A tour of Mexico in pursuit of charm, luxury and prestige. It is suited to the most demanding traveler to whom some "plus" exclusive and overnights in Deluxe category hotels are reserved.

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A tour of Mexico in pursuit of charm, luxury and prestige. It is suited to the most demanding traveler to whom some "plus" exclusive and overnights in Deluxe category hotels are reserved.

From Mexico City, the largest metropolis of the world, we will continue south: from the highlands of the capital to the depths of Chiapas.
The adventure will end in the heart of Yucatan, with the evocative Ruta of the Convents, the route of many convents, temples and chapels built by religious orders who settled in the peninsula to evangelize the natives.

A taste of the daily life of indigenous peoples will not be missed thanks to a visit of some ancient villages, dating back to the Mayan age, and a purification ritual performed by a shaman.

Trip summary

  • Departure Mexico City
  • End Cancun
  • Countries
    • Mexico
  • City
    • Mexico City
    • Tuxtla Gutiérrez
    • San Cristobal de Las Casas
    • Tonina
    • Villahermosa
    • Ruta dei Conventi
    • Chichen Itza
    • Cancun
  • Theme Luxury and charme
  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Mexico City
    Day 1
    Mexico City

    Welcome! Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to your hotel. After the check-in, your afternoon will be available at leisure. 

    Overnight at hotel in Mexico City.

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  • 2
    Mexico City
    Day 2
    Mexico City

    Breakfast at hotel.

    The day starts covering the famous neighborhoods called "La Condesa" and "Rome", which from the beginning of the twentieth century have developed as new residential options outside the city center. The pretty tree-lined streets and houses of European influence, have hosted in recent years many young people. The streets are full of cafes with outdoor seating that invite visitors to explore this aspect of the city.

    We will continue to the city center passing by the Reforma street, designed by the Emperor Maximilian, along which there are some of the most important monuments of the city. Along Juàrez street you can admire the Alameda Park and the Palace of Fine Arts, made by the Italian architect Adamo Boari. Passing through Madero street we will reach the Zocalo. Later you'll enjoy a visit of the National Palace, whose walls are covered with frescoes by Diego Rivera, one of the great contemporary painters of Mexico. You will also visit the Cathedral, living example of colonial architecture and the Temple Mayor, a vestige of the great Tenochtitlan.

    The lunch will be on the terrace of the restaurant of the Holiday Inn Zocalo Hotel, which boasts a panoramic view on the Zocalo, the Cathedral and the Palacio Nacional.

    In the afternoon departure for the Basilica of Guadalupe, the most important sanctuary of Mexico. You will pass through the Plaza of the Three Cultures, where the three eras of Mexico (pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern) are represented. Visit of the new Basilica, where there is the original image of the "Patrona de México", built in 1976 by the architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez. From the great hall you can also admire the old Basilica, belonging to the sixteenth century. In this place on December 12 hundred thousands of Mexicans come in procession to worship the Virgin.

    Our trip continue to Teotihuacán, the "place of gods", located 53 kilometers far from Mexico City and about an hour's drive. We will visit the archaeological site, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Sun, the Temple of Quetzal-Papalotl, the temple of the feathered shells and the Pyramid of the Moon from which you can appreciate the majesty of the "Avenue of the deads".

    After the visit of Teotihuacan, we will leave to Acolman, one of the most representative convents due to its size and its architectural design. It was built by Augustinian friars between 1539 and 1560. Sightseeing of the monumental atrium in order to watch the main door of the church which represents one of the finest examples of silversmithing.

    After the visit we will come back to hotel.

    Overnight at hotel.

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  • 3
    Mexico City - San Cristobal de las Casas
    Day 3
    Mexico City - San Cristobal de las Casas

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Upon arrival at the hotel, accomodation in private rooms.
    Departure to Sumidero Canyon for a boat tour through this impressive geographical flaw. Along the Sumidero you can appreciate the sedimentary layers that make up its walls, caves and waterfalls, the most famous of which is that of '"Christmas tree".

    Lunch at restaurant Jardines de Chiapas.

    After lunch departure for San Cristobal de las Casas, which is reached in just 45 minutes along the new highway.
    Arrival to the hotel Posada Real and accommodation in private rooms.

    Then, we have organized a visit of the Amber Museum, located in the old convent of Merced.

    Return to hotel and overnight.

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  • 4
    San Cristobal de las Casas
    Day 4
    San Cristobal de las Casas

    Breakfast at hotel.

    In the morning visit of the local market, one of the most typical of the region, where every day hundreds of natives gather to sell their products.

    Continue to the church of Santo Domingo, characterized by Baroque style and founded in 1547.

    Then, departure to visit the nearby indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. The first is very special, as in the church you will notice the coexistence of Christianity and Pagan rites, while the indigenous zinacantechi are very oriented to Catholicism. There will be a private ceremony for the group: a shaman will practice a ritual of purification for the whole group.

    Return to San Cristobal de las Casas and lunch in a restaurant.

