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¡Órale Mexico!

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¡Órale Mexico!

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¡Órale Mexico!

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Max out on Mexico on this awesome journey that takes you from iconic ruins to turquoise beaches, with high-energy adventures and cultural curiosities weaved into the mix.

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Max out on Mexico on this awesome journey that takes you from iconic ruins to turquoise beaches, with high-energy adventures and cultural curiosities weaved into the mix.

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!

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15Days

$ 1249

International airfare to Mexico not included

Available dates

What's included on this trip?

Inspirit trip leader

14 nights accommodation

All transportation

Explorer walks, cultural experiences, and activities as indicated

Culinary experiences as mentioned

Expert local team

Start country

Mexico

End country

Mexico

Physical rating

Normal

Group size

16 Maximum

Trip code

C-MXA

Minimum age

18

Maximum age

39

Your journey

Itinerary

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 …

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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 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.)

Arrivals into Mexico City

Explore Mexico City and meet your Inspirit guide

Hotel Marlowe or Similar

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 ce…

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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 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.

Official Inspirit Welcome Meeting

Mexico City Explorer

Taco Crawl tour

Hotel Marlowe or similar

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, …

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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 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.

Private transfer to Puebla via Teotihuacán ruins

Guided tour of Teotihuacán

Puebla City Explorer

Hotel Puebla Plaza or similar

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 arc…

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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 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.

Transfer by local bus to Cholula

Cholula City Explorer

Sample the local specialties with lunch in Cholula's market

Hotel Puebla Plaza or similar

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 treas…

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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 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!

Transfer to Oaxaca by public bus

Oaxaca City Explorer

Free time in Oaxaca

Hotel Casa Arnel or similar

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.

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.

Explore Oaxaca with optional activities

Hotel Casa Arnel or similar

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. 

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. 

Guided tour of Monte Alban ruins with transportation

Explore Oaxaca with optional activities

Inspirit dinner

Hotel Casa Arnel or Similar

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, folklo…

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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 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.

Private transfer to Chiapa de Corzo

Chiapa de Corzo City Explorer

Hotel La Ceiba or similar

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…

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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 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.

Boat tour of Sumidero Canyon

Tour indigenous towns of Chamula and Zinacantan

Chocolate tasting experience

Hotel Casa Margarita or similar

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! 

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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 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.

Private transfer to Palenque via Agua Azul & Mixol Ha

Agua Azul & Mixol Ha waterfalls

Hotel Villa Xibalba or similar

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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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. 

Inside the ruins your guide will explain the mysterious history of the sprawling ancient city and trek down to the museum where you can see a replica of the tomb of the King Pakal.

After touring the archaeological site, we have a long transfer to Mérida in private transportation, stopping along the way at the beach with free time for lunch.

We’ll arrive in Mérida this evening.

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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. 

Inside the ruins your guide will explain the mysterious history of the sprawling ancient city and trek down to the museum where you can see a replica of the tomb of the King Pakal.

After touring the archaeological site, we have a long transfer to Mérida in private transportation, stopping along the way at the beach with free time for lunch.

We’ll arrive in Mérida this evening.

Short transfer by public bus to Palenque site

Palenque archaeological site tour

Private transfer to Mérida

Hotel Maria Jose or similar

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…

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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 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.

Explore Mérida with optional activities

Mérida City Explorer

Hotel Maria Jose or similar

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. Read more

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 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.

Private transfer to Maya Village via Chichen Itza ruins

Chichen Itza archaeological site tour

Maya village experience with dinner

Community stay overnight

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.

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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 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.

Private transfer to Playa del Carmen

Explore Playa del Carmen with optional activities

Hotel Playa del Carmen or similar

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.

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.

Departures from Playa del Carmen

Trip information

Arrival - Mexico City, Mexico

Closest Airport: Mexico City International – MEX

Meeting Point: Hotel Metropol - Mexico City - Phone +52 55 10850830

Luis Moya 39, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06050 Centro, CDMX, Mexico

It’s a 30-minute ride to the hotel. To start your experience off on the right foot, take advantage and book the transfer to the hotel with one of our trusted drivers. Please  let us know if wish to do so. Opting for an Uber is an alternative or if you plan to take a taxi make sure you agree clearly on the price before you hop in one!

