DAYS 43 – 62: MEXICO
Returning to the mainland from Caye Caulker you will re-join your overland vehicle in Belize City before crossing the border into Mexico and heading for the stunning coastal village of Tulum. The next day you will visit the Tulum ruins, one of the last cities built by the Maya and one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites. You will then have the afternoon free to explore the beaches or take part in some optional activities.
Leaving Tulum early you will drive to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World where you will have an included guided tour around this spectacular site before continuing your drive to the beautiful and artistic colonial city of Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state.
From Merida you will have a full day’s drive to the village of Palenque, and the following day you will have an included guided visit to the incredible Mayan ruins of Palenque which rise out of the thick jungle surrounding them. In the afternoon you will have free time to go on a jungle tour, visit the on site museum, or travel to the nearby waterfall of Misol Ha.
Your exploration of Mayan ruins continues the next day as you drive to the remote town of Frontera Corozal, on the Guatemalan border. In the afternoon you will have an included guided visit to the remote ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilan which is only accessible by boat trip down the river.
From Frontera Corozal you will have a full day’s drive to the stunning old colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas, one of Mexico’s most beautiful towns. and well known as the heart of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya culture. En route, you may have time for an optional stop at the stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul.
You will have three nights at San Cristobal, on your first full day you will have a free day for exploration and to take part in some optional activities such as taking a tour to the fascinating Maya village of San Juan Chamula, or exploring the nearby Lagunas de Montebello National Park. The following day you will have an included boat trip down the phenomenal Sumidero Canyon, viewing its colossal cliffs from the base and searching for the resident wildlife.
Your next stop will be the wonderful laid-back colonial town of Oaxaca, famous for its cuisine and indigenous cultures. Here you will have an included guided visit of the ruined Zapotec city of Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then a free afternoon to further explore the area’s highlights.
From Oaxaca you will drive to Mexico City where you will have a full day to explore the city and take part in some optional activities.
Leaving the capital behind you will have a full day’s drive to Angahuan. This village is inhabited by the Purepecha people, who have been indigenous to the area since one thousand years before the Spanish invasion. Angahuan is the gateway to the Paricutín volcano, the only volcano in the world to have been born in modern times. The following day you will have a free day to explore the village of Angahuan or to go for optional walks around the area of the Paricutín volcano. The creation of the volcano in 1943 buried two nearby villages, and it’s still possible to see the spire of the cathedral of San Juan Parangaricutiro sticking up from the lava field.
Your next stop will be the town of Tequila where you will have time for an optional visit to the town’s famous distilleries. From Tequila you will head for the Pacific coast, to the surfing town of Sayulita, and enjoy some free time on arrival and the following day to explore the Playa Los Muertos beach and possibly try your hand at surfing.
Your overland journey will continue to follow the Pacific coast, camping near the towns of Mazatlan and Guaymas en route.