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Mexico Holidays

Many great civilisations have left their mark on Mexico. Be sure to trek through vine-covered pyramids around the Yucatan Peninsula and wander through the colonial heritage town of Oaxaca.

Spanish colonial architecture, bougainvillaea-draped courtyards, cobbled streets, museums and art galleries. Whales, beautiful Caribbean beaches, deserts, mountains, festivals, music and some fantastic hotels. A holiday to Mexico may not be top of the list of every traveller but it should be.

This huge country spans a range of habitats, from snow-capped mountains and pine-forested highlands to tropical rainforest and dry cactus deserts. Great cultures and empires such as the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs have left their mark on Mexican traditions, culture and people. Mexico also holds some of the world’s most famous and impressive archaeological sites that includes the huge pyramids of Teotihuacan, the extensively restored site of Chichen Itza and a number of lesser-known ruins that offer the occasional Indiana Jones moment as you wander among their vine-covered crumbling pyramids.

The most authentic way to appreciate Yucatan’s rich history is to stay in one of the unique hacienda’s. Built upon the vast profits amassed from the production of sisal, a fibre that became known as “green gold”, the haciendas hark back to an opulent and privileged past. The invention of synthetic fibres and post-revolution land re-distribution left many haciendas to crumble into ruin, but a number have recently been restored and converted into stunning luxury hotels.

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John is a true conversationalist and was a delight to deal with. In fact, we enjoyed hearing his stories about whale-watching in Baja California so much that we were quick to plan our trip with him and benefit from his first-hand knowledge.

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John's communication skills are second to none, and his knowledge of Mexico equally as impressive. We will not think twice before asking for his help with our next adventure in the Americas.

Destination: Mexico
Travel Expert: John

Our trip to Baja California really surpassed all of our expectations - it was truly magical! I wouldn't hesitate to use or recommend Steppes in the future.

Destination: Baja California
Travel Expert: John

Thank you, Sue, for knowing which vessel suited our requirements for our trip to Baja California – in choosing a sailing accompanied by a National Geographic photographer, we have come home with both great photographs and great stories to tell.

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Experiences

Discover Yucatan Peninsula

Explore charming colonial towns and some idyllic beach properties.

Chichen Itza

Visit the magnificent Chichen Itza, the seventh wonder of the modern world.

Snorkel Baja California

Go snorkelling, diving and fishing.

Mayan Sites

Experience extraordinary culture and history of the Mayans.

Yucatan Peninsula

Discover a network of underground rivers and lagoons make for adventurous exploration.

Whale Watching

Spend time watching whales on the Pacific coast, or swim with whale sharks in the Caribbean.

Visit the Highland Towns

Explore markets and the colonial heritage of the highland towns Oaxaca and San Cristobal.

Batopilas

Visit Batopilas, a small 19th Century mining village found deep in the canyon.

Copper Canyon Train Ride

Ride the Copper Canyon Railway, often considered to be the most dramatic train journey in the western hemisphere..

Hike Copper Canyon

Enjoy excellent hiking opportunities.

Frequently asked questions about Mexico

Are there any festivals I can see during my trip, or spend time with ‘real’ locals?

We should have discussed this with you and if this is of particular interest then do ask and your travel consultant can arrange this for you. Whether it is a small fiesta you are looking for or one of a much bigger scale, such as Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, there are many on offer here. Regarding spending time with locals, we can offer time spent with artisans (local artists), explore indigenous weaving villages and homestays with local families.

What can I expect travelling in Mexico?

Travelling typically involves moving around quite frequently Mexico being such a huge country and spanning some three time zones.

What clothing should I take to Mexico?

It is always best to pack light and while casual dress has become more acceptable in recent years, Latin Americans tend to devote great care to their clothes and appearance. A laundry service is available at most if not all hotels but when you are on the move there is not always the time for laundry and you pay a premium for same-day delivery. Depending upon where you are travelling in Mexico will dictate what is best to wear. We find that a good fleece, waterproof jacket, layers and zip-off trousers work well for all areas. Aside from clothing a high factor suncream, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, photocopy of your passport and swimming costume are good things to include.

What is the typical food and drink in Mexico?

Mexican food is probably one of the most well-known here in the UK but do note that chilli con carne is more of a westernised dish than Mexican. Mole sauces are famous containing chocolate and chilli plus tortillas, black beans are served in most places with salsa and guacamole. For drinks Tequilla, Margaritas and national beers are consumed widely.

When is the rainy season in Mexico?

Generally, May to October but rains tend to be short, tropical bursts rather than continuous.

What is the time zone in Mexico?

Mexico spans three different time zones being eight hours behind GMT in the West, seven hours behind GMT in central Mexico and six hours behind GMT in the Yucatan and the east of the country. Mexico does observe daylight-saving time and generally changes in April and October similar to ours.

How long are the flights to Mexico from the UK?

From London Heathrow to Mexico City airport, flights take just over 11 hours.

When is the rainy season in Mexico?

Generally, the rainy season lasts from May to October but rains tend to be short, tropical bursts rather than continuous.

Are there any festivals I can see during my trip, or opportunities to spend time with locals?

We should have discussed this with you and if this is of particular interest, then do ask and your travel consultant can arrange this for you. Whether it is a small fiesta you are looking for or one of a much bigger scale, such as the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, there are many on offer here. We can offer time spent with artisans (local artists). In villages, explore indigenous weaving and get to know local families during homestays.

What is the typical food and drink in Mexico?

Mexican food is probably one of the most well-known here in the UK, but note that chili con carne is more of a westernised dish than Mexican. Mole sauces are famous, containing chocolate and chili plus tortillas, and black beans are served in most places with salsa and guacamole. As for drinks, Tequila, Margaritas and national beers are consumed widely.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

Over multiple trips, John has immersed himself in the natural and cultural highlights of this huge country. He has had close encounters with grey whales off Baja’s Pacific coast, swam with whale sharks in the Caribbean, attended shaman rituals in Chiapas and sought out some of Mexico City’s finest Mezcalerias.
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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.
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