Mexico Pacific Coast Wonders: Guatemala & Mexico

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Dates
07/04/22 to 16/04/22
Ship
SH Minerva
Duration
10 Days
Guests
2 Guest
Price From
$ 6,666
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Trip Details

Visit some of the world’s best and most renowned beach resorts as you cruise along the lively Mexican coast. From the surfing capital of Puerto Escondido to the glamorous Acapulco, you’ll have a difficult time choosing your favourite seaside spot on this 10-day cruise. Beyond the seafood and picture-perfect beaches, you’ll visit fascinating pre-Hispanic archaeological sites, explore bustling market towns and venture out on expert-led wildlife and birdwatching tours. All whilst spending time aboard your boutique cruise ship complete with world class facilities and knowledgeable expedition team.

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Trip Highlights
Explore the mix of colonial heritage and laid-back beach life in the exciting city of Mazatlan
Taste the incredible seafood offerings in the port city of Manzanillo before exploring the nearby indigenous ruins
From the lively beach resort of Zihuatanejo, visit the pre-Hispanic archaeological site and museum at Xihuacan
Experience the glamour of sunny Acapulco before meeting the local birdlife on an expert-led tour
Visit the many bays and beaches of the ecology minded coastal town of Huatulco
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Itinerary
Puerto Quetzal Day 1

The modern port city of Puerto Quetzal is situated on the Pacific coastline just south of Guatemala City. From here you can explore the World Heritage Site of La Antigua Guatemala or head out to the stunning Lake Atitlan and explore its surrounding villages. The former capital of Guatemala, Antigua, is a short distance away and definitely worth a visit. Now a World Heritage site, this beautiful colonial town has buildings that date back to the 16th century. The museums and architecture will transport you back in time through the city’s fascinating past.

Puerto Chiapas Day 2

Famous for its coffee, cacao and banana production, Mexico’s southernmost port is a fantastic base for exploring the surrounding area. Located in the state of Chiapas, the port provides easy access to the surrounding coffee estates and banana and cacao plantations. The nearby Izapa Maya ruin is one of Mexico’s lesser-known archaeological sites, but nevertheless, an impressive place to visit. Situated along a river and next to a volcano, Izapa may have been the largest Maya site in Chiapas. The local cuisine here is heavily influenced by the Maya and definitely worth sampling. A favourite is tasajo, a thinly sliced beef steak marinated in a sauce made with achiote and chilli.

Salina Cruz Day 3

From the bustling fort city of Salina Cruz, we will visit Guiengola, an abandoned archaeological site just a half-hour drive away. This panoramic old hillside Capotec stronghold was here when King Cosijoeza fought off the Aztecs in 1496. The fascinating unrestored site includes the remains of two pyramids, a ball court and several tombs and caves.

Huatulco Day 4

Home to nine scenic bays and 36 pristine beaches, the charming town of Huatulco offers lots of opportunities to immerse yourself in local coastal life. Interestingly, when developing Huatulco for tourism, ecological attractions were given just as much consideration as traditional beach resort activities. As a result, the hotels and buildings are spread out, low rise and relatively unobtrusive. Today we’ll be visiting the main settlement in the area, Crucecita. Crucecita is as charming as it is authentically Mexican. From here we’ll be exploring the pre-Hispanic ruins of Copalita Ecological Park, a site still relatively unknown to tourists. We’ll also stop in at the enchanting Cascadas Magicas de Copalitilla waterfalls.

Puerto Escondido Day 5

Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Puerto Escondido, one of the world’s best surfing spots. The town itself is relaxed, pleasant and welcoming to tourists, ex-pats and locals alike. Stroll the sandy lanes of La Punta, enjoy the culinary delights of the Rinconda region or relax into local beach life at the stunning Playa Carrizalillo. Further afield, a large lagoon area to the west of the town is popular for fishing and birdwatching.

Acapulco Day 6

Acapulco, nicknamed ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, is Mexico’s most glamorous pacific resort that rose to fame in the jet-set era of the 1950s. Located on a deep, semi-circular bay, Acapulco is located southwest of Mexico City. With an average of 360 days of sunshine per year, the weather here is famously amicable. The city originated as a port city for Spanish galleons sailing between Spain and the Far East. Learn more about the city’s past at the Acapulco Historical Museum. Or perhaps head out on a bird-watching trip at Coyuca lagoon with a local ornithology expert. Pass through lush vegetation and native flora on the lookout for some of the 250 species of birds that call the lagoon home.

Zihuatenejo Day 7

One of Mexico’s most visited cities, Zihuatenejo is a modern beach resort with a fascinating and ancient past. Surrounded by significant archaeological sites, this morning we will be visiting Xihuacan. Opened in 2013, the area has yet to be fully excavated. The site and museum are located a little under an hour from Zihuatenejo. Here you can explore the ruins as well as visit the eight hundred plus pre-Hispanic artefacts on display.

Manzanillo Day 8

Nicknamed the Sailfish Capital of the World, Manzanillo is one of Mexico’s most significant port cities. As you might expect from such a moniker, most of the activities in town are centred around the water, and seafood dominates the local culinary scene. Although the city is largely a modern development, ancient history is never far away in this part of the world. We will be visiting the archaeological site, Zona Arqueologica la Campana today, which is about a two-hour drive away from Manzanillo port.

Puerto Vallarta Day 9

Located on the shores of the Bahia de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most popular coastal destinations. The town itself is small but lively, with lots of nature, water sport, shopping and culinary options on offer. Isla Cuale is a large downtown open-air market and a great place for picking up local Mexican handicrafts. You may also wish to spend the day at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and enjoy the impressive collection of orchids, native palms and cacti.

Mazatlan Day 10

Mazatlan is a rare find in that it manages to offer a fascinating colonial history alongside all the attractions of a lively beach resort. Wander the cobblestone streets lined with brightly coloured colonial houses or explore the shady plazas, sampling the cafes and restaurants. Shrimp based dished are a particular speciality here. If you still have some energy to burn, golfing, fishing and zip-lining are just a few of the activities on offer. Or for a more relaxed, culture focussed option, take in a show at the Teatro Ànegla Peralta.

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Rates Include
One night pre-cruise 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation with breakfast
All transfers between the hotel, port and airport
Onboard accommodation
All meals onboard including room service 24 hours a day
Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day
Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
Shore excursion programme led by our expert expedition team
Standard WIFI inclusion (Premium WIFI available)
Onboard gratuities & port taxes
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