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Mexico–Cities, Cuisine & Ruins

Starts: Mexico City, Mexico
Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Visit: Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Palenque, Mérida, Playa del Carmen

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Basic

Overview

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From the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, to the ruins at Chichn Itz, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this adventure takes in all the cultural and historical highlights. Its perfect for travellers on a tight budget looking to see as much as possible of this diverse region.

Highlights

    • Tour ancient Mayan ruins
    • Dance the night away in Mexican clubs
    • Bargain for beautiful textiles and handmade goods at colourful markets
    • Savour tasty Mexican food and drink
    • Chill on the white-sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera.

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 126850
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Basic
Transport: Public air-conditioned bus, taxi, private vehicle.
Guide Language: english
Travel Styles: Budget, 18 - 35 Year Olds Only

Starts: Mexico City, Mexico
Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 15 days
Departures: Guaranteed
Physical rating: Light

Includes

    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen
    • Orientation walks in Puebla, Oaxaca, San Crístóbal De Las Casas, and Mérida
    • Guided tour of Chichén Itzá
    • Beach time in Playa del Carmen
    • Free time in Mexico City, Oaxaca, San Crístóbal De Las Casas, Palenque, and Mérida
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels/hostels (13 nts, some multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt).
    • 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Public air-conditioned bus, taxi, private vehicle.
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,149 ($77/day)

Deposit:

$250 per person for bookings made 70 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 70 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Flexible

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Benjamin H  

The trip was an amazing, perception altering, whirlwind tour through Mexico. I loved it. With G Adventures handling all the travel details, the Roam trip only left me to worry about what fun thing I was going to do next.

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Leanne M  

Had an incredible time. My first overseas trip and it was everything and more than I hoped for. We had great people, great tour leader, sufficient time in each location and plenty of things to do and see.

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Milio C  

WOW - during this trip i was lost for words. The sights, the people we met, the things we did and the group including our tour leader were fantastic. Each day was an experience that I will never forget. I would recommend G Adventures favourably and without hesitation.

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gabriella h  

great chris is an excellent guide comfort level was perfect liked the independence

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Kristy H  

I had a great time, although being able to speak Spanish really helped in terms of getting around the places once we got there. High points: I really liked Oaxaca, wish we had more time there, and Uxmal. It was a nice trip and I met a lot of great people.

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Chris M  

The trip was value for money. You could check in and check out of the group thing as and when required and there were ample sites, events, things to do and see. The tour leader was helpful and things were generally well organised.

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christene d  

Overall it was great. We had a fantastic time seeing lots of interesting things. The Tour leader was very helpful and friendly. The local guides were also good- esp. the very informative and friendly Felix in Mexico City and learned Ernesto in Palenque. The arrangements for travel and accommodation were very good.

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Chatrine E  

This was my first time with G Adventures, and I enjoyd it. I think I would not have visited and seeing soo much of Mexico, if I had done Mexico by my self.

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Rachel W  

Michael is a great G Adventures leader and the itinerary is excellent- lots of amazing sites and cities. The group travel and accomodation combined with freedom to explore on one's own is ideal.

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Greg P  

It was a great trip, a wonderful mix of cities, landscapes, weather, food and people. All in all a great introduction to Mexico, especially since it was my visit to the country. The roam format was perfect because it allowed me to choose activities and my daily schedule, while still allowing me not to have to worry about travel and hotel bookings during the trip.

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Michele P  

The trip ran smoothly and efficiently ... and was a lot of fun. The places we visited were interesting with a good mix of activities available. Good accommodation. Highlights were Palenque, visit to Chamula (from San Cristobal) and horse-drawn "track" trucks outside Merida. Thanks to G Adventures and our tour leader for a fantastic and unforgettable holiday!

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Kim S  

The ancient civilizations trip was good and was in line with my expectations.

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Michelle M  

the trip was amazing, experienced everything... and we had teh best leader ... shes my best friend hahahaha.. all i can say is i had a great time and met some great people!!!

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Philippe B  

Very well organised trip, the amouunt of flexibility within the itinerary was also very good. Would do a G Adventures trip again

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Angela P  

Our leader was fantastic! Totally unflappable, and made even the worst situations feel like it was all ok. Mexico was an awesome experience! we are definately going back soon!