Arrive at any time on Day 1 (Saturday). Our service starts with a night at the hotel. Our guide is available throughout the day and is happy to help you get settled and make you feel at home right away. We meet at 7 pm at the hotel reception for an informal group dinner outing. It's a good chance to meet your guide and fellow travelers to connect and have fun!

Departure - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Closest Airport: Cancun International Airport – CUN

End Point: Playa Del Carmen - Hotel Playa del Carmen.

Hotel address: Ave. 20 norte lote 33 between street 2 and 4 north, Col. Centro. Playa del Carmen. Q.ROO.

Tel:(0052) (984) 873 0467

It’s a 60-minute ride to the airport.  End your adventure hassle free by using one of our trusted drivers for your airport transfer.  Please let us know if you would like to book this. Local transport company ADO is the cheapest and offers a direct service to the airport,  your guide can easily help arrange that or check online if you prefer. Opting for an Uber is an alternative or if you plan to take a taxi make sure you agree clearly on the price before you hop in one!

Depart at any time on day 15 (Saturday). Our guide is available throughout the day to assist in any way. If you like/are staying longer we are happy to assist in anyway. Please let us know.

Temperatures

In Central America temperatures can vary significantly depending on time of year and altitudes. Use the guidelines below so you can adjust your packing list accordingly.

This trip visits the following climate zones:

Highlands

  • Temperatures on the highland plateaus are generally warm during the day and cool to cold at night. Daytime maximum Temperatures can range from 29 degrees Celsius / 84 Fahrenheit to 5 degrees Celsius 42 Fahrenheit at nighttime.

Coastal/Lowlands

  • In the coastal region and adjoining lowlands it is usually hot during the day and warm at night. Day time maximum Temperatures can range from 40 degrees Celsius / Fahrenheit to 104 Fahrenheit to 10 degrees Celsius 50 Fahrenheit at nighttime.

Physical Rating

Use the physical rating to help you decide if a particular trip is right for you.

This trip is rated: Normal

This is your regular everyday type of physical activity. There may be some physical aspects of the trip, but nothing that should require specific training in advance. We walk a lot on our trips. We climb hills, temples, and negotiate uneven surfaces. Paths are generally unpaved, and even pavements may feel “off road” in most places we visit. Good, sturdy footwear is required.

Additional Activities

When designing our itineraries, we look for that perfect balance of included activities and free time. Our general rule is to include the best value-for-money activities each day, allowing you to experience the “must-see-and-do’s,” or simply giving you a flavor for the local culture and nature. We also want you to enjoy a hassle free vacation, and not have to worry about searching for local activities each day of your trip. Generally, there is usually one day, maybe two, on each of our week-long trips that include some free time for booking additional activities. This is generally in the larger cities, beach destinations, or tourist hotspots, where there are many local activities and adventures to choose from. Do keep in mind that additional activities are optional, and it is totally up to you how to use that time best for yourself. Sometimes the best activity is no activity at all. Find a hammock and chill!

This trip has free time in the following destinations:

  • Oaxaca
  • Merida
  • Playa del Carmen

Things to do in:

Oaxaca

  • Benito Juarez Park ($0)
  • Cultural Museum ($7)
  • Mezcal Tasting & Petrified Waterfalls ($30)
  • Botanical Gardens ($35)
  • Cooking Classes ($75)

Merida

  • Cultural History or Contemporary Museum ($0)
  • Palace of Government ($0)
  • Dance Presentation at Cultural palace ($0)
  • Cenotes (varios $40)
  • Maya Archaeological of Uxmal ($45)
  • Flamingo Sanctuary Celestum ($60)

Playa del Carmen

  • Avenida Juarez ($0)
  • Parks - La Ceiba and 28th of July ($0)
  • Ferry to Cozumel ($20 r.t)
  • Scuba Diving Cozumel Barrier Reef ($100)
  • Rio Secreto ($120)

(Prices are in USD and are for reference only as these are not operated directly by Inspirit)

General information

Inspirit Welcome Meeting

Our welcome meeting takes place in the morning of Day 2 of each itinerary. You’ll have a chance to meet your fellow travelers as well as your guide. Get acquainted with an overview of the itinerary, destinations visited, the Inspirit travel style, and many more details on the experiences to come. Ask any questions you may have, and let the fun begin!

For those traveling on combination trips, you’ll have the opportunity to join the meeting each week and help welcome any new passengers that are joining the trip.

