package

Mexico Lindo 2019: From Aztecs to Maya

Location

Mexico

Duration

7 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.
$ 793.75
Brief

Start your Mexican adventure 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 Peninsula 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 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 who will assist with transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you will have some free time to start exploring the city. 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 to the historical center, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. This interesting tour will include the "Zocalo” where you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest of the Americas, and the National Palace where you can see 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. The Templo Mayor is thought to be located on the exact spot where the Aztecs saw the eagle perching on a cactus with a snake in its beak, which they believed to a sign that they had reached their promised land. Next, drive down the beautiful Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to arrive at Chapultepec Park. In pre-Hispanic times a summer residence for the noble class of the Aztecs, now it is Mexico City’s largest park and one of the largest city parks in the world. We will visit the Museum of Anthropology (closed on Mondays). This museum is considered to be among the world’s finest and is where you get to see the famous Aztec calendar stone.

Overnight in Mexico City (Breakfast).

Day 3

Mexico City

Teotihuacan, ‘the place where gods were created’, is one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the country. The history of Teotihuacan is quite mysterious. The earliest buildings were constructed around BC200. It is assumed that the city may have been home to 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, Teotihuacan was the biggest city of the American continent and one of the biggest of the world. Until its inhabitants abandoned the city around 8C, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural center of ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion you will encounter the magic and mystery of Teotihuacan. Admire (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, you will 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

Enjoy a full day of free time to spend as you please. You can go on 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 Mexico City (Breakfast).
 

Day 5

Mexico City - Merida

Today, you will take a flight to Merida. Upon arrival, meet and greet with a representative who will assist with transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, go on a guided tour to see the most iconic places of this beautiful city. Merida was founded in 1542, by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo. Nowadays, Merida is the capital and largest city of the the Mexican state of Yucatan and the cultural and financial center of the region, with 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 Merida with its 16C mansions and buildings as well as its historical monuments such as Paseo Montejo, Governor Palace, the House of Montejo, the Monument to the Flag, and Las Americas Park.

Overnight in Merida (Breakfast).

Day 6

Merida

Today you will visit Uxmal, the most prominent archaeological site of the Puuc Route, a series of ancient Mayan cities that share the same architectural patterns. Uxmal was once among 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 its decorations are astonishing. Visit the Pyramid of the Magician, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and the Governor’s Palace. Later, you will go south to explore Kabah. This site is located close to Uxmal and belongs to the Puuc route as well. In Kabah, you will see the famous Arch that connects the city with Uxmal, the Great Pyramid, and the stunning Temple of the Masks.

Overnight in Merida (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 7

Merida - Chichen Itza – 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 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. Its 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. From there, continue on an approximately 3 hour bus ride to Cancun where you will be dropped off at your hotel. (for drop off at hotel in Riviera Maya, please see supplementary cost; accommodation in Cancun or Rivera Maya is not included)

(Breakfast, Lunch).

package code: MX229674
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