Contrasts of Mexico

Contrasts of Mexico

15 Days
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$2025

Contrasts of Mexico

15 Days Starting in Mexico City and ending in Belize City Airport

Visiting:

Mexico City

,

Oaxaca

,

Tehuantepec

,

San Cristobal de las Casas

,

Palenque

,

Yaxchilán

,

Lago Peten Itza

,

San Ignacio

,

Belize City

,

Chiapas

,

Tikal

,

Antigua

,

Palenque

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Full On

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

MX

Group size:

4 - 18

Age range:

Adult

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$2120

$2025 (USD)

tourhub discount: $95


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Tour Overview

An exciting and varied journey through the ancient heartland of the Aztecs, Zapotecs and the Maya. From the foodie hub of Oaxaca in Mexico to the jungles of Guatemala, explore charming colonial towns and discover ancient sites including Palenque and Tikal. Some departures have been set to coincide with Mexico's Day of the Dead Festival. Palenque - Arguably the most enchanting of the ancient Maya ruins, set in dense jungle Oaxaca - Wander the streets and markets of this delightful UNESCO World Heritage City Sumidero Canyon - Take a boat trip through this towering gorge

Highlights

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    Palenque - Arguably the most enchanting of the ancient Maya ruins, set in dense jungle

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    Oaxaca - Wander the streets and markets of this delightful UNESCO World Heritage City

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    Sumidero Canyon - Take a boat trip through this towering gorge

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Join tour in Mexico City

Location:

  Mexico City


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Arrive in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico and truly the heart and soul of the country. With so much rich history to discover, the city is filled with historic buildings, landmarks and the largest number of museums in the world.

Due to the number of evening flights into the international airport, your Leader plans to do the welcome meeting on the morning of day two, and will leave a message in reception with details on timings and everything else that you'll need for the day. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive into Mexico City at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Mexico City International Airport (MEX) which is approximately a 30 minute drive from the hotel.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to have a stroll around Alameda Central, Mexico City's oldest municipal park, or visit the Templo Mayor Museum, which is known for its exhibits relating to the Aztec civilization.

icon Day 2: Mexico City tour including the Museum of Anthropology

Location:

  Mexico City


Accommodation:

  Hotel


On our first day in Mexico City we visit the Zocalo (main square) area. The Cathedral and National Palace with many of Diego Rivera's remarkable murals on the history of Mexico are all built on top of Tenochtitian the old Aztec capital. Afterwards we will visit the museum of Anthropology, one of the finest museums in the world, its exhibits offer a taste of the history ahead of us.

icon Day 3: Visit the Teotihuacan Pyramids and the Basilica de Guadalupe

Location:

  Mexico City


Accommodation:

  Hotel


The next day we will drive out to the mysterious pyramids of Teotihuacan. Although abandoned thirteen centuries ago, they are still an unbelievable sight. Once the largest city in the Americas with perhaps 100,000 inhabitants, its influence continued through Middle America, and Maya craftsmen borrowed its decorative motifs and building designs. Centuries later the Aztecs revered Teotihuacan as 'the Place of the Gods'. Returning downtown we visit the Basilica de Guadalupe.

icon Day 4: Journey to Oaxaca; free to explore the colonial city

Location:

  Oaxaca


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Leaving the capital we drive south through cactus country to Oaxaca, one of the most charming colonial cities in Mexico. Arriving in the afternoon, we will have some free time to explore the city on foot. The colonnaded Zocalo comes alive at night as families come to stroll in the shade, while street vendors and entertainers vie for their attention. Oaxaca also has several colourful markets.

icon Day 5: Visit the ancient complex of pyramids of Monte Alban

Location:

  Oaxaca


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Colonial Oaxaca was built with stones taken from ancient temples a few miles away. We explore the complex of temples, pyramids and enigmatic rock carvings at Monte Alban, a high spur that looms over the fertile valley. This mystical site was created by Zapotec Indians, who flourished here a thousand years ago. This afternoon there may be the chance to see some of the exquisite treasures of Monte Alban in the Regional Museum (known as the Louvre of Oaxaca) in town (optional).

