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Cover the highlights of Mexico in this itinerary, several UNESCO sites, as well as some less-visited destinations. Visit local artisans, explore ancient ruins spanning several civilizations, and titillate your palate with Mexican gastronomy. 

12 DAYS CLASSIC MEXICO

ITINERARY DAY-TO-DAY

1

DAY

GUANAJUATO

​Explore the UNESCO site of Guanajuato and walk along cobbled streets and well-preserved colonial buildings.

2

DAY

GUANAJUATO

Delve into Guanajuato's creative side at former hacienda turned textiles museum and create your unique pottery in the Majolica style. Visit the home of a late muralist and painter before checking out the home of one of Mexico's most popular artists. 

3

DAY

GUANAJUATO / SAN MIGUEL

Drive to San Miguel de Allende for a tour of this colonial jewel and UNESCO World Heritage city.

4

DAY

SAN MIGUEL / POZOS / SAN MIGUEL

Explore Mineral de Pozos, a less-visited part of Mexico, once a thriving mining centre. Thereafter, visit a local artisan who crafts unique, handmade musical instruments. 

5

DAY

SAN MIGUEL / TULA / MEXICO CITY

Drive to Mexico City. En route, visit the capital of the Toltec Empire, Tula, best known for its Atlantean figures in the form of warrior columns. In the evening, enjoy the famed Ballet Folkloric performance. 

6

DAY

MEXICO CITY

Take a tour of the bustling city centre before visiting Mercado de Sonora, a different type of market dedicated to magic. Devote the afternoon to the National Museum of Anthropology.

7

DAY

MEXICO CITY / TEOTIHUACAN / MEXICO CITY

Explore Teotihuacan, once a flourishing pre-Colombian city and the renowned Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. En route, visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Optional Half-Day Extensions: 
1) Cruise the waterways of Xochimilco
2) Visit the colonial suburbs of Coyoacan and San Angel, including the Frida Kahlo Museum

8

DAY

MEXICO CITY / OAXACA

Fly to Oaxaca city, lined with narrow streets, colonial buildings and a vibrant art and music scene. Take a foodie tour and discover hidden culinary gems!

9

DAY

OAXACA / MONTE ALBAN / OAXACA

Take a tour of  the Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban. Visit an ex-Monastery of Santiago Apostol de Cuilapan and the traditional markets of Zaachila.

Optional Extensions: 

1)  Visit Teotitlan del Valle, a rug-producing village, and the ruins of Mitla for well-preserved mosaics.

2) Travel to the heart of Mezcal, one of Mexico's most celebrated spirits

3) Visit black pottery artisans and creators of mystical figurines

10

DAY

OAXACA / TUXTLA GUTIERREZ / SAN CRISTOBAL

Fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Enjoy a scenic boat ride between the towering walls of the Sumidero Canyon. Continue to San Cristobal de las Casas.

11

DAY

SAN CRISTOBAL / SAN JUAN CHAMULA / SAN LORENZO ZINACANTAN / SAN CRISTOBAL

Discover the traditions of Chiapas. Visit the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas, then the church at San Juan Chamula for its of syncretic blend of Mayan shamanism and Catholic beliefs, ending at San Lorenzo Zinacantan for the back strap weavers.

12

DAY

SAN CRISTOBAL / TUXTLA GUTIERREZ / MEXICO CITY

 Fly to Mexico city.

Optional Extension:  4 Days Palenque, Yaxchilan and Bonampak

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

Casa del Rector, Guanajuato
Hotel Matilda
Las Alcobas, Mexico City
Palacio Borghese, Oaxaca
Hotel Bo, San Cristobal
Quinta Chanabnal, Palenque
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