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  1. Day 1
    Arrive Mexico City
    This morning meet your Trip Manager and fellow travellers as we turn back the clock this morning with a trip to Teotihuacan, the largest archaeological city ever to exist on the American continents. Climb the impressive pyramids and imagine how this was once central America’s greatest city. Our Local Guide will fill you in on the Teotihuacanos beliefs and rites as you walk around the site and see the Sun and Moon Temples.

    This afternoon, discover another side of vibrant Mexico City with a visit to the easy-going, old barrio (neighborhood) of Coyoacan. Take in the old colonial mansions, fountains and quiet squares of this cultural quarter. See the paired studios of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and maybe visit Frida Kahlo’s famous Blue House, which is filled with colorful art, pre-Hispanic artifacts and a beautiful garden.

    In your free time, live a slice of the local lifestyle and head to the Coyoacan Markets – the buzzing food stalls are perfect for trying authentic Mexican food, like a torta (Mexican sandwich), enchiladas and tacos.

    Shopping-wise, this town has it all, from big brands to bargains. Get some tips from your Trip Manager before you splurge. Rummage through the colorful La Merced, the largest market in the city. See piles of dried chillies, tropical fruits and other vibrant food displays as well as local crafts.

    Otherwise, walk the streets and get a feel for the city’s bustling street life, where cafes spill out onto the pavements, pushcart kitchens cook up fantastic food and sidewalk vendors sell anything from t-shirts to jewelery.

    Take a break and taste Mexican coffee in a traditional coffeehouse or sip on some tropical juice at a jugeria (juice bar). If you’re hungry, try a rosticeria for some crispy roast chicken Mexican style or a hole-in-the-wall taqueria for a burrito.

    For something different, find out if there is lucha libre (Mexican masked wrestling) on while you’re in town and go check out a match.
    For a dose of culture, walk through Mexican history with a visit to the famous Museo Nacional de Antropologia (Museum of Anthropology). It has an incredible collection of artifacts, starting from pre-historic times. The museum grounds are also great for taking a break from the buzzing down town area, so hang out in the gardens, read beside the lake or check out the zoo.

    Day 2
    Mexico City to Merida
    Leave behind the buzz of Mexico City & fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city’s gorgeous colonial buildings & Government Palace before indulging in a mouthwatering Yucatecan meal.

    Day 3
    Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza
    We kick start the day with a trip to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza – the best preserved and most famous Mayan ruins in Mexico. Hear from our expert Local Guide about the time temples and how the Mayan calendar worked as you explore the spectacular ancient ceremonial center and the fascinating snail-shaped observatory.

    Back on the coach, we continue on to glitzy Cancun, Mexico’s super resort. This party paradise is a high energy destination, loaded with outdoor activities and a buzzing nightlife. Use your free time to relax with an evening siesta. Then head into town to the Mercado 28, a lively market serving up homemade foods. Sit yourself down in a fondita (little café) and order various specialties from throughout Mexico or try the regional Yucatan dish, chicken pibil (chicken in a special marinade).

    For some live, local music, make a move to Parquet de las Palapas with some friends. Grab a cold cerveza (beer) from one of the food stands and take it all in. Then explore what’s on offer party-wise in Cancun.

    Day 4
    Cancun
    Today, your Trip Manager will take you to hidden spots and show off tropical jungle and watering holes. Then with a full free day, make the most of Cancun’s action and crystal clear waters.

    We get away from it all and head to the pint-sized Isla Mujeres. With no cars and little development, this is the place to wind down on pristine beaches and soak up the sun. Experience its fabulous coral reefs on our optional Garrafon Natural Reef Park excursion. If you’re keen, you can even swim with dolphins here. You could head to Punta Nizuc for some more snorkeling. For something different have a look through La Casa des Artes Mexicanas (House of Mexican Art), where you’ll see musical instruments, handmade kids’ toys and traditional costumes.

    Opt for a trip to Xcaret Ecopark, where Mayan ruins, a stunning inlet and jungle combine to make this place so special. Have a swim in the underground river and see colorful birdlife and a butterfly farm. Later why not get into the fun, festive vibes of Cancun and settle in on an open terrace beachside or at a small, local bar. Keep it moving until the sun comes up if you want – Cancun nightlife is the stuff of legends.

