Mexico’s Ancient Civilizations

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Mexico Tourism Packages

Are you looking for the perfect holiday destination? Tourism in Mexico is bursting at the seams with beautiful natural landscapes, edgy urban settings, and plenty of unique cultural experiences. For those wanting to explore further than just one place but want to go with others, why not check out our Mexico tourism packages?

With Caravan, we can help plan your journey through this incredible country without having you worry about all of the details — from finding accommodation to planning sightseeing outings. We offer tailored Mexican holiday packages so that you get a truly memorable experience and make sure you make the most out of every moment!

Get ready for an unforgettable tour — book your Mexico vacation package today!

What covers our tourism Mexico Tourism Packages?

Discover the beauty and history of Mexico with Caravan’s Mexico Tourism Packages. Our packages take you on an exciting journey through Ancient Civilizations and an unforgettable ride through Copper Canyon on a train, giving you a unique and memorable vacation experience as part of the tourism in Mexico. Here’s what to expect from our tour package.

Mexico’s Ancient Civilizations

Discover the best of Mexico’s ancient past on this 9-Day all-inclusive tour! Join us on a journey through time as we explore some of the most important and captivating pre-Columbian civilizations.

Our expert guides will bring history to life, providing an in-depth look at each destination and its importance in Mexican culture today. Here’s a glimpse of our itinerary for this tour package

Day 1: Touch down in the vibrant and bustling city of Mexico City! Take a taxi from the airport to your downtown hotel, where you can check in and prepare for an evening welcome meeting. Meet with fellow travelers and Caravan staff at 8:00 p.m. for an informative orientation about what’s ahead on this amazing 9-day tour of ancient civilizations!

Day 2: Start your 9-day tour of Mexico’s ancient civilizations with a visit to the bustling capital city of Mexico City. You will have many things to do here, witnessing the following:

  • Vibrant culture
  • World-class art galleries
  • Delicious cuisine

Take a guided tour around some of the city’s main attractions, such as Plaza de la Constitución, El Zócalo, and the Palacio Nacional, then spend some time exploring one or two of the city’s many museums, such as the National Museum of Anthropology or the Museo Soumaya. 

Day 3: Continue your journey northward to Teotihuacan. This incredible archaeological site is home to some of Mexico’s oldest ruins dating back to the Pre-Columbian era. It is considered one of Central America’s most important ancient cities.

Climb the Pyramid of the Sun for a beautiful view of the surrounding valley, then visit some of Teotihuacan’s other impressive structures, such as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl. After exploring Teotihuacan, visit Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology to learn more about this fascinating period in Mexican history.

Day 3: Travel to Puebla, a city known for its colorful architecture and churches. Visit the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, which is incredibly unique due to its baroque-style church–inside it lays:

  • Museum containing paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Manuscripts
  • And more.

From Puebla, you’ll go westward along Mexico’s coast to Veracruz. This vibrant port city is known for its lively nightlife and delicious seafood dishes.

Wander through the city’s cobblestone streets and visit its many attractions, such as the Malecon Veracruzano, a seaside promenade lined with shops and restaurants, or take a stroll through Parque Zoológico de Veracruz, an expansive zoo home to hundreds of species of animals.

Day 4: Drive south from Puebla to La Venta, just outside Villahermosa in Tabasco state. This important archaeological site dates back to 1200 BC and is considered one of Mexico’s most historically significant sites. Explore La Venta’s many ruins, including pyramid temples and sculptures depicting ancient gods, before continuing on your journey to Palenque.

Day 5: Spend the day exploring Palenque, one of the most important cities of the Mayan civilization. Located in the heart of the jungle near Chiapas state, this ancient city is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and lush tropical vegetation. Visit the Temple of Inscriptions, a stepped pyramid dedicated to K’inich Janaab’ Pakal, or tour along Palenque’s Mesoamerican Ball Court for a unique look into this civilization’s historical athletic events.

Day 6: From Campeche, make your way eastward to Mérida, known as “The White City” due to its abundance of colonial-era buildings preserved in pristine condition. Visit the city’s spectacular 16th-century cathedral and its many stunning colonial-era churches before heading to Uxmal, another famous Mayan archaeological site. Wander through Uxmal’s Pyramid of the Magician and its many plazas before returning to Mérida in the late afternoon.

