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Orale Mexico!

  • 22 Feb
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  • 07 Mar
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  • 15 days

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    Check out a stately Aztec temple surrounded by frenetic Mexico City, visit world-class museums and plazas, see Diego's legacy and Frida's home. Enjoy a tasty taco crawl before heading to the incredible ruins of Teotihuacán. Climb the slopes of majestic Popocatépetl Volcano, check out scenic waterfalls (petrified and flowing), and rappel down the sheer walls of a cenote. Explore stately Mayan centers, charming colonial squares, and traditional indigenous villages. See how mezcal is made and sip a potent sample. (Forget the worm, eat a grasshopper.) After some snorkeling and beach time at laid-back Playa del Carmen, you'll be saying "¡Órale, Mexico!" for years to come!

    Day 1

    Arrivals into Mexico City

    Welcome to Mexico! Ease into your Mexican adventures at your own pace after getting settled into your hotel in the historic center of Mexico City. Tomorrow the adventures really take off with visits to must-see destinations throughout the capital, followed over the next two weeks with an incredible mix of ancient ruins, natural wonders, authentic cuisine, colorful markets, and picture-perfect beaches. Feel free to jumpstart your experience today upon arrival, especially by sampling one of the most important aspects of Mexican culture — its cuisine! Mexico City offers a huge range of choices with a variety of authentic and international dining options for all tastes. (And FYI: the "DF" abbreviation you see everywhere stands for the Distrito Federal, as this energetic metropolis is known throughout Mexico.)
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    Day 2

    Mexico City Explorer

    Delve into Mexico's fascinating history and culture today on a wide-ranging tour of Mexico City, one of the world's biggest cities with a history that reaches back long before the Spaniards arrived. Your Inspirit guide will lead you every step of the way as you visit the must-see sites of this metropolis with ancient roots, including the National Museum of Anthropology and History, Mexico City’s famous Zocalo (city center), murals by renowned painter Diego Rivera, the imposing Metropolitan Cathedral, city government offices, and the ruins of the Aztec ceremonial center of Tenochtitlán next to the main plaza. After this cultural immersion, the rest of the day is free for you to relax, explore, or indulge as you please. In the evening your guide will escort you on a mouth-watering Taco Crawl, a walking tour stopping at three traditional "taquerias," where you can sample different variations of this world-famous Mexican dish.
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    Day 3

    Teotihuacán & Puebla

    This morning we venture to the majestic ruins of Teotihuacán, once the largest city of Mesoamerica featuring a complex of soaring pyramids rising over smaller platforms. Your Inspirit guide will take you back into the fascinating history if this mystical center, where a climb up the massive Pyramid of the Sun offers stunning panoramas. From the ruins, we continue to Puebla, where we’ll check in to our hotel. Your Inspirit guide will lead you on a tour though the city center, with stops to admire the architecture of the impressive Puebla Cathedral, which dates to 1575, and the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, the first public library in the Americas. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore and/or opt to have a blast and more than a few laughs at the folkloric and iconic Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) show.
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    Day 4

    Cholula City Explorer

    Today's destination is the nearby town of Cholula, a 20-minute bus ride from Puebla. Cholula is best known as the site of the Great Pyramid, which is an ancient pre-historic temple with a Spanish church built on top. From the church and pyramid, enjoy a beautiful view of snow-capped Popocatépetl volcano and its sibling, Iztaccíhuatl. Underneath the Great Pyramid, there’s an option to explore tunnels opened by archaeologists, offering a fascinating insight into the temple’s construction. We’ll stop at the local market to enjoy a few traditional Mexican dishes, like “cemitas” and “memalas Poblanas” (Pueblan-style sandwiches and tostadas) among other hidden gems. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to explore.
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    Day 5

    Overland to Oaxaca & City Explorer

    Today we're off to vibrant Oaxaca. Culturally rich with 16 ethnic groups living in or around it, Oaxaca teems with tradition, art and handicrafts, and truly delicious food. After your hotel check-in, your Inspirit guide will lead you on a city tour, visiting the most important sites on the way to the unique market of Oaxaca. Knowing where to find all the market's hidden treasures, your guide will show you the different varieties of fruit, candy, and spices, including saffron and countless varieties of chilies. If you’re feeling adventurous, the famous Oaxacan cheese and “chapulines” (grasshoppers) are on offer! For plant eaters, of course there are many veggies and fruits available as well for equally mouthwatering experiences!
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    Day 6

    Explore Oaxaca

    Today is free for optional activities such as the petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, or visiting an artisanal mezcal distillery. Other options include visiting the nearby national parks, or just soaking up the atmosphere of Oaxaca itself.
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    Day 7

