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Our Mexico tours let you safely experience the diverse cultures and contrasting landscapes of Mexico as few tourists have the opportunity to do. Explore the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, Coba, and Uxma, in the Yucatan Peninsula. Bike, hike and raft on a multisport adventure trip in Chiapas. Trek the Copper Canyon's alpine upper rims and descend to the tropical canyon floor. Experience Oaxaca's traditional indigenous culture and savor traditional dishes on an Oaxaca culinary tour. Take a small ship cruise to Baja Mexico and the Sea of Cortez for whale watching, kayaking and snorkeling. Contact one of Adventure Life's Mexico experts for help planning your perfect Mexico adventure.
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Baja California: A Remarkable Journey$1272615Mar 4, 2025Join a comprehensive 15-day photo expedition exploring both the Pacific side of Baja California and the islands in the Sea of Cortez. Venture into …
Baja California: Among the Great Whales$70008Jan 5, 2025Enter the California gray whale birthing lagoons of Bahia Magdalena for close encounters with these gentle giants, a rare privilege in the natural …
Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay$36776Jan 16, 2025In the nursery waters of Magdalena Bay, live amid massive gray whale mothers and their calves. See them up close onboard the National Geographic Sea …
Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay$36776Jan 19, 2025In the nursery waters of Baha Magdalena, live amid massive gray whale mothers and their calves. See them up close onboard the National Geographic Sea …
Baja California Holiday Voyage: A Living Sea and Desert Isles$69908Dec 14, 2024Explore the Sea of Cortez among the best places in the world to see a great variety of whales, plus dolphins in abundance. With a flexible …
Baja California's Whales & Sealife$65008Dec 28, 2024Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, join the Safari Voyager into the protected waters of Cousteau's "world's aquarium". Active …
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Mexico’s Main Regions - a Quick Guide for Visitors

Mexico’s 6 regions showcase the country's captivating history, natural wonders, and warm hospitality in unique and wonderful ways. Here are some of the must-visit areas:
  • Central Mexico: Immerse yourself in the vibrant capital, Mexico City, and uncover its rich history at the Zocalo and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Delight in the preserved beauty of San Miguel de Allende, a colonial city brimming with artistry.
  • Southern Mexico: Journey through the lush jungles of Chiapas to witness the awe-inspiring Mayan ruins of Palenque. Oaxaca captivates with its cultural scene, traditional crafts, and tantalizing cuisine. Don't miss the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon and the petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua.
  • Baja California Peninsula: Embark on an adventure along the picturesque Baja California peninsula. Cabo San Lucas beckons with stunning beaches, exhilarating water activities, and vibrant nightlife. Nature enthusiasts will be enchanted by the gray whale sanctuary of Magdalena Bay and the otherworldly landscapes of Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico's premier wine region.
  • Gulf Coast: Explore the charming colonial towns and ancient ruins of the Gulf Coast. Veracruz offers a lively music and dance scene, along with access to the fascinating city of El Tajin.
  • Pacific Coast: Unwind on the breathtaking beaches and delve into the lush jungles of the Pacific Coast. Puerto Vallarta enchants with its scenic beauty, vibrant arts scene, and charming old town. Sayulita is a surfer's paradise, while Huatulco and Zihuatanejo Bay boast pristine beaches and tranquil serenity.
  • Yucatan Peninsula: Indulge in the stunning coastal scenery and ancient Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Riviera Maya offers world-class resorts, white-sand beaches, and access to archaeological wonders like Tulum and Coba. Begin your exploration in the colonial city of Merida, a gateway to the region's enchanting cenotes and the iconic Chichen Itza.
Top Things to Do in Mexico City