Emergency contact information

For any emergencies that cannot be immediately handled with the assistance of your trip leader, our operations staff is on call 24/7. You can call / SMS  / Whatsapp / on +506 7025 9328 (Costa Rica). For local calls within Costa Rica you do not need to add the +506 country code.

Eating/dietary preferences

The food is local and delicious! Our guides will always suggest locally owned restaurants and will take you to the best value-for-your-money places we have found. A wide variety of options are available to cater for different tastes and dietary requirements. Outside of the more developed areas, it can be a challenge to cater to very specialised diets, but the locals are friendly and accommodating and will always make sure that you find enough to eat!

Water

In most areas we visit, it is not advisable to drink water from the tap (except Costa Rica). We provide you with refillable water bottles that we use throughout the trip, refilling them along the way from purified sources -- such as at your hotel, or at restaurants we visit along the route. Our aim here is to avoid single-use plastic bottles and containers to reduce our impact on the environment.

Money

Payments are best made by major credit cards. Visa is the most widely accepted card in the region. We recommend bringing emergency cash (around $300), as sometimes ATMs can be hard to find in rural areas, or the one ATM in town could be out of service.

Tour guide

Our trip leaders are Central America locals, and all are licensed tour guides in their country of origin and experts in their field. They are fun, charismatic, highly organized, and dynamic individuals with a passion for travel. Trained in areas of safety, group dynamics, effective communication, and much more, our leaders are ready to deal with any challenges that might arise on a trip.

Fellow travelers

Inspirit travelers are probably a lot like you. No matter your age, you are young at heart and have an adventurous spirit. You are interested in discovering new places, meeting new people, and having a ton of fun along the way.

Luggage

We recommend that you pack as lightly as possible. Backpacks are better than large suitcases, as we may be carrying our bags onto public buses where space is limited. Sometimes we may need to walk for a while over uneven surfaces to get between transportation hubs to to our hotel.

Keep the weight under 44 pounds (20kg). An additional day-pack is essential for excursions and transfers. Your main backpack may get stored on the roof of the bus, or in the luggage hold underneath, so you’ll want a smaller backpack that you can carry with you to keep your essential items safe. It’s a good idea to bring a TSA approved padlock to keep your bags secure.


Packing List

Things to bring to help reduce our eco footprint:

  • Refillable coffee mug (one that is easy to travel with)
  • Reusable food storage container (think Tupperware) for transporting foods you may buy en route
  • Towel
  • Organic soap and shampoo
  • Biodegradable washing detergent (if you plan to wash clothes en-route -- note: laundry services are available in most places)

Recommended:

  • Toiletries
  • Personal items such as prescriptions, medicine, etc.
  • Sun protection (SPF 50+), sunglasses, lip balm, after-sun moisturizer
  • Insect repellent and insect bite cream
  • Eye mask and ear plugs
  • Antibacterial gel and or hand wipes
  • First-aid kit
  • Just-in-case kit with aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, etc
  • Smartphone – as if you would forget!
  • Electrical adapter (if your devices don't plug into North American outlets)
  • Flashlight or headlamp (small rechargeable one)
  • Sweater/microfleece
  • Long-sleeve top
  • Long trousers (zip-off trousers are very versatile)
  • Jeans/trousers/shorts
  • T-shirts/cotton shirts
  • Good all-terrain walking shoes
  • Sandals/tevas (with a strap)
  • Socks/underwear
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket

ATTENTION: Be sure to bring clothing that covers your knees and shoulders for visits to religious sites and during travel on public transportation (in case of chills from the AC). Avoid any kind of provocative clothing, such as military style, and shirts / jackets with slogans or images that may be offensive in the countries you visit.

Optional

  • Camera equipment
  • Spare batteries/chargers
  • Books, etc
  • Travel pillow
  • Flip-flops

Safety Guidelines

Cash: Bring small bills (No larger than USDS 20s). Most activities can be paid by credit card.

Credit cards: Do not write down passwords / PINs.

Out and about: Use common sense, take a taxi back if it's late, do not accept any drinks or rides from strangers.

Travel insurance

You must have travel insurance to participate in any Inspirit trip. Insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses, with a minimum coverage to include medical, evacuation, and repatriation. Insurance must cover all dates of travel with Inspirit.

