Discova Mexico Destination Guide 2022/23

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Mexico Destination Guide


Contents Climate & Weather Things to know Festivals Fleet Available What to Eat Destinations: Cancun Riviera Maya Los Cabos Puerto
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Mexico Destination Guide

Hola, Bienvenidos, my name’s Aline and I’d like to welcome you to Mexico!

When travellers think of Mexico, they may imagine scenes of dance and tequila, hear an approaching Mariachi serenade, they may already feel its vibrancy and festivity… But there’s so much more to this ‘fun’ destination.

With fabulous beaches, ancient ruins, alluring culture, dynamic cities brimming with colonial architecture, deep canyons and feisty mouth-watering cuisine, Mexico truly is a tropical treasure trove.

With this intuitive guide, we invite you to explore all that this destination has to offer. Inspire your travellers and create the itinerary of their dreams!






Mexico is a large destination with varying climates, making it an all-year-round destination. It even snows here!

Deserts dominate the dry northern states, whilst western Mexico and the states of Jalisco are often considered to be destinations of eternal spring. Head to the Yucatán Peninsula and you’ve got turquoise seas, while the south is lush in jungles and the Pacific provides that balmy beach weather.

The country is also crisscrossed by dramatic mountains and volcanoes.


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PACIFIC OCEAN Tijuana Ensenada Mexicali Hermosillo Santa Ana Ciudad Juarez Grande River Fuerte River San Pedro Santiago River Chihuahua Boquillas SaltilloTorreonGomez Palacio Los Mochis Guasave La Paz Culiacan Mazatlan Victoria de Durango Fresnillo Matehuala Charcas Zacatecas Aguascalientes Tepic Piedras Ciudad Jimenez Orampo Monclova San Ignacio Ciudad Obregon San Juanito BAJA CALIFORNIA BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR SONORA CHIHUAHUA COAHUILA SINALOA DURANGO ZACATECAS AGUASCALIENTES
COLIMA Morelia UruapanColima Guadalajara NAYARIT Leon
Irapuato SalamancaPuerto Vallarta Los


Climate & Weather Averages in Mexico


Temperatures can rise up to 22 ºC during the day, but can fall below 5 ºC at night




Temperatures usually between 23 ºC and 27 ºC


Temperatures rise above 29 ºC

Regular rainfall with high humidity and temperatures usually between 23 ºC and 27 ºC



Apr: dry 23ºc - 27ºc (warm)

May – Nov: wet up to 27ºC (hot)

Riviera Maya

Dec – Apr: dry

23ºc - 27ºc (warm)

May – Nov: wet up to 27ºC (hot)

Los Cabos

Warm Warm Warm Warm Hot Hot/Wet Hot/Wet Hot/Wet Hot/Wet Hot/Wet Warm Warm


Apr: dry 23ºc - 27ºc (warm)

May – Nov: wet up to 27ºC (hot)

Puerto Vallarta

Dec – Apr: dry 23ºc - 27ºc (warm)

May – Nov: wet up to 27ºC (hot)

Mexico City

Dec – Apr: dry 22ºc - 27ºc (warm)

May – Nov: wet 23ºc - 27ºc (warm)

GULF OF MEXICO CARIBBEAN SEA Grande River Balsas River Boquillas del Carmen Nuevo Laredo ReynosaMatamoros MonterreySaltillo Matehuala Ciudad Victoria Ciudad Mante Tampico Charcas Piedras Negras Orampo Monclova NUEVO LEON GUANAJUATO QUERETARO HIDALGO MEXICO Queretaro Pachuca Pozarica Xalapa Veracruz Minatitlan VillahermosaCoatzacoalcos TLAXCALA GUERRERO Tlaxcala Puebla Chilpancingo Oaxaca Salina Cruz Tuxtla Gutierrez Tapachula Chetumal San Francisco de Campeche Merida Acapulco PUEBLA OAXACA TABASCO CHIAPAS GUATEMALA HONDURAS BELIZE EL SALVADOR CAMPECHE QUINTANA ROO YUCATAN Toluca Celaya Morelia Cuernavaca VERACRUZ SAN LUIS POTOSI San Luis Potosi Guanajuato Irapuato Salamanca TAMAULIPAS Cancun Riviera Maya Mexico City
above are general indications and actual climate in Mexico's regions may vary.
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Things to Know


128.9 million

Capital City Time Zone

Mexico City



Spanish, as well as indigenous languages like Nahuatl, Maya and Otomi, amongst others.

The Mexican Peso is the country’s official currency.  ATMs are found throughout the country, accepting most debit and credit cards. There are numerous places, including banks and money exchange stalls, that exchange USD, whilst most major foreign currencies such as EUR, UK GBP and AUS can be exchanged at banks.

Population Currency Visa

A Tourist Card is given on arrival, and most passport holders will be allowed a stay of up to 180 days. The entry immigration forms can be completed online using the link below and will be stamped upon arrival in Mexico at the immigration counters. There are normally paper copies available on arrival to complete, as these are usually no longer handed out on flights to Mexico. Mexico Tourist Card - HOME Most visitors to Mexico can travel without prearranging a tourist visa, including those from the USA, Canada, Europe, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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Celebrating local traditions

Day of the Dead

The famed Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday where families remember and honour the souls of their deceased relatives during a celebration that includes food, drinks and costume. Mexico City is one of the must-see places for this festival and home to the parade made famous by the James Bond movie ‘Spectre’.

