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A Passage Through Mexico

Chichen Itza, Yucatan
Basilica of Guadelupe, Mexico City
Cobbled Street, Mexico City
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £2499 £2199
13 days

Holiday highlights

  • Admire the Unesco-recognised historical centre of Mexico City
  • Wander around the ancient Maya ruins of Chichén Itzá.
  • Walk the colourful streets of San Cristóbal.
  • Dig your toes into the white sand of Cancún's beaches
  • Fly from the UK to Mexico City. On arrival you are met at the airport and escorted to your hotel. Mexico City is a buzzing capital city with something for everyone: leafy parks; splendid gastronomy; world-class museums; remnants from ancient cities; laid back canal rides; a flourishing culture and arts scene and a lively Latin American spirit.

    Meals included: Meal on the transatlantic flight.

  • Spend the day exploring one of Latin America’s most compelling capitals. Either wander the bustling streets of the UNESCO recognised Historic Centre on your own or take the optional half-day Mexico City Walking Tour, which gives you a feel for local culture, with a visit to the local market where you can try exotic fruit, a walk around the main Zócalo square, taking in the National Palace filled with Diego Rivera's artwork, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the remains of the Atzec Templo Mayor. Visit an artisan sweet shop then return to your hotel in time for lunch.

    In the evening, take the optional Lucha Libre Wrestling excursion for an exhilarating Friday night in Mexico City. 

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Another free day to appreciate the museums, murals and animated vibe of Mexico City, or make your way to one of Mexico’s jaw-dropping ancient attractions: the archaeological site of Teotihuacán. The full-day Pyramids of Teotihuacán excursion takes you out of city to this man-made wonder, where you can climb the enormous Sun and Moon Temples for far-reaching views of the Valley of Mexico plains, and learn about one of Mexico’s most famous civilisations. On the return to Mexico City, stop at the Square of Three Cultures and the Catholic pilgrimage site of the Basilica of Guadalupe for an insight into the colonial era and modern-day city landmarks.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch on the Pyramids of Teotihuacán excursion.

  • Fly in the morning to the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico, landing in sultry Tuxtla Gutierrez. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, take an invigorating two-hour boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, a steep-sided gorge, with beautiful views of waterfalls and the sheer rock face. Then continue by road to the tourist-friendly, highland city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, where many colonial era buildings have been attractively restored. You spend the next two nights here and have the evening free to navigate the city centre on foot.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included before the Sumidero Canyon boat ride.

  • Our fascinating Maya Villages excursion gives you an insight into the unique way of life practiced in the communities of Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula, a short distance from San Cristóbal. This morning excursion begins with a walking tour, taking in some of the buildings of historical interest in San Cristóbal. You then drive to two villages just outside of the city, where a traditional lifestyle based on ancient Maya rituals and customs is practised. The communities have adopted some elements of life in modern-day Mexico but remain detached from the outside world, resulting in an intriguing blend of modernity and ancient traditions. If you would prefer to have a free day in San Cristóbal, the city has a number of good museums, cafes, restaurants and handicraft shopping.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depart San Cristóbal after an early breakfast for a full-day journey to the jungle town of Palenque, in the state of Chiapas. On the way, stop at Agua Azul, a pretty series of cascades in a verdant setting where water majestically tumbles over rocks and gathers in pools over a distance of 7km. The site takes its name from the colour of the water; a brilliant shade of blue. You have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing through jungle scenery to your hotel in Palenque. On some occasions, the journey via Agua Azul waterfalls is not possible. In this case, an alternative route via Villahermosa and the Roberto Barrios waterfalls is taken.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch is included en route to Palenque

  • After breakfast take a guided tour of the ruins of the city of Palenque, built in the heart of the jungle by the ancient Maya. Palenque is one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in Mexico, with exquisite architectural detail and a jungle backdrop. You have a guided tour of the main buildings, including the Temple of Inscriptions and Temple of the Cross, before returning to your hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel

  • Today is a free day in the Palenque area, to enjoy your hotel pool, explore the town, or take our optional full-day Jungle Temples of Bonampak & Yaxchilán excursion. Yaxchilán and Bonampak are two lesser-visited, but excellent and well-preserved, archaeological sites on the Mexican-Guatemalan border. They are known for their artistry, colourful friezes bright after over 1000 years and long sequences of ancient glyphs, which have taught us much about the people who lived and ruled here. Accessing these remote sites is an adventure by road and small boat through the jungle.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included on the Jungle Temples of Bonampak & Yaxchilán excursion

  • Take a full day road journey to Mérida, with a late lunch in Campeche, arriving in your hotel in the evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch is included en-route

  • Spend the day exploring Mérida at your leisure or take the optional Mérida Walking Tour excursion for a fantastic insight into one of Mexico's most interesting cities, including visits to Santa Lucía and Hidalgo Parks, San Ildefonso Cathedral, José Peon Contreras Theatre, Casa de Montejo and Lucas Galvez Market. You can also take our optional Mérida Cooking Class excursion where you pick up fresh produce from the local market then head to a local hotel where experts teach you how to prepare and cook a traditional starter, main dish and dessert, washed down with a seasonal fruit drink.*

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch on the Cooking Class excursion

    *Please note, if you choose to take both optional excursions, the walking tour will take place in the afternoon instead of the morning, to allow time for the cooking class and lunch. 

  • An early departure, driving from Mérida for one and a half hours to Chichén Itzá, one of the best known historical sites in Mexico, especially since it was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. You arrive around 9am, before most other visitors arrive. Gaze up at the giant pyramid dedicated to Maya feathered serpent deity Kukulkan and wander amongst the temples with your guide. You then continue to a hacienda near Valladoid where you have lunch and time to swim in the beautiful cenote here. Then continue for two hours to Cancún on the beautiful Caribbean coast where you will spend your final night in Mexico. Your hotel is on a white-sand beach in a quiet area; the perfect location for an evening stroll beside the calm sea waters.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch at Chichén Itzá.

