Mexico Tour 2018

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Tour Date: February 2 – February 16, 2018.      Tour Closed. Next tour 1 Feb 2019

Price: USD 3750 per person (twin share); Single supplement USD 950      

Long before the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes stepped foot in Mexico in 1519, the region was populated by complex indigenous civilisations including the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec and Aztec Empires. These Mesoamerican civilisations had developed a form of writing so that Mexico’s written history stretches back hundreds of years before the Spanish arrived. Following the conquest of the Aztecs in 1521 the area was incorporated into the Spanish Empire, with Mexico City the centre of colonial rule.

Mexico today is a wonderful blend of these ancient pre-Colombian cultures with the more recent Spanish traditions. As you travel this fascinating country you will encounter stunning colonial cities adorned with churches as well as spectacular archaeological sites and their enormous pyramids. There is a rich indigenous culture waiting to be discovered with a lively music, festival and arts scene, a sophisticated cuisine and stunning natural beauty from the dry deserts in the north to deep forested jungles and palm lined beaches in the south.

This well paced Byroads adventure will introduce you to many of Mexico’s major highlights. Having explored Mexico City and walked  the ‘Avenue of the Dead’ at the giant pyramids of nearby Teotihuacan we pay a visit to the museum dedicated to Mexico’s most famous painter, Frida Kahlo. In Taxco and Puebla we enjoy the magnificent architecture and charming atmosphere of two of Mexico’s best preserved colonial towns whilst in colourful Oaxaca we wander the colourful handicraft markets, sample the tasty local cuisine and pay a visit to the ancient ceremonial Zapotec site of Monte Alban perched on a nearby hill.

To make the best use of our time we fly from Oaxaca to Tuxtla Gutierrez and visit the stunning Sumidero Canyon, created over millennia by the powerful waters of the Grijalva River. We then arrive in the beautiful town of San Cristobal de las Casas, known for its colourful and lively street scenes and where the locals still wear their gorgeous costumes. Here we mingle with the locals and visit two of the nearby villages renowned for producing textiles, leather work, wood carvings and jewellery.

The jungle-swathed soaring Mayan ruins of Palenque which flourished in the 7th Century are some of Mexico’s finest and we explore these and later the ruins at Uxmal to gain a greater understanding of the Mayan civilization. After Campeche we travel on to Celestun and take a boat ride to view flocks of stunning pink flamingos and take our lunch with a local family in the village of Abala before arriving to Merida. From here we can explore the world famous Mayan archaeological complex at Chichen Itza and chance a swim in the ceremonial pool at Cenote Ik Kil.

Finally we arrive to the beautiful beaches at Playa del Carmen where, after visiting the Mayan cliff top ruins at Tulum our Byroads trip of Mexico and the Yucatan peninsula comes to an end.

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