Independence Day

Día de la Independencia – Independence Day – is a Mexican holiday that celebrates Father Hidalgo’s “cry of independence”, which started a revolt against the Spaniards on September 16, 1810. Tequila town in Guadalajara is the place to spend Independence Day, where Mexico’s infamous beverage, tequila, can be enjoyed in a colourful and lively colonial setting.


The Guelaguetza Festival, also called the Lunes del Cerro, or “Mondays on the Hill”, takes place in the southern state of Oaxaca on the last two Mondays of July, every year. The festival celebrates the cultural richness and ethnic diversity of this Mexican state, with an array of amazing traditional dances on display and exciting activities to delight any traveller.

Contact your Discova Agent today for more information on the packages that will bring your travellers closer to Mexico’s vibrant festivals.

Fleet Available

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In Mexico, Discova owns the following fleet: Chevrolet Suburban – 5 seats Ford Expedition – 5 seats Ford
Transit – 13 seats
Ford Transit – 11 seats Volkswagen Transporter – 6 seats
Pueblo Maya Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Traveller’s Table Riviera Maya, Mexico

What to Eat

Exploring Mexico’s rich flavours

Cochinita pibil is a traditional Mayan slow-roasted pork dish found in much of south-eastern Mexico. The best way to eat it is in delicious tacos with purple onion and to accompany it with habanero chili sauce (if you’re feeling brave!).

Cochinita Pibil Tacos Tikinxic

Tikin Xic is a succulent Mayan delicacy, famous throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. This grilled fish dish has a very distinctive red-orange colour, a result of the tasty achiote and sour orange that is marinated on a banana leaf.


Originally Peruvian, ceviche is a delight from the Caribbean Sea that incorporates raw fish or shrimp and fresh citrus juices. It’s usually served as an appetizer, and is especially delicious on hot summer days, accompanied by a cold beer.

Contact your Discova Agent today for more information on packages that will bring the culinary delights of Mexico to your travellers’ plates.

Find inspiration for your product portfolio by joining us on an imaginary itinerary through Mexico

From magnetic Cancun and Riviera Maya on the paradisical east coast, to charming Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta in the west, with colourful and dynamic Mexico City in-between, Mexico is a perfect fit for any traveller. Here you can create itineraries for your guests that include luxurious beachside lounging, jungle and tree-top adventures, immersive cultural and historical tours, and encounters with incredible wildlife. Discover the possibilities!

Tijuana Ensenada Mexicali Hermosillo Santa
River San Pedro Santiago River
Chihuahua Boquillas Torreon
Gomez Palacio
Mochis Guasave
Mazatlan Victoria de Durango Fresnillo Zacatecas Aguascalientes Tepic
Ciudad Jimenez Monclova
Ignacio Ciudad Obregon
Guanajuato Irapuato SalamancPuerto Vallarta

Piedras Negras Orampo Monclova

Grande River





Boquillas del Carmen Nuevo Laredo Reynosa Matamoros MonterreySaltillo Matehuala Ciudad Victoria Ciudad Mante Tampico


Leon Guanajuato Irapuato Salamanca






Celaya Morelia Cuernavaca


Queretaro Pachuca




Pozarica Xalapa Veracruz

San Francisco de Campeche


Riviera Maya Mexico City

Balsas River

Tlaxcala Puebla Chilpancingo Oaxaca Salina Cruz




Minatitlan VillahermosaCoatzacoalcos



Merida Acapulco

Tuxtla Gutierrez







Cancun is more than just fun in the sun – it’s a place of natural wonder (think swimming with whale sharks and snorkelling excursions), history and tradition (the ancient Mayans left their traces here too), and adventure (ATV rides and zip-lining for the thrill-seekers). It’s a place of entertainment, beauty and depth, all in one.

Mexico Destination Guide • Rio Lagartos • The Coloradas
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Chichen Itza
Caribbean Sea Caribbean Sea Mexican Gulf Cancun • Puerto Morelos Cenotes Route • • Isla Blanca Chiquila Harbor • • Holbox Island • El Cuyo • Contoy Island Whale shark • • Cancun International Airport • International Cozumel Airport • Isla Mujeres Leona Vicario • Kantunilkin • • El Meco • Hotel Zone • Punta CancunCancun • Down town • Pirate Ship • Punta Nizuc • Ventura Park • El Rey • Playa del Carmen • El Real • San Gervasio • Buena Vista • El Cedral • El Caracol COZUMEL • Puerto Aventuras • Akumal Tulum • Coba • • El Cielo Reef Quintana Roo Catamaran Isla Mujeres1 Taco Tour5 Tulum Coba Mayan Traditions4 ATVs & Ziplines2 Whale Sharks8 Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres7 Isla Holbox6

1. Catamaran Isla Mujeres

A full-day tour with premium open bar and buffet lunch at one of the best beach clubs in Isla Mujeres. On the way to Isla Mujeres travellers get to stop in el Meco for a snorkel session in beautiful turquoise waters, before spending a relaxing afternoon on the island, with some added fun at the end at Zamma beach club for drinks and buffet.