icon Day 6: Journey to Tehuantepec via the Mitla ruins

Location:

  Tehuantepec


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today we journey through the mountainous Sierra Madre range, stopping to visit the 2000-year old swamp cypress tree in Santa Maria del Tule just outside Oaxaca and continuing to the Mixtec/ Zapotec site of Mitla where we will have a short exploration of the ruins. Our destination this evening is the hot and windy isthmus of Tehuantepec, a convenient stopping point on our journey towards San Cristobal.

icon Day 7: Sumidero Canyon boat trip then head to San Cristobal

Location:

  San Cristobal de las Casas


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Leaving early this morning we have a roughly 5 hour drive to Chiapa de Corzo, the starting point for our visit to the spectacular Sumidero Canyon, a unique rift 41km long and up to 1000mts deep, cut by the Rio Grijalva. This is the spot where, in the 16th century, some 1000 Chiapa indigenous people committed suicide rather than submit to Spanish rule. We take a trip on a speed boat to fully appreciate the towering gorge, before driving up a scenic mountain road to San Cristóbal de las Casas. At 2210m above sea level, it can get cold at night, a sharp contrast to the heat of Tehuantepec.

icon Day 8: Discover the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

Location:

  San Cristobal de las Casas


Accommodation:

  Hotel


There is a unique atmosphere to this small colonial town, high in the scenic Chiapas range. The indigenous groups from the surrounding hills fill the town and marketplace with their colourful dress including the distinctive Tzotzil community who still retain much of their Mayan customs and language. We will be visiting San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, indigenous villages close to San Cristobal that practice an interesting blend of Catholicism and traditional Maya beliefs. This area is noted for the bright textiles and weavings in bold designs, and when we return to San Cristobal we'll have the afternoon free to bargain for some colourful souvenirs. You may also wish to visit the Na Bolom, the House of the Jaguar, which is dedicated to the preservation of the Lacandón tribe and displays many of their artefacts or the Kakaw museum where you can learn about the history and production of chocolate in the area.

icon Day 9: Travel to Palenque via the Roberto Barrios waterfalls

Location:

  Palenque


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Leaving the highlands, the road is slow and winding, but there are scenic views as we descend to the jungles of Palenque. We'll be driving via the town of Villahermosa, planning to bathe at the waterfalls of Roberto Barrios before driving onto our hotel. The river at Roberto Barrios tumbles over a series of limestone hills, forming a number of natural pools with overhangs, caves and numerous waterfalls to swim under.

icon Day 10: Discover the important Mayan site of Palenque

Location:

  Palenque


Accommodation:

  Hotel


One of the highlights of our tour is today's guided visit to the famous jungle ruins of Palenque, a fascinating and important Mayan site. Once the choking forest was cleared, the ruins revealed the tomb of the high priest Pakal, his body adorned with a marvellous jade death mask - one of the most prized relics of the Maya culture, discovered only in 1952. The entire site, shrouded by the steamy rainforest, has an aura of deep mystery. During the afternoon you can continue to explore the site, or take a bus back to the waterfall of Misol Ha for a refreshing swim (optional). The stunning 30m high waterfall was featured in the titles of the movie 'Predator'.

icon Day 11: Drive to Frontera Corozal; travel by boat to Yaxchilan

Location:

  Yaxchilán


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Today we head into the Lacandon area to the ruins of Bonampak. The discovery of the well preserved murals at this site had a profound impact on our understanding of the Mayans. Continuing to Frontera, we board our lancha (river boat) on the Ucumacinta river and head for the remote site of Yaxchilan, famous for its stelae and roof combs. We continue back up the river through the rainforest to our overnight lodge near where we boarded our boat earlier today. The lodge is simple in this remote location, a series of cabins with thatched roofs, en suite bathrooms and hanging mosquito nets. Listen out for the howler monkeys in the early hours of the morning.

