Mexico Tours

Mexico is a vast land full of culture, adventure, history and excitement. It is a world of colors, food, great people and memorable places. Its very immensity and diversity make it intimidating and challenging, however. There are many respectable, professional tour operators in Mexico ready to make your stay easier and more enjoyable. Here you will find many of them listed. Remember, if you work with any of them, leave a comment here for future visitors!

  • Chichen Itza trip
    This is a must-do if you are in this area and trips are offered not only from Playa but also Ancun and Tulum. Organised tours usually put small groups into minibuses but do not befooled by the salesmen - groups to tour around the site are unlikely to be small and it
  • Tulum Ruins
    This is one of the prettiest Mayan sites you can visit, neatly cared for with trimmed grass and palms surrounding well-restored ruins. The buildings themselves may not be as impressive as somewhere like Chichen Itza but the layout, sitting overlooking the sea, is stunning.
  • Catedral Metropolitana
    Mexico City's prize cathedral is impressive from the outside and nice from the inside but a trip up the bell tower is one for aficionados only. The tour, which lasts around 20 minutes, is interesting if you speak Spanish and want to know about bells, but if you are going for the views then save the
  • Sumidero Canyon
    This is probably the best trip to do out of San Cristóbal and it is cheaper to do it on a tour than it is to go individually. It is only an hour to the boat dock from where launches go when they fill up but generally as there are lots of people who come to do this trip there is rarely a wait. The b
  • Chiflón Waterfall
    This spectacular waterfall is a couple of hours from town but it is worth heading out to. A 30-minute easy walk along a riverside path heads up to a viewpoint over the falls, where the river tumbles more than 100m over a forested cliff. There is a zip-line that you can take to another viewpoint (100
  • Grutas de San Cristóbal
    This large cave is nothing special but is an interesting short outing that lies about 30-minutes from the town. Illuminated with natural light and with a footpath running its full length, it is not a hard spot to visit alone but child guides can guide you in for a few pesos and point out several roc
  • Lagunas de Montebello
    This is a peaceful and pleasant place. The park is made up of more than 50 lakes deep in impressive forest and while many are simply smallish pools of varying colours there are some with rock formations and islands. It is not easy to get around inside the park, so it is better to go with transport,
  • Copper Canyon Railroad train ride
    This long trip runs from Chihuhua, in the centre of northern Mexico to Los Mochis, a gateway to Baja California. Do not expect to be cruising through the Copper Canyon, because the 15 minute stop at Divisadero is the only view you get, but you can still expect some impressive scenery during the j
  • Divisadero Walk
    The famed train stops at Divisadero for 15 minutes but there is no way you can do such a fantastic view justice in a quarter of an hour so try to plan for a day trip as well. To hike right out into the canyon you will need to set up a private trip, which can be a little tricky to organise but there
  • La Bufa tour
    Be prepared for a long drive if you choose to do this trip but also be prepared for some stunning scenery. The day consists of around six-and-a-half hours of driving and about one-and-a-half of picture stops and a walk (down the road to take in the impressive vistas at La Bufa) but it offers you a g
  • Cave painting tour
    While the paintings may disappoint (they are impressive, but don't believe the stunning enhanced photographs in the magazines!) this is still a good trip and a good way to get out into the desert. Santa Marta requires a 4km walk to reach the caves but offers the best preserved paintings, although ma
  • Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl
    These two giant volcanoes, the second and third highest mountains in Mexico, are just a couple of hours outside the city and offer some breathtaking walks in an environment more like Switzerland than Mexico. Popcacatépetl is active and continues to smoke from its icy cone but Iztaccíhuatl is safe
  • Poza Azul and Las Arenales
    Cuatro Cienegas' two main tourist attractions are havens for endemic species. Poza Azul, one of many desert pools connected by underground rivers, is home to the visitor's centre, a bright blue pool and three rare semi-aquatic endemic tortoises. Las Arenales is an area of white calcite sand dunes, p
  • Poza la Becerra
    This Poza has been turned into to a recreational area where you can swim, something you cannot do in the other pools. There are straw pagodas for shade but bring drinks as the shop is only open on weekends. Steps lead down to the pool, which is filled with fairly warm water but fed with cold water f
  • Complejo Ecotouristico Arareko
    This is an excellent day walk or half-day cycle from town as it takes you through unique communities and unusual scenery. The whole area is full of Tarahumara people, who live in caves or wood houses, and there are good opportunities to see their bright traditional dress. Natural sites of bizarre ro
  • Village tour to San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán
    This is an interesting half-day side-trip if you want to learn about the local culture but the villages are not particularly pretty. Guides will give you a full run-down of the dual-religion in the area as well as detailing all things about local life. A visit to the candle-filled church is fascinat
  • Misol-Ha, Agua Clara and Agua Azul
    If you have time to do something other than go to the ruins around Palenque, then make sure this is it. After a short drive you will arrive at the first spot, the pretty jungle waterfall of Misol-Ha, which was used in the movie Predator. Next stop is the incredibly blue river and bordering limestone
  • Hierve el Agua
    This is a very unique place where water from hot springs tumbles down through several pools on the mountainside. Over years it has left mineral deposits that make the whole cliff look like a frozen waterfall. Unfortunately it is occasionally closed for repairs and other problems so check whether it
  • Aduana

    The old mining town of Aduana is worth a visit. Once home to 20,000, Adiana now houses about 400 full-time residents. A few kilometers away from Alamos, Aduana features a church dating from 1630: the church houses a “miracle cactus,” growing from one of the walls, which

  • San Javier Mission
    This trip takes you on a long dirt road into the Sierra Gigante to see the desert mountains close at hand. En-route you will stop at some rock art, which is not particularly spectacular, then do a second small walk before reaching the mission, which sits high in the mountains. It is, however, pretty
  • Ik Kil Parque Ecoarqueológico
    Open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day, the restaurant, park and cenote of Ik Kil provide a verdant escape from the direct sun of Chichén Itzá, but not from the busloads of tourists. To escape them and have the inviting cenote to yourself, stay overnight in one of Ik Kil's bungalows, which
  • Chiapa de Corzo
    This is a pleasant little town to spend a couple of hours in but probably not much more. There is a nice convent by the Templo de Santa Domingo de Guzman which is the Centro Cultural and houses museums on local arts including block printing and lacquered gourds in the Museo de la Laca. The main squa
  • Cerro de la Bufa
    This site offers an impressive wide view over the pretty town of Zacatecas and its desert surroundings and is a great spot to watch the sun go down. There is also a museum about the 1914 revolutionary battle here (entry 15 Pesos), several statues of revolutionary victors, a mausoleum and an observat