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Wonders of Mexico (with night bus)

Have you been dreaming about Mexico? This program will give you a complete vision of the enchantress of the country. From Mexico, the biggest city of the country, to the charming colonial towns, passing though natural wonders and the great archeological sites, the country will unfold its beauty. Encounters with the local Indian community will also take place and will enrich your impression of the country. You will end your stay with your feet in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean…. what if we missed our flight?

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: México
  • Day 2: México - Zócalo - National Museum of Anthropology - Chapultepec - México
  • Day 3: México - Teotihuacan - Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe - México
  • Day 4: México - Cholula - Puebla
  • Day 5: Puebla - Oaxaca
  • Day 6: Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Teotitlán del Valle - Oaxaca - Tuxtla Gutiérrez
  • Day 7: Tuxtla Gutiérrez - San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas - San Juan Chamula - Zinacatan - San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Day 9: San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Misol Ha - Palenque
  • Day 10: Palenque - Campeche
  • Day 11: Campeche - Bécal - Uxmal - Mérida
  • Day 12: Mérida - Tour Cenote - Mérida
  • Day 13: Mérida - Chichen Itza - Valladolid - Tulum
  • Day 14: Tulum
  • Day 15: Tulum - Cancún

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: México

Arrival to Mexico City Airport (flight ? at ?), Transfer to your hotel.



Overnight stay at the Metropol hotel.
Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 2: México - Zócalo - National Museum of Anthropology - Chapultepec - México

After breakfast, meeting in the hotel lobby. Departure for a city tour, mainly of the Zocalo, one of the largest squares in the world. There stands the largest Cathedral in the Americas, built on the site of the former grand Aztec temple «Teocalli». Its three naves shelter many chapels and altars adorned with gold, including the beautiful ‘Altar of Forgiveness’.
The Palacio Nacional (National Palace) was built on top of the Palace of Moctezuma and features frescos painted by famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Nowadays, it houses the President’s offices.
The Templo Mayor (only outside) is a relic of the ancient Aztec capital Tenochtitlan… a pre-Columbian temple in the middle of urban jungle: simply amazing!

Visit of National Museum of Anthropology
Then, visit of the National Museum of Anthropology (closed on Mondays) considered one of the most harmonious settings conceived to revive antiquities. Inaugurated in 1964, the museum is perfectly integrated in the scenery of the park. It contains a considerable amount of pre-Columbian archeological objects and presents the indigenous groups that lived (and still live) in Mexico in a lively and didactical manner.

Then we discover Chapultepec and its treasures.
This park is full of history that your guide will tell you about while you stroll around it. From the sacred Aztec site to the viceroys and presidents' residence, you will discover the history of this park and its castle.

We head back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Suggestions for the evening (contact us) :
- Show of lucha libre (wrestling), very popular sport in Mexico, in the great arena of the capital… great atmosphere guaranteed! (only Tuesday at 19:00, Friday at 20:00 and Sunday at 17:00).
- Ballet Folklórico (only Wednesday and Sunday - 20:30)



Option included : english speaking local guide

Overnight stay at the Metropol hotel.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast
Included opts : English speaking guide

Day 3: México - Teotihuacan - Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe - México

Meeting in the hotel lobby and departure for a visit of the surroundings of Mexico City. North of the city, visit of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, built in the 17th century. It is the most important religious site of Latin America and major pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics coming from all over the world. There we also see the Old Basilica that is slowly sinking into the ground. The Old Basilica shelters a reproduction of the Black Madonna, which can be seen behind the choir inside the modern basilica.

Then we head to the archeological site of Teotihuacan with the pyramids of the Moon and the Sun, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcóatl), the Temple of the Feathered Snails and the Palace of the Jaguars. The « City of the Gods» was built in the seventh century and was probably, with its 200,000 inhabitants, the most populated city in the world at that time.

Afterwards, possibility to visit an obsidian workshop. Obsidian is volcanic glass-stone produced when felsic lava cools so fast that it practically does not crystallize. Our host gives us tequila to taste.

We head back to Mexico.


Option included : english speaking local guide

Overnight stay at the Metropol hotel.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast
Included opts : English speaking guide

Day 4: México - Cholula - Puebla

We head to the village of Cholula located at the foot of Popocatépetl Volcano (5,452 m/ 17,887ft). We suggest that you climb the stairs that head to the top of the pyramid, where a majestic colonial Church was built under the orders of Hernán Cortés at the arrival of the Spanish. Its goal was to put an end to the indigenous supremacy.

Arrival to Puebla at the end of the day and visit of the city at leisure.



Overnight stay at hotel Colonial.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Puebla - Oaxaca

After breakfast, departure at 8:00am in private transportation for Oaxaca, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and considered one of Mexico’s most beautiful towns for its colorful façades.

Superb candelabra cacti can be admired on the way as we drive through the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range. Arrival in the early afternoon in Oaxaca.

At 2:30pm, departure from the hotel for a guided tour of the town center principally including the Zocalo, the Santo Domingo Cathedral and its museum, Benito Juarez’ house...



