Mexico Tailor-Made just for you; combine with Cuba
 

Mexico

Tailor-Made

Introduction

An exceptionally rich cultural experience, with visits to Mexico’s colonial cities, artisans’ towns and breathtaking Mayan ruins vying for your attention alongside tours to massive ancient pyramids and a spectacular train journey through the Copper Canyon.

Mexico City, big and sprawling, is not everybody’s favourite city. But there’s no question that this is a truly fabulous centre for pre-Hispanic and colonial art and is the base for trips to Taxco, the Pyramids of the Moon and Sun, and the Shrine of Guadalupe. You could easily spend many days visiting the museums and galleries in and around the city. The lure of the handicrafts, artwork and music bring visitors back to Mexico time and again. Beyond the city are Mexico’s magical beaches, some splendid resorts, the many beautiful colonial cities and fascinating archaeological sites.

HIGHLIGHTS

OVERVIEW:
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Chichén Itzá an amazing complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. A massive step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates the site. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls. Nightly sound-and-light shows illuminate the buildings’ sophisticated geometry. A definite highlight and may have lost some of its mystique from being so heavily manicured.  Great to see in combination with other less well maintained sites like Ek Balam.

OVERVIEW:
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A spectacular train journey through deep gorges, over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels, is a wonderful way for you to discover northern Mexico’s Copper Canyon.  This remarkable area comprises not one but more than 20 canyons which together are four times bigger than the Grand Canyon.  Travel through pine forests skirting the very edges of the canyons, all the way from the coastal plains to the arid heart of Mexico.  Each night is spent in a village inn, giving you the opportunity to experience some of the local colour.

OVERVIEW:
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Perched on a cliff-top 12 metres above the sea, this small walled settlement of temples and watchtowers formed a fortress town and an important port in the waning days of the Mayan civilisation.

OVERVIEW:
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Located on the fringes of the dense Chiapas jungle and covering an area of 15 sq. km, the fascinating Mayan ruins you see here today date from the empire’s peak in the 7th century and represent only a small percentage of the spectacular complex of palaces, temples and terraces still to be excavated.

OVERVIEW:
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The prosperous capital city of the Yucatan State, sometimes known as the ‘White City’ because of its abundant use of limestone – it is an excellent base for exploring some of
the most renowned of the Mayan archaeological sites, such as spectacular Uxmal and Chichen Itza.

EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

San Cristobal de las Casas
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This captivating colonial city high in the central highlands gently climbs the hillsides of a pine-clad valley that is surrounded by six of Mexico’s national parks. Founded in 1528, its cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs and opulent churches and mansions are remnants of the days of Spanish colonisation, reflecting both the city’s colourful heritage and its current bohemian ambience. Nearby are Sumidero Canyon, 1000m deep, and the villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, each with its quite distinctive customs, regional dress and styles of worship.

Day of the Dead - November
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The ‘Dia de los Muertos’ is an important date in many Latin American countries, among them Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia, but, without doubt, it is most strongly associated with Mexico. Before Spanish colonisation in the 16th century, the three-day fiesta took place at the beginning of summer, but was later moved to coincide with the Christian festival of All Saints Day and All Souls Day on November 1st and 2nd.
For Mexicans this is a natural celebration as they believe in a life/death/rebirth cycle and that the souls of the dead return from the afterlife every year to visit their living relatives. It’s not only a time of prayer and communication but, as the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, it’s also a time to celebrate their lives with much food and drink, parties, and activities they enjoyed in life. Altars are built in the home and decorated with flowers and photographs of the deceased, and on them is placed the loved ones’ favourite food and drink, fruit and skull-shaped sweets, along with other treats for them to enjoy.
On the night of October 31st (All Hallows Eve), the children create a special children’s altar to invite the child spirits (angelitos) for a visit. November 1st sees the adult spirits return, and November 2nd is when families go to the cemetery to take gifts and decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives with orange marigolds, flowers thought to attract the souls of the dead, while candles on the grave illuminate the path back to their home.

