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Mexico is a colourful country with a rich legacy of the Mayan and Spanish empires. This wonderfully varied and exciting holiday combines vibrant culture, pre-Columbian sites, action-packed adventure and relaxation. Start your journey in the bustling capital city, explore magnificent pyramids and temples and finish on the white sandy beaches of the Mayan Riviera, where the jungle meets the azure Caribbean sea.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Mexico City direct with British Airways. Transfer to the Barcelo Mexico Reforma for 3 nights. (N)
Full-day tour of Mexico City with an optional visit to the Inbursa Aquarium, the largest in Latin America, or the Soumaya Art Museum, a remarkable piece of architecture containing works of art covering 30 centuries. (B)
Today, take a short trajinera (brightly painted, flat-bottomed boat) ride along the canals of Xochimilco and see how locals enjoy time with families surrounded by mariachi and marimba music. In the evening, optional Mexican wrestling show to witness legendary fighters with colourful masks perform stunning acrobatic moves. (B)
Fly to Mérida, an attractive colonial city and capital of the Yucatan state. Stay 2 nights at the characterful Hacienda Mérida. Explore the colonial centre and vividly coloured historical murals on foot and take a horse-drawn carriage ride past beautiful mansions. (B)
Day at leisure or take optional excursions to the Mayan ruins at Uxmal or the wetland Celestun nature reserve, home to vast flocks of flamingoes and other birds. Alternatively, learn how to prepare a delicious local meal or stroll through the Sunday food and handicrafts markets in search of handmade hammocks or embroidered huipils (tunics). (B)
Today, visit Chichen Itza, the largest of the Mayan ruins. Explore the various sights of this ancient ceremonial centre including the 25-metre-high pyramid of Kukulkan, El Caracol observatory and the superb Ball Court, where symbolic games were performed and the losers beheaded. Continue to the Caribbean coast and stay 5 nights at the all-inclusive Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. Alternatively, upgrade to the boutique Ana y José Hotel & Spa from £100 per person. (B, L)
Relax on the white sandy beach and take a shared excursion to snorkel in a cenote (sinkhole) and swim with marine turtles. Alternatively take an optional visit to the clifftop ruins of Tulum or to the stunning Sian Ka-an Biosphere Reserve. Home to an array of fauna and flora and over 300 species of birds, this area of lagoons, Caribbean coast and jungle is ripe for exploration by kayak or boat. (B)
Transfer to Cancun for a direct overnight flight to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation in Standard rooms unless specified otherwise in the itinerary.
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