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Danielle, Ping Lin Y  

Fantastic experience in Mexico, with ample time to explore the numerous Mayan sites. Trip was well-organized and planned, accomodations were generally satisfactory, central and comfortable, with particularly memorable ones like the El Panchen in Palenque, and Rana Cansada in Playa del Carmen . OFellow-travellers were excellent company as well. The programme was sufficiently flexible for group or individual activities, as preferred. High points - definitely the visit to Palenque.

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PAULA G  

had a great time with G Adventures! really enjoyed the other people on my tour, and of course bryan our tour leader .. not guide hehe, he made the trip for everyone! mexico was fantastic! i really did feel i saw the really mexico, not the tourist areas, once again, thank you bryan for your efforts and knowledge.

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Penelope M  

My trip through mexico was so much fun, flexible enough to fit my independent needs but all the formalities were looked after so i could enjoy the country. It was an oppurtunity to be able to relax and really experience the mexican culture.

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Elaine S  

I was impressed with the itinerary of this tour and with the proficiency, knowledge, indefatigable energy, and enthusiasm of our group leader, Blaine Clark. With a wide age range from early 20's to late 60's (the latter is where my husband and I belong), she was able to help us all with our needs and problems. Our friends are probably tired of us continuing to rave about this trip, G Adventures, and Blaine but it can never be said enough. Thank you.

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Jennifer M  

An amazing trip, well thought out and planned and gave enough time in each place with excellent advice from our tour leader about exploring on our own. There was always a choice of guided tours that were very reasonably priced.

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Marlena P  

I foudn the general loose nature fo the trip to be good as it allowd for flexibility for differing interests to be satisfied. High points were visiting the cenotes in Yucatan and off course all the ruins. My favourite twon was San Crsitoble theworst was Puebla.

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Marie P  

From start to finish the Mexico Ancient Civilisations adventure was a brilliant experience. It was very well organised and our leader, Pedro, made the trip so enjoyable and fun. Thanks for the dancing lessons! I could not have wished for a better group dynamic to travel with and share the memories. I recommend G Adventures and this trip to everyone with a sense of adventure.

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Camilla M  

It was all in all a wonderfull trip. We got to see a lot of things we would not have seen on our own, and Leah did a great job as our tour leader. Not only did we have 2 wonderful weeks, but it has helped us on our trip after we left the group. We got to see the best of Mexico and we got to meet a lot of great people we never would have met on our own. It turned out to be a memory of a lifetime. My high point on this trip was how we got the oppertunity to see how the mexican really lives. Worth it!

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Manuela W  

It was an exciting trip. One month sunshine-what a beautiful life.

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Chelsea T  

This was my first G Adventures experience, and I was amazed at how smoothly it all went. We were able to cover much more ground than would have been possible alone. Our tour leader Jemise was always going above and beyond. She would do whatever it took to answer any questions we had.

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Penny W  

I enjoyed the trip, and found it had been accurately represented in your promotional material. The tour leader was very good at all logistics, cheerful, good with language, etc. Monte Alban early in the morning, having gone there with one other group member by public bus and the last 4 km on foot; the architectural beauty of Puebla; the charm of all the zocolos; the pleasing G Adventures combo of overall structure but lots of time to hive off alone or in subgroups as we wished; snorkelling in the limestone canotes outside Playa del Carmen...

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Erica C  

I had a fantastic trip. I really enjoyed Mexico and the people in the group were great to travel with.

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Greg P  

It was a great trip, a wonderful mix of cities, landscapes, weather, food and people. All in all a great introduction to Mexico, especially since it was my visit to the country. The roam format was perfect because it allowed me to choose activities and my daily schedule, while still allowing me not to have to worry about travel and hotel bookings during the trip.

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Sonja T  

First I would like to say that it was a great experience for me- the trip itself because i liked the individual freedom of choosing the activities - and the chance to improve my English.

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Julie L  

The trip was really nice, and leaving from Mexico city to Playa was definitely the best way to do it (instead of the opposite) Hotels were pretty comfortable and good located : particularly the one in MERIDA.

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Anne Marie D  

had a great time, good group size and there was room to do as many activities a you wished. better hotels than expected.

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Anne K. B  

Generally, the sights and activities we were able to see/do were very good - I am very happy about having been on the tour.