A SELECTION OF ACCOMMODATION

Luxury

Las Alcobus Mexico City

Las Alcobas

Mexico City, Mexico

Top class design and the finest facilities. Usually located in a spectacular setting it may be an exclusive hotel in a meticulously restored historic building, or recognised as the leading property of an international chain.

Boutique

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La Casona De Tita 

Oaxaca, Mexico

A perfect alternative to the big brand hotels:
exclusive and independently-owned properties with a smaller number of rooms and highly personalised services.

First Class

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Gran Hotel Cuidad

Mexico City, Mexico

High quality with an excellent room standard, a full range of facilities and first-rate service; may be a new property or regularly refurbished with attention to ongoing maintenance.

Tourist-superior and tourist class accommodation is also available. For more information on the accommodation we offer, call 1300 784 794 or email contact@satc.com.au.

SAMPLE ITINERARIES

Planning Your Trip

The Booking Process

South America Travel Centre can look after all aspects of your holiday, including flights and travel insurance.

We start by asking you what your interests are and where you are interested in, when, for how long, what standard and style of accommodation. Once we have a good understanding of just what you’re looking for, we can begin to create a holiday to meet your time and budget requirements and, most importantly, that will deliver interest and enjoyment in an experience to exceed your expectations.

Please book early. Many of the hotels, lodges and cruise vessels we recommend are relatively small. This exclusivity combined with high demand means they can be booked out up to 6-8 months in advance.

If you’re thinking of travelling during any major holidays like Christmas, New Year and Easter, or during any festivals, our advice is simply to book as early as you can, even 12 months or more, and we can add flights as soon as they become available.

Visa and Health Information

Australian citizens do not require a visa to enter Mexico. You will need to hold a valid passport and have a return ticket when you arrival.

 

Vaccinations are advised for common diseases like Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid as well as Influenza.  There are no compulsory vaccinations.

 

We advise you to consult a Travel Doctor specialist prior to departure to assess any health risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans.

Flight Information

We have access to a wide range of airfares and have excellent relationships with our key airline partners. Our two main airline partners in Latin America are LATAM Airlines, QANTAS Airlines and Air New Zealand. We can also arrange internal flights for you within Latin America.

Irrespective of whether you book directly with us or with your preferred travel agent, we’ll request the details of all of your fights to ensure if there are any changes your transfers and other arrangements are adjusted accordingly.

The Best Time to Go

You can travel to Peru year-round. Given the range of terrain – rainforest, semi-desert and high altitude – temperatures and rainfall vary with each region you travel through.

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Inspiration

  • Beyond the magical beaches and beautiful colonial cities of Mexico, lies incredible Copper Canyon, four times larger than the Grand Canyon. ...

  • Not so long ago I had an unexpected opportunity to go to Mexico – or I should say, go back to Mexico after quite some years – and I’ve fallen in love with it all over again! You can now call me a born-again aficionado....

Client Reviews

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.

START CREATING MY ITINERARY

It only takes four quick steps to start your journey

STEP 1: WHICH COUNTRIES >
Please tick the country or countries you wish to discover

South America

Argentina

Bolivia

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Ecuador

Galapagos

Guyana

Peru

Uruguay

Venezuela

Antarctica

Central America

Guatemala

Panama

Costa-Rica

Mexico

Cuba

STEP 2: ACCOMMODATION >

ACCOMMODATION

Luxury

Pueblo first class

Casa Turquesa Tourist Superior

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Mashpi-Lodge

Ship-Galapagos

Hacienda-Zuleta

STEP 3: YOUR INTERESTS >
History Art

Religions and Festivals

Bird-watching

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Trekking

Horse Rriding Explora

Bike Riding

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Winery

cooking classes

Cruising

Scuba

OTHER

STEP 4: YOUR DETAILS

About You

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