Itinerary

Day 1Mexico City

Arrive at any time.

Arrive at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Posada Viena (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Mexico City

Opt to visit the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán or explore bustling Mexico City.

Explore one of the world's largest metropolitan areas or take an optional day trip to the famous archaeological site of Teotihuacán. 

If you prefer to get outside the city, the pyramids of Teotihuacán and the canals and gardens of Xochimilco are two good places to start. At night, you’ll have the option to witness the high-flying practitioners of “lucha libre,” Mexico’s world-famous brand of wrestling. 

 
Free Time
Mexico CityFull Day

Get out and explore this Mexican metropolis.

Optional Activities - Day 2

Teotihuacán Pyramids Visit
Teotihuacán
40USD per person

Visit the ruins of Teotihuacán northeast of Mexico City. This ruin site dates back to 100BC and has the impressive Avenue of the Dead, Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Bring water, wear a hat and solid walking shoes, and climb the pyramids to learn all about this pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Posada Viena (or similar)
Hotel

Day 3Mexico City/Puebla

Enjoy an orientation walk through Puebla's cobblestone streets. Explore the walkable centre and check out the city's famous hand-painted ceramics that tile the walls of its historic buildings. Don't miss sampling the delicious Mole Poblano sauce. By night, witness a high-flying "lucha libra" (Mexican wrestling) match, or go out for a night on the town.

After a short drive on one of Mexico’s comfortable and often colourful buses, we arrive in Puebla, famous for its hand-painted tiles, unique handicrafts, mouth-watering Mole Poblano and rich colonial history. Orientation walk around town upon arrival to help you get your bearings.

If you want to get out of town, head to nearby Cholula, home to a massive pyramid that hosts a church at the top and is now covered by the town, to catch an impressive sunset.

 
First-class bus
Mexico City – Puebla2h130km

Ride on in style. This sure isn't your grandmother's public bus.

 
Orientation Walk
Puebla

The route will vary for each tour, allowing our CEOs to share their personal favourites. You can expect to see the zócalo, artisans' market and visit the historic buildings within centre of this World Heritage city.

Optional Activities - Day 3

Cholula Ruins Visit
Cholula2h-3h1-2km
8-20USD per person

Also known as Tlachihualtepetl, Cholula is a massive archaeological site west of Puebla. Dating from at least 100AD, it’s the oldest continuously occupied ceremonial centre in the western hemisphere. Most impressive is the Great Pyramid of Cholula – a tall grass-covered structure which is actually at least four successive pyramids built one on top of the other. The Spanish built a church at the very top in 1594. Visit the museum to learn about the history, explore tunnels, and climb to the top for breathtaking views of nearby volcanoes.

 
Lucha Libre Match
Puebla
70-200MXN per person

Grab a beer and a seat and get ready for a show where the audience is almost as theatrical as the wrestlers. Luchadores follow different rules than wrestlers in other parts of the world, they typically wear colourful masks inspired by Aztec history and use the ropes of the ring to propel themselves into the air. Boo the rudos as they try to cheat and conquer the precise, formal, técnicos. You’re sure to learn how to throw insults in Spanish after spending a Monday night at a match.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Gilfer (or similar)
Hotel

Day 4Puebla/Oaxaca

Travel to colonial Oaxaca. Orientation walk to the main square and nearby markets.

Upon arrival in Oaxaca, your CEO will take you an orientation walk around town to introduce you to this fascinating city.

 
First-class bus
Puebla – Oaxaca6h320km

Ride on in style. This sure isn't your grandmother's public bus.

First-class buses in Mexico are generally quite nice with reclining seats, an on-board toilet, and movies playing throughout the ride. They also tend to be heavily air-conditioned, so bring a few layers.

 
Orientation Walk
Oaxaca

All walks will be slightly different, allowing your CEO to show off their favourite spots. You can expect to see the Santo Domingo Cultural Centre, walk through the zocalo and the famous 20th of November market. Opt to sample some delicious Oaxacan foods along the way such as mole, tlayudas or chapulines.

Accommodation

 
Oaxaca Real (or similar)
Hotel

Day 5Oaxaca

Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities, visit a beautiful petrified waterfall, or visit the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán. 

 

 
Free Time
Oaxaca

Get out and explore colonial Oaxaca and the surrounding area.

