Discover the heart of Mexico's Aztec, Zapotec, Mayan and Spanish cultures on this two week journey of ruins, pueblos and beaches. Travel from the mad metropolis of Mexico City to the relaxed beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and unravel the magnificent mystery of the ancient Mexican
Days 1-2 Mexico City
The centre of Mexico City's buzzing metropolis still moves to the beat of its Aztec heart. Hit the town Mexican-style for a night of mariachi music or escape the crowds on an optional day trip to the canals and gardens of Xochimilco.
Days 3-4 Puebla
Start the day with a ride on one of Mexico's colourful buses to Puebla. Soak up the city's colonial charm, visit the market for handicrafts, try some mouth-watering mole poblano or head out for an optional hike to Puebla's nearby volcano.
Days 5-7 Oaxaca
In town, peruse Oaxaca's main plaza and take in the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Head out to the impressive Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban. Satisfy culinary cravings by sampling Oaxaca's famous chocolate and cheese. The more adventurous may want to try the local delicacies; chocolate-covered grasshopper or mescal, complete with a worm at the bottom of the bottle.
Days 8-9 San Cristobal de las Casas
Discover a world of jungle-entangled ruins in the cool climes of Mexico's mountains at San Cristobal de las Casas. Venture to the hills to explore local villages or why not take a day trip to Sumidero Canyon. For a slower pace, stop in at a cafe and sample coffee from one of the world's premier coffee growing regions.
Days 10-11 Palenque
The Palenque ruins are one of the most impressive Mayan sites in Mexico and date back to 100BC. Climb the temples - the best vantage point for spying on the exotic wildlife of the surrounding Chiapas jungle. Nearby, cool down in the Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls, a shimmering invitation too good to refuse!
Days 12-13 Merida
Journey to the colonial city of Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula. Cruise the mansion-lined Paseo Montejo, hang out in the Plaza Grande or hit the clubs to learn some dance moves. Spice up your life and try El Yucateco, a hot sauce guaranteed to blow taste buds away. Merida is also an ideal base for an optional visit to the incredible Uxmal ruins.
Days 14-15 Chichen Itza/Playa del Carmen
Stand in awe of the incredible ruins of Chichen Itza, which was once an ancient ceremonial centre. Follow the scent of fresh sea air to the cool Caribbean. In free time, opt to go snorkelling, swimming or diving around nearby reefs and islands - or simply unwind on palm-fringed beaches, relax and sip cold margaritas while watching a spectacular, golden sunset at Playa Del Carmen.