About This Trip
Explore the historic center of Mexico City. Marvel at the Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun at Teotihuacan. Discover the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas. Deep into some indigenous Mayan villages. Explore Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque. Spot the world-famous Uxmal and Chichen Itza. Besides, you can also enjoy a boat ride through the spectacular natural reserve of Sumidero Canyon and take in the stunning scenery of Agua Azul Waterfalls.
- 1 - 2Mexico CityZocalo, Metropolitan Cathedral, Palacio Nacional, Teotihuacan
- 3Tuxtla GutierrezSumidero Canyon National Park, Chiapa de Corzo
- 4San Cristobal de las CasasColonial City Center, Tzotzil Indian Villages
- 5Agua AzulAgua Azul Waterfalls
- 6PalenqueTemple of the Inscriptions, Temple of the Sun
- 7UxmalPyramid of the Magician, Nunnery Quadrangle, House of Turtles
- 8Chichen ItzaPyramid of Kukulcan, Great Ball Court, Cenote of Sacrifice
Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City
Welcome to Mexico City! Upon arrival, you will be met and greeted at the airport and then be transferred to the hotel to relax.
- Mexico City
Day 2: Mexico City, City Discovery & Teotihuacan
Your city exploration today will start from the Zocalo, the main square of Mexico City. As the heart of the Historic Center, it is surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral - the biggest church in Latin America, the Palacio Nacional hosting Diego Rivera's murals depicting the 400 years history of Mexico, and some other magnificent buildings.
Drive out of Mexico City along the famous Paseo de la Reforma built during the short-lived reign of Emperor Maximilian to visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, the most impressive city in the pre-Columbian Americas. There, you will discover the Quetzalpapalotl Palace Complex, the Temple of the Feathered Conches, the Pyramids of the Moon and the Sun.
- Mexico City
Day 3: Mexico City - Tuxtla Gutierrez - San Cristobal de las Casas
Have an early breakfast and then head to the airport for the flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to take a boat tour in the Sumidero Canyon National Park. Formed by a geological fault some 40 million years ago, the immense Sumidero canyon is one of the most impressive natural wonders of Chiapas, with the canyon walls reaching heights of up to 1,000 meters and the Grijalva River dotted with waterfalls and caves.
Before proceeding to San Cristobal de las Casas for overnight, you will also visit the peaceful colonial town of Chiapa de Corzo, the first city founded by the Spaniards in Chiapas.
- San Cristobal de las Casas
Day 4: San Cristobal de las Casas, Colonial City Center
This morning, you will explore the colonial city center of San Cristobal de las Casas on foot, with visits to the cathedral on the north side of the main square and the impressive 16th-century Dominican church Templo de Santo Domingo.
In the afternoon, drive about 10km into the Chiapas highlands to discover the Tzotzil Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. There you will have close contact with the Tzotzils, who descend from the ancient Maya and maintain some unique customs, costumes, and beliefs, and explore beautiful churches and handicraft markets. Afterward, return to San Cristobal and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
- San Cristobal de las Casas
Day 5: San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Palenque
Depart early to Palenque. On the way, you will make a stop in Agua Azul, a breathtaking sight consists of 500 small waterfalls between 2 to 30 meters high, thundering into turquoise pools surrounded by verdant jungle.
Day 6: Palenque - Campeche
After breakfast, you will visit the archaeological site of Palenque. Located in the foothills of the Chiapas altiplano of modern Mexico, Palenque was an important Maya city that flourished between c. 600 and 750 CE. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, it is not only an archaeological site for Mayan ruins hidden deep in the rainforest but also home to countless toucans and howler monkeys. There you will marvel at the Temple of the Inscriptions, the Temple of the Sun crowned with a prominent roof comb, and the Palace with its maze of corridors and rooms. After the tour, depart to Campeche for overnight.
Day 7: Campeche - Uxmal - Merida
From Campeche, you will move forward to Merida and visit the archaeological site of Uxmal en route. Located 80km south of Merida, the well-preserved Uxmal is one of the few Mayan ruins that are almost exactly the same as they were abandoned in the second half of the 16th century. Here you will explore its main buildings, including the Pyramid of the Magician, the Nunnery Quadrangle, the House of Turtles, etc.
Day 8: Merida - Chichen Itza - Cancun
Continue your Mayan culture discovery today with a visit to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Located about 120km from Merida, it is one of the best restored Mayan sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Here you should not miss the magnificent Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Great Ball Court, the Cenote of Sacrifice, and many other beautiful temples.
After that, you will drive to the beach location of your hotel in Cancun. Hotel and beach extensions in Cancun are not included in this tour but we will be so glad to recommend and book for you if any needs.
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