    Monte Alban Ruins & Explore Oaxaca

    In the morning, we’ll visit the famous ruins of Monte Alban, an ancient Zapotec city, and learn some of its history while enjoying stunning views of the scenic Oaxaca valley. You're on your own to explore the city the rest of the day — your guide can suggest fun things to do.
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    Day 8

    Transfer to Chiapa de Corzo

    Today we’ll say goodbye to Oaxaca and set out toward Chiapa de Corzo, located a short distance from the Chiapas state capital of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Get acquainted with this charming little town, which is one of 83 Mexican communities that the government has designated a “Pueblo Mágico” — a recognition for a town’s natural beauty, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts and hospitality. You'll see why when your Inspirit guide leads you on a walking tour of the town. This evening you are free to continue to explore on your own.
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    Day 9

    Sumidero Canyon & San Cristobal de las Casas

    Enjoy an authentic Mexican breakfast and then jump start your adventure with an excursion to the awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon, with vertical walls rising over 3,000 ft (914 mts). We’ll be on the water before the peak visiting hours, increasing our chances of spotting some of the river’s local inhabitants, such as the river crocodile, the banded Yucatán gecko or the great curassow. Afterward we’ll make our way to the colonial city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Dive right into Mexico as we use local transport for this section: a great way to experience the real Mexico! Settle in and grab a bite to eat in one of the many eateries, cafes or restaurants. In the afternoon we’ll visit the indigenous villages of Chamula and Zinacantan, which embrace centuries-old tradition. Experience indigenous language and customs, fascinating churches, and colorful markets. Evenings in the Mexican highlands can get a little chilly, so we’ll visit a local “chocolateria,” where you can sample a delicious warm chocolate/rice-milk drink “champurrado.” For dinner, enjoy some fantastic Mexican cuisine at any of the excellent, traditional restaurants and eateries in San Cristobal de las Casas (your Inspirit guide will make recommendations), and get a taste of the local nightlife.
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    Day 10

    Agua Azul & Mixol Ha

    Start early today for your journey to Palenque, a small town situated near one of Mexico's most fascinating archaeological sites. A few hours into the ride, visit the scenic waterfalls of Agua Azul (azure water), a series of crystal pools and tumbling waterfalls surrounded by jungle-shrouded mountain slopes. Hop in for a swim, or hike down a forest trail, or both! The experience continues with a stop at the larger Mixol Ha waterfalls, boasting a spectacular 120-ft (36-mt) drop of cascading water. We'll arrive in Palenque in the evening. Chill out in the pool of your hotel until it's time to meet the others to make evening plans.
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    Day 11

    Tour Palenque Archaeological Site

    This morning set out with your guide for a fascinating visit to the mystical archaeological site of Palenque. Situated within dense rainforest, Palenque’s temples rise majestically above the jungle canopy, and symbolize the might and majesty of the Maya civilization during its classic period.
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    Day 12

    Mérida City Explorer

    Today we have a free day to explore the city or take some optional tours, including a visit to the ruins of Uxmal, another great Mayan archaeological site, the flamingo sanctuary of Celestún (best from Jan-Apr), or nearby cenotes (natural groundwater-filled sinkholes) to swim and explore. In the late afternoon when the temperatures die down, join your guide for a city explorer tour of the historic center. Mérida’s atmosphere is great, and you’ll visit the park of Santa Lucia where you can enjoy the local tradition of music and folkloric dances. Soak up the culture and history of this attractive colonial city.
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    Day 13

    Chichen Itza & Maya village

    Leave early to experience the stunning ruins of Chichén Itzá, perhaps the most famous of all the great Mayan cities. Follow your guide to the site's most important sites, most notably the iconic Temple of Kukulkan, which rises 79 ft (24 mts) above the Great Plaza. Also stroll through the Great Ball Court, which is the largest Mayan ball court in Mesoamerica. Another unforgettable experience follows as we head back on the road toward the hidden Mayan community of Pac Chen. A short hike takes us to a secluded cenote, and after dark we’ll grab our flashlights and head out for a Creatures of the Night jungle walk. We’ll stay overnight in the community, and enjoy a local dinner with our friendly Yucatec Maya hosts as the locals share their stories about their culture and community.
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    Day 14

    Playa del Carmen

    A delicious traditional Mayan breakfast awaits us for our start of the day. Visit the local insect museum, then say goodbye to our village hosts. We leave good hearted as we are aware that tourism has become an important source of income of this community and a way to preserve their natural and cultural heritage. We are grateful to be part of this. We’ll head out toward Playa del Carmen and get to the beach in time for afternoon optional excursions such as snorkeling, scuba diving or taking the ferry over to Cozumel Island. Another great option is to just hang out at the beach and enjoy a siesta.
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    Day 15

    Playa del Carmen Departures

    Our Mexican adventure ends today, but there’s much more to do if you can stay longer. Your Inspirit guide can recommend the best activities and lodging based on your preferences and budget.
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