package

Mexico City and the Mayan Culture

Location

Mexico

Duration

9 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 1803.75
Brief

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

 

Day 1

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.

Overnight in Mexico City.

Day 2

Mexico City

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 tour will include the "Zocalo” 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, 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. Here you will admire, among many other interesting treasures, the famous Aztec calendar stone.

Overnight in Mexico City (Breakfast).

Day 3

Mexico City

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 been home to 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 it around 8C, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural center of ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion, you will 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 going back to 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 (Breakfast).

Day 4

Mexico City - San Cristobal de las Casas

In the early morning, you will depart to the beautiful state of Chiapas. Upon arrival, you will go to your hotel in San Cristobal de Las Casas. On the way, you will stop for 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, before arriving in San Cristobal de Las Casas, you will also pass through the historically important town Chiapa de Corzo.

Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas (Breakfast).

Day 5

San Cristobal De Las Casas

Scheduled for today is an excursion to the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, located in the highlands of Chiapas. In both Tzotzil Maya communities, the complex ethnic composition of Chiapas is well reflected. The local communities still practice a rich variety of customs and beliefs expressed in traditions of both Pagan and Christian origin. Interestingly, San Juan Chamula enjoys a unique autonomous status within Mexico, which has kept the village authentic. You can explore more of the beautiful city of San Cristobal de Las Casas which is home to a colorful market, the cathedral, and the Jade museum.

Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas (Breakfast).

Day 6

San Cristobal De Las Casas - Palenque

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

Overnight in Palenque (Breakfast).

Day 7

Palenque - Campeche

Visit the archaeological zone of Palenque, one of the most important sites of the Mayan World. Lakamha, as the city was known among the ancient Maya, flourished in 7C. It rose to prominence under the reign of legendary King Pakal, whose tomb was found in one of Palenque's most iconic landmarks, the Temple of Inscriptions. This ruined city is home to some of the finest architecture, exquisite sculptures, and carvings produced by the ancient Maya. Enjoy a guided visit and admire the impressive structures as well as the breathtaking natural environment of this World Heritage Site. After this visit, head to Campeche, a captivating town full of naval history, baroque Spanish architecture, and aging beauty. Hundreds of downtown historic buildings have been restored over the past few years, making it one of the most photogenic colonial cities in all of Mexico. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a panoramic tour through the city.

Overnight in Campeche (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 8

Campeche - Uxmal - Merida

On the way to Merida, you will visit Uxmal (meaning “built three times”), located in the Puuc region. Uxmal, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, 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 ball game court. After lunch, 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 (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 9

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. Before you continue to Cancun, enjoy a lunch and take a refreshing swim at the cenote of Ik Kil.

(Breakfast, Lunch).

package code: MX229673
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