MEXICO LINDO: FROM AZTECS TO MAYA 2018
Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that's known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. In capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life.
Start your journey at the Zocalo, the heart of Mexico’s capital, birthplace of the ancient Aztec Empire. All of Mexico comes together in Mexico City, one of the largest and most fascinating cities in the world. Continue to the Yucatan Pensinula for a completely different Mexico. Start in colonial Merida, one of Mexico’s wealthiest and most pleasant cities. Travel through lowland jungle and explore the treasures of the Mayan World before ending this journey on a delightful Caribbean beach.
Day 01. WELCOME IN 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. 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.
Day 02. MEXICO CITY
After breakfast in the hotel you will have a walking tour with an English speaking guide.
HISTORIC CENTER AND ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM
Get to know one of the world´s biggest and most exciting cities! Enjoy a guided visit in the historical center, 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 (if open) 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, to visit the Museum of Anthropology. This museum is considered to be among the world’s finest of its kind. Here you will admire, among many other interesting treasures, the famous Aztec calendar stone.
Return to the hotel. (Entry to Museum of Anthropology included)
Day 03.( Wednesday) MEXICO CITY
Breakfast in the hotel. A walking tour with an English speaking guide to 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 center of ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion you see (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. Return to the hotel. (Entry to Archeological Site of Teotihuacan included)
Day 04. MEXICO CITY - FREE DAY
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day free for shopping, personal activities or make an optional tour. We recommend a trip through the colorful canals of Xochimilco on a traditional "trainers". Alternatively, visit “La Casa Azul de Frida Kahlo” in Coyoacan, a beautiful and tranquil district, with colonial architecture and the atmosphere of a small village. Many more options are available. Please contact us for Mexico City´s most exciting tours. Overnight in the hotel in Mexico City.
Day 05. MEXICO CITY - MERIDA
Breakfast in the hotel. 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 cobbled streets, stunning architecture, lovely parks, and delicious gastronomy. Get to know colonial Mérida with its mansions and buildings from 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 the hotel in Merida .
Day 06. PUUC ROUTE: UXMAL + KABAH
Breakfast in the hotel . Guided visit to the archeological sites of Uxmal and 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 are 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 the hotel in Merida. (Lunch in local restaurant included)
Day 07. MERIDA - CHICHEN ITZA - CANCUN
Breakfast in the hotel . 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 in the country, a site that can´t be missed on a trip to Mexico.
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 continuation on an approximately 3 hours bus ride to Cancun. Drop off at your hotel in Cancun (for drop off at hotel in Riviera Maya, please see supplementary cost; accommodation in Cancun or Rivera Maya is not included).
(Guided visit to Archeological Site of Chichen Itza in English, Lunch at Archeological Site of Chichen Itza, Entry to Archeological Site of Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kilincluded)
- 06 nights’ accommodation in standard room at the hotels above mentioned or similar
- Daily breakfast, 2x lunch, as mentioned in itinerary
- All transfers and excursions as mentioned in itinerary, operated in seat in basis
- Entrances to sites mentioned in itinerary
- Bilingual (English-Spanish speaking) guide for excursions and transfers
- Service charge on included meals
- Taxes (VAT and hotel taxes)
- Airfares (domestic and international)
- All services, meals, or items not mentioned in itinerary
- Personal expenses, such as: phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
- Tips to bellboys, room-maids, drivers, and guides
- Program operated in seat in basis - starting any day - with a minimum of 2 persons.
- Prices are valid for departures between 16 December 2017 - 15 December 2018.
- Prices are subject to availability and change without prior notice.
**Rates are quoted in USD on per person basis and subject to change without prior notice**