Explore an architectural heritage that spans 3,000 years from Pre-Colombian archeological marvels, glorious colonial masterpieces and modern cutting-edge design. Delve deep into Mexico's stunning natural beauty from pristine beaches to lush, verdant jungles and soaring mountains. Discover its world-class cuisine, from sumptuous street food to sophisticated fine dining. One thing we can guarantee is that Mexico will both surprise and delight you in equal measure.
Few cities in the world offer such a fascinating mix of old and new than Mexico City. Walking down stunning colonial streetscapes you will stumble across ancient Aztec structures or modern avant garde architecture. The artistic and cultural legacy left behind by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, continues on today as one of the world's most vibrant centres of art, design and architecture, not to mention home to some of the world's best restaurants.
Located just 2 hours from Mexico City, the colonial cities of Puebla and Cholula have become favourite weekend getaway destinations for the residents of the capital. The magical town of Cholula is considered the oldest city in the Americas and is famous for its beautiful golden convent rising up in front of the towing snowcapped, Popocatepetl volcano. Its larger neighbour, Puebla, is the region's capital and is the celebrated centre of Talavera Poblano pottery. Puebla's UNESCO city centre is home to some of the best examples of Mexican Baroque and Spanish colonial architecture.
Considered the most beautiful city in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is an intriguing mix of old world charm with a modern cosmopolitan vibe. Founded in the 16th century, the centre feels like a time capsule of cobblestoned streets, stunning colonial architecture and vibrant colours. Most notable is the immense neo-gothic La Parroquia church of pink stone which stands proudly in the city square. The colourful streets, full of world class restaurants and a lively nightlife, give this town a cosmopolitan feel without losing any of its historic allure. Nearby day trips include desert hikes, hot springs and the Jesuit Sanctuary of Atotonilco, famous for its murals of angels and demons and it's dramatic Mexican Baroque interior. Well-preserved colonial city Santiago de Querétaro is also only a short drive away.
Oaxaca, to the south of Mexico City is one of country's most fascinating regions. Holding the esteemed title of Mexico's culinary capital, this beautiful colonial city is surrounded by small villages where much of Mexico's traditional handicrafts are made. The city is famous for Mole, Mezcal and its markets. Oaxaca is also home to the Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban, some of the best-preserved Pre-Colombian sites in the world.
Deep in the jungles of Chiapas, explore the ancient Mayan Ruins of Palenque, take a speed boat trip through the imposing Sumidero Canyon and marvel at the intriguing mix of colonial and indigenous cultures that inhabit the charming hilltop town of San Cristobal de las Casas.
For an authentic taste of Mexican Cowboy Country, brace yourself for an exciting adventure in the Copper Canyon. Home to one of the few remaining indigenous tribes in Mexico, the Tarahumara, this hidden gem is considerably larger than its North American counterpart, and without the hordes of tourists. Take a trip on the most scenic leg of the Chihuahua al Pacifico railway, step back in time with a visit to the 19th Century mining village of Batpolias located in the depths of the Canyon, or discover remote Tarahumara villages on a hiking trip through into this pristine wilderness.
On the Caribbean Coast of Mexico is the famous Yucatan Peninsula. Probably best know for it’s palm fringed beaches and turquoise waters, a short drive inland will unveil an ancient world of Mayan civilizations, networks of underground caves known as “cenotes” and the impressive capital city Merida, offering an eclectic mix of Mayan and colonial cultures with a modern Mexican flair.
The perfect destination to relax and unwind, Baja California offers a range of luxury choices offering pristine beaches, adventurous water sports and incredible whale watching. This scenic region of Mexico will appeal to all nature lovers. A drive along the peninsula will uncover magnificent desert landscapes with palm tree oases, an impressive array of flora including over 100 species of cacti, coastal cliffs and coves with picturesque beaches, and some truly memorable sunrises and sunsets.
Sample Itinerary for Mexico
Arriving in Mexico City, your local guide will whisk you away to your luxury hotel, a hacienda inspired sanctuary in this vibrant metropolis. Over the next four days, you will understand why this is considered one of the most exciting cities on earth. Uncover the city’s colonial past and magnificent architecture with a walk around the historical centre, learn about the unique flavours and ingredients of Mexican cuisine with a private food tour of the city, head to the Southern Neighbourhoods to take a colourful boat ride on the ancient canals of Xochimilco before exploring the incredible legacy of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Finally venture out of the city to visit the ancient Aztec capital of Teotihuacan and its massive temple complex.
Head south from the capital to visit the two historic cities of Cholula and Puebla. First visit magical Cholula with its great pyramid and iconic convent with its volcano backdrop. Then head to the colonial jewel of Puebla, famous for its Talavera Poblano pottery and Mexican Baroque architecture. Overnight will be at the city’s most iconic address.
From Puebla you will continue your journey south to the cultural and culinary capital of Oaxaca. Staying in a historic converted convent, you will quickly come to realize why this is one of Mexico’s most adored cities. Try Oaxaca’s famous dish Mole whilst sipping on a glass of local mezcal and visit the city’s many markets showcasing the region’s incredible tradition of handicrafts. Finally head out of the city to visit local indigenous communities and the famous Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban to discover the temples, palaces and dwellings of this ancient civilization.
From the cultural capital of Oaxaca, you will then head into the lush jungles of Chiapas and the beautiful hilltop town of San Cristobal de las Casas. Staying in a modern, luxury boutique hotel, be enchanted by this colonial city with its strong indigenous roots. Visit the Sumidero Canyon for its stunning scenery and abundance of flora and fauna. Explore the surrounding villages with their red tiled roofs and cobblestone streets for their amazing local textiles and handicrafts and learn about their religious ceremonies and rituals that combine a fascinating blend of Catholicism and pre-Hispanic traditions.
Departing San Cristobal, head to the Mayan capital of Palenque, but not before visiting the magical Agua Azul waterfalls for a chance to swim in its vibrant blue waters. In Palenque, you will be staying just moments from the archeological zone in accommodation reminiscent of a Mayan Palace. You will have the chance to explore the ancient cities of Bonampak and Yaxchilan that were lost to the thick jungle for hundreds of years. Marvel at the perfectly preserved colourful murals found in Bonampak that reflect the life and rituals of this ancient Mayan civilization. On your last day you will have a private transfer to the airport to connect with your flight home.
A short flight from either Mexico City or Cancun will introduce you to the delights of Havana, Cuba. Spend a few nights in this vibrant city exploring its grand colonial streetscapes in vintage 1950’s cars. Enjoy some live music while sipping mojitos and even try some salsa dancing at a local club. For a taste of rural Cuba, travel west to the spectacular Valle de Vinales with its limestone hills and traditional villages. This is also one of Cuba’s main tobacco growing areas so expect to see farmers plowing their land with oxen and sowing seeds by hand. Finally venture into central Cuba to the colonial masterpiece called Trinidad. As you stroll along its perfectly preserved streetscapes, it will feel as though time stopped in the 1850’s.
Less than two hours from Mexico City lies Guatemala City. Upon arrival, take a short drive to the historic city of Antigua, arguably the most beautiful city in Latin America. Marvel at this colonial gem as you wander down its cobblestone streets past picture perfect, pastel coloured houses and gaze up towards the imposing Pacaya volcano, stoically guarding the town. Then head north to the crystal-clear waters of Lake Atitlan surrounding by local indigenous villages and lush rolling hills. Finally delve deep into Mayan culture as you explore the impressive temple complex at Tikal, hidden deep in the Guatemalan rainforest. For those wanting a coastal respite, continue onto Belize with its magnificent barrier reef and stunning coastal beaches.
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