Starting in Mexico City, or “DF” to the locals (Distrito Federal) this metropolis is home to 20 million inhabitants and is an exciting mix of culture, history and everything in-between. Organised chaos, vast yet vibrant, the city will stimulate all the senses. From buzzing markets, dramatic murals, ancient temples, fascinating museums and an exploding culinary scene, Mexico City leaves visitors always wanting more. San Cristobal de las Casas’ cool, highland setting is quite a contrast to the capital – a refreshing stop-off, its bohemian colonial centre, is dotted with handicraft markets, attractive architecture, galleries and restaurants. Nearby attractions are the monumental Sumidero Canyon and local indigenous villages, where you will learn about ancient traditions and customs still carried out today. The ancient archaeological sites of Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itza are each unique in their own way and exceptional examples of the advanced nature of the ancient Mayan civilisation. Finish off on the sugar sand beaches of the Caribbean coast with its crystal-clear waters.