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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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Pacific Paradise$509917Oct 3, 2022Explore some of the most biodiverse places on earth on this 17-day Pacific Paradise expedition cruise from San Diego to San Jose aboard Ocean Victory …
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Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales$64008Jan 8, 2022Enter the California gray whale birthing lagoons of Bahia Magdalena for close encounters with these gentle giants, a rare privilege in the natural …
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Yucatán's Mayan Cruise$379911Nov 22, 2022Explore the picturesque beaches, rich history, and distinctive culture of the Yucatan Peninsula on this 11-day cruise aboard M/V Victory II. Sailing …
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Caribbean Sea and Maya Secrets of the Yucatán$489011Dec 6, 2022This expedition brings you an itinerary in the Caribbean Sea, sailing along the Mexican peninsula of Yucatán to Guatemala and Belize. In Cozumel, …
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Immersive Yucatán Exploration$439910Jan 4, 2022Explore the picturesque beaches, rich history, and distinctive culture of the Yucatan Peninsula on this 10-day cruise aboard M/V Victory I. Sailing …
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Wild Baja Escape: The Whales of Magdalena Bay$38106Jan 18, 2022Spend several extraordinary days cruising Baja Mexico with National Geographic. We'll explore Magdalena Bay in search of gray whales interacting with …
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Exploring the Sea of Cortez: A Living Sea & Desert Isles$68208Dec 19, 2021Explore 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 …
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Baja's Bounty$55958Jan 22, 2022Stocked 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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Whale Sharks, Whales, & Mobulas$55958Mar 26, 2022Explore stunning underwater views and reawaken your inner adventurer. Follow Steinbeck's path into the protected waters of Cousteau's "world …
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New Year between the Caribbean and the Maya$492010Dec 26, 2021Board Le Champlain to celebrate the New Year in tropical paradise! On this 10-day cruise, explore highlights of the Caribbean and Maya sites between …
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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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