Mexico–Cities, Cuisine & Ruins

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Mexico City to Playa del Carmen

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From the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, to the ruins at Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this adventure takes in all the cultural and historical highlights. It’s perfect for travellers on a tight budget looking to see as much as possible of this diverse region.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen Your Foodie Moment: Taco Street Food Crawl, Mexico City Your Foodie Moment: Mezcal Tasting, Oaxaca Your Discover Moment: Oaxaca Your Big Night Out Moment: Tulum
  • Teotihuacán ruins visit
  • Taco street food crawl
  • Oaxaca market visit
  • Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall day trip
  • Mezcal tasting
  • Orientation walk of Veracruz and Oaxaca
  • Cenote visit
  • Las Coloradas visit
  • Tulum ruins visit
  • Beach time in Tulum and Playa del Carmen
  • Free time in Mexico City, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Mérida, Tulum and Playa del Carmen
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Trek up the pyramids of teotihuacán
  • See how mezcal is distilled in its birthplace
  • Go swimming in an underground cenote
  • Shop for artisan goods from local makers
  • Marvel at the pink lake at playa de las coloradas
  • Hunt for tacos in mexico city


Day 1 Mexico City Arrive at any time. Check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Mexico City (1B) Enjoy a free day to discover Mexico City. Explore one of the world's largest metropolitan areas. Opt to visit Frida Kahlo's house, see the iconic architecture of Museo Soumaya, or go on a party boat at the nearby floating gardens of Xochimilco. At night, opt to witness the high-flying practitioners of “lucha libre,” Mexico’s world-famous brand of wrestling.
Day 3 Mexico City (1B, 1D) Take a day trip to the famous archaeological site of Teotihuacán to visit the massive pyramids. In the evening, set off in search of the perfect taco with a street food crawl. Indulge in one of Mexico's most iconic delicacies, as you take in the sights of this capital city. Included Activities: Teotihuacán Pyramids Visit Taco Street Food Crawl
Day 4 Mexico City/Veracruz (1B) Travel to the coastal city of Veracruz. This historic city is home to beautiful beaches, nearby ruins, and some of the best whitewater rafting in Mexico. After arriving, go on an orientation walk with the CEO. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours, 400km)
Day 5 Veracruz (1B) Enjoy a free day in Veracruz. Opt to hit the beach, go whitewater rafting, or visit the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tlocotalpan.
Day 6 Veracruz/Oaxaca (1B) Upon arrival in Oaxaca, your CEO will take you an orientation walk around town to introduce you to this fascinating city. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 7 Oaxaca (1B) Set off for a day trip to the stunning Hierve el Agua petrified waterfall, then stop for a mezcal tasting on the way back to Oaxaca. Included Activities: Hierve el Agua Petrified Waterfall Day Trip Mezcal Tasting
Day 8 Oaxaca (1B) Opt to travel to nearby artisan communities, take a mole cooking class, or check out the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán.
Day 9 Oaxaca/Mérida (1B) Hop on a flight to Mérida. This beautiful city is the capital of the Yucatan, and is our jumping off point to exploring the region. Transport: Plane
Day 10 Mérida (1B) Mérida is a fascinating and beautiful city and easy to explore on foot. Mérida is also the gateway to the Mayan ruins of the Puuc Route, the most famous of which is Uxmal, which rivals Chichén Itzá in its scale and extent of excavation. Included Activities: Cenote Visit
Day 11 Mérida/Río Lagartos (1B) After a free morning in Merida, travel to the small seaside town of Rio Lagartos. The area is home to thousands of flamingos in April. Venture to nearby Las Coloradas, which has picture-perfect bright pink and coral hues during the afternoon sun. Seeing is believeing here! Included Activities: Las Coloradas Visit Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 12 Río Lagartos/Tulum (1B) With it's breathtaking coastline, white sand beaches, and Mayan ruins, Tulum is guaranteed to impress! In the afternoon, visit the Tulum ruins and take in the picturesque tropical backdrop while exploring the site. Included Activities: Tulum Ruins Visit Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 13 Tulum (1B) Enjoy a free day in Tulum. Opt to visit a nearby cenote to swim, take a day trip to see the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Coba, go scuba diving/snorkelling, or chill out on the beach. Cap off the day with a Big Night Out. Included Activities: Big Night Out
Day 14 Tulum/Playa del Carmen (1B, 1D) Our final stop is Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-minute drive south of Cancún. The town is your last chance to enjoy some nightlife, buy last-minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean Sea. There is also snorkelling and diving available, and long stretches of sandy beaches which are perfect for walking and relaxing after a hectic day. Included Activities: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Day 15 Playa del Carmen (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day