Mexico Tours

Why visit? Most people will have heard of Mexico’s postcard perfect beaches and world-famous resorts and although these definitely contribute to the country’s charm, there is so much more to Mexico than just its natural beauty. 
 
Australians usually start their Mexico tour in either Cancun on Mexico’s east coast or in the country’s capital, Mexico City. This gem of a city, although often underrated, is full of historic landmarks waiting to be explored, such as the Historic Centre and the National Palace. 
 
Cultural heritage and tradition are some of the drawcards that fascinate on a tour through Mexico. The two ‘hearts’ of Mexican tradition, Oaxaca and Chiapas, located in the centre of the country, are an absolute highlight on any Mexico or Central America tour. Oaxaca with its indigenous traditions, colourful markets and top-class museums is not just a cultural highlight but also famed for its extraordinary cuisine. Chiapas with its ancient Maya ruins, its coffee plantations and haciendas is a hub of history and culture.  
 
In the east, Cancun and Tulum will appeal to the sun and beach lovers, being home to some world-famous white beaches and turquoise waters that are just made for sun bathing, snorkelling and water sports. 
 
For the active explorer, Copper Canyon, a series of massive canyons in the north of Mexico, is a must-do. Soak up the majestic canyon scenery while hiking, biking or rafting through what is one of the most impressive mountain sceneries in the world. 
 
How to get there? Generally, the easiest and quickest way for Australians to get to Mexico City is via LA on QANTAS, Virgin Australia, United Airlines or Delta. That said, there are actually more options into regional Mexican cities from Dallas Fort Worth (QANTAS fly to Dallas direct from Sydney). 
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Mexico and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you. 
 
#Livefortoday and book your Mexico tour with us today. Chimu Adventures is Australia’s leading Latin America and Polar specialist and can put together an itinerary to suit you.
 

'Mexico is worth seeing. The people generous and kind, the sites are jaw dropping and the food is wonderful. The hotels were of a very high standard, particularly in Mexico City and Cancun. All the transfers went like clockwork...'- Hughbdo

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Articles On Mexico

The History of Mexico

Posted on Sat, 01 Jul 2017

Mexico is a country that is rich in history, tradition and culture and there is evidence of its past peoples, cultures and cities throughout the country. Pre-Columbian ruins are dotted across Mexico including the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza and Tulum, the Zapotec capital of Monte Alban and the ancient city of Teotihuacan. Mexico’s colonial history is also evident in …

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The Weather in Mexico

Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017

Mexico is a large country and as a result it has a diverse climate that varies by region and by season. In fact the Tropic of Cancer pretty much divides the country into tropical and temperate zones. The climate of a region is influenced by its geographical latitude as well as its height above sea level. Mexico can be broken …

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Mexico – Tourism & Sustainability

Posted on Thu, 22 Jun 2017

Sustainability & Ecotourism Who exactly is Hector Ceballos-Lascurain I hear you ask. Well he could be described as the founder of ecotourism. Hector is a Mexican, an architect, a conservationist, an author, an environmentalist and now an environmental architect and international ecotourism consultant. Way back in 1983 he coined the term “ecotourism” and its initial definition that reads as follows: …

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Things to do in The Riviera Maya, Mexico

Posted on Thu, 25 May 2017

This sunny Caribbean coastline in Mexico is one of the top vacation spots of the entire country. With its idealistic, white sand beaches, stunning coral reef, vibrant nightlife and laid back beach towns, this is the perfect place to escape to. Whether you’re looking for the relaxing island vibes of Tulum, the expat comforts of Puerto Aventuras, the cosmopolitan nightlife …

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Things to do in Mexico – Everything you need to know

Posted on Thu, 27 Apr 2017

Mexico is one of the most diverse, beautiful and culturally magnificent countries in the world. Its sheer size means that you have many different terrains, weather systems, foods, cultures and even languages, in one amazingly vibrant country. In the north of Mexico alone, you have tropical jungle, cosmopolitan cities, deserts, small tribal areas and very interesting fusion foods. Head to …

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The Undiscovered Mayan City K’aak Chi

Posted on Thu, 09 Mar 2017

In May of 2016, a seemingly normal Quebec teen created a mass media frenzy. This 15-year-old boy, William Gadoury, claimed that he had discovered a lost Mayan city using only Google Earth and a chart of the stars. After some quick research and collaboration with Dr Armand La Rocque, from the University of New Brunswick, and Daniel De Lisle, from …

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Celebrating New Year in Mexico

