Country
Mexico
Duration
12 Days/11 Nights
Travel Type
Escorted Tour

Inclusions

Accommodation for 11 nights
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, All inclusive treatment at the hotel in Riviera Maya
Restaurant fees and tips
Transfers Mexico City airport-hotel and hotel-Cancun airport
Visits: as per itinerary
Bilingual English and French speaking local guides from day 1 to 6 and day 6 to 11
Entry to the archaeological sites and museums mentioned in the program
Porter service in airports and hotels

Exclusions

International airfare – Gratuities – Beverages – Optional excursions – Travel insurance

1

DAY 1 MEXICO CITY

Arrival at Mexico City International Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation : Mexico City for 2 nights

2

DAY 2 MEXICO CITY

Breakfast at the hotel followed by a city tour that includes Plaza de la Constitución (The Constitution Plaza) known as Zócalo, surrounded by beautiful baroque buildings, among which is the Cathedral (the country’s largest religious monument built over the great Aztec temple). The Palacio Nacional (National Palace), headquarter of the Presidency of Mexico, only visible externally. One of the main and most recently discovered attractions is the Templo Mayor, the great temple of the Aztec capital. Brief stop at the Guadalupe Shrine.
The tour continues to Teotihuacán, named by the Aztecs as “the place where the Gods are born”. This location includes three great constructions: The Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon and the Citadel; all of them were built over the so called “Calzada de los Muertos” (Road of the Dead). Lunch in a restaurant. Return to Mexico City.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

3

DAY 3 MEXICO CITY – PUEBLA – OAXACA

After breakfast, departure by bus to the beautiful and colonial city of Puebla; visit of the Santo Domingo church, where it is possible to visit the Rosario Chapel, one of the biggest works of Mexican Baroque art. In the afternoon, travel to Oaxaca.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Oaxaca for 2 nights

4

DAY 4 OAXACA

Today is dedicated to the city of Oaxaca and Monte Alban. In the morning visit of the famous archeological site of Monte Alban, ceremonial center built on a hill and rich in pyramids, tombs and sunken reliefs. In the afternoon return to Oaxaca and visit of the city known as the “Patriots Cradle” that includes the Zocalo, where the Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Church are ubicated; then continue to the old Santa Catalina from Siena friary and to the local market, one of the most typical of the region.

Meals : Breakfast

5

DAY 5 OAXACA – SANTIAGO MATATLAN – TUXTLA GUTIERREZ

Depart to Santiago Matatlan, located 1 hour from Oaxaca; Santiago Matatlan is know as “the capital of Mezcal”. Visit of a Palenque, Mezcal workshop, where will be possible to see the traditional process of production of this famous beverage that every day is gaining international popularity. The tour continues to Tehuantepec (4 hours) for lunch. In the afternoon proceed to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of the State of Chiapas (5 hours).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Tuxtla Gutierrez for 1 night

6

DAY 6 TUXTLA GUTIERREZ – SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

Transfer to the Cahuaré wharf to enjoy a launch boat trip through the Cañón del Sumidero (Sumidero Canyon); the altitude and the beauty of the place will make the experience unforgettable. Lunch in restaurant. Afterwards, continue to San Cristóbal de las Casas. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel Sombra del Agua or similar. Afternoon at leisure.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : San Cristobal for 2 nights

7

DAY 7 SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

In the morning visit one of the most typical local markets where hundreds of Indigenous people sell their hand-made products every day; the tour continues to the Baroque Santo Domingo Church founded in 1547. Then visitors will meet the Indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán; the San Juan Chamula community is particularly linked to this church where ceremonies were celebrated that have a great influence of paganism. The Indigenous population of Zinacantan, on the other hand is very loyal to the Catholic faith. Also you can taste a delicious “Tortilla” made by yourself and enjoy a shot of “Pox”, an ancient Mayan elixir! Return to San Cristóbal and accommodation.

Meals : Breakfast

8

DAY 8 SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS - PALENQUE

Coffee station in the hotel and early departure to Palenque with a stop in Ocosingo to have breakfast in a local restaurant and at the Agua Azul (Blue Water) waterfalls; the trip will last approximately 5 hours on a mountain road and on the road the visitors can enjoy the abudant vegetation of this Chiapanecan (from the State of Chiapas) zone. Arrival at Palenque and check-in at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Palenque for 1 night

9

DAY 9 PALENQUE · CAMPECHE

Visit of the Palenque archaeological site. The area displays beautiful Mayan work made in stone and stucco; this area is frequently recognized as one of Mexico’s most beautiful places due to its ruins enclosed in the Chiapanecan jungle. Its most important temple is called Templo de las Inscripciones (Temple of the Inscriptions), and here the explorers discovered Pakal’s tomb with his famous jade mask. Then continue to Campeche, which is the capital of the Campeche State. Lunch in restaurant on route. Upon arrival to Campeche, short visit to the ancient town, surrounded by fort walls and towers built to protect this city from the pirates. Campeche keeps a Colonial mood thanks to its gorgeous houses and austere churches. After visiting the city, check-in at the hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Campeche for 1 night

10

DAY 10 CAMPECHE – UXMAL – MÉRIDA

Departure to Mérida with visit of the Uxmal archaeological site on route. Uxmal means “built in three stages” and it is a typical example of the classic and post-classic Mayan period; its main constructions are: Pirámide del Adivino (The Fortuneteller’s Pyramid), Palacio de los Gobernadores (Governor’s Palace) and the Cuadrángulo de las Monjas (Quadrangle of the Nuns). Lunch at restaurant. The tour continues to Mérida, also known as the “White City”, which has Colonial houses as well as houses that date from the beginning of the century in Arabic, French and Italian styles. Those houses have witnessed all the old wealth that was generated thanks to the sisal culture. Stop at Mérida’s Zócalo, where visitors can admire the city’s main monuments: the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Francisco Montejo’s House.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Mérida for 1 night

11

DAY 11 MÉRIDA – RIVIERA MAYA

Departure to visit Chichén Itzá archaeological site. Chichén Itzá was the Mayan capital of Yucatán and flourished between the 5th and 10th centuries AD. Visitors can admire the impressive buildings of the northern and central archaeological sites, such as: the Kukulcán Temple, the Ball Game, the Observatory, the Warrior’s Temple, the Convent of the Nuns and the Sacred Cenote. Lunch at Chichén Itzá in restaurant. In the afternoon, continue to Riviera Maya, visiting Cenote Saamal on route, with some time for a refreshing swim. Arrival and accommodation in All Inclusive treatment.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Riviera Maya for 1 night

12

DAY 12 RIVIERA MAYA

Transfer to the Cancun International airport.

Meals : Breakfast

HOTEL OPTIONS OR SIMILAR

Mexico City: Barcelo Mexico Reforma 5*
Oaxaca: Holiday Inn Express 4 *
Tuxla Gutierrez: Hilton Garden Inn Tuxla Gutierrez 4*
San Cristobal de las Casas: Sombra del Agua 4*
Palenque: Villa Mercedes Palenque 4*
Campeche: Gamma Campeche Malecon 4*
Mérida: Courtyard by Marriott Mérida 4*
Riviera Maya: Barcelo Maya Beach 4*

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from occupancy 

Land Package

Departures 2024

 Double Single
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
July 6, 13, 20, 27 
August 3, 10, 17 
September 7, 21 
October 5, 19 
November 9, 23 
December 7 
3429 4499

Minimum 2 // Maximum 46 passengers.
You will be joined by people from other nationality.

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