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Highlights of Mexico

This extraordinary touring adventure encompasses the highlights of Mexico's diverse and rich cultural past. Discover a fascinating history going back thousands of years through the Mayan, Aztec and Olmec cultures that have left Mexico with a rich heritage of stunning archaeological sites. The Mayan culture is immediately apparent near Mexico City where we view the huge Sun and Moon pyramids at Teotihuacan. We travel on to Oaxaca to discover the cultural ancestry of the Zapotec people and spend time in the rarefied climes of San Cristobal de la Casas and the magnificent Sumidoro Canyon. From there we visit the stunning jungle ruins of Palenque, with its dramatic Mayan step pyramid architecture and Chichen Itza, recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Complete this remarkable journey on one of the most famous beach resort cities in the world, Cancun.

Inclusions

12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Arrival transfer on Day 1
Comfortable well located accommodation on a twin-share basis
All transfers and excursions as mentioned in itinerary, operated in seat-in-vehicle basis (all vehicles are air-conditioned)
Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
Expert local bilingual guides
Hightlights
Marvel at the stunning jungle ruins of Palenque
Enjoy the world famous beach resort of Cancun
Experience the Sun and Moon pyramids at Teotihuacan & the rarefied climes of San Cristobal de la Casas
Journey to the fascinating ruins of Chichen Itza
Discover the magnificent Sumidoro Canyon
Take a refreshing swim in the Cenote of Ik-Kil
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $3,430
Start Location
Mexico City, Mexico
End Location
Mexico
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 4
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Walking
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
19 Nov 201801 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,430
26 Nov 201808 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,430
03 Dec 201815 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,430
10 Dec 201822 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,430
17 Dec 201829 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $3,780
24 Dec 201805 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
31 Dec 201812 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
07 Jan 201919 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
14 Jan 201926 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
21 Jan 201902 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
28 Jan 201909 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
04 Feb 201916 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
11 Feb 201923 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
18 Feb 201902 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
25 Feb 201909 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
04 Mar 201916 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
11 Mar 201923 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
18 Mar 201930 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
25 Mar 201906 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
01 Apr 201913 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
08 Apr 201920 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
15 Apr 201927 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
22 Apr 201904 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
29 Apr 201911 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
06 May 201918 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
13 May 201925 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
20 May 201901 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
27 May 201908 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
03 Jun 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
10 Jun 201922 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
17 Jun 201929 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
24 Jun 201906 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
01 Jul 201913 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
08 Jul 201920 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
15 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
22 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
29 Jul 201910 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
05 Aug 201917 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
12 Aug 201924 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
19 Aug 201931 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
26 Aug 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
02 Sep 201914 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
09 Sep 201921 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
16 Sep 201928 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
23 Sep 201905 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
30 Sep 201912 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
07 Oct 201919 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
14 Oct 201926 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
21 Oct 201902 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
28 Oct 201909 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
04 Nov 201916 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
11 Nov 201923 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
18 Nov 201930 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
25 Nov 201907 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
02 Dec 201914 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
09 Dec 201921 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,430
16 Dec 201928 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $3,780
23 Dec 201904 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,780
30 Dec 201911 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $3,780
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel. Mexico City, with a population of over 22 million, sprawls across some 2000sqkm. It is a giant cosmopolitan city, encompassing everything from colonial palaces to slums, and quiet plazas and parks juxtapose the unending stream of traffic. The sheer size of Mexico City is most definitely worth experiencing, and it will certainly leave you with a lasting impression. Overnight: Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico City or similar
Day 2