Day 7: From Mérida, continue your journey eastward to Chichén Itzá. This ancient Mayan city is home to some of Mexico’s most impressive ruins, including El Castillo, an imposing stepped pyramid that rises above the grounds of this old site.

Explore Chichén Itzá’s other impressive structures, such as El Caracol, a round observatory tower used by the city’s ancient astronomers, and El Templo de los Guerreros, an impressive temple dedicated to the Mayan god of war, before continuing your journey southward.

Day 8: From Chichén Itzá, drive south along Mexico’s Caribbean coast to Cancún. Enjoy some time soaking up the sun on one of Cancún’s stunning white sand beaches, or take a day trip out to Isla Mujeres for an exciting snorkeling excursion. End your evening with dinner at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants, then enjoy a stroll along Cancún’s lively beachfront boardwalk. 

Day 9: On your final day, take a break from sightseeing to relax and enjoy some of Cancún’s finer pleasures. Spend the morning lounging on the beach or pampering yourself at one of the city’s many luxurious spas, then spend the afternoon exploring downtown Cancún for a little shopping and sightseeing. End your trip with dinner at one of Cancún’s excellent seafood restaurants before flying home.

Mexico’s Copper Canyon Train

Our All-Inclusive 8-Day Tour Itinerary for Mexico’s Copper Canyon Train is the perfect way to explore one of North America’s most stunning and historic landscapes and Mexico’s tourism. From breathtaking views to unique cultural experiences, this tour will give you a memorable experience of Mexico’s Copper Canyon.

With knowledgeable local guides and expertly planned activities, you are guaranteed a journey like no other. Check out our comprehensive itinerary for this tour.

Day 1: Arrive in El Paso, Texas! Fly into El Paso International Airport (ELP) in El Paso, Texas. This vibrant city is the closest American gateway to the Copper Canyon and the starting point of your 8-day tour. Once you’ve arrived, transfer from the airport using your hotel’s courtesy shuttle, or feel free to drive - parking is free.

Check into your room after 3:00 p.m., then enjoy the evening however you’d like - dinner is on your own! At 8:00 p.m., join Caravan for a welcome briefing to get acquainted with the journey ahead and meet other travelers joining the adventure.

Day 2: Venture North to Creel! After an early breakfast, head north towards Creel, located near the entrance of Copper Canyon. Enjoy easy access to Mexico’s most stunning natural beauty as you explore this picturesque mountain village full of artesian crafts, local flavors, and colorful characters. After arriving in Creel, check into your lodge or hotel, have dinner, and get a good night’s sleep before your Copper Canyon Train ride tomorrow.

Day 3: All Aboard! Climb one of Mexico’s most exciting train rides and return for hours of adventure and exploration through the stunning Sierra Tarahumara mountains. Enjoy breathtaking views of canyons, forests, and gorges framed by rugged spires. Take in the enormous depth and immensity of Copper Canyon as you chug along its famous railroads toward El Fuerte.

Day 4: Float Along! After arriving in El Fuerte, get ready to experience one of the most unique ways to explore Copper Canyon -by float trip! Paddle your way down canyon rivers surrounded by fantastic views and incredible natural beauty before returning to Creel for a hearty dinner and a comfortable night’s sleep.

Day 5: Journey Onwards to Barrancas! Return aboard the train again this morning, heading south towards the town of Barrancas. Experience a variety of landscapes and towns as you ride through Copper Canyon, including Urique Canyon — the deepest in North America! Settle into your comfortable accommodations for the night before continuing further tomorrow.

Day 6: Make Your Way to Chihuahua! Enjoy yet another day onboard Mexico’s famous trains as you travel from Barrancas to Chihuahua - passing by breathtaking canyons, forested hillsides, and grandiose mesas. Once you’ve arrived in Chihuahua, explore this vibrant city’s colonial buildings, museums, and delicious food scene before heading back for an evening’s rest.

Day 7: Start your day with a sightseeing drive of Chihuahua, taking in this colorful city’s many sights and sounds. See the Government Palace, its historic center, 18th-century aqueducts, and more. After lunch, cross over the Rio Grande back into the United States before returning to El Paso for dinner on your own.

Day 8: Time to Fly Home! Bid farewell to Mexico’s Copper Canyon this morning as you return to El Paso International Airport (ELP) for your return flight home. Don’t forget to take all those wonderful memories of adventure with you for a lifetime from Mexico’s vibrant tourism. Safe travels!

