At a Glance

This trip “Classic Mexico on a budget” connects the capital with the fascinating colonial cities of Oaxaca and San Cristóbal de las Casas, the Mayan ruins of Palenque in the jungle of Chiapas and the highlights of the Yucatán Peninsula to a varied journey at a moderate pace, whith some days at the beach included.

Why did we call this tour “Classic Mexico on a budget”? During the first two weeks (until Mérida) you will travel with comfortable coaches. On the one hand this is inexpensive and on the other hand it offers you the opportunity to get in touch with the people and to get to know not only the tourist attractions but also the “normal life” of the Mexicans. Traveling by bus in Mexico is not an adventure, rather the opposite is true. You drive in air-conditioned coaches with toilet (the longer the distance, the more comfort, e.g. reclining seats for night rides) and at the well-organized and mostly modern terminals your luggage is checked in. In addition, these buses are usually on time (unlike Deutsche Bahn, for example).

Note: The beach days at the end of the trip you can spend alternatively to Isla Mujeres also in Tulúm or on Isla Holbox. Of course, the itinerary (and/or the choice of hotel) can be changed.

Itineray as PDF (in German) und request a quote – the trip in pictures


Day Transport to the next destination and number of nights Hotel
1 Arrival in Mexico City, taxi to the hotel in the historic centre (3 N B&B) Catedral
4 Bus ride to Oaxaca (2 N B&B) Azucenas
7 Nightbus to San Cristóbal de las Casas (1 N B&B) Rincón de Cuca
8 Bus ride to Palenque (2 N B&B) Chablis
10 Bus ride to Campeche (2 N) Castelmar
12 Bus ride to Mérida (3 N B&B), pickup of the rental car Julamis
15 Drive to Chichén Itzá (1 N B&B) Villas Arqueológicas
16 Drive via Valladolid/Ek Balám to Cancún (1 N B&B), returning the rental car Rey del Caribe
17 Taxi and ferry to Isla Mujeres (4 N) Elements of the Island
21 Ferry back to Cancún, taxi to the airport and return flight


Sample Itineraries

Duration: 17 days/ 16 nights
Services included: Rental car for the entire time (compact class including insurance without deductible), 16 nights as described, our fee.
Price: from ca. 1500 € per person in a double room with two travellers (valid for 2021)
Duration: 24 days/ 23 nights
Services included: 23 nights as described, all bus tickets (1st class), rental car (compact) from Tuxtla Gutiérrez and from Oaxaca including insurance without deductible, flight Puebla - Tuxtla Gutiérrez, flight Oaxaca - Mexico City, tours Sumidero Canyon, Yaxchilán and Bonampak, our fee
Price: from approx. 2250 € per person in a double room with two travellers (2021)
Duration: 24 days/ 23 nights
Services included: 23 nights as described, flight Mexico City - Chihuahua, train ticket Chepe (1st class). Class), Transfer El Fuerte - Topolobambo (Los Mochis), Ferry Los Mochis - La Paz with private cabin), Tour from La Paz to Isla Espiritu Santo, Rental car for the days on Baja California, Tour to Canyon La Trinidad from Mulegé, Whale watching tour with overnight stay in the lagoon of San Ignacio, Whale watching tour in Bahía Magdalena, our fee
Price: from around 2750 € pro person in a double room with 2 travelers (2021)