On this Mexico Active Tour through Mexico you will not only explore the classic highlights of Mexico, but also combine them with a great mix of sporting activities and nature. The route takes you through our absolute insider tip, the Sierra Gorda up to the famous volcano La Malinche and on to the beautiful Riviera Maya. An absolute dream trip for all sports and nature lovers.
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel in Mexico City and taken on a city tour. Explore the centro histórico on foot and visit the huge Zócalo with its famous Cathedral “Metropolitina” and the Government Palace with its impressive murals by Diego Riviera, amongst others. Learn all about the fascinating histpry of the metropolitan capital. To make the city tour perfect, it finishes with an informative visit of the Anthropological Museum which is situated on the brink of the Chapultepec Park. Learn all about the history and culture of Mexico´s many pre-hispanic civilizations. Afterwards, you are brought back to your hotel in the late afternoon and you can enjoy some free time on your own. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken 50km northeast of the city to the spectacular site of Teotihuacán, also known as the “City of the Gods”. Spread over 22km², it is the largest city of ruins in Latin America and the majority of it has yet to be excavated. You definitely should not miss out on climbing up the Sun and Moon Pyramids, as they provide an imposing view of the extent of this archaeological excavation. Continue to Querétaro´s historic center which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will explore the beautiful Plaza de la Independencia, the Convento de la Cruz, the famous Aqueduct and the Casa de la Marquesa, the most beautiful aristocratic palace of the city, amongst others. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
After breakfast, you head into the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro which is not visited as frequently by tourists and a great area to explore the unique vegetation of the region. The first stop is the small mountain village of Pinal de Amoles. Explore the charming town before continuing on to Rio Escanela where you can enjoy an approx. 2 1/2-hour-walk hike along and through the crystal clear turquoise river. The small paths ultimately lead you the the beautiful Puente de Dios (God´s Brigde), a naturally formed bridge across the river. Once you arrive, you can cool off in the natural pools (during the summer months). Afterwards, you continue to your private Cabaña with a spectacular view and beautiful modern architecture. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Today, you will spend an unforgettabe day in Xilitla, the abstract mansion and surreal garden designed by Sir Edward James. Its unique structures were inspired by such artists as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. Explore the unique constructions which are covered in jungle vegetation and a contrast to the natural beauty and dense vegetation of the region. Enjoy some free time to relax and refresh in the natural pools and waterfalls found on the property. A real “off the beaten path” location, Xilitla is a hidden paradise to be discovered. Afterwards, if you want, you can fly through the air on a zipline over the jungle canopy for a rush of adrenaline before being returned to Jalpan. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
In the morning, you will be picked up and taken to the waterfall “El Chuveje”. After a short hike, you will reach the breathtaking waterfall, which is surrounded by turquoise blue water. You can cool off in the natural pools (in the summer months) before continuing on to the charming town of Bernal. Here you will climb up the notorious 288 meter high monolith Peña de Bernal which is the third highest in the world. It is said to have magical powers and to grant a long life to those who climb up to the top. Afterwards, take some time to explore the charming village and to try some of the traditional Gorditas (corn dumplings with your choice of filling). In the afternoon, you head back to Mexico City. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Today another active part of your trip is waiting for you, because it goes to the famous volcanoes Popocatéptl and Iztaccíhuatl. According to an ancient Aztec legend, the two volcanoes represent a pair of lovers whose love ended tragically. At the beginning of your hike you will be brought to the starting point Paso Cortés, which is at an altitude of 3700 m. Already here a breathtaking view of the two volcanoes with their snow peaks fascinates. But it will be even nicer because today’s destination is the Mirador ‑ La Joya. Prepare yourself well and hike about 7 km through the beautiful landscape, constantly accompanied by the watchful views of the volcanoes. After about 3 hours and a height of about 300 meters you will reach the Mirador. All efforts are immediately rewarded by a breathtaking panoramic view of the volcanoes, which majestically tower in the distance. After you have rested a bit, you start your way back. Before you are brought to your hotel, make a short stop in the village of Amecameca, where you can stroll through the lively market and admire the fascinating church buildings. You will then be taken to your hotel in Mexico City. