Tours of Mexico

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Tours of Mexico
Curator’s statement

I'm delighted to present Mexico as an unparalleled destination that beckons with its rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders. A tour through Mexico is an odyssey of vibrant landscapes. From the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum to the colonial charm of San Miguel de Allende and the buzzing metropolitan life of Mexico City. This captivating country offers an exquisite blend of experiences, enticing visitors with its flavorful cuisine, diverse geography, and warm hospitality. Whether you seek the tranquility of Holbox's pristine beaches, the bustling energy of Mexico City's streets or the cultural immersion in Oaxaca's markets, Mexico promises an adventure that transcends expectations. The depth of its history, the vivacity of its cities and the beauty of its landscapes make Mexico an enticing mosaic of exploration for every traveler seeking a kaleidoscope of unforgettable experiences. Check out some of the locations and tours below to find your south of the border dream getaway.

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Secrets Moxché Playa del Carmen

Luxury all-inclusive, adults-only beachfront resort with tropical-themed rooms and suites.

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Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

Colonial enclave in the heart of central Mexico with swoon-worthy views of San Miguel de Allende from the rooftop.

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W Punta de Mita

Stay here for the soothing jungle and lake view right from your villa and indulge in a meal at the fish market-inspired restaurant on-site at the W Punta de Mita.

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Punta Mita

Punta Mita Exploration:

Punta Mita, nestled on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, is a luxurious beach paradise. It boasts pristine shores, exclusive resorts and a plethora of activities for travelers seeking relaxation and adventure. The region is renowned for its stunning beaches. The azure waters meet golden sands, offering an idyllic backdrop for sunbathing, water sports and serene strolls along the shore. Visitors can partake in an array of aquatic adventures, including snorkeling, paddleboarding and surfing. Take advantage of the area's gentle waves and crystal-clear waters.

Where to Stay:

For unparalleled luxury and exceptional amenities, consider the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. This renowned resort embodies sophistication and elegance. Boasting stunning oceanfront villas, world-class golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and an exquisite spa offering rejuvenating treatments with serene ocean views. Alternatively, the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort provides an equally lavish experience. Featuring opulent accommodations, private beaches and exclusive dining options that highlight the region's culinary delights.

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Indulging in Local Cuisine:

Dining in Punta Mita is an exploration of flavors. Savor fresh and sumptuous seafood dishes at Tuna Blanca by Café des Artistes, where the ocean view complements the gourmet creations. For a more laid-back ambiance, head to Sufi, a beachside restaurant offering contemporary Mexican cuisine infused with local spices and flavors. The dining experiences in Punta Mita are not only a culinary delight but also an opportunity to soak in the region's coastal charm.

Punta Mita, with its serene beaches, luxurious resorts and culinary delights, is an ideal destination. Travelers seeking a blend of relaxation, adventure and indulgence in the beauty of Mexico's Pacific Coast belong here.

Tulum

Discovering Tulum's Charms:

Tulum, located on Mexico's Riviera Maya, captivates visitors with its unique blend of stunning natural beauty, ancient Mayan ruins, and Bohemian vibes. One of its most striking features is the ancient Mayan archaeological site perched atop cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The Tulum Ruins, a well-preserved archaeological site, offer a fascinating glimpse into the region's rich history. Providing a picturesque backdrop against the turquoise waters below, travelers can explore these ruins and immerse themselves in the captivating stories of Mayan civilization.

Where to Stay:

Tulum boasts a variety of accommodations catering to different preferences. For a serene and eco-friendly experience, Azulik Tulum offers luxurious treehouse-style villas nestled amid lush jungle foliage. These enchanting accommodations lack electricity to create a serene ambiance, illuminated solely by candlelight and the moon's glow. Alternatively, Nomade Tulum provides a blend of luxury and bohemian chic, offering beachfront accommodations, holistic spa treatments and yoga classes. The region is known for its eco-conscious resorts that harmonize with the surrounding natural beauty.

Culinary Adventures:

The culinary scene in Tulum is an exploration of authentic Mexican flavors and international cuisine. Hartwood, an acclaimed restaurant, is famous for its farm-to-table concept, utilizing locally sourced ingredients to craft delectable dishes. Another must-visit spot is Posada Margherita, an Italian restaurant offering homemade pasta and seafood dishes. Tulum's eateries often focus on sustainability, emphasizing fresh and organic ingredients that complement the region's vibrant food culture.

Tulum, with its blend of ancient history, natural wonders and laid-back atmosphere beckons travelers to explore its breathtaking landscapes and cultural richness along the Riviera Maya.

Exploring Mexico City's Diversity:

Mexico City, the vibrant capital, offers an eclectic mix of history, culture and contemporary vibrancy. At its heart lies the historic center, Zócalo, where the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace stand tall. The area teems with energy, hosting bustling markets, street performers and a rich tapestry of architectural wonders. Visitors can explore world-class museums like the Frida Kahlo Museum (Casa Azul) or delve into ancient history at the Templo Mayor. These provide a glimpse into the city's Aztec roots.

