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This tour starts every Thursday; you can complement this tour with our Mexico City Break Package and add three days in Mexico City.
It starts in Mexico City and ends in Riviera Maya.
In our Mexico Southern Adventure tour, explore the magic and uniqueness of Southern Mexico with an eight-day tour designed for those who want to explore the highlights and the hidden gem of Mexico! Mexico City is the starting point of this tour which will see you going through history, nature, and breathtaking scenarios. From there, you will explore the highlights of the South. Some people don’t know that, but many of these highlights are recognized as World Heritage, so this is a chance you don’t want to miss! From Aztecs to Maya, from semi-desert to jungle, and from colonial gems to mystical archaeological sites, with this tour, you can marvel at Mexico from a unique perspective. Traditions and nature will be the main features of this tour and will leave you’re speechless and enrich your cultural baggage all in one. If you are afraid you will miss the seaside and the most ordinary usual fun tourists crave when they get to Mexico, don’t worry! Your adventurous tour in search of the best of Southern Mexico sill ends at paradisiacal Caribbean beaches so you can relax, enjoy the blue waters, and soak up the sun!
Do you need more days? See our Viva Mexico Tour
Today we leave Mexico City (pick up at your hotel at 8:00 am) behind. We will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. We travel to Puebla, Mexico’s fourth-largest city, passing the photogenic, snow-capped volcanoes Popocatépetl (Smoking Mountain, 5464m) and Iztaccíhuatl (Sleeping Lady, 5230m). A visit is planned for Santa Maria Tonantzintla with its beautiful temple decorated by indigenous people. In Puebla (World Heritage), also known as the “City of Angels,” we will have lunch in a local restaurant and visit the extraordinary Rosary Chapel, the Cathedral, the main square, and its beautiful historic centre. Continue to Oaxaca, one of the most picturesque colonial towns of Mexico. Oaxaca (World Heritage) is famous for its many indigenous traditions, reflected in its beautiful crafts and typical gastronomy.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Lunch in a Local Restaurant in Puebla, Shared Transportation, Panoramic Tour of Puebla with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Overnight Hotel in Oaxaca.
Mexico – Puebla 2 Hrs
Puebla – Oaxaca 4 Hrs
Visit the archaeological zone of Monte Alban, located only a few kilometres outside the city of Oaxaca. Monte Alban, meaning “White Mountain,” is an ancient Zapotec capital constructed on a plateau at 1,940 meters above sea level. With pyramids, temples, tombs, ceremonial rock carvings, a court for the pre-Hispanic ball game, and many other mystical constructions, we will find cultural traces from different civilizations here. Its spectacular hilltop location guarantees breathtaking views of the valleys of Oaxaca. We then continue to Mitla, an old ceremonial centre of the Zapotecs. Mitla is known for its outstanding mosaics in its walls, representing different geometric designs, a unique style of decorating in Mesoamerica. Adjacent to the archaeological site, you can also see the 16th century Church of San Pablo, built by the Spanish with materials from the ruins. On the way back to Oaxaca, we will make a stop to admire the Tule tree, perhaps one of the most influential living beings in the world. Once again, in Oaxaca, we will explore the beauty of this city, with sights such as the Cathedral, the magnificent Santo Domingo church, the Museum of Gold, and the colourful “20 de Noviembre” market.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Visit to Monte Alban and Mitla with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry for Archeological Site of Monte Alban, Mitla and Tule, Walking Tour Oaxaca City with Bilingual Speaking Guide, Overnight Hotel in Oaxaca.
8 Hrs. Activity
In the early morning (around 04:00 am), we will depart to the beautiful state of Chiapas. Today’s highlight will be a boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, measuring a thousand meters at its highest point. Admire the beautiful rock formations and enjoy the abundant wildlife that lives on the shores of the Grijalva river (crocodiles, spider monkeys, and many different species of birds). Afterwards, you will pass through the historically significant town Chiapa de Corzo on our way to San Cristobal de las Casas.
Please note this day is a long ride, and we kindly ask you to consider the time of transfer from one city to another. There is always an option to skip this long ride and take a plane from Oaxaca to Tuxtla. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for details.