    In the afternoon visiting of Na Bolom cultural center, founded in 1951 by Danés Frans Blom and the Swiss photographer Gertrude Blom. You can admire many collections gathered by the Bloms during the expeditions in the Lacandon jungle. In the corridors of the house you can appreciate various examples of different collections such as the iron worked crosses.

    Return to hotel and overnight.

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  • 5
    San Cristobal de las Casas - Palenque
    Day 5
    San Cristobal de las Casas - Palenque

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Early morning departure for the archaeological site of Tonina, that in tzetzal language means "the place where the stone sculptures rise in honor of time". The sacred place is an enormous artificial mountain built over a small natural clay mountain set to the north of the valley of Ocosingo. It was covered by seven huge stone platforms on whichc temples and palaces were built forming a monumental maze over 70 meters high. Around the Acropolis and in the whole valley there were houses and farmlands.Tonina boasts a long tradition in the sculpture of the Mayan features and in the creation of high reliefs made by stone and stucco.

    After the tour of this beautiful and little known archeological site, drinks and fruit will be offered.
    Lunch at the restaurant and continuation to Palenque.
    Arrival and accommodation in private rooms.

    Overnight at hotel.

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  • 6
    Palenque - Merida
    Day 6
    Palenque - Merida

    Breakfast at hotel.

    In the morning visit of the archaeological site of Palenque, considered one of the most beautiful archaeological areas of the country. The site is surrounded by the lush jungle of Chiapas. The most important temple is the Temple of Inscriptions, where lies the tomb of King Pakal whose face was covered with a mask in jade.

    Lunch at La Selva restaurant.

    After the visit transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Merida.
    Arrival in the evening and welcome at the airport in Merida with refreshing towels and bottles of water. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation in private rooms.

    Overnight at hotel.

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  • 7
    Merida
    Day 7
    Merida

    Breakfast at hotel.

    An interesting adventure in the heart of Yucatan visiting the monasteries, temples and chapels, built by religious orders who had settled in the peninsula to evangelize the natives. You will also appreciate the unfolding of everyday life by visiting some villages that exist from the time of the Maya.

    Acanceh: only 30 kilometers far from Merida, a quiet town which boasts  "The square of cultures" at ist center combinig pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary buildings. The temple dedicated to "Nuestra Señora de la natividad", built in the sixteenth century, is a simple example of pure Franciscan, predominant in the region.

    Tecoh: over a hill which may have been an ancient Mayan pyramid, stands the temple and ex-convent dedicated to the "Virgin of the assumption." Other attractions of Tecoh are the Town Hall and a cenote with caves of singular beauty.

    Telchaquillo: the facade of the Franciscan church consists of a stone carved by Maya craftsmen. The staircase in the center of the city park leads to a cenote.

    Mama: The temple and former Franciscan convent have a beautiful bell tower that must be admired, as well as the closed hall, one of the most famous in the region.

    Teabo: In this village there are the remains of an important Mayan cemetery and nearby there are also the two most representative sacred buildings: the temple of San Pablo and the chapel of the Indians.

    Maní: scene of the sad "Auto de Fe" celebration in 1562, in which the Bishop Fray Diego de Landa burned the precious writings and Mayan codes. Maní still retains an impressive sign of its enigmatic past, such as the temple of the monastery of San Miguel Arcangel that preserves a Christ made by a finely crafted stone and considered of incredible beautiful.

    Oxkutzcab: here you can visit the church of the seventeenth century or the hermitage of the Virgin of Pilar, but what you should not forget to do is to taste the juicy and exotic fruits, so much so that this location was known as "La Huerta del Estado" (the garden of the state).

    During the excursion lunch at restaurant.

    In the afternoon departure to Uxmal to witness the performance of sound and light explaining Maya cosmology in this archaeological site.
    At the end of the show, dinner at restaurant and return to Merida.

    Overnight at hotel.

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  • 8
    Merida - Cancun
    Day 8
    Merida - Cancun

    Breakfast at hotel.

    In the morning departure for the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Along the way, visit of the convent of Izamal. Izamal is known as "the city of three cultures", because its past combined the pre-Hispanic culture, colonial and contemporary culture. It was once a great Mayan ceremonial center. The convent is undoubtedly one of the best sixteenth century complexes of all Mexico.

    Arrival at Chichen Itza, an immense archaeological site with an area of over 300 hectares where the two periods that Mayan history went through are clearly distinct. Their testimonies are shaped in different architectural styles: one purely Maya and the other of Tolteca influence. You will visit: the pyramid of Kukulkan, the golf game of pelota, the temple of a thousand columns of warriors, the sacred cenote and the impressive observatory which still marks the beginning of the seasons.

    Lunch at the restaurant of the hotel Villas Arqueológicas.

    After lunch departure in order to go visiting one of the attractions that characterized the Yucatan peninsula: the cenotes. They are unique formations in the world as well as being the natural resource of fresh water, for Mayas they represented the main gate for the afterworld. Visiting of the "Dzinup" cenote.

    After the visit we will leave to Cancun.

    Arrival and hotel accommodation in private rooms and overnight.

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  • 9
    Cancun
    Day 9 - 10
    Cancun

    The end of our tour has come. After breakfast, you will have freetime until the transfer to the airport.

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