A Mexican Adventure

A Mexican Adventure

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A Mexican Adventure

15 Days

Visiting: Mexico City, Oaxaca, Salina Cruz, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Campeche, Merida, Cancún

Tour operator:

Just You

Tour code:

SLMEXI

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 25

Physical rating:

Medium, Classic Touring

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Experience a real Mexican Adventure as you explore Mexico all the way from its cultured capital - Mexico City - to the beach at Cancun. You'll visit incredible archaeological sites, be immersed in rich indigenous traditions and cultural heritage, discover the country's stunning natural wonders and complete this incredible tour with time to kick back and relax on the beach.  

Highlights

  • Your own room guaranteed & no single supplement

  • Dedicated Just You holiday director with you on the trip

  • Teotihuacan archaeological complex

  • National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City

  • Monte Alban in Oaxaca

  • Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas

  • Capital of the Yucatan, Merida

Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk - Mexico City
Location: Mexico City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Galeria Plaza Reforma
Meals Included: Dinner

Today you’ll arrive in Mexico where your local guide will meet you and we’ll transfer you to your hotel. As the bustling capital, "Ciudad de Mexico" is a vibrant mix of contrasts, offering an immersive experience that brings together the essence of Mexico. It's the ideal kick-off point for your Mexican adventure.

Day 2 Mexico City
Location: Mexico City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Galeria Plaza Reforma
Meals Included: B

Today we’ll embark on an exhilarating half-day exploration of Mexico City, the world's largest metropolis and the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Your day begins with a tour of the historic centre, taking in the lively central square, "Zocalo," along with the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace which is home to Diego Rivera's renowned murals. We’ll continue along the picturesque Paseo de la Reforma boulevard, leading to Chapultepec Park, home to the castle once inhabited by the ill-fated Emperor Maximilian. We’ll conclude our adventure with a visit to the globally-acclaimed National Anthropology Museum, recognised as one of the top ten museums of its kind worldwide. After our packed tour, filled with history and culture we’ll head back to the hotel.

Day 3 Teohihuacan
Location: Mexico City
Accommodation Name: Galeria Plaza Reforma
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We’ll drive north today towards Teotihuacan to unlock the magic and mystery of this 2000-year-old city. Teotihuacan was considered the most important city of the Mexican table-land plateau from AD 200 to 500, when it was home to over 200,000 people. We’ll explore the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and stroll down the Avenue of the Dead, passing by the unique stone sculptures of plumed serpents at the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Temple of the Butterflies. Immerse yourself in the pre-Hispanic structures and ruins that echo the city's rich history. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Teotihuacan and on the journey back, make a stop at the Shrine of Guadalupe, a monumental tribute to Mexico's deep faith in the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Day 4 Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca
Location: Oaxaca
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, we leave Mexico City behind as we journey on to Puebla, Mexico’s fourth-largest city, passing the photogenic, snow-capped volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. We’ll make a stop at Santa Maria Tonantzintla to explore its stunning temple decorated by indigenous people. In Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is also known as the “City of Angels”, we will visit the extraordinary Rosary Chapel, the Cathedral, the main square, and its beautiful historic centre. Our adventure continues to Oaxaca, renowned as one of Mexico’s most picturesque colonial towns of Mexico and another UNESCO World Heritage site. Oaxaca is celebrated for its rich indigenous traditions, reflected in its beautiful crafts and local cuisine.

Day 5 Oaxaca
Location: Oaxaca
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Victoria
Meals Included: Breakfast

We’ll start the day with a walking tour of Oaxaca detailing the most important landmarks, including the Santo Domingo Church which is one the best examples of the Baroque style in Mexico with its extraordinary interior decoration of golden and polychrome plasterwork. Oaxaca’s markets are famous for their various products and we’ll explore the Benito Juarez market, which is divided into sections where shoppers can purchase a variety of wares including clothing, flowers, fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, cheeses, fruit drinks, and even Oaxaca`s famous grasshoppers!
In the afternoon, we will travel to the countryside surrounding the city to visit a project set up by local women who create alebrijes . These mythical figures are said to bring good luck to anyone who has them.

Day 6 Monte Alban - Salina Cruz
Location: Salina Cruz
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: One Salina Cruz
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we will visit Monte Alban. Founded around 500 AD by people from the nearby valley towns. It was the Zapotecs' capital and one of Mesoamerica's first cities. It boasted more than 25,000 inhabitants. Its main edifices are the Main Plaza, the Ball Court and various tombs.
After the visit we will settle into our coach for the very scenic journey to Salina Cruz, close to the Pacific Coast.

