If you want to combine tropical beaches, ancient ruins and all of the excitement and style of Latin America then Mexico is most certainly for you. This is a truly amazing Aztec adventure and if you fancy jungle trekking in search of hidden pyramids one day, before snorkelling in warm clear shallows the next, jump on-board and enjoy the ride.
- Entrance and visit to Chichen Itza
- Toe-tap to a mariachi band in Mexico City
- Embrace a kaleidoscope of colour at a Mexican market
- Walk amongst waterfalls and clear limestone pools
- Explore the cathedrals of the Yucatan capital, Merida
- Escape the Mexican heat in San Cristobal de las Casas
- Bask on Playa del Carmen's white sand beaches
- Sparkling Caribbean Sea and sprawling jungles
Accommodation & Transportation
Food & Meals
- All meals paid locally
- Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
- All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)
- All accommodation - 12 twin share hotel nights & 2 sleeper coaches
- Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
- From 1st January 2017 the age range for this tour will be for travellers between 18 and 29 years old.
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, and lots of optional activities to choose from. With stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary no two Trek trips are the same, so get ready for one awesome adventure.
You will meet your tour leader and group at 1800 hrs in the hotel lobby on day 1. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.
An incredible mix of old and new awaits in Mexico City. Over the next couple of days you'll have the chance to acclimatise on an orientation walk of the city, where you'll discover a whole host of archaeological, cultural and exciting options ensuring you really get to hit the Aztec trail at full pace. There's so much to do in Mexico City that it may take you a while to stop your head from spinning however, once you get your bearings it's time to have fun. Having the option to watch a football match, explore anthropology museums or find out more about the ruins of Teotihuacan all present a wide array of choices. So, best advice is to research, ask your guide and then hit the ground running.
Wave adios to the ancient pyramids and urban excitement of Mexico City as you head by local bus further south to the colonial streets and handicraft markets of Puebla. Test out your haggling skills, hike by a volcano or take the opportunity to have a go at making the delicious local sauce, mole poblano. Cookery lessons are a great way to learn a bit of the local lingo and take home a couple of recipes to impress the folks back home with your newfound skills.
Take an afternoon local bus to Oaxaca where you'll be met by a mix of native and colonial buildings including the legendary UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte Alban. This is an exceptional site and an absolute cultural experience to savour no matter what you're into. Monte Alban is literally carved from the mountain and features: terraces, canals, pyramids and ceremonial alters that pay testament to the ingenuity of the pre-Columbian inhabitants of Oaxaca. On day seven you're free to enjoy your Oaxaca before boarding your overnight bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.
The effects of Spanish colonialism are littered throughout Mexico, and nowhere is this more evident than the cobbled streets of San Cristobal de las Casas. Get out of the city discover what life was like before the arrival of the early European explorers. Optional village tours are a great way to explore the local area and renting a bike will allow you to travel at your leisure and experience life at your own pace.
Wind your way through the jungle to the ancient city of Palenque by local bus where you'll find one of the finest collections of Mayan architecture and carvings in existence. Palenque is situated on a hilltop in an area of hot jungle and is home to possibly the most impressive series of Mayan ruins, which date back at AD600. Whilst walking amongst the ruins it is often possible to hear the eerie calls of howler monkeys echoing from the jungle, giving an added dimension to this magnificent site. The temples are superb relics of Mayan culture and there are many ruins here still unexcavated and hidden in the surrounding forest. On day 11 you transfer to the bus station and board an overnight bus to Merida (approx. 8-9 hrs).
Leave the jungles behind as you explore the museums, galleries and cathedrals of Merida, the capital city of Yucatan. This is a great chance to collect your thoughts amongst the markets and mansions of this cultural hub and if you're still hankering for more Mayan ruins then the site of Uxmal is easily within reach. Cultural activities of a different nature can be found in Merida every Sunday and if you fancy slipping on your dancing shoes then you won't be disappointed. Salsa and merengue are the order of the day to finish off the weekend and as some of the streets close and turn into dance floors you may not be able to stop yourself from joining in, Strictly Come Dancing here you come! For some more spectacular sites of the feathered variety head to the pink flamingos of Celestun Bird Sanctuary, which always proves to be one of many colourful highlights on this stretch of your Mexican adventure.
Chichen Itza is just one of those 'must see' Mayan destinations and that's why we've included a visit for you. After you've had your fill of pyramids, inscriptions and gigantic stone staircases then it's time to let your hair down and celebrate in Playa del Carmen. Although close to Cancun, Playa isn't as full on and if you're hoping for a spot of snorkelling, or simply watching the sunset with a tropical cocktail or two then why not - you deserve it and it makes for the perfect end to one heck of an awesome trip!
Our BOLT tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities starting with a pre-departure meeting at 18.00 on the evening of day 1 (check your tour voucher for details) and finishing in the morning of your final day. If you would like to do some extra sightseeing we can request the extra nights for you in our hotels. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.
MEXICO CITY - HOTEL METROPOL
Calle Luis Moya #39, Cuauhtemoc, Centro, 06050 Mexico City
Located in the heart of vibrant Mexico City, this comfortable tourist hotel boasts an on-site restaurant & lobby bar.
Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £50 | US$72 | Eur60 | AU$90 | NZ$95
Price per room per night
AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION
The easiest way to get from the airport to your hotel is by taxi. On your left as you exit customs you will find 'Transporte Terrestre" - you need to purchase your ticket from the named "Sitio 300". Rates are fixed and a ride to your hotel should cost you approximately US$15. You should avoid taking taxis from outside the airport.
Our BOLT tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities starting with a pre-departure meeting at 18.00 on the evening of day 1 (check your tour voucher for details) and finishing in the morning of your final day. If you would like to do some extra sightseeing we can request the extra nights for you in our hotels. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team
PLAYA DEL CARMEN - PLAYA DEL CARMEN HOTEL
Avenida 20 entre 2 y 4 Centro, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen
Located near the famous Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) and only a few minutes away from the dreamy Playa del Carmen Beach.
Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £54 | US$77 | Eur65 | AU$98 | NZ$103
Price per room per night
AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION
Playa del Carmen is approx. 1 hour from Cancun Airport. The easiest way to get to your hotel is by taxi. Negotiate the rate with one of the companies outside the customs exit, expect to pay between US$50-60 per cab. Alternatively, catch a mini vans departing every 15-30 mins from the curb outside the International exit for approx. US$18. If you pre-booked an arrival/departure transfer and you can't locate your driver at the agreed time call (+52 998) 167 5011 or (+52 998) 173 8861.
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There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.
Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!
As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.