You start from Mexico City, the capital of Mexico City, and end your journey on the sandy beaches of Cancun. These days you will visit many cities of ancient civilizations: Teotihuacan, Palenque, Ushmal, Monte Alban, Chichen Itza. See the most majestic ancient pyramids andtemples built by the Maya and other civilizations.
You will also stop in old colonial towns that you can’t help but fall in love with – Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobal, Campeche, Merida. Each of them is unique, bright and distinctive in its own way. You will visit cute cafes where the national mariachi songs are played and sung.
Mexico is also rich in nature! You will visit hidden caves and grottoes, get to waterfalls known only to locals, walk through one of the most beautiful canyons in the world de Sumidero and watch wild animals, monkeys and exotic birds inhabiting it. See the volcano. Swim in the crystal clear karst lakes – cenotes, which were sacred to the indigenous inhabitants and were the entrance to another world – the world of spirits and deities living deep underground.
You will stop by Indian villages where mysterious rituals are still performed. Feel the amazing spirit of Mexican “magic settlements” – small towns that have preserved their appearance, culture and traditions for centuries.
Tour dates: 03.01, 21.01 , 20.02, 04.03, 25.03, 15.04, 01.05, 20.05, 17.06, 08.07, 29.07, 19.08, 09.09, 30.09, 28.10 2023 You can book the tour on any of these dates (the date indicated is the first day of the tour). Groups for these dates are confirmed from 2 people and will not be canceled due to shortage.
Number of days: 9 days / 8 nights.
Where to: Mexico.
Where to fly: The program begins in Mexico City and ends on the sandy beaches of Cancun.
Accommodation: in hotels 4****.
Vaccinations and PCR tests: not required.
Cost of the tour: 1990 USD.
Escort: The group is accompanied by an experienced Russian-speaking guide.
The capital city of Mexico City, the pyramids of Teotihuacan. Puebla Oaxaca Tehuantepec Cañón de Sumidero San Cristobal de las Casas. San Juan Chamula Palenque Campeche Ushmal Merida Chichen Itza Cancun
Day 1. Meet and greet at Mexico City Airport. Transfer and accommodation in a 4* hotel. Free day to relax and explore Mexico’s capital city on your own.
Day 2. Teotihuacan – Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Mexico City sightseeing tour.
You will go to the mysterious Teotihuacan – the cult center of ancient Indians, striking with its scale and grandeur of buildings. There is a hypothesis that the ancient inhabitants of Teotihuacan had knowledge of cosmic energy, which is now lost, and that the precise orientation of ancient buildings by the sun, moon and stars has its own deep meaning. The strictest geometric layout of Teotihuacan confirms these assumptions. You will see Mexico’s most majestic pyramids, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.
A sightseeing tour of Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas. Elite neighborhoods and slums, skyscrapers built on modern technologies and small mansions – all this creates a unique image of the city of contrasts – Mexico City. You will go to the Socalo Square, which is an important historical center of the capital. Here are concentrated the main monuments of history and architecture; the Cathedral, the National Palace with frescoes by Diego Rivera (***provided that the Palace is open to the public) and others.
During the tour you will visit the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe (the patron saint of Mexico), steeped in legends and miracles.
Overnight in a 4* hotel in Mexico City.
Day 3. Mexico City – City of Angels Puebla (130 km) – Oaxaca (345 km).
In the morning we leave for Puebla. According to legend, angels appeared to a bishop, indicating the location of the future city.
The “City of Angels” is reached by a scenic road protected by two active volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Istaxihuatl, whose snow-capped peaks point high into the sky. The city itself will amaze you with its magnificent colonial architecture, historical monuments, including the Rosario Chapel, the Santo Domingo Monastery, and the UNESCO-protected City Cathedral.
Churches and houses decorated with ceramic tiles “talavera”, the scenery of the surrounding mountains and volcanoes make this city a dream for lovers of beautiful photos and ancient architecture.
But if your main weakness is cuisine, the “gastronomic capital of Mexico” will not disappoint. Be sure to try the mole poblano sauce, which combines the unbeatable flavors of chocolate and hot chili peppers, as well as the famous stuffed peppers – chiles en nogada.