  • Depending on your flight time, you may have some time this morning to relax on the gorgeous beach beside your hotel. There is a long stretch of fine, white sand, with sun loungers and parasols, and the hotel has a refreshing pool. Later, you will have a transfer to the airport for your return flight home. You can also extend your stay in Cancún by adding additional nights in your beachfront hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Meal on the transatlantic flight.

  • Your flight arrives back in the UK.


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Accommodation in Mexico City

Zocalo Central

Zocalo Central, Mexico City
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Standard Hotel: This hotel is located on the city’s main square, and has more amenities and services. There is a sixth-floor restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, looking out over the cathedral and commerce on the streets below. There is a gym and the en-suite rooms are air conditioned.

Why stay here? It is difficult to find a hotel in a better location in Mexico City. You can take advantage of this by sitting on the rooftop terrace above the Zócalo Square, watching the activity taking place below from a relaxed and pleasant environment.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and gym.

• The hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk, a wake-up call service, complimentary bottled water and fruit, an ice machine, laundry facilities and currency exchange.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, free WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a tea/coffee maker, free bottled water, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available
Standard room

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

(£90 Single Supplement)

Superior Hotel: Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico is a historical hotel in a beautiful art nouveau building. It is situated on the main plaza of Mexico City and offers 60 elegant, well-proportioned en-suite rooms. In the heart of the historic centre, it is within walking distance of many tourist attractions and also offers 3 restaurants and a scenic roof terrace. 

Why stay here: Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico is a stunning building with comfortable rooms and is centrally-located.

Hotel facilities
• WiFi is available throughout the hotel
• Three restaurants and a piano bar
• Scenic roof terrace

About the room
All rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms and wifi. There is a safe, coffee facilities, cable television and air-conditioning.

Room types available
Economy King, Economy Double

Accommodation in San Cristóbal De Las Casas

Casa Vieja

Casa Vieja, San Cristobal
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Standard Hotel: In an historic building in central San Cristóbal, this quaint hotel has a restaurant and rooms furnished in a regional style, with en-suite bathrooms, and hot and cold air conditioning.

Why stay here? When visiting San Cristóbal, it is a good opportunity to stay in one of the attractive colonial-era buildings found in the centre. This is a quaint, historical hotel with an excellent location and rooms that are modest yet comfortable.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant and a reading room with a TV, computer access and printer.

• The hotel offers laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning and heating, free WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available
Standard room

Casa del Alma

(£120 Single Supplement)
Lobby, Casa del Alma
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Superior Hotel: The Casa del Alma boasts a lovely location near the centre of San Cristóbal. Perched on a hill, each of the 27 en-suite rooms has great views of the city, and there is a restaurant, bar and relaxing spa and gym.

Why stay here: The suites here are spacious, allowing you to spread out during your stay, and the private balconies in each room provide great views.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available free of charge

• Restaurant and bar

• Spa and gym

About the room

All rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies. There is tea and coffee facilities and free wifi.

Room types available

Standard suite

Accommodation in Palenque

Chan-Kah Resort

Chan-Kah Resort, Palenque
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Standard Hotel: On the road between the town and ruins, and surrounded by tropical vegetation, this hotel is at one with its natural surroundings. It has two outdoor pools, a restaurant and bar. The comfortable rooms have en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

Why stay here? This is one of the most comfortable hotels in Palenque: although the rooms are simple, they are well-sized and there is a good swimming pool. The jungle environment and proximity to Palenque ruins are big draws.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, coffee shop and bar, a swimming pool, a Maya-style spa, a games room and a gift shop.

• The hotel offers room service, assistance with booking tours, computer access in the lobby, a wake-up call service, a safety deposit box at reception, laundry facilities and money exchange.

About the room

All rooms have a ceiling fan, a TV, a telephone, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available
Casita junior suite

Quinta Cha Nab Nal

(£195 Single Supplement)
Quinta Cha Nab Nal, Palenque
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Superior Hotel: This boutique hotel is three kilometres from Palenque archaeological site in a jungle setting. With just a few rooms, the hotel offers good service, lush grounds, a swimming pool, a Maya-style spa and a restaurant. The attractive rooms have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

Why stay here? Quinta Cha Nab Nal is smaller and quieter than most hotels in Palenque. Perfect for a relaxing stay, it offers a higher level of accommodation and better service. The restaurant serves good meals and the rooms are spacious. As most hotels in the area are more simple, this is probably the best place to stay in Palenque.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There is a restaurant, a swimming pool, gardens and a spa.

• The hotel offers assistance with booking tours, tea and coffee in the lobby, a safety deposit box at reception and laundry facilities.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning and a ceiling fan, free WiFi, a TV, a telephone, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available
Junior suite

Accommodation in Mérida

NH Collection Paseo Montejo


Standard Lodge: Situated in downtown Mérida, the NH Collection is a stone’s throw from the tree-lined Paseo Montejo avenue where you can find ornate mansions housing boutique shops. The 120-room hotel is within walking distance of several sites, including the Palacio de Canton which boasts majestic French-style architecture. There is a rooftop swimming pool, restaurant and bar. 

Why stay here? The hotel’s design is inspired by the henequen plant, native to the Yucatán area. The restaurant offers fresh, local cuisine and the roof terrace has a pool where you can watch the sunset with a cocktail.

Hotel facilities

• Free WiFi is available in all rooms and public areas.

• There is a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and gym.

• The hotel offers concierge service, luggage storage, laundry service and 24-hour front desk.

