Mexico Aventurero I

  • Destination: Colonial Mexico, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido
  • Duration: 16 days

This 16 day adventure tour starts in the metropolitan capital of Mexico City and includes volcanoes, the hidden marvels of the Sierra Gorda and ends with some relaxing days in the bohemian beach town of Puerto Escondido. Enjoy hiking, mountain bike tours, colonial gems and great surfing!

 

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Day 1

Arrival in Mexico City

According to your time of arrival you are picked up from the airport or bus station in Mexico City and brought to your hotel. Overnight stay. (Meals: None)

Day 2

City Tour & Anthropological Museum (Small group)

After breakfast you are taken on a city tour. You will visit the huge Zocalo with its famous Cathedral and the Government Palace with its impressive murals by Diego Riviera, amongst others. To make the city tour perfect, it finishes with an informative visit of the Anthropological Museum which is situated on the brink of the Chapultepec Park. Afterwards you are brought back to your hotel. In the afternoon you have the chance to discover Mexico City on your own. Overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 3

Pyramids of Teotihuacán – Querétaro (Private)

Today you are off towards the impressive archeological site of Teotihuacán that is situated about 65 kilometers away from the city. It is the largest city of ruins in Latin America covering 22km² and a large portion is still yet to be excavated. You definitely should not miss out on climbing up the Sun and Moon Pyramids, as they provide an imposing view of the “City of the Gods”. Continue to the charming colonial city of Queretaro. Explore the cobblestone streets of the historic center and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in one of the many beautiful plazas of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 4

Queretaro – Pinal de Amoles & Río Escanela – Jalpan (Private)

After breakfast stop at the small village of Pinal de Amoles where you will begin a 6 hour hike through the unique vegetation of the Sierra Gorda. There is a 1,000m difference in altitude and you will hike through pine forests as well as dense jungle vegetation. Stop at the beautiful Rio Escanela and the “Puente de Dios” lookout. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool mountain water before continuing your journey along a 250m high gorge. This boost of adrenaline will stay with you for the rest of your hike. Afterwards continue to Jalpan. Overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 5

Jalpan – Xilitla – Jalpan (Private)

After a traditional breakfast, you will spend a magical day in Xilitla. Visit the eccentric mansion and beautiful gardens which once belonged to Edward James. This surreal fusion between nature and concrete structures is so fascinating that artists such as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso visited this location for inspiration. You will also feel inspired by abstract sculptures and stairways hidden deep in the dense jungle. Afterwards enjoy some free time to relax and swim in the waterfalls and natural pools which are nearby or try the exciting zip-line in town. In the afternoon return to Jalplan. Overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 6

Jalpan – El Chuveje & Bernal – Mexico City (Private)

Today, visit the stunning Franciscan Mission of Jalpan. It was established in 1744 and has a beautifully ornate facade. Continue to the El Chuveje waterfalls where you can enjoy a quick dip in the natural pools before continuing on to the colonial town of Bernal. Here you get to climb the world’s third largest monolith for a spectacular view over the surrounding landscape. Legend states that good luck will come to those who climb the Peña de Bernal. In the afternoon continue to Mexico city. Overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 7

Paso Cortés – Mirador „La Joya“ (Private)

After breakfast enjoy another hiking adventure. This time the hike will take you to Paso Cortés and the Popocatéptl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes. An old Aztec legend tells the tale of these volcanoes as lovers whose love ended tragically. Your hike begins at Paso Cortés at 3700m, under the watchful eyes of the snow capped volcanoes and continues through rugged and beautiful terrain. Reach the lookout of Mirador La Joya for a fantastic view and photographic opportunities of the two volcanoes. Enjoy a short break before continuing to the small village of Amecameca. Visit the lively market and soak up the atmosphere of this charming village before returning to Mexico City. Overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 8

Mexico City – Cholula – Puebla (Private)

After breakfast you will head towards Puebla with your private guide. The first stop is at the colorful temple Santa María Tonantzintla where indigenous culture collides with Christianity in beautiful representations. Afterwards continue to the enormous Pyramid of Cholula. Explore the numerous altars and structures before continuing to Puebla. Enjoy a guided tour of this charming colonial town and its historic center filled with elaborate churches and ornate Government buildings. Overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 9 & 10

Puebla – La Malinche Volcano – Oaxaca (Private)