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Today you will be picked up at the your hotel in Mexico City and head towards Puebla, which is the fourth largest city in Mexico and the capital of the State of Puebla. The charming colonial city is full of history and is well known for its location between four volcanoes. One of them is the famous Popocatépetl. On your way to the city you visit the temple Santa María Tonantzintla and get to know Cholula, the holy city to visit the largest pyramid in Mexico in terms of dimension. In Puebla you enjoy a city tour through the historic centre, where you explore all the important sights like the Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Church. You will take a stroll along the beautiful streets and alleys and give the regional delicacies a try. Afterwards you will be brought to your hotel in Puebla. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel in Puebla and visit Tlaxcala, the capital city of the smallest Mexican state. Explore this quaint colonial town and admire the beautiful architecture and colonial atmosphere. Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch (optonal) before continuing on to La Malinche base camp where you will take a short 2-3 hour hike in order to allow your body to aclimatize to the high altitudes of the region. This volcano has been inactive for around 3,000 years and was named for the Indigenous mistress and interpreter for the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortez. Get a good nights rest in the tranquil environment of your rustic mountain cabin in “La Malintzi” Base Camp in preparation for tomorrow´s summit. Overnight stay in cabin or tent. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel + dinner)
Today your adventure to the top of the breathtaking volcano “La Malinche” starts very early in the morning. After a 4-6 hour climb you finally reach the summit at 4500 m where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding volcanoes Popcatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl, Pico de Orizaba and the sprawling valley below. Relax and explore the unique landscape of the caldera. After the 2-3 hours descent you will be brought to the bus station in Puebla. At the bus station, you catch your first-class bus with ADO to Oaxaca, where you arrive around midnight. Once arrived in Oaxaca, you will be picked up from the bus station and brought to your hotel. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast and lunch box)
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken towards the archeological excavation of Mitla. On the way you will stop at the famous tree of Tule which is the widest tree in the world. The tree is estimated to be more than 2000 years old and is marked by interesting formations. From here your tour continues to Mitla which is the second most significant Zapotec city besides Monte Albán. Explore this wonderful excavation with its geometric mosaics and fretwork. The next stop of the day is Teotitlán, a village of weavers. For hundreds of years a large number of families have produced all kinds of woven goods. Take the opportunity to watch weavers fabricate intricate artistic products and get an impression of their traditional way of life. After a short Mezcal tasting in a local Mezcal factory continue to the mesmerizing limestone waterfalls of Hierve el Agua. These waterfalls are, apart from Pamukkale in Turkey, the only natural phenomenon of its kind in the world. Even though the meaning of Hierve el Agua is boiling water, the springs in this area are cool and refreshing. We definitely recommend taking a dip in the natural pools while enjoying the fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Afterwards you will be brought back to your hotel in Oaxaca. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to visit Monte Albán, the most significant archeological excavation of the region. Steep and narrow roads lead up the hill to the largest and most stunning Zapotec city in Oaxaca. You will be fascinated by the beauty and the majesty of this sight. While enjoying an impressive panoramic view over the city and its hinterlands, it’s easy to imagine how the Zapotec used to dominate the whole Southwest of Mexico. Discover some of more than 20 historical buildings and learn all about the culture of this archaeological site. Afterwards you are brought back to your hotel, where you will be wait to begin your walking city tour through the colonial center of Oaxaca. During this tour you will visit all the “must” see sites of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the evening, take a taxi on your own to the bus terminal in Oaxaca where you will catch your first-class bus with ADO OCC to San Cristóbal de las Casas at 20:30 pm. Overnight trip (approx. 11 hours)
Between 7:00 – 08:00 am you will arrive at the bus station in San Cristóbal de las Casas where you can take a taxi on your own to your hotel. There you will have time to leave your luggage and have breakfast (not included) before starting another exciting day in Chiapas.
(Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the imposing natural wonder of Canyon del Sumidero which at its highest point reaches approximately 1000 meters. During a two hour boat ride through the steep canyon you have the opportunity to observe unique rock formations and the exotic flora and fauna of the region such as cormorants, egrets and with a little bit of luck you might even spot a crocodile or monkey. After this unique experience the tour continues to Chiapa del Corzo, a charming colonial village where you have some free time. Enjoy the atmosphere of the historical center or one of Chiapas’ traditional dishes in a cozy restaurant (optional). In the afternoon you will be brought back to your hotel in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
In the morning you are picked up from your hotel in San Cristóbal and taken to a nearby Ranch where your horseback riding adventure begins. Follow lovely, narrow trails that lead you through refreshing forests and picturesque landscapes towards San Juan Chamula. The village is famous for being the religious centre of the Tzotzils. In San Juan Chamula, you have time to stroll around and to get a better impression of the tradition and the customs of the indigenous people. After a short pause, the tour continues to Zinacantan on foot, where you can see how wool goods are woven and taste traditional drinks and dishes. In the afternoon, you will visit the village church and will be brought back to your hotel in San Cristóbal. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Early in the morning, you are picked up and head towards Palenque. On the way you will stop at the Agua Blanca National Park, where you can refresh yourself in one of the crystal-clear pools or hike to the Murrallón Cave. These are just as nice as the Agua Azul waterfalls and are a real insider tip. Finally, the last stop of the day is the archaeological site of Palenque. It is not the biggest site in Mexico, but it is one of the most impressive as it is buried deep in dense jungle vegetation. The temples and pyramids are covered with vines and create a unique atmosphere. Climb the Templo de las Inscripciones for a spectacular view of the jungle canopy. Archaeologists estimate that there are still 1200 temples yet to be uncovered. In the late afternoon you will arrive at your hotel in Palenque. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and after a quick breakfast on the way, you will head deep into the jungle to the ruins of Yaxchilán and Bonampak. Both of these sites were important centers of power for the Maya and are hidden gems rarely visited by tourists. The ruins of Yaxchilan are situated on the Usumacinta River bordering Guatemala and can be reached by boat only. Quite often, visitors come across monkeys which vociferously protect their territory by throwing sticks and screeching loudly. It is important to wear sturdy shoes because the terrain is sometimes unstable. After exploring these ruins you will stop for lunch before continuing on to Bonampak. Here you will have time to marvel at the amazing mural paintings in the temple de Las Pinturas. This site was discovered in 1946 but most parts of the former temples are still hidden under the overgrown vegetation. Afterwards you will continue to your Ecolodge operated by a local Lacandonen family. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast on the tour & lunch)
After breakfast, get to know your local Lacandonen guide. The Lacandons are descendants of the ancient Maya and have little contact with today’s modern civilization. You will get an insight into the traditional ways of life and customs of this unique indigenous people and enjoy a jungle hike, which leads you through the dense vegetation, along rivers and past waterfalls. Here, too, you might come across monkeys and other exotic animals, while the Lacandone tells you many exciting facts about their ancestors and the extraordinary flora and fauna of the region. Afterwards, return to Palenque, where you ill make 2 more stops at the hidden waterfalls of Las Golondrinas and Roberto Barrios. Here you can refresh yourself with a dip in the pleasantly cool water or just enjoy the atmosphere of the rainforest far away from other tourists. In the late afternoon you arrive at your hotel in Palenque. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast & lunch on the tour)
In the morning, take a taxi on your own to the bus station in Palenque where you will take a first-class bus with ADO to Campeche (approx. 6 hours).
Once in Campeche arrived, take a taxi on your own to your hotel in the charming centro historico.
Use the rest of the day to discover the little fishing village with its colourful houses on your own or simply relax and enjoy a trip back in time in this colonial city. Visit the San José Fort which protected the city against attacks and local pirates and enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk in the evening for what is said to be the most beautiful sunset in all of Mexico. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will be picked up from your hotel to visit the archaeological site of Uxmal, which is the Yucatan’s most important archeological excavation, apart from Chichén Itzá. The architecture of Uxmal is an example of that present in the Puuc region. The temples have smooth low walls which represent traditional Maya huts and many figures of the rain god Chaac. You continue to the ancient Hacienda Yaxcopoil, considered one of the most important sisal Haciendas of Yucatán in the 17th century. Feel transported back in time while admiring the original furnishings of the former Hacienda and residence. Afterwards, continue to Mérida, better known as the “white city” where you can explore this beautiful colonial city full of life and history on a guided tour. Mérida is also famous for its regional cuisine which mixes Maya ingredients and techniques with European and Mexican dishes. Try the sopa de lima or cochinita pibil. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Chichén Itzá, the most famous and well preserved archaeological site in Mexico. Let yourself be fascinated by the imposing, architecturally impressive monuments of the Mayas and admire among others the famous pyramid of Kukulcán, which has a stone calendar, as well as the huge ball court. Particularly noteworthy are the rich decorations that represent the life of ancient pre-hispanic cultures who once inhabited this site. Afterwards you will have lunch (included) while your suitcases are loaded into another vehicle which will transfer you to Cancun. The driver will leave you at a drop off point in Cancún. From there you must take a taxi on your own to your hotel/airport.
(Meals: breakfast at the hotel & lunch on the tour)