An Exciting Experience
Students can experience an unforgettable adventure by joining one of our groups for a 13-day stay in Mexico. They will live with typical Mexican families allowing them to participate and be submerged in the culture and language. They’ll also receive the incomparable benefits of an increased fluency in Spanish, while at the same time enjoying conducted trips to cities and attractions such as Taxco, Lake Xochimilco, Grutas de Cacahuamilpa Caves, Las Estacas fresh water springs, Teotihuacan, Xochicalco and more.
What to expect on this amazing tour
Students stay in twos or threes with carefully selected host families for their stay, thus immersing themselves in the culture in a way not possible if they stay only in hotels.
Lessons Come to Life
Programs in language and history are specifically tailored to our students’ needs and levels. All students will receive a certificate from an internationally accredited school.
We Take Care of Everything
From airline tickets, consent forms, and payment forms — to host families and hotels, entrance fees, all meals, all transportation, and all the tips. We take care of everything so teachers, parents and tour organizers don’t have to.
Great Benefits for Teachers
CSLI offers the best reward points program for teachers available in the industry. We also make it possible for teachers to relax and enjoy their evenings with peace of mind knowing their students are taken care of.
Mexico is a land of extremes, with tall mountains and deep canyons in the center of the country, sweeping deserts in the north, and dense rain forests in the south and east. It’s the third largest country in Latin America, and has the world’s largest population of Spanish speakers—about two and a half times that of Spain or Colombia. Mexico is the product of a rich Indian heritage, three centuries of Spanish rule, and a shared border with the United States.
The pre-Hispanic civilizations of Mexico built some of the world’s greatest archaeological monuments, including Teotihuacan’s towering pyramids and the exquisite Maya temples of Palenque. The country was first populated more than 13,000 years ago and the Olmec people, Mexico’s first complex society, developed around the southern Gulf of Mexico in the southeastern part of the country about 3,500 years ago. They were later followed by the Maya, the Zapotec, the Toltec, and the Aztec peoples among others. Mexico’s ancient civilisations built great cities and huge pyramids, created remarkable works of art, and even studied the stars and planets to determine when to plant crops and hold ceremonies. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacan and xochicalco are scattered throughout the country.
In the early 16th century the Spanish arrived in Mexico and conquered it. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved independence early in the 19th century. The Spanish colonial era left beautiful towns full of tree-shaded plazas and richly sculpted stone churches and mansions, while modern Mexico has seen a surge of great art from the likes of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Today, most Mexicans are mestizos, which means they have a mix of Indian and Spanish blood, and the county’s rich and fascinating history is documented by its top-class museums and galleries.
With diverse jungles, smoking, snow capped volcanoes, vast deserts and 10,000km of coast, Mexico is an endless adventure for the senses and a place where life is lived largely in the open air. Return time and again and you still won’t see it all. Mexico and its magnificent treasures await your visit!
A Beautiful Setting
Highlights of what you’ll experience on your 13-day trip to Mexico
TeotihuacanTeotihuacan is a vast ancient city located just northeast of Mexico City. It was the largest, most influential, and certainly most revered city in the history of the New World. It flourished in the beginning of the first millennium CE, and at its height, the city had a population of over 200,000 making it one of the biggest cities in the world at the time. The city is characterized by the massive size of its monuments laid out on geometric and symbolic principles.
TaxcoTaxco is a town in the state of Guerrero famed for its silver jewelry production and Spanish colonial architecture. It is well-known for its cobbled and winding lanes, traditional plazas and antique houses with elegant colonial facades. Taxco was one of the most important mining areas in the empire of New Spain. Today, in almost every corner you can find stores where locally-produced silver jewelry is sold.
TepoztlanTepoztlan is a beautifully situated ancient town with a well-preserved historic center surrounded by soaring jagged cliffs. It’s known as the reputed birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec feathered serpent god, and for its weekly craft market. Next to the market sits a 16th-century former Dominican monastery, the Tepoztlan Ex-Convent, containing a local history museum. Tepoztlan was named a "Pueblo Mágico" in 2002.
Spring Break and Summer 2020
Day 1: Arrival in MexicoFly to Mexico City International Airport and meet your CSLI tour director. Transfer to Cuernavaca to meet your host family.
