In the footsteps of Cortes

In the footsteps of Cortes

11-Day Mexico Tour including Tajin, Eyipantla Falls, Catemaco, Nanciyaga, Palenque, Bonampak, Laguna Bacalar and Cancun

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Scheduler

Departure: Hotel Mexico Intercontinental Departure Time: Please arrive by 9:15
AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
Return Time: Approximately 8:30 PM.

Dress Code:

Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.

Included

  • Departure Taxes
  • Excursions
  • Personal Guide

Not Included:

  • 5 Star Accommodation
  • Entry Fees

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Mexico City
Tour starts from transfer from Mexico City airport to the hotel (30-40 min).
Day 2: Mexico City Tour – Teotihuacan – National Museum of Anthropology
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: Xochimilco – Dolores Olmedo Museum
Xochimilco is a cozy place located 28 km from Mexico City. The so-called “Mexican Venice”, this town does not feature gondolas, rather «trajineras», wooden boats. Dolores Olmedo Museum is named for a famous businesswoman, philanthropist and musician, friend to the great Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The museum exhibits 137 paintings of Rivera, 24 works of Frida Kahlo and more than 600 ancient exhibits of Pre-Hispanic epoch. Return to hotel in Mexico City.
Day 4: Mexico City – 3Tajin – Papantla – Costa Esmeralda
Tajin is an archaeological site in the Mexican state of Idalgo. This is a wonderful ancient city whose ruins were discovered by accident. Archeologists stumbled on this wild jungle in the center, finding the greatest known center of Totonac civilization. Let the giant 6-storey Pyramid of the Niches – a ‘live calendar’ – ignite your imagination. Transfer to the state of Veracruz – one of the most picturesque Mexican states. Papantla is a comfortable city included in the list of “pueblos magicos”. Translated from Nahuatl its name means ‘place of loud birds’. This city literally smells of vanilla, which is cultivated here. You can buy delicious smelling souvenirs made from vanilla leaves. Also famous for the ritual dance ‘Voladores de Papantla’. The ritual consists of dance followed by climbing a 30-meter pole. Having scaled to the top, four dancers launch themselves tied with ropes to gracefully descend to the ground. A fifth dancer remains on top of the pole to play a flute and drum. This ritual represents the Totonacs prayer for rain. After visiting Papantla we come to the beautiful coast line of the Mexican Gulf – Costa Esmeralda. Relax and enjoy a light ocean breeze. Night in Costa Esmeralda.
Day 5: Costa Esmeralda – archaeological site Zempoala – Quiauixtlan – Veracruz
Comfortable archaeological site Zempoala belongs to the classical period of Totonac culture, located when the Old World and New World first met. This is where the ships of Cortes landed. From this place – Quiauixtlan – the conquest of Mexico begun. The legendary movie “Apocalypse” was filmed here. In the movie you see Indians standing on the cliff of Quiauixtlan, watching strange white people with ‘shooting sticks’ disembark from their trans-atlantic voyage. Next is Veracruz, a seaport located on the Mexican Gulf. The biggest city of the state, Veracruz has rich musical traditions. Night in Veracruz.
Day 6: Veracruz – Cigar Factory – Eyipantla Falls – Catemacoe
In the morning, we visit one of the most popular Cigar factories – TE AMO. Specialists report that TE AMO Mexican cigars are even better than Cuban cigars. The export of cigars grows at an exponential rate. You’ll learn the reasons why. After visiting the factory, we will see another historical place – one of the most beautiful waterfalls – Eyipantla Falls. This waterfall was filmed in one of the shots of the film “Apocalypse”. Transfer to Catemaco – the city of shamans and magicians.
Day 7: Catemaco – Boating – Nanciyaga Ecological Reserve – Villahermosa
Catemaco is a small town on the shore of the eponymous lake, surrounded by lush virgin jungle with peaked hills reminiscent of ancient Indian pyramids. Shamans, wizards, healers and magicians from across Mexico gather here for their annual convention. From this place, we travel to Nanciyaga – the most northern point of tropical jungle in the world. The variety of flora and fauna, mineral waters, lake – speaks of a deep harmony with nature. You can participate in a traditional purification ritual. Transfer to Villahermosa, night at the hotel. Villahermosa is the capital of the state of Tabasco, a transport hub between Mexico City and Cancun. Transfer to Palenque – ancient Mayan ruins located in the state of Chiapas. You will see one of the most beautiful Mayan ruins full of mysterious constructions and ancient monuments. Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Cross, and Temple of the Inscriptions. The tomb of Pakal II – Mayan emperor of classical period – was unearthed here. You will also visit the waterfall Misol Ha. Return to hotel in Palenque.
Day 8: Villahermosa – Palenque – Misol Ha – Palenque
Villahermosa is the capital of the state of Tabasco, a transport hub between Mexico City and Cancun. Transfer to Palenque – ancient Mayan ruins located in the state of Chiapas. You will see one of the most beautiful Mayan ruins full of mysterious constructions and ancient monuments. Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Cross, and Temple of the Inscriptions. The tomb of Pakal II – Mayan emperor of classical period – was unearthed here. You will also visit the waterfall Misol Ha. Return to hotel in Palenque.
Day 9: Palenque – Bonampak – Welib Ha Waterfall – Palenque
Bonampak is an ancient Mayan city famed for its colorful mural frescos. The name “bonampak” in Mayan means “colored mural” which gave the city its modern name. Here is the jungle of Chiapas we touch the Usumacinta River, a natural border between Mexico and Guatemala. Welib Ha is a captivating waterfall where you can enjoy amazing views and take a swim. Return to the hotel in Palenque.
Day 10: Palenque – Archeological zone Kohunlich – Chetumal
Early departure. Transfer to Kohunlich – a big city of Mayan civilization. It is suggested the city was a stopping point on the trade route between the South Yucatan peninsula, Campeche, Rio Bec and cities on the east coast and the southern region of El Peten in modern Guatemala and Belize. The ancient city Kohunlich transforms our ideas of Mayan culture; it is unique in its virgin beauty. Transfer to Chetumal, state capital of Quintana Roo. Formerly Indians settled this city. In ancient times, Chetumal suffered from pirate attacks, but was never colonised by the Spanish. Night in Chetumal.
Day 11: Chetumal – Lagoon Bacalar – Tulum – Gran Cenote – Riviera Maya or Cancun
Bacalar is a natural and historical center famous for the fortresses that protected it from pirates. There are archeological monuments of Mayan epoch, and Laguna Bacalar, a famous lake. Tulum was a major Maya port, with access to both land and sea routes, and the only Maya fort located on the coast. Riviera Maya is a Caribbean coastline that begins at Cancun and ends at the village of Tulum. Incredible beaches, turquoise Caribbean waters, a fresh ocean breeze – here is the pearl of the Mexican coastline. We visit one of the unique karst lakes – cenotes. After swimming, transfer to your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya.

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