Travel to Mexico
Upon arriving in Mexico City, you will be met by our local representative in the airport before being transferred to your hotel which will be your base for the following three nights.
You will begin your holiday with a half day city tour of Mexico City, accompanied by your expert local guide. A metropolis originally built by the Aztecs, today Mexico City is the cultural epicentre of Mexico and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. On this excursion, you will visit national landmarks such as the National Palace, the Diego Rivera murals and the Anthropology Museum. The National Palace, a stunning and grand house built in the tezontle rock, has been the palace for the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec empire and you will see that a large amount of the building’s structure remains from the original palace belonging to Moctezuma II. Next, you can gaze upon the murals of Rivera, an artist who painted large and intricate frescos that depict Mexican history, before visiting the Anthropology museum to see many artefacts from the Aztec empire. Don’t forget to check out the ‘Stone of the Sun,’ the original Aztec calendar.
Teotihuacan, the Land of the Aztecs
After breakfast you will visit Teotihuacan, the 2000 year old city that is known as ‘The Birthplace of the Gods’. This ancient settlement of the Aztecs was originally built between 100BC and 250AD, and is home to the oldest Mesoamerican pyramids on the continent.
En route you will enjoy a stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism and one of Mexico City’s most spectacular buildings.
At Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can explore areas like ‘The Pyramid of the Sun’ and the ‘Avenue of the Dead’. Before leaving, we recommend that you admire the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, a grand temple dedicated to the god of the Aztecs, as it is the most breathtaking feature of this fallen empire.
On this full day excursion, you will visit the historical and cultural city of Oaxaca, the spectacular church of Santa María Tonantzintla and the city of Puebla.
Brimming with structures built from green stone, Oaxaca contains markets, parks, gardens and stunning architecture for you to explore. Built in 1703, the Church of St. John is the city’s oldest church, while the Church of San Felipe Neri showcases some magnificent Baroque features. Don’t forget to taste one of the City’s most famous products – the incredibly rich local chocolate.
Afterwards you can admire the spectacular mosaic of religious imagery of Santa María Tonantzintla. The vibrant hues cover every last inch of the church’s interior creating a dazzling artistic display.
Afterwards you will visit Peubla, which is famous for its coffee and quaint buildings. Make sure you check out the 500 year old Temple de San Francisco with its looming tower. In the evening you will transfer to your hotel in Oaxaca where you will be based for the following two nights.
Today you will enjoy a full day excursion to the historic Monte Albán, the Mitla archaeological site. Similarly to Teotihuacan this ancient Zapotec capital displays ruins of pyramids, temples, tombs, ceremonial platforms and plazas on a flattened mountain top that gives panoramic views of the surrounding valley.
Afterwards you will visit the Tule Tree, believed to be about 2000 years old. Taller than the spires of the nearby church, this tree is still growing.
Sumidero Canyon & San Cristóbal
Today’s excursion begins with an early morning coach transfer to Oaxaca airport for your internal flight to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, upon landing you will board a coach transfer to San Cristobal las Casas with a boat journey through the Sumidero Canyon included.
San Juan Chamula & Zinacantán
On day 7 you will explore the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán.
Home to some Tzoztil communities, you can visit the local market in San Juan Chamula to pick up some traditional embroidered clothing. You will also have the chance to attend the prayer rituals at the Cathedral San Juan Bautista. Zinacantán is famous for its flower markets and religious history.
Palenque & Agua Azul Waterfalls
In the morning you will travel to Palenque, visiting the waterfalls of Agua Azul en route to your hotel in Palenque.
Palenque & Campeche
On day 9 you will travel on to Campeche, stopping for a visit to the archaeological Mayan region of Palenque en route. Containing some of the finest sculpture and architecture that the Mayans have produced, Palenque will take your breath away. With more than 90 per cent of the settlement covered by forest, the area on show only reveals just a few of the site’s treasures, including the tomb of Pascal the Great, the palace, some intricate stone carvings and an impressive observation tower. Your overnight stay will be in Campeche.
Mayan City of Uxmal & Mérida
Today you will visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and enjoy a city tour of Mérida on the way.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Uxmal showcases buildings like the Governor’s Palace, the Nunnery Quadrangle, and the Pyramid of the Magician. In Mérida admire the Colonial buildings and the French and Italian architecture in the city. This evening will be spent in Mérida.
Chichen Itza & Ik Kil Cenote
Chichen Itza is an ancient Mayan settlement and contains the Temple of a Thousand Warriors, the Great Ball Court and the Castillo Temple. It is Mexico’s most popular tourist attraction and is believed to be one of the oldest settlements on earth.
Ik Kil cenote is a world famous lagoon, where you will descend a carved staircase in the rock face to reach the bright blue water. Open for swimming, the pool is 26m deep and a popular diving spot.
Lunch in included before your transfer to Tulum where you will spend the following two nights.
Tulum at Leisure
Your final two days will be free to relax and enjoy Tulum at your own pace. Ask your guide for activity recommendations, or spend your day chilling out by the hotel pool.
You will have a half day at leisure in Tulum before your afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.
Arrive home following your once in a lifetime trip to Mexico.