8 days with Contiki Rating:
Restricted to Ages 18-35
Day 1 Puerto Vallarta
Puerta Vallarta will be sure to impress as your first destination. One of the most popular beach towns in Mexico known as the 'Mexican Riviera'. Spa, pool, relax, repeat are all high on the agenda today. You’ll be thinking – ah, this is the life and then we'll top it all off with a stunning beachfront dinner, with the water and twinkling lights setting an unforgettable scene.
Day 2 Puerto Vallarta
Today you’re free as a bird and that means exploring as much or as little of Puerto Vallarta as you like. Punta Mita is known for perfect beginner waves if surfing in a secluded bay is your thing, if not, then there are plenty of other activities on offer, including a ride on a pirate ship cruise compete with an acrobatic performance and fireworks. Sign us up! What else? Today you could find yourself speeding through the jungle on a zipline, or getting spending the day away at the beachside town of Sayulita. And for those keen to kick it right in downtown Puerto Vallarta, then head to some beachside watering holes for drinks, giant lobster feasting, swims and people watching. One, two or a combo of all are well and truly acceptable.
Day 3 Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara via Tequila
Today catch a view of the now inactive Ceboruco volcano. It last erupted from 1870-1875 and is a fabulous photo op. On our way to the city known as the 'Pearl of the West', Guadalajara, we will stop off at the town of Tequila, named after the traditional drink, for a sample and distillery visit. Exciting times lie ahead!Tonight you could go and find a spot to watch one of the city's famous live Mariachi bands do it’s thing. We guarantee you will want to continue the fiesta, so tonight there is a chance to sample this city’s nightlife. While you stroll around the streets you’ll get a feel for the old and new world architecture that this place is known for.
Day 4 Guadalajara to Guanajuato
Start the day off with a guided city tour of Guadalajara, where we will learn about it's four main squares and cathedral. Next up you’ll hit the old colonial city of Guanajuato where you will learn about the history of the famous silver mining town and how the economy has shaped much of its culture.Heavy on the Spanish influence, this UNESCO World Heritage city will transport you to another time and get lost for hours in its quaint cobblestone alleyways. Uncover the tales of the town, it's famous 'Mummies' and its most famous lovers at the 'Alley of Kisses'. Next up, the Hidalgo Market, designed by Gustav Eiffel himself. After all this exploring, we'll finish the day over dinner with the group to feast on traditional regional flavours. Arrrriba!
Day 5 Guanajuato to Mexico City via San Miguel de Allende
Thanks to exploring the bright facades of the buildings of this Guanajuato, your eyes should be wide open by now. Just in time too, because there is so much to see and hear in Mexico City.Mexico City is the largest city in the country and impressively, the oldest capital in Central America. Known for it's Aztec temple, it's surprising altitude at 2200m, and mountainous landscape, this is busy, bustling and oh so wonderful.
Day 6 Mexico City
The theme 'getting out there' will take on a whole new meaning today. Floating gardens, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are the focus for this leg of your journey in this bustling city. We'll even take to the water for a traditional Trajinera boat, where you can grab a drink, do some shopping and watch the world float on past. Tonight, re-fuel with city eats, like enchiladas, tamales, tacos and even head out and get a little loco.
Day 7 Mexico City
It’s a busy one today, travellers. Archaeological city Teotihuacan, pyramids and Aztec temples are the focus for this leg of your journey. As you go, local guides will kindly impart their extensive knowledge on many interesting topics so you're in the know on anything and everything here. Tonight, re-fuel with city eats, like enchiladas, tamales, tacos and even head out and get a little loco. And if you happen to be here at the right time, you might even get to experience Lucha Libre, Mexican wrestling!
Day 8 Depart Mexico City
This morning the trip ends & it's time to say farewell to your new friends.
All This Included
Viva Mexico! This place truly has it all! Crammed full of rich cultural tradition and diverse geography, there is something for everyone - from Puerto Vallarta to the ruins of Teotihuacan to the thriving metropolis of Mexico City. At every turn, there is so much to see and do! Immerse yourself in adventure activities, water sports, cultural sites, an unbelievable variety of food, and a sizzling nightlife! Mexico turns up the heat!
Arrive Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara
Guadalajara to Guanajuato
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