Mexico

Mexico is a melting pot of history, heritage and culture, impressive landscapes, stunning beaches, fascinating indigenous cultures and a wealth of archaeological sites. From palm-fringed white sand beaches to glowing volcanoes, lush rain forests, underwater caves, canyons, snow-capped mountains, lagoons rich in wildlife and vast deserts dotted with giant cacti, Mexico’s scenery is constantly changing.

Home to some of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, a Mexico tour will unveil the ancient civilizations of the Aztec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec and Maya. Discover the majestic ruins of Monte Alban, Teotihuacan’s mysterious Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the towering and iconic step pyramid of Chichen Itza and the exquisite temple ruins of Palenque shrouded in jungle.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices
Rail JourneyCopper Canyon6From $1,704.00
Independent TourViceregal Cities10From $2,533.00
Independent TourCultures of Mexico13From $3,725.00

Copper Canyon

Enjoy one of Mexico’s most scenic rail journeys, the train through the Sierra Madre mountains from Los Mochis to Chihuahua. There are three days of magnificent rail journeys (2-7 hours each) with switchbacks, bridges and tunnels carrying the lonely track which clings to the cliff walls. Enjoy jaw-dropping views over the chasms, and stay in comfortable hotels en route. There are a score of ravines and gorges, and, according to altitude, an infinite variety of landscape from snow-dusted peaks smothered in conifers to sub-tropical citrus groves.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Los Mochis - El Fuerte

Upon arriving in Los Mochis, you will be transferred to the historic town of El Fuerte for a relaxing and quiet evening in this fantastic colonial town. (The transfer time is 1.5 hours and can be accommodated to any flight or bus arrival time.)
Hotel: Posada del Hidalgo

Day 2: El Fuerte - Cerocahui

The adventure begins in earnest today when you board the “ChePe” first class train. Today you will traverse the most scenic segment of the railroad, climbing from sea level to an elevation of more than 1,828 Mts. Mountains and canyons stretch as far as the eye can see. Upon arriving in Bahuichivo, you will be shuttled nearly 45 minutes to the most scenic mountain village in Northern Mexico – Cerocahui. You will transfer to the Mision Hotel, which is located in the heart of this historic hamlet for an amazing stay. After lunch, you will go on a 3.5 hour long Gallego Lookout tour which includes stops at the highest overlook readily available to tourists, a cave home, a rancho, and the Virgencita Spring. Lunch and Dinner are included at your hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Mision Cerocahui

Day 3: Cerocahui - Divisadero

After breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer back to Bahuichivo and re-board the ChePe train for your short trip to Divisadero, the crown jewel of the region. The views from the rim of the canyon are breathtaking. The lodge is situated near the rim of the mighty Urique Canyon, providing wonderful views that extend for miles. Optional side trips available in the area include canyon tours, horseback riding, jeep tours, and helicopter rides. We recommend upgrading to the Posada Mirador Hotel which is situated on the rim of the canyon. The hotels in Divisadero all provide views which overlook the mighty Urique Canyon. The views of the three Canyons that comprise Copper Canyon make Divisadero (“The Divide”) an unforgettable stop on your trip across the mountains. This area is four times larger than the Grand Canyon and gives visitors many memorable vistas of this pristine mountain wilderness. Breakfast and Dinner are included at your hotel.
Hotel: Posada Mirador

Day 4: Divisadero - Creel

Breakfast and Lunch are included before you re-board the ChePe train for a short ninety minute trip to Creel, the shopping and excursion center of the Copper Canyon. After checking in to your hotel you are free to relax or do some exploring on your own. Creel is the shopping center and trading center for the region, offering everything from hand made musical instruments to pottery and jewelry. Creel is also the tourism center of the region, with optional trips to the famous Cusarare waterfall, Basihuare Canyon, the Mission, La Bufa Canyon, Recohuata Thermal Springs, and the highly recommended two-day extension to Batopilas – a thrilling journey to the bottom of the canyon. Breakfast and Lunch at hotel.

Note: If you are interested in extending your already magnificent journey by traveling to canyon floor.
Hotel: Best Western Plus The Lodge at Creel Hotel & Spa

Day 5: Creel - Chihuahua

This morning you will go on a tour of Creel, including such sites as Mushroom Valley, the Mission, Tarahumaran Indian Caves, and Lake Arareko before boarding the ChePe train for your continuing trip to Chihuahua. Upon arriving in Chihuahua you will be transferred to your hotel for a night of relaxation and reflection.
Hotel: Quality Inn Chihuahua San Francisco

Day 6: Depart Chihuahua

The tour comes to a close as you are transferred to the airport or bus station (Busses leave every hour) for your trip home. Be sure to inquire about transfer options to El Paso if you do not want to fly home from Chihuahua.

Inclusions 
Meals:5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Train Journey on board the ChePe
Accommodation:5 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Viceregal Cities

The colonial cities of Mexico are the essence of the charm and grace of the country. This tour is for people interested in art, architecture, history and culture. There is no better way to enjoy these pursuits than to follow the Spanish silver mining route and visit Mexico’s Colonial cities on this tour.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive Mexico City

Arrival at Mexico City airport. Assistance and transfer to the hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca, 2 nights

Day 2: Mexico City

Morning city tour and visit to the Anthropology Museum. Afternoon free,we suggest an optional tour to Xochimilco´s water canals.

