Holy Guacamole Trip Notes

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Trip code : GSRM
Trip length : 15
Trip starts in : Mexico City
Trip ends in : Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Maximum group size : maximum 16

highlights

  • Teotihuacan's Pyramids of the Sun and Moon
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas' Chiapas indigenous culture
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen-Itza
  • Chili lime grasshoppers at Oaxaca Market
  • The Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán and Spanish city of Oaxaca
  • Mexico City
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan ruins of Palenque
  • Oaxaca's street stalls

It's time to live out your Mexican food fantasies. Tequila, burritos, nachos, tacos... is your mouth watering yet?(Was Mexico City to Cancun)

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Day
1-2

Mexico City

A visit to Mexico City wouldn't be a visit to Mexico City without trying to eat as many Mexican delicacies as you possibly can. That means pambazos for breakfast, camotes for a mid-morning snack, tacos for lunch, chicharrones for afternoon tea and burritos for dinner. Visit the Teotihuacan ruins, they're awesnificient (new word).Day 1Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pmDay 2Go on an orientation tour of the cityEnjoy a free afternoon, perhaps visit the Teotihuacan ruins, or explore Mexico's nightlife

Day
3-4

Puebla

Puebla is packed with churches (70 in the city centre alone), so the best thing to do is check out a few, then head to the market for local hand-painted ceramics and street food.Free morning/afternoon in Mexico CityCatch a late afternoon bus to PueblaThis evening and tomorrow are free to discover Puebla.Perhaps visit some of Puebla's 70 churches or thousand or so colonial buildings

Day
5-7

Oaxaca/Overnight Bus

Next up is Oaxaca. This is the place to shop for colourful textiles and lots of different margarita flavours.Day 5Travel by local bus (approx 5 hours) to OaxacaDay 6Get lost among Oaxaca's renowned handicraft marketsPerhaps relax in a local cafe after a haggling frenzyDay 7Optional visit to Monte Alban ruinsBoard an overnight bus to San Cristobal de Las Casas

Day
8-9

San Cristobal

Ever wondered how to suture a wound using human hair? The Mayans knew all about it, so pick up a few tips.Arrive in San Cristobal early in the morningThe remainder of today and tomorrow are at your leisure

Day
10-11

Palenque/Overnight Bus

See the impressive 1300-year-old Mayan palace at Palenque with screeching parrots and monkeys as your soundtrack.Day 10Travel on a local bus to Palenque (approx. 6 hours)Spend the afternoon at leisure, partake in optional activities in townDay 11Explore Palenque ruins with a local guideCool off at the nearby Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfallsTransfer to the bus station and board an overnight bus to Merida

Day
12-13

Merida

Nearly every Mexican dish is made using corn tortillas (like tacos, tostadas, flautas, chilaquiles and enchiladas), and there's a bicycle cart on almost every corner in Merida selling elotes (corn on the cob) doused in salt, chilli, cheese, lemon juice or mayonaise. So yeah, they like corn.Day 12Early morning arrival into MeridaUtilise your tour guide to make the most of free time exploring the 'White City'Day 13Optional visit to the Mayan ruins of Uxmal

Day
14-15

Chichen Itza - Playa del Carmen

Cancun. People either hate it or love it. We're guessing after two days of snorkelling, diving, swimming, tanning, seafood, cocktails and freshly squeezed juices you'll be leaning towards the latter.Day 14Set off for the Caribbean CoastSwing by one of Mexico's most famous Mayan sites, Chichen ItzaSpend plenty of time learning about and exploring the temples, pyramids and ruins (optional)Day 15The trip ends today after breakfast

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While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

trip-grade

RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

included

  • Expert English-speaking regional tour guide throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites.- Orientation walking tour in Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobel, Palenque and Merida.
  • Visit to indigenous highland villages near San Cristobal.
  • Time at the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol Ha.
  • Free time to explore Mexico City, Spanish colonial Puebla; Oaxaca, and the 'White City' of Merida

not-included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

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Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

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