Optional Activities - Day 5

Monte Albán Tour
Monte Albán1h-3h1-2km
300MXN per person

The Zapotec site of Monte Albán dates back to 500 BC and features platforms, pyramids, plazas, and a ball court sitting on a leveled mountaintop some 10km (5 mi) from Oaxaca. Enjoy the 360-degree views, see Olmec carvings, and be sure to visit the museum to see artifacts and stele excavated in the early 20th century.

 
Valley of Mitla Ruins Visit
San Pablo Villa de Mitla

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Mitla is 38km (24 mi) from Oaxaca. Its name derives from the Nahuatl language, meaning “Place of the Dead”. Occupied from 900 BC by the Zapotecs and then the Mixtecs, the ruin features five groups of structures on either side of the Mitla River. Look for ancient cut-stone mosaics and intricate stone carvings throughout.

The region is also famous for its hand-dyed, foot-loomed woven rugs.

 
Mole Cooking Class
Oaxaca

Take a cooking class and learn that there's more to mole than meets the eye (and mouth). In fact, in Oaxaca, there are at least seven different versions of this popular made-in-Mexico sauce cooked with ground chili, chocolate, and sesame seeds. Black, red, yellow, green – the list is endless. Take a guided trip to the local market and let your senses get lost in the spices, colours, and smells. Following your cooking class, sample your tasty creation.

Accommodation

 
Oaxaca Real (or similar)
Hotel

Day 6Oaxaca/San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities or visit the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán. Hop on an overnight bus to San Cristóbal.

 

 
Free Time
Oaxaca

Get out and explore colonial Oaxaca and the surrounding area.

 
First-class bus
Oaxaca – San Cristóbal de Las Casas11h625km

Ride on in style. This sure isn't your grandmother's public bus.

Optional Activities - Day 6

Monte Albán Tour
Monte Albán1h-3h1-2km
300MXN per person

The Zapotec site of Monte Albán dates back to 500 BC and features platforms, pyramids, plazas, and a ball court sitting on a leveled mountaintop some 10km (5 mi) from Oaxaca. Enjoy the 360-degree views, see Olmec carvings, and be sure to visit the museum to see artifacts and stele excavated in the early 20th century.

 
Valley of Mitla Ruins Visit
San Pablo Villa de Mitla

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Mitla is 38km (24 mi) from Oaxaca. Its name derives from the Nahuatl language, meaning “Place of the Dead”. Occupied from 900 BC by the Zapotecs and then the Mixtecs, the ruin features five groups of structures on either side of the Mitla River. Look for ancient cut-stone mosaics and intricate stone carvings throughout.

The region is also famous for its hand-dyed, foot-loomed woven rugs.

 
Mole Cooking Class
Oaxaca

Take a cooking class and learn that there's more to mole than meets the eye (and mouth). In fact, in Oaxaca, there are at least seven different versions of this popular made-in-Mexico sauce cooked with ground chili, chocolate, and sesame seeds. Black, red, yellow, green – the list is endless. Take a guided trip to the local market and let your senses get lost in the spices, colours, and smells. Following your cooking class, sample your tasty creation.

Day 7San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Orientation walk around this colonial town. Opt to visit the nearby indigenous Mayan village of San Juan Chamula to see unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride or scour the market for beautiful textiles.

Crossing into the highlands, we make our way to the colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. An included orientation tour will introduce you to the city and help give you your bearings.

Known for its ties to the Zapatista revolution, San Cristóbal is also an architectural and cultural wonder. We have the option to take a trip to some of the outlying villages and learn how locals combine traditional beliefs and modern religion with intriguing results. Tours go into local homes to learn about day-to-day village life—an experience which should not be missed. You can also take a horse ride in the mountains, a day trip to Sumidero Canyon or mountain bike in the local hills.

The people here are as curious about foreigners as foreigners are about them. Please respect their traditions. Dress conservatively when visiting the villages and refrain from photographing religious ceremonies, or individuals who do not wish to be photographed. Put yourself in their place before you act.

 
Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

 
Carte Blanche
San Cristóbal de Las CasasFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in San Cristobal de Las Casas, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting Sumidero canyon, Lagunas de Montebello National Park, and nearby indigenous villages. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 7

Indigenous Villages Tour
San Cristóbal de Las Casas4h-5h2km
20USD per person

Visit the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinancantán with a local guide and learn about this unique way of life. Visit the main plaza and places of worship to better understand the life of the local Tzotzil people. Buy carpets, textiles and hand-made "Zapatista" dolls made to honour former rebel leader, Subcomandante Marcos. Please be respectful when taking photographs here, it's not always welcomed by the residents.