Day 7 Sumidero Canyon - San Cristobal
Location: San Cristobal de las Casas
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Casa Mexicana - San Cristobal de las Casas
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our journey continues this morning to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital of Chiapas. Today’s highlight will be a boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, which measures 1,000 metres at its highest point. Admire the beautiful rock formations and enjoy the abundant wildlife including crocodiles, spider monkeys and many different bird species on the Grijalva River’s shores. Afterwards we’ll pass through the historically significant town Chiapa de Corzo on our way to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Day 8 San Cristobal
Location: San Cristobal de las Casas
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Casa Mexicana - San Cristobal de las Casas
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is full of mysticism. We’ll visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, located in the highlands of Chiapas. In both Tzotzil Maya communities, the complex ethnic composition of Chiapas is well-reflected. They still demonstrate various customs and beliefs expressed in pagan and Christian traditions. You’ll have free time in the afternoon – ideal for exploring more of the beautiful city of San Cristobal de las Casas with, among its many attractions, a colourful market, the cathedral, and the Jade Museum.

Day 9 San Cristobal - Palenque
Location: Palenque
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Villa Mercedes Carretera Palenque
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We travel to Palenque today and we’ll visit the waterfalls of Agua Azul on our way. The turquoise colour, which makes these waterfalls unique, comes from the high water mineral content level. Enjoy the surrounding jungle environment and maybe even go for a swim. Afterwards, we will continue through the lush jungle on to Palenque.

Day 10 Palenque - Campeche
Location: Campeche
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: GAMMA Campeche
Meals Included: Breakfast

We’ll explore the archaeological zone of Palenque today, one of the most important sites of the Mayan World. Lakamha, as the city was known among the ancient Maya, flourished in the 7th century and rose to prominence under the reign of legendary King Pakal, whose tomb was found in Palenque ́s most iconic landmark, the Temple of the Inscriptions. This ruined city is home to some of the most beautiful architecture, exquisite sculptures, and carvings produced by the ancient Maya. Enjoy a guided visit and admire the impressive structures and breathtaking natural environment of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After, we head to Campeche, a charming town full of naval history, Spanish baroque architecture, and aging beauty. The city has spent the past few years restoring hundreds of historical buildings, making it one of the most photogenic colonial towns in all of Mexico and we’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city on arrival.

Day 11 Campeche - Merida
Location: Merida
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: GAMMA El Castellano
Meals Included: Breakfast

On our way to Merida today, we will visit Uxmal (meaning “built three times”). Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is considered one of the Maya cities most representative of the Puuc style, the region’s dominant architectural style. We’ll explore the Magician Pyramid, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Governor’s palace, and the ballgame court. After this visit, we’ll travel on to to Merida. The “White City” was founded in 1542 by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo. Nowadays, Yucatan’s Mexican state is the capital city, with still a strong influence of Mayan cultural heritage, stunning architecture, lovely parks, and delicious gastronomy. Upon arrival in Merida, we will enjoy a panoramic tour, including the city’s highlights.

Day 12 Merida - Chitchen Itza - Cancun
Location: Cancún
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Beach Scape Kin Ha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Chichen Itza is a stopping point for us today as we travel to Cancun. The city was one of the largest and most prominent Maya cities and is now undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site on the Yucatan peninsula - it was recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. There are many famous landmarks to see including the Temple of Kukulkan, the Platform of the Skulls and the Sacred Cenote. We’ll then continue on our way to Cancun.

Day 13 Cancun
Location: Cancún
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Beach Scape Kin Ha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

It’s time to indulge in a day of pure relaxation today in Cancun, where turquoise waters and powdery white sands beckon. Wake up to a stunning sunrise over the Caribbean Sea and savour a leisurely breakfast. Lounge under swaying palm trees on the beach, feeling the gentle breeze caress your skin. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters and bask in the tropical sunshine. As the day turns to dusk, toast to the mesmerising sunset with a refreshing cocktail, cherishing the tranquil moments that make Cancun an oasis of bliss.

Day 14 Cancun - Uk
Location: Cancún
Meals Included: B

Today we transfer from the hotel to the airport in Cancun, to fly to Mexico City on then onwards to London.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London

  • 13 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels

  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Just You Holiday Director 

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is common practice in most holiday destinations, so if you feel you have received good service in a hotel, bar or restaurant, or from a driver or Local Guide/Local Representative, you might want to say thank you by leaving a tip. How much you leave is entirely up to you but as a guide we would suggest around £1-£2 per person per day for your driver and Guide. Your Holiday Director will be happy to offer any further advice you may require.

    Gratuities for your Holiday Director are not included in the price of your holiday and are entirely at your discretion. As a guide we would suggest about £2-£3 per person per day.

  • Is the water safe to drink?

