2 countries, 1 heritage: Mexico – Guatemala tour

21 day tour through Mexico and Guatemala

Trace the history of the Mayans during this exceptional 21-day trip that will be a part of your fondest memories. You will discover the colonial and archaeological treasures and marvel at extraordinary nature. Make significant encounters with the Mayans of today, still as vibrant as ever, and familiarize yourself with the traditions and customs of two countries so close and yet so unique.

Length of stay: 21 days

Kind: Multi-country Tours

Fix: For all public

Countries visited: Mexico

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Day 1 : México

Arrive in the Sprawling City of Mexico

Welcome to Mexico City !

Meet your driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel Punto MX. Deluxe room.

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Day 2 : Mexico

A Tour Around Mexico City

After breakfast, meet in the hotel lobby. Depart for a city tour, starting with 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!

Magnificent Teotihuacan

After, 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.

Experience the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

On the way back, it’s possible to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe , built in the 17th century. It is the most important religious site of Latin America and a major pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics coming from all over the world. You can 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, head back to Mexico City for the evening. Option included : English speaking local guide for all the day. Option included : Entrance fees to Teotihuacan. Overnight stay at the hotel Punto MX. Deluxe room.

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Day 3 : Oaxaca

Departure from the hotel by private transport to the bus station. Public bus transport Mexico City-Oaxaca Overnight stay at the hotel Golondrinas Oaxaca.

Option included : Standard double room.

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Day 4 : Oaxaca

Explore Oaxaca City

Day of leisure in Oaxaca . Take a walk around the town center, including the Zocalo, the Santo Domingo Cathedral and its museum, Benito Juarez’s house and much more. You can also visit a chocolate factory, and taste the local drink: mezcal. Nestled in a valley in the middle of the Sierra Madre del Sur, the city of Oaxaca is characterized by its incredible artistic activity, rich and varied handicrafts and its cultural activities. It is also home to major exhibitions and festivals, representative of the cultural richness and diversity, deeply rooted in the traditions and customs.

Note : Transport is not included on this day. Overnight stay at the hotel Golondrinas Oaxaca.

Option included : Standard double room.

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Day 5 : Oaxaca

A day exploring the state of Oaxaca

Transfer from the hotel to the Zapotec village of Cuajimoloyas (1:30 – 2:30 hour drive) located 2800 meters above sea level and that belongs to the communities of the “pueblos mancomunados” of the Sierra Norte.

The Pueblos mancomunados are eight remote communitarian Zapotec villages of the Sierra Norte in Oaxaca. For centuries, these villages have been bringing together the resources of a 290 km2/112 mi2 territory that includes huge forests of pine and oak trees. The earnings from the forestry activity and the other activities are shared among all the families of the pueblos .

After lunch, we go on a 3 hours walk in the Cañon del Coyote . We climb and contemplate an impressive view.

We go back to Oaxaca . Option included : Entrance fees to Pueblos Mancomunados. Option included : local guide from the community for the walk between the pueblos mancomunados. Public bus transport by night Oaxaca-Tuxtla Gutierrez

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Day 6 : Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Trip through Natural Wonders

On arrival in Tuxtla Gutierrez, meet you driver and travel to Chiapa de Corzo , one of many Magic Towns in Chiapas, know for its Renaissance structures, warm people and impressive natural wonders. There, you will take a boat and travel through the Canyon del Sumidero , a deep natural canyon on the Rio Chiapas. You will see the ‘Christmas tree falls’, a rock wall eroded by 800 m/2,625 ft high waterfalls. The Canyon is home to a great variety of wildlife including: herons, vultures, spider monkeys and crocodiles…

Note : This is a 2-3 hour shared boat tour, we recommend taking a hat!

Romantic Pueblo Magico of San Cristobal de las Casas

In the afternoon, arrive in San Cristobal de las Casas , a beautiful city 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.

It is truly one of the most romantic Pueblos Magicos in the state of Chiapas. Explore the narrow, cobblestone streets of the traditional neighborhoods and and admire the houses painted in bright colors that are homes to quaint shops and markets. Admire the beautiful embroidery and the jewelry made from amber and wood pieces that are on display in the windows and on the shelves of the local shops. Option included : Entrance fees and boat to Canyon de sumidero. Overnight stay at hotel Casa Margarita. Standard room.

Note : Breakfast is served 350m from the hotel.

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Day 7 : San Cristobal de las Casas

Romantic Pueblo Magico of San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal is located in the centre of an area of Indian population where the Zapatista movement led by Subcomandante Marcos for the defence of Indian rights has developed. Every morning, the Tzotz Indians sell their products at the market.

