Escorted Viva Mexico!

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  • Duration: 11 days
  • Price: from $1,695 per Person

Travel through history and spectacular scenery. Discover the best of Mexico. Start your journey at the Zocalo, the heart of Mexico’s capital, one of the world’s largest and most fascinating cities. Then explore the highlights of the South, many of them recognized as World Heritage. Go from Aztecs to Maya, from semi-desert to jungle, and from colonial gems to mystical archaeological sites. Be surprised by the colorful traditions you come across along the journey. Finish your adventure at paradisiacal Caribbean beaches. Viva Mexico!

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Day 1

MONDAY: 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.

Mexico City was built in the years following the conquest in 1521, on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire, in the middle of the now drained Lake Texcoco. Nowadays it´s the oldest capital city of the Americas with a metropolitan area that counts around 24 million inhabitants (depending where the limits of the metropolitan area are set). Mexico City, with its distinct mestizo culture, blending native Indian (Nahuatl) and Spanish heritages, has become one of the most dynamic and exciting cities of the world. To know Mexico you need to know Mexico City!

Overnight in Mexico City at Hotel Casa Blanca or Similar

Day 2

TUESDAY: MEXICO 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. 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. 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 Casa Blanca or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 3

WEDNESDAY: PYRAMIDS OF TEOTIHUACAN AND THE SHRINE OF GUADALUPE

Discover Teotihuacán, ‘the place where gods were created’. Teotihuacan is one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the country. 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 back 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 Casa Blanca or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 4

THURSDAY: MEXICO CITY – PUEBLA – OAXACA

Today we leave Mexico City behind. We are heading west towards Puebla, Mexico’s fourth largest city, passing the photogenic, snow-capped volcanoes Popocatépetl (Smoking Mountain, 5464m) and Iztaccíhuatl (Sleeping Lady, 5230m). A visit is planned to Santa Maria Tonantzintla with its gorgeous temple decorated by indigenous people. In Puebla, also known as the “City of Angels”, we will visit the extraordinary Rosary Chapel, the Cathedral, the main square and its beautiful historical centre. Continue to Oaxaca, one of the most colorful colonial towns of Mexico and, just like Puebla, listed as World Heritage.

Overnight in Oaxaca at Hotel Mision de los Angeles or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 5

FRIDAY: OAXACA – MONTE ALBAN – MITLA – TULE

Visit Monte Alban, built on a mountain top flattened by the Zapotecs. We will find here cultural traces from different civilizations, such as the Olmecs, Mixtecs and Zapotecs. We will then continue to Mitla, one of the most enigmatic sacred places of the region, especially famous for its mosaics. The village had great importance as a burial site and is also a great place to buy your crafts. En route we will make a stop at the Tule tree, perhaps one of the biggest living beings in the world. Return to Oaxaca and experience the beauty of this city, with wonderful crafts, typical gastronomy, and sights such as the Cathedral, the magnificent Santo Domingo church, the Museum of Gold, and the colorful “20 de Noviembre” market.

Overnight in Oaxaca at Hotel Mision de los Angeles or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 6

SATURDAY: OAXACA – SUMIDERO CANYON – SAN CRISTOBAL

In the early morning (around 04:00am) we will depart to the beautiful state of Chiapas. Today’s highlight will be a boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, which measures a thousand meters at its highest point. Admire the beautiful rock formations and enjoy the abundant wildlife that lives on the shores of the Grijalva river (crocodiles, spider monkeys, and many different species of birds). Afterwards, you will pass through the historically important town Chiapa de Corzo, on our way to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas at Hotel Casa Vieja or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 7

SUNDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

Take a stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of San Cristobal, one of Mexico’s best-preserved colonial towns, full of brightly painted houses and beautiful churches. With its laid-back, bohemian atmosphere, you can spend hours browsing the shops and artisans’ markets. Full day at leisure. Alternatively, take an optional trip to San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantan. These two indigenous villages, located in the highlands of Chiapas, are full of mystic traditions and famous for their unique textiles.

Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas at Hotel Casa Vieja or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 8

MONDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL – AGUA AZUL – PALENQUE

On the way to Palenque we will visit the waterfalls of Agua Azul. The turquoise color, which makes these waterfalls so unique, comes from the high level of mineral content of the water. Enjoy the surrounding jungle environment and go for a swim (if time permits it). Afterwards we will continue our way through lush jungle with Palenque as today’s final destination.

Overnight in Palenque at Hotel Chan Kah or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 9

TUESDAY: PALENQUE – CAMPECHE

Visit the archaeological zone of Palenque, surrounded by jungle, and one of the most important sites of the Maya World. It was inside the Pyramid of the Inscriptions where King Pakal’s sarcophagus and its carved gravestone were found. Enjoy the impressive structures as well as the breathtaking natural environment of this World Heritage Site. After this visit, we head to the coastal town of Campeche. Campeche’s prosperity as a thriving port town made it a frequent target for attacks by pirates. Following the worst attack, in 1663, impressive defensive walls were built around the town. Upon arrival you will enjoy a panoramic tour through the city.

Overnight in Campeche at Hotel Del Mar or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 10

WEDNESDAY: CAMPECHE – UXMAL – MERIDA

On the way to Merida we will visit Uxmal (meaning “built three times”), located in the Puuc region. Uxmal, also listed as World Heritage, is considered one of the Maya cities that is most representative of the Puuc style, the region’s dominant architectural style. Explore the Magician Pyramid, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Governor’s palace and the ballgame court. After this visit you will proceed to Merida, “The White City”, to enjoy a panoramic tour, including Montejo Avenue, the monument to Motherland, the main square, the cathedral and government palace.

Overnight in Merida at Hotel El Conquistador or Similar (Breakfast)

Day 11

FRIDAY: MERIDA – CHICHEN TZA – 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 on the Yucatan peninsula, and it was recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Various different architectural styles are seen in Chichen Itza. 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 to Cancun. Drop off at your hotel (beach extension available upon request).

Included: Breakfast

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