Reasons to Visit
Mexico is an historian’s paradise with an abundance of ancient sites from Olmec to Zapotec to Mayan at every turn. Added to the excitement of being able to transport you back in time to when these cities were teeming with life, the setting of these magnificent ruins is an attraction in itself, whether it is being engulfed in jungle surrounded by the howls of monkeys or atop a plateau with a magnificent view.
Mexico’s Mayan Riviera is famous for its white sand beaches and turquoise sea, perfect for relaxing, and we have some wonderful hideaways to recommend. The Pacific coast and the Baja peninsula are also well-known for their beaches, rolling surf and dramatic coastline. Less visited by the British, we have researched a fantastic selection of hotels here from boutique, activity based, friendly eco-lodge or plush resort-style.
You will find some of the best preserved examples of colonial history throughout many of Mexico’s cities. They not only retain some beautiful classic architecture but something of their historical soul which has been incorporated into modern bustling lives. They are a delight to simply wander round, or to shop, browse markets, sit in cafes, absorb local life and visit museums.
On the 1st of November, Mexico celebrates its 'Day of the Dead', a colourful synergy of ancient cultures and Catholicism, involving decorated skulls, candles, banners and parades. Celebrations take place across the country but there's something particularly enchanting about experiencing this tradition in the colonial towns and it's well worth timing your visit to coincide with these festivities.
Mexican food varies tremendously by region due to climate, geography and the degree of Spanish influence. Absolutely delicious, it suits all tastes, from fresh ceviche to sizzling steak to the more traditional tortillas, frijoles (beans) and guacamole. For the more adventurous, dishes such as spicy mole sauce (a combination of chocolate and chilli) or Chiles Rellenos (chillis stuffed with meat) work perfectly. All washed down with a swift tequila or an ice-cold Corona!
Whether it be visiting the colourful market towns around Oaxaca, the bustling colonial cities, the Indian highland villages of Chiapas or the harsh mountain communities of the Tarahumara around the Copper Canyon you will experience a diverse range of fascinating cultures during a trip to Mexico.
The Sea of Cortez and Baja California is fast becoming known as 'Mexico's Galapagos'. Best experienced by a wilderness focused adventure cruise this remarkable area is prolific with whales and dolphins and other wildlife during November-April.
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We can arrange a wide range of activities during your trip. Here is just a small selection of what's on offer.
Mexico City & Around
Spend the morning tasting and preparing the meal to enjoy it afterwards on a colourfully painted traditional trajinera boat in the canals of Xochimilco with Mariachi entertainment.
The Mayan Riviera
The Sian Ka'an biosphere stretches for 4,500sq km along the coast of Quintana Roo and is made up of savannah, mangroves, tropical forest and beautiful barrier reef skirting one edge.
Merida & Around
The Yucatán Peninsula has over 3000 "cenotes", or water sinkholes, formed by the Yucatán's underground fresh water rivers. Caverns and caves formed where the underground water collects, creating these beautiful turquoise coloured pools either completely underground or partly open.
The archaeological site of Tulum is spectacularly situated on a cliff top, majestically overlooking a palm-fringed beach and the turquoise Caribbean sea.
Today you will head out of Loreto by small motor-boat to spend approximately 4 hours looking for whales in the Sea of Cortez. The area is known to be a spot for blue and fin whales, which will be in the area to calve.
You will depart the port at Cabo San Lucas by small motor boat and spend 2 -3 hours out at sea looking for these magnificent creatures.
The island of Espíritu Santo is the closest island to the bay of La Paz and possesses the most stunning views of all the islands in the Sea of Cortez.
Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Sea Bird can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size.
Baja is well known as a great place to whale watch. The Gray whale spends summers in the waters off of Alaska, and then heads 6,000 miles (almost 10,000 km) south to the warmer lagoons of Baja in January, February and March.
This 86-guest yacht-style boat with 43 cabins offers clients casual elegance with a good selection of upscale amenities.
Referred to as one of the stars of the sea the Star Flyer is "as fleet as the wind and as graceful as swans".
You now have the privilege of marvelling at and swimming with the world's largest fish in its natural habitat.
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