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Tours — México

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There are guided tours to just about anywhere and anything imaginable in México. Tours offer a convenient way of visiting a place, especially when pinched for time, by avoiding many of the inevitable hassles that come with self-organizing an excursion.

Tierra Dentro
Tlaxcala, Mexico
Runs mountaineering and treks to Pico de Orizaba, Malinche, and Iztaccihuatl Volcanoes. No longer in Oaxaca.

Tour operators

Adventure Center US & Canada Telephone1-800/228-8747, Websitewww.adventurecenter.com. Specializes in ecologically sound adventure travel, with a variety of Mexico trips.

Adventures Abroad Telephone1-800/665-3998, Websitewww.adventures-abroad.com. Canada-based travel planners providing small-group tours. Offers Mexico tours from seven to 23 days' duration.

Adventure World Australia Telephone02/8913 0755, Websitewww.adventureworld.com.au; New Zealand Telephone09/524 5118, Websitewww.adventureworld.co.nz. Adventure tours covering Mexico City and the Copper Canyon; Mexico's beach resorts; or a Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala combination.

Backroads US Telephone1-800/GO-ACTIVE, Websitewww.backroads.com. Hiking, biking and kayaking tours to Baja California and the Yucatán.

Baja Expeditions US Telephone1-800/843-6967, Websitewww.bajaex.com. Sea kayaking, whale watching, snorkelling and scuba diving, among other tours in Baja California.

Bales UK Telephone0845/057 1819, Websitewww.balesworldwide.com. Family-owned company offering upmarket nine- to fifteen-day tours, or tailor-made trips.

Cathy Matos Mexican Tours UK Telephone020/8492 0000, Websitewww.cathymatosmexico.co.uk. Wide variety of tailor-made tours, including colonial cities, beaches, sightseeing and archeology, whale watching and destination weddings.

Ecosummer Expeditions Telephone1-800/465-8884, Websitewww.ecosummer.com. Sea kayaking and whale watching in Baja California.

Exodus UK Telephone0870/240 5550, Ireland c/o Abbey Travel Telephone01/804 7153, US and Canada c/o G.A.P. (see below) Telephone866/732-5885, Australia and New Zealand c/o Peregrine (see below), South Africa c/o Mask Expeditions Telephone011/807 3333, Websitewww.exodus.co.uk. Overland expeditions including a sixteen-day Ruta Maya tour in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize; two weeks in northern Mexico; or ten weeks across Central America.

Explore Worldwide UK Telephone0870/333 4001, US c/o Adventure Center (see above) Telephone1-800/227-8747, Canada c/o Trek Holidays Telephone1-888/456 3522, Ireland c/o Maxwells Tours Telephone01/677 9479, Australia c/o Adventure World (see above) Telephone02/8913 0700, New Zealand c/o Adventure World (see above) Telephone09/524 5118, South Africa c/o Shiralee Travel Telephone028/313 0526, Websitewww.explore.co.uk. Overland company offering a fifteen-day "Indian Mexico" tour (including visits to Guatemala and Belize – Yucatán extension also possible), or a sixteen-day Sierra Madre trek.

Future Vacations US Telephone1-800/233-7260, Websitewww.futurevacations.com. Vacation packages in Acapulco, Cancún, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and other beach resorts, as well as Guadalajara and Mexico City.

G.A.P. Adventures US & Canada Telephone1-800/708-7761, UK Telephone0870/999 0144, Websitewww.gap.ca. Guided adventure trips, some camping, mostly centred on the Yucatán.

Global Exchange US Telephone1-415/255-7296, Websitewww.globalexchange.org. Organization campaigning on international issues and offering "Reality Tours" to increase American travellers' awareness of real life in Mexico (especially Oaxaca and Chiapas) and other countries.

Globus US Telephone1-866/755-8581, Websitewww.globusjourneys.com. Escorted tours, including nine days in the Copper Canyon and eight days in the Yucatán.

Green Tortoise Tours See writeup in Getting There by Bus

International Student Tours Canada Telephone1-888/472-3933, Websitewww.istours.com. Student group-travel company offering resort packages to Cancún, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

Majestic Mexico Tours US Telephone1-800/783-2485, Websitewww.mexico-tours.com. A range of first-class cultural tours including Mexico's colonial cities, a Frida Kahlo tour of Mexico City, archeologial sites of the Yucatán and a week in Zacatecas.

Mountain Travel Sobek US and Canada Telephone1-888/MTSOBEK, Websitewww.mtsobek.com. Adventure trips including sea kayaking in Baja, exploring the jungle in Chiapas and a Copper Canyon hike in Chihuahua.

Peregrine UK Telephone01635/872 300, Australia Telephone1300/854 444 or 03/8601 4444, Websitewww.peregrine.net.au. Trekking specialists with a wide range of tailored group and individual tours, including an eleven-day "Viva México" tour, or a two-week "Mexico in Depth" tour.

Pleasant Holidays – Mexico Telephone1-888/825-9525, Websitewww.4vacations.com/mexico. Getaways to various beach resorts including Acapulco, Cancún, Los Cabos, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.

S&S Tours Telephone1-800/499-5685, Websitewww.ss-tours.com. Adventure tours of the Copper Canyon, whale watching in Baja California or colonial cities and monarch butterflies in Michoacán.

South America Destinations Australia Telephone1800/337050 or 03/9725 4655, Websitewww.south-america.com.au. Latin America specialists offering a range of Mexico tours, including a colonial cities tour, a Copper Canyon rail trip and a week in the Yucatán.

South America Travel Centre Australia Telephone1800/655 051 or 03/9642 5353, Websitewww.satc.com.au. Tours on offer include an eight-day Maya ruins tour (also visiting Monte Albán and Oaxaca), an eight-day colonial cities tour and a six-day Copper Canyon trip.

Suntrek US Telephone1-707/523/1800, Websitewww.suntrek.com. Two- to six-week overland adventure tours.

The Adventure Company UK Telephone01420/541007, Websitewww.adventurecompany.co.uk. Small-group, hotel-based tours including a fifteen-day "Realm of the Maya" tour in the Yucatán, Chiapas, Guatemala and Belize, and an eight-day "Mayans and Mexicans" family holiday in the Yucatán.

Trek America US Telephone1-800/221-0596, UK Telephone0870/444 8735, Australia and New Zealand c/o Adventure World (see above), Websitewww.trekamerica.com. Small-group adventure trips, camping or staying at budget hotels across Mexico, with a choice of nine different tours.

Trips Worldwide UK Telephone0117/311 4404, Websitewww.tripsworldwide.co.uk. Friendly, experienced company with an inspired range of tailor-made itineraries to Mexico.

Wilderness Travel US Telephone1-800/368-2794, Websitewww.wildernesstravel.com. A ten-day "Mundo Maya" tour, or a week spent whale watching or sea kayaking in Baja California.

Wild Oceans UK Telephone0117/965 8333, Websitewww.wildwings.co.uk. Naturalist-led tours to observe whales (including blue whale research project), sea lions and other wildlife in the Sea of Cortés.

World Expeditions US Telephone1-888/464-8735, Websitewww.weadventures.com/us; Canada Telephone1-800/567-2216, Websitewww.worldexpeditions.ca; UK Telephone0800/074 4135, Websitewww.worldexpeditions.co.uk; Australia Telephone1300/720 000, Websitewww.worldexpeditions.com.au; New Zealand Telephone0800/350 354, Websitewww.worldexpeditions.co.nz. Offers a fourteen-day "Mayan World" tour in Chiapas and Guatemala, or a 22-day "Ancient Cultures of Aztecs and Mayans" trip including Oaxaca and Mexico City.

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