    It is important that you drink bottled water for the duration of your stay, as water outside main cities and towns may not be safe to drink. We would advise you to only drink bottled juices or water in restaurants, to ensure these have not been mixed with tap water, and to avoid ice in drinks. We also strongly recommend that you use hand sanitiser, especially after handling money.

  • Is the water safe to drink?

    It is important that you drink bottled water for the duration of your stay, as water outside main cities and towns may not be safe to drink. We would advise you to only drink bottled juices or water in restaurants, to ensure these have not been mixed with tap water, and to avoid ice in drinks. We also strongly recommend that you use hand sanitiser, especially after handling money.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is common practice in most holiday destinations, so if you feel you have received good service in a hotel, bar or restaurant, or from a driver or Local Guide/Local Representative, you might want to say thank you by leaving a tip. How much you leave is entirely up to you but as a guide we would suggest around £1-£2 per person per day for your driver and Guide. Your Holiday Director will be happy to offer any further advice you may require.

    Gratuities for your Holiday Director are not included in the price of your holiday and are entirely at your discretion. As a guide we would suggest about £2-£3 per person per day.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is common practice in most holiday destinations, so if you feel you have received good service in a hotel, bar or restaurant, or from a driver or Local Guide/Local Representative, you might want to say thank you by leaving a tip. How much you leave is entirely up to you but as a guide we would suggest around £1-£2 per person per day for your driver and Guide. Your Holiday Director will be happy to offer any further advice you may require.

    Gratuities for your Holiday Director are not included in the price of your holiday and are entirely at your discretion. As a guide we would suggest about £2-£3 per person per day.

  • Is the water safe to drink?

    It is important that you drink bottled water for the duration of your stay, as water outside main cities and towns may not be safe to drink. We would advise you to only drink bottled juices or water in restaurants, to ensure these have not been mixed with tap water, and to avoid ice in drinks. We also strongly recommend that you use hand sanitiser, especially after handling money.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is common practice in most holiday destinations, so if you feel you have received good service in a hotel, bar or restaurant, or from a driver or Local Guide/Local Representative, you might want to say thank you by leaving a tip. How much you leave is entirely up to you but as a guide we would suggest around £1-£2 per person per day for your driver and Guide. Your Holiday Director will be happy to offer any further advice you may require. Gratuities for your Holiday Director are not included in the price of your holiday and are entirely at your discretion. As a guide we would suggest about £2-£3 per person per day.

  • Is the water safe to drink?

    It is important that you drink bottled water for the duration of your stay, as water outside main cities and towns may not be safe to drink. We would advise you to only drink bottled juices or water in restaurants, to ensure these have not been mixed with tap water, and to avoid ice in drinks. We also strongly recommend that you use hand sanitiser, especially after handling money.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    All the people in your group will be solo travellers and will share your sense of adventure and passion for travel. There’s usually a good mix of ages too, so you’ll meet a variety of solo travellers who have more, or in some cases less, life experience. We find the overall mix of people really adds to the whole experience and there are certainly plenty of l

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    A few years ago we set up Just You Cares, a programme that gives back to some of the places we love. We have always believed in taking care of the communities we visit, and have taken the time to really get to know the local people and understand the challenges they face. Some of our holidays give our Customers the chance to see how the money from their trips has been spent.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Just You, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accommodate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - just make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, and all of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

  • Will I eat alone?

    We find there’s always a social element to dining, so you’ll never eat alone, unless you want to! Every holiday includes a welcome get-together, all breakfasts and many other meals. When a meal is not included we find travellers meet and dine together.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, given the nature of our holidays, it is not possible to join the tour once it has departed.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Just You has been operating solo holidays for more than 15 years.

  • Am I guaranteed a room of my own?

    Of course, you’ll always have a twin or double room all to yourself. It’s great to have that space to relax and reflect at the end of the day. In some hotels you can also pay a little extra to upgrade for more space or a lovely sea view.

  • What is the typical age range on a Just You holiday?

    Typically, our customers are solo travellers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but it’s quite possible you could meet 20-year-olds or 70-year-olds (or anyone in between)... After all, age is just a number!

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have received the World Travel and Tourism Councils (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp, which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world. The 'Safe Travels' stamp provides you, with assurance and peace of mind that we have implemented enhanced health and hygiene prprotocols on all holidays.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once you book, you will receive a confirmation invoice within 7 days, prior to departure, we will send you further information to help prepare for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Just You is exclusively for solo travellers, every tour includes a twin or double room of your own, with no single supplement.

Reviews of this Operator

Jenny Elliott  

Fabulous Holiday with Just You

28-Oct-2021

Fabulous holiday with Just You - well organised, excellent accommodation and our tour leader absolutely made the trip! Would highly recommend.

