Discover Mexico

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Best time to go: January to December

13 Nights | from £5,980pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the landmarks of Mexico City with your guide and explore its characterful cobbled streets
  • Take a private tour of Teotihuacan and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon
  • Explore colourful Puebla, touring its historic colonial centre and visit a talavera workshop to learn how the ceramics that characterise the area are made
  • Savour the colonial architecture, archaeological sites, artisan techniques and gastronomy of Oaxaca ad nearby villages
  • Visit the ancient Mayan sites of Uxmal, Kaban and Chichen Itza

Day 1 UK / Mexico City
Depart the UK on a day time flight to Mexico City, where you’ll be met on arrival by an A&K guide and driven to your hotel, Las Alcobas, where you’ll spend the next four nights.
Las Alcobas

Day 2 Mexico City
A full day tour of this buzzing capital is on the cards today, taking in the impressive city centre square, the Palacio Nacional, the cathedral and an overview of the Templo Mayor from above. In the afternoon we’ll show you Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico’s central avenue, before touring the world-renowned National Museum of Anthropology.
Las Alcobas I Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Teotihuacan
Leaving the city early you’re heading for a private guided tour of Teotihuacan, famous for its pyramidal structures, the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.
Las Alcobas I Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Mexico City
The southern neighbourhoods of Mexico City are full of character, especially Coyoacan, Studio Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo’s Casa Azul. Tour the cobbled streets, noisy little markets and tastebud-tingling lunch spots before a visit to Xochimilco’s floating gardens, where a traditional trajinera (Aztec boat) is waiting to drift you away.
Las Alcobas I Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Mexico City / Cholula / Puebla
En route to the ancient city of Puebla there’s a pause in Cholula, famous for its many churches and Great Pyramidal temple. After lunch in Puebla you can check in to your hotel, the quaintly traditional Casa Reyna.
Casa Reyna I Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 Puebla
Your guide will take you on a private tour of Puebla’s historic centre, home to more than 70 churches and thousands of colonial buildings adorned in azulejos (ceramic tiles) for which the city has become famous. The shady central plaza and imposing cathedral, Teatro Principal (one of the oldest in the Americas) and Museo Amparo will work up an appetite for lunch, where you can sample the city’s famous mole – a peppery sauce usually served with chicken and rice. Fully sated, in the afternoon you’ll visit a ceramic ‘talavera’ workshop to learn about the process by which craftsmen create the intricately ornate tiles, vases and plates that characterise the area.
Casa Reyna I Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Puebla / Oaxaca
Travelling south today you’ll reach Oaxaca (pronounced ‘wahaca’). Your home here is the serene Hotel Quinta Real. Explore the historic centre – yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site – on foot with your guide and soak up the unique flavours of Oaxaca.
Quinta Real Oaxaca I Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Oaxaca and villages
Tour the outlying market villages surrounding Oaxaca, famous for everything from wood figurines to shiny black pottery, and meet the talented artisans who create these pieces. Lunch is a real treat today, served with a local family and bountiful with regional specialities.
Quinta Real Oaxaca I Meals: Breakfast

Days 9 - 10 Oaxaca and villages
You’ll have two further days in and around Oaxaca to uncover this fascinating and diverse region, including the ancient ruins of Monte Alban; the local markets of Tlacochauaya, where the villagers of 13 different ethnicities gather; the archaeological site of Mitla and the nearby Mezcal distillery where you can sample some of the local brew. After visiting the famous Zapotec rug weavers of Teotitlan del Valle, where you’ll have a demonstration of traditional weaving and dying techniques, you’ll be invited to lunch with local friends and you can try your hand at tortilla making.
Quinta Real Oaxaca I Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 Oaxaca / Merida
A short flight to Merida delivers you to your next hotel, the beautiful Hacienda Temozon, which has an amazing spa and plenty of activities on offer.
Hacienda Temozon I Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Merida
The nearby reserve of Celestun is one of the most extensive and important protected areas in the Yucatan Peninsula and home to a permanent colony of pink flamingos; you’ll explore the area and its mangrove estuaries and wetlands by a speedy launch with your guide and knowledgeable boatman. After spotting the wide variety of wildlife, such as crocodiles and herons, you’ll have a lip-smacking seafood lunch under the shade of a large palapa restaurant. Following your speedboat tour you’ll explore Merida’s historic city centre.
Hacienda Temozon I Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 Uxmal
Journey into the heart of the Maya territory and visit the archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah, perhaps sampling an earth cooked meal of chicken or pork while meeting a Maya family en route.
Hacienda Temozon I Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 Chichen Itza
The famed archaeological site of Chichen Itza is the best restored and most famous of the Maya ceremonial centres. With your guide you’ll be lucky enough to spend a few hours uncovering the grandeur of the site before heading east to Cancun for your onward flight back to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide this 14 day suggested holiday will cost from £5,980 per person, based on two sharing, excluding international flights. The optional Hot Air Balloon Private Tour is an additional £695 for 2 pax. Terms and conditions apply.

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Best time to be there

October to April as the rainy season works its way up from the south beginning in May and running until September. Hurricanes may occur from July to October. December to February are the coolest months, when northerly winds can sometimes take inland northern Mexico temperatures down to freezing.

Fly to

Mexico City Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun (onward connections to the coast)

flying time

12 hours (plus one hour for onward connections)

time difference

GMT -6 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations required

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