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66 reviews
Starts
Mexico City
Destinations
+7
Ends
Playa del Carmen
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Highlights

  • Walk the streets of Mexico City
  • Experience the colour of Oaxaca’s markets
  • Explore Chichen Itza and other Mayan ruins
  • Kick back in Playa del Carmen
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Sleeper Bus
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Local Transport
Travel style
In-depth Cultural
Start in Mexico City and end in Playa del Carmen! With the in-depth cultural tour Mexico Unplugged, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen and through Mexico City, Mexico and 8 other destinations in Mexico. Mexico Unplugged is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport.

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  • A
    Written on September 30, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Guide was excellent. Restaurants were expensive options. Itinerary was very good
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  • AG
    Written on September 16, 2018
    2.5 - Average

    The tour was very good. HOWEVER, accommodation was terrifyingly bad, with BED BUGS in several hotels (one of the girls actually caught them and took pictures), with scary black mold in the showers, horrible smell, musty, dusty, moldy rooms. I might never do a trip with Intrepid again just for this reason.
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  • A
    Written on August 28, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Right from the start val was great. Would go out of her way to help anyone.Take you to places not included in the trip[including her home town]. Nothing was a bother. We even did a Big time wrestling one night.Gave us alist of resturants at each stop.No Valeria was tops. She made the trip worthwhile.We had a good bunch of travellers which was a plus.
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  • L
    Written on August 15, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great cultural tour, a real crash course about Mexico. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. the travelling itself was tiring but to be expected when you're soanning that amount of distance. The public transport was fantastic, extremely comfortable and easy. The only negative thing was the initial organisation of the meeting point, which had changed from the original documents we were sent and we were not informed, so that was a very stressful start to the tour.
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  • DF
    Written on March 30, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    This is a tour for active travellers able to endure considerable walking and long travel days. While Intrepid’s physical rating is 2 out of 5, our group generally felt it was at least a 3. Be prepared for lots of stairs at the pyramids at high elevation under a blazing sun. The hotels for this trip were all well chosen and conveniently located, and I liked them all, especially at Puebla. I was pleased that Intrepid has now hired a private van instead of using the overnight public bus where thefts were common, in combination with an additional night in Merida. However, this van had no temperature control, with air-conditioning that was either on at full blast or off, so passengers were alternatively either too cold or hot. There was a wide range of eating establishments, from markets with basic but authentic Mexican food and beggars pestering patrons for money, to higher end restaurants that, more often than not, provided mediocre food for the money. The group generally disliked the food at the taco restaurant where we dined in Mexico City on the first night. Our tour leader Ana was very personable and likeable. The group generally felt we would have benefitted if she were better organized and communicated better. There was ongoing frustration when she was out with those on the optional tours, and those who did not go along were left hanging until they returned as to when and where we would be getting together for dinner in the evening, or when we would be leaving the next morning. Often, we discovered this important info by word-of-mouth from others in the group. Details on the optional tours were insufficient and often consisted of a verbal sentence or two, leaving travellers with little info to decide whether to commit. Based on past experience with other tours, we anticipated receiving a handout from Intrepid outlining what was involved with each of the optional tours. During the city orientation tours, Ana often showed little regard for whether the whole group was following her, or whether everyone was close-by to hear what she had to say. She also routinely underestimated the length of the walking tours and amount of walking required. She did show compassion for those who became ill, and was unhesitant in taking those to visit the doctor who needed it, which in our group was unfortunately almost half of us. While I enjoyed the tour itinerary and was fortunate to have a compatible roommate, based on this experience I would now be somewhat less likely to join another group tour, whether it be with Intrepid or another tour company.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Danny, Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences. Feedback like this from our passengers is essential towards improving everything that we do. We’re disappointed to read that you are discouraged from taking another group tour – we hope that you will give us another chance soon to show you how amazing the group experience can be! We would like the opportunity to more fully understand your experience. Please feel free to contact our Customer Relations team who will be happy to further address your concerns: customerrelations@intrepidtravel.com. Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • Mexico Unplugged reviewer 6
    Written on January 16, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Fantastic tour, good introduction to Mexico and great and very informative tour leader, would recommend.
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  • Mexico Unplugged reviewer 7
    Written on November 30, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Great tour with each stop unique in it’s own way! Valentina the tour guide was brilliant and did her very best to endure everyone had an awesome time. Highly recommend this tour!
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  • CB
    Written on November 12, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Great trip generally. Good itinerary and especially interesting being in Mexico during Day of the Dead. Basix style allowed freedom to do what we wanted but guide happy to organise/suggest excursions and give personal tips; best of both worlds. For travellers who don't need nannying but like the support and logistical stress reduction of a tour. Not 100% smooth but any issues resolved swiftly. Accommodation a high standard (despite Basix name) in nice central locations. Two overnight buses not really fun but ok and efficient use of time in a big country and greener than flying.
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  • JL
    Written on November 7, 2017
    3.0 - Average