    Day 5
    Cancun
    Make this city your playground & start out with a free day to explore. From snorkelling the clear blue waters to sitting back with a beer. You can shop, catch some rays & people watch

    Day 6
    Cancun to Caye Caulker
    Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! This morning we leave Cancun and head to Chetumal for some exploring & maybe bite to eat, before boarding our water taxis into Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight it’s dinner we’ll offer a feast of fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife!

    Day 7
    Caye Caulker
    The day is all yours! Fuel up at breakfast, then you get to make the most of our ME Time optionals, like swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, Kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” (a break in the island), where sipping and sunbathing is the scene! Enjoy included snacks, drinks and music during for our last night on the island.

    Day 8
    Caye Caulker to Tikal
    Next up, Guatemala's El Petén ragion via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge there's the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines.. why not! Explore the local ruins then drift off to sleep to the sounds of the forest.

    Day 9
    Tikal to Santa Elena (Flores)
    We rise before the sun to watch daybreak unfold from atop the Mayan ruin, Templo IV… so prepare for amazing! Enjoy an included guided tour of the area or explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before our afternoon trip to the island of Flores, built atop another ancient Mayan center known as Tayasal. Make the most of your time, and opt for a lake cruise on arrival if you feel like getting out on the water before more relaxing over tonight’s dinner.

    Day 10
    Santa Elena to Antigua
    From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Today we’ll skip the queues and make a beeline for the unique beauty and relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. You’ll be shown many of the historic and beautiful facets of town, among rooftop flowerbeds and horse drawn carriages bouncing over cobblestones.

    Day 11
    Antigua
    With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles.

    Day 12
    Antigua to Panajachel
    We'll take a private boat to a Mayan Lakeside community & meet local artisans who'll teach us to make yummy tortillas by hand. Afterwards, relax on a hammock & take in beautiful lake views!

    Day 13
    Panajachel to San Cristobal de las Casas
    We'll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala's highlands before we reach the beautiful & rugged territory of Chiapas. Next on the list, the evergreens & cool cultural centre of San Cristóbal de las Casas via Comitán!

    Day 14
    San Cristobal de las Casas
    It’s time to get up and discover all city has to offer! Adventurers can take to the landscape for horseback riding or mountain biking this morning. After your Backstage Pass will take you to the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, learn about the untold generations of merging Native American and European cultures. Tonight you’ll get to try some traditional Tamales Chiapanecos at an included dinner, before hitting the town to move to local rhythms. Get festive!

    Day 15
    San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec
    After a morning relaxing, we'll descend from the forested hills on to the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you'll visit the city square. This evening, chill by the pool before a delicious local meal.

    Day 16
    Tehuantepec to Oaxaca
    First we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it's on to Matatlan. Later we heat to Mitla, sacred rites were once carried out among the still intact geometrical stonework. We'll see colonial architecture this evening, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines... yum!

    Day 17
    Oaxaca
    This morning is the last full day of the trip! So enjoy the last day with the crew and make the most of some ME Time, discover some of the fantastic local museums and shops in the area. This afternoon, we visit World Heritage Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop overlooking the modern capital. This area is famous for extraordinary traditional crafts and we will visit a local workshop, before returning to town for dinner. It’s time to celebrate one last time… Salud!

    Day 18
    Oaxaca to Mexico City
    This morning we travel to the centre of the ancient Aztec universe. We'll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive in Mexico City, where you can say 'adios' to your amigos!

    Arrive Mexico City
    City sightseeing tour, including the National Palace, the Zocalo & Chapultepec Park
    Visit the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan
    Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo
    Mexico City to Merida
    Walking tour of Merida's sights
    Merida to Cancun via Chichen Itza
    Turn back the clock at the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza
    Swim in a Cenote
    Cancun
    Experience the legendary nightlife
    Cancun
    Relax on the white sand beaches
    Cancun to Caye Caulker
    See the Belize Barrier Reef
    Caye Caulker to Tikal
    Stay in Tikal National Park
    Tikal to Santa Elena (Flores)
    Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park
    Santa Elena to Antigua
    Sightseeing tour of Colonial Antgua
    San Cristobal de las Casas
    Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas
    Tehuantepec to Oaxaca
    Visit the Zapatec religious center Mitla
    Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca
    Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca
    Oaxaca
    Visit the UNESCO site Monte Alban
    Shop for traditional masterpiece ceramics and textiles
    Visit a local workshop
    Oaxaca to Mexico City
    Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl
  2.  
  3. Day 1
    Arrive Puerto Vallarta
    Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico's most popular beach destinations. Today, meet up with your group & get ready for a day of exploring the golden sands or famous seaside malecon (promenade) lined with bars, restaurants & shops.