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Russell Kerfoot  

Travels 2013 -2019

21/06/2021

Have taken about 15 tours with JY, mainly long haul, and found the experience exhilarating. Apart from the company's professionalism and extensive and varied tour options, I have made so many friends for life. Looking forward to resuming my travels in 2022.

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Jan Clark  

My Go-to tour company!

16-Nov-2021

I’ve travelled many times with Just You and have always experienced 5-star service from them; so much so that they are always my go-to travel company. Realising a life-time’s dream of visiting Petra and touring Jordan with JY was amazing. Every day was a highlight and the tour manager, Jenny, was lovely and so professional. I can even see me doing this tour again next year.

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aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

Been on 5 holidays with...

13-Oct-2023

Been on 5 holidays with this company they have generally been good but the prices have risen considerably and i feel do not provide true value for money. In my opinion all the excursions and meals should be included in the total cost as they not worth the extra cost. Also they are very dismissive of any complaints once you have paid for the holiday they are not interested. I think i will try another company next time

Sue Sweeney (Google Reviewer)  

Great holidays for singles. I've been...

28-Jun-2023

Great holidays for singles. I've been on 4 holidays with them. Only issue is the hotel rooms. They generally use 3* hotels and I've booked at the same time and price as my friends but the difference in rooms is unbelievable. I've been lucky, but I've heard horror stories from friends of rooms like a dungeon with one small high window whilst I've had a fabulous sea view.

Maureen May (Google Reviewer)  

Just returned from St Lucia....

29-Feb-2024

Just returned from St Lucia. Hotel dreadfully shabby. Breakfasts very limited with very little fresh fruit. Our hotel was a 20 minute walk in 29C or a free bus on the hour to the beach and sister hotel. Location good for nearby local shopping and restaurants. The sunset cruise was brilliant as was the whale watching, but surf and safari trip was a disaster. We travelled in two open topped trucks with a two and a half hour drive to the surfing destination. During the trip smoke started from the gear box and we had to abandon the vehicle until the situation was rectified, which, to their credit, was sorted very quickly. Unfortunately the sea was too rough for the boat so we had to return back in the trucks. Extremely uncomfortable on side bench seats, hanging on in the rain. So, all in all we don’t over 6 hours on the trucks - not good. The tour guide left before the 5 day extension period without a handover to the local tour operators. No Information was given except by the hotel. I had already booked to go the Athens with Just You in May, now I wish I hadn’t.

Lynda Martin (Google Reviewer)  

Don't go to the Mercure...

10-Feb-2024

Don't go to the Mercure Hotel in Brighton for a Christmas holiday. Dingy rooms, small tables so you are encouraged to sit on your own when you have expected to be able to chat. But this is nothing compared to the Christmas lunch. Reconstituted white meat that could have been anything, no roasties, no stuffing, no cranberry sauce, you couldn't cut the sprouts because the knife wasn't sharp enough. I had pre ordered prawn cocktail as my starter but on the day when we all turned up together, there was no prawn cocktail for me they had run out, so all I had was soup. No dancing, no music. The carpets were stained and it was a very sorry affair. I paid £1348 for 4 nights of this very shabby standard. Sorry Just You, butbit is the last holiday I will have with you. This year, whether I go to Aldi or Waitrose, I will buy the whole shebang and cook it myself, and then I will be sure to enjoy it.

eamonn young (Google Reviewer)  

Great holiday but then no...

21-Sep-2023

Great holiday but then no response to email concerning an important point concerning incorrect information in documentation. Turkish Airlines do have online check in..saves being put on standby. Documentation says you can't check in online..you can. Just wanted to save other travellers having the same problem about being put on stand by. Just You don't seem to care.

Janet Roe (Google Reviewer)  

Travelled with Just You to...

10-Jan-2024

Travelled with Just You to South America - Chile Argentina and Brazil in Nov 2023. Tour guide was totally inexperienced for this long haul tour and was completely out of her depth. This caused massive problems with the holiday when we were unable to travel to Mendoza due to snow blocking the road across the Andes. The company head office did not address the group's concerns and did not offer us alternative air travel. Lots of other issues with this holiday and tour manager. Despite having made a formal complaint my concerns have not been addressed. I can't see me travelling with this company again.

shirley perry (Google Reviewer)  

What should have been the...

19-Dec-2023

What should have been the holiday of a lifetime to the National Parks of America was a big disappointment due mainly to our tour guide. When I traveled with Just You pre-Covid on their long haul holidays, there was always a Just You representative meeting everyone at the airport and travelling with the group, plus local guides at your destination. This time it was just Veronica on arrival, who wasn't even there when the first of the group arrived, and she gave us very little information about the areas we were travelling through.

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    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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