Get to know one of the world s biggest and most exciting cities! Enjoy a guided visit in the historical centre, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage. This interesting 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 (if open) the National Palace, home of the famous murals of Diego Rivera (visit is subject to opening hours and governmental activities; entrance can be prohibited for tourists on certain days). You will also see the ruins of the Templo Mayor (entrance to temple not included), one of the most important 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. In pre-Hispanic times a summer residence for the noble class of the Aztecs, now it is Mexico City's largest park and one of the largest city parks in the world. We will visit the Museum of Anthropology. This museum is considered to be among the world's finest of its kind. Here you will admire the famous Aztec calendar stone, models of Tenochtitl n, a fascinating market place diorama, giant stone Olmec heads from the jungles of Tabasco and Veracruz, among many other interesting treasures. Overnight: Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico City or similar
Day 3
Discover Teotihuac n, 'the place where gods were created'. Teotihuacan is one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the country. It is assumed that the city may have counted 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, Teotihuac n was the biggest city of the American continent and one of the biggest of the world. Until its inhabitants abandoned the city around the 8th century, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural centre of ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion you will encounter the magic and mystery of Teotihuacan. Admire (and climb?) 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 the Fortresses. Before arriving back at your hotel, 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. Overnight: Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico City or similar
Day 4
Today we leave Mexico City behind. We are heading west towards Puebla, Mexico's fourth largest city, passing the photogenic, snow-capped volcans Popocat petl (Smoking Mountain, 5464m) and Iztacc huatl (Sleeping Lady, 5230m). A visit is planned to Santa Maria Tonantzintla with its gorgeous temple decorated by indigenous people. In Puebla, also known as the "City of Angels", we will visit the extraordinary Rosary Chapel, the Cathedral, the main square and its beautiful historical centre. Continue to Oaxaca, one of the most colorful colonial towns of Mexico and, just like Puebla, listed as World Heritage. Overnight: Hotel Mision de los Angeles or similar. Transport times: Mexico City - Puebla (2.5hrs/150km), Puebla - Oaxaca (4.5hrs/350km)
Day 5
Visit Monte Alban, built on a mountain top flattened by the Zapotecs. We will find here cultural traces from different civilizations, such as the Olmecs, Mixtecs and Zapotecs. We will then continue to Mitla, one of the most enigmatic sacred places of the region, especially famous for its mosaics. The village had great importance as a burial site and is also a great place to buy your crafts. En route we will make a stop at the famous Tule tree. Return to Oaxaca and experience the beauty of this city, with wonderful crafts, typical gastronomy, and sights such as the Cathedral, the magnificent Santo Domingo church, the Museum of Gold, and the colorful "20 de Noviembre" market. Overnight: Hotel Mision de los Angeles or similar
Day 6
In the early morning (around 04:00am) we will depart to the beautiful state of Chiapas. Today's highlight will be a boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, which measures 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 important town Chiapa de Corzo, on our way to San Cristobal de las Casas. Overnight: Hotel Casa Vieja or similar Transport times: Oaxaca - Sumidero Canyon (8hrs-550km), Sumidero Canyon - San Cristobal De Las Cases (2hrs-90km)
Day 7
Take a stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of San Cristobal, one of Mexico's best-preserved colonial towns, full of brightly painted houses and beautiful churches. With its laid-back, bohemian atmosphere, you can spend hours browsing the shops and artisans' markets. Full day at leisure. Alternatively, take an optional trip to San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantan. These two indigenous villages, located in the highlands of Chiapas, are full of mystic traditions and famous for their unique textiles. Overnight: Hotel Casa Vieja or similar
Day 8
On the way to Palenque we will visit the waterfalls of Agua Azul. The turquoise color, which makes these waterfalls so unique, comes from the high level of mineral content of the water. Enjoy the surrounding jungle environment and go for a swim (if time permits it). Afterwards we will continue our way through lush jungle with Palenque as today's final destination. Overnight: Hotel Chan-Kah or similar Transport times: San Cristobal De Las Cases - Agua Azul waterfalls (3.5hrs - 160km), Agua Azul waterfalls - Palenque (1.5hrs - 70km)
Day 9
Visit the archaeological zone of Palenque, surrounded by jungle, and one of the most important sites of the Maya World. It was inside the Pyramid of the Inscriptions where King Pakal's sarcophagus and its carved gravestone were found. Enjoy the impressive structures as well as the breathtaking natural environment of this World Heritage Site. After this visit, we head to the coastal town of Campeche. Campeche's prosperity as a thriving port town made it a frequent target for attacks by pirates. Following the worst attack, in 1663, impressive defensive walls were built around the town. Upon arrival you will enjoy a panoramic tour through the city. Overnight: Hotel Del Mar or similar Transport times: Palenque - Campeche (5hrs - 360km)
Day 10
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 that is 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 proceed to Merida, "The White City", to enjoy a panoramic tour, including Montejo Avenue, the monument to Motherland, the main square, the cathedral and government palace. Overnight: El Conquistador or similar Transport times: Campeche - Uxmal (2hrs - 170km), Uxmal - Merida (1.5hrs - 85km)
Day 11
At the end of the Early Classic Period, around the year 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 different 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 we drive on to the Cenote (sinkhole) of Ik-Kil which is arguably one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico. The water level is about 26 metres below ground level. The cenote is open to the sky and there is a carved stairway down to a swimming platform. After a refreshing swim we will continue to Cancun for your overnight accommodation. Overnight: Hotel Krystal Cancun Transport times: Merida - Chichen Itza (2hrs - 125km), Chichen Itza - Cancun (3hrs - 225km)
Day 12
Enjoy free time relaxing on Cancun's beautiful beaches or visit to the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History to learn more about the history of the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula, or a stroll along the tree-lined Avenida Tulum. Overnight: Hotel Krystal Cancun
Day 13
The trip arrangements end after breakfast at your hotel.