Posted on Thu, 05 Jan 2017

New Year’s celebrations in Mexico surpass those of Christmas, Easter and sometimes even their famous ‘Day of The Dead’. Much like the rest of the world, Mexicans gather together with their loved ones to welcome in the upcoming year. However, the mixture of cultures throughout this vibrant country has resulted in an unusual collection of traditional, new, funny and downright …

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The Best Snorkel Spots in the Riviera Maya

Posted on Mon, 31 Oct 2016

Imagine leisurely swimming through crystal clear Caribbean waters, when suddenly a turtle swims up beside you, a family of rays glides along the sand below, and a school of brightly coloured fish flutter past. This is the magical underwater world of the Riviera Maya. As this amazing stretch of sea runs all the way along the Yucatan peninsula, it is …

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The Must See Towns of Hidalgo, Mexico

Posted on Sat, 22 Oct 2016

Hidalgo is an incredible central state of Mexico, founded by Benito Juárez in 1869. This state has incredible history, traditional food, an amazing outdoor lifestyle, and most of all, absolutely stunning scenery. From its busy capital Pachuca, to the luscious forests of El Chico, this state has something for everyone. Hidalgo is divided into 84 towns, making it impossible to …

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10 Interesting Facts About the Aztecs

Posted on Mon, 26 Sep 2016

The greatest empire to rule over Mexico, the Aztecs were a phenomenal indigenous civilization which ruled far and wide for over 300 years. Brought to a grounding halt in the 1400s by invading Spanish conquistadores, the last great Mesoamerican ingenious empire has left an impressive legacy behind, overshadowing that of the Toltecs from whom the ruling crown was snatched in …

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Mexico Reviews

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highlights of Mexico Great trip. I saw what I wanted to including Mexico City, Merida and Cancun/Copa, concentrating on Maya/Aztecs sites as background information in teaching ancient civilization in Australia. I think it would be wise to mention to your future visitors that the document that each visitor fills-in as they enter Mexico is extremely important and to retain the stub as you can not leave the country without it; so take care to guard it carefully. To replace it is a two step process at the airport upon leaving and requires Pesos and time and some instructions on how to complete the process which can be difficult if you do not speak Spanish.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mexico in Depth - Everything we expected and more The tour was very well organised, & the tour guides were professional, friendly & full of local information. We had one itinerary issue early on, which was quickly resolved. Many days of the 15 day itinerary, there were only the two of us on tour, which made the tour more private and enhanced the experience. I would thoroughly recommend Chimu & the Mexico in Depth Tour. The only thing I would do differently next time, is to have more input into choice of hotel rooms & location of hotels, though most were good.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Real Mexico ! The itinerary was cleverly thought through by Clare and it all went very smoothly apart from a hotel misunderstanding that was swiftly resolved by Simon. The sites chosen gave us a very good insight into the Mayan and Aztec cultures and the guides were very good.
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Viva Mexico! Incredible, Food, sites, colours and people all made Mexico an amazing holiday experience for my family and I. Thanks Chimu Adventures!
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mexican Trip - private travel organsied by Chimu The entire trip went well with no difficulties. We were met at each destination. The guides were excellent and met our requests. Vehicles were comfortable and clean. Food was very good and we had no sickness. Strongly recommend the Las Alcobas Hotel in Mexico City both for quality of service and location [even though at present they are remodelling the streetscape]. The Tulum resort was very good.
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Far exceeded expectations! We did the Mexico City Stopover tour and the Mayan Route tour. Both went very well. The personal attention we received was amazing. The guides were excellent and the transport was very comfortable. All the transfers went very smoothly, and the excursions were fantastic. With Chimu we were able to visit some out of the way places which we would never have seen on our own.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mexico Just returned from a fabulous trip to Mexico. Having personalised our intinerary, I was pleasantly surprised that all our transfers went very smoothly and that we were helped at each new destination. We also had great guides and were happy with all our hotels and the location. Chimu took the hassle out of being an independent traveller.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great holiday, definitely worth the money! The itinerary was perfectly designed and everything went so smoothly. Being two girls travelling, we were quite worried about our overall safety while spending three weeks in Mexico, but with Chimu our hands were held every step of the way. The tour guides in each location were fantastic, with great knowledge, service and very friendly.
Date published: 2016-04-15
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The Culture and Customs of Mexico

Posted on Mon, 06 Mar 2017

Mexico’s culture is rich, colourful and vibrant, influenced by its ancient civilisations such as the Aztec and Maya as well as European colonisation. It is unique and probably one of the most fascinating cultures in the world. The traditions and customs of the Mexican people are varied and diverse. They are proud of their native heritage and each region has …