Day 3: Mexico City - Queretaro - San Miguel Allende

Visit the acqueduct in Querétaro, the Ex-Cross Convent and Historic Downtown. Head to San Miguel de Allende for a short city tour.You may enjoy a great variety of cafeterias and restaurants.
Hotel: Real de Minas

Day 4: San Miguel Allende - Dolores Hidalgo - Guanajuato

Depart to Dolores Hidalgo, where in 1810, the father Don Miguel Hidalgo, began the Independence war. Also José Alfredo Jimenez, one of the most famous musician composers, was born there. Continue to Guanajuato for an afternoon city tour.
Hotel: Hotel Mision Guanajuato

Day 5: Guanajuato - Zacatecas

Head to Zacatecas, a World Heritage Site. This beautiful colonial city of “pink cantera” has the most outstanding Mexican baroque style, the Cathedral. Optionally, by night,you may enjoy the “Callejoneada”, a performance companioned with musical “Tambora” group. Other attractions are the Coronel Brother’s Museums and Goitia Museum.
Hotel: Emporio Zacatecas

Day 6: Zacatecas - Guadalajara

We will continue on to Guadalajara the capital of state of Jalisco, where tequila and mariachi were born.
Hotel: Hotel de Mendoza, 2 nights

Day 7: Guadalajara

City tour, visiting the most important sites. Continue on to Tequila, typical town where the main distilleries (Haciendas) of this famous liquor are located. We will know the agave fields, the “jimador” man and the processof the tequila. Return to Guadalajara. Other attraction is the handicraftmarket at Tonalá town on Thursday & Sunday.

Day 8: Guadalajara - Patzcuaro

Trip to Pátzcuaro, which in purépecha means “Heaven’s door”. This City is famous for its colonial beauty and unique for its customs. Enjoy the wide variety of cafes and restaurants which offer typical dishes at the portals of Pátzcuaro´s downtown.
Hotel: Mision Catedral Morelia

Day 9: Patzcuaro - Morelia - Mexico City.

Continue on to Morelia, a World Heritage site, worldwide known for its student habitat and its magnificent colonial buildings of “pinkcantera”. Departure to Mexico City.
Hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca

Day 10: Depart Mexico City

At a convenient time, transfer to the airport.

Inclusions 
Meals:9 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & Air-conditioned Car or Van
Accommodation:9 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Cultures of Mexico

The Cultures of Mexico Tour captures Mexico’s diverse offerings in one trip. Starting with Mexico City and ending in the Yucatan peninsula, visit Puebla on the way to the beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca, gateway to the Monte Alban archaeological ruins. Continue to San Cristobal de las Casas via El Sumidero Canyon. Visit the Indian towns of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. The tour then heads south toward Palenque, one of the prime and most important sites of the “Mayan World”. In the Yucatan Peninsula, we will visit Uxmal, Merida and Chichen Itza before a well deserved rest in Cancun where the tour concludes.

Itinerary 
Day 1: Arrive Mexico City

Arrival at Mexico City airport. Assistance and transfer to the hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Casa Blanca, 3 nights

Day 2: Mexico City

Morning city tour, afternoon, we suggest an optional excursion to Xochimilco’s water canals.

Day 3: Mexico City

Full day tour of Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine with lunch.

Day 4: Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca

Departure to Puebla “City of Angels” visiting Santa Maria Tonantzintla, and Puebla’ Historical Downtown. Lunch. Continue to Oaxaca.
Hotel: Hotel Fortin Plaza, 2 nights

Day 5: Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Mitla - Tule

Full day tour to Monte Alban archaeological ruins and Mitla.

Day 6: Oaxaca - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristobal

Breakfast on route. Early morning departure to San Cristobal de las Casas, en route, visit the Sumidero Canyon.
Hotel: Casa Mexicana, 2 nights

Day 7: San Cristobal de las Casas - Natives Towns

Visit to San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán, typical native towns

Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Palenque

After breakfast continue to Palenque with visit to Agua Azul waterfalls.
Hotel: Hotel Ciudad Real Palenque

Day 9: Palenque - Campeche

Visit to the archaeological site of Palenque, continue on to the beautiful walled city of Campeche. Panoramic view through the city.
Hotel: Plaza Campeche

Day 10: Campeche - Uxmal - Merida

Departure to Uxmal “the three times built”, continue to Merida.
Hotel: Gamma de Fiesta Inn Merida El Castellano

Day 11: Merida - Chichen Itza - Cancun

Departure to Chichén Itzá, the most important and awesome Mayan site in Mexico. Afternoon transfer to Cancun.
Hotel: Flamingo Cancun Resort, 2 nights

Day 12: Cancun

Free day to enjoy the wonderful talcum powdered turquoise beaches of these marvelous center or take an optional tour to Isla Mujeres, Xcaret, Tulum/Xel-Há or Cozumel. Our office will be more than happy in suggesting alternatives and confirm your flight.

Day 13: Depart Cancun

At a convenient time, transfer to the airport.

Inclusions 
Meals:12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Air-conditioned Car or Van
Accommodation:12 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary