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Top Trip Memories

  • Exploring the vast complex of Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, where ancient people created a sophisticated civilization. 
  • Wandering the Zocalo -- the colonial-era central square in Mexico City – an impressive historic and architectural landmark in the heart of a huge, sprawling city. 
  • Watching for whales and dolphins on a small-chip cruise in the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California). 
  • Feasting on freshly caught lobster or a fish taco in a seaside village along Mexico’s Pacific coast. 
  • Taking the train through Copper Canyon.
  • Shopping at the public markets in Oaxaca for crafts, souvenirs, and local culinary specialties.
  • Lingering over coffee or a margarita at an outdoor café in the village of San Miguel de Allende. 
  • Practicing your Spanish as you stroll through a small village, conversing with the locals (with hand gestures, if necessary). 
  • Sampling wine in Baja.
  • Climbing the extraordinary Mayan ruins at Tulum, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and the mysterious ancient pyramids near Mexico City.  
  • Discovering the exotic rainforests and indigenous cultures of Chiapas in far southern Mexico.  
  • Stopping at a roadside stand to buy some grilled Mexican chicken served with fresh tortillas – an unforgettable culinary experience.
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Tour Tips

  • Mexico is large and diverse enough to warrant multiple tours; the Yucatan peninsula alone can easily fill more than one tour itinerary. 
  • If you’re concerned about safety, check U.S. State Department warnings about which areas to avoid; though most of the country is perfectly safe for travelers. 
  • If you want a taste of the “real Mexico,” choose a tour that includes accommodations in one or more of the country’s old haciendas, many of which have been renovated and reopened as luxury hotels. 
  • Some tours include immersive Spanish lessons where you can learn the language as well as explore the region.
  • A good tour of ancient history and culture might take you to Mexico City (for the pyramids outside town), the Yucatan (for the ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum), and to Chiapas for the ruins at Palenque. 
  • Guides at archaeological sites have special certification issued by INAH - your tour operator should take advantage of their services
  • Be aware that Mexico is not necessarily ADA friendly. If you need special assistance, please ask the tour operator for details on how they will accommodate you
  • If meals are included on your trip, ask if they are local specialities or prepared to cater to a foreigner's palate. The former will provide a more authentic experience, especially for regional fare - much of what you may think of as “Mexican” is actually heavily Americanized.
  • If you choose to stay in an All-Inclusive, check that there are day tours that will suit your preferences
  • Remember that standards for lodging are different than in other countries. What a tour operator might call 5-star may be different than what you would call a 5-star. Authentic accommodations are often a real treat, but some guests feel more comfortable staying with familiar international chains
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Mexico Travel Reviews & Ratings

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April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
I have been to many amazing destinations but this trip really was fantastic. The variety of marine life and the way we were able to interact with the marine mammals was so rewarding. Our two naturists were extremely knowledgeable about the sea, wind and animals, this enabled us to see not only the wildlife expected at this time of year but also two blue whales. Highlights of this trip was seeing grey whales, blue whales, fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, sea lions, whale sharks, mobula rays, too many birds to mention and lots and lots of cactuses. We snorkelled with whale sharks and sea lions, went rock pooling, beach combing, kayaking and drank lots of cocktails.
So difficult to say, both snorkelling with the whales sharks and with the sea lions was amazing but seeing the blue whales was too (and the humpback whales). Lela explained that we would have a better experience with the grey whales at Porto Chale instead of Magdelena bay as there were quite a lot of boats in the bay. This was the right decision as were were the only boats and were surrounded by 40-50 whales.

Lela is just a lovely, knowledgeable, caring, compassionate person who did everything possible to educate the group and make sure each and everyone of us had a great trip.

My only advice would be to make sure you don't take the flight (which in this case was the group flight) which has a 6 hour 40 minute layover in Mexico City. Two flights to San Jose Cabo departed before ours and we would have had more than enough time to catch either of them.

If you love marine life, birds, beautiful scenery and great cocktails then you will love this trip.