Discover the beauty of Mexico with Caravan’s all-inclusive tour

Whether you’re looking for an adventurous off-roading adventure or a relaxing lounging getaway, Mexico has something for everyone. With Caravan’s travel packages, you can take advantage of fully guided tours with all-inclusive amenities—minus the airfare!

Our team looks forward to helping you plan your Mexican holiday, so don’t wait any longer – call us at 1-800-CARAVAN or +1-312-321-9800 today! We guarantee that it won’t be long before you fall in love with Mexico’s culture and breathtaking scenery. Join us and let your Mexican escapades begin!

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2024 Hotels

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds.

Barcelo Mexico Reforma

Days 1, 2 • Mexico City

Barcelo Mexico Reforma

Barcelo Mexico Reforma

Ideally located on the Paseo de la Reforma, within an easy walking distance of historic Alameda Park and Monumento a la Revolución, the tallest triumphal arch in the world. The Barcelo has an on-site coffee shop, bar/lounge and a full service restaurant. The hotel features an indoor heated pool, fitness center, and spa. Free WiFi.

Gran Hotel Diligencias

Day 3 • Veracruz

Gran Hotel Diligencias

Gran Hotel Diligencias

Located in the Historic District of Veracruz, this hotel is a 10-minute walk from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It offers an outdoor pool, spa and 24 hour fitness center. Each room includes free wifi, safe, iron, hairdryer and coffee maker.

Hotel y Spa Mision Palenque

Days 4, 5 • Palenque

Hotel y Spa Mision Palenque

Hotel y Spa Mision Palenque

Perfectly blended with the landscape, the Mision Palenque hotel architecture melts with the green exuberance of the tropical rainforest. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, its 210 rooms all have telephone, air conditioning, television, hair dryer, and all the comfort needed to relax. Enjoy tennis, the heated outdoor swimming pool, or the outdoor jacuzzi beside the *temazcal* steam bath, a prehispanic bath to purify mind and body, plus natural clay beauty treatments, just right at the spring that rises at the hotel.

Courtyard by Marriott Mérida

Days 6, 7 • Mérida

Courtyard by Marriott Mérida

Courtyard by Marriott Mérida

Enjoy spacious rooms just steps away from the Paseo de Montejo at the Courtyard by Marriott. This contemporary hotel also offers a fitness center and outdoor pool. Rooms include hairdryers and free wi-fi.

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Cancún Airport

Day 8 • Cancún

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Cancún Airport

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Cancún Airport

The new Fairfield Inn includes an outdoor pool, fitness center and free wi-fi throughout. Your room includes a microwave, coffeemaker, iron and hairdryer.

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Airport Transfers

arrival Transfers

Transfer on your own to the Barcelo Reforma Hotel (Av. Paseo de la Reforma 1) in the Centro Historico using the airport's taxi service. Rates are fixed based on city zones. Pay for your taxi ticket in advance at the booth inside the airport terminal and proceed outside to wait in line for your official verified taxi. Depending on traffic, the ride to your hotel should take approximately 30-45 minutes.

departure Transfers

Transfer by hotel courtesy shuttle to Cancún International Airport (CUN) in Cancún. Your Tour Director will help you arrange your transfer to the airport with the Fairfield Inn shuttle desk.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan.

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Passports & Visas

To enter Mexico, you will need a U.S. passport valid for 6 additional months after the date of your arrival into Mexico. Non U.S. citizens, please check passport and visa requirements. Note: If you are travelling with children under 18 years old without both parents or legal guardians, you should carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent’s death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.

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Weather & Clothing

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Mexico CityMérida

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Mexico City

Clothing Tips

This is a casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for evenings is casual. Suit jackets for men and dresses for women are not required. During the middle of the day, the sun is hot and bright. Caravan recommends shorts or light pants, a light shirt, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Also essential are comfortable, sturdy walking shoes with good treads. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Travel Tips & FAQs

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My Tour Price Includes

Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary, airport departure transfers, gratuities to hotel porters and restaurant staff. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation. They are fluent in English, experienced and fun, ensuring a worry-free vacation.

