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Mexico's diverse regions offer unique traditions and flavours, making it an enriching destination for those seeking cultural and culinary experiences.
Destinations > Mexico > Authentic Mexico
Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches
Accommodation: 9 nights in hotel
Transportation: Private air-conditioned vehicle transfers, transportation throughout, domestic flights between Mexico City and Tuxtla Gutierrez.
Sightseeing with English speaking guides: City tour, Street food and Teotihuacan Pyramids tour in Mexico City, Sumidero Canyon boat tour, City tour and Indian Villages in San Cristobal, Agua Azul Waterfalls and Palenque Archeological site tour, Uxmal archeological site & Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote tour, Merida city tour with Mundo Maya Museum, Cantinas tour Merida, Chichen Itza archeological site tour.
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Mexico offers a wide range of attractions, from relaxing white sand beaches to exciting surf opportunities. You can explore its rich history at iconic sites like Chichen Itza and experience the timeless charm of colonial cities. The country's lively folklore and diverse cuisine add cultural richness. Whether you're wandering through Mexico City, exploring the picturesque San Cristobal de La Casas in the south, or enjoying the sun on Playa del Carmen's captivating beaches, Mexico guarantees an exciting and multifaceted adventure with its blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.
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Mexico City, a vibrant, cultural, and historical treasure trove with something for every traveller, from history and art lovers to food enthusiasts and nature seekers.
Spend time at the architectural marvels of Teotihuacan, Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itza and discover Aztec and Mayan cultures.
Enjoy the colourful and lively city of Merida, known for its stunning colonial architecture and its unique regional dishes.
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Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure, exploring this exhilarating city.
Mexico City is one of the world’s most vibrant, colourful cities and holds the distinction of being the Western Hemisphere's oldest urban center, once known as Tenochtitlan. As the cultural capital of Mexico and a gastronomical delight, there is something for everyone.
Today, embark on a culinary and historical journey through Mexico City. Our exploration begins at the grand Zocalo, one of the world's largest public squares. Here, we'll admire the awe-inspiring Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest in Latin America, and the Palacio Nacional, home to Diego Rivera's iconic murals depicting Mexico's history. Your gastronomic adventure unfolds at Market San Juan, where you will savour a spectrum of Mexican street food, spanning pre-Hispanic to contemporary flavors. To conclude, you’ll immerse yourself in the ambiance of Bar La Opera, a quintessential cantina, and savor a refreshing traditional drink. Immerse in both the past and present of this culinary and history-rich city. (B)(L)
Your journey today takes you to Teotihuacan, an archaeological wonder 50km northeast of Mexico City. En route, you first pause at the "Plaza de las Tres Culturas", a symbolic space signifying the fusion of Aztec, Spanish, and contemporary Mexican cultures. Your expedition then leads us to the Shrine of Guadalupe, where the Virgin of Guadalupe's miraculous appearance before Juan Diego in 1531 forever imprinted her image on his cloak. Later you will reach Teotihuacan, a sacred marvel to the Aztecs. The Teotihuacan civilisation remains shrouded in mystery as the site was abandoned in the eighth century. The Aztecs believed that the gods created the universe in this ancient city. Within, you’ll discover ancient temples, regal palaces, and monumental pyramids, including the Quetzalpapalotl Palace, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the colossal Pyramid of the Sun, one of the world's largest. This odyssey unites ancient history and cultural preservation in a single memorable adventure. (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to San Cristobal de las Casas. You will journey by boat through the awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon, a magnificent Mexican natural reserve. Formed 36 million years ago due to geological forces, its calcareous rock walls reach over 1,000 meters in height, housing caves and cascades, including the Christmas Tree formation.
San Cristobal de las Casas harmoniously marries colonial architecture and rich indigenous culture. Cobblestone streets lead to vibrant markets, where traditional Mayan crafts and textiles are showcased, while historic buildings echo its colonial past. (B)
Your exploration today begins with a leisurely walk through the colonial heart of San Cristobal de las Casas. The magnificent cathedral, nestled on the north side of the central square, awaits with its opulent interior and a pulpit adorned in gold. Just a few blocks away, the 16th-century Dominican church, Templo de Santo Domingo, captivates with its intricate pink facade and Baroque decor. The adjacent handicraft market bustles with Tzotzil Indians, hailing from the surrounding hills, trading their unique wares.
