooking class and market visit. Afternoon at leisure. Evening Guelaguetza show.
Day 4 – Transfer
Mexico City Transfer and flight to Mexico City for 3 nights. Private afternoon tour.
Day 5 – City Tour
Mexico City Full-day private tour of Mexico City including interesting neighborhoods, markets, museums and gallery districts.
Day 6 – The Surrounds
Mexico City Morning excursion to Teotihuacan or continue private city touring. Evening tickets to the Ballet Folklorico.
Day 7 – Transfer
Merida Transfer and flight to Merida. Private afternoon tour of Merida.
Day 8 – Mayan Villages
Merida Private tour of Merida, nearby ruins and local Mayan villages.
Day 9 – Yucatan Tour
Merida Half-day tour in Yucatan. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 – Chichen Itza Tour
Riviera Maya Private transfer to Riviera Maya for 3 nights. Tour Chichen Itza en route.
Day 11 – Tulum Tour
Riviera Maya Private morning tour of Tulum.
Day 12 – Beach Stay
Riviera Maya At leisure.
Day 13 – 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.