If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.
• Guided city tour of Mexico City and Teotihuacan pyramids.
• Walking tour of Mérida.
• Guided visit to Hacienda Sotuta de Peón.
• Guided visit to Chichén Itzá ruins (one of the New Seven Wonders of the World).
One jet flight, 2 road journeys.
This trip combines luxurious prestige hotels and restored haciendas, along with a first-class superior beach resort on the Caribbean coast. Expect top service and excellent facilities at all of them.
Breakfast daily, lunch days 6,8.
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.
Summary of nights
12 days, 11 nights: Mexico City 3; hacienda close to Mérida 4; Chichén Itzá 1; 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
• Meals other than specified.
• International flights to Latin America.
• 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$50 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. 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 welcomed 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
Generally this exciting yet well paced holiday is suitable for most visitors, including families with older children. Should you have a disability, please contact us.
In Mexico City the climate is temperate all year round and, because of the altitude it never gets too hot (low to high 20s°C). However, temperatures can drop to freezing in the winter months. Most rain falls from June to October.
In the Yucatán and on the Caribbean coast, it’s hot and fairly humid all year round, with a risk of tropical storms and hurricanes August to November. On the coast, the rainiest months are June, October and November.
Clothing and special equipment
For day-to-day wear in winter you should be prepared to encounter all seasons – for Mexico City a light fleece jacket and a breathable/waterproof outer shell makes a good combination. In summer a light jacket should suffice. 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.
Strong, comfortable footwear is essential and you should bring insect repellant, hat, sun block and sun glasses. You should take swimwear for the beach, and for hotel pools.
Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following; 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 be e-passports with embedded digital chips. 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.