Great Mexico

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12 Days

 

Starting in Mexico City, this comprehensive tour covers much of the great land of Mexico. The tour encompasses great archaeological sites such as Chichén Itzá, natural beauty such as the Blue Water Waterfalls and cultural highlights such as the baroque Santo Domingo church. The tour finishes at Riviera Maya overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

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From Mexico City to Cancun
Guaranteed departures with minimum 2 passengers.
Departure dates: 9/Feb, 23/Feb, 9/Mar, 23/Mar, 6/Apr, 27/Apr, 11/May, 25/May, 8/Jun, 22/Jun, 6/Jul, 20/Jul, 3/Aug, 17/Aug, 7/Sep, 21/Sep, 5/Oct, 19/Oct, 2/Nov, 16/Nov.
From USD 1,540 (net) per person
sharing a double room

DAY 1 – Mexico City

Arrive at Mexico City International Airport and transfer to the five-star hotel Barceló México Reforma.

DAY 2 – Mexico City

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour, taking in the Constitution Plaza, known as Zócalo, which is surrounded by beautiful baroque buildings, including the Cathedral. The National Palace is the headquarters of the president of Mexico and here visitors can admire the murals painted by Diego Rivera. A major attraction is the Templo Mayor, the great temple of the Aztec capital.
There is a stop at the Guadalupe Shrine then the tour continues to Teotihuacán, named by the Aztecs as “the place where the Gods are born”. This location includes three great edifices: the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Citadel. After an enjoyable lunch stop, return to Mexico City.

DAY 3 – Mexico City / Puebla / Oaxaca (474 km)

Travel by bus to the beautiful colonial city of Puebla. Visit the Santo Domingo church, including the Rosario Chapel, one of the biggest works of Mexican baroque art.
After a restaurant lunch, the tour continues to Oaxaca. Stay at the 4-star Holiday Inn Express Hotel or similar.

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DAY 4 – Oaxaca and Monte Alban

In the morning, visit the famous archaeological site of Monte Alban, a ceremonial centre built on a hill rich in pyramids, tombs and sunken reliefs. Visit a typical “alebrije” workshop. These are brightly coloured Mexican folk art sculptures.

In the afternoon, return to Oaxaca and visit the “Patriots’ Cradle”, then continue to old Santa Catalina from Siena friary and to the local market, one of the most typical of the region.

DAY 5 – Oaxaca / Tuxtla Gutiérrez (567 km)

In the morning, depart for Mitla, an ancient Mixtec centre. Visit the archaeological site, that was used by Mixtecan for their ceremonies with its the distinctive geometrical decorations. The tour continues to Tehuantepec for lunch.
In the afternoon, drive to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of the state of Chiapas and stay at the 4-star Marriott Hotel or similar.

DAY 6 – Tuxtla Gutiérrez / San Cristóbal de las Casas
(68 km)

Transfer to the Cahuaré wharf to enjoy a launch boat trip through the Sumidero Canyon. The altitude and the beauty of the place create an unforgettable experience. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to San Cristóbal de las Casas. to stay at the 4-star hotel Villa Mercedes San Cristobal or similar.

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DAY 7 – San Cristóbal de las Casas

In the morning, visit a typical local market, where hundreds of indigenous people sell their hand-made products every day. The tour continues to the baroque Santo Domingo church, founded in 1547, after which visitors can meet the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán.
The San Juan Chamula community is particularly linked to this church, where ceremonies had a strong pagan influence. By contrast, the indigenous population of Zinacantan is very loyal to the Catholic faith. Learn how to make and then enjoy a delicious authentic tortilla and try a shot of pox, an ancient Mayan elixir.

DAY 8 – San Cristóbal de las Casas / Palenque (191 km)

Depart for Palenque with a stop at the Agua Azul (Blue Water) waterfalls. The trip lasts approximately 5 hours along mountain roads while visitors enjoy views of the abundant vegetation typical of the state of Chiapas.
After lunch in a rustic restaurant, you will reach Palenque for check-in to the 4-star Hotel Villa Mercedes Palenque or similar.

DAY 9 – Palenque / Campeche (362 km)

Visit the Palenque archaeological site, featuring beautiful Mayan work in stone and stucco. This area is frequently recognised as one of Mexico’s most beautiful places with its ruins contained by dense jungle. The highlight is the Temple of the Inscriptions, where the explorers discovered Pakal’s tomb and his famous jade mask. Continuing towards Campeche, which is the capital of the state of Campeche there will be a lunch stop at a restaurant on the way. Upon arrival at Campeche, enjoy exploring the ancient town, surrounded by fort walls and towers built to protect the city from pirates. Campeche maintains its colonial charm thanks to its lavish houses and austere churches. Stay at the 3-star plus Hotel Plaza Campeche or similar.

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DAY 10 – Campeche / Mérida (169 km)

Heading towards Mérida, a stop en route takes in a visit to the Uxmal archaeological site. Uxmal means “built in three stages” and it is a typical example of the classic and post-classic Mayan period. Its main constructions are the Fortune Teller’s Pyramid, the Governor’s Palace and the Quadrangle of the Nuns.
After lunch at a restaurant, there’s a visit to Choco-story, a living museum of chocolate located next to the cacao plantations. The tour then continues to Mérida, also known as the White City, which has colonial houses as well as houses of Arabic, French and Italian design. Those houses witnessed all the old wealth that was generated thanks to the sisal culture. A stop is made at Mérida’s Zócalo, where visitors can admire the city’s main monuments: the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace, the Municipal Palace and the House of Francisco Montejo. Overnight stay at the Presidente Intercontinental Villa Mercedes or similar.

DAY 11 – Mérida / Riviera Maya (309 km)

Depart for Chichén Itzá archaeological site which 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. We remain in Chichén Itzá for lunch.
In the afternoon, we continue our travels to Riviera Maya, visiting Cenote Saamal en route, with some time to enjoy a refreshing swim. Overnight stay at the 4-star plus hotel Barcelo Maya Beach with an all-inclusive package.

DAY 12 – Riviera Maya

Transfer to Cancun International airport.

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Inclusions:

Overnight stay in the hotels listed or similar, American breakfast each day (except first), 8 lunches, restaurant fees and tips, all-inclusive treatment at the hotel Barcelò Maya Beach, transportation in 10-seat van, microbus or autobus, with air conditioning and sound system, English-Italian or English-Spanish speaking guides from days 1 to 6 and from days 6 to 11, entry to the archaeological sites and museums mentioned in the programme, porter service in airports and hotels.

EXCLUSIONS:

Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the programme, beverages and extras in hotels and restaurants, tips to drivers and/or tour guides, international airport taxes, immigration fees for each entry and stay in Mexico.


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Marco Rosa
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