Today you will visit the impressive volcano “La Malinche”. Due to the high altitudes in this region a short hike at the base of the volcano helps with acclimatization. In the evening, a light dinner is served. Spend the night in the quaint cabins of the Malinche base. After breakfast the next morning enjoy a hike of approx 4500 m to the top of the volcano for spectacular views over the surrounding landscape. Rest in the warm Mexican sun and explore the unique terrain and vegetation of the dormant volcano. Hike back down the volcano back to base camp. In the evening you will be taken to the bus station to catch your bus to Oaxaca. After arriving at around 24:00hrs you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay.
(Meals: Breakfast + 1 lunch + 1 dinner in the hotel)

Day 11

Tule, Mitla & Hierve el Agua (Small group)

After breakfast enjoy a quick stop at the world’s widest tree, the Tree of Tule, before continuing on to visit the archaeological site of Mitla with its ornate geometric mosaics. After exploring these ruins continue to the limestone waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, where you can take a refreshing dip in the mineral rich water with a breathtaking view of the surrounding area and the waterfalls. Relaxed and refreshed, return to Oaxaca where you can use the evening to give the regional specialties a try. Oaxaca is famous for mezcal, dried grasshoppers, delicious mole dishes and the typical chocolate from the region. Overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 12

Bike Tour to Monte Albán – Puerto Escondido (Private)

After breakfast you will be picked up and taken to Monte Albán. Enjoy a guided tour of this former Zapotec city. From here you will continue your tour on a bicycle and visit some charming villages. Stop at the artistic village of Arrazola where colorful alebrijes are made. Continue to the Monastery of Cuilapam and the tombs of Zaachila where you will stop for lunch. After a rest meet back up with the car/van and return to Oaxaca. In the evening catch the overnight bus to Puerto Escondido. (9 Std.) (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 13 - 15

Puerto Escondido

In the morning you will arrive in Puerto Escondido and be met by a Buenos Dias representative who will transfer you to your hotel. The next few days are free to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast and quaint town removed from larger tourist destinations. Try surfing on one of the many famous beaches and indulge yourself with delicious fresh seafood. Overnight stay. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Day 16

Day of Departure

Today, according to your flights departure you will be picked up from your hotel in Puerto Escondido and taken to the airport for your flight to Mexico City. (Meals: Breakfast in the hotel)

Travel Route

Standard Hotels:

City Hotel Nights Room Plan
Mexico City Hampton Inn 4 Standard DBL
B/B
Querétaro Meson Aspeytia 1 Standard DBL B/B
Jalpan Mision Jalpan
2
Standard DBL
B/B
Puebla Hotel Colonial 1 Standard DBL
B/B
Malinche Basislager Malinche
1
Cabaña
B/B
Oaxaca Hotel Camba 2 Standard DBL
B/B
Puerto Escondido Hotel Quinta Lili 3 Standard DBL B/B


Comfort Hotels:

City Hotel Nights Room Plan
Mexico City Zocalo Central 4 Standard DBL
B/B
>Querétaro Meson Aspeytia 1 Standard DBL
B/B
Jalpan Mision Jalpan
2
Standard DBL
B/B
Puebla Mesones Sacristia 1 Standard DBL
B/B
Malinche Basislager Malinche
1
Cabaña
B/B
Oaxaca Casa de 7 Balcones 2 Standard DBL
B/B
Puerto Escondido Hotel Quinta Lili 3 Master Suite B/B

This Buenos Dias Mexico Tour includes:

  • 14 nights accomodation in the aforementioned or equivalent hotels
  • Accommodation in double rooms with a private bathroom
  • Meals according to the itinerary above
  • All tours and transfers in air conditioned country specific vehicles
  • All excursions in small groups of up to 15 people and with Certified Guides (English/Spanish)
  • Certified private English speaking guide on days 3-9, 12
  • First class Bus ticket with ADO Platino from Puebla to Oaxaca
  • First class Bus ticket with ADO Platino from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido
  • Entrance fees for all organized excursions
  • Local taxes

 

This Buenos Días México Tour does NOT include:

  • Voluntary tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses and extras in the Hotels
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Travel and medical insurance


Important Information

  • Please note that all hotels and services are subject to availability until a booking is confirmed.
  • All of the hotels will be booked in a country specific category which does not always correspond to the international standard. Please note that there is no official hotel certification system in Mexico.
  • If the aforementioned hotels are fully booked or overbooked, Buenos Dias Mexico reserves the right to replace them with equivalent hotels.
  • This tour is only a suggestion. The route, the number of travel days and the accommodation can be individually adapted to your needs!


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