Proof of insurance must be provided prior to the start of any trip. Without proof of insurance, you will not be allowed to participate in the trip.

We strongly encourage you to purchase additional insurance that covers trip cancellation, curtailment, and loss, damage, injury, delay, or inconvenience while traveling.

Transport

Our trips use a mix of private and public transportation. We may be in minibuses, inter-city coaches, local “chicken buses,” or taxis. We may also use water taxis, ferries, and local flights.

Responsible travel

As you see in our packing list, we strive to protect the natural surroundings that make our destinations so special. Our travel style incorporates environmental responsibility to minimize our carbon footprint wherever we go. Leading by example, we also educate our local partners about how they can make small but important changes in their day-to-day activities that will benefit the environment.

You can help by bringing a reusable mug for warm drinks, small bags for market purchases, and a reusable container (Tupperware style) for food. We provide you with a durable water bottle to refill throughout your trip, and we may even try some local eco-hacks such as eating off a banana-leaf instead of a plate made from Styrofoam! Check our packing list and please do your part to help us reduce our impact on the environment.

Fair play

Inspirit retains the right to dismiss from a trip any passenger for reasons affecting their own safety, the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of fellow travelers, or the safe and effective operation of the trip. Non-compliance with local laws and regulations of the countries and regions visited, or Inspirit’s own responsible travel policies, may also warrant dismissal. Refunds for unused services or costs related to travel arrangements required as a result of trip dismissal will not be provided. 

Travelers are responsible for costs incurred by Inspirit or Inspirit’s suppliers for property damage, destruction, or theft they cause while on a trip.

Medical

Inspirit does not provide medical advice, and travelers are responsible for assessing the risks and responsibilities of each aspect of a trip to determine whether it is suitable for them. Travelers should seek their physician’s advice on all medical matters, including travel precautions and vaccinations.

Inspirit trips may visit remote regions in developing areas, where medical care may not meet the standards of those found in a traveler’s home country.

In consideration of the safety and enjoyment of all travelers and the safe operation of a trip, pre-existing medical conditions that may impact a traveler’s ability to participate in any aspect of a trip, including pregnancy, must be disclosed at the time of booking.

Inspirit reserves the right to deny permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a trip at any time where Inspirit determines that a physical or mental condition represents a danger to the traveler or to others.

Age

Travellers under the age of 18 on the date of arrival are considered minors and must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age for travel on any trip, unless otherwise specified, is 15 years. All bookings including minors are subject to approval, and accompaniment or written consent by a parent or legal guardian is required.

There is no upper age limit for our trips.

Changes

Where reasonably required an itinerary may need to be modified either before or after departure. If a change affects at least one in three full days of the itinerary (a major change), Inspirit will provide notice as soon as reasonably possible before departure. In the event of a major change, travelers may accept the change or request a full refund of the land-only portion of their trip.

Once a trip has departed, unforeseen circumstances may present operational concerns, or concerns for the health, safety, and well-being of passengers, and may require an itinerary change. Travelers are responsible for incidental expenses during a trip, including expenses arising from a change of itinerary. Inspirit will not be liable for losses associated with itinerary changes.

Flexibility

Travelers acknowledge that any foreign travel may require a certain amount of flexibility, and some changes or adjustments to the trip itinerary, schedule, activities, modes of transport, or other may be reasonably accepted due to local circumstances.

Risk

Travelers acknowledge that trips operated and sold by Inspirit are adventurous by nature, and participation involves a significant amount of risk to their personal health and safety. In full consideration and acknowledgment of the inherent risks involved in foreign adventure travel and participation in adventurous activities, especially in a foreign country that may not have the same standards of hygiene, accommodation, transportation, medical care, and other infrastructure as a traveler’s home country, travelers assume full responsibility for all such risk and release Inspirit from any and all claims and causes of action arising from loss, damage, injury, or death resulting from these inherent risks.

Travelers acknowledge that the degree of risk depends on the specific activity booked, and activities of a physical nature, extreme sports, or other high-risk activities, whether included on an Inspirit trip, or suggested by an Inspirit trip leader or other representative of Inspirit, may add additional risk.

Travelers must take all measures to help ensure their own safety by proper use of safety devices (seatbelts, harnesses, flotation devices, helmets, etc.) and obey all health and safety warnings, either written or verbal.

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