Mexico Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

The fifth largest country in the Americas, Mexico can boast its second largest economy and some truly captivating examples of pre-Columbian culture in Mesoamerica. Before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, Mexico nurtured the development of numerous indigenous civilisations including the Olmec, the Maya, the Toltec and the Aztecs; rich cultures which flourished some four millennia before the arrival of the first Europeans.

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Group tours

Travel to Mexico with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MEXICO

BEST EXPERIENCES

Daytrip to the Teotihuacan pyramids

Daytrip to the Teotihuacan pyramids

Head to the important pre-Columbian city of Teotihuacan just outside of Mexico City and enjoy learning about the history of its well-preserved murals and great pyramids, undoubtedly one of the most impressive pre-Hispanic sites in the Americas.

Take a culture tour of Mérida

Take a culture tour of Mérida

Walk around the historic, colourful town of Mérida and immerse yourself in its culture and colonial history visiting the pretty plazas, the cathedral and Casa de Montejo as well as enjoying a spot of shopping if you wish using the guide’s local knowledge.

Visit the ruins of Monte Alban

Visit the ruins of Monte Alban

This great mountain top Zapotec city has 13 centuries of history is easily the area’s most magnificent ancient ruins. Your private guide will explain the significance of the site’s pyramids, ceremonial rock carvings, huge ball court and 170 excavated tombs.

Take an overnight trip to Palenque

Take an overnight trip to Palenque

Take an overnight trip to visit the majestic Palenque ruins, one of the ancient Mayas most important sites tucked away in the jungle as well as discovering the colourful cascades at Aqua Azul and the towering waterfall of Misol Ha during the trip.

Explore Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Explore Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Sea turtles, dolphins, frigate birds, crocodiles and more can be found in the area’s most important nature reserve. You can either enjoy kayaking around the island in mangrove forests or explore the area in motorboat.

Delight in a mural walking tour

Delight in a mural walking tour

Amongst some of the greatest contributions to Latin American art are Mexico’s murals. With a specialist guide, visit the capital’s finest art museums, the Museo Mural Diego Rivera and the Palacio de Bellas Artes, featuring important work of the master Rivera.

Tour Uxmal and Kabah Mayan sites

Tour Uxmal and Kabah Mayan sites

Take a private guided tour to two of the most fascinating sites near Mérida: Uxmal’s unique structures including the Magicians Pyramid, Governors Palace, Dove’s Temple and grand Nuns Quadrangle and the lesser-known Kabah site with its Palace of the Masks.

Hike to Hierve el Agua

Hike to Hierve el Agua

Take a hike through the valleys surrounding Hierve el Agua before arriving at the bizarre rock formations known as the “petrified waterfall”. Along the way stop at a hidden waterfall for a chance to swim in the natural springs of an ancient canyon.

Tour world-famous Chichén Itzá

Tour world-famous Chichén Itzá

Being awarded the title of one of the seven wonders of the world has drawbacks, but you can keep the majesty alive with a private guided tour of the amazing Mayan archaeological site and its numerous temples, the Mayan ball course and the El Castillo pyramid.

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Merida

Mérida was founded by the Spanish in 1542, on the site of an ancient Maya settlement. Believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Americas, Mérida is filled ...

Mexico City

The Mexican capital is a rich cacophony of sights, sounds and superlatives. Home to more than 20 million people, it lies in the shadow of two towering volcanic peaks high on the plateau of ...

Oaxaca

The capital of Mexico's mountainous culinary destination, this charming colonial city is set amongst the lush landscapes of the central valleys of south-western Mexico. Nestling in the foothills of ...

San Cristobal

San Cristobal was named after a Spanish priest who was a staunch defender of the rights of the indigenous peoples. Set amongst a landscape that lay at the heart of Maya culture for centuries, the city ...

Tulum

Ancient Tulum once served as a defence against invasion. Today its ruins and beaches are proving to be one of the most attractive destinations along the Yucatan Peninsula. Its white limestone beaches ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Premium | Boutique Hotel

Casa Del Alma, San Cristobal

Casa del Alma is a gorgeous boutique hotel in the historical centre of San Cristobal surrounded by the city’s most important buildings and popular shops and restaurants. There are 27 suites all…
Superior | Boutique Hotel

Casa Del Balam, Merida

One of the oldest and most distinguished hotels in Merida, Casa del Balam is also one of the few original art deco houses in the colonial city. The historic mansion has been renovated and enjoys a…
Premium | Boutique Hotel

Casa Lecanda, Merida

Casa Lecanda is a small, luxury boutique hotel located within the historical centre of Mérida. Built in a restored, traditional Yucatecan home, the hotel has been designed to retain its original…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Casa Oaxaca, Oaxaca

Casa Oaxaca is a 17th century colonial mansion that has been converted into a boutique hotel with only nine rooms. Superbly located in the centre of Oaxaca, the property is considered to be one of the…
Luxury | Hotel

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, Tulum

Dreams Tulum is located on the beautiful Caribbean coast just outside the town of Tulum. The large, luxury resort boasts a secluded stretch of white sandy beach and 44 acres of lush, blossoming…
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Hostal De La Noria, Oaxaca

Just two blocks from the Zócalo or central plaza, is the charismatic four-star Hostal de la Noria. A distinct colonial, Hispano-Mexican style décor can be found throughout the property taking guests…
Luxury | Hotel

Hotel Bo, San Cristobal

The four-star Hotel Bo is located in the heart of the city, close to the Plaza de la Paz and the Convent of Santo Domingo. The stunning modern wood design incorporates elements of the…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Hotel Busue, Mexico City

With a fantastic location in the capital’s upmarket Polanco district, this stylish 11-room boutique hotel is an example of understated luxury and quality in the details. Close to Lincoln Park and…
Ultra | Lodge

Mukan Resort, Tulum

Inside the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, these nine villas and bungalows are reached via a 45-minute boat ride. This truly is escaping the crowds and the beach front…

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WHEN TO GO

Mexico is a good all year round destination, although it is best to avoid the Yucatan beaches during hurricane season which is July to October. The Copper Canyon is best avoided in the heat of the summer and from December to February when routes can be disrupted by snow. Whale watching season in Baja California is from January to March.

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Uniquely rich in both culture and biodiversity, the Mexican state of Oaxaca is a world treasure. Distinct ethnic groups speak 18 different languages and their forests are home to 634 species of birds.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Mexico though you should be up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of Mexico. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.  

Currency 

In Mexico the official unit of currency is the Peso.   To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.  

In the churches and cathedrals women should cover their heads with a scarf or hat and also cover their shoulders, while men should take their hats off.   

Language & Religion 

Spanish is the primary language of Mexico though about 5% of the population, mostly from indigenous tribes, do not speak it. The government however recognises 63 indigenous languages as official languages (and strangely Spanish is not an official language) but while 10% of the population is of Native American origin only 5.4% of the population (or 6m people) speak an indigenous language. However, these 6 million make Mexico the country with the 2nd largest indigenous language-speaking population in the Americas after Peru.  

While about 89% of Mexicans are Roman Catholic, religion plays a limited role in public life thanks mainly to Benito Juarez, an indigenous former president. Until recently the number of priests allowed was limited, priests were not allowed to vote, and churches had no right to own property (and this is still limited today). Mexico is also home to about 6 million Protestants and small communities that practice Judaism, Islam and Buddhism.  

Time 

Mexico uses four time zones.   

South-eastern Time - GMT-5  

Central Standard Time - GMT-6  

Mountain Standard Time Zone - GMT-7  

Pacific Time - GMT–8  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.