2. ATVs & Ziplines

A wide array of exciting outdoor activities packaged into a single full-day adventure. Travellers can fly over the tree-tops on Yucatan’s favourite 10 zipline circuit and experience one of the world’s fastest ziplines! And if that’s not enough, there’s a rope walking course, bungee swing, parachute jumping and a thrilling offroading circuit completed on a Polaris RZR buggy or a powerful ATV.

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3. Chichen Itza Mayan


Guests delve into the past of an ancient Mayan city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are introduced to flavours and scents of the city’s age-old cuisine. Here they can also refresh and relax in the “IKKIL” cenote, it’s deep blue waters offering a surreal, stunning scene.

4. Tulum Coba Mayan Traditions

Travel back in time to an ancient Mayan world. Visitors to Tulum will learn about honey and cocoa (Mayan legacies), receive the blessing of an authentic shaman, enjoy regional cuisine and climb the legendary Coba – the highest pyramid on the peninsula – for a spectacular view.

5. The Taco Tour

In recent years, Cancun has established a very serious, varied taco scene. North, south, east or west, you can ask any Mexican and they will tell you that tacos are not alike in the different areas of Mexico. That is why in the “Cancun Taco Tour” includes tacos representative throughout Mexico (with a delicious beer tasting to pair them with).

6. Isla Holbox

Holbox is an enchanting and rustic island, the ideal destination for nature lovers and all those who want to find peace in paradise. A small boat will take guests for an amazing 2-hour tour around the island, before they step on land for a buffet and drinks at an exclusive hotel, with optional relaxation or shopping time to close off the excursion.

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7. Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres

Travellers board comfortable boats on an incredible voyage to the Caribbean islands of Contoy and Isla Mujeres. Guests will enjoy snorkelling amongst corals and colourful fish, explore a nature reserve on Contoy, swim, relax on stunning beaches, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant on Isla Mujeres.

8. Whale Sharks

A priceless experience for animal lovers. Travellers can admire and swim with whale sharks and learn about the conservation efforts in place to safeguard these beautiful creatures. They are the largest fish in the world, but are extremely gentle and harmless. After this special encounter, guests can enjoy a light lunch and beach relaxation on Isla Mujeres.



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Suites Av Tulum 227, 20, 77500 Cancun, Quintana, Roo, Mx. Ambiance Suites Cancun is a centrally located hotel along the main avenue of the downtown area, suitable for business travellers and casual vacationers. With a beach club, swimming pool, international restaurant, business centre and meeting rooms, it meets the demands of varied clientele and offers plenty of entertainment in-house and nearby.

Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites Cancun

Km. 8.5, Blvd. Kukulcan, Punta Cancun, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mx.

Tranquillity and relaxation await guests at this beach-side hotel. In the heart of the hotel zone, Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites Cancun offers large suites with unique designs and pampered treatment along the stunning waters and soft white sands of Cancun.

Fairfield Inn

Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio, Sm. 305, Mza. 01, L-3-02, Cond. S2-1, 77533, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mx.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Cancun Airport, a contemporary hotel in Quintana Roo, Mexico, is perfect for business trips, big moments and celebrations. Versatile event venues, Wi-Fi, ergonomic work desks (in rooms), a pool and fitness centre make this hotel the perfect spot for a balanced trip.

La Palapa Isla Holbox

Avenida Morelos 231, Isla Holbox, 77310 Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mx.

The Beachfront Hotel La Palapa is a romantic hotel for adults only, located on Holbox Island in the Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of Mexico. The hotel offers an incomparable setting with 25 comfortable rooms, literally just a few feet away from a white sandy beach and inviting turquoise waters. Guests can relax along the beach on lounge chairs and hammocks, with a beach bar close at hand.

HM Villas Palapas del Mar Holbox

C. P.º Kuka Manzana 133, 77310 Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mx.

Villas HM Palapas del Mar offers a little bit of everything in paradise. Located on beautiful Holbox Island, the comfortable villas provide a flat screen TV, refrigerator, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also boasts a 24 hour front desk, concierge service, a pool, free breakfast and lovely nearby Italian restaurants.

Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is a stunning stretch of Caribbean coastline located just south of Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula. While ocean lovers will find wonderful catamaran and snorkelling opportunities, there’s plenty of adventure and cultural learning to be done here, too. Cooking classes, a traditional Mayan ceremony and an epic thrill park await!

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• Punta Allen • Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Caribbean Sea Caribbean Sea Cancun • Puerto Morelos Cenotes Route • • Isla Blanca Chiquila Harbor • • El Cuyo • Contoy Island • Cancun International Airport • International Cozumel Airport • Isla Mujeres Leona Vicario • Kantunilkin • • El Meco • Hotel Zone • Punta CancunCancun • Down town • Pirate Ship • Punta Nizuc • Ventura Park • El Rey • Playa del Carmen • El Real • San Gervasio • Buena Vista • El Cedral • El Caracol COZUMEL • Puerto Aventuras • XcaretPunta Venado • • Akumal Tulum • Coba • • El Cielo Reef Quintana Roo Mayan Night3 Xavage6 Mexico Lindo Cooking Class1 The Traveller’s Table2 Underwater World4 Mayan Adventure5 El Cielo (the Sky)7 Riviera Maya Luxury Sailing8

1. Mexico Lindo Cooking Class

Learn to cook traditional Mexican dishes with a local expert chef. Collect ingredients from the ground and prepare all your own Mexican dishes in this fun and rewarding experience. At the end, sit down to enjoy a banquet of everything you have made, and there might be some tequilla to savour too!