icon Day 12: Head to Flores, optional boat trip on Lake Peten Itza

Location:

  Lago Peten Itza


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Our Mayan rainforest experience continues up river by boat to the small settlement of Bethel on the Guatemalan side before progressing by road to Flores, on Lake Peten Itza. The afternoon can be spent enjoying a leisurely boat trip on the Lake Peten Itza (optional).

icon Day 13: Explore the great Mayan metropolis of Tikal (Guatemala)

Location:

  Lago Peten Itza


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today we visit Tikal, the great Maya metropolis set in the midst of the rainforest, which can justly be compared with the celebrated ancient cities of Egypt and Greece. Initially settled in about 600BC, Tikal was abandoned by its rulers around 890AD and totally deserted a hundred years later. The city covered an area of 16 square kilometres. Re-discovered in 1848, only a few of its great temples and pyramids have been excavated. The site is extensive, so we include a guided tour in the morning followed by free time to let you explore. We can appreciate the prolific birdlife in the surrounding rainforest and take in amazing views of the forest canopy from the tops of the pyramids. We drive back to Flores at around 3.30pm.

icon Day 14: Travel to San Ignacio (Belize)

Location:

  San Ignacio


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today we drive over the border to San Ignacio in Belize, visiting the little known site of Xunantunich en route, with it's fantastic array of pyramids and temples.

icon Day 15: Drive to Belize City Airport where the tour ends

Location:

  Belize City


Departing San Ignacio this morning we drive to Belize's Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (airport code: BZE), where we will arrive at about 10am and this is where our trip ends. The earliest your flight can depart is 12.30pm.

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Accommodation

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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What is the maximum group size?

16

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Yes

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Yes

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

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    Yes

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    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

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    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

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    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

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    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

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    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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Contrasts of Mexico

Superb trip, re-charged my batteries after 2 years living in dreary Holland. Thanks so much!

Superb trip, re-charged my batteries after 2 years living in dreary Holland.

Thanks so much!


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Christopher

01-Apr-2018

Contrasts of Mexico

The best explore trip I’ve been on to date. A lot of experiences for the money, especially Day of the Dead in Oaxaca. Some excellent trips to various complexes too

The best explore trip I’ve been on to date.

A lot of experiences for the money, especially Day of the Dead in Oaxaca.

Some excellent trips to various complexes too


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Stephen

14-Jan-2019

Contrasts of Mexico

Would recommend this trip to get a real flavour of Mexico

Would recommend this trip to get a real flavour of Mexico


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Anthony

15-Nov-2017

Contrasts of Mexico

Being in Mexico for The Day of The Dead celebrations was an amazing experience and one which I will never forget. My lovely fellow travellers and Chris our guide ....more

Being in Mexico for The Day of The Dead celebrations was an amazing experience and one which I will never forget.

My lovely fellow travellers and Chris our guide made the trip a brilliant one.

less....


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Joanne

28-Nov-2018

Contrasts of Mexico

I would just like to say it was a wonderful holiday! It was brilliantly organised and most enjoyable.It was varied in what we did and what we saw.

I would just like to say it was a wonderful holiday! It was brilliantly organised and most enjoyable.

It was varied in what we did and what we saw.


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Sarah

02-Aug-2020

Contrasts of Mexico

It was a really fun and enjoyable experience! Despite a few times of discomfort I would recommend this trip highly and will book with explore again!

It was a really fun and enjoyable experience! Despite a few times of discomfort I would recommend this trip highly and will book with explore again!