 
Sumidero Canyon
San Cristóbal de Las Casas
25USD per person

Drive an hour before boarding a boat for a 2-hr journey through the deep Sumidero Canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, birds, monkeys and maybe even a river crocodile. Marvel at the tall waterfalls, hidden caves, and unusual rock formations along the Grijalva River. After, stop in a village to visit markets and enjoy lunch.

 
Lagunas de Montebello Visit
San Cristóbal de Las Casas9h-12h150km
30USD per person

Visit Lagunas de Montebello National Park and the group of beautiful lakes near the Guatemalan border. Each is a different colour of green and blue. Visit a traditional village en route, swim at one of the 'lagunas', go for a short hike and visit the Mayan Chinkultic ruins.

Accommodation

 
Hotel San Martin (or similar)
Hotel

Day 8San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Enjoy another free day to visit nearby villages, check out the natural beauty of Chiapas, and scour the markets. Don't miss the night life.

 

 
Carte Blanche
San Cristóbal de Las CasasFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in San Cristobal de Las Casas, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting Sumidero canyon, Lagunas de Montebello National Park, and nearby indigenous villages. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 8

Indigenous Villages Tour
San Cristóbal de Las Casas4h-5h2km
20USD per person

Visit the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinancantán with a local guide and learn about this unique way of life. Visit the main plaza and places of worship to better understand the life of the local Tzotzil people. Buy carpets, textiles and hand-made "Zapatista" dolls made to honour former rebel leader, Subcomandante Marcos. Please be respectful when taking photographs here, it's not always welcomed by the residents.

 
Sumidero Canyon
San Cristóbal de Las Casas
25USD per person

Drive an hour before boarding a boat for a 2-hr journey through the deep Sumidero Canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, birds, monkeys and maybe even a river crocodile. Marvel at the tall waterfalls, hidden caves, and unusual rock formations along the Grijalva River. After, stop in a village to visit markets and enjoy lunch.

 
Lagunas de Montebello Visit
San Cristóbal de Las Casas9h-12h150km
30USD per person

Visit Lagunas de Montebello National Park and the group of beautiful lakes near the Guatemalan border. Each is a different colour of green and blue. Visit a traditional village en route, swim at one of the 'lagunas', go for a short hike and visit the Mayan Chinkultic ruins.

Accommodation

 
Hotel San Martin (or similar)
Hotel

Day 9San Cristóbal de Las Casas/Palenque

Travel towards the jungle of Palenque via Villahermosa.

A scenic travel day through the mountains takes us to the outskirts of Palenque. 

 
First-class bus
San Cristóbal de Las Casas – Palenque7h30m350km

Ride on in style. This sure isn't your grandmother's public bus.

Accommodation

 
Mayabell (or similar)
Hotel

Day 10Palenque

Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Palenque, set deep in the jungle.

One of the most significant ruins in the entire Mundo Maya, Palenque is set within the lush Chiapas jungle. The colourful, riotous wildlife and profuse flora will impress you as much as the ancient structures.

 
Free Time
PalenqueFull Day

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle during free time.

Optional Activities - Day 10

Palenque Ruins Guided Tour
Palenque2h-3h

Experience the elegant jungle site of Palenque on a guided tour. See the highlights -- the Temple of the Cross Group, Temple of Inscriptions and the Grand Palace. Howler monkeys sound in the distance as the fog rolls in and out of this mystical site, one of the most important centres for trade and culture during the end of the Classic Maya period.

 
Roberto Barrios Waterfalls
Palenque5h-6h
35-50USD per person

Visit the Zapatista community of Roberto Barrios, Chiapas, have a swim and explore the cascading waterfall. If it hasn’t rained for a few days, you will be astonished how bright the light blue water can get.

Accommodation

 
Mayabell (or similar)
Hotel

Day 11Palenque/Mérida

Take an orientation walk in Yucatán's capital.

