Five Civilizations

Departures in 2017:
22.12
Departures in 2018: 19.01, 16.02, 7.03, 16.09, 19.10, 27.12
9 days / 8 nights
From USD 1860

9-Day Mexico Tour including Oaxaca, Chiapas, Yucatan and much more

Price per person – from USD 1860

Map
mexico city to cancun tour map

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City

Transfer to the hotel (30-40 min).

Day 2: Mexico City Tour – National Museum of Anthropology – Teotihuacan

Impressive megapolis showcasing Mexico’s unique combination of Indians, Mestizos, Creoles and Europeans. The capital is a city of mixed emotions, splendid colors and spicy tastes. You will see: “Zocalo”, the main national square, ruins of the ancient Aztec city Tenochtitlan, and the National Palace. See murals by Mexico’s greatest artist, Diego Rivera. These colorful murals depict Mexico’s pre-Columbian Indian history, the colonial period and the Revolution.

Visit Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park. See archaeological treasures of pre-Hispanic civilizations, including the Toltec, Mexica, Aztec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Olmec and Maya. Cast your eyes on the immense Aztec Calendar Stone.

Then visit Mexico’s grandest archaeological site, ancient Teotihuacán (80km from Mexico City) Sixth largest city in the world in 400 A.D., Teotihuacán was mysteriously abandoned 300 years later, centuries before the Aztec occupation. Visit the Jaguar Palace and Temple of the Plumed Conch Shells. Wander around Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Stroll along Avenue of the Dead, flanked by temples and palaces. Return to hotel.

Day 3: Mexico – 125 km – Puebla – 363 km – Oaxaca

Your journey towards the Caribbean coast begins. Morning: drive to visit the historic center of colonial Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Puebla enjoys clean air and good quality of life, a city legendary for it’s chocolate sauce “mole”.

Arrival to Oaxaca, check-in at the hotel.

Day 4: Oaxaca – 10 km – Monte Alban – Tule – 250 km – Tehuantepec

Tour to Monte Alban. This city-state is strategically situated at 2000 m above the sea-level and used to be a religious center of the tribe of Zapotecs. Fascinating in its geometry, the city contains the ball games field, the observatory, the world-famous wall portrayals of the dancers etc. Arrival to the city of Tehuantepec. Check-in to the hotel.

Day 5: Tehuantepec – 370 km – Sumidero Canyon – San Cristobal de Las Casas

To the famous Mexican Canyon of Sumidero by land, further – by the water boats. You will be amazed of the exotic vegetation, caves and altars – Sumidero Canyon is one of the most fascinating places in Mexico. Again by land to the most Indian city, the former capital of the state of Chiapas, the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas. Check-in to the hotel.

Day 6: San Cristobal de las Casas – 220 km –Waterfall Misol Ha – Palenque

City Tour to the most “Indian” city of Mexico with a visit to its market. Visit to the Indian villages of Zinacatan and San Juan Chamula. Visit Waterfall Misol –Ha. Arrival to Palenque, check-in to the hotel.

Day 7: Palenque – 365 km – Campeche

Visit the archeological center of Palenque, one of the most magnificent sites of Mayan civilization. This City-Gallery contains stone portraits of priests and of the emperor Pakal II, as well as a dynastic chronicle, the temple of the Sun and the Cross, ‘spaceman’ image on the wall of the Emperor Pakal sarcophagus, and many other wonders. This City of Mysteries is densely covered in tall jungle foliage. Crossing the Usumacinta River we arrive to Campeche, famous by its 17th-century walls. Check-in to the hotel.

Day 8: Campeche – 171 km – Uxmal – 80 km – Merida

Enjoy a completely different landscape, get to know the city-port with its boisterous pirate history. Uxmal is an incredible representative of Puuc architecture. You cannot miss the oval-shaped foundations of Pyramid of the Wizard, or the Governor’s temple adorned with 365 masks of Chaak, the rain god.  Roam through Nuns’ Square, the Temple of Turtles. Arrive to Merida. Check-in at hotel.

Day 9: Merida – 107 km – Chichen Itza – 50 km – Ek Balam – 180 km – Cancun

Travel through fields of henequen, natural fiber, the ancient currency of  Yucatan. Arrive to Chichen-Itza, rightly named ‘Wonder of the New World. This temple complex beautifully represents Mayan – Tolteque culture.

Only the elite – Magicians, scientists, and ‘soccer’ players could access this special landscape of white stone and ‘eyes’ of the earth – underground lakes. Such temples, belonging to Mexico’s classical and post-classical periods, were never seen in action by the Spanish colonizers. When the Europeans came, the Temples were already abandoned. Arch-astronomy was developed here, a world-view holding Philosophy and History to be identical.

View the Pyramid of Kukulkan, ‘the feathered serpent’, the field of ball games, the observatory and much more. Swim in Ik-Kil cenote, ‘a place where the wind is born’, and the Yucatan’s most beautiful karsts lake.

Finally, we visit Ek Balam, the archeological center celebrating fantastic discoveries of the last decades. Learn how recent discoveries have flipped understanding of Mayan culture upside down. Only a small area is visible, the remainder of the city is buried under thick jungle. Spot the Acropolis, Ball Game field, Twin Buildings, Observatory, and ritual saunce, the Temazcal. Arrive to Cancun.

General information

  • Radio guide (for groups more than 10 pax)
  • Professional, highly qualified English or Russian speaking guides
  • New transportation, last 3 years model (except Guatemala)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Vehicle tracking system
  • Complimentary airport transfers included
  • Non-TPL: In Mexico, there are no rooms with three single beds. When booking the room TPL offers:1 Twin beds – TWIN + extra bed (not guaranteed)2 One Bed KING + extra bed (not guaranteed)

The tours of 2017 kick off on  December 22  from Mexico City

Price per person in double room – from USD 1860

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