Magical Mexico
Palenque  
Oaxaca City  
Chichen Itza  
View from above the Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas, Mexico  
Tulum God of the Winds Temple  
Riviera Maya  
Puebla  
Mehakal Ocean front deluxe  
14 day tour
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Magical Mexico

Mexico

Mexico is filled with ancient traditions, rich history, gorgeous natural beauty and delicious cuisine. Travel across Mexico, starting in the diverse metropolis of Mexico City and ending in the idyllic and beautiful Riviera Maya. Visit the Tzotzil Indian village of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan to learn about the unique customs, costumes and beliefs from the local people. Travel into the jungle to find the 500 buildings of the majestic archaeological site, Palenque. Built thousands of years ago but still standing today, this impressive ancient site is a marvel to witness. The journeys to each destination will be filled with adventure. When you travel from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque, stop at Parque Nacional Agua Azul a collection of multicoloured waterfalls occupied by exotic animals such as the jaguar, tapir and toucan. 


Day 1
Day 1
London - Mexico City
Depart London Heathrow on your direct flight to Mexico City with British Airways arriving early evening. On arrival transfer to the Hampton Inn & Suites and settle into the Mexican way of life with a cocktail on the rooftop terrace which overlooks the Centro Historico.
Accommodation: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
     
Day 2
Day 2
Mexico City
Spend the morning soaking up the culture and history of Mexico City. Start with a stroll across the massive Zocala (main square) and to find an enormous Mexican flag proudly flying against the clear blue sky. The square is flanked by interesting buildings such as the Cathedral Metropoltana and the Palacio Nacional which depicts the country’s history with a series of Diego Rivera’s murals. This afternoon, wander amongst the locals at a traditional handicraft market en-route to the Museum of Anthropology where you can get lost in the treasures of the Aztec cultural history.
Day 3
Day 3
Mexico City – Puebla – Oaxaca
There’s an early start today to visit the World Heritage Site of Puebla en route to Oaxaca. Take in the colourful glazed pottery of the characteristic Talavera tiles in the town as you wander through the winding streets to the historical churches, colonial mansions and the 17th century cathedral in the colonial centre. Travel onto Oaxaca, arriving in the evening.
Accommodation: Casa Catrina
 
Day 4
Day 4
Oaxaca
Spend this morning with a local who will take you to the food markets to buy the fresh ingredients you will use in your cooking class. Learn how to create traditional and delicious Mexican dishes.After lunch, visit the Monte Alban World Heritage Site and admire the endless views over the Oaxaca Valley. Wander amongst the terraces, dams and pyramids which were carved out of the Mountain by the ancient Zapotec peoples. There will also be time to explore the Gran Plaza, the Ball Court, the Observatory and the Palace and Mitla, one of the most sacred places. Finally, return to the city of Oaxaca to visit the splendid Santo Domingo church.
Day 5
Day 5
Oaxaca - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristobal de las Casas
Start early this morning with a transfer to the airport for your flight via Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Upon arrival you will visit the magnificent Sumidero Canyon. Set off from the town of Chiapa de Corzoon on a motorboat along the Grijalva River, navigating through the sheer rock walls of the canyon. Look out for crocodiles in the river and spider monkeys, iguanas, herons, and kingfishers in the surrounding National Park. Arrive in San Cristobal de las Casas, found in a highland valley surrounded by lush pine forest. Here you will spend two nights at the charming Casa Mexicana.
Accommodation: Casa Mexicana
   
Day 6
Day 6
San Cristobal de las Casas
With plenty to see, explore on foot the colonial heart of San Cristobal de las Casas. On the north side of the main square is the cathedral with a lavish interior and gold-encrusted pulput. A few blocks away is the impressive 16th-century Dominican church Templo de Santo Domingo featuring an intricate pink façade and gilded Baroque interior. In the Chiapas highlands about 10km from San Cristobal lies the Tzotzil Indian village of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Descending from the ancient Maya these local people maintain many unique customs, costumes and beliefs. Visit the beautiful church in San Juan Chamula and the nearby village of Zinacantan.
Day 7
Day 7
San Cristobal de las Casas - Palenque
Today you will journey to Palenque, stopping along the way at Parque Nacional Agua Azul home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. The cascading water, varying from three to 30 metres in height, tumbles into the aquamarine coloured rock pools. Swim through this idyllic water, a refreshing relief from the heat and humidity of the lowlands. The best time to visit the waterfalls is outside of the wet season, June to September. Continue onto Palenque where you will be staying at the Chan-Kah hotel, perfectly located for your journey to Palenque in the morning.
Accommodation: Chan-Kah Palenque
         