    Day 2
    Puerto Vallarta
    This morning maybe give surfing a go in a hidden beach along the bay. You could also opt to explore the Marietas Islands for wildlife on an eco-tour. The islands, made famous by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, provide the perfect environment for snorkelling & kayaking. Tonight maybe take in a performance over dinner on an optional ride in the bay.

    Day 3
    Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara
    Today we head to the city the locals call the "Pearl of the West", Guadalajara! Take a closer look at buildings & plazas filled with great murals & history. Stroll through the charming streets of the historic centre where you'll visit the four main squares, inside city hall & the magnificent cathedral.

    Day 4
    Guadalajara to Guanajuato
    Today we drive to the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato. This afternoon explore the winding streets & subterranean passageways of this UNESCO World Heritage city. View the romantic "Callejon de beso" & hear the legend about the two lovers. Later, see the cast-iron & glass Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustave Eiffel where you'll have a chance to shop for local sweet treats.

    Day 5
    Guanajuato to Mexico City
    We travel to Mexico City through the charming countryside of the colonial heartland. We'll make our way through agricultural districts that lead to bustling Mexico City, the largest city of the country & the oldest capital city in North America

    Day 6
    Mexico City
    Today, we visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then, it's off through "The City of Palaces" to see the ancient ruins & colonial-influenced yet modern architecture.

    Day 7
    Mexico City
    Start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, get back to Mexico City for some down time before we head out for a night on the town.

    Day 8
    Mexico City to Merida
    Leave behind the buzz of Mexico City & fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city’s gorgeous colonial buildings & Government Palace before indulging in a mouthwatering Yucatecan meal.

    Day 9
    Merida to Cancun
    Immerse yourself in a Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza - the country's spectacular ancient Mayan city. this afternoon we arrive in legendary Cancun with its endless shopping, nightlife & outdoor hub hotel.

    Day 10
    Cancun
    Make this city your playground & start out with a day fee to explore. From snorkelling the clear blue waters to sitting back with a beer. You can shop, catch some rays & people watch.

    Day 11
    Cancun
    Soak up all the Cancun action you want today - swim through a jungle lagoon, learn to scuba dive, or day trip to an eco-archeological park. And for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. [A&M]

    Day 12
    Cancun to Caye Caulker
    Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! This morning we leave Cancun and head to Chetumal for some exploring & maybe bite to eat, before boarding our water taxis into Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight it’s dinner we’ll offer a feast of fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife!

    Day 13
    Caye Caulker
    The day is all yours! Fuel up at breakfast, then you get to make the most of our ME Time optionals, like swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, Kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” (a break in the island), where sipping and sunbathing is the scene! Enjoy included snacks, drinks and music during for our last night on the island.

    Day 14
    Caye Caulker to Tikal
    Next up, Guatemala's El Petén ragion via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge there's the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines.. why not! Explore the local ruins then drift off to sleep to the sounds of the forest.

    Day 15
    Tikal to Santa Elena (Flores)
    We rise before the sun to watch daybreak unfold from atop the Mayan ruin, Templo IV… so prepare for amazing! Enjoy an included guided tour of the area or explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before our afternoon trip to the island of Flores, built atop another ancient Mayan center known as Tayasal. Make the most of your time, and opt for a lake cruise on arrival if you feel like getting out on the water before more relaxing over tonight’s dinner.

    Day 16
    Santa Elena to Antigua
    From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Today we’ll skip the queues and make a beeline for the unique beauty and relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. You’ll be shown many of the historic and beautiful facets of town, among rooftop flowerbeds and horse drawn carriages bouncing over cobblestones.

    Day 17
    Antigua
    With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles.

    Day 18
    Antigua to Panajachel
    We'll take a private boat to a Mayan Lakeside community & meet local artisans who'll teach us to make yummy tortillas by hand. Afterwards, relax on a hammock & take in beautiful lake views!

