Mexico expeditions

Mexico at a glance

Population: 113 million

Terrain: Jungle, mountains, cactus reserves

Get in touch to find out more about expeditions to Mexico.

Ideas for your students' expedition to Mexico

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Mexico.

New to World Challenge?

Every World Challenge starts long before your students step on a plane.

With our support, develop life skills and take ownership of 

Destination and itinerary planning.

Fundraising ideas and events.

Budgeting and money management.

Preparation, fitness and nutrition.

More about our school expeditions

Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


Ancient Mesoamerican ruins

1 day

Visit the magical and mystical pyramids of Teotihuacán close to Mexico City. Shielded from the rain by the central mountain range, this area is a perfect place to explore.

1 day

In 2014

5 teams

went to three project sites, where they painted four educational murals and rooms, refurbished two community centres and a playground, worked on two vegetable gardens and fruit tree orchards and built a kitchen.


SOS Children's Villages

SOS Children's Villages is a charity that has been working for over 60 years supporting families and their communities to flourish. One team helped to paint the interior of an orphanage in a small village in the state of Chiapas, as well as running a programme of games and English lessons for the children. Past teams have cited this project as an expedition highlight.


Enjoy spectacular views; whether trekking across mountain ranges or amid a huge variety of cacti, you will experience many different landscapes on your itinerary.

In-Country Agent

Junnuen Tanori


Junnuen is our In-Country Agent for Mexico. A former rafting and rappelling guide, Junnuen joined the World Challenge team in 2014. He has worked extensively in outdoor education in Mexico and Canada.



Languages spoken: Spanish 
Time zone: GMT -6
Interesting fact: Mexico has the largest number of Spanish speakers in the world.


Rest & Relaxation

Take a half day trip from San Cristóbal to explore the traditional town of San Juan Chamula, home to the Tzotzil Maya, one of the largest indigenous groups in Chiapas. Visit the beautiful church and the local artisans' market, where you'll find a variety of Chamulan handicrafts for sale.

Take the opportunity to practise your Spanish and your bartering skills in the local markets during the rest and relaxation phase of your expedition.


Head into the Sierra Norte

3 - 5 Days

Trek through the villages of the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca, following pre-Hispanic trails linking remote Zapotec communities.

3 - 5 Days


Project types

The majority of projects run in Mexico comprise a mixture of community work in rural villages and working and interacting with vulnerable children.

This is your chance to really get involved with some of Mexico's social issues.

Rest & Relaxation

Mayan temples

Take the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the Mayan temples hidden in the jungle of Palenque.

My top tip is to learn some Spanish, it will bring your project phase to life.
Claire, our Mexico Expedition Planning Manager

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expedition for your students

Jungle, mountains, cactus reserves