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Mexico Discovery

Mexico Discovery

Travel from the bohemian metropolis of Mexico City to the golden shores of Cancun with our action packed Mexican Discovery!

Prices from $745

Mexico is the Central American heartland that epitomises the best of Latin fiesta spirit and an endless fascination of the legacy of the Mayan civilization. In Mexico you will discover picturesque colonial towns surrounded by rainforest cloaked mountains, heavenly beaches where Mayan ruins tumble down to pristine shores, and markets humming with a hundred street vendors selling everything from pungent leather handbags to magic spells from shamans! 

Mexicans are said to be the happiest people in the world and it’s not hard to see why! Mexican culture is an exotic and heady mix of dark magic and a strong sense of celebrating life and death. Look out for 'Los Dias de Muertes', or the 'Day of the Dead' to see colourful skeletons and huge processions filling the streets of every town! 

If you're looking for an easy, flexible way to travel through Mexico then look no further, the Frontier-Mexico Discovery will make your journey something different, fun and unforgettable! Better yet, with the easy going ‘hop-on, hop-off’ system, you can travel at your own pace and be sure you see it exactly the way you want to.


  • Flexible itinerary
  • Explore ancient Mayan ruins 
  • Party on the beach in Cancun
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over.


Location Mexico
Activities Bus travel between Mexico City and Cancun
Hidden Teotihuacan & Dinner
Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule
Sumidero Canyon Experience
Palenque Ruins and Waterfalls
Accommodation Not included


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Bus transfers
Hidden Teotihuacan & Dinner
Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule
Sumidero Canyon Experience
Palenque Ruins and Waterfalls


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Frontier-Mexico Discovery flexible Hop-On Hop-off pass in Latin America provides a platform for you to explore the world in a new and unique way.

The Mexico-Discovery pass includes both convenient transportation options and exciting activities between Mexico City and Cancun. You have the flexibility to choose your departure dates and make unlimited changes on the go.

All you have to do is choose a departure date. We strongly believe that the freedom to travel how you want will bring you happiness. It is for this reason that we have a team dedicated to making sure we always have happy travellers, assisting them before, during and after their trip.

We offer you safe and efficient local transportation in each sector. You may travel aboard a public bus, on a train, boat, ferry or a shared shuttle. Whatever the mode of transportation, getting from one point to the next will surely be a memorable experience.

The Mexico Discovery is ideally suited to independent travel so many people travel on their own, however you will always have the chance to meet people on a group trek, transportation, recommended hostels or activities.


Remember that your pass is SUPER FLEXIBLE so once you book you can make as many changes as you want to your itinerary, before or during your trip. This is just a recommended itinerary so you can work out the perfect schedule for your trip depending on the time you have to travel. 
The following is a suggested itinerary that you could follow:
Day 1 – Mexico City
Day 2 - Hidden Teotihuacan & Dinner (Day Tour)
Day 3 - Mexico City to Oaxaca (Public Bus)
Day 4 - Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule Day Trip (Day Tour) Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido (public bus)
Day 5 – Puerto Escondido
Day 6 – Puerto Escondido
Day 7 - Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal (Public Bus)
Day 8 - San Cristobal de las Casas
Day 9 - Sumidero Canyon Experience (Day Tour)
Day 10 - Palenque Ruins, Agua Azul & Misol-Ha Waterfalls & Transfer to Palenque (Day Tour)
Day 11 - Palenque to Merida (Public Bus)
Day 12 - Chichen Itza Day Trip and Transfer to Tulum (Public Bus)
Day 13 - Tulum
Day 14 - Tulum to Playa del Carmen (Public Bus)
Day 15 - Playa del Carmen to Cancun (Public Bus)
Day 16 - Cancun
This is just a recommended itinerary for your flexible hop-on hop-off pass. Once you book the pass you will be able to personalise your itinerary by e-mailing our happiness team.


You will fly into Mexico City before making your own way to the central bus station where you will begin your journey. 

We recommend that you arrive into Mexico City the night before the project start date to allow yourself time to rest from your journey. 


Accommodation is not included in the pass price because we know that everyone prefers something different when it comes to choosing lodging. 


Food is not included in the pass price. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers while exploring local restaurants and market stalls!  

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There is so much to discover in Mexico throughout your journey, from spicy foods to Mayan ruins, white water rafting and golden beaches. Why not take a fishing boat tour on a 'lancha' to enjoy a day at sea spotting shoals of luminescent fish, turtles drifting in a leisurely manner, and even dolphins. These boat trips will take you to shady lagoons and stunning wildlife areas where you will find some of Mexico's most colourful avian residents, and you can even swim in cool waterfalls or revitalising thermal springs for some refreshing therapy! Adventure and sport activities available include sport fishing, scuba diving, banana boats, and snorkelling and surfing. Cultural sites include Mexican villages and indigenous communities where you can catch a glimpse of unspoilt Mexico. There are Mayan ruins at Tulum and Palenque, and markets, museums and towns aplenty.


Project Fee $695

Registration Fee $85


Daily departures.


16 days


Before you go

  • Travel & medical advice 
  • Advice on visas 
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • In country transfers
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Mexico City Juarez International Apt (MEX)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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