2. The Traveller’s Table

Enjoy the #1 dining experience in Playa del Carmen! It’s a taste bud journey through time, showcasing flavours and techniques from the Mayan empire to the present day. Guests learn and taste the influences of Spain, Africa and the Middle East, with deliciously paired wines, mezcals and tequilas, whilst sharing this 5-course meal with travellers from all over the world.

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3. Mayan Night

During this priceless experience, guests learn how a small Mayan community lives and about their prevailing traditions. In the Mayan night, they will be part of a purification ceremony where the whole atmosphere is prepared to enter “mother earth’s womb”, the TEMAZCAL – a volcanic stone steam bath to cleanse and renew mind and body. Afterwards, guests may take a refreshing swim in a cenote and enjoy a delicious traditional meal.

4. Underwater World

Underwater World is a tour dedicated to exploring the natural wonders of the underwater world of the Riviera Maya. The expedition takes travellers through the Mayan jungle to an exclusive, sacred Mayan cenote for a swim amongst underground caves and stalagmites, and finally to a snorkelling spot in the magical Mesoamerican reef amongst beautiful sea turtles.

5. Mayan Adventure

Adventurous travellers will explore Mexico´s biodiversity in this special snorkelling tour. They will dive into the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean surrounded by exotic marine life, explore an underground river in the middle of the jungle, and discover the mystical wonders of the Mayan sink holes (cenotes).

6. Xavage

Xavage is a new thrill park in Cancun welcoming travellers for an adrenalinepacked adventure. Here they can climb through hanging challenges on a Ropes Course, paddle through the only canals in Cancun on a kayak, go zip-lining and enjoy a wild ride on a jet boat. Both Basic Admission and All Inclusive Admission include a buffet meal at the park’s restaurant.

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7. El Cielo (the Sky)

Travellers snorkel into the crystal-clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean around Cozumel Island, famous for having the second largest coral reef in the world. Here they will visit the most beautiful reefs on the island: Colombia Bajo, Palancar, and “El Cielo”, famous for its starfish sanctuary, fine white sand and the most breath-taking turquoise waters.

8. Riviera Maya Luxury Sailing

Guests board a luxury sailing catamaran to discover one of the most impressive reefs in the Caribbean. The sailboat offers a firstclass, unobtrusive way to catch a glimpse of wildlife like sting rays and sometimes even turtles! This half-day excursion combines pure sailing pleasure, attentive service from an experienced crew, standup paddle boarding, swimming and snorkelling.

Our Recommended Hotels

Riviera Maya

Ana y José Hotel & Spa

Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila, Km. 7, Tulum Beach, Punta Piedra, 77780, Tulum, Quintana, Roo, Mx.

Ana y José Hotel & Spa is boutique hotel in Tulum, offering a sanctuary of stunning views in front of the beach and a unique, breath-taking environment. The hotel’s restaurant boasts a delightful culinary experience of traditional recipes and local and organic ingredients on a soft sand floor.

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Selina Tulum

Carr. Tulum-Boca Paila, Km. 7.5, Tulum Beach, Hotel Zone, 77780, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mx.

The Tulum Hotel by Selina is located on the beachfront amongst music, art, wellness, and culture. This co-working, pet-friendly and fun environment boasts spacious private rooms with an ocean view and community rooms for those digital nomads and explorers willing to share their experience with others.

Hacienda Paradise

Av. 10 Nte. between Street 20 and 22 Downtown, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710, Playa del Carmen,, Quintana Roo, Mx.

Hacienda Paradise Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels is a colonial-style hotel that brings travellers closer to the best of Playa del Carmen. The hotel is located 700 metres from the beach and one block from famous 5th Avenue, where guests will find a wide variety of restaurants, craft shops, bars and nightclubs. In-house, guests can enjoy poolside lounging and spa treatments in a holistic environment.

Los Cabos

Los Cabos has zest, incredible marine life and a colourful heritage. Here visitors can encounter gentle humpback whales in the winter season, admire the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, swim in the warm waters of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, and explore lively, eclectic towns.


Mexico Destination Guide • San
• Agua de Enmedio • El Rifle • Agua Verde • Puerto Chale • Santa Margarita Island • San de la •
El Coyote
Rancho Conejo
• Los
Los Cabos The Arch • • La Playa • National Park Cabo Pulmo • Santiago • La Ribera • Los Barriles Baja California Sur • El Triunfo • La Venta • El Carrizal • La Paz • La Ventana • Ceralvo Island • Pichilinque • El Cajete Juan la Costa • Espiritu Santo Island Los Inocentes • Todos Santos • El Pescadero • El Centenario • Sierra de la Laguna HP • Los Cabos International Airport Baja California Sur California Gulf North Pacific Ocean Whale Watching1 Private Yacht Charter8 Snorkel at Pelican Beach Deluxe2 Cabo San Lucas City Tour6 Todos Santos City Tour7 Land’s End with Lunch3 Party Cruise5 Los Cabos Encounter4

1. Whale Watching

Come face-to-face with one of the most majestic animals on Earth: the humpback and grey whales that migrate to Cabo San Lucas between November and March. This tour takes place aboard a glassbottom boats and, in addition to the whale watching, includes a visit the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, rock formations, sea lion colony, and more!

