It is not difficult to fall in love with the natural and cultural wonders of this exotic Central American country just when you arrive. This 9-day trip will take you to discover the hidden gems Mexico has to offer and to enjoy this country full of color, history, and delicious gastronomy. Its traditions, natural landscapes, and friendly people, who welcome you with open arms, really make your experience in Mexico something truly memorable.
Without a doubt, this trip will show you why Mexico is much more than the famous Riviera Maya, taking you to less touristy areas, but which are truly incredible. Enjoy its ancient Mayan culture and traditions and find out why Mexican tacos and tequila are so famous.
San Miguel Allende
Palace of Bellas Artes
Hierve el Agua Hot Springs
Visit essential places such as the Basilica of Guadalupe and its beautiful and impressive historic center full of museums, culture, and tradition. You will have unique experiences such as flying over the ancient Mayan city of Teotihuacán in a hot air balloon and navigating the channels of Xochimilco in a beautiful and colorful barge. Meet the Blue House, the Museum of the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, visit the beautiful colonial city of San Miguel Allende and discover the natural and cultural hidden wonders that Oaxaca has for you.
Day 1. Arrival
Upon arrival at the international airport in Mexico City, your private driver will wait for you to take you to your hotel in the capital to rest for the night.
Day 2. Mexico City
On this first day, you will have the opportunity to visit Mexico City at your own pace and without stress, with your private guide who will take you to discover the history, architecture, culture of this wonderful city, and of course you will enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine. You will enjoy the architectural beauty of the city’s monuments and the unique style that characterizes them, get to know the famous National Palace with its beautiful murals painted by the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, visit the Central Plaza known as El Zocalo and its beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral.
After this entertaining and interesting urban tour, we will go to visit the well-known Shrine of Guadalupe, this famous Marian sanctuary is the second most visited in the world, only surpassed by the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican. This Basilica is famous because on its main altar is the canvas which, according to the Catholic faith, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared miraculously. During this interesting tour, you will learn about its history and admire its beautiful and symbolic construction, afterwards, you will be driven back to your hotel in the city.
Day 3. Teotihuacan pyramids
We will start the day very early in the morning to carry out a unique and incomparable activity, we will visit the ancient Mayan city of Teotihuacán, we will start our visit from the sky, yes, from the sky, we will embark on an exciting hot air balloon flight adventure to observe this imposing Mayan city from the air. Incredible views await for you, the beautiful surrounding landscapes and the impressive pyramids, you will find yourself so close to the Archaeological Zone that you can even see the highest part of the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon without climbing them, also all the hot air balloons that will fly with us will make the landscape and the trip something truly unforgettable. Once you are back down, you can not only admire the inside of the balloon and take great original pictures inside it but even have fun deflating it.
The day continues with a delicious traditional breakfast in a cozy panoramic restaurant where you will recharge your batteries to continue with a walk visit to the archaeological site to explore its wonderful ancient and historical buildings up close. This walk is the ideal experience to discover a completely new place, where traditions and history, culture, and mysticism will catch you at every moment. You will be able to climb to the top of the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and admire the beautiful and impressive valley and walk through the citadel and its different constructions. After this incredible day of experiences and emotions, you will be driven back to your hotel in the city to spend the night.
Day 4. Coyoacan district
Another exciting day awaits for you today, in the morning we will go to Xochimilco, here you will enjoy a picturesque cruise in a traditional pre-Hispanic barge or boat, it is a colorful boat known as “trajineras”, there is no better way to surround yourself with the folklore of its people and discover the Mexico hidden gems. You will navigate through one of the last vestiges of the Aztec period, through ancient and quiet canals and artificial islands created by these native peoples more than 800 years ago. You can enjoy regional drinks and snacks prepared on the restaurant boats that line the place and listen to the mariachis that play live while you pass through beautiful floating gardens.
After this colorful visit we will go to the colonial district of Coyoacán, considered a magical neighborhood for its bohemian atmosphere full of stories, galleries, and crafts, its name comes from Nahuatl which means “place of prairie wolves”. Here you can admire the stucco and tile facades of the beautiful colonial mansions of the XVI century, romantic tree-lined cobbled streets, and the main square where you can see the imposing mansion of the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés and the beautiful church of San Juan Bautista.
