Mexico in Depth

From Mexico City to Cancun
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Tour Description

Embark on a Mexican road trip to discover the best of Mexico! The 15 day tour road trip gives an amazing perspective of the nature and people living in the country. The tour starts in a vibrant and colorful city, the Mexico City and continues to archaeological sites of Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine. You will visit the World Heritage Site of Puebla and Oaxaca and discover San Cristobal, a beautiful colonial town of white stucco walls. Explore the ancient Mayan world and ruins by visiting Bonampak, the city of Palenque as well as two of Mexico's most beautiful Mayan cities, Uxmal and Kabah. Besides, visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza, a highlight of the trip. After the long journey the tour ends in Cancun, a stunning village with white sand beaches and turquoise waters. This amazing road trip lets you discover the history and the beauty of the magical country of Mexico!

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Explore some of the most astonishing archaeological sites of ancient Mayan civilizations

Spend a free day in Cancun enjoying white sand beaches and turquoise coloured waters

Wander around Mexico City, one of the largest capital cities in the world

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Mexico City

Mexico City lies in the heart of Central Mexico, is the capital of Mexico and the oldest capital in the Americas. It has a rich history and colourful culture.
Arrive any time & transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Mexico City

Day 2
Mexico City

Embark on our magnificent Mexico City small group tour. Mexico City is, built on top of the ruins of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Our first stop is the Zocalo (main square), one of the largest public squares in the world. We will visit the Catedral Metropolitana – the largest church in Latin America and the Palacio Nacional, which hosts Diego Rivera’s murals depicting the history of Mexico. We continue to a handicraft market, where we will have time for some browsing. We then drive along the famous boulevard Paseo de la Reforma, built during the short-lived reign of Emperor Maximilian to connect the main square and his castle in Chapultepec.
Optional Extra: Include a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, where time is allowed to explore the treasures of the Aztec culture.
*Operates only from Sunday to Friday.
Overnight Mexico City

Day 3
Teotihuacan Pyramids & Guadalupe Shrine

Today join our half day small shared Mexico City Tour. Visit the impressive archaeological site of Teotihuacan, located 50km northeast of Mexico City, stopping on the way at the “Plaza de las Tres Culturas”, where three cultures converge: Aztec, Spanish, and contemporary Mexican. Continue to the Shrine de Guadalupe, Latin America’s most revered religious shrine. It is here where the Virgin of Guadalupe is said to have appeared before an Indian named Juan Diego in 1531, and an image of her was miraculously emblazoned on his cloak. There is time to explore the New Basilica de Guadalupe (the Old Basilica, built in 1700, is slowly sinking) and to see Juan Diego’s cloak. We continue to Teotihuacan, one of the most impressive cities of the ancient world, held sacred by the Aztecs. Explore its temples, palaces and pyramids, including the Quetzalpapalotl Palace, the Pyramid of the Moon, and the immense Pyramid of the Sun, ranked among the biggest in the world. Shrine of Guadalupe not available to visit on December 11th and 12th. On completion of your tour, return to Mexico City and you will be taken to your hotel. Overnight Mexico City

Day 4
Mexico Puebla

Visit the World Heritage Site of Puebla, located 130km southeast of Mexico City. A stop is made in Tonantzintla, to visit its exuberant church. Under its dome, the surface is covered with colourful stucco saints, devils, flowers, fruits, birds and more – a great example of indigenous artisanship applied to Christian themes.
Travel on to Cholula, to visit the Great Pyramid of Cholula, its remains measuring 450m along each side of the base and 65m high, making it larger in volume than Egypt’s pyramid of Cheops. Now overgrown and topped by a church, it is difficult to recognise this once magnificent pyramid.
Arriving in Puebla in time for lunch (not included). Mexico’s national dish, the ‘mole poblano’, originated here! Our tour explores the colonial center, lined with churches and colonial mansions, many adorned with the beautiful hand-painted Talavera tiles (azulejos) for which Puebla is famous. The historic center of Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The city was built in 1531 at the foot of the Popocatepetl volcano and it has preserved its great religious structures including the 16th/17th century cathedral and many fine buildings including the old archbishop's palace.
Note: Shared services Operates Tue, Thu & Sat. Private service can be arranged at additional costs daily
Overnight in Puebla