Mérida is a fascinating and beautiful city and easy to explore on foot. If cities aren’t your thing, escape to the beach town of Progreso and see the Dzibilchaltun ruins on the way. Mérida is also the gateway to the Mayan ruins of the Puuc Route, the most famous of which is Uxmal, which rivals Chichén Itzá in its scale and extent of excavation. Visit a nearby cenote (water-filled sink hole) near the town of Cuzama, not far outside Mérida. Transportation is an adventure as it involves taking small wooden horse-drawn carts that run along old rail tracks. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters.

 
First-class bus
Palenque – Mérida9h550km

Ride on in style. This sure isn't your grandmother's public bus.

 
Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

 
Free Time
MéridaEvening

Get out and explore this city and region.

Optional Activities - Day 11

Anthropology Museum Visit
Mérida
55MXN per person

Installed on two floors of a refurbished mansion, this museum is considered to be one of the most important collections of Pre-Columbian Mayan culture in the Yucatan Peninsula. Learn everything there is to know about Mayan society, from war to writing, art to architecture, calendars, customs and offerings to the dead. 

 
Cuzama Cenote Visit
Mérida5h-7h48km
25-45USD per person

Hop into a horsecart to ride old rails to the entrance of an underground sinkhole. Swim in crystal-blue mineral water inside this limestone cave. Come prepared with your swimsuit so you can dive in and enjoy. The clarity of the water and depth of cenotes makes swimming a unique experience. 

 
Uxmal Ruins Visit
Uxmal Ruins8h-9h200km

Founded in 700 AD, magical Uxmal was once home to as many as 25,000 Mayans. Located 62km (38 mi) south of Merida, in Yucatán’s Puuc ("hill" or "chain of low mountains") region, this UNESCO World Heritage Centre represents the pinnacle of late Maya art and architecture. Wander the site, see the Pyramid of the Magician, and visit nearby Kabah, one of three neighbouring sites. 

 
Day Trip to Progreso Beach 
Progreso8h-9h105km
4USD per person

Roughly an hour drive from Meridá, Progreso is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach or strolling along the boardwalk. Stop along the way at the Dzibichaltun archaeological site.

Accommodation

 
Hotel Reforma (or similar)
Hotel

Day 12Mérida

Explore Mérida, and opt to visit a nearby cenote (underground pool) near the town of Cuzamá or the Mayan ruins of Uxmal.

 

 
Carte Blanche
MéridaFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Mérida, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Uxmal ruins, the anthropological museum, and swimming in a nearby cenote. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 12

Cuzama Cenote Visit
Mérida5h-7h48km
25-45USD per person

Hop into a horsecart to ride old rails to the entrance of an underground sinkhole. Swim in crystal-blue mineral water inside this limestone cave. Come prepared with your swimsuit so you can dive in and enjoy. The clarity of the water and depth of cenotes makes swimming a unique experience. 

 
Uxmal Ruins Visit
Uxmal Ruins8h-9h200km

Founded in 700 AD, magical Uxmal was once home to as many as 25,000 Mayans. Located 62km (38 mi) south of Merida, in Yucatán’s Puuc ("hill" or "chain of low mountains") region, this UNESCO World Heritage Centre represents the pinnacle of late Maya art and architecture. Wander the site, see the Pyramid of the Magician, and visit nearby Kabah, one of three neighbouring sites. 

 
Day Trip to Progreso Beach 
Progreso8h-9h105km
4USD per person

Roughly an hour drive from Meridá, Progreso is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach or strolling along the boardwalk. Stop along the way at the Dzibichaltun archaeological site.

 
Anthropology Museum Visit
Mérida
55MXN per person

Installed on two floors of a refurbished mansion, this museum is considered to be one of the most important collections of Pre-Columbian Mayan culture in the Yucatan Peninsula. Learn everything there is to know about Mayan society, from war to writing, art to architecture, calendars, customs and offerings to the dead. 

Accommodation

 
Hotel Reforma (or similar)
Hotel

Day 13Mérida/Playa del Carmen

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá. Travel to Playa del Carmen to lounge on Mayan Riviera beaches. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.

Begin the day with an included guided tour of the beautifully restored ruins of Chichén Itzá. 

Our final stop is Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-minute drive south of Cancún. The town is your last chance to enjoy some nightlife, buy last-minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean Sea. There is also snorkelling and diving available, and long stretches of sandy beaches which are perfect for walking and relaxing after a hectic day.