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Lauren A  

It was really fun, I loved loved loved Mexico and Gail was amazing, friendly and down to earth but still getting us from A to B in one piece. I'm still in Central America now doing the Mayan sun trip, and am really enjoying it!

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Sophie G  

The trip of Mexico was such good fun. I had no idea what to expect Mexico to be like but i loved it. I was dubious about doing a tour as i tend to prefer independant travel but its an excellent way to see a lot of a country in a short time. Although i did feel a bit rushed at times, id have loved to have stayed longer in San Cristobal. But id probably have never left so the tour was a good thing!

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Flora C  

It was a great trip. John was a fantastic tour guide as he helped me with everything I was interested in and even accompanied us on archeological tours. I got to see most of what I wanted to see. Taking taxis to and from the buses was nice with such heavy backpacks and also very time efficient.

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Stacey O  

I think this tour is the best thing I have ever done, travel wise. I had learned a bit about Mexican/Meso-American culture at University, so I wanted to go and see it, but was a bit nervous about venturing alone. This tour allowed me to see what I wanted to see and marvel at the greatness of these ancient civilizations

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Greg P  

It was a great trip, a wonderful mix of cities, landscapes, weather, food and people. All in all a great introduction to Mexico, especially since it was my visit to the country. The roam format was perfect because it allowed me to choose activities and my daily schedule, while still allowing me not to have to worry about travel and hotel bookings during the trip.

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Rachel C  

The ease of travelling with G Adventures was good, we didnt have to organise buses/taxis etc but if we wanted to leave at a different time our tour leader could organise that. It was also nice to meet new people and share the experience with them.

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Laura L  

The trip was awesome. There was about the right amount of travel time, any more would have been a bit much. My highlights were horse riding in San Cristobal to the local villages and swimming in the cenotes in Merida.

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Ruth A  

My overall feeling was that the trip was excellent. The tour leader was really helpfull and made the trip totally worry free and fun.

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Donna M  

Fantastic! Excellent tour guide. Structure of trip and what it covered was great and going from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen was good - I would imagine it to be much better than the other way around.

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Saido D  

Overall, it was a wonderful experience. The people I travelled with were nice and friendly. I just wished I knew some Spanish so I could interact with the locals.

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John Q  

Beautiful country, lovely people to travel with, great diversity of activities, fantastic memories. Thanks G Adventures.

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Renee A  

I enjoyed this trip as it gave me a real taste of Mexico and also the different regions, we were able to get up close to the culture and really experience it in every aspect.

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Meghann M  

I just got back from the 2 week Ancient Mexico Civilisations trip and it wasn't long enough! It was amazing - the country, the people and our tour leader (Alex) made the experience so very memorable it will be a hard trip to top! Thank you!

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Olivia D  

It was fantastic. Mexico City was much more interesting than we thought it would be. Our tour leader (Jemise) went out of her way to make sure we enjoyed our trip as much as possible. All the day trips were definitely worth it. The cenotes were a high point.

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Greg P  

It was a great trip, a wonderful mix of cities, landscapes, weather, food and people. All in all a great introduction to Mexico, especially since it was my visit to the country. The roam format was perfect because it allowed me to choose activities and my daily schedule, while still allowing me not to have to worry about travel and hotel bookings during the trip.

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Jessica S  

I had a great time in Mexico, the ruins were amazing and we got to see so many unique things. I went on my honeymoon and my husband was sick the whole time, but we still had a great time and Jemise was a wonderful leader and really made all the difference for us.

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Melanie H  

The trip was fantastic. Our tour leader Ben was very helpful, down to earth and approachable. As well as taking us to the standard sites, he organised for us to see some cenotes which are not particularly touristy. This was a very good change from the other events, which were also very very enjoyable!!!!!

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Catherine R  

Really enjoyed the trip. Was nervous at first since I was travelling alone but the group was very welcoming. Appreciated the small size of the group and good organisation by the tour leader. Although basic the hotels were all clean and better than I was expecting, as were the bus transfers. The tour allowed us to see a wide variety of places that would have been impossible if travelling alone. Would definitely recommend it.

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Francis N  

Overall I think the trip went well. It was a unique experience that I might consider doing again. A high point of the tour was our stay in Palenque. The guide our tour leader got for the ruins and jungle walk was outstanding.

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Ineka E  

We had a good time. The accomodations were quite adequate, the buses were nice, the trip was well planned.

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