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The Varied Landscapes and Geography of Mexico

Posted on Wed, 08 Feb 2017

Geographically speaking – Mexico is varied. It certainly has its share of coast boasting over 9,000 kilometres of coastline and its share of arid desert regions, but it also offers lush tropical jungles, mangrove forests, volcanic plateaus and canyons. Mexico is the most northerly country in Latin America and the third largest country in Latin America after Brazil and Argentina. …

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Wildlife Species of Mexico

Posted on Sat, 05 Nov 2016

Mexico is rich in wildlife species resulting from its range of ecosystems and habitats that include lowland tropical rainforest, temperate desert, montane forest and alpine tundra. It boasts over 800 species of reptiles and over 500 species of mammals and the highest number of rodent species in the world. Wildlife Species of Mexico Mammals Mammal species found in Mexico include opossums, manatees (fully …

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The Traditional Cuisine of Mexico

Posted on Wed, 02 Nov 2016

Mexican food has some of the most well-known and loved dishes in the world. Mexican cuisine varies by region due to local climate, geography and ethnic differences among the indigenous inhabitants. Cuisine by region North of Mexico – known for its meat dishes especially beef and wheat in the form of flour tortillas Oaxaca region – known for its savoury …

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When To Go To Mexico?

Posted on Tue, 01 Nov 2016

Although Mexico can be visited at any time of the year, due to its vast size and resulting differences in climate across the country, the best time to go will depend on where you plan to go on your Mexico travels and the activities that you plan to include on your Mexico tour. The optimum time to visit is generally …

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Frequently Asked Questions

What money do they use in Mexico?

The unit of currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXP). 
Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

What language do they speak in Mexico?

Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language of Mexico, but over 60 indigenous languages are also recognized by the government. Some Indigenous words have been incorporated into Mexican Spanish, especially from Nahuatl - the language of the Aztecs.

What is the religion of Mexico?

Mexico’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic although the indigenous Mexicans have blended Catholicism with some of their traditional beliefs, creating a fascinating mix. 

Do I need to be fit to go to Mexico?

The level of fitness needed will depend on the Mexico tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Hiking and trekking are not activities that are generally associated with Mexico although most Mexico tours include visits to one or more archaeological site where some steep climbs involving many steps may be involved, often on uneven surfaces. Parts of Mexico lie at altitudes over 2,000 metres, including Mexico City at 2,250 metres. Although altitude sickness is generally not a problem in Mexico, you may feel a little breathless if your Mexico tour starts in Mexico City, or if you fly into Mexico from the coast, until you acclimatise to the higher altitude.

Is it safe to travel in Mexico?

Most Latin American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps to change Latin America’s poor security image. There are parts of Mexico that are unsafe for tourists to visit, troubled regions stemming from a variety of issues, including not only drug warfare but also corruption and poverty. But for the majority of the country, especially along the tourist trail, Mexico travel is safe. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to its major tourist destinations. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes.

 

To minimise security risks we recommend the following: 

 

  • do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery
  • keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes
  • keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas
  • use only registered taxis with official identification
  • avoid going on your own to remote areas/ruins where tourists would not be expected to go
  • always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended

Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico?

A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Mexico for citizens of the following countries:

 

  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • European Union
  • South Africa

 

For other nationalities, please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

How long do I need to travel Mexico?

You could spend anything from a few days to several weeks on your Mexico travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one region such as Mexico City and its environs, Chiapas State, Merida and the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula or the Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.

How much should I budget for daily in Mexico?

Our Mexico tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 40-50 USD per day per person. 

Do I need to get vaccinations for Mexico?

Although no specific vaccinations are required for Mexico travel and no proof of any vaccination is required to enter Mexico, we recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through.

 

As a general guide we recommend the following:

 

  • Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix)
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Cholera
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

What kind of power adaptor plug do I need for Mexico?

In Mexico the standard voltage is 127V and standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are of types A and B.

 

Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/

What should I pack to travel in Mexico?

What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Mexico tour.

 

The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items:

 

  • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos
  • Travel Insurance documents  
  • Air tickets and itinerary
  • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques
  • Money belt 
  • Small daypack
  • Basic first aid kit High UVA sun block 
  • Sunglasses & sunhat
  • Mosquito spray & insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Sandals 
  • Long sleeve tops and trousers 
  • Light-weight clothing
  • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year)
  • Camera with spare battery and memory cards
  • Security code padlock
  • Adaptor
  • Small torch