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Viva Mexico (11 days / 10 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Mexico City
v/   Puebla
v/   Oaxaca
v/   Tuxtla Gutierrez
v/   San Cristobal
v/   Palenque
v/   Campeche
v/   Merida
v/   Cancun
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Mexico City plus Colonial Puebla and Oaxaca, Sumidero Canyon, Tropical waterfalls of Agua Azul, Mayan riviera and pyramid sites, beaches of Cancun.
Day 1:Arrival in Mexico (Monday)
Day 2:Mexico City / City tour & Anthropology Museum
Day 3:Mexico City /Shrine of Guadalupe & Teotihuacan
Day 4:Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca (must be Thursday)
Day 5:Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Mitla - Tule
Day 6:Oaxaca - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristobal
Day 7:San Cristobal De Las Casas - Native Communities
Day 8:San Cristobal De Las Casas - Agua Azul – Palenque
Day 9:Palenque - Campeche
Day 10:Campeche - Uxmal - Merida
Day 11:Merida - Chichen Itza - Cancun


Hotels used in this tour
(hotels can be changed on request for most tours)
Hampton Inn & Suites Centro Historico
Hampton Inn & Suites Centro Historico
Mexico City
Calle 5 de Febrero, No. 24 Centro H
108 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Fortin Plaza
Fortin Plaza
Oaxaca
Av. Venus #118 Col. Estrella
90 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Casa Mexicana
Casa Mexicana
San Cristobal
52 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Ciudad Real Palenque
Ciudad Real Palenque
Palenque
Carretera Pakal-Na km 1.5
72 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Plaza Campeche
Plaza Campeche
Campeche
Calle 10 126 Esquina Circuito Baluartes
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Gran Real Yucatan
Gran Real Yucatan
Merida
Merida
73 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Day 1:  Arrival in Mexico (Monday)
Arrival to Mexico City International airport, reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Mexico City.

(Included meals: NA)
Day 2:  Mexico City / City tour & Anthropology Museum
The tour starts in the historical Center of Mexico City, visit “The Zocalo”, the Cathedral, National Palace and the Palace of Fine Arts. Drive along the Reforma Avenue to Chapultepec Park, to the residential area of the City, to get a complete impression of one of the biggest cities in the World. Visit the Anthropology Museum, one of the World’s 10 best museums. A guided tour for a general overview of the Pre-Hispanic history of Meso-America. Return to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Mexico City.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 3:  Mexico City /Shrine of Guadalupe & Teotihuacan
We will start with a stop at the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, place of peregrination of millions of Mexicans and people from all around the world. Continue north of the city to the Pyramids in Teotihuacan, where we will visit the temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Citadel, the Avenue of the Dead and the amazing Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Free time – for those who like to climb to the top of the Pyramids (on their own). Return to your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Mexico City.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 4:  Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca (must be Thursday)
Leave Mexico City to Puebla, the City of Angels, visit Santa Maria Tonantzintla, temple gorgeously decorated by indigenous hands. In Puebla we will visit the Rosary Chapel, the Cathedral, the Main Square and historical downtown. Lunch included. Continue to Oaxaca. Overnight in Oaxaca.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5:  Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Mitla - Tule
Visit Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop flattened by the  Zapotecs. We will find different culture manifestations such as Olmecs, Mixtecs and Zapotecs. We will continue to Mitla, one of the most enigmatic sacred places. The village had a great  importance as a burial site. In route we will find the Tule tree, perhaps on of the biggest living beings in the world. Return to Oaxaca and visit its beautiful city, including the Cathedral, the Magnificent Santo Domingo church and gold museum. Overnight in Oaxaca.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 6:  Oaxaca - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristobal
Breakfast on route. Early morning, departure to Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital city of the state of Chiapas. You will enjoy the landscapes of the southern mountains. Lunch included on route.  Boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, with 1000 meters at its highest point. Passing through Chiapa de Corzo on our way to San Cristobal de las Casas. Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch).
Day 7:  San Cristobal De Las Casas - Native Communities
Visit to San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, typical native towns, where people still keep their traditions, language, customs, believes as well as their social structures, the church temple, housing and clothing are very original. Afternoon free. We recommend you to visit this beautiful city, the market, the cathedral and the Jade museum. Overnight in San Cristobal de las Casas.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 8:  San Cristobal De Las Casas - Agua Azul – Palenque
We will leave to Agua Azul waterfalls to admire their turquoise colored waters, possibility of swimming if time permits it. Afterwards we will continue to Palenque. Overnight in Palenque.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 9:  Palenque - Campeche
Visit to the archaeological zone of Palenque, surrounded by jungle and one of the prime and most important sites of the Mayan World. Inside the pyramid of the Inscriptions, King Pakal’s sarcophagus and its fascinating carved gravestone were found. We head for the coastal town of Campeche, where the Spanish first set foot on Mexican soil. Campeche’s prosperity as a thriving port town made it a frequent target for attacks by English, French and Dutch pirates. Following the worst attack, in 1663, substantial defensive  walls were built around the town. Panoramic view thru the city. Overnight in Campeche.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 10:  Campeche - Uxmal - Merida
Departure to Uxmal “Three times built! To know the Guesser Pyramids, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, Governor’s palace and the ballgame court. Lunch included. Continue to Merida, “The white city” to enjoy a panoramic view of Montejo avenue, the monument to Motherland, the main square, the cathedral and government palace. Overnight in Merida.

(Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 11:  Merida - Chichen Itza - Cancun
For many, today’s guided excursion will be the highlight of the tour. Chichen Itza is undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site on the peninsula, and recently  declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the modern world. The ruins were built with such knowledge of cosmology and mathematics that astound scholars from around the world. Lunch  included. Continue to Cancun, with wonderful talcum powdered turquoise beaches. Drop off at your hotel. (hotel not included/arrival in Cancun around 8 pm). 

(Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
 

Itinerary:

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Trip type:
  Shared service
(can be done privately also)
Departures:
   Fixed Monday (All year)