About the room

Rooms are modern, with wooden flooring and plenty of natural light. All rooms have air conditioning, en-suite bathroom, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, safety deposit box and desk.

Room types available

Superior Room

Casa Lecanda

(£140 Single Supplement)
Casa Lecanda, Mérida, Mexico

Superior Hotel: Casa Lecanda is a boutique hotel in a beautifully preserved colonial building. It is located in the heart of Mérida’s old town, just two blocks from the main street of restaurants and shops. The hotel itself is a peaceful retreat from the outside buzz, with a series of gorgeous patios, a pool and beautiful high-ceilinged rooms.  There are a number of outdoor spaces in which to relax, as well as an on-site tequila bar. En-suite rooms are spacious with great amenities, and locally crafted custom-made furniture.

Why stay here: This hotel is a stylish haven in the heart of the city. Between the lovely patios, the high, wood-beamed ceilings and the luxurious bedding, it is impossible not to relax here.

Hotel facilities

• Beautiful courtyards and pool

• Wine and tequila bar

• Wi-fi

About the room

Spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms look out onto the pool and garden. There is a safe, cable television and air-conditioning, and locally-built, custom-made furniture.

Room types available

Patio room

Accommodation in Cancún

Presidente Intercontinental

Presidente Intercontinental, Mexico City
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Standard Hotel: This is a large hotel with a good location in a relaxed part of Cancún’s hotel zone. It has been recently renovated and tastefully decorated, with very good facilities including a well-sized pool, gym, spa, restaurant and bar.

Why stay here: Although this is a large hotel it is really well maintained and has a good atmosphere. The location is ideal; on a lovely beach and a taxi ride from the local nightlife so both a laid-back or livelier stay is possible. Around a 30-minute drive from Cancún’s international airport, this is a convenient base from which to enjoy a short stay on the coast before leaving Mexico.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

• There are indoor and al fresco restaurants, a swimming pool and poolside bar, a shop, cafe, gym and spa.

• The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and computers in the lobby with free printing facilities.

About the room

All rooms have air conditioning, free WiFi, a TV, bottles of water included, a coffee maker, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a telephone, a hair dryer and en-suite bathrooms.

Room types available
Classic room

Ocean View room (available for a supplement)


Excursions Package

Mexico Excursion Package Save £36

Take the Mexico City Walking Tour, Pyramids of Teotihuacán, Maya Villages, Jungle Temples of Bonampak & Yaxchilán and Merida Walking Tour excursions together for a discounted price.

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Mexico City Walking Tour


Rather than just visiting church after church, this half-day walking tour gives you a feel for local culture, offering a mixture of historic Mexico City and daily life in the capital. Highlights of the tour include visiting the enormous Zocalo Square, admiring Diego Rivera’s fantastic artwork in the National Palace, trying some of the delicious local fruit in San Juan market and visiting an artisan sweet shop.

Full Description:

After breakfast, your guide collects you from your hotel, from where your walking tour begins. Start in the Zócalo, the enormous main square, where you admire Diego Rivera’s fabulous murals depicting Mexico’s history in the National Palace. Take in a spectacular view of the Aztec Templo Mayor ruins, and perhaps stumble across a mariachi band busking. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral then around mid-morning, continue to San Juan market, a 20-minute walk away, stopping at a pastry shop to have a 30-minute break and pick up fresh bread. Get lost in the colourful market, soaking up the hubbub and trying local fruit as you peruse the stalls. There are stalls selling tacos and quesadillas if you want to try something authentically local. Head to a local cafe where you can enjoy a coffee with the bread from the bakery, and sit back for a bit of people watching as the Mexicans go about their daily lives. Stop at the Dulceria de Celaya en route back to your hotel. This sweet shop, a Mexico City institution, was founded in 1874 and is the perfect place to try some local treats.

Lucha Libre Wrestling

Lucha Libre, Mexico City, Mexico

There’s no better way to spend a Friday night in Mexico City than by experiencing the country’s most colourful spectacle at the Arena México. Lucha Libre is a way of life for many locals, second only to football in popularity. Get your adrenaline pumping as you watch wrestlers dressed as superheroes fight inside the ring, and perhaps buy a mask to take home to remember it. After the show, visit a local pulqueria tavern to try a pre-Hispanic drink made from fermented agave.

Full Description:

In the evening, get picked up from your hotel by your guide and transferred to the Arena México in the heart of Mexico City. Meaning “free fighting”, Lucha Libre combines sport and theatre, and is characterised by the outlandish capes and colourful masks worn by the wrestlers who perform acrobatic moves and fly from dizzying heights. Watch as the técnicos (good guys) try to defeat the rudos (bad guys) through a series of dropkicks and backflips. Unlike typical American wrestling, the Mexican version has more of an emphasis on spectacular aerial manoeuvres rather than brute force. The masks worn by the luchadores (fighters) date back to Aztec times, decorated with images of creatures, gods and ancient heroes to mark the identity of each fighter. The Lucha Libre is an important part of modern Mexican culture, and wrestlers can often be seen wearing their masks in public to conceal their true identity. You can buy a mask at the arena as a souvenir. After the show, head back to the hotel, stopping at a local pulquería, a traditional Mexican tavern serving pulque, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented agave, dating back to pre-Hispanic times.

Pyramids of Teotihuacán

Basilica of Guadelupe, Mexico City
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Discover Mexico’s cultural and religious diversity over time in this day-long tour to the area’s significant cultural sites. At Teotihuacán, one of Mexico’s great archaeological sites, admire the 64m-tall Temple of the Sun and its perfect alignment with the setting sun’s axis. After lunch, return to the metropolis to explore its Hispanic-influenced culture. Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe before ending the tour at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, where expressions of three architectural periods exist side by side.

