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Southern Migration - 26 Days
Explore culinary meccas, remote villages and ancient ruins, go snorkeling in tropical seas, experience the thrilling Copper Canyon train; this camping trek highlights the best that Mexico has to offer! One-way from San Francisco to Cancun, this is the most unique adventure bus experience in mainland Mexico.
Departing from San Francisco, we head south to the border. Bienvenidos a Mexico! Our first camp-out will be at the beautiful Playa San Carlos, where white-washed houses and red-tile roofs form the backdrop to a snorkeling paradise. Over 500 species of fish share this beach with an abundance of pelicans and dolphins! An overnight drive takes us to El Fuerte, the mouth of the majestic Copper Canyon, where we board one of the most breathtaking train rides in all of North America! Balanced on the rim of this natural wonder, the quaint town of Creel and its pine-covered mountains will be our base for exploring the area.
From there, we wind our way to the tranquil beach town of San Blas. An optional jungle trek will take you to a hidden freshwater artesian spring and swimming hole. Rise and shine in Guanajuato, where colonial architecture crowds the narrow, hilly streets. Stroll through the alleys, relax in the cafes, and be sure to visit the mummy museum! Later, we visit the artist and ex-pat community of San Miguel de Allende, where you can wander the cobblestone streets past numerous churches and gardens while enjoying the town's unique artistic flair.
From there, we wind our way to the tranquil beach town of San Blas. An optional jungle trek will take you to a hidden freshwater artesian spring and swimming hole. Rise and shine in Guanajuato, where colonial architecture crowds the narrow, hilly streets. Stroll through the alleys, relax in the cafes, and visit the historic mummy museum. Later, we visit the artist and ex-pat community of San Miguel de Allende, where you can wander the cobblestone streets past numerous churches and gardens while enjoying the town's unique artistic flair.
Our journey continues as we visit the Aztec metropolis of Teotihuacan, home to the famous Temples of the Sun and Moon. The next morning brings us to the more modern culture of Oaxaca, a charming, cosmopolitan city adorned with jacaranda trees, outdoor cafes, colorful markets and prestigious museums. Visit the nearby ruins of Monte Alban and take in the spectacular views of verdant valleys and mountains after touring the grounds. Returning to the Pacific, we spend the next few days and nights at the beach, camping under the stars and celebrating the New Year.
Our next focus will be San Cristóbal de las Casas and the surrounding Chiapas highland towns. Traditional villages, colorful mercados, colonial monuments, and the cascading waterfalls of Agua Azul await your discovery. After exploring the jungle ruins of Palenque, we visit the thundering waterfall and crystal clear pool of Misol-Ha, where for a small tip, the local kids will show you how to find the hidden cave behind the falls!
The final portion of our journey takes us to Majahual, a sleepy little town tucked away on a remote Caribbean beach. Optional activities here include scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing the turquoise seas. After stopping for a refreshing swim in the freshwater pools of Cenote Azul, we'll take a scenic drive up the Mayan Riviera to the beach-side ruins of Tulum. Watch the sun rise against ancient temples and limestone cliffs, and explore this coastal wonder before the crowds arrive. Soak up the sun and relax on the sandy beach before our last camp-out under the stars. We then trek to the jungle ruins of Coba, where you can climb to the top of Nohoc Mul, the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, for a climactic view of the land you just explored. We finish our adventure in Cancun where we say our evening goodbyes.
This trip has come to an end, but the magic doesn't have to! After a short break, you can join us for the next segment of this spectacular journey. Pyramids and Playas is an amazing round trip adventure (from Cancun) that explores the best of the Mayan Riviera, Belize and Guatemala.
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