2. Snorkel at Pelican Beach


Travellers embark on a guided snorkelling tour in Cabo San Lucas for an adventure that includes a visit to the famous Arch, rock formations, sea lion colony, and a delicious lunch. Shopping time in Cabo San Lucas is contemplated in the tour schedule. If sea conditions allow, guests also have optional free time on the beach. The tour can be upgraded to include a new snorkel tube and a set of digital photos.

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3. Land’s End with Lunch

Guests board a glass-bottom boat and visit the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, rock formations, a sea lion colony, and more! Shopping time in Cabo San Lucas is contemplated in the tour schedule. If sea conditions allow, guest have optional free time on the beach to relax. Lunch is included at a small additional charge.

4. Los Cabos Encounter

This insightful experience takes guests on an exploration of Los Cabos, visiting both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas and learning of their colourful past. Later, the tour continues on a glass-bottom boat to experience the sea’s amazing natural wealth, including the one and only Arch of Cabo San Lucas!

6. Party Cruise

Guests board a catamaran to observe the marvellous sunset while enjoying the domestic open bar, music, and entertainment.

5. Cabo San Lucas City Tour

This experience is ideally suited for those who enjoy a flexible schedule when exploring their destination. In addition to a series of interesting attractions on land and sea, guests can enjoy leisure time lounging on the beach or shopping in Cabo San Lucas’ downtown area.

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7. Todos Santos City Tour

The peculiar and eclectic town of Todos Santos, located between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas, has a long and fascinating history. Travellers will be led through Todos Santos by certified, bilingual tour guides, learning about the culture and traditions of the places they visit. A visit to the Hotel California is included in the schedule along with a selection of unique galleries.

8. Private Yacht Charter

Guests will revel in the stunning views of Los Cabos on a luxurious yacht, Frenchmade catamaran, or private sailboat during this exceptional tour. They will discover The Arch and Land’s End and receive a personalised experience with an attentive, bilingual crew on hand.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is known for its natural beauty as much as it is for its entertaining atmosphere and nightlife. This Pacific coast resort town has a little bit of everything, with exciting city tours and shows, historic town explorations, whale watching and a rewarding jungle hike, just for starters!

Mexico Destination Guide North Pacific Ocean • Chimo •
Hidden Beach
Punta Mita
Punta Villela
Isla Marietas Eco Discovery
Bay of Banderas Yelapa • • Puerto Vallarta International Airport Nuevo Vallart • • Higuera Bianca • Sayulita • Chulavista • El Guamuchil • Las Cinco Cruces • Bucerias • Valle de Banderas • San Juan de Abajo • Las Palmas de Arriba • Ameca • El Colorado • La Desembocada • Ixtapa • Las Juntas • Mezcales • Romantic Zone • La Palapa • El Realito • El Jorullo • Guacimas Ranch • San Pedro • Mismaloya • Boca de Tomatlan • Los Veranos • Vallarta Botanical Gardens • Quimixto • Las Caletas • San Vicente • La Cruz de Huanacaxtle • San Jose del Valle Puerto Vallarta Jalisco Nayarit Rhythms of the Night VIP Hiking Los Veranos & Botanical Garden5 Whale Watching3 Farm Lands & Historic Towns8 Electric Bikes Downtown & Taco Tour6 Vallarta Alive7 Outdoor Adventure4

1. Rhythms of the Night VIP

Rhythms of the Night, an award-winning cruise and show extravaganza, takes travellers on a journey deep into Mexico’s ancient history. They will witness spiritual rituals under a beautiful star-lit sky nestled deep within the tropical rainforest at Las Caletas, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and take part in a serene cruise across the Bay of Banderas.

2. Isla Marietas Eco


During this tour, guides give guests the opportunity to enjoy the natural majesty of the Marietas Islands at their own pace. They can explore the serene seawater while snorkelling, enjoy a full lunch and an exclusive visit to Majahuitas Beach Club, and will maybe even spot humpback whales (during the winter months) and dolphins.

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3. Whale Watching

A magical show full of inspiration awaits travellers during this whale watching tour (winter season). It offers a unique learning experience of these majestic creatures, with the comforts that only a catamaran can provide. Guests enjoy a continental breakfast, a fresh lunch, and a premium bar throughout, and are accompanied by a qualified and enthusiastic crew.

4. Outdoor Adventure

Travellers will enjoy an incredible array of activities into one fun-filled day of excitement for all the family! With 7 thrilling double-safety wire zip-lines, an amazing free-fall simulator, and an incredible fly at 70 miles per hour on Mexico’s longest and fastest “Superman” zip-line, they’re up for a great adventure. Nestled in the heart of a tropical forest just outside of Vallarta, the extreme canopy adventure combines the fun and enjoyment of zip-lining with beautiful vistas.

