Southern Migration Adventure Bus 2012 Departures:
San Francisco to Cancun:
- December 2012 Dates TBD
28 Days: $1999 plus $401 for food/parks. Hostel nights and the cost of the Copper Canyon train ride are not included.
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Southern Migration - 28 Days
Join us for the most unique adventure bus experience in mainland Mexico! Our overland Mexican holiday literally starts with a bang at the national fair of pyrotechnics in Tultepec. Festivities and lazy days on the beach are balanced with a train ride through the majestic Copper Canyon. This relaxed camping trek includes the best Mexico has to offer!
Departing from San Francisco, we head for the border town of Nogales-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 mining town of Creel and its pine-covered mountains will be our base for the night.
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.
We continue our journey at the Aztec metropolis of Teotihuacan, home to the famous Temples of the Sun and Moon. We wrap up our second week in Oaxaca, a charming, cosmopolitan city adorned with jacaranda trees, outdoor cafes, colorful markets and prestigious museums. A visit to the nearby ruins of Monte Alban is also well worth the trip. Returning to the Pacific, we spend the next days and nights at the beach, camping under the stars and celebrating the New Year.
Our next focus will be San Cristobal 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 a hidden cave!
The final portion of our journey takes us to Majahual, a sleepy little town tucked away on a remote Caribbean beach. Optional activities here range from scuba diving to fishing the turquoise seas. After stopping to marvel at the bottomless sacred pools of Cenote Azul, we make our way to the beachside ruins of Tulum. Watch the sun rise against temples and crashing waves, and explore this coastal wonder before the crowds arrive. A starry night camping on the beach and a short trek to the ruins of Coba will thrill you one last time before we finish our adventure in Cancun.
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