Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Mexico

Mexico’s Southern Route



20 Days

Prices Start from

$11,950pp (ex. flights)

Uncover the secrets of southern Mexico while travelling between ancient Zapotec capitals and fertile valleys, taking a boat journey through a 1,000-metre-deep caiman-filled canyon, interacting with friendly market-sellers and touring one of the most important Mesoamerican sites in the Americas.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Teotihuacan, Mexico City, Mexico 1

Explore Teotihuacan

Witness the world’s third largest pyramid structure, perhaps riding in a hot air balloon.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Oaxaca, Mexico 2

Sous-Chef in Oaxaca

Take a cooking lesson in Oaxaca with a famed chef who will accompany you to the market.

Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas, Mexico 3

Go Canyon Boating

Look out for spider monkeys and ocelots while taking a boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon.

Castle at Tulum, Yutacan, Mexico 4

Snorkel in Tulum

Snorkel, paddle-board or kayak in the crystal clear waters of sought-after Tulum.

Why we like it

Ideally suited to those seeking an in-depth discovery of this fascinating country, this southern route through the land of temples and cenotes is one of extremes. From the cosmology and rituals of Teotihuacan to the elite turquoise ocean-flanked town of Tulum, this trip takes in fascinating cultures, colourful streets and monkey-inhabited forests. With explorations of everything from the ancient Zapotec capital that is one of the oldest cities of Mesoamerica to a market-to-table cooking workshop with a famed Oaxacan chef, this is a breathtaking journey through lesser-visited marvels.

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Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Las Alcobas £££££

  • Mexico
  • City

Las Alcobas is located in the lively and fashionable district of Polanco. This former 1950s apartments residence has been recreated as a modern 35 room hotel finished to very high specifications. All rooms have wired and wireless internet connections, luxury bedding, TV, DVD and CD entertainment and theatre systems from BOSE and luxury bathrooms. A personal concierge service is available throughout your stay.

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Hotel Catrina de Alcala £££££

  • Mexico

Hotel Catrina de Alcala is a boutique hotel, set in the heart of Oaxaca – a World Cultural Heritage area, designated by UNESCO. The hotel has 13 rooms, each with vibrant interiors and an inviting and modern theme throughout. Catrina de Alcala benefits from a heated pool, an in-house restaurant with a unique wine cellar – the staff members are knowledgeable in pairing specific grapes with dishes. There is also an in-house art gallery with a collection of pieces demonstrating the culture of Oaxaca.

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Hotel BO £££££

  • Mexico
  • Boutique

Hotel BO is a design innovation in San Cristobal. Step through a large, ancient wooden door set into one of San Cristobal’s historic central buildings to discover a funky boutique interior that blends modern design with local materials and traditional themes, creating a colourful and artistic interior that is unlike any other in this city.

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Hacienda Uayamon £££££

  • Mexico
  • Boutique

Hacienda Uayamon is an old 18th Century ranch and henequen plantation characterised by its imposing stone archways and towering columns. Situated within easy reach of the Maya ruins of Edzna and the walled town of Campeche, Hacienda Uayamon provides a peaceful retreat in a classic colonial setting.

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Jashita Hotel £££££

  • Mexico
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Jashita is a beachfront boutique hotel, set on the shores of Soliman Bay, just 15 minutes from the small town of Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula. An eco-friendly beach resort with 21 rooms comprising of standard, waterfront and beachfront suites in its own little oasis on a white coral sand beach offering a great deal of sophistication. Popular with British and European guests, it is a peaceful hotel that serves afternoon tea. The food is excellent, with Pandano Restaurant serving a mix of Italian and Mexican dishes at a number of dining locations including around the pool or beachside. Hotel facilities include beach palapas and massage treatments, as well as additional activities such as yoga, fishing trips, cenote visits and kite surfing.

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When to travel

Mexico in January

January and February are peak months of travel as the weather is dry, temperatures and temperatures are warm. As these are popular months, we recommend planning 9-12 months in advance. Many beach hotels and resort have required minimum night stays during this time, which will be taken into consideration when planning your itinerary.

Mexico in February

January and February are peak months of travel as the weather is dry, temperatures and temperatures are warm. As these are popular months, we recommend planning 9-12 months in advance. Many beach hotels and resort have required minimum night stays during this time, which will be taken into consideration when planning your itinerary.

Mexico in March

March continues to be a dry month in Mexico and peak time to visit. Crowds have calmed from January and February school holidays and can be a great time to travel.

Mexico in April

April continues to be peak season to travel to Mexico. Weather is still dry and towards the end of the month temperatures begin to rise slightly in the south.

Mexico in May

May is a shoulder season set between the dry season ending in April and the start of hurricane season in June. Expect the occasional afternoon shower and temperatures to begin rising in the south.

Mexico in June

The rains become more prevalent in June, in the form of afternoon storms and showers. Humidity and temperatures are building as hurricane season begins, though historically most hurricanes take place between August and November.

Mexico in July

July is very much the wet season across Mexico. Expect temperatures of +30 along the coast which break into afternoon showers to cool the evenings. The temperatures inland are marginally less, averaging mid-20s.

Mexico in August

Hurricane Season

Mexico in September

Hurricane Season

Mexico in October

Hurricane Season

Mexico in November

November is considered the first month heading into the dry season. The rains have subsided but not completely gone, following the hurricane season. Early November can be a good time to visit, before the school holiday (for the USA) crowds begin.

Mexico in December

December is one of the most popular months for travel in Mexico. Weather is dry and warm across the country making for a comfortable environment to experience the culture and wildlife that Mexico has to offer. As this is a busy time, we highly recommend planning 9-12 months in advance.

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