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Mexico Grande

(From March 2021)

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The one that serves up Mexico in all its glory over 13 fiery days

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In-Depth Explorer

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  • Duration

    13 days

  • Places

    9 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Plane

  • Group Size

    Max 46 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Merida, Cancun, Tequila, Chichen Itza

Mexico Grande (From March 2021)

19 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Beachfront Dinner in Puerto Vallarta
  • Experience Ceboruco and the panoramic pictures
  • Visit of a Tequila distillery with tasting in Guadalajara
  • Visit Hospicio Cabañas
  • Guided City Tour of Guadalajara
  • Walking tour of Guanajuato
  • Visit San Miguel de Allende
  • Food tasting at local market in Mexico City
  • Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo in Mexico City
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan
  • Guided tour of Teotihuacan
  • City tour of Oaxaca
  • Mezcal Tasting in Oaxaca
  • Visit the ruins of Monte Alban and local markets
  • Included flight to Merida
  • City tour of Merida
  • Locally guided tour of the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza
  • Refrenshing cenote swim
  • Sunset Beach Dinner in Cancun

9 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Extreme Zipline Adventure in Puerto Vallarta US98.00
  • Pirate of the Bay Dinner & Show in Puerto Vallarta US$91.50
  • Day Trip to Yelapa and Majahuitas $68.00
  • Sayulita Escape day trip in Puerto Vallarta
  • Hot air balloon Ride Over Teotihuacan $85.00
  • Tulum & Jungle Maya experience in Cancun
  • Go swimming with whale sharks in Cancun
  • Jungle speed boat tour from Cancun
  • Catamaran day trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    12 nights in Hotel

    We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels, jungle lodges and bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.

About this trip

Viva Mexico! This magical destination truly has it all. Crammed full of rich cultural tradition and diverse geography, there is something for everyone - from Puerto Vallarta and 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, immerse yourself in adventure activities, water sports, cultural sites, an unbelievable variety of food, and a sizzling nightlife. In every aspect, Mexico dials up the heat.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Puerto Vallarta

  2. via via

    Tequila

  3. 1 1 night

    Guadalajara

  4. 1 1 night

    Guanajuato

  5. 3 3 nights

    Mexico City

  6. 2 2 nights

    Oaxaca

  7. 1 1 night

    Merida

  8. via via

    Chichen Itza

  9. 2 2 nights

    Cancun

+-1 more

DAY 1 - Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Welcome to Puerta Vallarta - and what a place to kick off our adventure!  One of the most popular beach towns in Mexico, it's easy to see why this place is known as the 'Mexican Riviera'. Spa, pool, relax, repeat are all high on the agenda today. You’ll be thinking "this is the life" - and that's before we top it all off with a  beachfront dinner, with the water and twinkling lights setting an unforgettable scene. We're best friends already, and it's only day one. What will tomorrow have in store?

Stay

Hotel Hacienda Buenaventura Puerto Vallarta

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Beachfront Dinner in Puerto Vallarta

DAY 2 - Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

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 along a secluded bay is your thing; if not, then there are plenty of other activities on offer, including a ride on a pirate ship cruise compete with an acrobatic performance and fireworks. What else? Where to begin? Today you could find yourself speeding through the jungle on a zipline, or  spending the day away at the quaint coastal town of Sayulita. And for those keen to kick it right in downtown Puerto Vallarta, head to some beachside watering holes for drinks, giant lobster feasting, swims and people watching. It's a hard life. And we're just getting started.

Stay

Hotel Hacienda Buenaventura Puerto Vallarta

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Extreme Zipline Adventure in Puerto Vallarta

    US98.00

  • Pirate of the Bay Dinner & Show in Puerto Vallarta

    US$91.50

  • Day Trip to Yelapa and Majahuitas

    $68.00

  • Sayulita Escape day trip in Puerto Vallarta

DAY 3 - Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara via Tequila

Puerto Vallarta

Bye bye beach hangs, but don't worry, this isn't your last taste of Mexican beach life - we'll see you soon, sea. 

Tequila

Looking for even more cultural immersion? There's nothing more Mexican than tequila, so why not head to a genuine distillery where you can learn how this fiery spirit is made and taste some for yourself. And if that's put you in the fiesta mood, you're in the right place.  While you stroll around the streets you'll get a feel for the old and new world architecture that this place is known for - as well as some seriously electric nightlife.

Guadalajara

It's time to learn about the city known as the 'Pearl of the West', Guadalajara, with its four main squares and glorious cathedral. Then you could go and find a spot to watch one of the city's famous live Mariachi bands do its thing. 

Stay

Hotel de Mendoza Guadalajara

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Experience Ceboruco and the panoramic pictures

  • Visit of a Tequila distillery with tasting in Guadalajara

DAY 4 - Guadalajara to Guanajuato

Guadalajara

Today Guadalajara reveals itself in a different way when you cruise up to see the city from another vantage point at, Ceboruco – a now inactive volcano. It last erupted from 1870-1875 and is a fabulous place to gain a panoramic perspective.

Guanajuato

Next up you'll hit the old colonial city of Guanajuato where you will learn about the history of the famous silver mining town and how the economy has shaped much of its culture. Heavy on the Spanish influence, this UNESCO World Heritage city will transport you to another time and get lost for hours in its quaint cobblestone alleyways. Uncover the tales of the town, it's famous 'Mummies' and its most famous lovers at the 'Alley of Kisses'. Next up, the Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustave Eiffel himself. 

