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The Aztecs and The Deep Mayan World

General information

DurationDestinationDeparture
8 days and 7 nights
Mexico (San Cristobal De Las Casas, Campeche, Merida, Cancun)
Mexico (Mexico City)

Description

This tour is operated as “a mosaic” with local guides in every city, it is designed for tourists that do not need to be followed all the time by a tour leader. Our guides will be at disposal in México City and Chiapas, while from Palenque to Cancun/Mayan Riviera there will be a guide with the group all the time.
 

Departures every day of the year with a minimum of 2 people.

 

Program

Day 1 Mexico City
Arrival at México City international airport and transfer to the hotel Metropol or similar. Overnight.

Day 2 Mexico City
Entire day dedicated to the visit of this city and the archeological site of Teotihuacan. Included are the visit of the “Zocalo” (the main square with the Cathedral and the National Palace), of the Templo Mayor, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the most important centre of pilgrimage of the entire Latin America. Later we will visit Teotihuacan with its imponent Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Lunch in a local restaurant. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 3 Mexico City-Tuxtla Gutierrez-San Cristóbal de las Casas
Transfer to the airport and departure by domestic flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of the State of Chiapas. Stop in Chiapa de Corzo to visit the impressive Sumidero Canyon on board of private boats. Lunch in a local restaurant & transfer to San Cristóbal de las Casas up on the mountains above 2,000 mts. Overnight at the hotel Mansion del Valle or similar.

Day 4 San Cristóbal de las Casas
Full day dedicated to visit the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan, located few kms from San Cristóbal. It is also included a short city tour, with the local market, where it is possible to admire the art crafts abilities of the local indigenous, and the famous local churches, among which the most important is Santo Domingo.

Day 5 San Cristóbal de las Casas-Palenque
Today we will descend from the Chiapas mountains, driving through the greenest valleys. A stop is programmed to admire the Agua Azul waterfalls and for lunch. Arrival in Palenque and overnight at the hotel Plaza or similar.

Day 6 Palenque-Campeche
The entire morning will be dedicated to the visit of the archeological site of Palenque, still partly hidden in the tropical jungle, fascinating and rich of unique Pyramids. Lunch in a local restaurant and departure to Campeche. Upon arrival visit of the old city, still surrounded by ancient walls and towers, that still preserves a strong colonial flavour. Accommodation at the hotel Plaza or similar.

Day 7 Campeche-Merida
Today our first stop will be to visit the site of Uxmal, one of the most important places for the Mayan culture. Lunch in a local restaurant. Arrival in Merida in the afternoon, the capital of the Yucatán State, the “white city”, so called for its colonial buildings. There will be a stop in the “zocalo” (main square) to visit the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Townhall and the House of Montejo. Overnight at the hotel Mision or similar.

Day 8 Merida-Cancun
Departure direct to the sea with a stop on the way to visit Chichen Itza, probably the most famous Mayan archaeological zones between the famous pyramid of Kukulkan. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrival in Cancun or Playa del Carmen in the late afternoon and accommodation at selected hotel (not included)

Price includes

- Overnight at the mentioned hotels or similar (superior 3 stars-4 stars)
- American breakfast daily
- Flight Mexico City-Tuxtla Gutierrez in economy class
- 2 lunches (Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza)
- taxes and service with the meals included in the program
- transportation in air conditioned van/bus
- local english speaking tour guide
- entrance to the archeological sites and museums mentioned in the program
- porterage

Price does not include

-dinner, lunches and all meals not mentioned in the program
-drinks and personal expenses in the hotels or restaurants
-tips for drivers or guides