    Day 19
    Panajachel to San Cristobal de las Casas
    We'll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala's highlands before we reach the beautiful & rugged territory of Chiapas. Next on the list, the evergreens & cool cultural centre of San Cristóbal de las Casas via Comitán!

    Day 20
    San Cristobal de las Casas
    Adventurers could try horse riding or mountain biking this morning, then we'll visit the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantán. Tonight try some traditional 'tamales chapanecos' before hitting the town. Get festive!

    Day 21
    San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec
    After a morning relaxing, we'll descend from the forested hills on to the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you'll visit the city square. This evening, chill by the pool before a delicious local meal.

    Day 22
    Tehuantepec to Oaxaca
    First we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it's on to Matatlan. Later we heat to Mitla, sacred rites were once carried out among the still intact geometrical stonework. We'll see colonial architecture this evening, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines... yum!

    Day 23
    Monte Albán
    Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop. Famous for its traditional crafts, we will visit a local workshop before our last night… Salud!

    Day 24
    Oaxaca to Mexico City
    This morning we travel to the centre of the ancient Aztec universe. We'll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive in Mexico City, where you can say 'adios' to your amigos!

    Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara
    Guided tour of Guadalajara
    Guadalajara to Guanajuato
    Walking tour of Guanajuato
    Visit the Hidalgo Market
    Mexico City
    Cruise on a Trajinera & discover Xochimilco
    Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo
    Mexico City
    Visit the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan
    Mexico City to Merida
    Walking tour of Merida's sights
    Merida to Cancun
    Swim in a Cenote
    Cancun
    Experience the legendary nightlife
    Cancun to Caye Caulker
    See the Belize Barrier Reef
    Caye Caulker to Tikal
    Stay in Tikal National Park
    Tikal to Santa Elena (Flores)
    Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park
    Santa Elena to Antigua
    Sightseeing tour of Colonial Antgua
    San Cristobal de las Casas
    Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas
    Tehuantepec to Oaxaca
    Visit the Zapatec religious center Mitla
    Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca
    Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca
    Monte Albán
    Visit the UNESCO site Monte Alban & discover a local workshop
    Oaxaca to Mexico City
    Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl
  4.  
  5. Day 1
    Arrive Puerto Vallarta
    Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico's most popular beach destinations. Today, meet up with your group & get ready for a day of exploring the golden sands or famous seaside malecon (promenade) lined with bars, restaurants & shops.

    Day 2
    Puerto Vallarta
    This morning maybe give surfing a go in a hidden beach along the bay. You could also opt to explore the Marietas Islands for wildlife on an eco-tour. The islands, made famous by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, provide the perfect environment for snorkelling & kayaking. Tonight maybe take in a performance over dinner on an optional ride in the bay.

    Day 3
    Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara
    Today we head to the city the locals call the "Pearl of the West", Guadalajara! Take a closer look at buildings & plazas filled with great murals & history. Stroll through the charming streets of the historic centre where you'll visit the four main squares, inside city hall & the magnificent cathedral.

    Day 4
    Guadalajara to Guanajuato
    Today we drive to the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato. This afternoon explore the winding streets & subterranean passageways of this UNESCO World Heritage city. View the romantic "Callejon de beso" & hear the legend about the two lovers. Later, see the cast-iron & glass Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustave Eiffel where you'll have a chance to shop for local sweet treats.

    Day 5
    Guanajuato to Mexico City
    We travel to Mexico City through the charming countryside of the colonial heartland. We'll make our way through agricultural districts that lead to bustling Mexico City, the largest city of the country & the oldest capital city in North America

    Day 6
    Mexico City
    Today, we visit the unique floating gardens & markets of Xochimilco. Then, it's off through "The City of Palaces" to see the ancient ruins & colonial-influenced yet modern architecture.

    Day 7
    Mexico City
    Start the day with a tour of the incredible ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Afterwards, get back to Mexico City for some down time before we head out for a night on the town.

    Day 8
    Mexico City to Merida
    Leave behind the buzz of Mexico City & fly to the beautiful white-stone city of Merida. Tour the city’s gorgeous colonial buildings & Government Palace before indulging in a mouthwatering Yucatecan meal.

