Family Vacations In Mexico, 5 Trips To Take With The Kids

Posted: April 23, 2019

Author: Sam Murray

Just because you are taking a vacation with children doesn’t mean you have to stick to the all-inclusive resorts. Journey Mexico offers many family trips that include kid-friendly activities exciting for every generation. Take a look through the following five specially-crafted family vacations in Mexico for an idea of what to do on your next break.

Don’t forget all our itineraries are customizable. If there’s an alternative adventure you’d like to take, we have the contacts and expertise to make it happen.

Family Vacations In Mexico: Five Of The Best

Family Spring Break: Copper Canyon & Baja

Take one of your family vacations in Mexico in the Copper Canyon

Where: Copper Canyon and Baja California

Highlights:

  • Swim and snorkel with whale sharks
  • Snorkel with sea lions
  • Hike the Copper Canyon
  • Witness traditional dancing
  • Take a grand train ride

This 15-day family vacation which stretches across the Easter celebration — known as Semana Santa and Pascua in Mexico — begins with a throwback journey on the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico Train, also known as El Chepe. You’ll venture into the Sierra Madre Mountains and traverse the rugged Mexican countryside. You’ll visit Creel, a frontier logging and mining town now turned into a tourist-friendly destintion, which sells the artisanal products of the Tarahumara indigenous people. Then, you’ll take a breathtaking cable car ride (one of the highest in the world) through three canyons, including the Copper Canyon. Zip-lining is also available for the fearless in your family.

A short plane journey will then take you to La Paz in Baja California Sur. Here, you’ll snorkel and swim with a playful herd of sea lions. You’ll have a guided tour of Espiritu Santo Island, kayak around the bay and take a nature hike. After that, you’ll swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean. Next, you’ll visit Los Cabos, via the beautiful town of Todos Santos, for a day at leisure. Here, you and your family can choose your adventure. Hike an organic farm, walk to a waterfall, tour Los Cabos, or kayak and snorkel in the gorgeous seas.

Read more: Six Amazing Trips For Nature-Lovers To See Wildlife In Mexico

Yucatan Family Adventure

Visit Chichen Itza on your Mexican family vacation

Where: Yucatan Peninsula

Highlights:

  • Visit historic cities such as Merida and Uxmal
  • Discover the biosphere reserve of Celestún
  • Explore Chichen Itza, Mexico’s most famous archaeological site
  • Tour the ecologically rich Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
  • Relax on the white sands of the Riviera Maya

Your family adventure in the Yucatan starts with a scavenger hunt in the ancient Maya city of Uxmal. An expert guide will take you on a fun and educational adventure across the archaeological site, teaching you about the myth of the Pyramid Of The Magician among many other things. Then you will visit the Celestún Biosphere Reserve, home to flocks of bright pink flamingos during the winter months. You’ll head onto the waters of the lagoon and study the naturally thriving flora and fauna. After, you will head to the historical city of Mérida to enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride.

The following day includes a visit to the traditional Maya village of Tixkokob, a rural community famous for weaving hammocks. After, you will stop in Izamal and explore the beautiful city famous for its striking yellow and white buildings. The night will be spent in a delightful lodge on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza. The next day includes tours of two incredible Maya archaeological sites, Chichen Itza and Ek’ Balam. You’ll learn all about the ancient Maya culture and explore the fascinating ruins that give us an insight into their past.

Finally, you’ll head to Tulum and explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the largest protected area on the Mexican-Caribbean Coast. This vast tropical landscape is home to crocodiles, dolphins, turtles, and big cats. A guided tour of its waters offers the chance for plenty of safari-style animal spotting. After, you will head to the ancient archaeological site of Tulum. Your family vacation will end with an epic journey onto the high seas on a 34-foot catamaran.

