Cultural Tour of Mexico
Take a thrilling adventure from Mexico City to the Yucatan Peninsula. Along the way, visit some of the country’s greatest archeological sites including Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Teotihuacan, and the Puuc Route.
On top of these ancient wonders, you will also visit the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a biologically rich UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus the gorgeous coastal city of Campeche and the stunning city of Merida.
Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Family
Day By Day
Day 1 – Mexico City Airport to Las Alcobas Hotel
A representative will greet you in the arrivals hall of Mexico City International Airport. They will accompany you to the awaiting car and introduce you to the driver. Transfer to your Las Alcobas hotel by private vehicle.Starting Accommodation:
Las Alcobas Hotel
Day 2 – Teotihuacan Archaeological Site and Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
This morning, meet your guide in the hotel lobby to head on the 30 mile journey (1 hour) to Teotihuacán, which in Nahuatl means ‘the birthplace of the gods’. Your expert guide will lead you on an exploration of the area that echoes with the sound of Mesoamerican flutes played all around. You will walk down the Avenue of the Dead, so called because it was the route that sacrificial victims walked before climbing the pyramid to be sacrificed to the gods. You will also have a chance to climb the 210 foot tall Pyramid of the Sun and/or the 140 foot high Pyramid of the Moon and look out across the city and valley of Teotihuacán.
Returning toward the city, visit the Shrine of Guadalupe (40 mins, 26 miles). Many Catholics refer to the Virgin of Guadalupe as the mother of Mexico. You will explore the site with your guide, learning about the pilgrimage of millions of Mexicans that takes place every December. The old Basilica, built in 1536, still stands on the site but is no longer in use. The new Basilica was built in the 1970s as the old one weakened and began to sink. You will enter the new basilica with your guide, where you will learn about the architecture of this building, which can accommodate 50,000 people. You will also have a chance to see the original vision of the Virgin, robed in green and surrounded by a halo of light. Return to your hotel mid to late afternoon.Starting Accommodation:
Las Alcobas Hotel Meals:
Day 3 – Travel to Campeche
Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodations to the Mexico City Airport.
Takeoff to Campeche City and continue on the next stage of your adventure.Starting Accommodation:
Hacienda Uayamón Meals:
Day 4 – Edzna Archaeological Zone and Campeche City Tour
Meet your guide at your hotel and start your day with a short drive to Edzna, the Maya archaeological site outside of Campeche. Built on a platform 40 meters high, Edzna’s major temple, Edificio de los Cinco Pisos (Five-Story Building) provides a great view of the plazas below as well as a panorama of the countryside.
Afterward you will discover that Campeche is a UNESCO World Heritage site with restored cobblestone streets, pastel-colored mansions, and impressive fortified walls that protected this former Spanish port from marauding pirates. It is a perfect place for an afternoon stroll along the malecon, the waterfront promenade, or a visit to the scenic Plaza Principal. Enjoy a privately guided visit
of the walled city center.Starting Accommodation:
Hacienda Uayamón Meals:
Day 5 – Uxmal Archaeological Zone with Transfer to Merida
Early today, check out of your hotel and begin the two hour drive towards the archaeological zone of Uxmal (OOSH-mahl), which means 'built three times' in the Mayan language, and though its name is a mystery, its beauty is not. As a World Heritage site, it is one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan, and certainly one of the most magnificent. Its architecture, some of the most majestic of the Yucatan ruins, is characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with rich sculptural elements and details.
Continue to Merida city, arriving early evening at your hotel.Starting Accommodation:
Rosas and Xocolate Boutique Hotel Spa Meals:
Day 6 – Biosphere Reserve of Celestun and Merida City Tour
Home to more than 2,000 pink flamingos, Celestún is a great place for nature lovers. Taking a boat ride down this salt-water lagoon, you will see the great variety of flora and fauna that naturally thrive there and have a chance to swim in the fresh waters. Discover the historical center of the city of Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán. You will learn about Merida’s history and contemporary importance, as you explore the Zócalo, the cathedral and the Monument of the Homeland, before heading down El Paseo de Montejo, with its grand, colonial buildings.
Please note: The flamingo watching experience is subject to weather conditions; very few can be seen during the rainy season.Starting Accommodation:
Rosas and Xocolate Boutique Hotel Spa Meals:
Day 7 – Chichen Itza Experience, Mayan Cenote and Depart Mexico
An early start allows for you to visit Chichen Itza before the groups arrive from Cancún. Explore the most famous and well-restored Yucatán Maya site with your guide. Chichén Itzá’s iconic temple, El Castillo, also called the Pyramid of Kukulcan, rises up and greets you as you enter. The morning is spent visiting the great ball court, plazas, observatory, and temples of this beautiful area. Your guide will share Chichen Itza’s troubled history as a settlement that was largely abandoned in the 9th century and then resettled almost 100 years later to then be invaded by the Toltecs from the Mexican highlands near present-day Mexico City. This brought a fusion of highland and Puuc Maya styles to Chichen Itza’s temples and buildings. After the site and depending on time and interest you may enjoy time to swim and relax in one the most important Mayan Cenotes of the area before heading east to Cancun Airport , for your onward flight home.
Please note, private entrance to Chichen Itza is subject to permit approval. Meals:
Package Level: Deluxe
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