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Mexico Essentials – Civilizations Discovery & Nature Wonders 14d

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14 days
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 15

Tour Details

Forget about everything you’ve heard about Mexico, join us and fall in love with the secrets of this mysterious country. Mexico has a vast and varied terrain, rich history and an extraordinary pre-Columbian legacy. It offers stunning Mayan and Aztec ruins, and beautifully preserved colonial towns, while the spectacular natural scenery encompasses snow-capped volcanoes, dramatic mountain canyons, desert coastlines, tropical rain forests, waterfalls and beautiful beaches.The mix is so enchanting you’ll hardly notice when you fell under its spell.

Note: For this tour the price is made for at least 5 passengers. The tour is running also with only 3 passengers, but with an extra charge of 600usd per passenger. 

Dates for closed groups available during the whole year, on request.

 

Price Includes

  • (13nights) Accommodation in double standard rooms with breakfast in ***hotels
  • Meals listed in the travel program
  • Local excursions listed in the travel program
  • Entrance Fees listed in Essentials Info
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Tickets to archaeological sites, national parks and museums, unless indicated in the travel program
  • Optional excursions
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tips for local guides on excursions
  • International Flight

What to Expect

  • Discover the legacy of Frida Kahlo in Mexico City
  • Get up close and personal with the country's diverse heritage, from the magnificent Aztec temples of Teotihuacan to Basilica Guadelupe
  • Visit Puebla, a fascinating old colonial town which historic city centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage
  • Drink,eat and watch the world go by on very pleasant Plaza de la Constitución in Oaxaca – a beautiful city bordered by mountains and thick forests
  • View and swim in a Cenote (Dzipnup or Ikkil), after visit of Kukulkan - one of the 7 world wonders of the modern world

Itinerary

Day 1MEXICO CITY

Arrival at the Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport. Transfer to your *** hotel.
Overnight in Mexico City.

Day 2HISTORICAL CENTER, MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY ...

8.00 am Breakfast. Departure from the hotel to visit Historic Center.
Main square, Templo Mayor (from viewpoint), National Palace, Murals of Diego Rivera.
(If National Palace is closed it is complemented by Pedestrian Zone, Tolsa Square, Post Office and Fine Arts on the outside, time for photos in the esplanade of Fine Arts).
11.00 am Transfer to Xochimilco, with lunch included on the trajinera. (Trajinera – Small boat, usually adorned with flowers, used in the channels of Xochimilco as a means of transport)
3:00 pm Casa Azul Frida Kahlo
5.00 -7.00 pm Museum of Anthropology, visiting only some outstanding aspects.
Overnight in Mexico City in the hotel ***.

Day 3TEOTIHUACAN- BASILICA

8.30 am Breakfast. Departure for visit the Shrine of Guadalupe, the most visited religious site in Latin America. Then (about 11.00 am), travel to to see great works of the Aztecs – the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan (Located only an hour outside of Mexico City).
Return to downtown of Mexico and to the hotel from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Overnight in Mexico City in the hotel ***.

Day 4MEXICO-PUEBLA-OAXACA

8.00 am Breakfast. Private bus drive to Puebla.
11.00 am Puebla. Visit of the city that has one of the most beautiful squares in Mexico. City tour in Puebla and free time for a lunch. Free acitivites in Puebla.
3.00 pm Departure from Puebla to Oaxaca.
Overnight in the hotel*** in Oaxaca.

Day 5OAXACA

8.30 am Breakfast. Monte Alban, Market Town. Included
2.00 pm (optional) Craft towns of Oaxaca: San Bartolo Coyotepec (black clay pottery) and San Martín Tilcajete (wood carving of alebrijes).
Overnight in the hotel*** in Oaxaca.

Day 6OAXACA-TEHUANTEPEC

8:30 am Breakfast. Departure from Oaxaca. En route visit of the Tree of the Tule, Teotitlán del Valle, Mezcal Factory, Archaeological Sites of Mitla. Lunch in Mitla (included ).
18.00 pm Arrival to Tehuantepec or Salina Cruz and Overnight in Tehuantepec / Salina Cruz Overnight in hotel***/****.

Day 7TEHUANTEPEC / SALINA CRUZ-SAN CRISTOBAL

8.00 am Breakfast. Departure from Tehuantepec / Salina Cruz for San Cristobal de las Casas.
The state of Chiapas is located in the rainforest area, which has waterfalls, canyons, Indian villages and archaeological sites of Maya. We recommend an optional tour of the Sumidero canyon and a boat ride on the river Grijalva (which shares the state of Chiapas and Tabasco), which cliffs are up to one kilometer high, as well as familiarity with the flora and fauna of the place.
Overnight in San Cristóbal de las Casas in hotel***.