We will then continue our journey to Oaxaca. The road to this city strikes you with picturesque views of mountains densely covered with giant cacti (here you can make a small stop and take pictures with these exotic plants). In Oaxaca you will enjoy an evening stroll through a city famous for its colonial architecture, museums and churches, and an abundance of colorful handicrafts made of textiles, ceramics, wood and metal.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel
Day 4. Oaxaca – Ancient city of Monte Alban – Tasting of the drink “mescal” (255 km) – Tehuantepec.
After breakfast, you will visit the ceremonial center of Monte Alban, which was the earliest city in Mesoamerica and played a significant role as the political and economic center of the Zapotec civilization for nearly a thousand years.
Also programmed on this day is a visit to one of the local mescal factories with a tasting. Those who wish will even have the opportunity to taste the caterpillars living inside the maguey stem, which, according to local tradition, it is customary to put in mescal, or fried grasshoppers. After that, along the mountain roads of the state of Oaxaca, passing by agave fields, you will move to the city of Tehuantepec.
Accommodation in a 3* hotel (the best hotel in the region).
Day 5. Tehuantepec – Cañon de Sumidero (375 km) – San Cristobal de las Casas (60 km).
Breakfast. In the morning, you will travel to Sumidero Canyon, one of the top 20 most beautiful canyons in the world. The highest, a thousand meters above the ground, mountain cliffs surrounded the beautiful, one of the largest in Mexico, the Grijalva River, forming a thirty-kilometer canyon del Sumidero.
After a boat ride through the Canyon, you will travel to San Cristobal de las Casas, a picturesque colonial town located in a valley surrounded by pine forested mountains. Descendants of ancient Indians still live in the vicinity of the city. In the evening – free time, which can be used for a walk through the ancient city streets, where the air is saturated with the rich aroma of Chiapas coffee, and visiting the numerous stores with products made of jade and local amber.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas.
Day 6. San Cristobal de las Casas – San Juan Chamula (15 km) – Palenque (450 km).
We will begin this day with a visit to the Mayan Tzitzili village of San Juan Chamula, located on the outskirts of the town of San Cristobal de las Casas, famous for its church that intertwines seemingly incompatible Catholic rituals and pre-Hispanic paganism. We will then travel to the city of Palenque and be able to observe how quickly the surrounding nature can change in Mexico, from coniferous forests to mesmerizing subtropical jungle.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Palenque.
Day 7. Palenque to Campeche (365 km).
Breakfast. The ruins of Palenque are considered one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico. The ancient city is set amidst high jungle covered hills. In the early morning, the ruins are shrouded in thick fog, a small stream runs nearby, and you can often hear the roar of a jaguar or howler monkey. The combination of nature and ancient ruins gives this place a special energy. You will be told about the legends and legends of the mysterious city of Palenque by a tour guide. After a tour of the ancient pyramids, transfer to the city of Campeche. You will stroll through narrow colonial streets, see the real fortress walls that have withstood numerous pirate attacks.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Day 8. Campeche – Ushmal (160 km) – Mérida.
Breakfast. In the morning you will depart for the majestic Ushmal, which is the subject of numerous legends. It is said that the pyramid temple of the Wizard was built in just one night, and the town is still inhabited by forest guards – alushas. The Ruler’s Palace, Turtle House, Pigeon Court, Women’s Monastery – all this you will see here, in the unique Ushmal.
Later, you will enter the world of Spanish aristocrats and visit the colonial city of Mérida. An evening stroll through the city.
Day 9. Mérida – Chichen Itza – Cenote – Cancun.
Breakfast. Departure to the center of the Yucatan Peninsula to see its main attraction, Chichen Itza. This ancient city is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Kukulkan Pyramid, the Temple of Warriors, the world’s largest ball court Pok-ta-Pok, the Temple of Jaguars, the Observatory and other buildings of the city will appear before you and amaze you with their grandeur.
Next, you’ll be treated to a swim in a crystal clear karst lake or cenote, where you can experience the healing properties of the underground waters.
Transfer to Cancun/ Riviera Maya, hotel accommodation as per prior reservation.
Cost of travel
The cost of the trip is: $1990
Children up to 12 years old get up to 50% off!
The price of the tour includes:
Otels 4**** (except for a 3*** hotel in Tehuantepec);
Full breakfasts (buffet or American);
Guide services in Russian;
Entrance tickets to all attractions on the program;
The tour price does not include:
Accommodation at the hotel after the end of the tour;