Bordering the US to the north and Guatemala and Belize to the south, Mexico is a fantastic country of contrasts: tropical jungles, palm-fringed beaches, Indian markets, colonial towns and the majestic ruins of the Aztecs and Mayans. These marvellous juxtapositions enable us here at Exodus to provide you with a whole range of trips to Mexico, designed to make sure you enjoy an unmissable adventure.
One highlight of our Mexico tours is always the time spent on the Yucatan Peninsula – especially at the extraordinary ruins of Chichen Itza, Palenque and Tulum. Travelling distances around Yucatan are not too great and there is plenty of time to relax and soak up the pulsating Latino atmosphere.
Aside from Yucatan, our Mexico tours have so much more to offer. If history is your thing, our journey through the nation’s pre-Columbian temples could be right up your street. Such a varied land is just waiting to be explored, so why not start planning your Mexico escapade today.
Day of the Dead Festival: This unusual festival is a traditional holiday in Mexico that each year, at the start of November, celebrates the passing of loved ones. Mexicans believe it is better to celebrate than mourn and they take to the streets with live music and dancing. As you learn about the history of the festival, meet with a local family and sample traditional Oaxaca dishes, you’ll get a fascinating insight into the culture of Mexico. Immerse yourself in the parade through the streets and later in the evening visit a cemetery where locals adorn the graves of their lost loved ones.
Mexico City Old Town: At the beating heart of Mexico City is the historic Old Town, home to the main square and cathedral. The buildings here are fascinating and beautiful and tell of the country’s Aztec heritage. The Zócalo is one of the largest plazas in the world and was a significant meeting place for the Aztecs. Explore historical landmarks, Art Nouveau architecture and the famous Museum Mural of Diego Rivera. As well as flaunting such impressive buildings, the Old Town is buzzing with world-class restaurants and street food stalls selling traditional taquerías.
San Cristobal: Set against a backdrop of pine forests and highland valleys, San Cristobal is a beautiful colonial city. Meandering cobbled streets and narrow alleyways leading to light-filled plazas are lined with vibrant cafes and whitewashed houses topped with red roofs. As you wander through the old colonial streets, you’ll find yourself captivated by San Cristobal’s charms. Be sure to browse the local stalls that are filled with handicrafts made by the indigenous Tzotzil people.
Chichen Itza: The most famous of the Mayan cities, Chichen Itza is an intriguing archaeological site that was named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world in 2007. The site is home to extraordinary Mayan ruins and is made up of Old Chichen and Chichen Itza. There are 26 ruins in total with Chichen Itza Pyramid being the most spectacular. The Temple of the Warriors, El Caracol and Mayan Ball Game are also of great importance.
Palenque Ruins: Equally as important as Chichen Itza, Palenque Ruins rise up from a dense jungle sprawled across the low-lying hills. The site forms a part of the Parque Nacional Palenque and has one of the most beautiful settings. As you explore, you’ll be in awe of the well-preserved temples, pyramids and sanctuaries that exhibit the impressive skills of the Mayans.
Expert opinion: Chichen Itza
“Chichen Itza has been voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. With its central step pyramid it is an imposing site. The pyramid was originally used as a calendar: four stairways, each with 91 steps and a platform at the top, making a total of 365, the equivalent to the number of days in a calendar year. If you are fortunate enough to be there at the rising and setting of the sun during the spring or fall equinox, the corner of the structure casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent along the side of the north staircase. On these two days, the shadows slither down the northern side of the pyramid with the sun’s movement.”
Exodus Expert Andrew Appleyard – read more from our experts here.
FAQs on Mexico Tours
How long are your Mexico tours?
Because there is so much to see and discover in Mexico, we design our tours to be around 16 days as this allows you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the country’s rich culture as well as exploring many of the main sights. We want you to really get to the heart of the country by visiting ancient Mayan sites, experiencing the famous Day of the Dead festival and sampling traditional Mexican dishes.
Are your Mexico tours guided?
All of our Mexico trips are accompanied by one of our expert guides, whose unmatched knowledge and passion will greatly enhance your holiday – whether it be picking out the finest restaurants, finding the best photo opportunities or exploring the road-less-travelled to delve further into the history and culture of Mexico. Throughout your trip your leader will share insightful information about the places you visit that you wouldn’t otherwise discover.
Where are the best places to visit in Mexico?
While there are endless places to explore in Mexico, among some of the most spectacular are Chichen Itza, Yucatan and Chiapas. If you want to see some of the greatest Mayan ruins, then head to Chichen Itza. This ancient archaeological site, once the political centre of the Mayans, is home to magnificent structures such as the Hall of the Thousand Pillars, the Kukulkan pyramid and the temple of Chac Mool being among the most impressive. Alternatively, if you want to experience the vibrant culture of Mexico then Mexico City and San Cristobal should be top of your list of places to visit.
What is the most popular food in Mexico?
Influenced by both Indian and Spanish cuisine, traditional Mexican food consists mainly of corn, beans, chillies and tomatoes. Street food is extremely popular, with tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and burritos being among the local’s favourite dishes. Each of the dishes is stuffed with various ingredients, from beef and chicken to vegetables and refried beans, topped off with guacamole or chillies. And of course, you can’t visit Mexico without trying the world-famous tequila!