Hola and welcome to a land brimming with enchantment and cultural diversity; Mexico. Located at the crossroads of North and South America, this country is filled with culture and influence from both hemispheres and both the ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures. Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world and is the 4th largest country in the Americas by area. A population nearing 130 million means this country has experienced a lot of growth within the past few decades and there is now more to explore than ever. With Gate 1 Travel, you will visit this massive country from the Caribbean Coast on the Yucatan Peninsula to the sites of ancient civilizations like Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Teotihuacán to the quintessential Mexican city of Guadalajara. Learn about the Mexico “magic” cities that are only in this country and include sites such as the town of Alamos, Palenque, El Fuerte and many more. Mexico really has something for every traveler and it will continue to impress with every new city you visit. If exploring Mexico has long been on your bucket list, the time to visit is now with the safety and structure that an escorted tour offers you. This is Mexico the Gate 1 Travel way.
Mexico City is Mexico’s true thriving metropolis and capital of the nation. The bustling city has so many things to do that it might be overwhelming to the independent traveler, but through Gate 1 Travel’s planning, we will show you Mexico City thoroughly. Some of the sites you will see include the National Museum of Anthropology, the largest and most visited museum in all of Mexico; the Central Square, the second largest plaza in the entire world and the neighborhood of Coyoacán, childhood home of famed Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. Also enjoy visits to the Casa Azúl, the home where Kahlo lived much of her life; the Xochimilco floating gardens and the National Palace, known for Diego Rivera’s dramatic murals that depict thousands of years of Mexican history. A short drive outside of the city brings you to the most mysterious site of the country, Teotihuacán. The “City of the Gods”, is located about 30 miles outside of Mexico City and offers incredible places such as the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the Avenue of the Dead, and the Jaguar Temple. Be taken back to ancient times at this incredible city of the past.
The ultra-charming town of Puebla is a colonial town and home to more than 70 churches, 1,000 colonial buildings and architecture adorned with the Talavera tiles that make this city famous. You can even choose to visit the workshop to see where these ceramic tiles are manufactured and learn of the process to create them. Visit such sites in Puebla as the Centro Historico de Puebla, or the Historic Center of Puebla; the Puebla Cathedral, a 16th century church and the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, believed to be the first public library in colonial Mexico and perhaps the first in the entire Americas.
Oaxaca, pronounced wah-hah-kah, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will see why when strolling the historic streets of this Latin American city. Oaxaca perfectly meshes indigenous culture and colonial history in the most fascinating of ways. Enjoy a walking tour and view such sites as Santo Domingo Church, Museum of Cultures, Zocalo main square, Government house and lavish colonial mansions. End your tour of this fascinating city at the impressive local market that includes everything from textiles and jewelry to fresh produce. Oaxaca is known as the foodie capital of Mexico due to its culinary influences from traditional culture. Be sure to sample some of the local cuisine here including mole, fried grasshopper, egg bread and mezcal.
Explore Colonial Mexico:
San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende is a city that has consistently been rated as one of the friendliest in the world. This colonial-era city is brimming with history surrounding the Mexican Independence movement. San Miguel de Allende is now one of the best places in the country for those who love the arts and architecture. Walk down the incredible cobblestone streets and view the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, a new-Gothic church known for its towering pink spires and ornate architecture, and the Templo de San Francisco, a church built in the architectural style called churrigueresque.
Guadalajara is truly one of the most quintessential Mexican cities there is. Visit the city where tequila and mariachi music were born and experience the vibrant buildings, historic architecture and perfect green parks. Enjoy a walking tour of the city where you will get acquainted with the sites including Metropolitan Cathedral, with its golden spires and stained-glass windows; Government Palace, where Padre Miguel Hidalgo abolished slavery in Mexico, and the Tlaquepaque and its renown artist’s village. Take time at leisure to explore Guadalajara and perhaps stop at one of the sidewalk cafes for some local delicacies including tequila, of course, and birria, a traditional Mexican spicy stew.
Mayan & Aztec Treasures:
This cultural capital of the Yucatan Peninsula is a must for visitors to Mexico. Mayan culture and colonial heritage are intertwined seamlessly in Merida and you will feel it through the people and the traditions here. Explore the city on a tour that takes you to the Plaza de la Indepencia, Merida Cathedral, Casa Montejo and the Palacio de Gobierno. Leisure time in the city means that you can explore independently and perhaps try authentic dishes at a café or visit one of the cities museums.
After seeing all that Merida has to offer, travel just outside of the city to the ancient Mayan site of Chichén Itzá, considered one of the most spectacular of the Mayan sites. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient metropolis and brings you into the pages of history to the fascinating lives and traditions of the ancient Mayan civilization. The site is dominated by the Temple of Kukulkan, or El Castillo, a step-pyramid dedicated to the messenger between the king and the gods. During the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, sunrays create a shadow across the pyramid that gives the appearance of a serpent slithering down the steps.
One of the most famous resort spots in Mexico, Cancun is a vibrant town that borders the Caribbean Sea. If white sand beaches, blue water, lively nightlife and great shopping are your thing, then you will love beautiful Cancun. Enjoy leisure time here where you can choose to either sit by the hotel pool and sunbathe or perhaps visit the famous beaches of Cancun and take a swim in the clear waters.
Immense Copper Canyon:
Arrive in the seaside resort town known for fishing; San Carlos. This town is located upon the Sea of Cortez and is renowned for its crystal-clear warm waters and lovely sunsets. Climb aboard a boat on the shimmering sea and enjoy the incredible views this area has to offer. After your cruise, stop at a viewpoint to overlook the Gulf of California. This is a true highlight of your trip and proves for an incredible experience with unforgettable scenery.
Next, visit the old silver town of Alamos, designated a Magic Town. In Alamos explore the old-timey cobblestone roads, colonial buildings and ornate mansions that will immediately take you back in time to days of old. A local guide will introduce you to the history of the city and take you on a stroll through the town. Learn about the silver mines here from the bygone era that were among some of the richest in the entire world.
Trek via the Chihuahua al Pacifico railroad to the incredible Copper Canyon, four times the size of the Grand Canyon, and discover one of the true undiscovered gems of North America. Visit the rim of the canyon and embark on an aerial tramway that descends 4,500 feet to the center. Explore this incredibly dramatic area and learn more about the geological forces that created the seven individual canyons that make up Barrancas del Cobre or Copper Canyon.
Visiting Mexico with Gate 1 Travel ensures that you will get the most out of your experience and you will take in all the must-see sites in its amazing cities. Get the greatest value in the industry and an unforgettable experience that you will not soon forget. Join us in Mexico!
Please Note: Sightseeing varies per itinerary