Read more: Pyramids In Mexico: Eight Incredible Sights To Visit

Riviera Maya Family Adventure

Stay at Andaz Mayakoba with your family

Where: Riviera Maya      

Highlights:

  • Stay at Andaz Mayakoba, one of the finest resorts in Mexico
  • Take a catamaran onto the seas
  • Visit the archaeological site of Tulum
  • Take a guided tour of Rio Secreto, an underground series of rivers and caverns

This extraordinary family vacation in the Riviera Maya begins with a private transfer to Andaz Mayakoba, one of the finest resorts in Mexico and your home for the full vacation. Take advantage of the incredible Mayakoba resort, which includes a world-class golf course, twisting waterways, and gorgeous nature trails. During your stay, you will enjoy a memorable day of sailing around the Bay of Cancun and Isla Mujeres on a 41-foot catamaran. You and your family can snorkel the second-largest coral reef in the world, known as the Great Mayan Reef. You will also take a guided tour of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and the ancient Maya site of Tulum.

You will also tour Rio Secreto, an extensive system of underground rivers and caverns dotted across the Yucatan Peninsula. Your adventure will take you to stunning stalactites and stalagmites, while your expert guide will explain how they are formed. Finally, your family getaway will include a private whale shark expedition, in which you will get to swim alongside these gigantic creatures, the largest fish in the world.

Read more: Andaz Mayakoba: One Of The Most Instagramable Resorts In Mexico


Oaxaca Family Adventure

Oaxaca, an arts and crafts hotspot

Where: Oaxaca

Highlights:

  • Visit traditional artisans and workshops
  • Tour the incredible Oaxaca City
  • Discover pre-Columbian ruins
  • Discover a local turtle protection site

Explore Oaxaca (pronounced wah-ha-kah) a cultural hotspot and culinary gem. You will explore the communities of San Bartolo Coyotepec, famous for creating black pottery, and Alebrije, known for their wooden carvings. Your family has the chance to create their own handicrafts on an action-packed day of art fun. A stop-off for quesadillas and flavored waters always goes down well with the children. The following day offers a trip to Hierve El Agua and a chance to swim in its natural saltwater springs. After splashing around the stone waterfalls, you will head to the village of Teotitlan del Valle, famous for its people’s weaving. The day finishes with a visit to The Tule Tree, a gigantic, twisting 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress tree.

Day three includes a visit to Monte Albán, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and archaeological hotspot. You can climb to the top of pyramids and discover ancient temples. The afternoon and evening will give you a chance to spend some time together at the hotel and to explore Oaxaca City. Next, you will tour the sprawling central market of Oaxaca, called Mercado de Abastos. Explore the colorful stands and watch the vendors in action as they attempt to sell their goods. Then, after flying to Huatulco, it’s time for the beach. Take surf lessons and explore the local fishing village of Barra de la Cruz. Your beach adventure will include white water rafting and a trip to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center and Crocodile Lagoon to meet some of their reptilian guests and to learn about the on-going efforts to protect them.

Family Weekend Escape To The Yucatan

See the flying flamingos at the Celestun Biosphere Reserve
Credit: Secretaría de Fomento Turístico del Estado de Yucatan

Where: Yucatan Peninsula
Highlights:

  • Visit Merida, the lively capital of the Yucatan
  • Explore the ancient Maya archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal
  • Tour the living museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon
  • Stroll through the enchanting colonial town of Valladolid
  • Visit the Celestún Biosphere Reserve

Your family vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula begins with a swim in a Maya cenote, a fresh-water sinkhole. You’ll explore these incredible quirks of nature that were once considered sacred by the ancient Maya people. Then you will take a tour of the gorgeous archaeological site of Uxmal (said oosh-mal), one of the best maintained ruins in the Yucatan. Then you will tour Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, a historic hacienda which once produced a fiber called henequen, also known as green gold.

Next, you will visit the Celestún Biosphere Reserve to see the gorgeous flocks of pink flamingoes. Then you will head to Chichen Itza to stay at The Lodge, a gorgeous getaway in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The following day brings the chance to explore the site with a guide. You’ll learn all about the fascinating ball courts, temples, and plazas.

Read more: Cenotes In Mexico: The Hidden Wonders Of The Yucatan

How to book your family adventure in Mexico

Want to book one of these family adventures in Mexico? It’s easy! Simply head to our trip planner and fill it out or speak to one of Mexico travel experts.

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