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Boring Cycling With headwinds

Cycling in Mexico

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
If you really want to see the archeological sites visited on this trip, i.e. Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum on a bike you should know that the roads cycled are flat, straight and boring with daily headwinds. The scenery is extremely uninspiring with piles of garbage alongside the roads on the outskirts of every town. This trip will largely appeal to cyclists who are there mainly to put their heads down and ride as fast as possible to to get the 45 to 70 km days over with.
Visiting Chichen Itza and Tulum. They are really worth a visit and an understanding of the magnificent accomplishments of the Mayan people.
The towns and villages were interesting as well, especially Merida.

Anwar (Edger) is a terrific guide. He is always checking to see if group members have everything they need. He answers all questions thoroughly and obviously has a good understanding of the region's history and its populations. He is enthusiastic about his job and this obviously rubs off on his companion driver/bike mechanic, Gabriel. He selected good hotels and a variety of restaurants for the group.

The heat is not so much a concern as the headwinds and occasional rough road surfaces. Ask for more time at Chichen Itza.

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Cycling Mexico

Cycling in Mexico

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
If you don't mind the long cycle rides you will be rewarded by the sites you visit on the trip.
Sun rise at Chichen Itza. The other archeological sites offered a real insight into the Myan culture.

Edgar had excellent knowledge of the area. Was always attentive to everyone's needs. Took us to varied places to eat. Arranged for excellent local guides at the different sites.

Be prepared for cycle rides that are on long straight roads that are hot and mostly into head winds, The scenery is mainly scrub land but you will pass through and stop in local villages, there are also plenty of water and snack stops on route.

Floating down the lazy river after the last ride is a must it is relaxing and very refreshing.

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Fantastic experience

Cycling in Mexico

February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Cycled the Yucatan peninsula in January. Great weather,flat terrain and amazing company.
Visiting 3 sets of Mayan ruins - all different and completing the 323 km trip without using the bus.

Edgar was great - despite suffering from flu he soldiered on and encouraged us all when we were flagging. He was very flexible showed initiative when appropriate. He was patient could not do enough for us all.had an amazing command of English.

Remember to hydrate as the weather can be hot. Take a gel saddle as the trip is long.

Hotels were very comfortable and most had pools which we used. Would suggest smaller groups as 18 was at times unwieldy. Spent hours in restaurants. Los Lirios the final hotel was disappointing as it was miles from town and the staff were less than enthusiastic

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mayan magic!

Cycling in Mexico

January 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A really interesting and well structured holiday supported by excellent guides. The cycling is flat and the long straight roads can seem unending but the towns visited, the mayan ruins and the swimming in the cenotes at the end of a hot day in the saddle are worth it. Its early starts but also the first time in a tropical country where there has been quality time in the afternoon to enjoy the hotel and its pool or the Caribbean!
Chitzen Itza at dawn. We were the only people there. I thouht only royalty got that privilege.
Swimming in cenotes.
climbing the temple at Coba
floating down the canal at Sian Khan reserve in the utter peace and quiet.

Edgar led the first day then Hernan took over that role and Edgar switched to driving but they were both equally excellent. Nothing was too much trouble.

Go on the trip!
Take extra time at the end to stay on and go to Cozumel or even Mexico City if you can.

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Mexico Trips & Tour Advice

More Americans visit Mexico than any other country. And no wonder. It’s close by with warm weather and delicious food, and offers a wide variety of attractions: everything from Mayan ruins to golden-sand beaches, cobbled colonial-era villages to vibrant cities, atmospheric haciendas to seaside resorts – as well as good value and friendly people. America’s southern neighbor is worthy of multiple tours – diverse, affordable, and easy to reach.

Stretching from the far northern Sonoran deserts to the far southern Chiapas rainforests, and from the deep blue Pacific Coast in the west to the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea in the east – with innumerable cultural, artistic, historic, and culinary treasures in between -- Mexico offers a lifetime of memorable travel experiences.  

