package

Viva Mexico

Location

Mexico

Duration

11 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.
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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, one of the world’s largest and most fascinating cities. Then explore the highlights of the South, many of which recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Go from Aztecs to Maya, from semi-desert to jungle, and from colonial gems to mystical archaeological sites. Be surprised by the colorful traditions you come across along the journey. Finish your adventure at paradisiacal Caribbean beaches. Viva Mexico!

Day 1

Mexico City

Upon arrival, 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 to the historical ciyt center, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. This interesting tour will include the "Zocalo”, the heart of the city, 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 of its kind. 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. 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 the city around 8C, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural center of ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion you 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, 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 - Puebla - Oaxaca

Today, you will travel to Puebla, Mexico’s fourth largest city, passing the photogenic, snowcapped volcanoes Popocatépetl (Smoking Mountain, 5464m) and Iztaccíhuatl (Sleeping Lady, 5230m). A visit is planned to Santa Maria Tonantzintla with its gorgeous temple decorated by indigenous people. In Puebla, also known as the “City of Angels”, you will have lunch and visit the extraordinary Rosary Chapel, the Cathedral, the main square and its beautiful historical center. Continue to Oaxaca, one of the most colorful colonial towns of Mexico and, just like Puebla, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Oaxaca is also famous for its many indigenous traditions, reflected in its wonderful crafts and traditional food. 

Overnight in Oaxaca (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 5

Oaxaca

Visit the archaeological zone of Monte Alban, located only a few kilometers outside the city of Oaxaca. Monte Alban, meaning “White Mountain”, is an ancient Zapotec capital, constructed on a plateau at 1,940 meters above sea level. With pyramids, temples, tombs, ceremonial rock carvings, a court for pre-Hispanic ball games, among many other mystical constructions, you will find cultural traces from different civilizations. Its marvelous hilltop location guarantees breathtaking views of the valleys of Oaxaca. From there, continue to Mitla, an old ceremonial center of the Zapotecs. Mitla is known for its outstanding wall mosaics, representing different geometric designs, a unique style of decorating in Mesoamerica. Adjacent to the archaeological site you can also see the 16C church of San Pablo, built by the Spanish with materials from the ruins. On the way back to Oaxaca, you will make a stop to admire the Tule tree, perhaps one of the biggest living beings in the world. Once back in Oaxaca, you will explore the beauty of this city, with sights such as the Cathedral, the magnificent Santo Domingo church, the Museum of Gold, and the colorful “20 de Noviembre” market.

Overnight in Oaxaca (Breakfast).

Day 6

Oaxaca - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristobal de las Casas

In the early morning (around 04:00am), you will depart to the beautiful state of Chiapas. Today’s highlight will be 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, you will pass through the historically important town Chiapa de Corzo, on your way to San Cristobal de las Casas. In the evening, you will enjoy an included dinner.

Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 7

San Cristobal de las Casas

Scheduled for today is an excursion full of mysticism. Visit 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 and they still demonstrate a rich variety of customs and beliefs expressed in traditions of both Pagan and Christian origin. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure, you could explore more of the beautiful city of San Cristobal de las Casas with, among its many attractions, a colorful market, the cathedral and the Jade museum.

Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas (Breakfast).
 

Day 8

San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - 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 levels of mineral content of the water. Enjoy the surrounding jungle environment and go for a swim (if time permits). Afterwards, you will continue our way through lush jungle with Palenque as today’s final destination. In the evening, dinner is included.

Overnight in Palenque (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 9

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, we head to Campeche, a captivating town full of naval history, baroque Spanish architecture, and aging beauty. The city has spent the past few years restoring hundreds of downtown historic buildings, making it one of the most photogenic colonial cities in all of Mexico. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a panoramic tour through the city. In the evening, dinner is included.

Overnight in Campeche (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 10

Campeche - Uxmal - Merida

On the way to Merida, you will visit Uxmal (meaning “built three times”), located in the Puuc region. Uxmal 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 ballgame court. Afterwards, enjoy lunch before proceeding to Merida. The “White City” was founded in 1542, by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo. Nowadays, it is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatan, with still a strong influence of Mayan cultural heritage, stunning architecture, lovely parks, and a delicious gastronomy. Upon arrival in Merida, a panoramic tour takes you around the city, including its highlights - among them Montejo Avenue and the Plaza Grande.

Overnight in Merida (Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 11

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. Take a refreshing swim in the cenote of Ik Kil, have lunch, and continue to Cancun before heading to your hotel (beach extension available upon request). 

(Breakfast, Lunch).

package code: MX229676
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