Venturing 10km into the Chiapas highlands, you reach the Tzotzil Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, descendants of the ancient Maya. The striking white church in San Juan Chamula, illuminated by candles, filled with incense, and echoing with the chants of devoted worshippers, leaves an indelible mark. You will then journey to the nearby village of Zinacantan, boasting a charming church and vibrant handicraft market. As the day draws to a close, you return to San Cristobal, enriched by a day of immersive experiences which offer a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Tzotzil community and their heritage. (B)
Your journey today takes you to Palenque, your base for the next two nights. En route, a visit to the breathtaking Agua Azul waterfalls awaits. Crystal-clear turquoise and green waters cascade into natural pools, nestled in the heart of the lush tropical rainforest. This paradise offers opportunities to wander the numerous trails or enjoy a refreshing dip, before you continue to Palenque town. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure.
In the Tumbala mountain foothills, Palenque, an ancient Maya site, perches above the marshy plains extending northward to the Gulf coast. Remarkable buildings and delicate sculpted reliefs, portraying Mayan myths, highlight the civilisation's creativity (B).
Today, visit the Palenque archaeological site, a designated World Heritage Site located 7km from the town of Palenque. Nestled within a rainforest inhabited by toucans and howler monkeys, the site encompasses around 500 buildings across 15 sq km, with only a few excavated. You will explore these magnificent ruins, including the Temple of the Inscriptions, the tallest and grandest structure, the Temple of the Sun with its distinctive roof comb, The Palace with its intricate corridors and chambers, and other captivating edifices. Following your exploration, continue to the charming colonial city of Campeche. (B)
This morning, travel to Yaxcopoil, a restored 17th-century hacienda located just outside Merida. This extensive estate was a prominent henequen producer, and its numerous French Renaissance-style edifices have been thoughtfully preserved. You’ll delve into the splendid interiors before travelling to to the Uxmal Mayan ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its Puuc architecture, showcasing intricate stone mosaics and soaring vaulted arches. Later, you’ll make a stop at the stunning turquoise cenote of Sambulá, before arriving in Merida.
Tonight, you'll stay in a beautifully restored 17th-century mansion, now a charming boutique hotel in Mérida, Yucatán. This historic building, once a part of the 400-year-old Temple of Nuns, features colonial architecture. The original convent, completed on June 22, 1596, remains adjacent, now serving as a chapel, providing a unique blend of history and comfort. (B)
Today you will explore Merida's historic center, a captivating blend of colonial architecture and Maya culture. Your first stop is the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, constructed using stones from ancient Maya temples. This cathedral, initiated in 1561, stands as Latin America's oldest. We continue to Casa Montejo, the opulent residence of Francisco de Montejo, and the Governor's Palace. The scenic Plaza Principal, presents picturesque views of the Cathedral, Palacio Municipal, Casa Montejo, and the Governor's Palace. You conclude your cultural exploration at the Mundo Maya Museum, notable for its striking architecture and a collection exceeding 500 pieces, including textiles, religious artifacts, engravings, books, historical documents, and pre-Hispanic treasures like steles, bas-reliefs, and stone sculptures.
Your experience continues with a cultural immersion in the realm of traditional Cantinas. In Merida, the vibrant cantina tradition thrives, offering a taste of Mexican culture and community. Your experience includes visits to three lively and traditional cantinas: Cardenal, Negrita, and Lucero del Alba. (B)(L)
Today you’ll journey to the enchanting archaeological wonder of Chichen Itza, nestled 120 kilometers east of Merida. This UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, stands as a testament to the ancient Mayan culture, dating back over 1500 years. Explore the rugged landscape, adorned with soaring pyramids, colossal temples, and intricate carved columns. The Pyramid of Kukulcan, with its towering presence and geometric brilliance, commands attention, while the Great Ball Court, the grandest in Mesoamerica, captivates with its grandeur. Discover the Sacred Cenote, a natural well steeped in history as a site of human sacrifice, along with numerous other awe-inspiring temples.
Departing from the timeless wonder of Chichen Itza, you’ll travel towards the pristine, white sandy beaches of the Riviera Maya. (B)(L)
Extend your adventure with a visit to secluded Holbox Island, where you can swim with whale sharks.
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