The visit ends in the magical world of Frida Kahlo, you’ll get to know first-hand the life of this iconic Mexican artist and her famous husband, the muralist Diego Rivera. Stroll through the picturesque garden with its Mesoamerican pyramid in the Museum dedicated to its history, its passionate and moving art. Located in the impressive Blue House that belonged to her parents and where she was born and lived as a child, the artist returned to this house to spend the last years of her life. La Casa Azul, as it is often called, houses a wide variety of pre-Hispanic artifacts, Mexican folk art, and of course some of her famous paintings, letters, indigenous jewelry, and effects from her collection, definitely a worthy place to visit. After this varied and exciting day, you will be driven back to your hotel in Mexico City.
Day 5. San Miguel Allende
This beautiful city, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, is like a canvas of vivid colors, its cobblestone streets are surrounded by color, the beautiful colonial architecture of its houses, the handicraft markets, and its squares and old churches forming a complex that is difficult to beat.
Today the tour will take you for a walk through its beautiful streets, learning about its history and culture, visiting famous local places and beautiful monuments. The tour will be accompanied by exquisite culinary tastings in restaurants and family stalls, accompanied by refreshing local drinks while your private guide will provide you with interesting explanations about the culinary history and particular culture. You will taste the best tacos and the most delicious cocktails visiting places like the San Mezcal restaurant where you will taste local delicacies in non-tourist establishments with their friendly owners and workers. An experience to enjoy a beautiful city, its culinary delights, and famous tequila. After this interesting and delicious tour, you will be driven to your hotel to rest.
Day 6. Countryside
We will start the morning with a spectacular horseback ride through the beautiful natural landscapes of the region, crossing canyons, rivers, and traditional cattle ranches, galloping through beautiful plains and traditional cattle ranches. You will feel the thrill as you gallop over the rivers in the sun, enjoying the surrounding nature in a unique rodeo-style adventure. You can stop to rest and enjoy the views from the top of the impressive cliffs and take spectacular photos.
The tour ends when we return to the ranch where you can relax and enjoy a freshly prepared and organic ranch-style meal with fresh handmade tortillas, organic cheese, beans, and quesadillas among other delicious traditional dishes. After this hearty and delicious lunch, your guide will take you back to your hotel and you will have the afternoon free to explore the San Miguel Allende city.
Day 7. Oaxaca
Today you will be driven to the Queretaro International Airport from where you will take a flight to Oaxaca. Upon arrival, you will be driven by your private driver to your hotel.
Day 8. Monte Alban
The tour today will begin with a visit to Monte Alban, where you will explore the ruins of the ancient Zapotec capital, the second-largest ceremonial site in Mesoamerica and which was its socio-political and economic center for approximately one thousand years. Stroll through the archaeological zone and its ancient ball court, the excavated tombs, and the amazing astronomical observatory. From here you will enjoy phenomenal panoramic views of the Oaxaca Valley and visit the museum where you will admire interesting artifacts from this ancient civilization.
The next visit will take us to the spectacular waterfalls “Hierve el Agua” whose name means “Water boils”, here you can marvel at its petrified waterfalls, one 30 meters high and the other 12 meters high. These waterfalls were formed by the fall of carbonated water from the springs located in the upper part of the rocks. After this interesting walk where you can enjoy the spectacular natural environment and take the most impressive photos, you will have time to cool off and swim in the mineral pools of natural spring waters, the perfect way to end the tour. After this refreshing finale, you will be driven back to your hotel in Oaxaca.
Day 9. Return home
The adventure of discovering fabulous treasures of Mexico ends today with a transfer to the Oaxaca international airport where you will take the flight back home unless you want to add more days of adventure and discovery to your trip, for which we will be happy to advise you.
9 days & 8 nights
$2,800* per guest
Private transportation, door to door service
8 nights hotel accommodation
Local certified onsite guides
All park entrance fees
2 traditional Mexican lunches
Price varies by group size
Not included: flights, travel insurance, and other expenses than indicated