 
First-class bus
Mérida – Chichén-Itzá3h

Ride on in style. This sure isn't your grandmother's public bus.

 
Chichén Itzá Guided Tour
Chichén-Itzá

Spend the afternoon with a local expert and learn about the history of Chichén Itzá and the beliefs and rituals that defined this ancient Mayan civilization. This dramatic site includes a 30m (98 ft) high temple, known as the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for its balustrade of 91 stairs up each of the four sides, a ball court with a grandstand, and towering walls. Visit the highlights of the site including the famous Castillo, the ball court, the cenote, and the Nunnery. 

 
First-class bus
Chichén-Itzá – Playa del Carmen4h

Ride on in style. This sure isn't your grandmother's public bus.

 
G Adventures for Good: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program
 

El Hongo (which means 'The Mushroom') is a volunteer-run restaurant started as a means to create income to support a youth art program in the 'real' Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Across the highway from the commercial beach strip is where most locals live – cross onto the unpaved roads and take a tour of the neighbourhood to see the street art done by the youth in the program. Later, enjoy a delicious home-style meal at the restaurant, while knowing the visit helps contribute to a much-needed program in the community.

Accommodation

 
Koox Studio 30 (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Dinner

Day 14Playa del Carmen

Opt to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach!

 

 
Carte Blanche
Playa del CarmenFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Playa del Carmen, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like scuba diving, swimming in a nearby cenote, and visiting the Tulúm ruins. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 14

Cenote Visit
Playa del Carmen1h-4h30-60km
10-30USD per person

Pack your swimsuit, hail a shared van (colectivo) and ask for directions to one of Yucatan’s many cenotes. These natural swimming holes were formed thousands of years ago, when the peninsula's porous limestone collapsed to reveal fresh water pools fed by underground systems of canals and rivers. Dive into the turquoise waters surrounded by cave walls or tropical foliage, watch fish dart in and out of the shafts of sunlight and realize why the Maya called cenotes “sacred wells”.

 
Tulúm Ruins Visit
Tulum1h-4h61km
10USD per person

The Maya built the ancient seaport of Tulúm in the late 13th century. Located some 130 km (80 mi) south of Cancun, this picturesque site features a number of limestone structures protected on three sides by a 7m (23 ft) thick wall. Visit “El Castillo” (the castle), overlooking the Caribbean coast, and the Temple of Frescoes, then head down to the beach. Dive into the warm aquamarine waters and imagine spotting ancient vessels laden with turquoise and jade.

 
Skydiving
Playa del Carmen
269USD per person

Buckle up your harness, practice your exit, then take a plane up and over the blue Caribbean waters. Take a deep breath, leap out and freefall with an instructor before he opens the parachute. Admire the view over the Yucatan as you descend and land on the beach. Wow!

 
Coco Bongo Disco and Show
Playa del Carmen
70USD per person

Coco Bongo lives up to its name. Visitors describe it as “insane”, “exciting” and “amazing”. This Vegas-style disco and show features a range of high energy acts including Elvis, Lady Gaga, Moulin Rouge and more. The price includes all your drinks and the show is cheaper on weekdays. Go wild!

 
Cozumel Diving (Certified Divers)
Cozumel5h-8h32km
85-140USD per person

Take the ferry to Cozumel Island and discover one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations. See schools of tropical fish (over 250 species) swimming in and amongst colourful coral, look for sponges and other aquatic marine life. Two main coral reefs provide plateaus beginning in less than 9m (30 ft) of water. All this, plus clear, warm water. Every diver’s dream!

 
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Canal Float
Tulum
40USD per person

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is one of Mexico’s most important protected areas due to its diversity in bird and animal species. The Reserve uses ecologically responsible technologies, including systems for wetland waste management, rainwater collection, and solar and wind energy generation to protect the environment. 

Visit the reserve and take a boat ride across the lagoon before hopping into the crystal clear water of one of the canals. Next, enjoy nature's lazy river as you float past Mayan ruins and mangrove forests, letting the current slowly bring you down stream. It's just you, the sound of chirping birds, and the fish swimming around your feet - pure paradise!

Accommodation

 
Koox Studio 30 (or similar)
Hotel

Day 15Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

 

Playa del Carmen is located just south of Cancún airport (45 minute drive) so you can easily head directly there without returning to Cancún.

 
Departure Day
 

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

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