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Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins
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From the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, to the ruins at Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this adventure takes in all the cultural and historical highlights. It’s perfect for travellers on a tight budget looking to see as much as possible of this diverse region.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: MMC/126850
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Mexico City
  • Veracruz
  • Oaxaca
  • Mérida
  • Río Lagartos
  • Tulum
  • Playa del Carmen



Day 1: Mexico City

Arrive at any time.
Arrive at any time. Check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.


Day 2: Mexico City

Enjoy a free day to discover Mexico City. Explore one of the world's largest metropolitan areas. Opt to visit Frida Kahlo's house, see the iconic architecture of Museo Soumaya, or go on a party boat at the nearby floating gardens of Xochimilco. At night, opt to witness the high-flying practitioners of “lucha libre,” Mexico's world-famous brand of wrestling.


Day 3: Mexico City

Take a day trip to the famous archaeological site of Teotihuacán to visit the massive pyramids. In the evening, set off in search of the perfect taco with a street food crawl. Indulge in one of Mexico's most iconic delicacies, as you take in the sights of this capital city.


Day 4: Mexico City/Veracruz

Travel to the coastal city of Veracruz. This historic city is home to beautiful beaches, nearby ruins, and some of the best whitewater rafting in Mexico. After arriving, go on an orientation walk with the CEO.


Day 5: Veracruz

Enjoy a free day in Veracruz. Opt to hit the beach, go whitewater rafting, or visit the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tlacotalpan.


Day 6: Veracruz/Oaxaca

Travel to colonial Oaxaca. Orientation walk to the main square and nearby markets.
Upon arrival in Oaxaca, your CEO will take you an orientation walk around town to introduce you to this fascinating city.


Day 7: Oaxaca

Set off for a day trip to the stunning Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall, then stop for a mezcal tasting on the way back to Oaxaca.


Day 8: Oaxaca

Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities, take a mole cooking class, or check out the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán.


Day 9: Oaxaca/Mérida

Hop on a flight to Mérida. This beautiful city is the capital of the Yucatan, and is our jumping off point to exploring the region.


Day 10: Mérida

Set off into the countryside and visit a cenote (limestone sinkhole unique to the Yucatån) to escape the heat with an underground swim. Enjoy an afternoon of freetime to explore more of Mérida. Opt to travel to the Mayan ruins of Uxmal for their nighttime sound and light show.
Mérida is a fascinating and beautiful city and easy to explore on foot. Mérida is also the gateway to the Mayan ruins of the Puuc Route, the most famous of which is Uxmal, which rivals Chichén Itzá in its scale and extent of excavation.


Day 11: Mérida/Río Lagartos

After a free morning in Merida, travel to the small seaside town of Rio Lagartos. The area is home to thousands of flamingos in April. Venture to nearby Las Coloradas, which has picture-perfect bright pink and coral hues during the afternoon sun. Seeing is believeing here!


Day 12: Río Lagartos/Tulum

Continue to the seaside town of Tulum, and visit the dramatic Mayan ruins of Tulum – situated on the edge of a cliff next to the crashing sea.
With it's breathtaking coastline, white sand beaches, and Mayan ruins, Tulum is guaranteed to impress! In the afternoon, visit the Tulum ruins and take in the picturesque tropical backdrop while exploring the site.


Day 13: Tulum

Enjoy a free day in Tulum. Opt to visit a nearby cenote to swim, take a day trip to see the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Coba, go scuba diving/snorkelling, or chill out on the beach. Cap off the day with a Big Night Out.


Day 14: Tulum/Playa del Carmen

Travel to Playa del Carmen. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.
Our final stop is Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-minute drive south of Cancún. The town is your last chance to enjoy some nightlife, buy last-minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean Sea. There is also snorkelling and diving available, and long stretches of sandy beaches which are perfect for walking and relaxing after a hectic day.


Day 15: Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

    • Your G for Good Moment: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Taco Street Food Crawl, Mexico City Your Foodie Moment: Mezcal Tasting, Oaxaca Your Discover Moment: Oaxaca Your Big Night Out Moment: Tulum
    • Teotihuacán ruins visit
    • Taco street food crawl
    • Oaxaca market visit
    • Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall day trip
    • Mezcal tasting
    • Orientation walk of Veracruz and Oaxaca
    • Cenote visit
    • Las Coloradas visit
    • Tulum ruins visit
    • Beach time in Tulum and Playa del Carmen
    • Free time in Mexico City, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Mérida, Tulum and Playa del Carmen
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Simple hotels/hostels (14 nts, most multi-share)
    • 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    • Public air-conditioned bus, taxi, private vehicle
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Trek up the pyramids of Teotihuacán
  • See how mezcal is distilled in its birthplace
  • Go swimming in an underground cenote
  • Shop for artisan goods from local makers
  • Marvel at the pink lake at Playa de las Coloradas
  • Hunt for tacos in Mexico City