Stay

Hotel Gran Plaza Guanajuato

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Hospicio Cabañas

  • Guided City Tour of Guadalajara

DAY 5 - Guanajuato to Mexico City

Guanajuato

Thanks to the bright facades of Guanajuato, your eyes should be wide open by now. Just in time too, because there is so much to see Mexico City.

Mexico City

Mexico City is the largest city in the country and impressively, the oldest capital in Central America. Known for its Aztec temple, its surprising altitude at 2200m, and mountainous landscape, this place is busy, bustling and oh-so-wonderful.

Stay

Hotel Royal Reforma Mexico City

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Walking tour of Guanajuato

  • Visit San Miguel de Allende

DAY 6 - Mexico City

Mexico City

The theme 'getting out there' will take on a whole new meaning today. Floating gardens, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are the focus for this leg of your journey in this bustling city. Get stuck into the local flavours by tasting some Mexican delicacies at a local market. Then, tonight, re-fuel with city eats, like enchiladas, tamales and tacos. Even head out and get a little loco, if the mood takes you...

Stay

Hotel Royal Reforma Mexico City

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Food tasting at local market in Mexico City

  • Visit Coyoacan birthplace of Frida Kahlo

DAY 7 - Mexico City

Mexico City

It’s a busy one today, travellers. Archaeological city Teotihuacan, pyramids and Aztec temples are the focus for this leg of your journey. As you go, local guides will kindly impart their extensive knowledge on many interesting topics so you're in the know on anything and everything. We'll even take to the water for a traditional Trajinera boat, where you can grab a drink, do some shopping and watch the world float on past. And if you happen to be here at the right time, you might even get to experience Lucha Libre, Mexican wrestling!

Stay

Hotel Royal Reforma Mexico City

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan

  • Guided tour of Teotihuacan

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Hot air balloon Ride Over Teotihuacan

    $85.00

DAY 8 - Mexico City to Oaxaca

Mexico City

Meeting your TM and fellow travellers this morning, you'll be setting off for Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-ha-ka)! Have you got it? Great - let's hit the road.

Oaxaca

Welcome to Oaxaca, with its bohemian bars, charming colonial buildings and ridiculously pretty churches. Commonly known as the gastronomical capital of Mexico, the food here is guaranteed to guac your world. The perfect drink to wash it all down? Mezcal, of course.

Stay

Oaxaca Real Hotel

DAY 9 - Oaxaca

Oaxaca

Today, you're going to soak up some serious Oaxaca vibes with a guided city tour where you'll get to check out the local markets. The colourful city streets are going to be the perfect place for some Insta shoots, and if you can be dragged away from the views for long enough, there's plenty of delicacies to try during your free night. 

Stay

Oaxaca Real Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • City tour of Oaxaca

  • Mezcal Tasting in Oaxaca

  • Visit the ruins of Monte Alban and local markets

DAY 10 - Oaxaca to Merida

Oaxaca

Adios Oaxaca, Merida is calling our names! And we won't waste any time, hopping on an included flight to whizz us there without delay.  

Merida

As gentle as it is beautiful, Merida will take you in its arms and show you the quieter side of Mexico. A walking tour will take you down twisting cobbled streets through grand plazas, showing off this small town’s quaint vibes and chilled atmosphere. When we reach the old town you'll have some free time to explore the bustling markets, where you'll find countless treasures to take home. Later, ask your Trip Manager for the best place to head to feast on Yucatan specialities. After you've stuffed yourself with the local delicacies, it's time for your blissful slumber. Tomorrow we're headed to Cancun. 

Stay

Hotel Caribe

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Merida

  • City tour of Merida

DAY 11 - Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza

Merida

Pack up your swag of Mexican trinkets and say goodbye to the calm oasis of Merida and hello yet another incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed site: Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza

These ancient ruins are the most famous and best preserved of their kind in Mayan history.  With our Local Guide leading the charge, Chichen Itza will provoke questions about the Mayan calendar, the positioning of the sun, the connections of the ruins around the country, and the worlds that came before us - a truly special spot on the trip and a history buff's delight. With more knowledge than you'll know what to do with, it's time for a change of scene, and a dip in an Insta-worthy cenote. These underground lakes or waterholes the perfect way to beat the Mexican heat. 

Cancun

In stark contrast, next up is Mexico’s super resort – Cancun. With high energy vibes this stop is a no brainer when it comes to getting your fiesta on. One suggestion for tonight's dinner at the Mercado 28, a busy market serving true Mexican delights.

Stay

Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided tour of the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza

  • Refrenshing cenote swim

DAY 12 - Cancun

Cancun

Just in case you don't know the drill by now, an ice cold cerveza should remind you that Cancun is a hub of fiery entertainment. But this place isn't just about the party vibes. Powdery sand beaches, endlessly swimmable waters and laid-back taco joints have everything you need, no matter your mood. Your Trip Manager knows this place like the back of their hand, so you're guaranteed to be in the know on all the best spots to head this evening. 

Stay

Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sunset Beach Dinner in Cancun

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tulum & Jungle Maya experience in Cancun

  • Go swimming with whale sharks in Cancun

  • Jungle speed boat tour from Cancun

  • Catamaran day trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun

DAY 13 - Depart Cancun

Cancun

Morning global roamers, we came, we saw, we conquered all... We'll fuel up on one last breakfast together, then it's time to wipe away the tears and do those final friend requests because today you're homeward bound with firm plans in full steam for a Contiki 2.0 reunion in Asia no-doubt. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out www.lan.com for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.