Day 1: Arrival
Arrival to Mexico City. Transfer to the hotel (30-40 min).
Day 2: Mexico City Tour – National Museum of Anthropology - Teotihuacan
Impressive megapolis with its anthrological symbiosis: Indians,
Mestizos, Creoles and Europeans. Cultural and archeological
center of the most interesting country of the American continent.
The city of mixed emotions, splendid colors and of spicy tastes.
You will see: “Zocalo”, the main square of the country, the ruins
of the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, the National Palace.
See the murals of Mexico’s greatest artist, Diego Rivera. These
colorful murals cover 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 Mayan.
See the immense Aztec Calendar Stone.
Then visit Mexico’s grandest archaeological site, ancient Teotihuacán
(80km away from the Mexico City), built by the Nahua. The 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 the Temple of the Plumed Conch Shells. See the
Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Walk the Avenue of the Dead, flanked by
temples and palaces. Return to the hotel.
Day 3: Mexico - 125 km - Puebla – 363 km - Oaxaca
Your journey toward Caribbean cost starts. Morning drive to visit
the historic center of colonial Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage
site. Puebla is the city of the clean air and of a quality of life,
the city of the legendary chocolate sauce of “mole”. Further travel
to Oaxaca. Arrival to the hotel.
Day 4: Oaxaca – 10 km - Monte Alban – 250 km - Tehuantepec
Tour to Monte Alban. This city-state is strategically situated
at 2000 m above the sea-level and used to be a religious center
of the tribe of Zapotecs. Fascinating in its geometry, the city
contains the ball games field, the observatory, the world-famous
wall portrayals of the dancers etc. Arrival to the city of
Tehuantepec. Check-in to the hotel.
Day 5: Tehuantepec – 370 km - San Cristobal de Las Casas
To the famous Mexican Canyon of Sumidero by land, further -
by the water boats. You will be amazed of the exotic vegetation,
caves and altars - Canyon of Sumidero is one of the most
fascinating places in Mexico. Again by land to the most Indian
city, the former capital of the state of Chiapas, the city of
San Cristobal de Las Casas. Check-in to the hotel.
Day 6: San Cristobal de las Casas – 220 km –Waterfall Misol – Ha - Palenque
City Tour to the most “Indian” city of Mexico with a visit to its
market. Visit to the Indian villages of Zinacatan and San Juan
Chamula. Visit Waterfall Misol –Ha. Arrival to Palenque, check-in
to the hotel.
Day 7: Palenque – 365 km - Campeche
Visit to the archeological center of Palenque, one of the most
magnificent places of Mayan civilization. This City-Gallery contains
the stone portraits of the priests and of the emperor Pakal II, as well
as a dynasty chronicle, the temple of the Sun and the Cross, “spaceman”
image on the wall of the Emperor Pakal sarcophagus etc. This City- Mystery
is drowning in lianas of the tall jungles of Chiapas. Traveling through the
picturesque road along the gulf of Mexico you will arrive to the city of Campeche,
famous by its 17th century walls. Check-in to the hotel.
Day 8: Campeche – 171 km – Uxmal – 80 km - Merida
Enjoy a completely different landscape, get to know the
city-port, known by its piratical past. Uxmal is an incredible
representative of the architecture of Puuc, containing oval in
its foundation Pyramid of the Wizard, the Governor’s temple with
its 365 masks of Chaak, the god of rain, the Nuns’ Square,
the Temple of Turtles etc. Arrival to Merida. Check-in to the hotel.
Day 9: Merida – 107 km - Chichen Itza – 50 km - Ek Balam – 180 km - Cancun
Having traveled through the fields of henequen, natural fiber,
which used to be the foundation of economy of Yucatan, you arrive
to Chichen-Itza, a NEW WORLD WONDER, a representative of Mayan -
Tolteque culture. The magicians, scientists, and the ball players –
only the selected ones were able to access to this special landscape
of the white stone and of the “eyes” of the earth – the underground
lakes. Temples, which are considered as belonging to the classical
and post-classical periods did not arrive to see Spanish as were
abounded by its population because of unknown reasons. Arch-astronomy
was born in one of such cities. Philosophy and history as one. View the
Pyramid of Kukulkan, “the feathered serpent”, of the ball games field, of
the observatory etc. Swimming in the cenote of Ik-Kil, “a place where the
wind is being born”, and the Yucatan most beautiful karsts lake.
Ek Balam, the place of the exclusive tourism. Ek Balam, the
archeological center with its fantastic discoveries of the last
decades, turned upside down the usual understanding of the Mayan
culture. Only the “Kremlin” is open to our view while the rest of
the city is resting under the jungle cover. You will see Acropolis,
Ball Game field, The Twin Buildings, Observatory, and Temascal.
Arrival to Cancun.