21 days tour

Contrasts Of Mexico + The Yucatan Peninsula Extension

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Tour Leaders are quite simply the glue that holds our tours together. They are chosen for their travel experience and people skills and are thoroughly trained by Explore, widely acknowledged as some of the best training in the industry. A Tour Leader's ultimate aim is to ensure everyone is well looked after and have a fantastic trip. They are there to ensure that the tour logistics run smoothly, that health and safety is adhered to and provide comprehensive briefings at the beginning and throughout the tour.


A key facet of our responsible approach to tourism is that we encourage our groups to eat in local restaurants that prepare locally grown food. We give customers choice as to their meals and do not use rather bland and impersonal hotel restaurants or all- inclusive options20 Breakfasts1 Dinners


All accommodation, activities and meals that are shown in the itinerary are included in the total cost of your trip You will also receive a complimentary transfer to and from the airport if you arrive on day 1 of the trip and depart on the last day and have provided your international flight information.


The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract. Mexico City - Ballet Folklorico - US$80-120; Coyoacan Frida Kahlo Museum US$12 (plus transport) Oaxaca - Regional Museum US$ 5 San Cristobal - Na Bolom US$5 ; Kakaw Museum US$2 ; Kakaw Chocolate workshop US$20; Folkloric dancing US$25 Palenque - Misol Ha waterfall US$2 entry plus transport US$70 (up to 4) Flores - Boat trip on Lake Peten Itza US$ 20; Tikal Canopy - US$50 San Ignacio - Iguana Farm US$12; Cahal Pech site US$15; Xunantunich site US$30 Caye Caulker - half day snorkel US$35; Full day Snorkel US$65 inc. lunch; Manatee search US$85 inc. lunch Valladolid - Swim in a cenote US$5; Ek Balam US$30 Merida - Celestun US$ 135pp (min 5 pers) ; Mundo Maya Museum US$9


Bus, Boat


19 nights standard hotel1 nights simple lodge

Not included:


Any visa costs, spending money and tips are not included in the trip price. You can also book extra nights’ accommodation at the beginning and end of the trip and the cost of this accommodation along with any transfers would be quoted separately.


International flights not included in the tour cost


Travel Insurance is not included

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Itinerary of your trip Contrasts Of Mexico + The Yucatan Peninsula Extension

  • Day 1 Day 1: Join Tour In Mexico City
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 1: Join Tour In Mexico City

      Arrive in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico and truly the heart and soul of the country. With so much rich history to discover, the city is filled with historic buildings, landmarks and the largest number of museums in the world. Due to the number of evening flights into the international airport, your Leader plans to do the welcome meeting on the morning of day two, and will leave a message in reception with details on timings and everything else that you'll need for the day. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive into Mexico City at any time. If you would like to receive an airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Mexico City International Airport (MEX) which is approximately a 30 minute to one hour drive from the hotel. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to have a stroll around Alameda Central, Mexico City's oldest municipal park, or visit the Templo Mayor Museum, which is known for its exhibits relating to the Aztec civilization.

  • Day 2 Day 2: Mexico City Tour Including The Museum Of Anthropology
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 2: Mexico City Tour Including The Museum Of Anthropology

      On our first day in Mexico City we'll be exploring like a local, on foot and by public transport. The Zocalo is the beating heart of the city; the main square that has been a cornerstone in public gatherings since the ancient times. We'll walk down to the centre from the hotel, taking a trip to a local pasteleria en route to try some traditonal sweet bread. The National Palace is located on the east side of the square - the President lives here as his permanent residence, so we'll take a look at it from the outside, along with the grand metropolitan cathedral. The Zocalo also gives us our first taste of Mexico's wealth of ancient history - the remains of the ancient Aztec Templo Mayor were discovered here and are still well preserved, right in the downtown of the city. From the area around the central Zocalo, we take public transport to the enormous Chapultepec Park, Mexico City's main green space, and walk through to the National Anthropology Museum. One of the finest museums in the world, its exhibits offer a taste of the history ahead of us. Our city tour ends here at the museum. Opt to stay here longer, or return together with your Tour Leader. Today's walk in the city may reach approximately 10km including the time at the museum.

  • Day 3 Day 3: Visit The Teotihuacan Pyramids And The Basilica De Guadalupe
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 3: Visit The Teotihuacan Pyramids And The Basilica De Guadalupe

      Our destination today is the mysterious pyramids of Teotihuacan. En route, we will visit the Basilica de Guadalupe - an important pilgrimage site for Mexicans, with a miraculous story behind it that our Tour Leader will recount. Continuing to Teotihuacan, we enter into this complex of ruins that were abandoned thirteen centuries ago. Once the largest city in the Americas with perhaps 100,000 inhabitants, its influence continued through Middle America, and Maya craftsmen borrowed its decorative motifs and building designs. Centuries later the Aztecs revered Teotihuacan as 'the Place of the Gods'. We'll have lunch nearby (not included), and we may have the chance to see some of the ancient uses of agave and obsidian in a workshop and craft shop nearby. We'll return to Mexico City in the late afternoon. If you wish, you may like the chance to climb the Torre Latinoamericana this evening - one of the tallest buildings in the city, with a panoramic viewing platform that gives fantastic views across the downtown and beyond.


Tour leaving from Mexico City

Mexico’s capital is one of the most populated cities around the world with more than 20 million residents. This city is home to centuries of history and culture, precisely this place was in its origins Tenochtitlán, capital of the great Mexica Empire.

Experience Style

Experience Style


There will be challenging activities such as hiking, biking, canyoning and trekking, but you’re also going to have other means of transportation and relaxed moments to just chill.

Accomodation level

Accomodation level


This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.

Experience Type

Experience Type

Small Group

You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating


Almost everyone is fit for these activities. Every hike or physical exercise last less than 30 minutes, such as paragliding and horseback riding. Please ask about specific conditions.

Age range

Age range

Min: 16 / Max: 85

Age range allowed for this experience.

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