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Ruth

02-Apr-2018

Contrasts of Mexico

Great trip

Great trip


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Andrew

18-Nov-2018

Contrasts of Mexico

The only thing I can think of that would have made a positive difference would have been direct flights between the UK and Mexico

The only thing I can think of that would have made a positive difference would have been direct flights between the UK and Mexico


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Sandra

14-Nov-2017

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Contrasts of Mexico

15 Days Starting in Mexico City and ending in Belize City Airport

Visiting:

Mexico City

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Oaxaca

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Tehuantepec

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San Cristobal de las Casas

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Palenque

,

Yaxchilán

,

Lago Peten Itza

,

San Ignacio

,

Belize City

,

Chiapas

,

Tikal

,

Antigua

,

Palenque

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Full On

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

MX

Group size:

4 - 18

Age range:

Adult

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$2120

$2025 (USD)

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  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    174 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    India

  • Dream Destination:

    Mauritania

  • About them:
  • A visual storyteller and avid explorer. l have travelled to over 170 countries and territories on all 7 continents (and lived in 12) l believe the world is changed by our example and not our opinion.

Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain

Peru

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Visit Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu before, even Lake Titicaca and Colca Valley, if you are going to visit that area, to acclimatize to the altitude (5.000 mt. approx)."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Don't waste too much time if there is a queue at the base of the mountain. The best photos are with the animals and on the mountain in front of you."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"If you can, talk to your guide about going to the Red Valley. It is not very physically demanding and the experience is incredible."

What do you love most about Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain?

"The experience is unique, there are no tourists and the hike and views are incredible."

About Our

  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    46 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Kenya

  • Dream Destination:

    North Pole

  • About them:
  • I love travelling and sharing experiences. My destiny is not a place, it's a new way of looking at life. Definitely I’m a wanderlust…

Uzbekistan

Benefits of a tour guide for Uzbekistan

"The language barrier is tough and a guide is almost essential at times. Most people only speak Russian or Uzbek and both use the Cyrillic alphabet."

@zoegoesplaces's Top Tips

"Travel by train. It's quick, cheap and easy. Plus, first class is especially affordable here. "

Must pack items for Uzbekistan

"Conservative dress is respectful to the local cultures, make sure you cover your shoulders and down to your knees. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Sampling the culinary delights of the Silk Road with the infusion of flavours and dishes from many countries. That and the beautiful architecture of the religious buildings. "

What do you love most about Uzbekistan?

"Uzbekistan is such an underrated country. There's so much to see and do, it's like nowhere else in the world."

About Our

  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    40 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Chicago

  • Dream Destination:

    French Polynesia

  • About them:
  • Outdoor and adventure travel blogger. Love hiking until I'm hiking, then I remember I'm a city girl.

Peak District National Park

United Kingdom

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Countryside walks, there are so many to choose from!"

About Our

  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    40 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Chicago

  • Dream Destination:

    French Polynesia

  • About them:
  • Outdoor and adventure travel blogger. Love hiking until I'm hiking, then I remember I'm a city girl.

Dolomites

Italy

What do you love most about Dolomites?

"The stunning scenery! It's simply one of the most breathtaking places on earth."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"The best way to see the mountains is hiking! There are plenty of iconic walks including Seceda and the Tre Cime loop. You can even stay in rifugios along the way and see the sunrise over the peaks. "

@Realworldrunaway 's Top Tips

"Rent a car! Getting around by public transport is tricky and some of the best hikes are a little far apart. "

About Our

  • Content Creator
  • Countries Visited:

    27 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Italy

  • Dream Destination:

    Japan

  • About them:
  • Professional Avoider Of The Real World 🌍Adventure traveller ⏰ Helping you travel around your 9 to 5! Favourite destinations include Mexico, Vietnam, Utah, Laos and Italy!

Cuba

What do you love most about Cuba?

