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Signature Mexico

9 Days FROM AUD 2,655

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Overview

Travel from the heart of Mexico and the country’s capital, Mexico City to the Yukatan Peninsula on Chimu Adventures Signature Mexico tour. Explore the city sites of Mexico City including the Aztec Ruins of San Juan Teotihuacan both on foot and from the magnificent vantage point of a hot air balloon.  Take a trajinera along the canals of Xochimilco before flying to the walled city of Merida, also nicknamed La Ciudad Blanca. From Merida you will visit Chichen Itza, Mexico’s most famous and impressive Mayan ruins.  Finally you will head to Playa del Carmen, where you will end your vacation in paradise lapping up the sunshine on its white sandy beaches with turquoise waters.

On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary.  Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service. 

Trip Code: MXTSHIM

Travel Style: Personalised Itinerary

Location: Mexico

Flights: Ask us to help book your flights to/from Central America. This package includes a flight from Mexico City to Merida.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Awaken your senses with the Aztec temples, baroque and colonial architectural buildings and flavoursome cantinas of Mexico City

  • Explore San Juan Teotihuacan from the sky in a hot air balloon as well as up close on foot

  • Take a gastronomical tour of the city of Merida, Mexico’s second largest city

  • Visit Chichen Itza, one of the new seven wonders of the world and Mexico’s largest Mayan ruins

  • End your tour in paradise on the beaches of Playa del Carmen

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Welcome to Mexico City, Mexico’s colourful capital. With more than twenty million inhabitants living in the greater metropolitan area, it’s one of the largest and most populated cities in the world.
From its Aztec temples, baroque and colonial architecture to its vibrant and flavoursome cantina’s, Mexico City will awaken your senses.
Today is an arrival day, with no activities planned, so explore at your leisure.

Arrive Mexico City

Today you will explore Mexico City. Our first stop on tour is Plaza de la Constitucion, the city’s main square which is also known as the Zocalo.
Nearby the square you will see the Catedral Metrapolitana de Mexico and the Palacio Nacional as well as Templo Mayor, a thirteen century Aztec Temple.
We’ll then drive along Paseo de la Reforma, the famous boulevard built during the reign of Emperor Maximilian to connect his castle in Chapultepec with the main square.
Finally, discover treasures of the Aztecs with a visit to the Museum of Anthropology.

Mexico City tour

Waking early, you will enjoy a round trip excursion to the archaeological site of San Juan Teotihuacan.
Known as the ‘city of the gods,’ Teotihuacan is one of the most important pre-Aztec civilisations. The origins of the city and what happened to the population who once lived here are somewhat of a mystery.
The city consists of a number of structures including The Pyramid of the Moon, the Pyramid of the Sun, the Ciudadela and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl.
Today’s highlight is a hot air balloon ride over the palaces and pyramids with a champagne breakfast. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to visit the site to explore the temples up close.

San Juan Teotihuacan tour

Today you will enjoy a private tour to Coyoacan and Xochimilco.
Coyoacan is a neighbourhood of Mexico City’s south known for its cobblestone streets, art galleries, colourful buildings and artisan markets.
There you will visit the home and museum of Frida Kahlo, a painter known for her portraits and nature inspired artworks. The museum is a treasure trove of both Frida’s and her husband Diego Rivera’s paintings.
In Xochimilco you will visit its floating gardens. The Aztec built this series of canals to form a causeway to connect the people who lived and farmed here on artificial islands called chinampas with the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City).
Here you will travel along the canals onboard a traditional flower-decked punt called a trajinera.

Coyoacan and Xochimilco tour

You will board a flight for the city of Merida, capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan.
Merida was founded in 1542 and built on the site of a Mayan city called T’ho, which means ‘city of five hills’ in reference to five main pyramids that were later destroyed by the Spanish and used in the construction of the city’s cathedral.
Within the city walls you will discover Mexico’s second largest city, complete with several white limestone buildings that have earned the city the nickname La Ciudad Blanca (the white city).
There are no planned activities and today is free to explore after your arrival.

Mexico City to Merida

The city of Merida is considered somewhat of a gastronomical and foodie hub, so today you will embark on a guided street food tour.
Your first stop is the central market, Lucas de Galves. Here you will learn about local produce and get the opportunity to taste some empanadas, polcanes, panuchos or salbutes and cochinita pibil tacos.
Afterwards, we will take you to a local restaurant for a seafood taco feast before visiting a local ice creamery for dessert.

Merida street food tour

Today you will travel via private service to Chichen Itza, passing Mayan villages and sisal plantations along the way.
Chichen Itza is Mexico’s most famous and impressive Mayan ruins and is considered one of the new seven wonders of the world.
Highlights include the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the hall of 1,000 columns, the Maya ball court and the Cenote de los Sacrificios.
From Chichen Itza you will continue to the Riviera Maya and the coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen.

Merida, Chichen Itza and Playa del Carmen

Considered a vacationer’s paradise thanks to its beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and laid back vibe, Playa del Carmen is the perfect place to relax. Today is a free day to explore to enjoy the beach or explore the town’s sites.

Playa del Carmen

You will be transported to the airport to fly to your next destination.

Depart Playa del Carmen
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Pricing per person & date


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Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service

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Tried & tested upmarket properties with above average facilities and service

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Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Private airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as detailed in itinerary
    Other meals where stated 
    Domestic flight from Mexico City to Merida

    Exclusions

    International flights
    Visa & reciprocity fees
    Travel insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides & drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

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  • A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share.
    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.
    All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Seasonality and availability at time of booking. 

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your Latin American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first-hand experience, our consultants will piece together one of our Signature Packages and can customise your travel plans by adding Extension Packages.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so, and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion, and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equipped with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals, or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums, and landmarks, our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e., shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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