2 domestic flight; 2 scenic road journeys .
This trip combines mid-range hotels, colonial or modern in style with well-equipped rooms, private bathroom and heating/air-conditioning. Except for Mérida, you’ll be staying in suites throughout.
Breakfast daily; lunch days 2-5, 7,10,11.
We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 25 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by clients on their return.
• Mexico City: City tour and Anthropology Museum; taco experience.
• Guided excursion to Teotihuacan pyramids, Museum of Tequila and lunch at la Gruta.
• Mexico City: Lesson at Xochimilco Cookery School.
• Guided visits to Tonantzintla and Cholula with mole poblado lunch.
• Puebla: City tour and street food experience.
• Oaxaca: Food market and cookery class; tour of pre-Columbian city Monte Albán.
• Oaxaca: Guided excursion to Mitla and el Tule with mescal tasting.
• Mérida: Slow cooking demonstration.
• Mérida: Visit Chichén Itzá ruins (one of the New Seven Wonders of the World).
Summary of nights
14 days, 13 nights: Mexico City 4; Puebla 1; Oaxaca 3; Mérida 2; Mayan Riviera 3.
Included in the journey price
• Services of our team of experts in our London office.
• Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides.
• All land and air transport within Latin America.
• Accommodation as specified.
• Meals as specified.
• Excursions as specified, including entrance fees.
Not included in the journey price
• Tips and gratuities.
• International flights to and from the UK.
• Meals other than specified.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket.
• Optional excursions.
The unit of currency in Mexico is the Mexican peso.
It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$35 per day should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday itinerary, drinks and the odd souvenir. Eat at the best restaurants and you will pay considerably more.
How to take it
Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds. We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency, and possibly some travellers’ cheques (American Express are the most widely accepted), though these are gradually falling out of use. Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. You can take sterling, but the exchange rate is not always competitive or even available, restricting the number of places where you can change money.
Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income. Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 - 12% in restaurants.
Tipping guidelines can be found in our Briefing Dossier
Travel insurance is essential. Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.
If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.
Generally this food and drink-focused holiday is suitable for visitors with an interest in Mexico and its culinary traditions. If you have a disability, please contact us.
In Mexico City and the mountains towns the climate is temperate all year round and, because of the altitude, it rarely gets too hot.
The wet/rainy season lasts through June to August, which usually means a couple of hours of rain in the afternoon.
Temperatures can drop to freezing in Mexico City and Oaxaca over the winter months.
On the Caribbean coast it’s hot and fairly humid all year round, with a risk of tropical storms and hurricanes Sep-Nov.
Clothing and special equipment
For day-to-day wear you should go prepared to encounter all seasons - a light fleece jacket and a waterproof/breathable outer shell makes a good combination. Trousers, skirt or shorts made from light, quick-drying synthetic materials work well. If you plan to eat in smart restaurants, although clothing is not formal (no need for jacket and tie), something quite smart would be appropriate. Light loose clothing and beach wear is appropriate for your stay on the Caribbean coast.
Strong, comfortable footwear is essential and you should bring insect repellant, sun block and sun glasses.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following; typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. For specific requirements you must consult your GP.
You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.
Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.
APIS and ESTA - important flight information:
ESTA - if flying to, or via, the USA, you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online
This costs $14 per person, and must be done by you personally.
Passports must also be machine-readable (MRP). Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.
APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.