Full Description:

On this full-day excursion, travel a short distance out of Mexico City to reach the complex of Teotihuacán, established around 100BC and formerly one of the most influential political, cultural and ceremonial centres in the western hemisphere. Walk down the wide Avenue of the Dead, which cuts through the city like an arrow, with temples lining either side. Climb the magnificent Pyramid of the Sun, a mind-blowing structure standing 64 metres tall, in perfect alignment with the axis of the setting sun. From here, there are stunning views of the surrounding plains and the equally impressive Pyramid of the Moon. After lunch in a nearby restaurant, return to Mexico City to see a side to Mexican religion and culture hailing from the Hispanic era. Visit the vast Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the north of the city, a site to which millions of pilgrims travel annually to honour the patron saint of Mexico, especially on her saint’s day, the 12th of December. Finally, continue to the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, a square where three periods of history are represented in the architecture before returning to your hotel.

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterflies, Mexico
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This excursion is available on January and February departures, owing to the seasonality of the butterfly migration. 

A short distance from Mexico’s lively capital city, lies a site which is home to another kind of attraction altogether. In the winter months, from December to February, Piedra Herrada plays host to thousands of monarch butterflies that migrate to Mexico from as far a field a Canada. At this time of year, the trees in the butterfly sanctuary are covered with the small creatures as they recover from their epic flight across North America.

Full Description:

The excursion begins after breakfast, with a 2.5 hour transfer from the hotel in Mexico City to the Piedra Herrada Butterfly Sanctuary outside the town of Valle de Bravo. On arrival, head out for a 30-45 minute uphill walk along the forest paths, gaining altitude before reaching the part of the reserve where the butterflies are found.

After witnessing the spectacle of thousands of monarch butterflies resting in the trees and flying above you, descend to the sanctuary entrance and continue to the picturesque lake-side town of Valle de Bravo. Here learn a bit about the town and take a guided walk through it, followed by some free time to enjoy the setting, nestled in the green hills by a lake. Lunch is provided in one of the local eateries in Valle de Bravo. There is also the opportunity to do some souvenir shopping at the local handcraft market, where pretty pottery and wooden carvings abound. Transfer back to Mexico City in the late afternoon, arriving in the early evening.

Please note that if you would like to take all three Mexico City excursions, your stay will need to be extended by a night, for an additional cost of £50 per person (based on 2 people sharing in a standard hotel).

Maya Villages

San Cristobal de las Casas
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A short distance from San Cristóbal exists a whole other world which you will discover in this half-day excursion. After a walking tour of San Cristobal’s centre, visit two fascinating Tzotzil villages where you encounter the hybrid Maya Catholic culture in an authentic interaction with the local villagers.

Full Description:

This fascinating half-day excursion gives you an insight into the unique way of life practiced in the communities of Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula, a short distance from San Cristóbal. You begin with a walking tour of San Cristóbal centre, taking in some of the buildings of historical interest such as the Santo Domingo church. You then drive to two Tzotzil Maya villages just outside of the city, where a traditional lifestyle based on ancient rituals and customs is practised. As in the rest of Mexico, missionaries arrived in this hilly, rugged region in the 16th century; however, partly due to the natural isolation of the area, evangelization was never fully completed and a hybrid Catholic and Tzotzil culture emerged. Today, the townsfolk still speak the Tzotzil language and wear traditional dress, such as the black or white fluffy woollen tunics known as chujes, worn by men in San Juan Chamula. The central churches are the hubs for village life and ceremonies take place throughout the day. Although the communities are fiercely independent and in many ways are detached from the outside world, tourists are permitted to visit on the understanding that local customs are respected.

Jungle Temples of Bonampak & Yaxchilán

Frieze at Bonampak, Palenque 
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Emerging from the far reaches of the Chiapas jungle, these distinct archaeological sites will have you marvelling at the artistic detail in their ornamentation and murals. This full-day tour departs Palenque early in the morning for Yaxchilán before heading deeper into the jungle to Bonampak. The journey includes gravel roads, river travel and howler monkeys, all adding to the sense of adventure in visiting these remarkable sites.

Full Description:

Safeguarded by their remote location in the far reaches of the Chiapas jungle, close to the Guatemala border, Yaxchilán and the smaller site of Bonampak are two incredibly well-preserved archaeological complexes, famed for their ornamentation, murals and artistic detail. On this full-day excursion you depart early in the morning from Palenque, travelling on a good road and taking a small motorised boat on the River Usumacinta for the final hour of the journey to Yaxchilán. Yaxchilán has an impressive location poised high above the river, which helped the ‘Jaquar’ dynasty to rule over nearby settlements for generations. Bonampak is around 30km away and is reached by boat then road. Here, temples rise from the jungle and the cries of howler monkeys create a mesmerising atmosphere. You explore the interior of the Temple of Murals, where original rusty red, yellow and turquoise paints have been preserved and the friezes tell tales of life in ancient times. Bonampak and Yaxchilán are less visited than most Maya cities and this adds to their abundant charm. The final 3km of the road to Bonampak is unpaved, but in good condition.

Mérida Walking Tour


One of Mexico’s oldest and most interesting cities, Mérida boasts a rich history and prominent cultural heritage. Today, it is a charming city to explore, filled with leafy plazas, tranquil parks, bustling markets and pretty streets lined with colonial buildings. This three-hour walking tour lets you discover the best of the city, taking you from pre-Spanish conquest as you visit palaces and churches, right up to the present day with a chance to meet the locals and try tasty Mexican delicacies in the market. Highlights of the walking tour include the Paseo de Montejo Boulevard, San Ildefonso Cathedral and Lucas Galvez Market, with an expert local guide to bring it all to life and fill you with anecdotes about how Mérida came to be the fascinating place it is today.

