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Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins

15 days, Mexico City to Playa del Carmen

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

15 days

Mexico City to Playa del Carmen

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Trip Code: MMC

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

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.

Age requirement: 18-39

Visa Requirements

15 days

Mexico City to Playa del Carmen

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: MMC

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

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Ripple Score

100

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Itinerary

Day 1Mexico City

Arrive at any time. Tonight, head out with your fellow travellers! Start the night with a taco crawl, maybe hit up a lucha libre match before ending the night at a local bar.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your First Night Out Moment Connect With New Friends| Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Mexico City

Enjoy a free day to discover Mexico City. Explore one of the world's largest metropolitan areas. Opt to visit Frida Kahlo's house, see the iconic architecture of Museo Soumaya, or go on a party boat at the nearby floating gardens of Xochimilco. At night, opt to witness the high-flying practitioners of “lucha libre,” Mexico’s world-famous brand of wrestling.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Mexico City

Take a day trip to the famous archaeological site of Teotihuacán to visit the massive pyramids. In the evening, set off in search of the perfect taco with a street food crawl. Indulge in one of Mexico's most iconic delicacies, as you take in the sights of this capital city.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Taco Street Food Crawl

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4Mexico City/Puebla

Travel to the city of Puebla, a colonial-era city that has an incredibly well-preserved centre and today has a thriving art and nightlife scene. After arriving and checking in, go on an orientation walk with the CEO.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Puebla

Enjoy a free day in Puebla. Opt to take a walking tour of Puebla's historical centre and marvel at the traditional architecture, or visit the Amparo Museum which holds a vast collection of art from different periods in Mexican history. While you're off exploring and hunger strikes, try some street food and opt for the chalupas (small corn tortillas garnished with shredded pork, red and green chili sauce and diced onions). Or just take part in a foodie tour today and munch away!

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Puebla/Oaxaca

Wave goodbye to Puebla from the bus window and travel to colonial Oaxaca. Upon arrival, head out for an orientation walk to the main square and nearby markets for your first taste of Oaxaca's vibrant culture.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Oaxaca

Set off for a day trip to the stunning Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall, then stop for a mezcal tasting on the way back to Oaxaca.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Mezcal Tasting

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Oaxaca

Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities, take a mole cooking class, or check out the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Oaxaca/Mérida

Hop on a flight to Mérida. This beautiful city is the capital of the Yucatan, and is our jumping off point to exploring the region.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Mérida

Set off into the countryside and visit a cenote (limestone sinkhole unique to the Yucatán to escape the heat with an underground swim. Enjoy an afternoon of freetime to explore more of Mérida. Opt to travel to the Mayan ruins of Uxmal for their nighttime sound and light show.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Mérida/Río Lagartos

After a free morning in Merida, travel to the small seaside town of Rio Lagartos. The area is home to thousands of flamingos in April. Venture to nearby Las Coloradas, which has picture-perfect bright pink and coral hues during the afternoon sun. Seeing is believeing here!

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Río Lagartos/Tulum

Continue to the seaside town of Tulum, and visit the dramatic Mayan ruins of Tulum – situated on the edge of a cliff next to the crashing sea.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13Tulum

Enjoy a free day in Tulum. Opt to visit a nearby cenote to swim, take a day trip to see the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Coba, go scuba diving/snorkelling, or chill out on the beach. Cap off the day with a Big Night Out.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Big Night Out Moment

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Tulum/Playa del Carmen

Travel to Playa del Carmen. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 15Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen
  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Foodie Moment: Taco Street Food Crawl, Mexico City
  • Your Foodie Moment: Mezcal Tasting, Oaxaca
  • Your Discover Moment: Oaxaca
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Tulum
  • Teotihuacán ruins visit
  • Taco street food crawl
  • Oaxaca market visit
  • Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall day trip
  • Mezcal tasting
  • Orientation walk of Puebla and Oaxaca
  • Cenote visit
  • Las Coloradas visit
  • Tulum ruins visit
  • Beach time in Tulum and Playa del Carmen
  • Free time in Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Mérida, Tulum and Playa del Carmen
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Simple hotels/hostels (14 nts, most multi-share).

Meals

14 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Allow USD295-385 for meals not included.

Transportation

Public air-conditioned bus, taxi, private vehicle.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

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Departures

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