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You will visit: Mexico City, Merida, Chichen Itza, Cancun & Playa del Carmen

Viva Mexico! This place truly has it all! Crammed full of rich cultural tradition and diverse geography, there is something for everyone - from the hot beach playground of Cancun to the jungles of the Yucatan and from the World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza to the thriving metropolis of Mexico City. At every turn, there is so much to see and do! Immerse yourself in adventure activities, water sports, cultural sites, an unbelievable variety of food, and a sizzling nightlife! Mexico turns up the heat!

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive Mexico City

This morning meet your Trip Manager and fellow travellers as we turn back the clock this morning with a trip to Teotihuacan, the largest archaeological city ever to exist on the American continents. Climb the impressive pyramids and imagine how this was once central America’s greatest city. Our Local Guide will fill you in on the Teotihuacanos beliefs and rites as you walk around the site and see the Sun and Moon Temples.

This afternoon, discover another side of vibrant Mexico City with a visit to the easy-going, old barrio (neighborhood) of Coyoacan. Take in the old colonial mansions, fountains and quiet squares of this cultural quarter. See the paired studios of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and maybe visit Frida Kahlo’s famous Blue House, which is filled with colorful art, pre-Hispanic artifacts and a beautiful garden.

In your free time, live a slice of the local lifestyle and head to the Coyoacan Markets – the buzzing food stalls are perfect for trying authentic Mexican food, like a torta (Mexican sandwich), enchiladas and tacos.

Shopping-wise, this town has it all, from big brands to bargains. Get some tips from your Trip Manager before you splurge. Rummage through the colorful La Merced, the largest market in the city. See piles of dried chillies, tropical fruits and other vibrant food displays as well as local crafts.

Otherwise, walk the streets and get a feel for the city’s bustling street life, where cafes spill out onto the pavements, pushcart kitchens cook up fantastic food and sidewalk vendors sell anything from t-shirts to jewelery.

Take a break and taste Mexican coffee in a traditional coffeehouse or sip on some tropical juice at a jugeria (juice bar). If you’re hungry, try a rosticeria for some crispy roast chicken Mexican style or a hole-in-the-wall taqueria for a burrito.

For something different, find out if there is lucha libre (Mexican masked wrestling) on while you’re in town and go check out a match.
For a dose of culture, walk through Mexican history with a visit to the famous Museo Nacional de Antropologia (Museum of Anthropology). It has an incredible collection of artifacts, starting from pre-historic times. The museum grounds are also great for taking a break from the buzzing down town area, so hang out in the gardens, read beside the lake or check out the zoo.

Day 1: Hotel Dinner

  • City sightseeing tour, including the National Palace, the Zocalo & Chapultepec Park
  • Visit the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan
  • Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo
2 Mexico City to Merida

Leave behind the buzz of Mexico City & fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city's gorgeous colonial buildings & Government Palace before indulging in a mouthwatering Yucatecan meal.

Day 2: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Walking tour of Merida's sights
  • Horse & carriage ride
3 Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza

We kick start the day with a trip to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza – the best preserved and most famous Mayan ruins in Mexico. Hear from our expert Local Guide about the time temples and how the Mayan calendar worked as you explore the spectacular ancient ceremonial center and the fascinating snail-shaped observatory.

Back on the coach, we continue on to glitzy Cancun, Mexico’s super resort. This party paradise is a high energy destination, loaded with outdoor activities and a buzzing nightlife. Use your free time to relax with an evening siesta. Then head into town to the Mercado 28, a lively market serving up homemade foods. Sit yourself down in a fondita (little café) and order various specialties from throughout Mexico or try the regional Yucatan dish, chicken pibil (chicken in a special marinade).

For some live, local music, make a move to Parquet de las Palapas with some friends. Grab a cold cerveza (beer) from one of the food stands and take it all in. Then explore what’s on offer party-wise in Cancun.

Day 3: Hotel Breakfast

  • Turn back the clock at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza
  • Swim in a Cenote
4 Cancun & Playa del Carmen

Take a trip with the group to the hip, hot beach of Playa del Carmen. A popular spot for snorkeling and diving, Playa del Carmen has underwater caves and mind-blowing offshore coral reefs. Take a swim in the azure waters, chill out on the beach or even jump on a ferry to the Island of Cozumel.

Back in Cancun, wrap up the day on the beach watching the sun set over the Caribbean Sea. Some ideas for dinner include hitting an open-air restaurant for some fresh seafood or heading to the central plaza for some authentic island specialties.

Day 4: Hotel Breakfast

  • Relax on the white sand beaches
5 Cancun

Soak up all the Cancun action you want today - swim through a jungle lagoon, learn to scuba dive, or day trip to an eco-archeological park. And for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. [A&M]

Day 5: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Experience the legendary nightlife
  • Jungle Maya Expedition & Zipline
    US$119.00
  • Maya Encounter
    US$159.00
6 Depart Cancun

The trip ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

Day 6: Breakfast

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 5 nights twin-share accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach
  • Flight from Mexico City to Merida
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities
  • Local taxes & service charges

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Food

  • 8 meals: 5 breakfasts & 3 dinners

Inclusions

  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
  • City sightseeing tour, including the National Palace, the Zocalo & Chapultepec Park
  • Visit the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan
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Me Time

  • Jungle Maya Expedition & Zipline
  • Maya Encounter
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is C$287
  • You only need a C$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in instalments, with Contiki Part Pay

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