Day 8SAN CRISTOBAL

8.30 am Breakfast. We recommend an optional excursion to the Mayan village of San Juan de Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantan with a local guide.
Free afternoon in San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Overnight in San Cristóbal de las Casas in the hotel***.

Day 9SAN CRISTOBAL-PALENQUE

8.00 am Breakfast. Departure from San Cristobal via Villahermosa to Palenque wich is located deep in the tropical part of Mexico. Palenque, along with Chitzten Itza, is the most impressive archaeological site of Mayas in Mexico, dates back to around 400-700 BC.
12.00 am lunch in restaurants of Mirador Presa de Malpaso (not included).
6.00 pm Arrival to Palenque to hotel.
Overnight in Palenque in the hotel***.

Day 10PALENQUE-CAMPECHE

8.00 am After breakfast trnsfer from your hotel in Palenque city to archaeological site of Palenque, located in the middle of lush vegetation. The UNESCO World Heritage site served as one of the most important ceremonial centers of the Maya culture during the Classic period. The ruins of ancient buildings, spread out over 9 miles (15 km). We visit the Palenque complex with the local guide: Palace with a tower, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Cross, the Temple of Enrollment which all surround the Sun Market. If there is enough time, you’ll also explore cultural exhibits at the museum.
11.00 am Continuing to Campeche, city tour. Once a Mayan trading village, Campeche is full of rich history and beautiful sculpted buildings. Exploring the peaceful town of Campeche – its cathedral, fortresses, mansions and plazas.
Overnight in Campeche in the hotel***.

Day 11CAMPECHE-UXMAL- MERIDA

8.00 am Breakfast. Departure from Campeche.
10.00 am Visit of Uxmal (one of the top Maya archaeological sites – it was the religious, political and economic center of the Mayan civilization – Pyramid of Dwarf, Governor’s Palace and turtle house …)
1.00 pm Lunch in typical Yucateco Restaurant with Regional Dishes (included).
4.00 pm Visit of Mérida city. Cultural and artistic city of Mérida (the capital of the state of Jukatan) was founded in 1542, it is known as the white city, the city of folklore and carnival and is considered one of the safest cities in Mexico. Our recommendation is an individual visit to La Casa de Montejo near the main square, a 7-meter-long icon of Christ, as well as a visit to the Canton Palace Museum on Merida’s main avenue, the Macay Museum and the Monumento a la Patria.
Transfer to hotel and accommodation.
Overnight in Merida in the hotel***.

Day 12MERIDA-CHICHEN ITZA-CANCUN

8:00 am Breakfast. Departure from Merida to Chichen Itza.
9.30 am Visit of the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Upon arrival we visit: the Pyramid of Kukulkan, better known as El Castillo – one of the 7 world wonders of the modern world, the Temple of 1000 pillars, the ceremonial field of pelotas and the Observatory. The pyramid is among the most important archaeological sites of the peninsula of Yukatan.
12.00 am View of a Cenote (Dzipnup or Ikkil) with time to swim. Lunch at the service unit near the Cenote (not included).
5.00 pm Arrival to Cancun, extension to beach.

Day 13FREE IN CANCUN

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cancun.

Overnight in Cancun in the hotel***.

Day 14CANCUN-GOODBYE

Enjoy breakfast. At the indicated time, you’ll be transferred to the airport.

Note: You have the option not to be taken to the airport if you choose to extend your trip in Mexico.

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Essential info

Passport and visas

Your passport should be valid for six months after the date of your scheduled return home. Full passport details are required at the time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

Visa’s are not required for citizens of most countries in America and Western Europe. However, it is the responsibility of the individual traveller. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time. Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home.

Travel Insurance

Make sure you have Travel Insurance and that you are adequately covered for Cancellation, Curtailment and Medical Insurance prior to your holiday departure. Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment.

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Group Leader

We like to call them “Leaders” and not “Guides” because they are essentially your well traveled, experienced friends! While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Our Leaders main goals are to ensure everyone on the trip is having the best time possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. They know the trip locations well, and have great relationships with all our contacts in each destination. Not to mention they are all extremely fun and easy going people who continue to showcase the essence of what makes us Eco Explorer!

Safety

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you’ll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it’s deemed necessary due to safety concerns. While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

Solo travellers

Our holidays are renowned for being friendly, fun experiences, and our small groups frequently include a significant number of single travellers. You’ll feel very welcome amongst people who share a passion for seeing the world on foot and the outdoor life.

Minimum group sizes

As with all group tour operators, we require a minimum number of participants to operate each holiday. Should this number not be reached, the holiday will not be commercially viable and we reserve the right to cancel the holiday. This will be done reluctantly and an offer of a suitable alternative holiday will be provided wherever possible.

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