Photos: Marvelous Mexico

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  1. Tempting Tulum

    The Mayan City of Tulum, Mexico is located on the Caribbean Sea coast of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. (Ml Sinibaldi / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. View from Palenque

    Tourists sit atop a pyramid in Palenque, set in the foothills of the Tumbal mountains of Chiapas Mexico. (Marco Ugarte / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Blessings in Chiapas

    A tzotzil child walks in front of the church of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas. (Matias Recart / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Luxury in Puerto Vallarta

    The terrace on the Celestial Suite is seen at Hacienda San Angel in Puerto Vallarta. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Ancient stories

    This photo shows details of a Maya stone, relating the coming to power of governor Sir Jupiter Humenate and dated 613 AC, found in Tonina, Ocosingo, Chiapas. (Janet Schwartz / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Mexico magic

    Mexico City, the capital city of the nation of Mexico. (Diego Goldberg / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Musical Mexico

    A mariachi band play on a punt at the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco in Mexico City. (Danny Lehman / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Cool Cancun

    Cancun, Mexico is ranked as one of the top international vacation destinations. The beaches of Cancun have been completely restored following damage caused by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Travelers will find its newly renovated resorts, restaurants, beaches and attractions better and even more accessible than ever. (Business Wire) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Isla bonita

    The ferry landing on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Isla Mujeres is a tiny island mere miles from the Yucatan coast, and feels a world away from Cancun's hustle and bustle. Isla Mujeres, thriving in its own tourism, manages to maintain the feeling of a small fishing village. (Anja Schlein / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Soccer and bullfights

    Estadio Azul (left), a soccer stadium; and Plaza Mexico, the world's largest bullring, in Mexico City. (Danny Lehman / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Azure Cortez

    People kayak in the Bahia de Loreto National Park, in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. (Terry Prichard / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 12/17/2008 10:42:24 AM ET 2008-12-17T15:42:24

The Real Deal: Seven nights' accommodations, all meals and activities, and the services of a guide, from $1,250 per person — including all taxes.

When: Daily departures year-round. 

The fine print: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Does not include airfare. Note that rates will go up about $120 per person during late December; rates also go up in March, but if you mention this article, you can book a March trip at the $1,250 price. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

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Contact: Active Journeys, 800/597-5594, activejourneys.com.

Why it's a deal: Once you get to the resort, all meals and activities are included, and there are guides available to assist you. Note that the package price breaks down to $179 per person per night — a savings of about 40 percent off the rack rate at the resort after factoring out the airfare.

Lodging: Your base for the seven-night stay is a suite with a private balcony and ocean view at the Costa Azul Adventure Resort in San Francisco, Mexico. It's about 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta and part of the up-and-coming Riviera Nayarit. All meals and alcoholic beverages are included during your stay, so you'll become very familiar with the resort's Wahoo's Bar and Grill. There is also a pool and a spa.

Included activities: You can take advantage of activities such as horseback riding, surfing, hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, taking a riverboat tour and enjoying nightly entertainment.

More: Extend your stay at the resort from $80 per person per night.

Before you go: Note that the closest airport is in Puerto Vallarta, about 40 minutes from the resort; a cab will cost about $35 each way. For more on what to do, check the official Web sites of the Riviera Nayarit and of Mexico. U.S. citizens traveling by air will need a valid passport; a visa is not required.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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