The cradle of Indian cultures is a synthesis of all imaginable landscapes: tropical territories, swamps, dazzling white beaches, jungle and majestc mountain ranges. At the same time, Mexico has a rare concentration of cultural wealth.
The impressive pyramids and palaces of the pre-Columbian period are the remarkable witnesses. Direct descendants of the Mayans, Aztecs, Zapotecs, Toltecs and Mixtecs, present-day Mexico has no less than 59 Indian ethnic groups who have preserved their languages, traditions and colorful clothing. Discovering Mexico is a unique experience. Traditional Indian markets, Mariachi music, Mexican cuisine ... Mexico is also a country you have to see, hear, feel and taste!
This 13-day international group tour will introduce you to the highlights of Mexico. You will discover and explore ruins and pyramids of the Maya and the Aztecs and enjoy a beach holiday at the Mayan Riviera.
Day 1 & 2 - Mexico City
Meet and greet at the airport of Mexico City & transfer to the hotel, your home away from home for tyhe next 3 nights.
Tomorrow, on day 2, a half-day visit (+/- 5 hours) has been planned to Mexico City and the Anthropological Museum. You will tour the major attractions of this metropolis: the Zocalo with the murals of Diego Rivera, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the square of the three cultures. You also visit the local craft market, the elegant Paseo de la Reforma with the monument of independence and the Chapultepec park with the castle of Emperor Maximiliano.
Day 3 - Mexico City
A visit to the ancient city of Teotihuacan and the Sanctuary of Guadalupe is today's focus. Did you know Teotihuacan means “Birthplace of the Gods” or the “Place where time began”? This fascinating tour takes you past one of Mexico's most sacred places: the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadelupe and its religious museum as well as the Temple of Teotihuacan, the pyramids of the Sun and Moon and the citadel with Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl (a Nahuatl term which translates to “Feathered Serpent”) and the Palace of the Jaguars.
Day 4 & 5 - Mexico City > Merida
Transfer to Mexico City Airport. Meet & Greet at Merida airport and transfer to your next hotel where you will reside for the next 4 nights. Tomorrow, on day 5, you will visit Uxmal and Kabah. Uxmal would have been founded around 500 - 600 BC. According to an old legend, Uxmal owes its size and exuberance to a dwarf who possessed magical powers. He would have built the Pyramid of the Magician, visible from afar, in one night. Nice to know is that you can and are allowed to climb many o fthe constructions here.
Kabah houses the 'Temple of the Masks', a decorated facade with carved images of masks and gods as well as the arch of Kabah, which once designated the entrance to the 'scabé' (holy road) to Uxmal. The small site counts as one of the most beautifully preserved witnesses of the brilliant Mayan Puuc architecture.
Day 6 & 7 - Merida
Day 8 - Merida > Chitzen Itza > Riviera Maya
Today is another absolute highlight of your tour in Mexico. You visit Chichen Itza, the old capital of the Toltecs and probably the largest pre-Columbian city built by the Maya's. This special archaeological site amid the Yucatan jungle is the best example of a crossing of cultures: Maya and Toltec. It is assumed the first constructions date back to 600 BC.
The Kukulcan pyramid is often experienced as the most attractive, through the Temple of the Warriors with its 68 square pillars with carvings of warriors is unmistakably impressive as well. On top of this temple you will find a Chac Mool statue which would indicate an altar for human sacrifices. In the bowl on the statue's stomach the victim's heart was offered to the gods. Lunch followed by transfer to your hotel in Riviera Maya where you will reside for the next 5 nights.
Day 9 > 12 - Riviera Maya
The Riviera Maya stretches from Tulum in the south to Cancun in the north and is best known for its jungle, fauna and flora, archaeological sites, deserted beaches and a turquoise, crystal clear sea. It is nothing less than a dream destination. Halfway between Cancun and Tulum you will find the famous resort of Playa del Carmen.
Day 13 - Riviera Maya > Cancun
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Mexico has three time zones:
Mexico City: GMT -6
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico : GMT -7
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico : GMT -8
The currency is the Mexican Peso: 100 MXN = 4.32 EUR & 1 EUR = 23.17 MXN (22/11/2018)
Please verify the latest exchange rate on on www.XE.com
Mexico is a vast country and therefore has three climate zones that are simply referred to as hot, temperate and cold. The surrounding ocean and mountains largely determine the ambient temperatures. Simplified the climate zones are referred to as: from sea level to 800 m: hot and humid; between 800 m and 1600 m: moderate & above 1600 m cold with drastic temperature differences between day and night.Moreover 2 seasons can be distinguished: dry from December to April, rain from May to November, although you can expect a tropical downpour in the dry season and vice versa the rainy season can turn out very dry. Just like in the US, most tropical storms migrate across the country during autumn.
Average Temperatures (°C):
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- 12 nights accommodation with breakfast in listed hotels or equivalent
- All-inclusive (= selection of limited meals and drinks) stay at the beach hotel from day 8 > 12
- Transfers in group with local (Spanish Speaking) driver
- All programmed visits in group and including entrance fees and Spanish / English speaking guide (the groups are mixed)
- Price per person sharing on the basis of a double standard room
What's not included?
International and domestic flights, airport taxes (indicative price: starting at € 813/pp - all information in your travel shop), non-listed services, tipping, meals and beverages as well as personal expenses.
Standard Price per person