Highlights of Mexico

8 nights from £2049

Traditional attire at Teotihuacan
Women making tortillas
Views over Palenque
Ancient site of Uxmal
Mayan city of Uxmal
Colonial city of Campeche
Roberto Barrios waterfalls
Sumidero Canyon from above
San Juan Chamula
Mexico City
Start:Mexico City
Finish:Playa del Carmen
Duration:8 Nights
Group size:4 - 18
Suitable for: 14-99
Accommodation:Comfortable
Physical rating:Medium, Moderate
Meals:Breakfasts:5
Diets:Vegans, Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English

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Overview

A perfect introduction to Mexico starting off in the capital, journeying through the country's natural and archaeological highlights, and ending up at the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen. Along the way, explore the pyramids of Teotihuacan, the incredible Maya sites of Palenque and Chichen Itza, as well as the colonial market town of San Cristobal, before finishing at the coast for some well-earned relaxation time. Chichen Itza - Discover the infamous ancient ruins of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World San Cristobal de las Casas - Walk through the colourful markets of this well preserved colonial town Roberto Barrios waterfalls - Swim in the naturally formed pools and stunning series of falls near Palenque. .......read more
Highlights
  • Chichen Itza - Discover the infamous ancient ruins of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World
  • San Cristobal de las Casas - Walk through the colourful markets of this well preserved colonial town
  • Roberto Barrios waterfalls - Swim in the naturally formed pools and stunning series of falls near Palenque.

Itinerary

Location: Mexico City

Arrive in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico and truly the heart and soul of the country. With so much rich history to discover, the city is filled with historic buildings, landmarks and the largest number of museums in the world. Due to the number of evening flights into the international airport, your Leader plans to do the welcome meeting on the morning of day two, and will leave a message in reception with details on timings and everything else that you'll need for the day. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive into Mexico City at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Mexico City International Airport (MEX) which is approximately a 30 minute drive from the hotel. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to have a stroll around Alameda Central, Mexico City's oldest municipal park, or visit the Templo Mayor Museum, which is known for its exhibits relating to the Aztec civilization.

Accommodation: ,Hotel, Fontan

Meals: ,No Meals,

On our first day in Mexico City we will drive out to the mysterious pyramids of Teotihuacan. Although abandoned thirteen centuries ago, they are still an unbelievable sight. Once the largest city in the Americas with perhaps 100,000 inhabitants, its influence continued through Middle America, and Maya craftsmen borrowed its decorative motifs and building designs. Centuries later the Aztecs revered Teotihuacan as 'the Place of the Gods'. Returning to the downtown area, we have time for a city tour of the huge Zocalo (main square) area, the cathedral and the National Palace with its murals of the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera, depicting Mexican Independence. Many of these key sights were build on top of Tenochtitlan, the old Aztec capital.

Accommodation: Hotel Fontan

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we fly to Tuxtla airport, in the state of Chiapas, and set off for the spectacular Sumidero Canyon, a unique rift 41km long and up to 1000m deep, cut by the Rio Grijalva. This is the spot where, allegedly, in the 16th century, some 1000 Chiapa peoples committed suicide rather than submit to Spanish rule. We take a trip on a speed boat to fully appreciate the towering gorge, before driving up a scenic mountain road to San Cristobal de las Casas, the small colonial and indigenous town located high in the tree-lined Chiapas range. At 2210m above sea level, it can get quite cold at night!

Accommodation: Hotel Arrecife

Setting out northwest of San Cristobal, we drive to the traditional villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan to discover a completely different side to Mexico. These two villages are strongly indigenous, and practice an interesting blend of Catholicism and traditional Maya beliefs', which is evident from a visit to the local churches. After exploring the villages we head back to San Cristobal for free time to spend wandering around the shops, squares and markets of the small town. Indigenous groups from the surrounding hills fill the town and marketplace with their colourful dress, including the distinctive Tzotzil people who still retain much of their Maya customs and language. They are noted for their bright textiles and weavings in bold designs, and this is the place to barter for some colourful souvenirs. This afternoon you may wish to visit the Na Bolom, the House of the Jaguar, which is dedicated to the preservation of the Lacandon tribe and displays many of their artefacts, or the Kakaw museum where you can learn about the history and production of chocolate in the area.