    The tour was generally well organized. The itinerary was effective, as it provides many opportunities to see all around Mexico, while giving travelers freedom to pursue what we would like to do. Our guide, Valentina, was amazing at attending everyone's needs and introducing us to local culture and potential activities to do. However, some hotel and transportation selections are quite disappointing. I understand that the tour is not exactly an luxury trip, but the hotel in Playa del Carmen did not have wifi in rooms and there was a huge construction going on, which was super noisy even on Saturday. Several other hotels, including the ones in Mexico city, Oaxaca and San Cristobal were also below expectations, in terms of inadequate speed of wifi and shower facilities. The hotel is Palenque is quite nice though. Some accidents did occur in my trip, however, as two of my fellow travel mates got their passports and wallets stolen on the bus from Palenque to Merida, which is apparently notorious for potential thefts.
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  • MY
    Written on September 29, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    I bought a three tour for during 2month trip from tourrader.first trip was Mexico Unplugged tour with Interprid,second was Cuba adventure and Central America tour with GAdventure.. First trip with interprid age average was middle 30th up to 60th.. Interprid good point:Everyone in group was very mature and nice people so I was very happy to spend time with them,also compare with other two tours interprid was nicer hotel and well organized!!prople love to spend lunch or dinner at nice restaurant every night or drinking ppl are strongly recommend but if you are tight budget or not party ppl then better go with your own or tight budget Gadventure tour might be better..(gadventure 's use hostel so not recommend) Interprid bad point:need to pay for options a lot!!basically hotel and transportation is included ..nothing else is included. I felt guide was only helpful the options tour with most profit he get ..if he doesn't have any kickback or something he was not helpful enough.and asked me to book with hotel and left me alone at hotel ..though it was mentioned on interprid optional documentation that they can arrange and price was 6times more expensive than what they wrote on their summary.so I felt like lipped off.. If your guide is nice I think Interprid tour is no problem at all..just chemical with your guide and luck of how nice othe group of ppl. Tour cost for this trip was 1300USD but I spend around 500USD extra for option and other ...(I'm not drinker and I didn't eat dinner often)so if you are drinker and have dinner every night little more..
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Dear Mariko, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We were disappointed to read that your trip to Mexico did not live up to your expectations, and in particular that you did not feel satisfied with the service you received from your guide. We would love an opportunity to more fully understand your experience as feedback from our passengers is essential towards improving all that we do. Please feel free to contact our Customer Relations team who will be happy to further address your concerns: customerrelations@intrepidtravel.com. Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Intrepid Travel
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Mexico City
  2. Day 2: Mexico City
  3. Day 3: Puebla
  4. Day 4: Puebla
  5. Day 5: Oaxaca
  6. Day 6: Oaxaca
  7. Day 7: Oaxaca / Overnight Bus
  8. Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas
  9. Day 9: San Cristobal de las Casas
  10. Day 10: Palenque
  11. Day 11: Merida
  12. Day 12: Merida
  13. Day 13: Merida
  14. Day 14: Chichen Itza / Playa del Carmen
  15. Day 15: Playa del Carmen

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    • Is there a hotel list available?

      The tour operator has advised that they do not have a hotel list available for this tour, as all accommodations are subject to change until 4-6 weeks before the departure date. After the booking is made you will be issued your final trip documents with your specific accommodation details. That being said, on this tour you will be staying 13 nights in hotels and 1 night on an overnight bus. Two examples of hotels that they generally stay at on this tour are Playa del Carmen Hotel and Hotel Metropol - hopefully, this can give you an idea of the kind of accommodation you can expect on tour.

    • When and where does the tour end?

      This tour concludes with check-out from Playa del Carmen Hotel on the morning of the last day of the tour. It's time to say farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends as your memorable holiday comes to an end. If you are lucky enough to have a couple of extra nights in Playa del Carmen, use your time snorkelling in freshwater rock pools, strolling along the white sands or something third. Please be aware the hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • When and where does the tour start?

      This tour generally starts from Hotel Metropol in Mexico City and as the first day is just an arrivals day you can arrive at any time. After check-in, you can relax and unwind, before meeting with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 6 pm. If you arrive into the city early, head to the Zocalo, the city's huge central square, to see Aztec ruins and colonial architecture or relax in one of the many parks, plazas or gardens. Please be aware the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.

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    Recommended for Mexico. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Mexico. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Mexico. Ideally 2 months before travel.

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    Mexico City is the starting point and Playa del Carmen is the endpoint.
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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 19 December 2018 the full payment of $961 is necessary.
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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $961 for Mexico Unplugged, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,683 km.
    • Mexico City (Mexico)
    • 42 km
    • Teotihuacan (Mexico)
    • 99 km
    • Puebla (Mexico)
    • 267 km
    • Oaxaca (Mexico)
    • 442 km
    • San Cristobel de Las Casas (Mexico)
    • 110 km
    • Palenque (Mexico)
    • 455 km
    • Merida (Mexico)
    • 114 km
    • Chichen Itza (Mexico)
    • 155 km
    • Playa del Carmen (Mexico)

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