Later this month, I'm leaving Colombia to discover the food, beaches, and ancient civilizations of Mexico with G Adventures.
It was a little over one year ago that I first had the opportunity to travel with G Adventures in Patagonia.
The experience surpassed my expectations in every way, from our friendly mountain guide Christian and the nightly feasts of Patagonian lamb and king crab, to the breathtaking scenery and optional activities like ice climbing.
When you factor in airfare, Patagonia is one of the more costly regions of Latin America to visit, but by contrast, Mexico remains one of the cheapest, most easily accessible destinations from North America.
The two-week itinerary below hits on all the hot spots en route from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen on the Mayan Riviera.
There are so many optional activities on offer in each city, I'm not even going to try to list them all.
It was last year that two of G Adventures' Wanders in Residence, Daniel and Audrey of Uncornered Market, sold me on Oaxaca through their vivid Instagram photos of food and daily life.
Add to that the massive appeal that Playa del Carmen has as a hotspot for digital nomads, and I could no longer delay visiting Mexico.
Last weekend, while researching which UNESCO World Heritage Sites I've visited so far, I found that I may be able to visit as many as 6 new sites on this 15-day tour alone.
- Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco
- Historic Centre of Puebla
- Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán
- Prehistoric Caves of Yagul and Mitla in the Central Valley of Oaxaca
- Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque
- Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza
As always, I'll be providing live coverage of the trip through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and following that up with articles and photo essays on both Go Backpacking and the G Adventures' blog.
Expect lots of food photos as I delve into one of my favorite world cuisines!
I'll be arriving in Mexico a week early to visit friends in Puerto Vallarta, and I'll be spending an extra 2 weeks exploring Playa del Carmen and the region on my own after the tour.
Have you been to Mexico? Share your recommendations below and I'll do my best to try them all!