A breath-taking journey discovering the great Mayan heritage in Mexico, among the pyramids of Chiapas and Yucatan.

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A breath-taking journey discovering the great Mayan heritage in Mexico, among the pyramids of Chiapas and Yucatan.

During this tailormade tour you'll have the chance to explore world famous archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque, without forgetting the picturesque colonial towns, where the colorful architectures and churches recall the Spanish colonial era.

And then there are the spectacular natural landscapes: waterfalls, forests and magnificent Sumidero Canyon. At the end of your adventure, you can relax on the beautiful golden beaches of the Mayan Riviera.

Trip offered by Carlos Travel expert in Mexico

Trip summary

  • Departure Mexico City
  • End Riviera Maya
  • Countries
    • Mexico
  • City
    • Mexico City
    • San Cristobal de Las Casas
    • Palenque
    • Campeche
    • Merida
    • Riviera Maya
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips and custom tours
  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

  • 1
    Mexico City or Cancun
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Arrival in Mexico City, meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

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  • 2
    Mexico City (or Cancun) - Tuxla - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristobal
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    In the early morning you will depart to the beautiful state of Chiapas. Transfer to Mexico City Airport for a flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Upon arrival, pick-up for a transfer to your hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas. On the way you will stop for a boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, measuring a thousand meters at its highest point.  Afterwards, before arriving in San Cristobal de las Casas, you will also pass through the historically important town Chiapa de Corzo. Included: Breakfast.

  • 3
    San Cristobal de las Casas - Zinacatan - San Juan Chamula
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Breakfast at the hotel and visit to the indigenous communities of Zinacatan and San Juan Chamula, where you can still breathe in the air of "real Mexico", with the inhabitants still wearing the typical clothes of the area. Visit Juan Bautista church, where there are no whites and there are no normal celebrations, since the local population sits on the floor chanting prayers and hymns.

    Return to San Cristobal de las Casas for the guided tour of the town old center, established by Diego de Mazariego, who called it "Villareal de Chiapa de los Españoles”, later changed. In the streets you'll breathe in the smell of freshly grinded coffee among colorful houses renovated respecting the unique style of Chiapas. Return to the hotel and free evening.

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  • 4
    San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Palenque
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    Breakfast at the hotel and check out heading to Palenque. En route stop at Agua Azul waterfalls, tucked away in the jungle, where you can have a refreshing swim. Continue to the old Mayan city of Palenque with accommodation in a hotel. Afternoon and evening at leisure to discover the town center.

  • 5
    Palenque - Campeche
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    In the morning visit the archaeological site of Palenque, still partly hidden by the tropical jungle, full of charm and unique pyramids. After the visit of the wonders located in this World Heritage Site, departure to Campeche. Upon arrival panoramic tour of the town, still enclosed and fortified with towers and walls, still preserving a strong colonial flavor. Check in to the hotel and dinner at the hotel.

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  • 6
    Campeche - Uxmal - Merida
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure to "Ruta Puuc", the "land of the hills" in the Mayan language, where you'll come across Uxmal archaeological site, featuring examples of local Puuc architecture, which is one of the most harmonious and well- proportioned of the Mayan world. The emblem of this style is Chac the God of Rain, represented on the small columns in relief and numerous masks, once considered a god to be venerated constantly given the scarcity of rainfalls and waterways in the area.

    Continue to the capital of Yucatan, Merida, called "Ciudad Blanca". Accommodation in hotel and guided city tour, with a walk in the historic center and visit to Plaza Mayor and Casa de Montejo. Despite being a modern city, Merida still manages to preserve the charm of a colonial center which, with its buildings, churches and theaters in French and Spanish style. Dinner at leisure and overnight.

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  • 7
    Merida - Chichen Itza - Mayan Riviera
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the archaeological site simbolizing the Mayan civilization of the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza, the most famous in the world and considered one of the seven wonders. The site is divided into three groups (Central, Norte and Sur) and the visit includes the famous Castillo, a pyramid erected in honor of God Kukulkan, the round astrological observatory, the temple of the warriors and the field of the "Juego de la Pelota", a bizarre religious game played with elbows, hips and knees. Continue to the Mayan Riviera and overnight in the chosen hotel.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Return transfers airport - hotel (MEX or CUN)
    • Domestic flight MEX/TGZ or CUN/MEX /TGZ (connecting flights)
    • Organized transport during the entire itinerary by air conditioned car, minivan or van depending on the total number of participants
    • Guide from Day 2 to the end of the tour
    • 1 overnight in 4 star hotel in Mexico City or Cancun, double room and breakfast included
    • 2 overnights at Hotel Casa Vieja 4*(or similar) in San Cristobal de las Casas in double room and breakfast included
    • 1 overnight in Hotel Ciudad Real Palenque 4* (or similar) in Palenque, in double room with breakfast included
    • 1 overnight in Hotel Ocean View 4* (or similar) in Campeche, in double room with breakfast included
    • 1 overnight in Hotel El Castellano 4* (or similar) in Merida, in double room with breakfast included
    Price does not include
    • International flights
    • No extra meal or drink not mentioned in the program
    • Extra transfer and taxi service
    • All that is not mentioned under "the price includes" section