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Viva Mexico Tour / 11 Days
  • 11 Days - 10 Nights
  • Availability : Starts every Saturday

Travel through history and spectacular scenery. Discover the best of Mexico. Start your journey at the Zocalo, the heart of Mexico’s capital, one of the world’s largest and most fascinating cities. Then explore the highlights of the South, many of them recognized as World Heritage.

Go from Aztecs to Maya, semi-desert to the jungle, and colonial gems to mystical archaeological sites. Be surprised by the colourful traditions you come across along the journey. Finish your adventure at paradisiacal Caribbean beaches. Viva Mexico!

Highlights

  • Explore the most iconic places in Mexico.
  • Experience a refreshing jump in a jungle cenote.
  • Discover one of the new seven wonders of the world.

What’s included

  • Ten nights’ accommodation in a standard room at the hotels 4 stars
  • Daily breakfast, 1x lunch, 0x dinner, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and excursions as specified in the plan, operating on a shared basis
  • Entrances to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Guide during all program (English-Spanish speaking)
  • Staff assistance for transfers after 10 pm and before 7 am will apply an extra charge of USD 30 per service.
  • Service charge on included meals
  • Airfares (domestic and international)
  • All services, meals, or items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses, such as phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc
  • Tips to bellboys, room-maids, drivers, and guides
Itinerary

Day 1Saturday - Welcome in Mexico City

You will be amazed by the size of the city from the moment you arrive. Meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel. As the country’s capital, “Ciudad de Mexico” is a mosaic of contrasts but is primarily an experience where all of Mexico comes together. It’s the perfect place to start your trip to Mexico.

It included: Shared Airport Transfers, Overnight Hotel in Mexico City 4 stars.

Day 2Sunday - Historic Center and Anthropology Museum

Get to know one of the world’s biggest and most exciting cities! Enjoy a guided visit to the historical centre, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage. This exciting tour will include “The Zocalo,” the heart of the city, where you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest of the Americas, and the National Palace (If open, subject to government activities), the home of the famous murals of Diego Rivera. You will also see the ruins of the Templo Mayor (panoramic visit), one of the most famous temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. Next, we drive down the beautiful Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to arrive at Chapultepec Park, to visit the Anthropology Museum (closed on Mondays). This museum is considered among the world’s most excellent of its kind. Here, among many other exciting treasures, you will admire the famous Aztec calendar stone. The Museum of Anthropology is considered one of the best globally, and visiting this museum could take days. Our visit is around 2 hours (approx.) to the Aztec Hall. You can consider staying on your own after so you can enjoy the rest of the day at the museum. Please consider taking a Taxi from the museum to your Hotel.

It included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Walking Tour with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry to the Museum of Anthropology, Overnight Hotel in Mexico City 4 stars.

6 Hours Activity

Day 3Monday - Pyramids of Teotihuacan and the Shrine of Guadalupe

The morning after breakfast, we make a stop at the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a pilgrimage place for millions of Mexicans and people from all around the world. Discover Teotihuacan, the place where gods were created.’ Teotihuacan is one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. It is assumed that the city may have counted 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, Teotihuacán was the biggest city on the American continent and one of the world’s most enormous. Until its inhabitants abandoned the town around the 8th century, Teotihuacan was probably ancient Mexico’s most important and civilized cultural centre. During this guided excursion, you see the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, walk down the Avenue of the Dead, visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its unique stone sculptures of plumed serpents, the Temple of the Butterflies, and Fortresses. 

It included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Lunch in a Local Restaurant in Teotihuacan, Walking Tour with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry to Archeological Site of Teotihuacan, Overnight Hotel in Mexico City 4 stars.

8 hours activity

Day 4Tuesday - Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca

Today we leave Mexico City (at 8:00 am-approx.) behind we will meet you at your hotel’s lobby. 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 to 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 (not included) 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.

It included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Panoramic Tour of Puebla with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Overnight Hotel in Oaxaca 4 stars.

Mexico – Puebla 2 Hrs

Puebla – Oaxaca 4 Hrs

Day 5 Wednesday - Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Mitla - Tule

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, and a court for the pre-Hispanic ball game, we will find cultural traces from different civilizations, among many other mystical constructions. 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. 

It 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 (English-Spanish Language), Overnight Hotel in Oaxaca 4 stars.

8 Hrs. Activity

Day 6Thursday - Oaxaca - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristobal de las Casas

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 Grijalva river’s shores (crocodiles, spider monkeys, and many different bird species). 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 transfer time 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 4*.

Oaxaca – Tuxtla – 09 Hrs

Tuxtla –  Cañon Sumidero – 30 Min

Day 7Friday - Indigenous communities

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. They still demonstrate various customs and beliefs expressed in pagan and Christian traditions—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

Day 8Saturday - San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Palenque

On the way to Palenque, we will visit the waterfalls of Agua Azul. The turquoise colour makes these waterfalls unique, coming from the high water mineral content. 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. 

It included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry to Waterfalls of Agua Azul, Overnight Hotel in Palenque 4 stars.

San Cristóbal – Agua Azul – 4.30 Hrs

Agua Azul – Palenque – 1.20 Hrs

Day 9Sunday - Palenque - Campeche

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 charming 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.

It 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,  Overnight Hotel in Campeche 4 stars.

Palenque – Campeche – 6 hrs

Day 10Monday - Campeche - Uxmal - Merida

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 in a local restaurant (not included) and proceed to Merida. The “White City” was founded in 1542 by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo. Nowadays, Yucatan’s Mexican state is the capital city, with 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 (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, Panoramic Tour in Merida, Overnight Hotel in Merida 4 stars.

Campeche – Uxmal – 2 Hrs

Uxmal – Mérida – 1 hrs

Day 11Tuesday - Merida - Chichen Itza - Cancun

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. The 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 (not included), and continue to Cancun or Riviera Maya. 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), 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

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