Holy Guacamole Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

  • Trip code :GSRM
  • Trip length : 15
  • Trip starts in : Mexico City
  • Trip ends in : Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Meals : 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Accommodation : 2 Nights Overnight Bus, 12 Nights Hotel
  • Transport : Local Bus, Overnight Bus, Train

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

Mexico is everything you dreamed of and more. Smash some delicious treats in Mexico City, see some of the bazillion churches in Puebla, taste the best margaritas around in Oaxaca, swing through San Cristobal and Palenque, play in Merida the ‘white city’, and finish up snorkeling, diving, swimming, tanning and eating in Cancun. Life could be worse. It's time to live out your Mexican food fantasies. Tequila, burritos, nachos, tacos... is your mouth watering yet?

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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 1
  • Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm
  • Day 2
  • Go on an orientation tour of the city
  • Enjoy 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 City

  • Catch a late afternoon bus to Puebla
  • This 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 5

  • Travel by local bus (approx 5 hours) to Oaxaca

Day 6

  • Get lost among Oaxaca's renowned handicraft markets
    Perhaps relax in a local cafe after a haggling frenzy

Day 7

  • Optional visit to Monte Alban ruins
  • Board 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 morning
  • The 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 10
  • Travel on a local bus to Palenque (approx. 6 hours)
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure, partake in optional activities in town
  • Day 11
  • Explore Palenque ruins with a local guide
  • Cool off at the nearby Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls
  • Transfer 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 12
  • Early morning arrival into Merida
  • Utilise your tour guide to make the most of free time exploring the 'White City'
  • Day 13
  • Optional 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 14

  • Set off for the Caribbean Coast
  • Swing by one of Mexico's most famous Mayan sites, Chichen Itza
  • Spend plenty of time learning about and exploring the temples, pyramids and ruins (optional)

Day 15

  • The trip ends today after breakfast

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optional-extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

  • Chichen Itza - Ruins
    US$15
  • Merida - Celestún Bird Sanctuary tour
    US$35
  • Merida - Cenotes tour
    US$30
  • Merida - City tour
    US$10
  • Merida - Dzibilchaltun ruins tour
    US$70
  • Merida - Entrance to Museum of Modern Art of Yucatan (MACAY)
    US$5
  • Merida - Tour of Uxmal ruins
    US$40
  • Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (Blue House)
    US$8
  • Mexico City - Archaeological Site and Museum of Templo Mayor
    US$5
  • Mexico City - Bosque de Chapultepec and Natural History Museum
    US$5
  • Mexico City - Entrance to Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum (Closed Monday, Open Tues-Sun 1000-1800)
    US$15
  • Mexico City - Floating Gardens of Xochimilco and boat tour
    US$30
  • Mexico City - Football (soccer) match
    US$15
  • Mexico City - Governor's National Palace and Diego Rivera murals
    Free
  • Mexico City - Leon Trotsky Museum
    US$3 (MXN40)
  • Mexico City - Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling - Tuesday evening)
    US$10
  • Mexico City - Mariachis, Garibaldi Square
    US$10 (per song)
  • Mexico City - Metropolitan Cathedral
    Free
  • Mexico City - National Museum of Anthropology (Closed Mon)
    US$5 (free on Sundays)
  • Mexico City - Palace of Fine Arts (Bellas Artes)
    US$4
  • Mexico City - Teotihuacan Ruins
    US$25
  • Mexico City - Torre Latino 360° lookout
    US$5
  • Oaxaca - Cooking class
    US$60
  • Oaxaca - Entrance to Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
    US$8
  • Oaxaca - Monte Alban Ruins
    US$10
  • Oaxaca - Petrified waterfalls, Mitla ruins, Mezcal Factory
    US$35
  • Palenque - Guided Jungle Hike
    US$10
  • Palenque - Guided tour of Palenque ruins
    US$20
  • Palenque - Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls
    US$20
  • Playa del Carmen - Bicycle rental (per day)
    US$8
  • Playa del Carmen - Cenote Ikil
    US$6
  • Playa del Carmen - Dos Ojos Cenote snorkelling tour
    US$35
  • Playa del Carmen - Ferry to Cozumel
    US$25
  • Puebla - Cooking Class
    US$55
  • Puebla - Entrance to Museo Amparo
    US$2
  • Puebla - Lucha Libre
    US$8
  • Puebla - Museum of Art
    US$3
  • San Cristobal de las Casas - Amber Museum
    US$6
  • San Cristobal de las Casas - Bicycle rental (per hour)
    US$30
  • San Cristobal de las Casas - Jade Museum
    US$5
  • San Cristobal de las Casas - Mountain bike tour
    US$20
  • San Cristobal de las Casas - Museum of Typical Costumes
    US$4
  • San Cristobal de las Casas - Sumidero Canyon day trip
    US$30
  • San Cristobal de las Casas - Villages tour
    US$15
  • San Cristobel - Na Bolom "Jaguar House" Cultural Centre
    US$3

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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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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.

Active

Explore the world on two feet - or two wheels! Our active trips range from classic treks & trips where walking forms an integral part of the itinerary to cycling tours offering a totally new perspective on a destination.

Some of our active adventure tours include the classic treks such as the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp as well as shorter one day or overnight hikes. Our cycling tours allow you to access hidden corners of a destination, discover remote villages and meet the locals – either en route or even by cycling alongside them. All our active trips are fully supported – with either porters and mules or by a support vehicle.

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

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A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information.

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We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.

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Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.For further information about responsible travel please click here.

other-important-information

Single room supplement

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.

Itinerary Variation

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.

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