Mexico - At a Glance

From huge cities to well-loved beach resorts and some of the most iconic historical monuments on Earth, Mexico has endless possibilities. For now, we are focusing on Yucatan, with its Caribbean blue waters, iconic Mayan ruins, cenotes (natural freshwater sink holes) and whale sharks in season. To make your trip fulfilling, help out with tasks such as preparing and serving meals, or helping out with maintenance work such as gardening, cleaning and painting.

Ways you can help

Highlights

    • Improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families – make your trip to Mexico meaningful
    • Swim or snorkel in magical fresh water sinkholes known as cenotes
    • Explore the incredible Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
    • Encounter other Mayan wonders, such as Calakmul, or Tulum, perfectly positioned on the sea
    • Swim with the magnificent whale sharks from May to September
    • Snorkel or dive in warm, azure waters
    • Spot turtles and other wildlife in the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve and flamingos in Rio Lagartos
    • Wander through the gorgeous colonial Merida

Sample Pricing

The price for a 7 day trip to Mexico costs from $5,890 (£4,760, €5,585) per person, staying in 5* luxury accommodation. Flights are excluded, but we can arrange these for you.

Eco-luxury Hotels

Las Ranitas - Tulum

Closed until 2016 for renovations. Set on a private stretch of the white sand strip, Las Ranitas hotel is dedicated to sustainability and all things eco-luxe. From the natural woods, clean white linens an...

Viceroy Riviera Maya - Riviera Maya/Cancun/Playa del Carmen

An eco-luxe, adult-only escape, Viceroy Riviera Maya conveys uncomplicated beach-side luxury that blends into the lush tropical forest. Upon arrival, you are led through the tropical forest paths to your ...

Banyan Tree Mayakoba - Riviera Maya/Cancun/Playa del Carmen

A touch of upscale elegance on the Riviera Maya, the typically modern Asian architecture of the Banyan Tree chain stands out on this pristine coast. The villas are tastefully decorated with a Mayan influen...

Hacienda Puerta Campeche - Merida

A palette of richly chosen colors and an assortment of textures characterize the Hacienda Puerta Campeche. This luxurious hotel is a collection of restored 17th century historical houses. Wander through c...

Hacienda Chichen - Chichen Itza

One of the few hotels surrounding the ruins of Chichen, this is the smallest but also the most tranquil. A hacienda built around the 1920s, the décor is all ceramic tile and stucco, with lush gardens that...

Useful Information

Flight Time from
UK
10 hours
Flight Time from
New York
4 hours
Flight Time from
San Francisco
5.5 hours
Time Zone
GMT -9 hours
When to Visit
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Did you know

  • Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world
  • The largest wildcat in North America is the jaguar, which can be found in Mexico’s southern jungles
  • The first printing press in North America was used in Mexico City in 1539
  • The National University of Mexico was founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain and is the oldest university in North America
  • Millions of monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every year from the U.S. and Canada, though logging operations are rapidly destroying their habitat
  • The border between Mexico and the United States is the second largest border in the world (only the U.S.-Canadian border is longer)
  • Mexico is second only to Brazil in the number of Catholic citizens
  • Mexican children do not receive presents on Christmas Day. They receive gifts on January 6, the day on which Mexicans celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men.
  • Mexico’s flag is made up three vertical stripes. The left green stripe stand for hope, the middle white stripe represents purity, and the right red stripe represents the blood of the Mexican people. The picture of an eagle eating a snake is based on an Aztec legend
  • The Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog and is named for a Mexican state
  • Mexico’s size is 756,066 square miles, which is almost three times larger than Texas
  • Only ten countries in the world have a larger population than Mexico’s 109,955,400 people
  • Mexico City has the highest elevation and is oldest city in North America. It is also one of the largest cities in the world
  • Modern Mexicans are a unique blend of many ancient civilizations, including the Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec, Maya, Aztec, Inca, African, French, and Spanish
  • The Aztecs played ritual ball game known as tlachtli in which the losers were often sacrificed to the gods
  • When Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés arrived in 1519, the Aztecs believed he was their returning god, Quetzalcoatl, and offered him the drink of the gods: hot chocolate
  • The descendants of the Aztecs speak a form of the Aztec language called Nahuatl. Many of its words, particularly for types of food, passed into English…such as tomatoes (tomatl), chocolate (chocolatl), and avocados (ahuacatl)
  • Texas was a Mexican province which declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, resulting in war with the United States (1836-1838)
  • Before 1958, women could not vote in presidential elections. Women, however, did play an important role in the 1910 revolution, serving as spies, arms smugglers, and soldaderas or soldiers
  • The Chichen Itza Pyramid in Mexico was named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World

Testimonial

"My family and I had a very meaningful and productive time helping  in Mexico, in our small way.They need so much help over there and we were happy to be part of it.  Our photos and follow up are not all processed yet, but once we are done, we would love to share with you our experience.The hotels were also incredible - the perfect refuge to return to at the end of each day's volunteering or exploring. Such a beautiful country!"

Kate, traveled with her family from the US, to Mexico

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