Day 2: XochicalcoPlacement test and orientation at school in the morning. Guided visit to the Xochicalco archaeological site in the afternoon. Xochicalco light and sound show in the evening.
Day 3: Mexico CityGuided visits to Bazar del Sabado (famous handicrafts market), the National Palace, the downtown Zocalo and Cathedral, the Templo Mayor (Aztec ruins), Chapultepec Park and hop on a boat at the Xochimilco floating gardens.
Day 4: Cuernavaca MarketClasses in the morning. Afternoon visit to the municipal market of Cuernavaca to learn all about different kinds of traditional foods.
Day 5: Mexican MusicClasses in the morning. Mexican music class and visit to Superama (local supermarket) in the afternoon.
Day 6: Artisan MarketClasses in the morning. Visit to the artisan market in downtown Cuernavaca in the afternoon to do some shopping.
Day 7: Cuernavaca City TourClasses in the morning. Guided tour of Cuernavaca’s historic centre - the Palace of Hernan Cortez, the Cathedral and the Zocalo. Guided visit to The Robert Brady Museum (containing one of the most unique art collections in the world).
Day 8: Mexican FiestaClasses in the morning. Mexican fiesta in the afternoon with piñatas and mariachis.
Day 9: Tepoztlan & EstacasGuided tour of the ancient town of Tepoztlan in the morning with free time to explore and shop at the market. Swimming and snorkeling at Las Estacas natural springs in the afternoon.
Day 10: TaxcoGuided tour inside the impressive Grutas de Cacahuamilpa caves in the morning. Guided visit to Taxco (including a seminar on "how to" buy silver) and free time to shop and explore this beautiful town.
Day 11: TeotihuacanGuided visit to Teotihuacan, the most important archaeological site in the Western Hemisphere containing some of the largest pyramidal structures in the world. Free time to explore the site and climb the pyramids.
Day 12: El Rollo Aquatic Park (Optional)Free time to enjoy this amazing aquatic park with all the water attractions you can ever think of.
Day 13: Departure from Mexico
Canada’s Best Educational Tours
CSLI has provided educational tour programs in Canada since 1997. Our main goal has always been to improve students’ language skills and self-confidence abroad while obtaining a unique first-hand look at the culture and people of the places they are visiting. Our focus on value and affordability, along with making our trips the most complete and of highest quality compared to our competitors is what truly makes a CSLI tour the best. We make all of the necessary arrangements for our tours, alleviating headaches for teachers and trip organizers making the trip more enjoyable and giving you time to truly explore the wonders abroad.
Canadian-owned and run
CSLI Tours is a family-owned Canadian company based in BC, driven by values and a real passion for travel. We have an excellent track record for the best customer satisfaction and have never compromised on the quality of the services we provide. Every tour we offer was designed to inspire your students and enrich their learning experience, while increasing their self-confidence and understanding of other cultures.
Safety & security
For more than 22 years the safety of our groups has been our top priority. All of our tour directors are first aid certified and well-trained to manage challenging situations. We always have contingency and emergency plans in place and we are always available 24/7 through our direct contact line to provide assistance to teachers, students, parents and school administrators if anything comes up before or during the trip.
As a group leader, your travel is absolutely free and includes all meals and accommodation at carefully selected hotels. Because one of our representatives will stay with you 100% of the time, the teachers get to relax during the evenings and explore the sights and sounds of the cities they visit. We’ll make all the room checks and ensure that each evening, the students are safe in their hotel suites or with their host families.
The CSLI Experience
Program price includes
Round-trip airfare from Vancouver on major carriers
All entrance fees to attractions as per itinerary
Three meals per day
All transportation by comfortable private motor coach
All the tips
All guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
10 overnight stays with host families and at hotels
Language and history lessons
24/7 services from our professional tour director
Professional tour guides at all attractions as per itinerary
A deposit of $300 per person at the time of registration is required. A cancellation, medical insurance is mandatory, and can be purchased at time of enrollment. Payments can be made by cheque, Visa, MasterCard or American Express – a surcharge will apply for credit card payments. Taxes not included.