Full Description:

After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel and walk down the Paseo Montejo, an iconic boulevard lined with historic mansions. Reach Santa Lucía Park, a beautiful shaded square dotted with boutique shops and food stalls, providing a popular spot for locals to relax and enjoy the traditional folk music and dancing buskers. Learn about the stained glass and quarry stone entrance of the Franciscan-style church which was built for the use of slaves brought over from Africa, as well as serving as a cemetery for commoners. Continue to the José Peon Contreras Theatre, a symbol of culture and art in the Yucatán region, then stop in Hidalgo Park, one of Merida’s prettiest green spaces, shaded by palm trees and great for people watching, with local artists and buskers adding to the ambience. Continue to the Government Palace and Cathedral of San Ildefonso, dating back to the 1500s with its Renaissance-style façade and Moorish towers and interior. This was the first cathedral to be finished on the mainland of the Americas, with refined marble decoration imported from Italy during the Mexican revolution. Visit the Casa de Montejo, named after the Spanish conquistador who conquered the city in 1542. The façade of the building has been preserved, with figures of Mayas and Spanish conquerors carved into the stone. Meanwhile, the inside now houses offices and a fascinating museum where you can see original belongings of Francisco de Montejo’s family. Continue to the Lucas Galvez Market, one of the most important trading places in the Yucatan region, and a feast for the senses. Soak up the amazing aromas, colours and flavours of the market, and get lost in the labyrinth of stalls where you can experience daily life in the city, trying local fruits and snacks, buying colourful flower bouquets and perusing handmade textiles and souvenirs. The tour finishes at the main square where you are driven back to your hotel. Alternatively, head back to your favourite spots to explore at your leisure or ask your guide to recommend you the best places to grab a bite to eat.

Note: the Casa Lecanda is located at the end of the Paseo Montejo, so guests staying here will be met by the guide at the hotel and the excursion will not include the walk down the Paseo Montejo.

Mérida Cooking Class


A trip to Mexico, and in particular Yucatán, isn’t complete without learning to cook a dish or two. On this half-day tour, after picking up fresh ingredients and spices from the local market in Mérida, cook up a mouthwatering three course meal, washed down with a seasonal fruit beverage.

Full Description:

The ancient Mayas left a huge legacy on many aspects of daily life in Yucatán, including the cuisine. In fact, in 2010, Mexican cuisine made it to UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, meaning that their culinary traditions are protected and preserved - from the corn and beans inherited from pre-Hispanic times to the clay pot cooking techniques. These traditional elements survived cultural colonisation and the passing of the centuries. In the morning, transfer to the local Santiago market, in the oldest neighborhood of Mérida. With the help of your guide, pick up fresh produce and spices, learning about each ingredient as you go. Some fruits and vegetables are native to the Yucatán area, including achiote spice, pumpkin seeds and the habanero chilli. Head to a nearby boutique hotel for your cooking class, where you discover traditional Mexican techniques and make a starter, main and dessert.* Whilst preparing the food, the chef will teach you about the influence of other cultures in Yucatán, and you can learn some Spanish and Mayan words too. Once finished, sit down and enjoy your efforts with a seasonal fruit drink including lemonade or hibiscus flower tea.


*Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Please give us details at time of booking. 


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Return flights from the UK; flights within Latin America; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers in Latin America; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

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Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

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About your Holiday

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:

Booking Conditions

    1. Your contract

      Your contract is with Llama Travel Limited, registered in England and Wales, number 4370517. The following conditions will apply to your booking and form part of your contract. They cannot be varied and should be read carefully. A contract will exist when we accept your booking and issue our confirmation invoice. The contract and all matters arising from it shall be governed by English law and be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. All correspondence will be sent to the lead passenger of the booking unless otherwise advised. You must be over 18 to book a Llama Travel holiday. Llama Travel holidays are not for resale. The lead passenger accepts these booking conditions on behalf of all persons named in the booking.

    2. Deposits and final payments

      A deposit of 10% of the holiday cost is required. On some occasions a higher deposit is required, we will advise you if this is necessary. When this is received, we will issue a confirmation invoice. The balance of the payment must be paid 90 days before departure. If the booking is made less than 90 days before departure, full payment must be made when booking. On some occasions, earlier balance payment may be required to secure flight seats or other services. In order to secure your holiday arrangements in some cases, we may ask for a payment in advance before we can reserve the appropriate services. This payment is not refundable if you subsequently decide not to proceed with the booking.

    3. Our prices

      Brochure prices are based on the latest known information at the time of preparation – 24 Nov 2020 (£1 = US$1.33, £1 = ZAR20 Brent Crude oil $48 per barrel) but can go up or down. Before making a booking, please call us to check the correct up to date price of your chosen holiday. Once you have made a booking and we have issued our confirmation invoice, your holiday price can only be varied due to a significant increase in charges, fees, taxes, or similar items as a result of governmental action. Air passenger duty (APD) for UK departures is £80 (£82 from April 2021). For business class, APD rates are higher. The VAT rate for holidays outside the EU is zero. Except for increases in entrance fees or tax increases, such as in APD or VAT, we will not surcharge you.

