Journey through buzzing modern cities, magical mountain settlements, ancient Mayan ruins, charming colonial towns and relaxing coastal resort areas as you traverse the country on this 20 day package. Take in the National Palace, Zocalo, the ruins within Templo Mayor and more on a full day Mexico City tour; visit the famous ruins and pyramids of Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza; discover the magical village of Taxco; and enjoy walking tours of Puebla, Oaxaca City and Campeche.
Then it's time to relax on the golden sands of Playa del Carmen and swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean. This amazing package includes return international flights, 17 nights hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, English speaking tour leader and guides, and so much more. Want to explore further? Upon arrival into Mexico City you will be transferred to the hotel. Please note: If departing from Perth your flight may depart the day before Day 0.
This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and enjoy a full day city tour. Here, you will see some important landmarks, such as the National Palace, with its impressive murals of the famous artist Diego Rivera. You will also visit the Templo Mayor, which contains the ruins of the ceremonial centre of the former Aztec capital Tenochtitlan and also see the Metropolitan Cathedral, the biggest Cathedral in Mexico. An architectural masterpiece with both baroque and neo-classical elements, impressive woodcarvings and gold plated alters.
Afterwards head to Alameda Park, here you will find the most important cultural building in Mexico City, the Palacio de Bellas Artes Palace of Fine Arts where you can view some of the beautiful murals within the palace.
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From there walk via the beautiful avenue La Reforma to Parque Chapultepec. Here you can find several interesting museums, among them the famous Museum of Anthropology, the largest museum in Mexico. You will be able to enter the Museum of Anthropology Museo de Antropologia and view the impressive collection of pre-hispanic artifacts. A must for those who would like to know more about the different cultures of Mexico.
This afternoon arrive back at the hotel for an evening at leisure.
This morning you will be picked up and taken on a tour to the famous ruins of Teotihuacan, the main highlight for many who visit Mexico City. Teotihuacan is a vast Mexican archaeological complex northeast of Mexico City which rivals the great pyramids of Egypt.
Running down the middle of the site, which was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city, is the Avenue of the Dead. It links the Temple of Quetzalcoatl Temple of the Feathered Serpent , the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun, the latter two with panoramic views from their summits. Artefacts in the Museum of Teotihuacan Culture, on-site, include pottery and bone. This site is also known as La Villa de Guadalupe or, in a more popular sense, simply La Villa, as it has several churches and related buildings.
After the tour, arrive back at the hotel for an evening at leisure. This morning, travel onwards to Taxco via the small town of Coyoacan. With its narrow, cobbled streets, colonial churches, vibrant markets, world-class museums and sidewalk cafes, its historic centre is a popular destination for residents and tourists alike. Stop here for a quick break and enjoy a guided walk around the town centre. Now that the mining has stopped, they are more well known for their silver handicrafts and charming village life.
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Taxco sits on a hillside, high above sea level and its charming streets are surrounded with views of the surrounding hills and forests. Upon arrival in Taxco, check-in to the hotel and then head out for an introductory city walking tour with a visit to the city centre and main cathedral, Santa Prisca Cathedral. Today you will travel to Puebla with some stops along the way. The first stop being the Pueblo Magico of Tepoztlan, a small yet beautiful and well preserved town.
Having been the birthplace of the serpent god of the Aztecs, this town is home to a major indigenous Nahuatl community with some elders still speaking the native language which is quite rare for towns so close to the capital. Enjoy a short walking tour of this beautiful little town and afterwards some time at leisure where you can walk around looking at arts and crafts or visiting the market where, if you dare, try the chapulines — grasshoppers not included.
Afterwards continue to Cholula, a wonderful town that combines history, magic, religion and archaeology. It stands out for having the largest archaeological site of a pyramid temple in the New World, as well as the largest pyramid base known to exist in the world today. Here, you will enjoy another short walking tour and visit the amazing pyramid. Afterwards continue onwards to the beautiful colonial city of Puebla and check into the hotel for an evening at leisure. Puebla, also known as the City of Angels, was founded in by the Spaniards and to this day remains a very pleasant town with a rich history.
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Its streets are swarming with architectural jewels, many of them covered with the regional Talavera tiles. Churches and convents are witnesses of the past, as Puebla was once an important religious centre. This morning, enjoy a walking tour through the city centre and see the main plaza and cathedral. Upon arrival, check-in and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Learn about the history of the city, its architecture and local customs. See the Benito Juarez and 20 de Noviembre markets, and stop at a chocolate factory to see the process of grinding cocoa beans to make Oaxacan chocolate. In the afternoon, visit the ruins of the former Zapotec stronghold Monte Alban in the outskirts of the city and enjoy a guided tour of the area.
The initial construction at the site has been placed at circa 8th century BC. It contains great plazas, truncated pyramids, a court for playing the ball game tlachtli, underground passageways and about tombs, the most elaborate uncovered in the Americas to date. The site is located on high ground, probably chosen for its defensibility. The great plaza atop the highest hill is flanked by four platforms; two temples stand on the platform to the south. After this visit, return to Oaxaca City for an evening at leisure. This morning visit the archaeological site of Mitla and enjoy a short guided tour.
Mitla is the second most important archaeological site in the state of Oaxaca and the most important of the Zapotec culture. The name Mitla is derived from the Nahuatl name Mictlan, which was the place of the dead or underworld. Upon arrival into Tehuantepec visit a traditional mezcal brewery where you will see how this popular drink is prepared and also enjoy a tasting. Make sure you have some cash on you in case you want to buy this delicious artisan drink to take back home with you. After an early start begin the journey to the city of San Cristobal, in the state of Chiapas in the very south of Mexico.
Along the way enjoy a stop at the gateway to the magnificent Sumidero Canyon. Sumidero Canyon is a narrow and deep canyon surrounded by a national park and located just north of the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez.
Take an optional 2 hour boat ride up the canyon not included — approx. Travellers who do not wish to take the boat trip may stretch their legs and enjoy a lunch break not included at one of the nearby restaurants at the port. Afterwards continue onwards to San Cristobal de las Casas, one of the most beautiful cities in all of Mexico.
Indigenous culture is everywhere: you can find it in the handicrafts market, in the dresses worn by the people on the streets, or you can live it yourself while visiting one of the Tzotzil Maya communities nearby not included. Upon arrival check into the hotel for an evening at leisure.
This morning travel to the beautiful Agua Azul Waterfall approx. It has been called by many - the most beautiful natural attraction in Mexico.
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The crystalline blue waters are coloured, in simple terms, by the large amount of limestone deposits on the rocky river bed, a surreal environment in the heart of the dense green rainforest country of southern Mexico. Upon arrival in Palenque, check into the hotel for an evening at leisure. This morning after breakfast your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you on an early morning excursion to the Palenque Archaeological zone where you will enjoy a guided tour of this amazing site.
Swathed in morning jungle mists and echoing to a dawn chorus of howler monkeys and parrots, the mighty Maya temples of Palenque are deservedly one of the top destinations of Chiapas and one of the best examples of Mayan architecture in all of Mexico. Upon arrival check-in and enjoy an evening at leisure. This morning enjoy a short walking tour of the colourful city of Campeche, with a visit to the central plaza and ocean boulevard.
Uxmal pronounced oosh-mahl is an impressive set of ruins, easily ranking among the top Mayan archaeological sites in the world.