México – Merida – Cancun
Starts on: Daily
DAY 01: MEXICO CITY | INC: -
Arrival in Mexico City. Reception at the Airport. Transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 02: MEXICO CITY (City Tour with Anthropology Museum) | INC: B
Breakfast. You will be transferred in a scenic passing, through the front of some facades of beautiful historical downtown buildings, such as the Palace of Fine Arts, the House of tile, arriving to the heart of Mexico, with his majestic Arms Square “"El Zócalo” .You will be entered the National Palace to admire the macro mural of Diego Rivera in the main staircase a veritable compendium of the history of Mexico, from the particular point of view of the great Mexican painter. We sill be acceded by the Metropolitan Cathedral the largest in Latin America, home to the Archdiocese of Mexico, crossing its Ships and Altars. We are leaving to continue to make a panoramic tour of other beautiful facades of buildings architectural expression. Arriving to a craft gallery where you can buy a souvenir. You will be transited by the most cosmopolitan boulevard, Reforma Bolulevard, which was designed by the Emperor Maximilian, inspired in the Parisian model of the Champs Elysees, which allows for important buildings and monuments. We arrived to the Chapultepec area forest, to access to the world-renowned National Anthropology Museum, where they will complete a comprehensive view of the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan and its glory with the visit and the Aztec room. Afterwards we will return to your hotel around 14 30 hrs.
DAY 03: MEXICO CITY (Tour to Guadalupe Shrine & Teotihuacan Pyramids) | INC: B
After breakfast, departure to visit two impressive ceremonial centers, Teotihuacan (Prehispanic) and the Shrine of Guadalupe (contemporary), witch outline the majority religious development of the Mexican people. We will begin visiting the pre-Hispanic archaeological site of Tlatelolco, or also know as the "Plaza de las Tres Culturas" with its colonial church of Santiago.We will continue to Teotihuacan "the city of the Gods”, according with the Aztec myth, with more than 2,500 years of History. This place had a vital development, based on the Uses of the natural fiber textiles and obsidian tools and raw materials exchange. This will be explained in detail in a crafts center and you will have the chance to buy a souvenir alluding to this visit. You will be enter to the enigmatic archaeological site, visiting the temples of “Quetlzalpapalotl” (bird - butterfly) and the "Feathered Shells" and the whole Pyramid of the Moon. Finally ending with the impressive Pyramid of the Sun. You will be guided into a local restaurant for your take your lunch (not included). Afterwards you will be delight to visit of the Shrine of Guadalupe, which is Mexico's largest religious shrine, where the San Juan Diego's Tilma is keep, with the most venerated image in Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe, "Matron Saint of America”
.DAY 04: MEXICO CITY / MERIDA | INC: B
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Merida. Reception at the Airport. Transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 05: MERIDA (Tour Uxmal and Kabah) | INC: B/L
After breakfast, full day tour to visit Uxmal and Kabah archeological areas. First we will visit Uxmal ruins, one of the most popular ancient mayan cities. “Uxmal” in maya means “three times built”. Here the guide will explain in depth the Puuc architect style of buildings such as the Nun's Quadrangle, the Ball court, the Turtle House and the Governor Palace. This Puuc style stand as a highly decorative and detailed one. It own its name to the Puuc hills located in the region. The Governor Palace is the most famous structure in Uxmal because it is the best example of the Puuc Style. It had been renowed as the most beautiful building in Mesoamerica After our Uxmal tour you will explore the archeological site of Kabah, Mayan name wich means “lord of a strong hand” . Kabah is linked to Uxmal by a “sacbeh" or white road used for ceremonial purposes. Kabah is one of the stops of the Puuc Route and here you can find many structures with carved masks of the God Chaac, the important god of rain for the Mayans. Due to the absence of cenotes in this region Mayans had to build their own cisterns and prayed for rain to his God. Your last stop before you return to Merida will be a restaurant for a delicious regional meal.
DAY 06: MERIDA / (Tour to Chichen Itza archeological park) / CANCUN | INC: B/L/D
Breakfast. Today we will pick you up early in the morning and drive 1.5 hrs southeast of the city of Merida to the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza. The name of Chichen Itza comes from the Mayan words: Chi (Mouth), Chen (hole or well) and Itza (Itza people). All together, these Mayan words means "At the mouth of the Well of the Itza people" The visit will be leaded by an expert and knowledgeable guide, who will explain in detail about the beautiful architecture of the buildings and the way of living of the Mayan people. Explore the main buildings of this ceremonial city standing as the masterpiece the Pyramid of Kukulkan, the largest and most important ceremonial building in the ancient city. Walk over a "Sac beh" or white path used for ceremonial purposes to get to the Sacred Cenote, used for the worship of Chaac, the Mayan god of rain. This cenote was also considered by the Mayans as an entrance to the underworld. In Chichen Itza you will also visit the Temple of the Thousand Columns, The Observatory, The Ball Court, other not at all less important buildings. Then and after a long walk through the majestic Mayan city and new wonder of the world, you will enjoy a delicious Yucatecan food. After lunch we will transfer you to Cancun. Arrival, check in and accommodation.
DAY 07: CANCUN (Tour Tulum & Xel-Ha Eco Water Park) | INC: B/D
After breakfast we will have a great combination of the Mayan history at Tulum, the only archaeological zone in the area with views of the sea, and the natural beauty of the Xel-Ha inlet, a natural aquarium ideal for snorkeling. The ruins of Tulum are perched high atop a cliff, against the awe inspiring backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. This archaeological site is a one of a kind. Tulum flourished in late Post?classical times with buildings dating back to the 12th century. It was once an important trading port, one of the few Mayan cities still inhabited when the Spaniards arrived. You will take a guided tour of the ruins to learn about the secrets of the Mayans. Your guide will point out important sites, explaining the historical significance of buildings such as the Castle, the Temple of the Masks and the God Chaac. Then we will drive 20 minutes back toward Cancun, to the incredible natural aquatic theme park created by the Mayan gods themselves: Xel-Ha. This special place gathers the best of the Mexican Caribbean all in one place. Enjoy nature through the crystal clear waters of this spectacular natural aquarium. An environment of creeks, lagoons, natural wells and ancient caves is fed by underground rivers flowing out to the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Explore the underwater world by snorkel to come face to face with exotic underwater flora and fauna such as curious rays and French Angel fish. Other activities include cliff diving, rope bridge walking, bicycling, kayaking, swim with the dolphins, scuba, underwater breathing bubble and much more!
DAY 08-09: CANCUN | INC: ALL INCLUSIVE PLAN
Warm white powdery sand beaches and turquoise crystal clear waters together with the famous Mexican hospitality make this a place like no other. Enjoy 2 full days at leisure!
DAY 10: CANCUN - END OF THE TOUR | INC: B
Breakfast. Check out and transfer to the airport.
3 nights in Mexico City
2 nights in Merida
4 nights in Cancun
Accommodation at selected hotels with breakfasts.
All transfers, visits and excursions on regular basis.
Local English-speaking guides are included on the tours.
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
Domestic air tickets.
International departure airport tax
Personal expenses, beverages in meals.
Tips for transfers, guides or waitress.
Services not mentioned.