"Cuba has an undefinable magic to it. It dances to its own beat. A constant juxtaposition -dilapidated but dignified, timeworn but elegant. A wonderful fusion of Caribbean and Latin cultures."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Visit Habana Vieja •Take trip out west to Valle de Viñales •Experience Trinidad •Visit a live cabaret show •Tour Habana Vieja in a classic car •Enjoy a slice of paradise at Playa Las Tumbas"

Must pack items for Cuba

"•Do bring cash - USD or Euro, not credit cards •Do pack a few portable charges - power goes out periodically. •Rain coat/umbrella for any season. •Pack “your spontaneity” and go with the flow… "

Favourite time of year to visit Cuba

"Any time between October - April is a great time to visit. The island has a beautiful Caribbean climate where the days are warm and sunny with very little rain, particularly in Havana or on the coast."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Treat yourself and chat with a stranger or two! Cuba is one of the world’s safest countries to visit. It’s a wonderful and enriching way to get a real Cuban perspective and make new friends too. "

About Our

  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    174 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    India

  • Dream Destination:

    Mauritania

  • About them:
  • A visual storyteller and avid explorer. l have travelled to over 170 countries and territories on all 7 continents (and lived in 12) l believe the world is changed by our example and not our opinion.

Abruzzo

Italy

What do you love most about Abruzzo?

"This area is among the most beautiful in Italy for admiring foliage. We are on the border between Lazio and Abruzzo and here it's possible to admire Autumn in its maximum power."

About Our

  • Content Creator and Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    19 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

  • Dream Destination:

    New Zealand

  • About them:
  • I am a software developer, content creator and traveller. I am constantly looking for adventures, living my life and sharing the sensations it gives me every day.

Alicante

Spain

What do you love most about Alicante?

"Alicante is the perfect size; the city centre with bars, restaurants and shops is only a few minutes walk from the amazing beach and waterfront where you can sunbathe, swim and relax!"

Any must-dos for first-time visitors to Alicante?

"Be sure to climb the historic Santa Barbara Castle above the town centre for panoramic views. Take some drinks and enjoy the sunset for a true Alicante experience!"

Favourite time of year to visit Alicante

"Spring or Autumn are both great times to visit, the weather is warm and sunny. There are also fewer tourists about so you can better enjoy the beaches and bars."

What else can I see in the area?

"The whole coastline north and south of Alicante is stunning, with sandy beaches and amazing rock formations, or you can take a day trip on the ferry to the heavenly island of Tabarca!"

Favourite way to spend a day in Alicante?

"Head to the beach and play some volleyball at the free public nets, jump in the sea to cool off between games and then stroll to a local bar for tapas and a jug of tinto de verano in the evening."

About Our

  • Hospitality & Tourism Specialist
  • Countries Visited:

    26 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Spain

  • Dream Destination:

    Croatia

  • About them:
  • Originally from New Zealand, I am a travel and tourism specialist always looking to explore new places and live new experiences.

Portugal

What do you love most about Portugal?

"There's always something new to explore in the Algarve area, hidden beaches, natural arches, caves and more"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Waking up early to go surfing will make your day!"

@iamjenn.y 's Top Tips

"Visit Playa Falesia, it's such a unique beach!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Portugal is such a small country, you can do day trips to nearly anywhere! For example, spend a day in Porto and do a port wine tasting!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Strolling around the narrow streets of Lisboa"

About Our

  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    26 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Mexico

  • Dream Destination:

    Brazil

  • About them:
  • Travelling is my biggest passion as I love to get in touch with new cultures and languages. Photography is my second biggest passion so I capture landscapes & people

Morocco

Must pack items for Morocco

"Warm clothes as it gets really cold in the desert at night as well as up in the High Atlas Mountains"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Aït Benhaddou is one of the most stunning places I've ever seen! A city completely built out of clay!"

What do you love most about Morocco?

"I love all the crafts and art that people sell on the streets"

@iamjenn.y 's Top Tips

"Spend at least one night in the Sahara Desert – it will be incredible and you even get to see the Milky Way!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Exploring the streets of Marrakesh "

About Our

  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    26 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Mexico

  • Dream Destination:

    Brazil

  • About them:
  • Travelling is my biggest passion as I love to get in touch with new cultures and languages. Photography is my second biggest passion so I capture landscapes & people