|12 days and 11 nights|
Mexico (Oaxaca, Tehuantepec, San Cristobal De Las Casas, Palenque, Merida, Cancun, Campeche)
Mexico (Mexico City)
Day 1 Mexico City
Arrival at the México City international airport and transfer to the hotel Hampton Inn or similar. Overnight.
Day 2 México 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. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 3 Mexico City-Puebla-Oaxaca
Pick up your car at the local car rental office and departure to Puebla (2 hours). Upon arrival visit of this beautiful colonial city, famous for its churches in baroque style and the local ceramics. Continue to Oaxaca. Overnight at the hotel Casa Conzatti or similar.
Day 4 Oaxaca
Full day dedicated to the visit of the surroundings of the city, starting with Mitla, an old Mixtec center, with a stop on the way to see the “Tule”, an amazing tree considered the oldest in the world. In the afternoon proceed to Monte Alban, religious capital of the Zapotecan people. Built upon a hill, this place is rich with pyramids, tombs, set in a beautiful panoramic location. Return back to Oaxaca in the afternoon and overnight.
Day 5 Oaxaca-Tehuantepec
Some free time in the morning to get to see a bit more of the beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca. In the afternoon departure to Tehuantepec, a colorful port on the Pacific coast. Overnight at the hotel Calli.
Day 6 Tehuantepec - Tuxtla Gutierrez - San Cristóbal de las Casas
Morning departure to Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of the Chiapas State. Stop in Chiapa de Corzo to visit the impressive Canyon of Sumidero by the river, on board of local boats. Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas, at the hotel Mansion de los Angeles or similar.
Day 7 San Cristóbal de las Casas
Today we suggest a visit to the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan, located a few kilometers from San Cristóbal. The rest of the day can be spent visiting San Cristobal, 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 8 San Cristobal de las Casas - Palenque
Today you will descend from the Chiapas mountains, driving through the greenest valleys. A stop is programmed to admire the Agua Azul waterfalls. Arrival in Palenque and overnight at the hotel Mision or similar.
Day 9 Palenque - Campeche
The entire morning can be dedicated to the visit of the archeological site of Palenque, still partly hidden in the tropical jungle, fascinating and rich of unique Pyramids. Departure to Campeche. Upon arrival visit of the old city, still surrounded by ancient walls and towers, that still preserves a strong colonial flavor. Accommodation at the hotel Plaza or similar.
Day 10 Campeche - Uxmal - Merida
Today your first stop will be to visit the site of Uxmal, one of the most important places for the Mayan culture. Arrival in Merida in the afternoon, the capital of the Yucatán State, the “white city”, so called for its colonial buildings. Visit the “zocalo” (main square) with its Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Town hall and the House of Montejo. Overnight at the hotel Colonial or similar.
Day 11 Merida - Chichen Itza - Cancun
Departure to Cancún with a stop on the way to visit Chichen Itza, probably the most famous between the Mayan archeological sites, with its famous Pyramid of Kukulkan. Arrival in Cancún in late afternoon and accommodation at the hotel Ramada or similar.
Day 12 Cancún
This morning you will drop the car off at the airport and end of the tour.
IMPORTANT: the mentioned visits are just a guide, you can decide or not to follow the program.
- 11 overnights during the tour at the above mentioned hotels or similar (4 stars) with daily breakfast
- arrival transfer Mexico City airport-hotel
- full day visit of Mexico City with english speaking guide (entrances included – lunch not included)
- car rental medium size with full cover insurance included (pick up & drop off at car rental office)
- all lunches and dinner
- all drinks, personal expenses
- Tickets to Museums and Archaeological Sites