At Discova, we are always looking for new ways to help your customers explore our fascinating destinations. That’s why we’re happy to share a new itinerary in Central Mexico.
Our tailor-made team are on hand to create perfectly crafted customised itineraries – catering to various interests and budgets, whether your customers be looking for a luxury itinerary that makes the most of nature or families looking for a bargain beach getaway – and everything in between.
As a taste of what’s available, let’s take a look at one of our recently tailored itineraries for Mexico – created in response to partner requests. Showcasing the best of the capital and its surrounding area, this short five-night break offers an insight into the unique and rewarding experiences possible in Mexico with Discova.
A trip to Central Mexico is the best place to get to grips with the heart and soul of the Mexican nation. In the huge, sprawling capital, travellers can visit several first-class museums documenting Mexico’s past, expertly weaving the narrative and story of the Mexican people, as well as showcasing modern cultural icons such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
In Mexico City and surrounding towns like Pueblo, travellers can glimpse beautiful Spanish-era colonial architecture, with exquisite tree-shaded plazas dotted with ornate churches and cathedrals. Many areas around here have earned UNESCO world heritage status, reflecting the value of the pretty, pristine accomplishments of the colonial settlers.
Of course, central Mexico is also deeply significant for its pre-hispanic, Mesoamerican origins – a further aspect deeply ingrained into Mexican identity. Nearby to Mexico City are the iconic ruins of Teotihuacan, the Aztec capital, with its towering pyramids and impressive monuments. There are plenty of options in the region for travellers to appreciate the art, culture, and legacy of the indigenous peoples.
Two further aspects of culture inherently vital to Mexican identity are religion and food. Of course, wherever travellers journey in Mexico, they will be treated to world-famous cuisine, made extra special by the famed warmth and hospitality of the fiesta spirit.
In terms of religion, Central Mexico is home to Mexico’s most revered and visited spiritual site – the basilica of Guadalupe. Around 15 million pilgrims visit each year, and it’s an excellent place for travellers to see and experience the pious devotion often associated with the Mexican people.
Our short itinerary in Central Mexico offers your customers a snapshot view into all of these aspects of Mexican identity – a whirlwind, whistle-stop adventure to leave travellers with a meaningful connection to this fascinating country and its people.
Let’s take a closer look at the breakdown of the itinerary.
On arrival in Mexico City, your customers will be welcomed at the airport by our guide before being whisked off and ushered into our minivans for their included private transfer. It’s worth noting that our Mexican team have implemented our robust health and safety procedures in-destination, with social distancing in-place and regular sanitisation of all touchpoints. Our travellers so far have had nothing but positive feedback for these safety measures, with travellers reporting that they felt safe and secure without having to compromise on comfort.
On arrival at the hotel for Mexico City, Hotel Catedral, our local travel expert will give a short briefing giving an overview of the trip and a little background information on their home country. A light dinner will be provided, providing respite from hunger while piquing the appetite for adventure!
Day 2: Mexico City
Time to explore the rich tapestry of Mexico City. On Day 2, we take travellers on a jam-packed crash course into Mexican culture. Begin with a trip to the Metropolitan Cathedral, an intriguing spectacle of baroque, gothic, and neoclassical design with its imposing façade that dominates the central square, or zocalo.
After discovering its intricate interior and admiring two of the largest organs in the Americas, head opposite the square to the Palacio Nacional. Here, find the magnificent Diego Rivera murals that depict Mexican civilisation from the arrival of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec serpent god, to the post-revolutionary period. The palace is home to the Mexican president and is built on the site of the palace constructed by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II in the early 16th century.
Continue the learning journey in the labyrinth of the National Museum of Anthropology, where travellers can slowly uncover the story of the Mexican people through the thousands of artefacts on display. Our helpful guide will be on hand to deconstruct the mythology of Mesoamerican culture and establish connections between the exhibits and their influence on Mexican society today.
On the way back to the hotel, travellers are treated to a panoramic view of the Paseo de la Reforma, the most important avenue of Mexico City, with opportunities to admire the Fine Arts Palace, the Chapultepec Park, and the Postal Palace, among other things.
It’s important to remember that we are all ears, ready to listen and be adaptable. The museums featured on this tour can be interchangeable with many of the other fantastic options in the city. Other popular choices include the Templo Mayor Museum and the Casa de Los Azulejos.
Day 3: Basilica Guadalupe and Teotihuacan
On day three, start the day with another complimentary breakfast – included on each day of the trip – before heading to one of the most visited Catholic shrines worldwide. The Basilica de Guadalupe will become an increasingly recognisable image to visitors, with souvenirs, posters, and other imagery omnipresent in this part of the world. The Virgin de Guadalupe is the Queen of Mexico, and her cult is most observable at this shrine where she is said to have appeared before the Aztec bishop, Juan Diego. Visiting the shrine will help travellers gain an appreciation of her story and understand the hold she has over the Mexican people.
After this insightful experience, it is on to one of the most archaeologically significant historical sites in the country – Teotihuacan. Marvel at some of the most impressive pyramids in the world. See the Sun and Moon pyramids, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and the Avenue of the Dead – all the while learning about the Aztec way of life. The Aztecs themselves were awestruck when they chanced upon these ancient temple ruins, deciding to build their capital to incorporate the extraordinary structures. These feelings still resonate with visitors today as they explore the grand complex.
For accommodation this evening, transfer to the delightful Hotel Mision Arcangel in Puebla in preparation for day 4 of the trip.
Day 4: Puebla
In the morning, discover Puebla’s enchanting downtown, a World Heritage site, where the majority of its buildings are decorated with tiles and beautifully sculpted freestone. Travellers will also see its majestic Cathedral at the main square, the Rosario Chapel, considered the eighth wonder of the art world. Later that day, drive to Cholula – home to the largest pyramid in existence. Explore the underground tunnels, elaborate altars, and climb to the top of the pyramid. Wander the large plateau that serves as a lookout point, noting the ornate church and outstanding views of the surrounding volcanoes.
In the afternoon after lunch, drive to Ex-hacienda de Chautla – a beautiful old property with an 18th-century castle situated in the middle of a lake. This will be the unique accommodation for the night, and there is time to explore the magnificent grounds of the property along with a stroll along the pretty trails around.
Day 5: Val’Quirico and Return
On this final morning of the trip, travellers get to explore the charming town of Val’Quirico, twinned with San Quirico d’Orcia, a village in the Tuscany region of Italy. Stylised on the inviting medieval charms of a Tuscan village, this final stop offers travellers a pleasant chance to explore its mixture of boutique shops and enticing restaurants – perhaps a last opportunity to purchase local indigenous handicrafts as souvenirs of the trip.
After this enjoyable addition, it’s the final included private transfer back to Mexico City and the airport – the end of our adventure.
Central Mexico with Discova
Our passionate team in the Americas are proud of this new itinerary. The process is simple – they leveraged their expert local knowledge, relationships with suppliers, and logistical know-how to come up with the perfect itinerary to suit the demands of a partner.
This process can be replicated across the country to create a customised plan for your customers, whatever their budget, needs, and interests.