5. Hiking Los Veranos & Botanical Garden

This excursion involves a stunning hiking trail along the Horcones River to the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Travellers will stroll through the lush, warm Los Veranos Jungle, a small part of Mexico’s enormous forest system that makes up over 1% of the world’s jungles alone! Hiking guides will help make sure that hikers have a safe, informative, and fulfilling experience.

6. Electric Bikes Downtown & Taco Tour

An exciting way to explore Puerto Vallarta! Puerto Vallarta Electric Bike Rentals offers high-quality, fat tire electric bikes to cruise around town without the hassle and costs of traffic and parking. With electric bikes, travellers can see the town without wearing out their legs, allowing them to save time between destinations. They can finish their experience tasting tacos from 3 different spots.

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7. Vallarta Alive

A full experience of what Puerto Vallarta is in one single day. Guests will explore the tourist area and immerse themselves in the local community for a glimpse into their lifestyle. They will be guided by an official tourist guide who will share historical facts and stories about the area.

8. Farm Lands & Historic Towns

Travellers will go on a historic tour of old towns and visit Planeta Cacao to learn everything there is to know about the production of chocolate. Afterwards, they will stop by a Raicilla and Tequila factory, where they can taste one of the best tequilas in the region, and finally end the tour in a fantastic restaurant for a tasty lunch.

Our Recommended Hotels

Hotel Mio Vallarta

Mexico Destination Guide Puerto Vallarta
Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio, 2179-A,
Hotel Zone,
Nte., 48333, Puerto
Vallarta, Jalisco, Mx.
Hotel MIO redefines the business traveller experience. The hotel offers comfort, good taste, modern rooms and exclusive amenities, and is just a few minutes from the best beach area, an exclusive shopping plaza (La Isla) and the Malecon of Puerto Vallarta, a stunning boardwalk.
Rhythms of the Night Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Mexico City

Mexico City is a vivacious place where histories merge. Here travellers can delve into the past during picturesque walking tours, get to know the city’s lively markets, and discover exceptional art galleries and museums. This is where modernity meets tradition, dynamic culture and exceptional architecture.



Biosphere Reserve, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

of Mexico



Valle de Bravo


de Hidalgo

Mexico Destination Guide Michoacan Toluca Morelia State
Taxco • •
• Tequisquiapan • San
• Moroleon • Hidalgo
• Tejupilco
Taxco & Cuernavaca3 Chapultepec Castle7
Cuernavaca Morelos Puebla Puebla Tlaxcala • Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl Volcano National Park • Mexico City International Airport • Cuautla • Tepotzotlan • Izucar de Matamoros • Metepec • Ecatepec Morelos • Teotihuacan Texcoco • Chapultepec Forest • • Cuautitlan Izcalli • Apizaco • Cholula • Chignahuapan • Zacatlan • Huachinango • Tulancingo• Pachuca • Tula • Mineral del Monte • Ixmiquilpan Xochimilco & Frida Khalo Museum1 Mexico City Tour & Museum of Anthropology2 Tula & Tepotzotlan5 Puebla & Cholula4 Walking Tour Centro Historico6 Pyramids of Teotihuacan & Basilica de Guadalupe8 Mexico City

1. Xochimilco & Frida Kahlo Museum

This tour offers travellers a fantastic immersion into Mexico City’s past and art. They will travel along the Avenida de los Insurgentes (Pan-American Highway), visit La Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Xochimilco (where Mexican traditions and folklore come to life), the Frida Kahlo Museum, and much more!

2. Mexico City Tour & Museum of Anthropology

This lovely walking tour takes travellers past some of Mexico City’s most celebrated monuments and revered places. Here they get insight into its colonial, Aztec and modern architecture, and visit the exceptional Museum of Anthropology, which pays homage to indigenous Mexico.

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3. Taxco & Cuernavaca

During this picturesque walking tour, visitors are first introduced to Cuernavaca, known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ for its warm climate and colourful flora. Here they will visit one of the oldest cathedrals in the country and the Palace of Cortés. Later, they explore the golden age architecture of quaint former mining town, Taxco.

4. Puebla & Cholula

Splendid churches, temples, a great pyramid, art and colonial architecture await travellers as they are taken on an intriguing tour through the cities of Cholula and Puebla. They will be introduced to relics from the 16th century and artisan work that has been carried through to our modern age.

5. Tula & Tepotzotlan

Travellers follow the highway that leads to Tula, once capital of the Toltec Empire and cradle of pre-Hispanic warriors. After an insightful tour here, they are taken onwards to fascinating Tepotzotlán city, home to the Old Jesuit College of San Francisco Javier, where the most important work of Mexican Churrigueresque Baroque art is displayed.

6. Walking Tour Centro Historico

The Historic Centre of Mexico City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and travellers will soon understand its welldeserved admiration. Here they are introduced to exceptional places of art, history and culture, like the Palace of Fine Arts, Temple of San Francisco de Asis, Bar La Opera, and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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7. Chapultepec Castle

The Castle of Chapultepec is a true feast for the eyes, as visitors will discover in this special tour. Its museum boasts beautiful facades, marvellous gardens and magnificent exhibition rooms with spectacular artworks and important historical documents. Here they will also visit the Gallery of History, learning about the history of Mexico through dioramas, models and videos.