Mexico City

Where to Stay:

Mexico City boasts diverse accommodations to suit various preferences. The upscale neighborhood of Polanco is home to luxurious hotels like The St. Regis Mexico City, renowned for its sophisticated amenities and breathtaking views of the cityscape. For those seeking a more Bohemian experience, La Condesa offers boutique hotels like Condesa DF, blending modern elegance with local artistic flair. There's also the option of staying in the historic heart of the city, where hotels like Gran Hotel Ciudad de México provide a nostalgic journey through its ornate architecture and rich history.

Gastronomic Adventures:

The city's culinary scene is a mecca for food enthusiasts, boasting a fusion of traditional flavors and contemporary gastronomy. Street food reigns supreme, offering an array of delicious options. Mercado de San Juan and Mercado Roma are foodie havens. Pujol, led by Chef Enrique Olvera, offers an upscale dining experience with a modern take on Mexican cuisine. Cafés like El Cardenal offer a taste of traditional Mexican breakfasts, including chilaquiles and molletes, adding a local touch to the dining experience in Mexico City.

Mexico City, a melting pot of history, art and gastronomy, invites travelers to delve into its rich tapestry of culture and vibrant urban life. Mexico City promises an unforgettable journey through its streets and neighborhoods.

Oaxaca

Exploring Oaxaca's Cultural Tapestry:

Nestled in the southern highlands of Mexico, Oaxaca presents a captivating blend of indigenous heritage, colonial history and vibrant artistry. The city's heart, the Zócalo, hosts the stunning Oaxaca Cathedral and the Government Palace, adorned with intricate murals by renowned artist Rufino Tamayo. Wander through the cobbled streets of the Centro Histórico, admiring Baroque architecture and vibrant markets like Mercado Benito Juárez, where artisans display colorful textiles and traditional crafts. The surrounding valley, peppered with archaeological sites like Monte Albán and Mitla, provides a glimpse into pre-Columbian civilizations.

Where to Stay:

Oaxaca offers an array of accommodations, from boutique hotels to charming guesthouses. In the heart of the historic district, Casa Oaxaca is a boutique hotel known for its elegant design and exquisite cuisine at its renowned restaurant. Quaint bed-and-breakfast options like Hotel Casa Antigua and Hotel Parador San Miguel offer a cozy ambiance with traditional decor and personalized service. For a luxurious retreat, Hacienda Los Laureles boasts serene gardens and upscale amenities, providing a tranquil escape from the city buzz.

Gastronomic Delights:

Oaxaca is a culinary paradise renowned for its rich and diverse flavors. A must-visit is the Mercado 20 de Noviembre, where visitors can savor traditional delicacies like tlayudas (crispy tortillas with toppings), mole negro and chapulines (crunchy grasshoppers). The city's gastronomic scene also includes exquisite dining experiences at restaurants like Casa Oaxaca El Restaurante and Los Danzantes. They offer innovative takes on regional cuisine while incorporating local ingredients like Oaxacan cheese and mezcal.

Oaxaca, a treasure trove of cultural heritage, artistry and culinary wonders, invites travelers to immerse themselves in its vibrant streets, indulge in its diverse flavors and explore the richness of its indigenous traditions.

Merida

Embracing Merida's Colonial Elegance:

Nestled on the Yucatan Peninsula, Merida stands as a vibrant city renowned for its rich Mayan heritage, colonial architecture and lively cultural scene. The city's Centro Histórico brims with charm, boasting grand plazas, pastel-hued buildings and captivating avenues lined with colonial-era mansions. The iconic Paseo de Montejo, adorned with French-style mansions and wide avenues, serves as a reminder of the city's wealthy past. The Gran Museo del Mundo Maya showcases the region's pre-Hispanic history, while the Merida Cathedral and the Palacio de Gobierno exhibit stunning colonial-era architecture.

Where to Stay:

Merida offers an array of accommodations catering to various preferences. Boutique hotels like Casa Lecanda and Rosas & Xocolate blend colonial elegance with modern comforts, offering personalized service and luxurious amenities. For a more immersive experience, Casa Azul Monumento Histórico provides a glimpse into the city's heritage through its historic architecture and decor. The city also features haciendas-turned-hotels such as Hacienda Xcanatún, providing a tranquil retreat amid lush gardens and hacienda-style architecture.

Culinary and Cultural Exploration:

Merida's gastronomic scene is a fusion of Mayan, Spanish and Lebanese influences, showcased in its diverse cuisine. Explore bustling markets like Mercado Lucas de Gálvez, where vendors sell local specialties like cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork) and panuchos (tortillas stuffed with refried beans and meat). Indulge in regional delicacies at La Chaya Maya or Apoala, offering a contemporary twist to Yucatecan dishes. Merida's vibrant cultural life comes alive during festivals like the Hanal Pixán (Day of the Dead) and vibrant performances at the Teatro Peón Contreras.

Merida beckons travelers with its blend of colonial grandeur, Mayan heritage and a thriving cultural landscape. It is an inviting exploration of its historic sites, culinary delights and captivating traditions.