Syncretism in Tzotzil community

After breakfast, head to the village of San Juan de Chamula where the inhabitants practice a form of syncretism: a mixture of Christian beliefs and ancestral rituals. Then, you can visit Zinacantan where a Tzotzil family invites you into their house and shares with you 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 Casa Margarita. Standard room.

Note : Breakfast is served 350m from the hotel.

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Day 8 : La Mesilla

Overnight stay at the hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel.

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Day 9 : Panajachel

Boat Trip to Mayan Villages on Lake Atitlan

This morning, hop on a boat and discover the Tzutuhil villages of Lake Atitlan. The Tzutuhil natives are one of the 21 Mayan peoples of Guatemala. They are present in only a handful of villages located southwest of Lake Atitlan. Visit Santiago Atitlan and discover a curious syncretic cult. Somewhere between good and bad, Maximón , the smoking God of Guatemala is feared as much as he is idolized. The villagers offer him gifts in the form of cigarettes, alcohol or money.

After, discover the small Mayan village of San Juan La Laguna . Here the weavers’ cooperative will open its doors to teach you about the techniques of natural coloring and traditional weaving. Appreciate the naive paintings that represent scenes of daily life in the region.

Return to Panajachel and spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure in the small town. Option included : english speaking local guide for the day. Overnight stay at the hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel.

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Day 10 : Panajachel

Market day in Chichicastenango

Today, travel to Chichicastenango to explore its famous market (Thursday and Sunday). The Kaqchikel Indians descend from surrounding villages twice a week to sell their wares here. The city is transformed into a real kaleidoscope of colors and smells. The women wear the traditional huipil representing the seasons of the Mayan calendar and in the center of the village, shamans purify the stairs of the church with incense and indulge in Mayan rituals.

In the afternoon continue your journey towards the city of Antigua . Arrive in the late afternoon and spend the evening in this incredible colonial city. Overnight stay at the hotel Euro Maya.

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Day 11 : Antigua

Explore Antigua

Surrounded by 3 majestic volcanoes, the ancient capital of Central America has suffered throughout its history many natural hazards: earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions… But Antigua is now one of the most beautiful cities in Guatemala.

We invite you to discover the city which is host to more than thirty monasteries and convents and a grand cathedral in the central square. The cobblestone streets adjoin the colorful patios of the colonial houses. Stroll along the arcades of Parque Central, admiring in the distance the volcanoes Fuego, Agua and Acatenango.

NB : walking visit of the city (no vehicle). Overnight stay at the hotel Euro Maya.

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Day 12 : Antigua

Pacaya volcano hike:

Morning departure (7h) to Pacaya volcano , one of the 3 active volcanoes in Guatemala. After 1h30 of transport, start of the ascent (3h of walking, 400m drop). The hike is accessible to all and offers beautiful views of the valley and the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes. Once at the base of the cone, we observe the crater and the fumaroles which escape from it. You can see lava flows when the volcano is active. Descent of the giant and return to Antigua around 1 p.m. Possibility of carrying out the excursion on horseback (consult us).

After lunch, transfer to Guatemala City Airport. Option included : Entrance fees to volcan Pacaya. Option included : english speaking local guide in XXX (meeting at xxx at xxx) National flight Guatemala – Flores (included). Arrive in Flores airport and private transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel Isla de Flores. Premium Room.

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Day 13 : Flores

Mayan sites Yaxha & Topoxté

Departure for Yaxha , green water in Mayan language. The city is located on the shores of Lake Yaxha, which served to supply fresh water to the Mayan population. Walk on the marked trails of this large and rarely visited site. Do not miss the view of the lake from the Temple de las Manos Rojas .

Boat trip across Lake Yaxha to visit Topoxté , a sacred and religious site.

Moving to your hotel in Tikal National Park to experience a night’s sleep in the heart of the Petén jungle. Option included : Entrance fees to Yaxha. Overnight stay at the hotel Jungle Lodge Tikal.

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Day 14 : Tikal

Sunrise in Tikal!

Even before dawn you meet today to climb the highest pyramid of the village in the darkness. From there you will experience the awakening of the jungle and this moment will enchant you! First the howler monkeys, whose cries can be heard several kilometers away, then the birds, which wake up with the twilight and greet the sun, which bathes the forest in golden light.

Collective excursion with English and Spanish speaking guides. A breakfast to take away will be given to you at the beginning of the excursion. Option included : Entrance fees to Tikal. Private transfer from Tikal National Park to Flores Peninsula. End of the day off at Peten Itza Lake. Overnight stay at the hotel Isla de Flores. Premium Room.