Day 5
Puebla Oaxaca

You will be collected from your hotel in Puebla and transferred to the bus station for your onward journey.
Travel by bus from Puebla to Oaxaca. Arrival in Oaxaca in the afternoon and transfer to hotel.
On arrival into Oaxaca, you will be met at the bus station and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Oaxaca

Day 6
Oaxaca Tuxtla

The World Heritage Site os Oaxaca, was once the center of the Mixtec and Zapotec civilizations. After the Spanish conquered Oaxaca in 1533, the city quickly took on a Spanish flavour, with ornate buildings and charming plazas. Yet despite its colonial heritage, the city remains indigenous at heart, due to the presence of a large indigenous population. We will walk through the streets of the colonial city center, along the Cathedral – with its attractive baroque façade, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo – a church with a breath taking interior that dazzles with gold ornaments, and the Casa Juarez – where Mexico’s great liberal reformer and president Benito Juarez lived. We will have time to browse the colourful local markets, and soak up the bustling atmosphere on the Zocalo (main square).
You will be collected from your hotel in Oaxaca and transferred to the bus station.
Overnight bus journey from Oaxaca to Tuxtla. On arrival into Tuxtla you will be met at the bus station and transferred to your hotel in Tuxtla Gutierrez (room ready on arrival).
Overnight Tuxtla Gutierrez

Day 7
Tuxtla San Cristobal de las Casas

We will pick you up in Tuxtla Gutierrez and drive you to Chiapas de corzo. In due time we will take you for a thrilling motorboat ride down the spectacular Sumidero Canyon, which has towering rock walls reaching up to 1000 meters high. The narrow, deep canyon, created by erosion by the Grijalva River which still runs through it, is surrounded by the Sumidero Canyon National Park. The walls of the canyon contain small caves and rock formations and there are waterfalls and springs in the canyon which is home to endangered and threatened species such as the Central American river turtle and the American crocodile. After this unforgettable experience you will continue on to picturesque San Cristóbal de Las Casas, a colonial town of white stucco walls, red-tile roofs and cobblestone streets.
Overnight San Cristóbal de Las Casas,

Day 8
San Cristóbal de Las Casas,

We will explore the colonial city centre of San Cristobal de las Casas on foot. We will visit the cathedral on the north side of the pretty main square, with its lavish interior and gold-encrusted pulpit. We then walk a few blocks to the impressive 16th-century Dominican church, Templo de Santo Domingo, with its intricate pink façade and gilded Baroque interior. There will be time to browse the handicraft market in front of the church, where Tzotzil Indians from the surrounding hills come to trade.
We then drive 10 km into the Chiapas highlands, to the Tzotzil Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. The Tzotzils descended from the ancient Maya and maintain some unique customs, costumes and beliefs. We will visit the beautiful white church in San Juan Chamula. The candles, incense and chanting worshippers make a powerful impression. We then drive to the nearby village of Zinacantan, with its picturesque church and handicraft market.
After the tour we return to San Cristobal where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Approximate duration: 5 hours.
Overnight San Cristóbal de Las Casas,

Day 9
San Cristobal de las Casas Palenque

AAfter breakfast, we will drive to Agua Azul, a place where over 500 cascades create incredible turquoise colored “pools” surrounded by the rainforest. After that, we will continue to Palenque, drop off at your hotel.
Overnight in Palenque

