Best of Mexico tour: Aztec and Mayan world
A lilttle more than a week to discover all the best of Mexico, in Central America. This tour is a unique holiday and journey through history, art and culture, making you visit the rich archaeological ruins of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. You'll depart from the lively capital, Mexico City, reaching the colonial cities with their typical Spanish flavor and the massive pre-columbian pyramids and breath-taking beaches of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera. It will be a dream journey and a holiday that you'll find hard to forget!Read more
A lilttle more than a week to discover all the best of Mexico, in Central America. This tour is a unique holiday and journey through history, art and culture, making you visit the rich archaeological ruins of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. You'll depart from the lively capital, Mexico City, reaching the colonial cities with their typical Spanish flavor and the massive pre-columbian pyramids and breath-taking beaches of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera. It will be a dream journey and a holiday that you'll find hard to forget!
The tour is operated like a "mosaic" with local guides in every city and is perfect for tourists who don't need to be escorted all the time. The program is designed for those who wish to visit the main tourist destinations of Mexico with a limited budget. The guides will be available locally in Mexico City and Chiapas, while from Palenque to Cancun/Mayan Riviera the guide will always be with the group.
Here are the highlights of the trip:
Arrive at Mexico City international airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Today is dedicated to sightseeing in the city and in Teotihuacan archaeological site. You'll visit the "Zocalo" (the main square with the Cathedral and National Palace), Templo Mayor, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of Mexico and main pilgrimage site of Latin America.
At the end visit Teotihuacan with the imposing pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Lunch in a local restaurant. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the state of Chiapas. Stop over at Chiapa de Corzo to visit impressive Sumidero Canyon by motor launch. Lunch in a local restaurant and transfer to San Cristobal de Las Casas following a long mountain road over 2000 m high. Overnight in the hotel.
Today is dedicated to visit the native communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan, situated a few kilometers from San Cristobal. You'll also visit the city and local market where you can admire the handicraft work of local natives, and the famous churches including the Baroque Santo Domingo church.
Today you'll descend the mountains of Chiapas crossing green valleys. Stop over at Agua Azul waterfalls for the picnic lunch. Arrive in Palenque and check in to the hotel.
In the morning visit the archaeological area of Palenque, still partly hidden by the tropical jungle and full of charm and unique pyramids. Lunch in a local restaurant and departure to Campeche. Upon arrival short tour of the old town, still enclosed and fortified with towers and walls, still retaining a strong colonial atmosphere. Check in to the hotel.
Today's first stop is due at Uxmal archaeological site, one of the most important testimonies of the Mayan civilization. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon arrive in Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan, the "white city", so called because of its colonial buildings. Tour of the "zocalo" to see the Cathedral, the Government Building, the City Hall and Montejo's House. Overnight in a hotel.
Journey towards the sea with a halfway stop in Chichen Itza, perhaps the most popular Mayan archaeological area, with world-famous Kukulkan Pyramid. Lunch in a local restaurant. Arrive in Cancun or Playa del Carmen in the late afternoon and check in to the chosen hotel (not included).
The price of the tour might vary slightly during high season due to increases in the cost of the domestic flight Mexico City - Tuxtla Gutierrez. The prices shown are for double rooms (single and triple rooms available upon request). Children under 12 years old 900.00 USD (sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed).