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The Best of Mexico - 14 days
|| from $ 2.350 AUD|
||internal flights included |
||Mexico City (San Juan Teotihuacan, Cuernavaco, Taxo), San|
Cristobel de las Casas, San Juan Chamula, Agua Azul, Palenque,
Chichen Itzá, Playa del Carmen
Mexico is a unique and great destination, and has a lot to offer to travelers. Whether you want to visit the beautiful beaches, historical cities from the time of the Spanish colony or archaeological sites of Maya and Azteca cultures, you will enjoy Mexico any time of the year. Plan your next vacation to Mexico with us. You will have an endless range of options to make your visit an unforgettable experience.
Day 1 – Mexico City
Your adventure begins in Mexico City at the airport. Arrival transfer from Mexico City airport to the hotel. If your flight lands in the morning, you will have plenty of time to go for a city walk or relax after the demanding flight.
Day 2 – Mexico City (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Half day tour of Mexico City downtown area (Zocalo), including visits to the National Palace (with its famous Diego Rivera’s murals), Metropolitan Cathedral, and Templo Mayor (from the outside). You will admire some of the most beautiful colonial facades such as those of the Mining Palace, the Communications Palace, and the Mailing Palace; also the wonderful facade of the Palace of Fine Arts. This tour also includes the visit to the extraordinary National Museum of Anthropology, with its rich collections of pre-Hispanic art. We will have the opportunity of admiring some of its most interesting rooms. Return to hotel with afternoon at leisure. (It is important to point out that all museums are closed on Mondays)
Day 3 – San Juan Teotihuacan (B)
After breakfast drive to San Juan Teotihuacan for visit to this imposing archaeological site. Our visit includes the Road of the Dead, the Citadel, the Temple of Quetzalpapalotl, as well as the famous pyramids of the Sun and Moon. On the way back to the city, we will stop at the Shrine of Guadalupe, considered as their holy patroness by large segments of the population in Mexico and Central America. Return to hotel with the rest of the afternoon free.
Day 4 – Cuernavaco, Taxco (B)
Breakfast at hotel followed by an early departure over a modern speedway, down to Cuernavaca, the “City of the Eternal Spring”, which was the summer residence of Conqueror Hernán Cortés and of Emperor Maximilian. After a visit to the continent’s oldest cathedral, a fortress-like solid-stone colonial construction with an ultra modern main altar. We continue or drive into the rugged mountains of Guerrero state, to the quaint silver mining town of Taxco. A sightseeing walk takes us to the beautiful baroque church of Santa Prisca, with its splendid “churrigueresco” style gilded altarpieces. You have plenty of time to stroll around the cobbled-stone streets with the opportunity to watch the silversmiths at work. Return to Mexico City in the late afternoon.
Day 5 – Mexico City – San Cristobel de las Casas (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Mexico City airport in time for flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez; upon arrival, overland transfer to San Cristobal de las Casas, visiting en-route Chiapa de Corzo and the Sumidero Canyon with a boat ride along the river. 2-nights accommodation at the hotel follows. On this day it is important that the flight arrives in Tuxtla Gutierrez before 1pm as we are including shared basis services. If the flight arrives after that time, it is important to consider that a supplement for private service will have to be applied.
Day 6 – San Cristobel de las Casas (B)
After breakfast, morning visit of this enchanting town, which has preserved all the charm of colonial days. The visit includes the splendid 16th century Cathedral and church of Santo Domingo. The tour continues to San Juan Chamula, a nearby tzotzil village, where inhabitants have not only preserved their language, costumes and social system, but also practice their own brand of religion, in a unique syncretic mixture that incorporates their ancient pagan deities with Christian saints and symbols. A visit to the temple of San Juan Bautista thus becomes an unforgettable experience. The afternoon is free, so we may browse through the market and the many tempting handicraft shops, a real treasure trove for arts-and-crafts hunters.
Day 7 – Agua Azul, Palenque (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Agua Azul to visit the beautiful cascades. Continue overland to Palenque arriving at hotel Plaza Palenque for overnight.
Day 8 –Palenque (B)
Breakfast at hotel. We start our visit to one of the most beautiful and emblematic landmarks of the classical Mayan culture: the ruins of the city of Palenque. Its most important monuments include the Temple of the Inscriptions, where an important burial chamber was discovered in the '50s, and the imposing architectural complex of El Palacio, one of the most beautiful constructions to be found in the entire environment of Maya culture. Also the smaller temples of the Sun and of the Cross, with their magnificent bas-reliefs, which constitute absolute jewels among the high cultures of Middle America, will be visited. Drive to Villahermosa airport in time for flight to Merida. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for 2-nights accommodation. On this day it is important that the flight departs from Villahermosa after 4pm. If the flight has an earlier departure time, it is very important to consider that a supplement for private service will have to be applied.
Day 9 – Kabah, Uxmal (B)
After breakfast, day tour including Kabah, an archaeological site bare witness to the grandeur of the Mayan civilisation, where you will enjoy a visit to the Codsz-pop or Temple of the Masks, dedicated to the rain god Chac, and you will see the architecturally interesting structure of the Mayan arch built as the starting point of one of the “sac-bes” or white road which integrated the efficient roads network of this ancient culture. Then drive to Uxmal, considered by connoisseurs as the most beautiful of all Mayan cities, where you will admire the perfection of the Nunnery Quadrangle, climb the steep gradins of the Temple of the Sorcerer with its particular echo, and awe at the beauty of the Palace of the Governor. Return to Merida in the afternoon with the remainder of day at leisure.
Day 10 – Chichen Itzá, Playa del Carmen (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Chichen-Itzá, one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites of the Americas, the melting pot of the Toltec and Mayan Culture. Sightseeing will include the Ball Game Court, the Temple of the Warriors, the Kukulkan pyramid and the observatory, as well as the sacred “cenote” (well) where Mayan maidens were sacrificed to the rain god. After, time for lunch. Then you will proceed on to the beach resort of Playa del Carmen, arriving at hotel for 4-night accommodation.
Day 11, 12, 13 – Playa del Carmen
Days at leisure. You can relax on the beach, or take part in some optional excursions.
Overland transfer to Cancun airport. End of our services.
All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program; transfers with airconditioned car/bus, Local English speaking guide during tours; 13 Nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel; Meals detailed in the programme (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner); Entrance fees to the sites and museums mentioned; Local flights; Taxes.
Price per person (2 people in double/twin room)
International flights; Airport tax; Meals and services not detailed on the program; Tips; Personal expenses; Optional excursions.
Single supplement – 540 AUD
All museums are closed on Mondays.
It is important that the flight Mexiko City – San Cristobel de las Casas arrives in Tuxtla Gutierrez before 1pm as we are including shared basis services. If the flight arrives after that time, it is important to consider that a supplement for private service will have to be applied.
Flight from Villahermosa has to be done after 4pm. If a flight has an earlier departure time it is very important to consider that a supplement for private service will have to be applied.
The program can be customized on your request.
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