Well-publicized incidents of gang-related violence along some northern border towns and certain resort areas (such as Acapulco) have deterred some travelers from visiting Mexico, but the vast majority of the country’s regions are safe. Reputable tour operators know to avoid problem areas, so there’s no need to deprive yourself of visiting some of North America’s most alluring attractions. Here are some highlights:

Visiting Mexico City

While this is one of the world’s largest cities, Mexico City has a manageably sized historic center that draws travelers to its Spanish-colonial architecture, museums, cathedrals, cafes and restaurants. The huge square known as the Zocalo is the heart of it all. North of the city you can visit the Teotihuacán Pyramids, which date from 300 BC, predating the Aztecs by a millennium The Pyramid of the Sun there (flanked by the Pyramid of the Moon), is one of the world’s largest pyramids. Teotihuacán, once one of the world’s largest cities in its own right, is Mexico’s most visited archeological site. 

The Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan is a big, diverse peninsula that sticks up like a giant thumb into the Gulf of Mexico and also borders the Caribbean Sea. The peninsula is the site of multiple Mayan ruins, any of which are worth seeing. But the jewel in the crown is the huge complex at Chichen Itza, where you can view some 18 structures that date from around 600 AD and display a sophisticated knowledge of astronomy hundreds of years before Europeans did. The giant Pyramid Kukulcan is the star of the show: at sunset on the spring and fall equinoxes, shadows on the pyramid’s steps resemble a snake descending from top to bottom.  You can also see the ball fields where games were played resulting in the sacrifice of the losing team captain – or perhaps, according to new theories, the winning team captain. 

Another ancient highlight is Tulum, a smaller Mayan complex where the tropical heat is mitigated by its splendid location right on the Caribbean.  Near Tulum are other ruins set deep in the rainforest. The coastline north of Tulum has been dubbed the Mayan Riviera, culminating in the popular and sometimes rowdy resort town of Cancun. Along the way lies the quieter, pretty beach town of Playa del Carmen. 

Touring Central Mexico

Here you’ll find some of the most charming cities and villages in the country. Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, is known for its colonial architecture, attractive plazas, huge public market, moderate temperatures and mariachi bands. San Miguel de Allende is a mountainous colonial-era village with cobbled streets, striking architecture, and an arts scene that has attracted a steady stream of expats drawn to its beauty, culture, and, again, moderate temperatures. 

The Pacific Coast

Mexico’s lengthy Pacific coastline encompasses the west coast of the 750-mile-long Baja California peninsula in the far north and leads south all the way to Guatemala. The golden-sand beaches here are some of the most beautiful in the world, and you can have your choice of small fishing villages or the more developed and popular resort towns such as Mazatlan, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, and Puerto Vallarta. Many are loaded with unspoiled charm, while others offer luxury accommodations -- and most are wonderful places to relax after a heavy round of touring. 

Baja California, with the resort town of Cabo San Lucas at its tip, is an ideal place to take a small-ship cruise in search of whales and other marine mammals in the Sea of Cortez. Separated from the ocean by the peninsula, the calm sea waters are good for swimming, Scuba diving, and snorkeling. 

The Gulf of Mexico Coast

The port city of Veracruz isn’t as widely visited as many Pacific coast resorts, but it has an interesting history (with Spanish, native Mexican, and African-Caribbean influences), some notable architecture, a long promenade for strolling the waterfront, Latin America’s largest aquarium, a big annual Carnaval celebration, good seafood, and some decent beaches. 

Colonial History in Oaxaca

Located about 300 miles south of Mexico City, Oaxaca is one of the finest examples of Spanish colonial cities in the country, with exceptional architecture and a rich cultural tradition that features native Mexican as well as Spanish influences. Two big public markets are excellent places to buy crafts and try some of the local food specialties, while various ancient archeological sites dot the region. 

Chiapas Rainforests

This state in far southern Mexico is wild and untamed in spots, a place to take guided rainforest hikes but also to visit Spanish colonial towns and encounter a number of indigenous cultures. It’s home to the Palenque archeological site, one of the finest ancient Mayan ruins in the country, dating back two millennia or more.

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