    Day 9
    Merida to Cancun
    Immerse yourself in a Mayan history on a guided tour at Chichen Itza - the country's spectacular ancient Mayan city. this afternoon we arrive in legendary Cancun with its endless shopping, nightlife & outdoor hub hotel.

    Day 10
    Cancun
    Make this city your playground & start out with a day fee to explore. From snorkelling the clear blue waters to sitting back with a beer. You can shop, catch some rays & people watch.

    Day 11
    Cancun
    Soak up all the Cancun action you want today - swim through a jungle lagoon, learn to scuba dive, or day trip to an eco-archeological park. And for your last night, party in great bars & dance clubs ’til the sun comes up. [A&M]

    Day 12
    Cancun to Caye Caulker
    Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! This morning we leave Cancun and head to Chetumal for some exploring & maybe bite to eat, before boarding our water taxis into Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight it’s dinner we’ll offer a feast of fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife!

    Day 13
    Caye Caulker
    The day is all yours! Fuel up at breakfast, then you get to make the most of our ME Time optionals, like swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, Kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” (a break in the island), where sipping and sunbathing is the scene! Enjoy included snacks, drinks and music during for our last night on the island.

    Day 14
    Caye Caulker to Tikal
    Next up, Guatemala's El Petén ragion via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge there's the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines.. why not! Explore the local ruins then drift off to sleep to the sounds of the forest.

    Day 15
    Tikal to Santa Elena (Flores)
    We rise before the sun to watch daybreak unfold from atop the Mayan ruin, Templo IV… so prepare for amazing! Enjoy an included guided tour of the area or explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before our afternoon trip to the island of Flores, built atop another ancient Mayan center known as Tayasal. Make the most of your time, and opt for a lake cruise on arrival if you feel like getting out on the water before more relaxing over tonight’s dinner.

    Day 16
    Santa Elena to Antigua
    From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Today we’ll skip the queues and make a beeline for the unique beauty and relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. You’ll be shown many of the historic and beautiful facets of town, among rooftop flowerbeds and horse drawn carriages bouncing over cobblestones.

    Day 17
    Antigua
    With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles.

    Day 18
    Antigua to Panajachel
    We'll take a private boat to a Mayan Lakeside community & meet local artisans who'll teach us to make yummy tortillas by hand. Afterwards, relax on a hammock & take in beautiful lake views!

    Day 19
    Panajachel to San Cristobal de las Casas
    We'll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala's highlands before we reach the beautiful & rugged territory of Chiapas. Next on the list, the evergreens & cool cultural centre of San Cristóbal de las Casas via Comitán!

    Day 20
    San Cristobal de las Casas
    Adventurers could try horse riding or mountain biking this morning, then we'll visit the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantán. Tonight try some traditional 'tamales chapanecos' before hitting the town. Get festive!

    Day 21
    San Cristobal de las Casas to Tehuantepec
    After a morning relaxing, we'll descend from the forested hills on to the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you'll visit the city square. This evening, chill by the pool before a delicious local meal.

    Day 22
    Tehuantepec to Oaxaca
    First we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it's on to Matatlan. Later we heat to Mitla, sacred rites were once carried out among the still intact geometrical stonework. We'll see colonial architecture this evening, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines... yum!

    Day 23
    Monte Albán
    Discover local museums & shops before we visit Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop. Famous for its traditional crafts, we will visit a local workshop before our last night… Salud!

    Day 24
    Oaxaca to Mexico City
    This morning we travel to the centre of the ancient Aztec universe. We'll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive in Mexico City, where you can say 'adios' to your amigos!

    Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara
    Guided tour of Guadalajara
    Guadalajara to Guanajuato
    Walking tour of Guanajuato
    Visit the Hidalgo Market
    Mexico City
    Cruise on a Trajinera & discover Xochimilco
    Visit Coyoacán, birthplace of Frida Kahlo
    Mexico City
    Visit the ancient Aztec city of Teotihuacan
    Mexico City to Merida
    Walking tour of Merida's sights
    Merida to Cancun
    Swim in a Cenote
    Cancun
    Experience the legendary nightlife
    Cancun to Caye Caulker
    See the Belize Barrier Reef
    Caye Caulker to Tikal
    Stay in Tikal National Park
    Tikal to Santa Elena (Flores)
    Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park
    Santa Elena to Antigua
    Sightseeing tour of Colonial Antgua
    San Cristobal de las Casas
    Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas
    Tehuantepec to Oaxaca
    Visit the Zapatec religious center Mitla
    Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca
    Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca
    Monte Albán
    Visit the UNESCO site Monte Alban & discover a local workshop
    Oaxaca to Mexico City
    Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl
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  7. 1 Antigua
    Bienvenidos! Welcome to Guatemala. As the seat of the Spanish colonial government, Antigua was once the most important city in Central America. In 1773 Antigua was destroyed by an earthquake, but many of the colonial buildings have been carefully restored and the architecture from its glory days can still be seen.  On arrival at the hotel, you will be presented with a Welcome Pack containing all the information you will need for this Bite-size Break. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where this meeting will take place.   After meeting your guide, take a short trip to a well known local restaurant for a hands-on cooking class with the chef. Learn about the interesting mixture of Spanish and Mayan influences on Guatemalan flavours while whipping up tasty courses from meats, vegetable, herbs and spices hand-picked from the market that day.  Reward your efforts with a tasty dinner. 
    2 Antigua
    Guatemala’s fertile valleys provide the perfect conditions for growing coffee, and it produces some of the best in the world. Get to know this addictive little bean a bit better with an excursion to a coffee plantation. Accompanied by a member of the coffee farming cooperative, you’ll dig into the history of the plant with a hands-on crop to cup experience. If the season’s right, get your own hands dirty planting coffee seedlings or harvesting the beans. Next, see how these bright red berries are processed, dried, roasted and ground by hand. Finish off with a home-brewed cup and a snack prepared by the family. In the afternoon, check out the chaotic and colourful Central Market for a slice of local life. Your leader will guide you through the many fresh fruit and vegetable sellers until you reach the lively food stands in the ‘comedores’ section of the market. Here you will try some of the most popular regional Guatemalan dishes alongside the locals. The evening is free for your own exploration. Your leader will have plenty of suggestions for things to do and places to eat.
    3 Antigua
    Your Bite-size Break comes to an end this morning and you can leave at any time.
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  9. 1 San Jose
    Hola and welcome to Costa Rica! A welcome pack will be waiting at the hotel including all the information you need for your tour. With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling capital city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, a fantastic place to get comfy and do some people watching. Artisanal booths are common here and you never know when there'll be a spontaneous art fair. If there's time, perhaps have a look at the Gold Museum and see its amazing collection of indigenous gold art, or head to the outdoor markets at Plaza de la Cultura and Central Market, where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood.
    2 San Jose
    Rise early and meet your local leader at the Central Market for a food tour. There’s no better place to experience local cuisine than at San Jose’s bustling marketplace, housed in a 120-year old building that’s full to the brim with typical Costa Rican food and drink. Here you can sample local delicacies, learn about the herbs used in local medicines, and hear about the unique chorreado coffee brewing method while sipping on your second (or even third) coffee of the day. The Central Market is an experience that no visitor to San Jose should miss, and with a local guide by your side you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this local treasure.
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    Get ready for another early start, this time meeting your local leader in a café across the road from the northeast corner of Espana Park. There’s a lot of ground to cover today so the group will be meeting at 7am sharp. Grab a cup of coffee then take a short stroll to Yellow House nearby. The distinctive building has been used at varying points in time as a presidential residence, meeting place for the Legislative Assembly and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Culture. Continue on to the National Liquor Factory and learn how San Jose’s national drink, guaro, is made from sugar cane juice. Next up, enjoy a quick 10-minute hike into the hills of San Jose and arrive at the Atlantic Railroad, where you’ll hop on a train headed to Cartago. This scenic 45-minute journey travels past the San Jose University campus, through coffee plantations and deeper into the mountains. At the end of the journey lies Cartago, a beautiful historic town where many of the locals still get around by bike – which is what you’ll be doing too! Saddle up and then cruise the streets, stopping to visit the key sites with your leader. Pull up at the Cartago Central Market for another round of delicious local food before catching a local bus back to San Jose. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Perhaps gather together your fellow travellers and celebrate the end of this San Jose stopover with dinner in trendy Barrio Amon.
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    This stopover comes to an end today and you are free to depart at any time after breakfast.
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