Day 1: Arrival
Arrival to Mexico City. Transfer from the Mexico City airport to the hotel (30-40 min).
Day 2: Mexico City Tour – Teotihuacan - National Museum of Anthropology (10 hours)
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 – 308 km - Veracruz.
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”. Arrival to Veracruz, check-in to the hotel.
Day 4: Veracruz – 480 km - Villahermosa – 140 km – Palenque.
Departure for Villahermosa. Visit to the Olmeques La Venta Museum, culture-predecessor of all Mesoamerican cultures. You will be able to view one of the most mysterious facts of the ancient civilization - gigantic stone heads with Negroid features. Arrival to Palenque, check-in to the hotel.
Day 5: Palenque – Yaxchilan - Palenque.
Early departure. Yaxchilan is the only city, literally lost in the jungles of Chiapas. You can reach there only by the Usumacinta river along the boarder of Mexico with Guatemala. The howler monkeys, variety of birds – untouched and rarely visited jungles. Yaxilan is the only sacred city of Lacandonian Indians, the only ethnic group which preserved its gentile past. These Indians can be seen today in jungles. Fantastic nature, mystical past, archeological center of more than 2000 years old. Return to the hotel in Palenque.
Day 6: 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 talljungles of Chiapas. Crossing the river of Usumansinta you will arrive to the city of Campeche, famous by its 17th century walls. Check-in to the hotel.
Day 7: Campeche – 171 km – Uxmal – 80 km– Merida.
Enjoy a completely different landscape, get to know the city-port, known by its pyretic 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 8: 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 belong to the classical and post-classical periods did not get to be seen by the Spanish people as they were abandoned 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.