Cabo San Lucas

Discovering the Scenic Cape of Cabo San Lucas:

Cabo San Lucas, situated at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. It epitomizes the perfect blend of natural beauty, vibrant nightlife and world-class luxury. The town boasts breathtaking landscapes. With the iconic El Arco rock formation and Land's End, marking the meeting point of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Visitors can take boat tours to admire the rugged cliffs, snorkel around Pelican Rock or simply enjoy a sunset cruise to witness the stunning hues painting the sky.

Where to Stay:

Cabo offers an array of accommodations, ranging from opulent resorts to boutique hotels and private villas. The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, stands as a pinnacle of luxury, providing guests with stunning ocean views, infinity pools, and sleek modern design. For a more intimate experience, boutique hotels like Bahia Hotel & Beach Club offer a laid-back atmosphere and personalized service, just steps away from Médano Beach. For those seeking a secluded retreat, Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, provides a luxurious haven with its cliffside villas and award-winning spa.

Dining and Leisure:

Cabo San Lucas boasts a vibrant culinary scene, offering a diverse array of dining options. Indulge in gourmet Mexican cuisine at Edith's or savor fresh seafood at The Office on the Beach, both renowned for their beachfront dining experiences. The town's nightlife pulsates with energy, with Cabo Wabo Cantina and El Squid Roe offering lively bars and entertainment. Leisure activities abound, from golfing at championship courses to thrilling water sports like deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, and whale watching during the migration season.

Cabo San Lucas, with its stunning natural landscapes, luxurious accommodations and diverse entertainment options, invites travelers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the cape. Savor exquisite dining experiences and embrace an array of recreational activities against the backdrop of the breathtaking Pacific coastline.

San Miguel de Allende

Experiencing the Colonial Charms of San Miguel de Allende:

San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the central highlands of Mexico, exudes an enchanting blend of history, art and culture. This colonial gem captivates visitors with its cobblestone streets, well-preserved architecture, and vibrant arts scene. The heart of the town, El Jardín, is adorned with the iconic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, a pink neo-Gothic church that serves as the town's centerpiece. Exploring the town's historic streets unveils a tapestry of colonial-era buildings housing art galleries, boutique shops, and charming cafes.

Where to Stay:

San Miguel de Allende offers an array of accommodations that echo its historic and artistic ambiance. The Rosewood San Miguel de Allende is an elegant luxury hotel. It combines colonial-style architecture with modern amenities, offering stunning views of the town from its rooftop terrace. For a more intimate experience, boutique hotels like Casa No Name provide a tranquil retreat amid lush gardens and exquisite decor. Travelers seeking a homely atmosphere might opt for haciendas-turned-guesthouses like Hacienda El Santuario, offering personalized service and an authentic Mexican experience.

Arts, Culture, and Gastronomy:

Renowned for its thriving arts scene, San Miguel is a haven for artists and creatives. Visitors can immerse themselves in art galleries showcasing local talent or participate in art workshops and classes. The town hosts various cultural festivals throughout the year. The Cervantes Festival and the Day of the Dead celebrations, which offer a glimpse into Mexican traditions. Dining in San Miguel de Allende is a treat. Indulge in Mexican cuisine at renowned restaurants like Moxi, led by renowned chef Enrique Olvera. Savor authentic local flavors at street food stalls and traditional eateries.

San Miguel de Allende beckons travelers with its rich cultural heritage, artistic allure and picturesque streets. Inviting you to delve into its history, indulge in artistic pursuits and savor the flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine in a setting that feels both vibrant and timeless.

Need to Know

Diverse Destinations: Mexico is a diverse country offering a range of experiences. From beach getaways in Tulum and Punta Mita to historical explorations in Mexico City and Oaxaca, you can explore all of it. Your travel advisor can curate a customized itinerary tailored to your preferences, ensuring you don't miss the must-see spots and hidden gems.

Cultural Immersion: Each region in Mexico has its own distinct culture, traditions and cuisine. With a travel advisor's expertise, you'll gain insights into local customs, authentic dining experiences and opportunities to engage with indigenous communities. It will provide you with a richer understanding of the country's vibrant heritage.

Safety and Local Expertise: Mexico is vast and navigating its diverse regions requires insight into safety, local customs and the best practices for travelers. As a knowledgeable travel advisor, I provide clients with peace of mind. By offering guidance on safe travel practices, language nuances and insider tips that only a local expert can provide.

Tailored Experiences: My expertise allows for personalized experiences. Whether it's arranging a private tour of ancient ruins, recommending the perfect beachfront villa or suggesting off-the-beaten-path excursions. My clients can expect a trip that aligns perfectly with their preferences and interests.

Value for Money: With access to exclusive deals, partnerships and industry insights, clients can benefit from value-added perks. These perks include things such as discounted rates, special access to attractions or complimentary upgrades, maximizing the value of your travel investment.

By booking with a knowledgeable and experienced travel advisor like myself, clients embarking on a Mexican adventure can expect a curated, personalized and seamless travel experience. An experience that caters to your unique desires and ensures an unforgettable journey through this captivating country.

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out Jaclyn Hulburt's guide, Explore Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Mexico. In need of further inspiration? Check out Phelipe C. Sekai Travel’s guide, Visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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