Accommodation: Hotel Arrecife

Meals: Breakfast

Leaving the highlands, the road is slow and winding, but there are scenic views as we descend to the jungles of Palenque. We'll be driving via the town of Villahermosa, planning to bathe at the waterfalls of Roberto Barrios before driving onto our hotel. The river at Roberto Barrios tumbles over a series of limestone hills, forming a number of natural pools with overhangs, caves and numerous waterfalls to swim under.

Accommodation: Hotel Maya Tulipanes

Meals: Breakfast

One of the highlights of our trip is today's guided visit to the famous jungle ruins of Palenque, a fascinating and important Maya site. Once the choking forest was cleared, the ruins revealed the tomb of the high priest Pakal, his body adorned with a marvellous jade death mask - one of the most prized relics of the Maya culture, discovered only in 1952. The entire site, shrouded by the steamy rainforest, has an aura of deep mystery. After our visit we continue to the stunningly well-preserved colonial city of Campeche, which we explore on foot. This UNESCO Heritage city was constantly sieged by pirates and is thus the only walled city in Mexico It is almost so well maintained that it feels like a storybook town, and we will wander the walled ramparts, narrow cobblestoned roads, boulevard and pastel coloured buildings this afternoon. Beyond the walls of the old city, there is a bustling coastal town, with frenetic market activity, an inviting waterfront and old fishing docks to walk around.

Accommodation: Hotel Mision Campeche

The next stop on our journey is the ancient site of Uxmal. Encircled by hills, Uxmal is expansive in its design with majestic palaces and pyramids. Long geometrical friezes rank among the most splendid examples of ancient American Art. The incredible Pyramid of the Magician and the beautiful Governor's Palace are two of the finest examples of Maya art anywhere. Later in the day we drive to Merida, famed for its beautiful Spanish-Moorish style architecture, where we have time to wander along the narrow streets watching the horse-drawn carriages rattle past. Alternatively there is an option to visit the Mundo Maya Museum, with its interesting displays and artefacts from the Maya culture.

Accommodation: Hotel Colonial

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we drive to Chichen Itza. Founded in AD432, re-founded in 987 and conquered by the Toltecs in the 10th century, the culture of the Maya and the Toltec gradually fused. The pyramids, palaces, temples and ball court (where death was the penalty for defeat) are adorned with astonishing sculptures. Under the pressure of the civil war, the great monuments deteriorated and the Maya civilisation collapsed. Chichen Itza remains one of the most outstanding sites in the Americas. After a lengthy visit we drive to our final hotel in Playa del Carmen.

Accommodation: Hacienda Del Caribe

The trip ends in the morning at our hotel in Playa del Carmen There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Playa del Carmen at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Cancun Airport (CUN), which is approximately a 60 minutes\ drive from the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included

Included
  • Meals – Breakfast Only
    5 Breakfasts
  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
  • Accommodation
    8 nights comfortable hotel

Not Included
  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day
  • Tipping and Gratuities

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Reviews

5* Highlights of Mexico
A great trip with an excellent tour guide . Will certainly be looking to do an extended tour of the Mayan sites .
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Date: 20-May-2018

5* Highlights of Mexico
Excellent trip, thank you.
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Date: 14-Apr-2020

5* Highlights of Mexico
A fabulous trip
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Date: 24-Oct-2019

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Start:Mexico City
Finish:Playa del Carmen
Duration:8 Nights
Group size:4 - 18
Suitable for: 14-99
Accommodation:Comfortable
Physical rating:Medium, Moderate
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Diets:Vegans, Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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