Day 10
Yaxchilan and Bonampak Tour

Travel to the archaeological site of Bonampak, located 148km southeast of Palenque. Bonampak’s setting in a dense jungle hid it from the outside world until 1946. When it was discovered, it initially did not seem to be very significant, until beautiful, vividly coloured murals were found in its temples. The murals depict Mayan life and mythology like no other found in the Maya world. We have time to explore the temples and view the murals, before driving 25km to the border town Frontera Corozal. From here we continue 22km by boat on the Usumacinta River, its jungle-covered banks forming the Mexico-Guatemala border. We arrive at Yaxchilan, located 20m above the river in the heart of the Lacandon rain-forest, and one of the most dramatic Maya sites. Yaxchilan was as powerful as Palenque or Tikal, and it ruled over several surrounding cities including Bonampak. We will explore the temples, before making our way back to Palenque.
Overnight in Palenque

Day 11
Palenque Ruins Campeche via Uxmal and Kabah

Today, you will visit one of the most beautiful and emblematic landmarks of the classical Mayan culture - the ruins of the city of Palenque. The city’s highlights include the Temple of the Inscriptions, where an important burial chamber was discovered in the 1950s and the imposing architectural complex of El Palacio, one of the most beautiful constructions to be found in the entire environment of Maya culture.
Following the tour of the archaeological site, travel from Palenque to Campeche. On arrival into Campeche you will be transferred to your hotel.
The walled coastal colonial town of Campeche is a captivating port filled with naval history, Baroque Spanish architecture and ageing beauty. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
Overnight in Campeche

Day 12
Campeche Merida

Discover the magic and beauty of the Mayan world on this excursion to two of Mexico’s most beautiful Mayan cities, Uxmal and Kabah. After being collected from your hotel in Campeche, you will be taken to Uxmal and given a guided tour of the site, including a visit to the large pyramid, Del Adivino, which according to legend was built in just one night by a dwarf. Following the visit, you will be transported to the second largest Mayan site in the Puuc Region, Kabah. Here, you will be given a guided tour of the ruins including a visit to the Codz-Pop, which is the most well preserved and restored building of the site. Lunch is included in the tour.
In the afternoon, you travel to Merida where you will be transferred to your hotel on arrival.
Merida was founded in 1542, built on the site of the ancient Maya city T’ho, meaning “city of five hills” in reference to its pyramids. After the arrival of the Spanish, the ancient city’s five main pyramids were destroyed and the carved stones were used widely in the construction of Merida’s cathedral and other colonial buildings. Merida was built as a walled city and several of the old Spanish city gates remain. The city boasts the second-largest historic centre in Mexico, Mexico City’s being larger and it gets its nickname, La Ciudad Blanca (The White City), from the predominance of white limestone that was used as a building material. It is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatán as well as the largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Overnight in Merida

Day 13
Merida Cancun via Chichen Itza

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your onward road journey to Cancun with a visit enroute to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, located 120km east of Merida. Chichen Itza – one of the New 7 Wonders of the World – is the best restored of Yucatan’s Mayan sites. Explore the magnificent ruins set in a dense jungle, including the Pyramid of Kukulcan, its height and striking geometric design dominating the whole site, the Great Ball Court, the largest andmost impressive in Mesoamerica, the Sacred Cenote, a natural well used for human sacrifice, and many other beautiful temples. After lunch, continue the road journey to the white sandy beaches of Cancun. This journey will take approximately 2 and half hours. On arrival in Cancun, you will be taken to your hotel.
Overnight in Cancun

Day 14
Cancun

Today is a free day for you to enjoy the white sand beaches and pristine waters of Cancun.
Cancun was once a small and remote fishing village and part of the ancient Mayan civilization. With its strategic location, it is a major gateway to the Mayan World and the Caribbean. With its miles of pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters and its proximity to legendary archaeological sites such as Tulum and Chichen Itza, Cancun is unequalled in its ability to offer cultural gems, natural beauty and infinite activities.
Overnight in Cancun

Day 15
Cancun Depart

At the appropriate time, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Cancun airport for your onward flight.
**Extend your stay. Discuss your options with our travel advisors

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 14 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
  • Included Copy 20 1 Lunch
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Private airport transfers
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 20 Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated
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Duration

15 days

Price from

$2,605 USD

Per person, twin share

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