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Mexico Unplugged - Intrepid Travel
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Tony "This trip was amazing. For me, a once-in-a-lifetime experience with ruins, waterfalls, and jungle. I strongly recommend it if you're good at the hot outdoors. Many hotels had no air conditioner but they did have fans. Near the end, a few had air conditioners. I'm a suit and tie guy and this was unlike anything I had ever done at 50. I had to get out of my comfort zone and roll with the way t..."
Excellent
61 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
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.

61 Reviews

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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 2
    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 3
    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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  • DC
    Written on June 21, 2017
    2.5 - Average

    Great destination and great way to see the country and to understand and get to know the culture. The country is amazing and has so much to offer to all types of turists.Full of history,interesting culture, amazing natural beauty and great places to relax and have fun. Our guide was Ernesto and I think we can consider ourselves lucky to have had him. He speaks with passion and knowledge about his country and he always answered any questions that we might have had.Of course he was more than helpful in all our problems and we could count on him always.He always presented us as many as possible, considering the location, activities that could fit everybody's interests. The transport was good as long as it was with the public transportation.The moment it was just for the group and it was insured by Intrepid...well....different story.Intrepid should definetly invest more in this matter, because as we saw in private activities there are buses better than what Intrepid offered and also because do to the roads the travel is very but very hard to handle and if you don't have a proper sit and leg space, it becomes a nightmare.If you wish to contradict me than I strongly suggest to take a 6 hours drive in the back of the mini bus / van on top of the wheel in the same position you sat in at the beggining, for you will not be able to move one inch, with an air conditioning at 10 cm in your forhead and on a road that has HUGE speed bumps and ridicously curves and then we can talk about it :) And thinking of the considerabile amount of money paid for the tour, which basicly included only transport and hotel rooms , I strongly believe better services should be provided. If someone sticks only to the tour and to what Intrepid offers well you won't see anything else but hotel and town, while at 10 mins from you there is an amazing archeological site or canyon. Tours are meant to help you discover the country and culture not just to transport you from one place to the other. The hotels were ok, nothing special. The people are always ready to help and that is very nice, but the hotels are just ok. After the experience and after seeing the prices in hotels, for public transportation and entrance fees, I believe that Intrepid can and should offer more. Such as : better transportation, breakfast(a basic was round 70pesos which is 3 euros) and/or welcome/goodbye dinner and/or entraces to different sites. Bottom line is great country , great guide, great people however services need to be improved.
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  • BL
    Written on January 16, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The tour (13 of us toured) was well-organized, chocked full of interesting place an individual would never find on his/her own. Culturally enlightening. Plus lots of fun things (swimming in underground cave), without hordes of tourists around you. Our tour guide was Ornesto. He was organized, knowledgeable, and sensitive to everyone's one's needs and interests. Moreover, he seemed to enjoy (thoroughly) interacting personally with everyone in the group, and helped to form us into a real, vibrant community. We had a lot of laughs together. His communication and social skills are simply superb (very gifted). We had 5 teachers in the group, an elementary principal, an elementary teacher, a pre-college music professor, a performing music (and former teacher), nurse, CEO secretary, independent business woman, and some working people. I myself am a university professor. Our ages ranged from 29 to 70. Really interesting people who meshed together.
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  • DG
    Written on December 19, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Leaders Name:Juan Carlos Martinez Tour name: Mexico unplugged Tour was absolutely amazing, Tour leader was very helpfull and knowledgable
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  • EV
    Written on October 4, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Mexico Unplugged: I really love the design of this trip. This trip includes many of the best places Mexico has to offer. Not only did we visit traditional tourist spots we also had the opportunity to see the natural wonders as well as the amazing Chichen Itza. The tour leader Carlos was fantastic! we were very fortunate to have Carlos, who was simply the best! He is very knowledgeable and shared with us his enthusiasm and love of his land.
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  • Mexico Unplugged reviewer 10
    Written on June 6, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    This trip was amazing. For me, a once-in-a-lifetime experience with ruins, waterfalls, and jungle. I strongly recommend it if you're good at the hot outdoors. Many hotels had no air conditioner but they did have fans. Near the end, a few had air conditioners. I'm a suit and tie guy and this was unlike anything I had ever done at 50. I had to get out of my comfort zone and roll with the way things happened. I was fit enough for it but was still challenged all along the way. Challenged in a good way. The sites are amazing. My group was fun. The tour leader, Juan Carlos Martinez, was amazing. If interested in ancient ruins of Mexico, DO THIS! I strongly recommend it. Great job, Intrepid!
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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  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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    Rated Good by past passengers
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Questions & Answers

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    • March 1, 2017

      Will the hotels have air-conditioning?

      For this tour the accommodation is 2-3 star therefore they cannot guarantee that all hotels will have air conditioning. It is more than likely that all hotels will have nets on the windows.

    • March 1, 2017

      What are the hotels used for accommodation?

      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 4-6 weeks before departure. Under the "What’s Included" tab on each tour page, you can find general info about the accommodations used on the tour before you book.

    • November 1, 2016

      Is the accomodation based on twin share rooms?

      Yes, this price is based on a twin share accommodation where you will be paired with a traveller of the same gender throughout the trip. If you would like your own room then you will incur a single supplement fee.

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    About the countries

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    Visa

    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Mexico. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Mexico. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Mexico. Ideally 2 months before travel.

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    Location
    Mexico City is the starting point and Playa del Carmen is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Intrepid Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    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 25 June 2018 the full payment of $1,054 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    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 $1054 for Mexico Unplugged, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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    The following cards are accepted for Intrepid Travel tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    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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