Grand Tour (East)


Grand Tour East

Hostels and Haciendas

Journey from Mexico City southeast to the Cinco de Maya city of Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage Center known for thousands of historic buildings, world-famous mole poblano cuisine, and colorful Talavera pottery. The colonial splendors of Oaxaca City come next, a centuries-old center of culture and cuisine that gave the world its first taste of chocolate, followed by a visit to the nearby pre-Columbian ruins of Monte Albán.

From there it’s south to Puerto Escondido for fishing, world-class surfing, or breathtaking hikes along towering seaside cliffs. Further down the Pacific coast you’ll find Zipolite, with its laid-back “hippie” beaches like the idyllic (and clothing-optional) Playa los Amores.

Next you’ll ascend to the mystical highland city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, where Mayan traditions still live and breathe, before plunging into the ancient past of Chiapas: the stunning temples of Palenque at the foot of the emerald Tumbalá mountains, the jungle-enshrouded Yaxchilán Acropolis, the Temple of Murals at Bonampak, or the step-pyramids of Chinkultic.

Next, the exotic murals and Moorish towers of colonial Merida introduce you to the Yucatán Peninsula and the world-renowned ruins at Uxmal, Ruta Puuc, and Chichen Itza, along with Tulum, a picturesque, 16th-century walled city overlooking the sea. The trip north along the “Mayan Riviera” leads you at last to the hip Caribbean hotspot of Playa del Carmen and your final destination of Cancún.




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Grand Tour East Map

Starting Point: Mexico City
Puebla City
Oaxaca City
Monte Albán Ruins
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
Zipolite Beach
Playa los Amores, Oaxaca
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
Palenque Ruins
Campeche City
Uxmal Ruins
Merida City
Chichen Itza Ruins
Tulum Ruins
Playa del Carmen Beach
:Ending Point



$1,000.00 (USD)

Group Size: 2 – 13
(larger groups can be accommodated)

$1,000.00 (USD)


  • Accommodations up to $25usd per night, per person (based on double occupancy)
  • Transportation in our 15 passenger expedition type extended van
  • English and Spanish-speaking tour leaders
  • City & Location Orientation Tours
  • All camping gear (excluding your own sleeping bag)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Available internet access
  • Multimedia systems (watch video en route)!
  • Access to AC/DC/USB charging systems for most devices

  • Other dates for this tour are available by reservation. Use the additional instructions field in checkout or Custom Tours Request Form for more details.

Not included:
  •  Airfare, taxis, buses, public transportation fares and tips
  •  Accommodations above $25usd/per night - per person (based on double occupancy)
  •  Restaurant meals, entrance fees, museum, site and/or activity fees
  •  Alcohol, or beverages other than filtered water

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