When you travel abroad the first you do is brush up on the local language to pick up the basics. A trip to Mexico booked through IBMT Tours will have travelers hear a familiar phrase all across the country, 'hola como estas?' It translates to hello, how are you when you meet the friendly local people of the country. Lots of fun awaits you when you make a date to travel to Mexico, the Mayan Riviera, beaches on the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, bullfights and traditional flamenco dancing are all part of the rich culture that is waiting for you when you take tours of Mexico. If you like history, Mexico has plenty of different sites to visit that date hundreds, if not thousands of years that can be seen and appreciated. While you are in Mexico, expect to put on some weight, because the cuisine is to die for and you will find yourself hungry all the time! Whether you are snacking on burritos or tacos during day trips or sit down to a full course meal, your appetite will be sated by the gastronomic delights that are at the heart of Mexican food.
When you heart this phrase in Mexico, it means to get up, get up, let's go, let's go to the many destinations that IBMT Tours will help you visit in the glorious country of Mexico. To kick-off your stay in Mexico, the first place you want to visit is the nation’s capital, Mexico City.
• The first thing to know about Mexico City sits at the highest altitude of any city in the country, nestled in the mountains. There are many places to visit like the historic centre of Mexico City – a huge plaza with lots of activity. If you want to see Mayan artifacts a trip to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia is in order. If art and culture are what will make your trip a lasting memory, a visit to Palacios de Bellas Artes is where the best of Mexican fine art is located. Mexico City is a world-class city that holds something for everybody, and every day you spend in the city will be a new adventure.
• When you visit Guadalajara you will see of the finest architecture that Mexico has to offer. Neo-Gothic architecture is on full display at the Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo, or a visit to 17th-century Catholic church and abbey at the Basilica of Our lady of Zapopan, or even a trip to the zoo at the Zoologico Guadalajara. Other attractions in ‘The Pearl of the Occident’ include Teatro Degollardo, the Palacio de Gobierno and the Cathedral. One stop that is sure to get your attention is the Tequila Village. Tequila is the national drink of the country and you can take a tour of a distillery to see the process and sample some of the finest Tequila made in Mexico.
• A visit to the Yucatan means that you will be staying in Cancun and it will be your jump off point for many different sites that reflect some of what Mexico has to offer the traveler and the education will be will illuminating. Merida is known as the ‘White City’ because the colonial buildings are all white in colour to reflect the period when they were built. Stops include Zolcalo, the Government Palace and Franciso Montejo’s House. Mayan history is one of the big draws when you take the time to see Ekbalam and Coba. Both sites hold enchanting visual displays of Mayan culture and in Coba, you can visit the tallest Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the ‘Nohoch Mul.’
• Traveling from Cancun, you will arrive at Bacalar and visit the famous Bacalar Lagoon. It is also known as the ‘Lagoon of Seven Colours.’ When the sun shines on the lagoon, it reflects several colours, predominantly turquoise and jade. A Mayan jungle surrounds the lagoon and the Bec River that envelope the Chicanna archeological site – the translation is the ‘House of the Serpent’s Mouth.’ The site – discovered in 1967 – is famous for the masks of animals that adorn the doors and is unforgettable. At the Structure II site, you can see a zoomorphic mask that depicts the God of the Sun, Itzamna.
A visit to Costa Rico with IBMT Tours will show you the best of both worlds – beaches, lush, green jungles that just exude natural beauty in this unspoiled country. Amazing tours to Costa Rica will have plenty of adventure and leisure activities for the traveler, tropical mammals that are indigenous to the country, birds of many a feather will greet you with a serenade – over 800 species of birds inhabit Costa Rica. The country was a frequent stop by explorers dating back to the 1500’s when Christopher Columbus first set foot on Costa Rican soil. Plenty of water sports are available for visitors of Costa Rica – fishing is one of the mainstays – whether fresh water, in one of many rivers in the country or deep sea fishing, you can do both. Scuba diving is a popular activity, as is white water rafting on the rivers of the country.
For over 30-years IBMT Tours has been catering to the world traveler and dispatching them to the far-flung destinations of their choice. To take a vacation that will cross of a trip off your personal bucket list, call us at IBMT tours today at 1.877.977.4268.
Still traveling but wanted to thank you for planning a marvelous trip. It is truly a trip of a lifetime.
The IBMT Bar Mitzvah tour was fantastic! It was the perfect blend of family time and peer group time, of sites with religious/historic significance and just plain fun. The guide was personable and informative, and even the bus driver was great. All the details were attended to and you didn’t have to concern yourself with or worry about a thing. It was a true vacation. We would highly recommend it to anyone. If you are going to Eilat, Petra is a must!
We went on a church group to the Holyland with IBMT Tours and had a great trip, everything was planned for us perfectly. There was over 123 people in four different bus groups and things went smoothly, I thought it was going to be hectic with that many people in the group but IBMT did a wonderful job and made sure the buses did not go convoy, every bus had its own time table and itinerary for the day, our guide Dani was so knowledgeable and loving. We love you IBMT and we will recommend you guys. Thanks for everything you have done for us.
We just returned from Israel on an IBMT Bar Mitzvah Tour for our three grandsons. We had enough family members to warrant our own bus. After checking out many tour companies we went with IBMT and all of us were glad we did. The hotels were fabulous and the rooms allotted even more so. From the INBAL in Jerusalem, KFAR BLUM in the Galilee, the SHERATON in Tel Aviv, to the ROYAL BEACH in Eilat we couldn’t have asked for more. Our meals were equally excellent. Beginning with a welcome reception at the INBAL to the closing dinner at the CANAAN restaurant in Tel Aviv one and all loved them.
It was a busy tour made even more so by my husband who was determined the grandchildren see “everything”. Fortunately for us, we had the best guide when Ornan (from IBMT) gave us GADI. All of the groups loved their guides but Gadi was special. He was able to reach the kids (ages 7-13) as well as the adults. His knowledge, willingness to adjust the schedule, and good nature gave him a soft spot in all of our hearts. He filled in at Yad Vashem when the guide droned on a bit too much for some of us. He searched out a cemetery where a father, grandfather and great grandfather was buried and proceeded to enlighten us on the rituals and customs of a military cemetery. He adjusted our times to include those little extras. When weather precluded the camels, we visited Qumran. After the Bar Mitzvahs, some wanted to walk down Masada - again, no problem.
We loved everything. Friday night dinner with an Israeli family (coincidentally the husband was from Toronto), meeting the soldiers on the kibbutz, the Druze lunch, sampling different foods at the shuk, the bullet factory and on and on. Although the weather was precarious in December, it didn’t stop us and we were able to celebrate Chanukah in Israel...menorahs everywhere, sufganiyot of every kind, celebrations in the street galore.
Would we recommend this tour...without a moments hesitation. We had a family trip of a lifetime. Thank you also to our bus driver Louie, whom we all loved and who got us around safely.
“Gadi” - what else can we say ... g double o - d, j-o-b. Good job, good job. V-e-r-y-n-i-c-e, very nice, very nice.💕
I cannot imagine a better, more organized, more perfect experience! IBMT went above and beyond all expectations!
Loved the trip! The itinerary was fantastic and really kept us moving. We were able to see and do so much. Best of all was our tour guide Natalie. She was very kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of Israel.
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