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This Mexico tour is a holiday that will allow you to unravel the mysteries of the Mayan civilization, a real journey through the history, art and culture of this land, a gem of Central America. During this vacation you'll also have the chance to get an insight on modern Mexico and some of its most picturesque colonial cities. This trip and holiday will really be hard to forget!

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This Mexico tour is a holiday that will allow you to unravel the mysteries of the Mayan civilization, a real journey through the history, art and culture of this land, a gem of Central America. During this vacation you'll also have the chance to get an insight on modern Mexico and some of its most picturesque colonial cities. This trip and holiday will really be hard to forget!

Here are the highlights of the journey:

  • Tour of Chichen Itza, the largest Mayan city and must-see of every holiday in Mexico
  • Tour of the Mayan archaeological sites in Uxmal and Palenque, full of mysterious pyramids and unique temples
  • Tour of Chicannà archaeological sites
  • Sightseeing in the colorful colonial cities of Campeche and Merida

 

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Cancun
    Day 1
    Cancun

    Arrive at Cancun international airport and transfer to the hotel and overnight.

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  • 2
    Cancun – Chichen Itza – Merida
    Day 2
    Cancun – Chichen Itza – Merida

    Breakfast. Morning departure to Chichen Itza, the largest Mayan city in Yucatan, declared Unesco world cultural heritage. The city, established around 400 AC, was occupied by the Toltecs around the year 1000 and later abandoned around 1250. Many buildings still show the splendour of Chichen, including the great pyramid known as "El Castillo", the Temple of the Jaguars, the Observatory etc.

    Lunch. In the afternoon continue to Merida, stopping enroute for a visit to the beautiful Franciscan convent in Izamal. Arrival and check in to the hotel.

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  • 3
    Merida – Uxmal – Campeche
    Day 3
    Merida – Uxmal – Campeche

    Morning departure to Uxmal site: along with Palenque and Chichen Itza, it's the apogee of the Mayan civilization. The complex, established between 600 amd 950 AC, is full of temples, pyramids and splendid palaces whose facades are decorated by wonderful stucco friezes.

    Lunch. Arrive in Edzna: tour of the beautiful site, in particular the Temple of the 5 Storeys. In the afternoon travel to Campeche and tour of the city. Overnight in a hotel.

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  • 4
    Campeche – Palenque
    Day 4
    Campeche – Palenque

    Travel to Palenque, one of the most important and spectacular Mayan archaeological sites, established around 1500 years ago and mysteriously abandoned at the end of the 9th century. Lunch. The afternoon will be spent visiting the ruins, sorrounded by a very thick jungle: the numerous monuments include the Temple of the Inscriptions, built on a series of pyramids and tomb of famous king Pakal, the great palace with the tower, probably an observatory, the Temple of the Cross. Overnight in a hotel.

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  • 5
    Palenque – Chicanna
    Day 5
    Palenque – Chicanna

    Breakfast. Morning departure to Chicanna, situated in the Rio Bec area, full of small archaeological sites. Lunch. Arrival in the afternoon and, time permitting, first tour of the archaeological area. Overnight in a hotel.

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  • 6
    Chicanna
    Day 6
    Chicanna

    Breakfast. The day will be spent visiting Chicanna archaelogical sites, Xpuhil and Becan situated within Calakmul Biosphere. The ruins show the wealth and high degree of craftmanship of Mayan architects and artisans, especially in the decoration of the monumental portals and decorative masks. Lunch. Overnight in a hotel.

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  • 7
    Chicanna - Mayan Riviera
    Day 7
    Chicanna - Mayan Riviera

    Breakfast. Morning departure to the Mayan Riviera, stopping enroute at Bacalar lagoon for lunch on Playa Paraiso beach. In the afternoon arrive in the Mayan Riviera and check in to the chosen hotel (not included in the price).

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • 6-night accommodation in the hotels mentioned or similar ones (4 stars)
    • American breakfast in all hotels
    • 6 lunches (day 2,3,4,5,6,7)
    • Taxes and services included in the program
    • Transport by air-conditioned bus/van
    • Guides
    • Entries to archaeological sites and museums mentioned in the program
    • Porterage

    Price does not include

    • International flights
    • Dinners and lunches which are not mentioned in the program
    • Drinks and personal extras in hotels and restaurants
    • Tips to drivers and guides
    • Hotel accommodation on the last night on the Mayan Riviera as per program

    Departing every day of the year, min.2 people.