Viva Mexico! This place truly has it all! Crammed full of rich cultural tradition and delicious food, there is something for everyone - from seafood dinners in Puerto Vallarta to the ruins of Teotihuacan to the colourful markets of Mexico City. At every turn, there is so much to see, do and most importantly - eat! Immerse yourself in adventure activities, water sports, cultural sites, an unbelievable variety of food, and a sizzling nightlife! Mexico turns up the heat!
Puerta Vallarta will be sure to impress as your first destination. One of the most popular beach towns in Mexico known as the 'Mexican Riviera'. Spa, pool, relax, repeat are all high on the agenda today. You’ll be thinking – ah, this is the life and then we'll top it all off with a stunning beachfront dinner, with the water and twinkling lights setting an unforgettable scene.
Today you’re free as a bird and that means exploring as much or as little of Puerto Vallarta as you like. Punta Mita is known for perfect beginner waves if surfing in a secluded bay is your thing. If not, there's plenty more on offer. Like the sound of a pirate ship cruise compete with an acrobatic performance and fireworks? Or maybe you'd prefer day tripping to the pretty village of Yelapa, where you'll get to swim, snorkel and kayak the emerald waters of Majahuitas cove? Tonight is a free one, but given you're by the coast, fresh seafood or even lobster could be on the menu for tonight.
Load up on tequila jokes, as that's exactly where we're heading this morning.
Legendary by name, often dangerous by nature, we all have a tequila story or two lurking in our pasts, but who knew this iconic drink was actually a place? Well, now you do, and no prizes for guessing what you'll be doing whilst here... We'll be visiting a distillery where you'll get to learn about the process, as well as (of course) sampling Mexico's most famous, and national drink.
Potentially feeling a little fuzzy of head, later on this afternoon we'll arrive into Gaudalajara, otherwise known as the Pearl of the West. Chill out this evening, or maybe head into the city to catch one of the infamous Mariachi bands do its thing.
We'll spend the morning exploring the city's four main squares and cathedral, strolling around the streets and generally getting a feel for the old and new world architecture that this place is best known for, before it's on to Guanajuato.
Arriving into the old colonial city of Guanajuato, we'll get the low down on this famous silver mining town and the way in which the economy has shaped much of its culture. Heavy on Spanish influence, this UNESCO World Heritage city will transport you to another time, encouraging you to get lost for hours in its quaint cobblestone alleyways. Uncover the tales of the town, including the famous 'Mummies' and equally famous lovers at the 'Alley of Kisses'. Or, head to the Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustav Eiffel himself (the guy who's kind of a big deal in Paris...). After a busy day of exploring, we'll finish up with a group dinner that will see us feasting on traditional regional flavours.
Thanks to exploring the bright facades of the buildings of this Guanajuato, your eyes should be wide open by now.
...And just in time too, because the "Pueblo Magico" Magic Town of San Miguel de Allende is a total feast for the eyes, and our lunch stop for the day.
Mexico City is the largest city in the country and impressively, the oldest capital in Central America. Known for it's Aztec temple, it's surprising altitude at 2200m, and mountainous landscape, this is busy, bustling and oh so wonderful.
The theme 'getting out there' will take on a whole new meaning today as we take in Mexico City in all her glory. We'll visit the floating gardens, drop by Coyoacan, the birthplace of Frida Kahlo, and even take to the water for a cruise on a traditional Trajinera boat. Keen to know where to get your paws on all the local ingredients and spices you've been tasting? Our local market visit will reveal all. Tonight, let loose in the city where street food is king, and the mood is strictly loco.
Up for doing something utterly legendary? This morning, why not take to the skies for a hot air balloon ride over the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan - the views are seriously something else. If heights ain't your thing, don't stress - we'll also be exploring this ancient city, together with its pyramids and Aztec Temples on foot, accompanied by local guides who will give us all the history deets. Tonight we've got a Munch worthy evening meal lined up for you, then depending on when you're in town, why not experience Lucha Libre, or Mexican wrestling. Jack Black not included, unfortunately.
This morning the trip ends & it's time to say farewell to your new friends.
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Trip Name: Mexican Fiesta
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: $2,059
Supplier Tour ID: 142.320B/211204
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