    4. Alterations or cancellations by you

      If you wish to alter your holiday arrangements before departure, we will do our best to help. An administration fee of £25 per passenger will be charged, together with any additional costs incurred as a result of the change. If you make any alterations within 60 days of departure, we may treat this as a cancellation, and apply cancellation fees. Scheduled airlines treat name changes as a cancellation and rebooking; any alteration is likely to incur a 100% cancellation charge. Please make sure that all names you give us are spelled exactly as they appear in passports. It is not normally possible to make alterations after commencement of travel. If you do wish to make alterations during your holiday, cancellation fees for services booked may apply. Refunds cannot be made for any unused accommodation, services or transport. We recommend that you take out full travel insurance with cover against cancellation penalties, including in the event of force majeure; see section 6 below.  We commit to and confirm services in advance. If you wish to cancel your holiday, you must let us know in writing. The following cancellation charges apply:

    5.  Days before departure when you notify usPenalty
      90 days or more Loss of deposit
      61 to 89 days 25% of holiday cost, or deposit if higher
      31 to 60 days 60% of holiday cost (75% for Galapagos holidays), or deposit if higher
      30 days or less 100% of holiday cost

      In some cases, the balance payment may be due earlier than 90 days before departure. We will advise you if this is the case. If any part of the balance payment is required earlier than 90 days before departure, this will normally be non-refundable in the event of cancellation. Where one person in a party cancels and others still wish to travel, single room supplements will be payable if this results in single rooms being used.

    6. Alterations or cancellations by us

      We make careful arrangements with airlines, hotels and service operators to ensure that we are able to provide you with the holiday as described. However, in exceptional cases, it may be necessary to make changes to your holiday arrangements (including airlines, flights, accommodation, transport or services) due to circumstances beyond our control. Flight times are given only as indications, and finalised times will be shown on your tickets.

      When changes are necessary, we will do our best to ensure that they do not affect your holiday. If, before you depart, a major change is necessary (defined as a change of itinerary so that you are no longer able to visit a destination where you are scheduled to spend one or more nights or an appropriate alternative destination,  or a change of accommodation to a lower standard or category affecting a significant part of your holiday) or if we have to cancel your holiday, we will contact you and offer you the choice of:

      • Accepting the changes to your holiday;
      • Purchasing another available Llama Travel holiday; 
      • Cancelling your holiday with a full refund.

      If we have to cancel your holiday less than 60 days before departure, other than in the event of force majeure (see section 6 below), you will be entitled to compensation at the following levels:

      When notifiedCompensation per person
      43 – 60 days before departure £50
      29 - 42 days before departure £100
      15 - 28 days before departure £150
      0 - 14 days before departure £200
    7. Alterations or cancellations by you or us in the event of force majeure prior to departure

      If, prior to departure, we have to make major changes to, or cancel, your holiday in the event of force majeure, we will contact you and offer you the above choices. However, compensation will not be paid.

      If, in the event of force majeure, it is not possible for your holiday to proceed, we will endeavour to recover from suppliers, and refund to you, monies paid for your holiday, but where we are unable to do so, you may be able to claim for irrecoverable costs from your travel insurance. We do not accept liability where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented by force majeure.

      Force majeure events include war, threat of war, civil unrest or strife, decisions by governments or governing authorities, epidemics, natural disasters, fire, bad weather, terrorist activity, nuclear disaster, industrial disputes, technical or maintenance problems with transport, changes of timetables of airlines, or other causes beyond our control.

    8. Our responsibilities to you

      Llama Travel is dedicated to ensuring that your holiday is as described. If a part of your holiday is not provided as promised, please inform us at the time. If this affects the reasonable enjoyment of your holiday, we will pay compensation appropriate to the circumstances. If you do not inform us at the time, Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the situation as we will not have been given the opportunity to rectify the problem.

      Llama Travel accepts responsibility for illness, personal injury or death caused as a direct result of the direct acts and / or omissions of our employees, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors while acting in the course of their employment to provide services or arrangements for your holiday that you have booked with us in the UK. We do not accept responsibility for illness, personal injury or death where there has been no fault of our employees, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors, or as a result of taking part in any activity which does not form part of the holiday booked through us in the UK. Where illness, personal injury or death arises in the course of air travel, rail travel, sea travel or hotel accommodation, the amount of compensation you may receive is limited in accordance with the provisions of any International Convention.

    9. Your responsibilities

      Clients are responsible for ensuring that all immigration and health requirements are fulfilled, for obtaining travel documents, including passports, visas and vaccination certificates, and for ensuring that these are all in order, including for any intermediate stops on international flights.

    10. Covid-19 requirements are updated frequently in all countries and you must ensure that you comply with these in the UK, in destinations visited and in any intermediary stops. You must comply with local regulations regarding prevention measures which may be stricter than in the UK. Non-compliance may result in you being excluded from the holiday with no refund. You must not travel if you are required to isolate by health authorities and standard cancellation terms will apply. If you are required to isolate when on holiday, you will not be entitled to a refund for unused services, including flights. You accept the risks of catching Covid-19, being required to isolate or be tested and we recommend you have suitable travel insurance to cover such circumstances.

    11. We require your passport details to issue some tickets. If these change after you have given them to us, you must inform us. If the name on your airline ticket does not match that on your passport, you must inform us as soon as you receive the ticket. It is your responsibility to behave in a responsible, restrained and sober manner when dealing with local authorities, fellow travellers and our representatives.

    12. By taking a Llama Travel holiday, you agree to accept the authority and decisions of our employees and representatives. If, in the opinion of such people, your behaviour or health is likely to threaten the safety, comfort or progress of a tour, then you may be excluded from the tour without refund or compensation. It is your responsibility to obey local laws, otherwise you may be excluded from the holiday and we will cease to have any responsibility for you. 

    13. Please bear in mind that travel in Latin America and Africa is not the same as travel in the UK, and inconveniences and delays may arise due to weather conditions, strikes, demonstrations, the poor state of roads or for other reasons. By travelling with Llama Travel, you are implicitly accepting this part of the way of life in these countries.