Overnight stay at hotel Casa de la Tia Tere.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 6: Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Teotitlán del Valle - Oaxaca - Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Day dedicated to the visit of the surroundings of Oaxaca. Departure for a guided visit (in English) of the prestigious Zapotec site Monte Alban, situated at 2,000 m/6,562 ft above sea level. Up there the view over the valley is simply spectacular.

The Zapotecs elaborated – by using their heritage of the Olmec– a hieroglyphic writing, a calendar, a numbering system and astronomical observation methods. Monte Alban is known for its harmonious architecture, its outstanding stone sculptures, its sumptuous graves, and its astronomical observatory, supposedly the oldest of Mesoamerica.




Option included : english speaking local guide in Monte Alban (meeting at 09:00 in main entrance).

Public bus transport by night Oaxaca-Tuxtla Gutierrez
Included : private transport, local guide, bus ticket
Included opts : Local guide Monte Alban

Day 7: Tuxtla Gutiérrez - San Cristobal de las Casas

Transfer from Tuxtla to the village of Chiapa de Corzo, where we catch a boat to cross the Canyon del Sumidero on the Rio Chiapas. The "Christmas tree falls" is a rock wall eroded by an 800 m (2625 ft) high waterfall. The Canyon is home to a great variety of wildlife including herons, vultures, crocodiles…

Afterwards, we drive to San Cristobal de Las Casas. End of the day at leisure to visit the indigenous town and its traditional market.



Overnight stay at hotel Margarita. Breakfast at 350m.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas - San Juan Chamula - Zinacatan - San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas is located at the center of an indigenous population area, and is the birthplace of the Zapatist movement, developed under the leadership of Subcomandante Marcos for the protection of the indigenous rights. Every morning, the Tzotzil people sell their products at the market.

Departure for the village of San Juan de Chamula where the inhabitants practice a form of syncretism: a mixture of Christian beliefs and ancestral rituals.

Then we head to Zinacantan where a Tzotzil family invites us into their house and shares with us their customs and traditions (weaving), as well as a glass of pox (corn-based liquor) and handmade tortillas.

Return in the late afternoon to San Cristobal.



Overnight stay at hotel Margarita. Breakfast at 350m.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 9: San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Misol Ha - Palenque

After breakfast we head to Palenque. We leave behind the cool and foggy highlands for the warm and humid lowlands. All year long, water comes down from the mountains and eventually creates magnificent waterfalls like Misol- Ha or Agua Azul.
We suggest you for lunch to have a grilled fish near the water while enjoying a beautiful panorama. We also take the time to go swimming in one of the many pools shaped by the waterfalls

We continue our trip towards the superb Mayan site of Palenque, nestled in the heart of the tropical forest.



Overnight stay at hotel Villas Kin Ha.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 10: Palenque - Campeche

Explore the city of Palenque
In the morning, visit of the archaeological site of Palenque. It might well be the most magical site of Mexico. It gives the impression to penetrate a deep, mysterious and secret place, of a light and delicate architecture. At the heart of the Inscriptions Temple stands the crypt of King Pakal, discovered in 1952. It still contained the remains of the powerful monarch, covered with jewels and a mortuary mask made of jade mosaic. The surrounding jungle and the buried ruins create a fascinating scenery and we can easily imagine the magnificence of the place, back when the temples and the palace were still covered with polychromes paints and a richly adorned crowd animated the esplanades.

Then we head to Campeche, where we will spend the night.


Option included : spanish speaking local guide in Palenque. Meeting at the entrance of the site at 08:30 am.

Overnight stay at hotel Lopez.
Included : private transport, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : local guide palenque, transport by Foah

Day 11: Campeche - Bécal - Uxmal - Mérida

Departure for the village of Becal, where Don Alfredo opens his house to share with us the fabrication secrets of his panama hats, the typical hat of Yucatan.

Conquer the city of Uxmal
Then we head to the archaeological site of Uxmal. The site is peaceful and not widely visited by tourists… You will love it ! Uxmal, in Mayan language, means “Thrice Built”, but in reality the city was constructed five times. The water is really scarce in the region, this explains the omnipresence of representations of the rain god Chac-Mool.

Arrival in Merida at the end of the day.


Option included : english speaking local guide in Uxmal (meeting at 13:00 in The Lodge hotel’s lobby in front of the main entrance).

Overnight stay at hotel Dolores Alba.
Included : private transport, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : local guide Uxmal, Transport by Foah

Day 12: Mérida - Tour Cenote - Mérida

Tour cenote off the beaten tracks
Cenotes are natural pools of fresh and crystalline water, where the sunrays create spectacular lighting effects. On the way we cross a typical Mayan market where the colors of fruits and vegetables are matched only by those of the women’s traditional clothing. Then we explore 2 cenotes, and take a refreshing swim in the forest. One thing is certain, you will leave completely transformed.

Then we head back to Merida. Visit of the capital city of Yucatan. While enjoying economical growth, Merida kept a captivating colonial charm and a strong personality. You will find many well set off historical monuments, and pleasant little squares are a great setting to have a drink while listening to a marimba-playing band.

