Overview & Highlights
Mexico, with its huge landscapes, offers a great road trip, travelling in a car with personal driver round the highland colonial cities. Then hop by air down to the tropical Pacific coast.
Northwest of Mexico City are crumpled ranges of gnarled, humpy but starkly beautiful hills. Here, and in the bountiful valleys of the Bajío, Spanish colonists built fortunes from the mining of precious metals, especially silver, and a necklace of prosperous towns sprung up which share a heritage of baroque churches, leafy squares and pastel-washed houses.
Each has its own character: the stately university town of Guanajuato, built in a narrow gorge, is a centre for music, theatre and dance. The impossibly picturesque cobbled streets of San Miguel de Allende overflow with character as well as galleries, boutiques and cafés. Querétaro is renowned for its impressive colonial aqueduct. Meanwhile, to the south-west of Mexico City is Taxco; the whole city is a national monument. These cities rarely feature on a first trip to Mexico, making our holiday ideal if it is your second visit and are keen to scratch a little deeper beneath the surface of this captivating country.
Begin with a couple days in Mexico City before our road trip takes you on the rugged highland colonial-cities loop. Then it's on by air to the tropical Pacific coast for beach time at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, established resorts with wonderful beaches and a lower profile than those along the Riviera Maya.
- Explore Mexico City and experience its highlights
- Discover colourful colonial towns and cities
- Relax on the stunning Pacific coast
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Arrive in Mexico City. Transfer to your hotel.
Visit Frida Kahlo's home in arty Coyoacan and join the locals at Xochimilco.
Excursion to the silver city of Taxco
By road to San Miguel de Allende via Querétaro.
Walking tour of San Miguel de Allende.
Excursion to Guanajuato
Transfer to Mexico City and fly to Zihuatanejo on the Pacific Coast.
At leisure on the beach. Optional activities and water sports.
Transfer to the airport, fly to Mexico City to connect with international flight home.
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Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Millie Davies - Travel Expert
Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.
Sally Dodge - Travel Expert
A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!