Mexico City has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, so this list only scratches the surface of what this vibrant city has to offer. Be sure to immerse yourself in the local neighborhoods, try street food, and embrace the lively atmosphere of this captivating capital.
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes: Admire the stunning Art Nouveau/Art Deco building and the 17 murals by prominent Mexican artists, including Diego Rivera's famous "Man at the Crossroads."
  • Parque México: Relax in the green oasis of La Condesa neighborhood, where you can stroll through the park's manicured paths, enjoy the shade of its trees, and people-watch while sipping on an espresso or hot chocolate.
  • Frida Kahlo Museum: Explore the vibrant world of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at La Casa Azul in Coyoacán, where her personal belongings, paintings, and dresses are on display.
  • Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela: Discover a wide range of ceramics, silver jewelry, wool blankets, and art handmade by local artisans from various regions of Mexico.
  • Bosque de Chapultepec: Immerse yourself in this sprawling urban park, which houses a zoo, eight museums, a recreational lake, and monuments to Mexican heroes. Don't miss a visit to Chapultepec Castle, offering panoramic views of the city.
  • Museo Soumaya: Explore this jaw-dropping art museum, known for its striking architecture and a private collection of over 66,000 art pieces, including works by renowned artists like Rodin, Dalí, and Van Gogh.
  • Biblioteca Vasconcelos: Visit this architecturally stunning library with cantilevered bookshelves and smoked glass floors, offering a unique and immersive reading experience.
  • Mercado Sonora: Explore the unique Mercado Sonora, where you can find occult products, medicinal herbs, Santería statues, and materials for Day of the Dead altars alongside traditional market goods.
Favorite Small Cruise Ships Visiting Mexico 

Adventure Life's Mexico cruise experts pick their favorite small cruise ships for exploring the wilderness and cultures of Mexico's Yucatan and the Cortez Sea. 

Le Champlain - Launched in 2018, this luxurious yacht incorporates 88 elegantly designed cabins, 4 spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, providing for an extraordinary cruising experience. Le Champlain is equipped with a multi-sensory underwater passenger lounge, called Blue Eye, located within the hull beneath the water line. Non-intrusive underwater projectors enable the observation of the seabed and photo-luminescent organisms. Guests can also listen to the underwater world thanks to hydrophones that are integrated beneath the keel. This major innovation in cruising allows guests to become modern-day explorers, observe the fauna and flora of the sub-aquatic world, and to feel and be at the heart of an underwater universe.

L'Austral -Chic and elegant, with a yacht-like ambiance, L'Austral, is the fruit of Italian ship building and French service and sophistication. A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, L'Austral links tradition and innovation, cruising to worldwide destinations in luxury. Launched in 2011,  L'Austral remains faithful to her philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

Safari Endeavour is a newly refurbished 84-guest yacht-style ship whose ambiance is casual elegance with a full menu of upscale amenities including an onboard spa. Sail the Safari Endeavour on our "Baja Whale Bounty Cruise" for an exceptional whale watching experience at an affordable price.  
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Mexico Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico?
Your passport must be valid at the time of entry into Mexico, however you do not need a visa. It's recommended that you have a validity several months beyond your trip dates.

Is tipping customary in Mexico?
It is always your decision whether or not you want to tip, but tourism in Mexico has made it somewhat of an expectation. Ten to twenty percent is generally an appropriate amount to tip for good to great service, just like in the US. You can tip your guides, servers, and anyone else who facilitates an enjoyable experience for you.

What is internet access like in Mexico?
While internet access is fairly ubiquitous in the more developed areas of Mexico, our tours and cruises often visit the isolated parts of the country, where there isn't any signal. Most of the hotels will offer at least an internet connection in a business center if not high speed wireless in the rooms; ships do not always have internet connections.

Can I use my cell phone while in Mexico?
Mexico does have Movistar, Telcel, and AT&T, which allow you to buy a SIM chip and put it in your smartphone (as long as it is unlocked), but it's better to just disconnect and use your vacation to forget about the worries of home. 

Do I need power adapters?
You do not need a power adapter or converter in Mexico as long as your devices use two-prong North American style plugs with 110v power.

What are the toilets like in Mexico?
While many parts of the Mexican backcountry and underdeveloped areas do not have flushing toilets, but rather outhouses, the sites and areas that we visit all feature modern western flushing toilets. In more isolated areas on day-trips, you might only have access to a latrine. After using the toilet paper, it should be thrown in the waste basket next to the toilet and not in the bowl itself.

Can I drink the water in Mexico?
The tap water in Mexico is not potable, meaning that you cannot drink it. Stick with the bottles of purified water that will always be available to you.

Are credit cards accepted in Mexico? Will I be able to find ATMs?
It's very common to use cards to pay in Mexico, but if you are buying from a street vendor or a small business or artisan, they will probably only accept cash. Bear in mind that your vacation is all-inclusive but anything like alcohol or souvenirs must be purchased separately.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
You should absolutely purchase travel insurance - a small investment now could mean big savings if the unexpected happens. Check out some great deals on the My Trips page.

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