It included: Box – Breakfast in Route, Shared Transportation, Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Boat Ride Sumidero Canyon, Overnight Hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas.
Oaxaca – Tuxtla – 09 Hrs
Tuxtla – Cañon Sumidero – 30 Min
Cañon Sumidero – San Cristobal – 1.5 Hrs
Scheduled for today is an excursion full of mysticism. Visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, located in the highlands of Chiapas. In both Tzotzil Maya communities, the complex ethnic composition of Chiapas is well reflected, and they still demonstrate a wide variety of customs and beliefs expressed in traditions of both pagan and Christian origin. Afternoon at leisure. We recommend you to explore more of the beautiful city of San Cristobal de las Casas with, among its many attractions, a colourful market, the cathedral, and the Jade Museum.
It included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Overnight Hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas.
8 Hours Activity
On the way to Palenque, we will visit the waterfalls of Agua Azul. The turquoise colour, which makes these waterfalls so unique, comes from the high level of the mineral content of the water. Enjoy the surrounding jungle environment and go for a swim (if time permits). Afterwards, we will continue our way through the lush jungle with Palenque as today’s final destination. In the evening, dinner was included.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry to Waterfalls of Agua Azul, Dinner in Palenque, Overnight Hotel in Palenque.
San Cristóbal – Agua Azul – 4.30 Hrs
Agua Azul – Palenque – 1.20 Hrs
Visit the archaeological zone of Palenque, one of the most important sites of the Mayan World. Lakamha, as the city was known among the ancient Maya, flourished in the 7th century. It rose to prominence under the reign of legendary King Pakal, whose tomb was found in Palenque ́s most iconic landmarks, the Temple of the Inscriptions. This ruined city is home to some of the most beautiful architecture, exquisite sculptures, and carvings produced by the ancient Maya. Enjoy a guided visit and admire the impressive structures and the breathtaking natural environment of this World Heritage Site. After this visit, we head to Campeche, a beautiful town full of naval history, Spanish baroque architecture, and ageing beauty. The city has spent the past few years restoring hundreds of downtown historical buildings, making it one of the most photogenic colonial towns in all of Mexico. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. In the evening, dinner included.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Walking Tour of Archeological Site of Palenque with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry to Archeological Site of Palenque, Panoramic Tour of Campeche, Dinner in Campeche, Overnight Hotel in Campeche.
Palenque – Campeche – 6 hrs
On the way to Merida, we will visit Uxmal (meaning “built three times”), located in the Puuc region. Uxmal, also listed as World Heritage, is considered one of the Maya cities most representative of the Puuc style, the region’s dominant architectural style. Explore the Magician Pyramid, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Governor’s palace, and the ballgame court. After this visit, you will enjoy lunch and then proceed to Merida. The “White City” was founded in 1542 by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo. Nowadays, it is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatan, with still a strong influence of Mayan cultural heritage, stunning architecture, lovely parks, and delicious gastronomy. Upon arrival in Merida, we will enjoy a panoramic tour, including the city’s highlights (among them Montejo Avenue and the Plaza Grande).
It included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Guided visit of Archeological Site of Uxmal with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry to Archeological Site of Uxmal, Lunch at Site of Uxmal, Panoramic Tour in Merida, Overnight Hotel in Merida.
Campeche – Uxmal – 2 Hrs
Uxmal – Mérida – 1 hrs
At the end of the Early Classic Period, around 600 AD, Chichen Itza was one of the largest and most prominent Maya cities. Nowadays, Chichen Itza is undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site on the Yucatan peninsula, and it was recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Various architectural styles are seen in Chichen Itza. Most famous landmarks are the Temple of Kukulkan (“El Castillo”), the Ballgame Court, the Platform of the Skulls, the Temple of the Jaguar, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns, and the Sacred Cenote. Then take a refreshing swim in the cenote of Ik Kil, have lunch, and continue to Cancun. Drop off at your hotel (beach extension available upon request).
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Guided visit to Archeological Site of Chichen Itza with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), lunch in a local Restaurant, Entry to Archeological Site of Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil, Drop off at Hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. (Drop Off in Riviera Maya or Tulum with an extra supplement of $25 per person).
Merida – Chichen – 2 Hrs
Chichen – Cancun – 3 hrs