Escorted Mexico: From the Pacific to the Caribbean

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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: from $1,250 per Person

Start your journey at the Zocalo, the heart of Mexico’s capital. All of Mexico comes together in Mexico City, one of the largest and most fascinating cities in the world. Visit the charming “City of the Eternal Spring” and Mexico’s “Silver Capital”. Have some fun, relax or “go loco”, in Acapulco! Enjoy the unique cliff divers show and the exciting Pacific beaches. Then make a move to the Yucatan Peninsula. Start in colonial Merida, one of Mexico’s most pleasant cities. Travel through lowland jungle and explore the treasures of the Mayan World before ending this journey on a Caribbean beach.

Day 1

WELCOME TO MEXICO CITY!

You will be amazed by the size of the city from the moment you arrive. Meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel. After check-in, free time to start exploring the city. As the country´s capital, the “Distrito Federal” is a mosaic of contrasts but most of all an experience in which all of Mexico comes together. It’s the perfect place to start your trip in Mexico.

Overnight in Mexico City at Hotel Krystal Gran Reforma

Day 2

CITY TOUR AND ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM

Get to know one of the world´s biggest and most exciting cities! Enjoy a guided visit in the historical centre, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. This interesting tour will include “The Zocalo”, the heart of the city, where you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest of the Americas, and the National Palace, home of the famous murals of Diego Rivera. You will also see the ruins of the Templo Mayor, one of the most important temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. The Templo Mayor is thought to be located on the exact spot where the Aztecs saw the eagle perching on a cactus with a snake in its beak. This symbolized for the Aztecs that they had reached their promised land. Next, we drive down the beautiful Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to arrive at Chapultepec Park. In pre-Hispanic times a summer residence for the noble class of the Aztecs, now it is Mexico City’s largest park and one of the largest city parks in the world. We will visit the Museum of Anthropology (closed on Mondays). This museum is considered to be among the world’s finest of its kind. Here you will admire the famous Aztec calendar stone, models of Tenochtitlán, a fascinating market place diorama, giant stone Olmec heads from the jungles of Tabasco and Veracruz, among many other interesting treasures.

Overnight in Mexico City at Hotel Krystal Gran Reforma (Breakfast)

Day 3

PYRAMIDS OF TEOTIHUACAN AND THE SHRINE OF GUADALUPE

Teotihuacán, ‘the place where gods were created’, is one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the country. The history of Teotihuacan is quite mysterious. The earliest buildings were constructed around 200 BC. It is assumed that the city may have counted 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, Teotihuacán was the biggest city of the American continent and one of the biggest of the world. Until its inhabitants abandoned the city around the 8th century, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural centre of ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion you will encounter the magic and mystery of Teotihuacan. Admire (and climb?) the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Walk down the Avenue of the Dead, visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its unique stone sculptures of plumed serpents, the Temple of the Butterflies, and the Fortresses. Before arriving at your hotel, we make a stop at the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a pilgrimage place for millions of Mexicans and people from all around the world.

Overnight in Mexico City at Hotel Krystal Gran Reforma

Day 4

MEXICO CITY – CUERNAVACA – TAXCO

Today we will visit two important colonial towns. We first travel to Cuernavaca, the “City of the Eternal Spring”. This nickname was given to the city by Alexander Von Humboldt because of its pleasant climate all year long. Cuernavaca is a perfect place to relax and explore its numerous historic monuments such as the Cathedral, constructed in the 16th century, and the Palace of Cortés, one of the oldest conserved colonial structures in the

Americas, being almost 500 years old. Then we continue to Taxco, also called the “Silver Capital” of Mexico. Taxco is one the prettiest towns in Mexico and, of course, it´s a great place for shopping for silver. We will visit the centre of Taxco with its pleasant atmosphere, paved streets and Baroque architecture. Look around in a silver workshop and visit the Santa Prisca Church, considered one of the most beautiful in the country.

Overnight in Taxco at Hotel Posada de la Mision (Breakfast)

Day 5

TAXCO – ACAPULCO

Departure in the morning to the Pacific Coast. Arrival around noon at the world famous resort-town of Acapulco. Acapulco was the country´s first resort-town and has always been a favorite retreat for people from all kind of backgrounds. It has been a favorite jet-set destination since the 1950´s. Glamorous, spontaneous and splashy, Acapulco is a city of superlatives. It delivers a 24-hour exuberance that makes every moment count. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon we recommend an (optional) boat trip in the Aca Rey Yacht around Acapulco Bay to get a feel of this paradise.

Overnight in Acapulco at Hotel Emporio (Breakfast)

Day 6

HIGHLIGHTS OF ACAPULCO

Let us show you more of Acapulco and its surroundings. Be amazed by the view of Acapulco Bay from the scenic freeway, and explore the most important sights in this beautiful place. Visit one of the city´s best beaches at Puerto Marquez. Pass golf-courses and the Zona Diamante, where you have some time for shopping for jewelry and crafts.

Then visit Acapulco´s city centre and end your tour will a truly unique show at La Quebrada. You will attend the famous Cliff Divers Show. Be amazed by the courage and skills of these divers, who elegantly dive into the ocean from a 45- meters high cliff, an unforgettable experience. After this, free time.

Overnight in Acapulco at Hotel Emporio (Breakfast)

Day 7

ACAPULCO – MERIDA

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Merida. Upon arrival, meet and greet with a representative and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we take you on a guided tour to see the most iconic places of this beautiful city.

Mérida was founded in 1542, by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo. Nowadays, Merida is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatan and the cultural and financial center of the region, with still a strong influence of Mayan cultural heritage. It features a fascinating combination of art, history and culture, with cobble stone streets, stunning architecture, lovely parks, and delicious gastronomy. Get to know colonial Mérida with its mansions and buildings from the XVI century, its historical monuments such as Paseo Montejo, Governor Palace, the House of Montejo, the Monument to the Flag, and Las Americas Park.

Overnight in Merida at the Hyatt Regency (Breakfast)

Day 8

PUUC ROUTE: UXMAL + KABAH

Uxmal is the most prominent archaeological site of the Puuc Route, a series of ancient Mayan cities that share the same architectural patterns. Once upon a time, Uxmal was one of the greatest ceremonial centers of the ancient Maya civilization and it can still be considered one of the most beautiful pre-Hispanic archaeological sites on the American continent, thanks to the proportion of its majestic constructions. The precision and elegance of the decorations is astonishing. Visit the Pyramid of the Magician, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and the Governor’s Palace.

Later, we’ll go south to explore Kabah. This site is located close to Uxmal and belongs to the Puuc route as well. In Kabah, we will see the famous Arch that connects the city with Uxmal, the Great Pyramid, and the stunning Temple of the Masks.

Overnight in Merida at the Hyatt Regency (Breakfast)

Day 9

MERIDA – CHICHEN ITZA – CANCUN

At the end of the Early Classic Period, around the year 600 AD, Chichen Itza was one of the largest and most prominent Maya cities. Nowadays, Chichen Itza is undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site in the region. It is not only recognized as UNESCO World Heritage, it was also recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It´s definitely one of the most iconic places of the country, a site that can´t be missed on a trip to Mexico.

Some of the most famous landmarks are the Temple of Kukulkan (“El Castillo”), the Ballgame Court, the Platform of the Skulls, the Temple of the Jaguar, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns, and the Sacred Cenote. Then continue on an approximately 3 hours bus ride to Cancun. Drop off at your hotel in Cancun

Included: Breakfast and lunch

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