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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.

Today the country is home to more UNESCO World Heritage ...

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TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Mexico

Explore the cultural and historic highlights of southern Mexico, perfect for a first-time tour, with some of the country's natural landmarks spread nicely in between, ending on Riviera Maya's famously beautiful beaches
14 days from $6,153
TAILOR-MADE

Mexico In Style

Starting in the capital and ending in its rival city, Guadalajara, this short 10-day overland trip travels through Mexico's rich colonial towns, staying in deluxe properties and enjoying exclusive cultural experiences
10 days from $6,440
TAILOR-MADE

Undiscovered Mexico

Enjoy an alternative experience in Mexico. Spend a week in quaint Oaxaca and its surrounding mountains, home to a strong community of eco-savvy indigenous villages, hiking and enjoying rural hospitality
8 days from $3,409

HIGHLIGHTS OF MEXICO

BEST EXPERIENCES

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…
Premium | Hotel

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

INSPIRATION

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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.