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The Best of Mexico

FROM $1866

This superb package encapsulates the very best of Mexico. Starting in Mexico City you will travel to Oaxaca, first visiting the picturesque city of Puebla. Take a scenic boat ride through Sumidero Canyon, which in places reaches heights of up to 1200 metres. Next travel to the ruins of Palenque via the beautiful Agua Azul waterfalls. Experience the colonial charm of Merida and the impressive Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, and finish your journey at the stunning beaches of Playa del Carmen.

  • DURATION 12 DAYS
  • TYPE Independent
  • OPERATES YEAR ROUND
  • DEPARTS Mexico City airport

ITINERARY

Day 1 Mexico City

Mexico City is spread across more than 2000 square km of a single highland valley and is a city of colonial palaces, world-renowned cultural treasures, green parks and plazas. Met on arrival for transfer to your hotel located in the central city area. Please note that a Ketzaltour representative will run through your Mexico program at the hotel shortly after check-in.
Stay: Regente or similar

Day 2 Mexico City

Today’s tour begins with a visit to the Shrine of Guadalupe where you will see the original image of the Virgin Mary appearing on a simple piece of fabric belonging to the famous Indian Juan Diego. You will see both the 18th century Basilica and the Basilica dedicated about three decades ago to the Virgin. Continue on to the ancient site of Teotihuacan, meaning, “Where men become Gods.” Here you will have the opportunity to climb the amazing Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, visit the palace of Quetzal-Butterfly (the feathered serpent temple), the Avenue of the Dead and the Citadel. Afternoon return to your hotel.(B)
Stay: Regente or similar

Day 3 Mexico – Oaxaca (448 km)

Depart Mexico City and with some luck you will have a view of Volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. Puebla is often referred to as the “City of the Angels”, with more than seventy churches and a thousand other colonial buildings in the central area alone- many decorated with hand painted tiles. On the tour you will have a guided walk to discover the cities plazas, its Main Square, Baroque Palaces and its Cathedral. You will also visit Cholula, a much smaller city however still containing 366 churches and the biggest pyramid on earth. Late afternoon you will be transferred to the bus station in Puebla, where you will take the journey to Oaxaca (approximately 4 ½ hours). Upon arrival into Oaxaca you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Oaxaca is a lovely place filled with colonial style buildings, plazas and cafes, and is at the same time relaxed and also energetic and cosmopolitan. (B)
Stay: Oaxaca Real or similar

Day 4 Oaxaca – Monte Alban

Half day sightseeing tour to the archaeological site of Monte Alban, one of the first cities in the Americas reaching a population of about 25,000 inhabitants around 300 to 700 AD. From its spectacular location on a flattened hilltop, 400 metres above the valley floor, the Zapotecs took control of the central valleys. During the visit you will see the Ball Court, the Palace, the Observatory, and the Tombs 7 and 104, dating from 500-700 AD. Return to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.(B)
Stay: Oaxaca Real or similar

Day 5 Oaxaca – Sumidero Canyon – San Cristobal

At the pre-appointed time, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight to Tuxtla. (flight not included – please book a flight arriving in Tuxtla before 1pm).You will be met at Tuxtla airport and transferred to the marina where you will join a speedboat ride (for about 1 ½ hours) through Sumidero Canyon, which in places reaches heights of up to 1200 metres. Along the way you may see a variety of bird life, including herons, egrets, cormorants, vultures or kingfishes, and perhaps even a crocodile or two. Next you will be transferred to your hotel in San Cristobal de Las Casas. (B)
Stay: Hotel Rincon Del Arco

Day 6 San Cristobal de Las Casas

Today on your tour you will visit the main plaza, including the cathedral, and the Santo Domingo church to the north of the centre. Next you will visit the Indian villages of Chamula and Zinacantan around San Cristobal. The Indians here are descendants of the ancient Maya and among Mexico’s most traditional. Chamula, 10 km northwest of San Cristobal is the centre for some unique religious practices and your visit will include a stop at the church on the main plaza. Return to San Cristobal, with the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Stay: Hotel Rincon Del Arco

Day 7 San Cristobal de Las Casas - Palenque

At the pre-appointed time, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Palenque. The 210-km journey takes you from the cool, misty highlands to the steaming lowland jungle, with first a stop at the beautiful Agua Azul waterfalls. Upon arrival in Palenque, tour to the impressive Mayan ruins. Although only a dozen of Palenque’s nearly 500 buildings have been excavated, the site is spectacular with its Mayan architecture and being surrounded by emerald jungle. As you explore the ruins, try to picture the grey stone structures’, painted bright red, as they would have been at the peak of Palenque’s power. Transferred to your hotel. (B)
Stay: Plaza Palenque or similar

Day 8 Palenque – Villahermosa - Merida

Today you will be transferred to Villahermosa airport for the flight to Merida. (cost of flight not included). Our local representative will meet you as you exit from the arrival hall for transfer to your hotel, with the remainder of the day free. Merida is the capital of the state of Yucatan and is a charming city of narrow streets, colonial buildings and lovely parks. Most points of interest, including shops and restaurants are situated within five blocks of the main square, or otherwise on the tree-lined boulevard Paseo de Montejo. If you happen to be in Merida on a weekend, be sure to spend some time in the streets around the main square, as they are blocked from traffic, restaurants spill out onto the pavement, and the whole city centre comes alive with music and dancing. (B)
Stay: Residencial or similar

Day 9 Merida

Today enjoy a full day tour to the ruins of Uxmal and Kabah. The archaeological site of Uxmal is located 80 kms from Merida and is considered one of the most beautiful Mayan cities. According to a legend; the big pyramid known as Del Adivino was constructed overnight by a dwarf. In Uxmal you can observe the traditional Mayan architecture similar to that found in the famous Mayan site of Chichen Itza. Kabah is one of the largest cities of the Puuc region during the 9th and 10th century. Later in the afternoon return to Merida for overnight. (BL)
Stay: Residencial or similar

Day 10 Merida – Chichen Itza – Playa del Carmen

Early morning departure for the two and a half hour trip to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. This is the most famous and best restored of the Yucutan Peninsula’s Mayan sites. During your guided tour you will visit ancient buildings including; The Observatory, Pyramid of Kukulkan standing nearly 25 metres tall, the Jaguar Temple, the Sacred Well and the Ball Court. Lunch is included. Next you will be transferred to Cancun, from where you will change vehicles and be transferred to the stunning beaches of Playa del Carmen and your hotel. Once just a simple fishing village, Playa del Carmen has become a popular resort town. The area boasts gorgeous beaches, coral reefs and lively nightlife. During your stay be sure to stroll down the pedestrian street of Avenida Quinta, with its numerous restaurants, bars and shops. (B)
Stay: Las Golondrinas or similar

Day 11 Playa del Carmen

Today is at leisure to relax at the white sandy beaches of Playa del Carmen or perhaps take an optional tour to ruins of Tulum and Xel-ha, or the natural lagoon 500 metres north of the ruins of Xel-ha. (B)
Stay: Las Golondrinas or similar

Day 12 Playa del Carmen - Cancun

At the pre-appointed time, you will be transferred to Cancun airport for your departure flight. (B)

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