8. Pyramids of Teotihuacan & Basilica de Guadalupe

This fascinating tour takes travellers on a journey through ancient Mexican culture. In Teotihuacán they will admire the Religious Centre, which traces its origins between 600 and 200 years BC, and ascend the ‘Pyramid of the Sun and the Moon’ (if conditions allow). Returning to Mexico City, they will visit the famed Basilica of Guadalupe, where travellers will get a glimpse into the reverence Mexicans profess to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Our Recommended Hotels

Mexico City

Hotel Historico Central

Historico Central is located in the heart of downtown Mexico City, within the financial, commercial and business district, a few steps away from the main landmarks and iconic attractions of the city. The hotel is nestled in a preserved historic building that dates back to the 1700s. The interior is contemporary and comfortable, and boasts


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Simon Bolivar 28, Mexico City Historic Centre, Downtown, Cuauhtémoc, 06000, Mexico City, Mx.
Hotel Zocalo Central Av. 5 de Mayo, Mexico City Historic Centre, Downtown, Cuauhtemoc 61, 06000, Mexico City, Mx. Zocalo Central Hotel expertly blends traditional splendour with modern comfort and unforgettable city vistas. Its central location in the heart of Mexico City’s most important square makes it easy for guests to discover all of the city’s most stunning attractions. Housed within a charming 1890’s-era building, the hotel offers 105 rooms and suites and a lovely roof-top restaurant.

Other Regions

Rio Lagartos, Yucatan

For many, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear ‘Río Lagartos’ are its pink flamingos. And for good reason, since this protected area is practically a sanctuary for the birds, and where you’ll see an astounding number of these elegant creatures. From here, suggest a trip to Las Coloradas to your travellers, a nearby, famous spot for its unmistakable pink waters.

Valladolid, Yucatan

In Valladolid the pace of life is wonderfully laid back. This town still emanates the ancient magic of the Mayan inhabitants, and travellers can spend their afternoons wandering around its barrios full of colours, admiring relics of an intriguing colonial past. Set in the jungle of the Yucatán Peninsula, this hidden gem is a great starting point for explorations of the nearby incredible archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam or Cobá.

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Las Caletas, Puerto Vallarta

If your travellers are craving tropical relaxation, Las Caletas’ breath-taking beach will offer precisely that. Here, jungle meets inviting clear-blue waters, where visitors can enjoy lazy naps in beach-side hammocks, walks through lush vegetation and stunning snorkelling experiences.

Cozumel, Quintana Roo

The largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, Cozumel has incomparable views, both in and out of the water. It is a favourite destination for snorkelling and scuba diving, being home to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world. From white-sand beaches to underwater caverns brimming with tropical marine life, the island is an awe-inspiring must-see.

Other Regions

Oaxaca, Oaxaca

Amidst beaches and bays, valleys, petrified waterfalls and archaeological sites, the best expeditions await travellers in this UNESCO World Heritage property. The history and legacy of ancient civilizations remains latent in Oaxaca, and in its archaeological sites cities that were once inhabited by great cultures, such as the Mixtec and Zapotec, can be explored. Monte Albán, considered one of the most important ceremonial centres in the region, and Mitla, known as “The City of the Dead”, are particular must-sees.

Merida, Yucatan

Vibrant Mérida, also known as the ‘White City’, is centrally located within the Yucatán Peninsula, making it a great starting point for day visits to the region’s UNESCO sites. The city has a wonderful cultural blend of influences from the Mayan civilization and 16th century Spanish colonialization, and its much-loved cuisine and food markets are sure to delight travellers.

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Todos los Santos, Baja Califoria

Todos Santos is a charming coastal town on the Baja California Peninsula, backed by the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. Popular with artists and known for its galleries, Todos Santos has a relaxing atmosphere that blends great surf – on beaches like San Pedrito and Los Cerritos – and eclectic culture.

The Arch of los Cabos, Baja Califoria

The Arch of Cabo San Lucas is a distinctive rock formation that lies on the extreme southern end of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Known locally as “El Arco,” it is here that the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Here visitors will often see gatherings of lazy sea lions and be treated to its exceptional, famous scenic backdrop.

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Treetop Adventure (Ziplining)

Ziplining is a thrilling experience, providing travellers with an adrenaline rush as they whizz through the treetops. As a bonus, ziplining tours are often located in stunning locations – and our tours in Mexico are no different. Travellers not only go on an adventure, but also get incredible views of the surrounding areas of Puerto Vallarta, Tulum, and other natural gems.

ATV Riding

Escape seekers? A venture into Mexico’s wide plains, dense jungle or vast deserts with an ATV offers something different, something thrilling. Travellers will traverse through scenic canyons and mountain trails in secluded, natural areas, while driving in an all-terrain vehicle with an experienced local guide leading the way. We offer ATV tours in various locations throughout Mexico.

