The Cities of Gods

The Cities of Gods

Departures:

2021: 29.01, 19.03, 30.04, 24.09, 19.11

Multi-day tour from Mexico City to Cancun including Teotihuacan, Puebla, Palenque, Yaxchilan, Campeche, Chichen Itza and Yucatan

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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 (10 hours)
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 City – Puebla – Veracruz
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”. Arrive to Veracruz, check-in at hotel.
Day 4: Veracruz – Villahermosa – Palenque
Departure for Villahermosa. Visit to La Venta Museum, cultural predecessor of all Mesoamerican cultures. Try to fathom one of the most mysterious facts of ancient civilization – gigantic stone heads with Negroid features. Arrival to Palenque, check-in at hotel.
Day 5: Palenque – Yaxchilan – Palenque
Early departure. Yaxchilan is literally lost in the jungles of Chiapas, reached only from the Usumacinta River along the Mexico/ Guatemala border. You’ll hear howler monkeys and an endless variety of birds in these untouched, pristine jungles. Yaxchilan is the sacred city for Lacandon Indians, an ethnic group who preserve their pagan past; many continue to live the jungle. Fantastic nature, mystical past, archeological center more than 2000 years old. Return to the hotel in Palenque.
Day 6: Palenque – 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 7: Campeche – Uxmal – 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 hote
Day 8: Merida – Chichen Itza – Ek Balam – 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. Tour arrives at Cancun.

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Price

From: 1870$

Duration
8 days
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