DAY 2 (WED). Mexico City.
The city tour begins
visiting the cultural and historic heritage downtown
with the National Palace and its beautiful murals,
painted by the famous muralist Diego Rivera, the
Constitution Square or “Zocalo”, the Aztec Templo Mayor and the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Downtown Mexico City is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour follows with the visit to the Chapultepec Park, an important Residential area of Mexico City, and the “Zona Rosa” vibrant district with restaurants and shops. In the afternoon, the Mesoamerican cultures best museum by far: The Museum of Anthropology. Overnight in Mexico City.
DAY 3 (THU). Puebla, Oaxaca.
Breakfast. Departure to Puebla “City of Angels”
visiting Santa Maria Tonantzintla a church gorgeously
decorated by indigenous hands. Continue to Puebla, a
UNESCO world heritage site, where the majority of its
buildings are decorated with tiles and beautifully
sculpted freestone; we will also see its majestic
cathedral at the main square, the chapel of the
rosary, considered the eighth wonder of the art
world. Overnight in Oaxaca. (B,L)
DAY 4 (FRI). Oaxaca – Monte Alban – Mitla – Tule.
Visit to Monte Alban a cultural and archaeological heritage site with important remains of the Ancient Zapotec and Mixtec Peoples, including the Main Plaza, the Observatory, Tomb # 7, the Stones of the Dancers, etc. Next visit
is to Mitla Archaeological Site, whose buildings are decorated with symbolic mosaics. En route stop at the Tule Tree, considered among the largest living beings in the world. Back to Oaxaca for a city tour that includes its cultural and historic heritage landmarks: the Cathedral, the Seven Regions Fountain, the impressive Santo Domingo Church and the Gold Museum Monte Alban and Downtown Oaxaca City are together an UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Overnight in Oaxaca. (B)
DAY 5 (SAT). Sumidero Canyon.
Early departure transfer to San
Cristóbal de las Casas. PLEASE NOTE that this
is a long day with many miles to cover. Not
only will there be an early departure but a later
than usual conclusion to the day. En route, enjoy the landscapes of the southern mountains and Indian communities along the road. At the
town of Chiapa de Corzo, famous for an impressive Mudejar Style Fountain, boat tour in the Grijalva River to the Sumidero Canyon, with walls that reach 3,000 feet.
Overnight in San
Cristóbal de las Casas. (B,L)
DAY 6 (SUN). San
Cristóbal De Las Casas – Montebello Lakes.
A visit to the beautiful Lagunas de Montebello, a
picturesque lake region with more than 50
mineral-laden lakes surrounded by oak and pine forests
display remarkable hues that range from turquoise to
emerald to violet to blue to deep green. There
are also caves and underground sinkholes to be
explored. Birds and animals abound in the
region. In the afternoon return to San Cristóbal de las Casas
for a city tour including: the Market, the Cathedral and the famous
Santo Domingo Church, amongst others. Overnight in San
Cristóbal de las Casas. (B)
DAY 7 (MON). Agua Azul Waterfalls.
Transfer to Palenque is a transfer from the Chiapas Highlands to the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plains. En route, the Agua Azul Waterfalls are impressive with its pristine turquoise waters. If time allows, another beautiful waterfall called Misol-Há
will be visited.
Overnight in Palenque. (B,D)
DAY 8 (TUE). Palenque.
Visit to Palenque Archaeological Site, one more UNESCO World Heritage Site in the tour and a site considered one of the most important Classic Maya sites due to its historical and architectural importance. Afternoon transfer to Campeche through a scenic road
that follows the Gulf of Mexico coastal line.
Overnight in Campeche. (B,D)
DAY 9 (WED). Campeche – Uxmal – Merida.
Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: In the morning Campeche, a Walled City with Spanish Colonial buildings. In
the afternoon, Uxmal Archaeological Site with a distinctive style that makes it unique in the Maya World: Stucco carvings
that decorate its walls. Later in the day, arrive to Merida, the lively Capital of Yucatan for a panoramic tour through the Montejo Boulevard, the Mother Land Monument and the Main Square. Overnight in Merida.
10. (THU) MERIDA – CHICHÉN-ITZA - CANCUN OR MAYAN
RIVIERA. Breakfast. Departure to Chichén Itzá, the
most known Mayan ruins in Mexico, declared a cultural
and archaeological heritage site by UNESCO, and
recently named as a ONE OF THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF
THE WORLD, where we will visit the pyramid "The
Castle", the Ballgame Court, the Observatory, the One
Thousand Columns Square, the Jaguars' Temple, the
Sacred Well (cenote), etc. Lunch. Continue to Cancun
or Mayan Riviera. Overnight.
to the airport to board your return flight home.
in México City, 2 nights in Oaxaca, 2 nights in San
Cristóbal de las Casas, 1 night in Palenque, 1 night in
Campeche, 1 night in Mérida, 2 nights in Cancún, daily breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners,
arrival transfer in Mexico City, Mexico City tour, all
land transfers and transportation, visits to Puebla,
Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Palenque, Campeche,
Mérida, Monte Alban, Mitla, Arbol del Tule, Cañon del
Sumidero, Cascadas de Agua Azul, Montebello Lakes, Palenque, Uxmal, Chichén Itza, English
speaking guide, departure transfer in Cancún, lodging
What’s not included:
Meals other than those mentioned above,
tips to your driver and
guide (suggested minimum tips are $2 per person, per day
for the driver and $4 per person, per day for the guide).
items of a personal nature, tips for baggage handling,
nothing that is not mentioned in the itinerary.
ALSO, no international airfares are