The handicrafts market offers numerous souvenirs like the renowned huipils (very colorful embroidered woman tunics), the authentic "Panama" hats, the true Yucatecan all-cotton hammocks and many more.

We spend the night in Merida.


Option included : Lunch at Doña Ana home
Option included : english speaking local guide for the cenotes tour.

Overnight stay at hotel Dolores Alba.
Included : private transport, lunch (no drinks), local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Transport with Foah, Lunch included., English speaking local guide

Day 13: Mérida - Chichen Itza - Valladolid - Tulum

Chichen Itza, mayan wonder
After breakfast we head to Chichen Itza. Built by the Maya, and then reorganized by the Toltecs, Chichen Itza symbolizes the unification of both religious cultures. The site, which at its height was the most important religious center of the peninsula, is the largest archaeological site in Yucatan.

Then we drive to Valladolid, a small and authentic Mexican town that is lovely to stroll around. This peaceful town, built in the sixteenth century by Francisco de Montejo, is dominated by the imposing sobriety of the Franciscan convent San Bernardino de Siena. You will appreciate the pretty pastel colored houses, while eating an ice cream.

Road to the caribbean coast. Arrival in Tulum at the end of the day.


Option included : Local guide Chichen Itza.

Overnight stay at the hotel Don Diego de la Selva. Room with a/c.
Included : private transport, entrance fees, room & breakfast
Included opts : Guide local Chichen Itza, Transport by Foah

Day 14: Tulum

Day at leisure to enjoy the beach and the sun. We recommend that you visit the archeological site of Tulum, right on the Caribbean Sea.



Overnight stay at the hotel Don Diego de la Selva. Room with a/c.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 15: Tulum - Cancún

Departure from the hotel to Cancun Airport in private transportation 4 hours before take-off. International flight? to?.


Included : private transport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 2:

Option included : Entrance fees to the anthropology museum included.
Option included : Entrance fees to Chapultepec.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : anthropology museum in mexico, Excurs: entrance sites

Day 3:

Option included : Entrance fees to Teotihuacan.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : entrance fee teotihuacan

Day 6:

Included : entrance fees
Included opts : entrance monta alban

Day 7:

Option included : Entrance fees and boat to Canyon de sumidero.




Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrance fees canyon de sumidero

Day 8:

Option included : Entrance fees to Chamula + Zinacantan.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrance fees Chamula + Zinacantan

Day 9:

Option included : Entrance fees to Misol Ha.
Option included : Entrance fees to Agua Azul.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrance fees Misol Ha, Entrance fees Misol Ha

Day 10:

Option included : Entrance fees to Palenque.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : entrance Palenque

Day 11:

Option included : Entrance fees to Uxmal.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrance fees Uxmal

Day 13:

Option included : Entrance fees to Chichen Itza.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrée Chichen Itza

Metropol   México

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

This is a comfortable hotel set in a prime location. Situated in the heart of the city it is within walking distance to the Main Plaza or Zocalo, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Alameda Park. The comfortable rooms, each with a small shower room, are large and airy, pleasantly decorated, clean and in very good condition.

Colonial   Puebla

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Hotel Colonial de Puebla is located one block away from the Zocalo (main square) in the heart of the downtown historical district of Puebla, Mexico, a city part of UNESCO's World Heritage program because of its beautiful historic architecture.The hotel building has been on the city map since 1668.

Casa de la Tia Tere   Oaxaca

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

“Casa de la Tía Tere” bed and breakfast and hotel is conveniently located in the downtown historic section of Oaxaca.

Margarita   San Cristobal de las Casas

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Hotel Posada Margarita is located in the heart of San Cristobal de las Casas just one and a half blocks from the main square. The excitement of San Cristobal is on our doorstep! The hotel is housed in a XIX century construction that was rebuilt 10 years ago to be Posada Margarita Hotel. Rooms are arranged around a central colonial style patio. On the same street you can find shops restaurants and bars.

Villas Kin Ha   Palenque

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

This beautiful natural retreat set in the jungle is very close to the imposing ruins of Palenque. This hotel combines a simple, almost rustic architecture with all the comfort and amenities required for a magical and adventurous stay.

Lopez   Campeche

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Harmonious art deco style architecture, alleys open to the sea breeze and a relaxed and modern atmosphere make our hotel an oasis of tranquility right in the heart of the city.

Dolores Alba   Mérida

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

This hotel, entirely renovated in the year 2000, is situated in the center of the city of Mérida, and offers numerous facilities including a restaurant, bar/lounge, wireless internet access in public areas, outdoor pool, multilingual staff and a laundry service. The hotel has 100 rooms each with a balcony with a view of the pool, the garden or the patio. Every room is individually decorated and furnished.

Don Diego de la Selva   Tulum

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Located at the end of the town of Tulum, this comfortable hotel is close to the beach by road, entirely surrounded by tropical gardens and also houses restaurant. The Don Diego de la Selva Hotel has 8 air-conditioned rooms and 2 bungalows with ceiling fan all of which have a private bathroom and a balcony with hammock.

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