Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Group Tour in Russian/English language
SPECIAL PROMOTION: additional 10% OFF
Acquaintance with the ancient cultures of pre-Columbian Mexico: the Aztecs, Theotihuacans, the Olmecs and Maya.
The route begins in Mexico City, passes through the states of Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatán and ends in Quintana Roo in Cancun or in the Riviera Maya resort area.
Includes visits to cultural, historical and architectural monuments under the protection of UNESCO: the historical centers of Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz, Campeche and Merida; Archaeological zones of Teotihuacan, Yashchilan, Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itzi, as well as the Park Museum of Olmec Culture in the open air La Venta.
Day 1. Mexico City
Meeting at the Airport (MEX). Transfer and accommodation at the hotel 4 * (“Casa Blanca” or similar). Free evening for rest.
Day 2. Mexico City – Teotihuacan – Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe. (140 km).
Our acquaintance with Mexico will begin with a tour of the historical center of one of the largest and most diverse capitals of the world – the city of Mexico City, around the central square of Zocalo there are monuments of history and architecture associated with the most important stages of the city development: the ruins of the ancient Aztec city Tenochtitlan and the foundation of their main The cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace with frescoes by Diego Rivera (provided that the Palace will be open to visitors and the entrance to it will not be restricted due to force major Such as: national holidays, rallies that take place on Zocalo Square, etc.). After visiting Zocalo we will go to the archeological zone of Teotihuacan, the cult center of ancient Indians, striking with the grandeur of such structures as the pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the road of the dead, the temple of Quetzalcoatl and the palace of Quetzalpapalotl. Then we visit the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the greatest shrine of all Latin America, located on the place where, in the middle of the sixteenth century, the Indian Juan Diego was the Virgin Mary in the image of an Indian princess. This large religious complex includes many temples and amazing gardens with fountains. Pilgrims from all over the world come here to worship the image of the “swarthy” Virgin Mary. In the evening – return to the hotel.
Day 3. Mexico City – Puebla (130 km) – Veracruz (285 km).
In the morning we leave the noisy and bustling Mexico City and across the pass, from where, in good weather, the snow-capped peaks of the volcanoes Popocatepetl and Istaksiatl are visible, we go to the most beautiful colonial city of Puebla (the “City of Angels”), famous for its historical and architectural monuments (City Council – the second largest city Mexico, Rosario Chapel, Santa Rosa Monastery), museums, ceramics, the legendary chocolate moth sauce and stunning cuisine. Here we will explore the historic center of the city, which is under the protection of UNESCO, we will see many unique buildings of the colonial era with a typical red-brick facade and finishes of hand-made tiles. Next, we will go to the port city of Veracruz, located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, where we will take a walk through the historic center of the city. Accommodation at the hotel 4 * (“Diligencias” or similar).
Day 4. Veracruz – Villahermosa / Park-Museum “La Venta” (465 km) – Palenque (145 km).
After breakfast, we will travel to the capital of Tabasco in the city of Villahermosa, which was founded in the late 16th century by a community forced to move deeper into the country due to pirate attacks. There we will visit the unique open air museum – La Venta, where the Olmec monuments, the oldest and most mysterious civilization of America (including giant stone heads), are collected from the impenetrable forests of the states of Tabasco and Chiapas. Further on the program – moving to the state of Chiapas, to the city of Palenque. Accommodation at the hotel 4 * (“Ciudad Real Palenque” or similar).
Day 5. Palenque – Yashchilan (165 km) – Misol-Ha Waterfall (210 km)-Palenque.
Early in the morning we will go to the sacred Indian city and the archaeological center of Yashchilan, which means “green stones” located on the border of Mexico and Guatemala, on the bank of the river Usumasinta. This is the only truly “lost” city in the jungles of Chiapas, whose history is more than two thousand years old. Yashchilan is one of the most interesting Mayan settlements. Particularly impressive are the stelae on which local rulers were portrayed, and the hieroglyphs described their deeds and important events of the era. Nobody is left indifferent by beautiful relief images of battle and ritual scenes, a hieroglyphic staircase, painting in the Temple of frescoes and, of course, a statue of a ruler sitting on a throne in a niche on the crest of the roof of the temple, which rises majestically over dense selva.