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Day 15 : Flores

Road to Mexico :

Today travel to Río Usumacinta, wich stands as a natural border between Mexico and Guatemala. The border post is located in a remote area, the end of the journey is on a dirt road. Transfer by boat on the Río Usumacinta to reach Frontera Corozal in Mexico (private boat).

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Day 16 : Palenque

Explore the Maya City of Palenque

In the morning, visit the archaeological site of Palenque . It might well be the most magical site of Mexico. The majesty and mystery of its ceremonial centers still echoes from the past. At the heart of the Inscriptions Temple stands the crypt of King Pakal, discovered in 1952. It still contains 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 an awe-inspiring scenery and it’s easy to imagine the magnificence of the place, back when the temples and the palace stood in their full glory, adorned with richly animated esplanades, columns and ceilings.

In the afternoon, travel to Campeche , and spend the night. Option included : Entrance fees to Palenque. Option included : English speaking local guide in Palenque. Meeting at the entrance of the site at 08:30 am. Overnight stay at hotel Lopez. Standard room.

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Day 17 : Campeche

Conquer the City of Uxmal

The archaeological 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. One of the best preserved sites on the peninsula, this massive complex includes The Great Pyramid, House of the Turtles, a vast ballgame court and the Governor’s Palace. The water is really scarce in the region which explains the omnipresence of representations of the rain god Chac-Mool.

The White City of Merida.

Arrive at the end of the day in Merida where you will spend the night. Merida, the capital city of Yucatan, has maintained its captivating colonial charm and strong personality while enjoying great economical growth in recent years. You will find many historical monuments, churches and restaurants with both local and international food. The city is dotted with pleasant little squares which are perfect to relax in, have a drink and listen 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. Option included : Entrance fees to Uxmal. Option included : English speaking local guide in Uxmal. Overnight stay at the hotel Casa Lucia.

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Day 18 : Mérida

The Yellow Town of Izamal

This morning, journey to the gorgeous colonial town of Izamal , entirely painted in bright yellow. The Franciscan convent San Antonio de Padua was built on top of a Mayan ceremonial center, and is the continent’s largest cloister.

Then drive to the small village of Ek Balam , the black jaguar in Maya.

The Pyramids of the “Black Jaguar” Ek Balam

After breakfast, travel to Ek Balam . This recently excavated site remains a major discovery in Mayan archeology of the end of the twentieth century. It’s possible to climb the steps of the Pyramids and enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding jungle.

Note: entrance not included unless otherwise stated.

At the end of the day, arrive to Chichen Itza where you will spend the night. Option included : Entrance fees to Ek Balam.. Overnight stay at hotel Oka´an.

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Day 19 : Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, mayan wonder

After breakfast, visit of 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.

Explore the Ruins of Coba

Then we head to Coba , one of the largest mayan city. Its ruins have remained essentially intact in the middle of the tropical jungle. The archaeologists brought to light a 42 meters (138 feet) high pyramid, a 9-storey high palace, a ball court and the most extended network of large calk cobbled roads ( sacbé ) ever discovered.

You will now reach an exceptional area: the Caribbean coast, with its endless beaches, turquoise waters and coral reefs.

At the end of the day, arrival in Tulum where we will spend the night. Option included : english speaking local guide in Chichen Itza. Option included : Entrance fees to Chichen Itza. Option included : Entrance fees to Coba. Overnight stay at the hotel Don Diego de la Selva. Room with a/c and ona king size bed.

Note : please contact us for a supplement for a twin-bedded room (family room)

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Day 20 : Tulum

White Sand and Turquoise Sea

Spend the day in the Magic Town of Tulum , either shopping in the small boutiques, strolling up the central street, relaxing on the white sand, swimming in the crystal clear blue, Caribbean waters or sampling some local seafood. Don’t forget to visit the archeaological site to the north of the main beach. This World Heritage Site sits on a cliff edge facing the Caribbean sea and witnessed the arrival of the first colonists. In 1518, the Spanish conquistador Juan de Grijalva set foot on the beach, under the stunned eye of Batab (Mayan governor of the time). Visit this ancient harbor (and the only one known) built in 1200 and which disappeared at the end of the sixteenth century.

Note : Transport is not included on this day. Overnight stay at the hotel Don Diego de la Selva. Room with a/c and ona king size bed.

Note : please contact us for a supplement for a twin-bedded room (family room)

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Day 21 : Tulum

Hasta Luego Mexico

Depart from the hotel in private transportation to Cancun Airport and arrive at the terminal at least 3 hours before your flight is due to take-off (flight ? at ?).

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