Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Classic Mexico Adventure tour
Mexico City Palenque Classic Mexico Adventure Trip

Classic Mexico Adventure

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
From: $ 1,799 $ 129 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Climb the pyramid of the sun at teotihuacan
  • Sample mezcal at a local distillery
  • Explore the ruins at tulúm
  • Lounge on the incredible beach of playa del carmen

Short Description

If you want to experience all the flavours of Mexico you’re going to need more than just tacos and tequila ­— the music, the history, and the people all have a little something you’ll crave. Cities, beaches, jungle, and the curious spices of mole sauce all await on this 14-day tour that lets you hit the beach, discover the ruins of the Mayans, and wander colonial cities. Think of this as Mexico 101 ­without the pop quiz.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Mexico City
End City Playa del Carmen

Travel Theme

Cultural Transformative

Destinations

Mexico

Cities & Attractions

Mexico City Palenque Playa del Carmen

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • Your G for Good Moment: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Guided tour of Teotihuacan
  • Orientation walk in Puebla
  • Orientation walk and market visit in Oaxaca
  • Guided tour of Palenque ruins site
  • Campeche visit
  • Orientation walk in Mérida
  • Guided tour of Chichén Itzá
  • Free time in Puebla
  • Oaxaca
  • and Playa del Carmen
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Mexico City

We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this bustling metropolis. Talk to your agent about booking pre-tour accommodation. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Mexico City (1B)

Enjoy free time to explore Mexico City. Opt to check out the sprawling zócalo (main square), visit the Frida Kahlo museum in vibrant Coyoacán, or view impressive Mayan and Aztec artifacts at the National Anthropology Museum.

Day 3 Mexico City/Puebla (1B)

Rise early and explore the ancient city of Teotihuacan on a guided tour. Work up a sweat climbing the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, and be rewarded by sweeping views of the ruins site. Travel to Puebla and enjoy an orientation walk downtown. Included Activities: Teotihuacán Pyramids Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 50km) Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 145km)

Day 4 Puebla (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore the city. Opt to visit a ceramics workshop, check out the pyramid of nearby Cholula, sample delicious local specialties, or watch a lucha libre wrestling match at night.

Day 5 Puebla/Oaxaca (1B)

Journey south to beautiful Oaxaca, and get a feel for the city on an orientation walk, stopping to visit one of its sprawling markets. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: First-class bus (5.00-6.00 hours, 340km)

Day 6 Oaxaca (1B)

Take advantage of free time, and opt to explore the ruins at Monte Alban, learn to make mole in a cooking class, buy local handicrafts at nearby artisan villages, or samples some mezcal at a local distillery - look out for the worm!

Day 7 Oaxaca/Palenque (1B)

Travel in style and fly to Villahermosa, then transfer to Palenque by land. Transport: Plane Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 145km)

Day 8 Palenque (1B)

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque, set in the jungle of Chiapas. Opt for a jungle walk in the afternoon. Included Activities: Palenque Ruins Guided Tour

Day 9 Palenque/Mérida (1B)

Travel to the Yucatán Peninsula, stopping off in the seaside historic city of Campeche. Upon arrival in Mérida, enjoy an orientation walk to get to know the city's layout and attractions. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 370km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 185km)

Day 10 Mérida (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore Mérida and surroundings. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Uxmal or explore the main square and historic buildings of Mérida.

Day 11 Mérida/Valladolid (1B)

Explore the ancient Mayan City of Chichén Itzá with a guided tour, then continue on to the quaint city of Valladolid. Opt to cool off with a swim in a nearby cenote, a natural water-filled sinkhole. Included Activities: Chichén Itzá Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 120km) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 45km)

Day 12 Valladolid/Playa del Carmen (1B, 1D)

Travel to Playa del Carmen to lounge on Mayan Riviera beaches. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program. Included Activities: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 13 Playa del Carmen (1B)

Opt to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach!

Day 14 Playa del Carmen (1B)

Depart at any time. Additional Notes: The Cancún airport is approximately 1 hour from Playa del Carmen. There are frequent public buses and shuttles from Playa del Carmen to the airport throughout the day. Included Activities: Departure Day

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Public air-conditioned bus, taxi, private vehicle, plane, walking. The majority of the transportation will be via first class buses. While efficient and comfortable, these buses tend to be over air-conditioned. to ensure a comfortable journey, we recommend that our travellers bring an extra layer to cover up including socks onto these buses.

Local Flights

This tour includes a flight from Oaxaca to Villahermosa en route to Palenque. Please note that flight routing may be via Mexico City.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Max 16, avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels (13 nts).

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

As this trip crosses national borders, please be prepared to pay some border fees. Please check with your local embassy or consulate for up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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Meals Included:

13 breakfasts, 1 dinner

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