After visiting Yashchilan, we will travel back to Palenque and we will be able to observe how the surrounding nature can change quickly in Mexico: from coniferous forests to fascinating subtropical selva. On the way we will stop in the jungle at one of the many picturesque waterfalls, which are famous for the surroundings of Palenque, and swim in its natural pool. In the evening – return to the hotel.
Day 6. Palenque (10 km) – Stop on the Gulf of Mexico – Campeche (365 km).
In the morning we will make an excursion to the UNESCO-protected Palenque archaeological zone and visit the remains of the most beautiful city located on the picturesque hills of the heyday of the Mayan culture. Here are preserved buildings that are monuments of ancient art: the tombs, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Cross, the Temple of inscriptions with the tomb of the great King Pakal, the Palace and other structures that, surrounded by lush subtropical vegetation, look particularly majestic and mysterious. After that, leaving behind the mountains of Chiapas, we will go to the Yucatan peninsula to the port city of Campeche. On the way, we can admire the stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. There is a stop for lunch and for a dip in this bay. In the evening, take a walk along the picturesque colonial streets of Campeche and see the surviving ancient fortifications built to protect the city from pirates, where many historical films and serials were filmed. Accommodation at the hotel 4 * (“Plaza Campeche” or similar).
Day 7. Campeche – Uxmal (160 km) – Merida (85 km).
In the morning, after leaving Campeche, we will go to Uxmal, a Mayan settlement of the late Classical period, and one of the most complex and harmonious examples of the architecture of the spider style, still continuing to delight visitors with its beauty and eccentricity. After getting acquainted with this archeological complex, we will continue our journey to Merida, a city founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo in 1542 on the ruins of a large Mayan settlement and turned into the largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula. Here we will have a sightseeing tour. Of particular interest to tourists are Independence Square and the monumental avenue of Paseo del Montejo, where luxury residences in European style, built in the late XIX – early XX centuries. Accommodation at the hotel 4 * (“El Español” or similar). In the evening – free time for walking, shopping and recreation.
Day 8. Merida – Chichen Itza (130 km) – Cenote Ik-Il – Cancun / Riviera Maya (220-280 km).
In the morning we leave Merida and head for Chichen Itza. We will enter the archaeological zone through the unique Mayan land complex, where we will visit the Planetarium, in which we will get an interesting “lesson” in Maya cosmology in a fascinating way with the help of projecting. Further tour of Chichen Itza – the most important ceremonial center of Indian culture Maya-Toltec, included in the number of New Wonders of the World. Here are the famous pyramid of Kukulkan, the Observatory, the Holy Cenote (a natural well that served Indians for ceremonies dedicated to the god of the rain of Chaak) and the largest ball game ground in Mesoamerica. Further on the program we are waited by bathing in crystal-clear waters of Ik-Il – the most beautiful cenote of the Yucatan peninsula, and then the final part of our route – moving to the state of Quintana Roo – to Cancun or to the Riviera Maya – and accommodation in hotels according to preliminary reservation.
The tour price includes:
– Transfers according to the program.
– Transport (depending on the number of people: bus, minibus, sprinter or minivan).
– Entrance tickets to all archaeological zones and reserves indicated in the program.
– Accommodation in hotels 4 *, included buffet or American breakfast.
– Transfer from the hotel Cancun / Riviera Maya to the airport on the day of departure.
– Services of the Russian-speaking guide.
– The cost of group tours includes accommodation in hotels of category not lower than 4 *.
– Tip to maid, porters and waiters (during breakfast).
The tour price does not include:
– Tipping guide and the driver.
– Accommodation in hotels before and after the end of the itinerary.