Day 8
Day 8
Palenque - Campeche
This morning take a guided tour of the archaeological site of Palenque. Hidden within the jungle, these temples are a fantastic example of Mayan architecture in Mexico. Wander through the 500 buildings spread throughout the jungle, exploring Temple of the Inscriptions, the tallest of the buildings, the Temple of the Sun, crowned with a prominent roof comb, and The Palace with its maze of corridors and rooms. Once you have finished exploring, drive onto Campeche, a Spanish settlement built on the site of a former Maya fishing village around 1540. A genuine port town with a captivating naval history spend the evening meandering through the narrow cobblestone streets, enjoying the baroque architecture, peaceful boardwalks and lively markets.
Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Campeche
 
Day 9
Day 9
Campeche - Merida
A remarkable set of ruins and a brilliant expression of Puuc architecture, spend the day at the World Heritage Site of Uxmal. Built in the sixth century AD and added to over the next 400 years, Uxmal, pronounced oosh-mahl, is a magnificent area dominated by the House of Magician. Stroll through the palaces set around courtyards, decorated with symbolic motifs and sculptures depicting the long-nosed rain god Chaac. A short drive away, continue onto Kabah best known for its extraordinary Palace of the Masks, a temple decorated with rows of masks. After your day of archaeological discoveries, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Merida.
Accommodation: Casa del Balam
Day 10
Day 10
Merida - Chichen Itza
The cultural capital of the peninsula, enjoy a tour of Merida in the morning. While bursting with colonial history, it is also a modern cosmopolitan city filled with museums, art galleries and restaurants. Surrounding the Plaza Prinicipal is the Cathedral, the Palacio Municipal, Casa Montejo and the Govemor’s Palace. Also close by is the grand Cathedral of San Ildefonso. Built on the former site on a Maya temple, using the stones, it is one of the oldest in Latin America. Inside you will find murals depicting the meeting of Francisco de Montejo (Merida’s founder) and the Mayan King Tutl Xiu. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Hacienda Chichen, the closest hotel to the ancient site of Chichen Itza.
Accommodation: Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa
         
Day 11
Day 11
Chichen Itza - Riviera Maya
Today is dedicated to Chichén Itzá, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a dazzling ancient city which has been beautifully restored. Once centred around the Maya empire in Central America, the most imposing and iconic structure is ‘El Castillo’. Twenty-four metres high with 365 steps, one for each day of the year, this pyramid was dedicated to Kukulcan, the Mayan God of Quetzalcoatl. Visit the Sacred Cenote, the heart of Chichén Itzá. Travel along a Mayan road to a natural well, thought of as the home of the rain God of Chaak and used for human sacrifices. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the beach resort on the Riviera Maya, Petit Lafitte.
Accommodation: Petit Lafitte
Days 12 - 13
Day 12
Riviera Maya
Petit Lafitte is a charming intimate hotel with a wonderful location, ideal to enjoy the peace and quiet of the beach-front. Situated on a quiet strip of beach it is just a short distance from Playa del Carmen and its collection of bars and restaurants. There are plenty of activities to enjoy. Visit the ancient ruins of Tulum, spectacularly positioned on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Take a ferry and sail to Isla Cozumel, a wonderful place to scuba diving amongst dolphin, manatee and sea turtles, or to Xel-Há Nature Reserve, a spectacular paradise of lagoons filled with multicoloured fish.
Day 14
Cancun - London
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London Gatwick.

Pricing Information & Dates

14 day tour, from £3645 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
Price Notes
Breakfast is included throughout.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Mexico City
  2.   Oaxaca
  3.   San Cristobal & Palenque
  4.   Merida
  5.   Chichen Itza & Uxmal
  6.   Riviera Maya Coast

Accommodation on this Tour

Casa Catrina
Casa Catrina
Oaxaca, Mexico
Casa Catrina A former family home, Casa Catrina is situated in the heart of vibrant and colourful Oaxaca. This hotel was designed by a wellknown Oaxacan artist which is reflected in its interior......
 
Casa Mexicana
Casa Mexicana
San Cristobal & Palenque, Mexico
Casa Mexicana Casa Mexicana has a central location in the beautiful colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico’s mountainous heartland. The hotel is within easy walking distance of......
   
Chan-Kah Palenque
Chan-Kah Palenque
San Cristobal & Palenque, Mexico
Chan-Kah Palenque Rustic in style, Chan-Kah Palenque is conveniently situated close to the Palenque UNESCO ruins. Awarded four ecological stars, the hotel is surrounded by the rainforest and offers......
         
Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa
Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa
Chichen Itza & Uxmal, Mexico
Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa Conveniently located next to the Chichen Itza pyramids in Yucatan, Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa is family-run and places a strong emphasis on its eco......
         
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
Mexico City, Mexico
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Immerse yourself in Mexico City’s historic past when based at the Hampton Inn & Suites. The Alameda Cathedral and Palacio de Belles Artes are within easy......
     
Hotel Plaza Campeche
Hotel Plaza Campeche
Campeche, Mexico
Hotel Plaza Campeche Ideal for an overnight stay between Palenque and Merida, the Hotel Plaza Campeche is located in the historic city centre. From here you can explore Campeche’s key historic......
 

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