Mexico holiday, Mexico City and the Yucatán
Description of Mexico holiday, Mexico City and the Yucatán
This Mexico holiday takes you on a tailor made journey to Mexico City and the Yucatán Peninsula. You’ll only be exploring a small corner of the country on this 12 day trip, but you won’t be losing out when it comes to beauty, variety or adventure. You’ll see ancient ruins, elegant colonial towns and get a handle on indigenous life. And then, of course, there’s the gorgeous Caribbean coastline.
Your trip kicks off in Mexico City, a chaotic but beguiling city of over 20 million inhabitants. As well as taking in the highlights of this metropolis, you’ll go on two day trips: one to the archaeological site of Teotihuacán, and one to nearby Taxco and Cuernavaca, both elegant towns full of Spanish colonial charm. Next, you’ll fly to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán Peninsula and a city with both Mayan and colonial roots. From here you’ll visit the Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Kabah. Then it’s on to Chichén Itzá, the most iconic of all Mexico’s Mayan sites, where you’ll stay in a hotel a short walk from the ruins.
You’ll end your trip with four days on the shores of the Caribbean, at the laid-back resort of Playa del Carmen, where there’s a huge range of water-based activities on offer, as well are more Mayan ruins, and a gorgeous strip of powder white sand.
PlanetTravel and tourism can both benefit and damage the environment, the economy, the social structure, culture and communities in any country. We know how mass tourism, unrestricted hotel building, poorly devised tours and environmentally destructive activities can bring money flooding in and governments have, in a spirit of short termism, been tempted to accept them. But experience teaches us that in the long term this sort of uncontrolled activity can be detrimental to the country's development.
As a company we love Latin America and strive to protect the rural and urban landscapes which we take you to visit. We work with local operators which have a proven record in training guides to set a good example in their respect for their surroundings and pass on advice and encouragement to visitors on how to preserve the fragile environment in simple ways, such as by refilling a water bottle, disposing of rubbish responsibly, not disturbing local communities or wildlife and not purchasing items made from endangered animals or plants. When selecting accommodation, we give preference to hotels, lodges and cruise vessels which have a verifiable commitment to eco-friendly practices.
On this holiday you will stay at the Casa del Balam Hotel in Mérida, which is housed in a converted historic house and has been respectfully restored by the Barbachano family. The original patio and flooring has been preserved and the family’s passion for the colonial period shines through in the décor with antique wooden furniture and wrought-iron features taking pride of place. The connection to pre-Hispanic history is just as strong: pre-Columbian artefacts can be found in every corner of the hotel and the name itself incorporates the Mayan word for ‘jaguar’ (Balam). The mix of cultures that have been proudly preserved at this hotel epitomises the Yucatán Peninsula: colonial and pre-Hispanic cultures exist side-by-side and your stay at the Casa del Balam will deepen your understanding of the region’s history.
This good-value holiday includes a visit to one of Mexico’s many archaeological sites and, as they are such an important part of the country’s cultural heritage, we understand the importance of preserving these fragile ruins. During your visit to Chichén Itzá you will be accompanied by a well-trained guide who not only teaches guests about the history of the site they are visiting but also educates them on how they can minimise the impact of their visit: simple actions such as not touching the ruins and making sure you dispose of your waste correctly will always be suggested by our local guides.
PeopleWe pride ourselves on delivering our clients truly authentic and unforgettable experiences in Latin America which connect travellers with the people whose country they visit. On your visit to Taxco, whose status as a national monument ensures that the town’s beautiful mansions have been preserved, you will learn about the commercial activity which has brought wealth to the area since the 16th century: the silver trade. You will visit a silver shop and meet the people who keep this industry alive and well, gaining an insight into the importance of the production of silver in the process. You will have plenty of opportunity to purchase some silverware if you wish to help boost this local economy.
This holiday also gives you the opportunity to book some activities locally. On the Caribbean coast you will have some time at leisure where there are plenty of excursions on offer: whether you choose to head inland to Mayan ruins or spending time snorkelling, kayaking or diving, by choosing to enhance your holiday with these experiences, provided by reputable local operators selected by our trusted partners, you can help support local communities and economies.
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