Summary of The Day: There are no scheduled activities on the first day of the tour. On arrival please ask reception when the pre-departure meeting will be held.
Mexico City is the world's most populated city with over 20 million people. Founded by Spanish conquerors in 1521, Mexico's capital sits at 7,575 feet above sea level and was built on the site of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. The extensive metro system and trolley buses make getting around easy and fun.
A good starting point is the main plaza - the enormous Zocalo - where you will find the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral sporting a magnificent Latin-Baroque style facade. Remember to look through the glass flooring outside of the church to see the ancient Aztec city beneath. Just behind the cathedral are the Aztec ruins of ancient Teocali, discovered in 1978. Other points of interest include the world-famous Anthropology Museum and the National Palace, where you can see murals depicting the history of Mexico by one of the country's most famous artists, Diego Rivera. A museum dedicated to his equally famous wife, Frida Kahlo, is located in Coyoacan, her childhood home. In the evening you can enjoy a spicy Mexican dinner and maybe a few tequilas in Zona Rosa.
- Meeting point: Hotel El Salvador, Republica del Salvador 16, Centro Historico de Mexico, C.P 06080, Mexico City. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
- Hotel El Salvador or similar
Mexico City - Puebla
Summary of The Day: En route to Puebla we'll stop to tour the ancient site of Teotihuacan, an abandoned city built around 300 BC by a civilization now lost in the mists of time. The complex is a fascinating combination of ceremonial pyramids connected by the Street of the Dead, palaces, old temples and the Plaza of the Sun. The buildings are decorated with friezes and other ornate artworks.
We'll continue on to one of Mexico's oldest towns: Puebla, set in a valley with dramatic volcanoes and snow-topped peaks as the backdrop. The historic city center has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its immaculately-preserved Spanish colonial architecture. Puebla is the best place to try mole poblano, a rich, spicy sauce containing chocolate, cinnamon and nuts, as well as different types of hot peppers, often served over chicken.
Summary of The Day: Next up is Oaxaca, a beautiful city bordered by mountains and thick forests. The pleasant Plaza de la Constitucion offers the best in food and drink while you watch the world go by. Our program includes a guided excursion of Monte Alban, the holy city of the ancient Zapotecs. There are many structures to explore around the Grand Plaza including tombs, ceremonial altars, tunnels, pyramids and palaces, many decorated by glyphs, paintings and intricate carvings.
Night Bus to San Cristobal
Summary of The Day: After enjoying our time here we take a night bus bound for San Cristobal de Las Casas.
Summary of The Day: Ascending into the mountainous Chiapas region we arrive at the fascinating colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas. Situated in the middle of the highlands, surrounded by 21 indigenous villages with distinct languages, dress and customs, here you will find some of Mexico's richest examples of indigenous culture. Red-tiled houses painted in brilliant colors dominate the city, maintaining a delightful provincial charm.
There is also an option to cruise along the stunning Sumidero Canyon on speedboat along an 18-mile section of the Grijalva river to the hydro-electric dam, with plenty of opportunities to photograph local wildlife such as birds, crocodiles and iguanas.
Summary of The Day: Today's program includes a tour of the nearby villages, where you can buy beautifully-made local handicrafts and get a true feel for how modern descendents of the ancient Maya people live today.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of San Cristobal continues.
Summary of The Day: Next we'll visit the town and ruins of Palenque, famous for the tombs found filled with the treasures honoring the renowned Lord Pakal and the Red Queen. This archaeological site houses more than 200 structures including a series of hilltop temples, towers, tombs and pyramids. Decorated with elaborate friezes, sculptures and inscriptions, Palenque is unquestionably one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites. Paths cutting through the jungle lead to various temples and gorgeous waterfalls, where over time, strange figures have taken shape in the rocks.
Other attractions near Palenque include the fantastic Agua Azul Nature Reserve with more than 200 small waterfalls, and the incredible Misol-Ha waterfall with a nearly 100-foot drop (optional half day tour includes both these falls).
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Palenque continues.
Palenque - Merida
Summary of The Day: Capital of the Yucatan province, Merida is a pleasant mixture of colonial buildings, churches and plazas. The markets simply overflow with beautiful weavings, hammocks and batiks, making this a great place to buy handmade crafts and souvenirs. At night the city comes alive with live theater and concerts. There are many excursions on offer here, from a comprehensive hop-on, hop-off tour of the city to a relaxing horse-drawn carriage tour around the cobbled streets of El Centro and Pasaje Montejo Boulevard. If you want to explore the region near Merida you could visit the small fishing town of Celestun with its large flamingo population. Alternatively, you may opt to take a dip in the local cenotes, or freshwater swimming holes connected by spectacular limestone caverns and deep underwater rivers once sacred to the ancient Maya, covering the entire Yucatan peninsula.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Merida continues.
Merida - Cancun
Summary of The Day: Up until 1970, Isla Cancun was home to the caretakers of the coconut plantation with only 117 people living in nearby Puerto Juarez, a fishing village and military base.
Today over two million visitors a year come to Cancun to relax on one of several beautiful beaches and swim in the turquoise waters. If Cancun becomes too much for you, you can always take a ferry out to the more relaxed Isla Mujeres or arrange a snorkeling or diving excursion.
We'll travel first to Chichen Itza, an impressive Maya-Toltec site recently voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Constructed between the 7th and 10th century AD, Chichen Itza was a center of pilgrimage for the Maya for over one thousand years. Among the sights your local guide will point out during the tour of the site are the ball court where the captain of the winning team was beheaded and the sacred cenote where treasures and the remains of human sacrifices have been discovered. The most famous attraction is the great Pyramid of Kukulcan, dedicated to the feathered serpent god Kukulcan and built with such precision that a shadow serpent descends down the steps during the equinox.
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post-tour accommodations, you will have more time to explore the sights.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Guided tour of Teotihuacan ruins
- Guided tour of Monte Alban ruins
- San Cristobal village tour
- Guided tour of Palenque ruins
- Guided tour of Chichen Itza
- 11-night accommodations (hotels, hostels, guesthouses
- One night on an overnight bus
- 9 breakfasts
- Travel by public bus, taxi
- English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Na Bolom Museum: USD 5.00/person
- Canyon Sumidero: USD 22.00/person
- Agua Azul and Misol Ha waterfalls: USD 15.00/person
- Anthropological Museum: USD 3.00/person
- Uxmal ruins: USD 45.00/person
- Cenotes: USD 50.00/person
- Merida hop-on hop-off: USD 10.00/person
- Isla Mujeres: USD 7.00/person ferry
- Xelha Theme Park: USD 75.00/person
- Xcaret Theme Park: USD 75.00/person
- Swimming with whale sharks (May - Sep): USD 150.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an adventure tour. We see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport, staying in small, locally-owned guesthouses.
- Maximum group size is 16 people.
- Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all bookings.
- You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling with us and provide details of your insurance to your tour leader at the beginning of your tour.
- Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
- A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday for insurable reasons. You must be in possession of a travel insurance policy that includes a minimum of £100,000 (or equivalent currency) in cover for any medical expenses that you might incur when travelling, and for repatriation to your home country in the event of a medical emergency.
- Detailed itineraries are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximate and may vary depending on local conditions.
- We recommend that you obtain some Mexican pesos as soon as you arrive at Mexico City International Airport. There are numerous international ATMs inside the airport, as well as exchange booths offering a good rate.
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- To protect your personal property, please carry all valuable items on your person at all times. Do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction or restaurant. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
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