Rappel Down a Waterfall

Hiking along narrow jungle trails, crossing commando bridges, and wading through freshwater before rappelling down steep rock faces and off suspended platforms into cool, natural pools or beside crashing waterfalls. Mexico’s jungles are full of opportunities for travellers to get active while admiring epic scenery.

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Three Cultures

Mexico City is the home of Mexican culture – a capital city that celebrates the country’s Mesoamerican, Hispanic, and postcolonial influences. With the ‘three cultures’ tour, cultural enthusiasts can get an insight into what comprises modern Mexico. Travellers will visit the shrine of Guadalupe to observe Mexico’s unique brand of Catholicism, the pyramids of Tenochtitlan to learn of its Aztec past, and finally the historically-varied Plaza de las Tres Culturas.

Coba and Tulum

No trip to Mexico for a cultural enthusiast would be complete without delving into the country’s Mayan traditions. Coba and Tulum are two incredible temples to visit, and we offer a tour that combines both in one day. With our expert guides on hand to uncover the secrets of the Mayan sculptures, travellers enjoy a journey into the past at these impressive archaeological sites.

Explore Legendary Campeche

Campeche is known as ‘the walled city’ and is a charming UNESCO World Heritage Site. This state capital still retains traces of its deep Mayan heritage and safeguards ancient pirate stories and legends. Explore the city’s baroque colonial houses, military architecture, museums, historic square, and neighbourhoods that are full of ageold tradition.

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Marine Wonders

From humpback whale watching to swimming with whale sharks and a myriad of snorkelling expeditions, your travellers won’t be able to resist getting into Mexico’s Caribbean waters! Experienced guides introduce guests to the beauty of sensitive underwater species and conservation efforts made to uphold the coast’s incredible marine ecosystem.

Monarch Butterflies Sanctuary Visit

The monarch butterfly migration is an incredible natural spectacle that your travellers can marvel at between November and March. The butterflies make the long journey to Mexico to escape the harsh winters in the US and Canada. The delicate creatures can be admired on hikes in several monarch butterfly sanctuaries located between Estado de Mexico and Michoacan.

Sian Ka’an

The beautiful biosphere of Sian Ka’an – here, travellers will hop on small boats and tour the mangrove routes, observing the native flora and fauna. Along the way they will meet manatees, crocodiles, turtles, dolphins, and various migratory birds, accompanied by an expert guide. Later, they will sit down for a traditional Mexican lunch in a small fishing village, before heading back out into the Caribbean to explore the reef with some snorkelling.

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Cenote Ik Kil Yucatan, Mexico

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Learn to Scuba Dive

An underwater adventure awaits in Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas. No matter where your travellers take their first (or second, or third…) PADI scuba diving course, they will be guided by professional, safe hands as they explore and learn about a world not everyone gets to see.

Mayan Community and Bee Sanctuary

In a beautiful jungle setting, travellers are invited to interact and cook along with the traditional chefs of the Nuevo Durango Mayan Community. More than just a cooking lesson, guests are taught how to make organic honey and can observe the famous Melipona bees at work, as well as visit a charming deer sanctuary.

Mud Madness and Mexology

A learning experience with a whole lot of fun involved! Travellers hop on ATV vehicles and conquer the rugged Mud Madness tracks at Riviera Maya. Beyond the adrenaline rush, guests are also taught traditional and modern cocktail-making techniques, discovering what makes Mexican mixology – or Mexology – particularly special.

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An enchanting, rustic island, ideal for nature lovers and all those who want to experience a true tropical island escape. Forty-two kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide, Holbox Island offers 36 kilometres of pristine white coralline sand beaches. Travellers are taken on a boat tour to various stunning spots on the island, with plenty of opportunity to soak up the sun, sea, and sand.

Marietas Island

In terms of wild natural beauty and scenic seaside vistas, few areas in the world are richer than the Marieta Islands. Protected as part of Islas Marietas National Park, these natural wonders are home to numerous native wildlife species, as well as some of the most breath-taking landscapes in all of Mexico. Travellers can embark on a tour to the island, which features snorkelling, a full buffet lunch, and a trip to the exclusive Majahuitas Beach Club.

Contoy and Mujeres

Travellers can visit two idyllic island paradises in one day with this trip. Isla Contoy is a protected island, home to hundreds of native migratory bird species. Excursions here are closely monitored to help conservation efforts. Isla Mujeres, an island characterised by its charming souvenir market and its world-class beaches, is the next stop. Guests can while away the afternoon catching some rays on its beautiful white sands.

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Cancun, MX. (Head Office)

Edificio Cunstorage, Boulevard Luis Donaldo Colosio, Sm. 307, Mz. 305, Lote 2-09, Of. 02. Benito Juarez, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. CP. 77536 https://goo.gl/maps/8YL4pdU2KYruPRbf8

Puerto Vallarta, MX.

Plaza Punto Banderas, Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio, Num. 3987, Int. Loc. 23, Col. Fraccionamiento Marina Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. CP. 48335 https://goo.gl/maps/xKGXktHJNL7dd6YY9

San Jose, Los Cabos,


Plaza Santa Fe, Boulevard Mauricio Castro, Local F. 8 de octubre.

San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. CP. 23400 https://goo.gl/maps/zxH5UeypofYLHJmX7

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