    14. Flights

      We have no control over international or national air carriers, and therefore schedules or airlines used may change or flights be delayed due to no fault of our own. A change of flight time or airline due to schedule changes or flight cancellations is not treated as a major change. We will try to ensure the smooth flow of all your transport connections, but it is your responsibility to check exact times of flights. This is particularly important for internal flights, which can be rescheduled at short notice. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the consequences of flights missed due to the client’s failure to confirm exact details.

      When you travel with an airline, the Conditions of Carriage of that airline apply, some of which will limit or exclude liability. These conditions are the subject of International Agreements between countries.

      Flying to Latin America and Africa involves long flights and may require changes in other airports. It is your responsibility to arrive at the departure airport at the appropriate time and to check in for your international flight, and to change aeroplanes if necessary at intermediate airports. If you wish to sit in a specific seat, or wish to sit with other people on the flight, it is recommended that you check in early or check in online where possible. It is sometimes possible to reserve seats directly with the airline online prior to travel.

      Airlines do not allow more than one booking per passenger on a flight and may cancel seats if they are held by more than one operator. Clients are responsible for ensuring they are not holding flights with another operator.

    15. Baggage allowance

      Most airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kg per passenger, or sometimes less. Carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, you will usually be able to leave the rest of you luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    16. Insurance

      You must have adequate insurance provision to cover the cost of assistance, including emergency repatriation, in the event of illness or other problems occurring during your holiday.

    17. Complaints

      If you have any complaints about your holiday arrangements when you are abroad, please bring these to the attention of our local representatives who will do all they can to ensure a swift and satisfactory resolution. Problems can usually be sorted out by talking to the supplier concerned (e.g. hotel) and our local representatives or by informing us directly. If this is not done, Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the situation, as we will not have been given the opportunity to rectify the problem. If you do not inform us, your consumer rights to compensation may be affected. If you have tried and failed to rectify the situation whilst abroad, please send us your complaint in writing within 28 days of returning to the UK. We will then follow up your complaint. Communication with destinations is often slow, so we may not be able to resolve the situation as quickly as you would like.

    18. Financial protection for bookings made in UK for UK residents

      The holidays in this brochure are ATOL protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority, number ATOL 5804.

      If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

    19. Brochure and website information

      The information in our brochures and on our website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of going to press. However, details of flights or hotels may vary during the lifetime of a brochure. These changes will be reflected on our website where possible.

      The copyright on all material in our brochures and on our website, including text, photographs, maps and layouts is held by Llama Travel Limited. No part of these publications may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any way without the prior written permission of Llama Travel.

    20. Data Protection

      The information we ask you to provide, including personal information about you and members of your party, is necessary for us to arrange and operate your holiday. By booking a holiday with us, you agree to our processing this information, including, where appropriate, its transfer outside of the UK.

    21. Package Travel Regulations
      Llama Travel Bookings comply with the UK Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. UK Package Travel Regulations

How to Book

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

Before you Go

  • Some countries in Latin America have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Children require a polio vaccination certificate to enter Brazil.

  • Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel destination. To visit Mexico, British citizens do not need to apply for a visa prior to visiting as a tourist. However, a tourist card is provided upon arrival which you must present when leaving the country. The international departure tax is included in the airline ticket. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Mexico (020 7499 8586), Peru (020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 3434); Brazil (020 7659 1550); Colombia (020 7637 9893); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042). You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you are flying via the US, you need to comply with US immigration requirements. Ask us for details.

    There is an immigration entry fee to enter Chile and Argentina for citizens of the US, Australia, Canada and some other countries. Please check with the appropriate consulate. To enter Argentina, this fee must be paid online prior to travel. This can be done at either or Once the fee has been paid, you must print out the proof of payment and take this with you when you enter Argentina. If you do not have the form you will not be allowed to enter Argentina.

    To visit Brazil (even Iguazu Falls from Argentina), citizens of the US, Australia and some other countries must obtain a Brazilian visa before travel.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.


  • The climate around Mexico City and Oaxaca is mild, with relatively consistent temperatures year-round. March, April and May are the warmest months, and November to February tend to be the coolest, with averages of 14°C. Most rainfall occurs during the summer months of June to September. The months of December, January and February are usually dry, but rain can fall throughout the year so waterproofs are advised.

    Due to its elevated location, San Cristobal also has a mild, spring-like climate, with an average temperature of around 15°C. On sunny days, the city can feel quite hot, but the temperature drops considerably during wet weather, so a mix of warm and cooler weather clothing is advisable.

    Descending into the tropical climate of the Chiapas lowlands (for Palenque), the Yucatan (for Merida) and the Riviera Maya, humidity is high year-round and temperatures sometimes exceed 30°C. There is an average of 12 daylight hours and high factor sun protection is essential. Waterproofs are advised year-round, although the wettest months are from June to October.

    Insect repellent is recommended for visiting the jungle around Palenque, Merida and the Caribbean Coast. Closed, comfortable shoes such as trainers or lightweight walking shoes are suitable for day excursions. Be sure to bring beachwear for your time on the coast.

    You can bring whichever luggage you feel most comfortable with: suitcases, soft bags and rucksacks are fine.

    Electricity in Mexico is 11V, and plugs are of the flat two-pin type.

    Having a photocopy of your passport with you at all times is recommended.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in Latin America will give you your hotel and excursion vouchers when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

Health & Fitness

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. The NHS website gives good advice about travelling in each country. 

    Yellow Fever precautions are usually recommended when visiting the Iguazú Falls region in Argentina and Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

    There have been reports of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus, in various Latin American countries. Please check for latest advice regarding this. If you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, it is recommended that you speak to a medical professional prior to travel.

    When visiting Latin America, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary.

Getting there

  • A holiday in Latin America inevitably means long haul flights, and at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare.