Preparing for the Tropics

It is recommended to bring at least one pair of quick-dry pants and one quick-dry shirt. The quick-dry pants that zip at the knee to convert into shorts are particularly popular. Be sure to also bring a sweater or jacket for the cooler night temperatures. Caravan does not make product endorsements, but many feel that Avon Skin So Soft oil (not cream), or Avon's Expedition anti-mosquito spray is effective protection against mosquito bites in the jungle. Caravan does not endorse any vitamin, but please note that Central American pharmacies sell 500 milligram Vitamin B-1 tablets, a non-prescription vitamin, as "anti-mosquito" pills. Many people take Vitamin B-1 pills and eat garlic for about two weeks prior to and during their visits to the jungle because they believe that the smell of Vitamin B-1 and garlic repels mosquitoes. If you believe this may be of value, consult your doctor for further information on Vitamin B-1 and garlic. Many also avoid eating bananas in the rainforest, as it is believed that this smell attracts mosquitoes. Also, it is wise to wear light-weight quick-dry long-sleeved pants and shirts in these tropical areas.

Are meals included?

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Free bottled water is provided on the motorcoach. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.

Children on Tour

Children age five (5) and older are welcome on tour when accompanied by an adult. Usually, children travel during the school vacation months of June, July and August, and also during spring and winter school breaks.

Family Trips

Families are always welcome on any of our tours, but we do not have any programs specifically for or limited to families. Families can make specific requests for connecting, adjacent, triple or quad rooms, when available. Children must be at least 5 years old.

My Tour Price Does Not Include

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porters, visas, phone calls, valet, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra food and beverages not on the regular menu, and tips to the Caravan Tour Director, driver, and local guides. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Age of Travelers on a Caravan Tour

Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tour. Children age five (5) and older are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

Forms of Payment

Caravan accepts payment (in U.S. funds only) via MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.

Many Tours Sell Out Each Year

The farther in advance that you book, the more likely it is that your preferred tour will be open. Late bookings are welcome if the space is still available.

Fully Guided Tours Since 1952

Caravan has been offering fully guided tours worldwide under the same family ownership and management since 1952. Caravan understands and truly cares about your great expectations.

Size of Tour Group

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and the capacity of the boats and motorcoaches used. Usually, group sizes range from 30 to 44 passengers.

A Well-Paced Itinerary

A well-paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.

Caravan’s $129 Travel Protection

Caravan Travel Protection offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation, medical, and quarantine coverage. The cost is $129.

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Customer Reviews

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"We had a wonderful time! This was our first experience with “group travel” and it was fantastic. The hotels, the food, the staff at the hotels, entertainment at lunch were all very good. We would travel with Caravan again and probably soon!"

Mr. & Mrs. D.S., Oshkosh, Wisconsin

"The meals were delicious and well presented, and we enjoyed every bite. Often there were entertainers giving us an opportunity to sample the delightful Mexican music. Breakfasts, with lots of fruit, lunches and dinners with tasty desserts were all great!"

Mr. & Mrs. T.B., Belgrade, Montana

"The price of hotels was a good value! They were in great locations, near city centers. The ruins, markets and music were all beyond expectation. We will be back for other tours. Palenque was incredible!"

Mr. M.D., Cape Elizabeth, Maine

"This is our second tour with Caravan. We went to Costa Rica last summer. We plan to go to Guatemala with Caravan next summer. You have an excellent company. I highly recommend your tours."

Mr. & Mrs. M.S., Chula Vista, California

"I will recommend Caravan Tours to anyone. They do a great job and offer the most to their customers. I was never dissatisfied on my vacation in Mexico. Thank you for a wonderful vacation. It was an excellent trip. For the value of the trip, we never expected such a great service. You got us hooked and we will travel with Caravan Tours again. We just loved it. Thank you for a great trip."

Mr. & Mrs. D.T., Winter Springs, Florida

"I enjoyed the whole trip. I will be back for others, Costa Rica perhaps or Copper Canyon maybe. Thanks for a great trip."

Mr. J.W., Vacaville, California

"Bravo Caravan! I don’t know how you manage to offer such great tours at a great price. The sightseeing and activities were excellent. The guides were also wonderful. The tour director was excellent, far beyond our expectations. It was like having a walking encyclopedia with us."

Mr. & Mrs. N.P., Clear Lake Shores, Texas

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

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In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
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In 1964, Caravan introduced the very first fleet of air conditioned motorcoaches in all of Europe.
Leather Back Turtle Park
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Caravan Care

For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Terms of Travel.

Caravan's Proud History

In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.


Most meals included within Latin America. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. Bottled water is provided on motorcoaches in Latin America.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.


Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

Trade Association Memberships

Caravan is a member of NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Commerce Marketing Association).