    You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Opinions change over time, but in the past year, Llama Travel customers’ preference was for Air France, KLM, British Airways and Virgin, followed by United and Iberia. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Most airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy
    British Airways World Traveller Plus, Air France Premium Voyageur and Virgin Premium Economy seats are available. These provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    KLM, Iberia and United offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost. KLM seats can be booked through Llama Travel. United and Iberia seats can be reserved with the airlines one month prior to departure.

    Business Class

    British Airways Club World has seats which convert into full flat beds and have a privacy screen.

    Iberia Business Plus between Madrid and Latin America offers seats which convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Madrid, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    KLM World Business Class offers seats that convert into flat beds. Between the UK and Amsterdam, seats are usually the same as in economy class. Air France Affairs Class offer seats which convert into virtually flat beds. Between the UK and Paris, seats are usually the same as in economy class.

    United Business First between the UK and the US offers seats which convert into full flat beds. Between the US and Latin America, seats are more spacious than in economy.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, you will usually be able to leave the rest of your luggage in storage. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For flights within Latin America, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot always guarantee specific seats.

  • If you would like to break your journey to or from Latin America and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible.

    Depending on which airline you choose, stopovers may be possible in Miami, New York, Houston, Madrid, Amsterdam or Paris.

  • Additionally, if the passport was issued, renewed/extended between October 26, 2005 and October 25, 2006 it must contain a digital photograph. If the passport was issued, renewed/extended on or after October 26, 2006, it must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.
    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at:

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    ESTA Visa Waiver Program - **** Action by you may be required ****
    The US State Department has introduced a mandatory electronic system to help speed up the US immigration process for travellers on the Visa Waiver Program. All Visa Waiver Program travellers must fill in a form on the US State department website. This can be found at ( Please enter this into the address bar on your web browser. There is a $14 charge per person to apply for this. DO NOT search for this website via a search engine, such as Google, as it will take you to an incorrect website. Although this can be filled in up to 72 hours before travel, we recommend that you fill in this form as soon as possible so any issues can be identified immediately. To apply please scroll to the bottom of the green area and press the apply button on the left hand side of the page. Please make sure that this form is filled out for all the passengers on your booking. If you require more detailed instructions, please visit

    If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, or if your passport does not meet the relevant criteria, then you will require a US visa before you travel. Even if you are given authorization on the ESTA website, some travellers may not be eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program. If in doubt, please consult the US embassy website.

    Advanced Passenger Information - **** Action by you is required ****
    The US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight. This is in addition to the information to be submitted for the Visa Waiver Program which you may have already completed. Please visit our website where you will find details on how to submit this information using the airlines website.

    Please complete this procedure as soon as possible. If your passenger information is not entered into the flight booking we are unable to issue your flight tickets. This may result in your flight booking being cancelled and high charges being incurred.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy. A list of insurance companies that our customers have found suitable is available from us. Please advise your insurer of any pre-existing medical conditions and, if you are booking a holiday involving high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail, make sure that you are covered for this. If you are planning on carrying out any other activities, please ensure your insurance policy will cover you for these. Note that cancellation cover is often only available if insurance is purchased within two weeks of booking your holiday.

Travelling in Mexico

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at 

  • The Mexican currency is the Mexican Nuevo Peso, known simply as the Peso. Sterling isn’t easy to exchange in Mexico so carrying US Dollars is advised. Note that it is only possible to exchange cash in banks or at bureaux de change. UK debit and credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants, and ATM's are readily available, although it is good to carry a small reserve of cash.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary; however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

  • Tipping in Mexico is customary but by no means obligatory. In most circumstances, such as restaurants and tour guides, 10 -20% is appropriate. Drivers should receive US$3-5 per day for group tours and $10 for private tours. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.

  • Most people are familiar with the concept of tacos, guacamole and enchiladas, but arriving in Mexico you will discover that Mexican food is a lot richer than the Tex-Mex movement would have you believe. The cuisine is understood to be a fusion of traditional local ingredients, and those ingredients and cooking styles introduced by the Spanish. Staple ingredients include corn, beans, avocados, tomatoes, chilli peppers and rice, as well as meat, cheese and a rich variety of herbs and spices.

    The style of food varies across Mexico, with different spices and other ingredients adapted according to the local conditions. For example, the Yucatan Peninsula cuisine is based on the Maya culture, with influences from a diverse range of cultures from Middle Eastern to Caribbean, and uses local ingredients such as tropical fruits and traditional cooking methods such as pit ovens. By contrast, Mexico City for the most part relies on produce brought in from other parts of the country. Here street food reigns supreme with taco stands and Torterias (tortas are sandwiches similar to subs) battle it out for passing trade. While the ingredients and style of cooking varies from area to area, staples like the aforementioned tacos and tortas are found in most parts of Mexico. Another staple found across the country is mole (pronounced mo-leh), an umbrella term for sauce. Moles also vary from place to place, but usually they contain a fruit, chili pepper, nuts and spices.

  • Hotels in Mexico include breakfast. Besides that, a simple set-menu lunch will cost US$3-4.50 per person, while a nice dinner with alcoholic drinks will set you back about US$11-16 per person.

  • Probably the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will still operate this just for you. All our holidays are guaranteed to operate if we have two passengers or more.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. In some places, the excursions are operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

  • To phone the UK from Mexico, dial the international dialling code for the UK (0044) and then the UK telephone number, leaving out the ‘0’ in the area code. To phone Mexico from the UK, dial the international dialling code for Mexico (0052) and then the Mexico telephone number.

  • Excursions are operated together with other holidaymakers. These will usually be in English, although groups are sometimes a mix of English and Spanish or Portuguese speaking. A minimum of 2 people is required for some excursions. On some occasions, the order of excursions may vary.