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Colonial Treasures Of Mexico

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Colonial Treasures of Mexico offers visitors the chance to explore the central area of this vibrant country. After beginning in Mexico City, the tour ...
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Tordes Schaefer-Charlton
My love of travel and discovering new places began when I was very young, with my parents regularly taking me abroad on family vacations. Later, as a teenager, if not off having adventures in foreign lands, I could be found reminiscing and daydreaming about travel and sharing my passion with others. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have set foot on all seven continents (the most recent being Antarctica in 2011), to have visited over 65 countries worldwide and to have lived for extended periods in five remarkable destinations: Wales, France, Germany, Australia and Bali. Now in my 15th year in the travel industry, my passion is as fervent as ever and these days I am the one planning the family vacations; taking my own children out to discover the world and to see them grow through their experiences. From snorkelling with sharks in Belize and zip-lining at Copan to watching orangutans in the wild in Borneo and climbing the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, I hope that I have instilled a love of travel in them and that they find as rewarding as I have over the years. Helping people discover the pleasure of travel and watching them get bitten by the travel bug is what I enjoy most.
Description
Start your journey in Mexico City, one of the world’s biggest and most amazing cities. Discover Teotihuacán, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the country. Visit colourful Oaxaca and trace the civilizations that developed in ancient Mexico in the area called Mesoamerica. Enjoy a memorable boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, see the majestic Agua Azul waterfall and visit the archaeological zone of Palenque, surrounded by jungle. End your journey with a visit to Uxmal and the world-famous Chichen Itza ruins.
Tour Highlights
Discover historical Mexico City
Explore Monte Alban and manifestations of Olmecs, Mixtecs and Zapotecs cultures
Encounter the native communities at San Cristobal de Las Casas
Discover the most important site of the Mayan civilization at Palenque
See the coastal town of Campeche
Witness the greatness of the Maya at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

   

Magical Mexico 11 Days


DEPARTURES: EVERY MONDAY

Please note that this tour is offered with the services of multilingual tour escorts. English-speaking site guides may be provided when available at Uxmal, Palenque and Chichen Itzá, etc.
DAY
1
MONDAY MEXICO CITY
Welcome to Mexico City! You will be amazed by the size of the city from the moment you arrive. Meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Mexico City

DAY
2
TUESDAY MEXICO CITY (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Get to know one of the world´s biggest and most exciting cities! Enjoy a guided visit in the historical centre, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This interesting tour will include “The Zocalo,” the heart of the city, where you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the oldest and largest of the Americas, and the National Palace, home of the famous murals of Diego Rivera. You will also see the ruins of the Templo Mayor, one of the most important temples of the Aztecs in their ancient capital city of Tenochtitlan. Next, we drive down the beautiful Paseo de la Reforma Avenue to arrive at Chapultepec Park. In pre-Hispanic times a summer residence for the noble class of the Aztecs, now it is Mexico City’s largest park and one of the largest city parks in the world. We will visit the Museum of Anthropology. This museum is considered to be among the finest in the world. Here you will admire the famous Aztec calendar stone, models of Tenochtitlán, a fascinating market place diorama, giant stone Olmec heads from the jungles of Tabasco and Veracruz, as well as many other interesting treasures. Overnight in Mexico City

DAY
3
WEDNESDAY MEXICO CITY – TEOTIHUACAN – MEXICO CITY (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Discover Teotihuacán, “the place where gods were created.” Teotihuacan is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the country. It is assumed that the city may have counted 200,000 inhabitants during its period of prosperity. In those years, Teotihuacán was the largest city of the American continent and one of the biggest of the world. Until its inhabitants abandoned the city around the 8th century, Teotihuacan was probably the most significant and civilized cultural centre in ancient Mexico. During this guided excursion you will encounter the magic and mystery of Teotihuacan. Admire (and climb?) the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Walk down the Avenue of the Dead, visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl with its unique stone sculptures of plumed serpents, the Temple of the Butterflies, and the Fortresses. Before arriving back at your hotel, we make a stop at the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a pilgrimage place for millions of Mexicans and people from all around the world. Overnight in Mexico City

DAY
4
THURSDAY MEXICO CITY – PUEBLA – OAXACA (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today we leave Mexico City behind. We head west towards Puebla, Mexico’s fourth largest city, passing the photogenic, snow-capped volcanoes Popocatépetl (Smoking Mountain, 5464m) and Iztaccíhuatl (Sleeping Lady, 5230m). A visit is planned to Santa Maria Tonantzintla, with its gorgeous temple decorated by indigenous people. In Puebla, also known as the “City of Angels,” we will visit the extraordinary Rosary Chapel, the Cathedral, the main square and its beautiful historical centre. Continue to Oaxaca, one of the most colourful colonial towns of Mexico and, just like Puebla, listed as a World Heritage Site. Overnight in Oaxaca

DAY
5
FRIDAY OAXACA – MONTE ALBAN – MITLA – TULE (B/-/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Monte Alban, built on a mountain top flattened by the Zapotecs. Here we will find cultural traces from different civilizations, such as the Olmecs, Mixtecs and Zapotecs. We will then continue to Mitla, one of the most enigmatic sacred places of the region, famous especially for its mosaics. The village had great importance as a burial site and is also a great place to buy crafts. Enroute we will make a stop at the Tule tree, perhaps one of the largest living organisms in the world. Return to Oaxaca and experience the beauty of this city, with wonderful crafts, traditional gastronomy, and sights such as the Cathedral, the magnificent Santo Domingo church, the Museum of Gold, and the colourful “20 de Noviembre” market. Overnight in Tule

DAY
6
SATURDAY OAXACA – SUMIDERO CANYON – SAN CRISTOBAL (B/-/-)
In the early morning (around 4:00am) we will depart to the beautiful state of Chiapas. We will enjoy breakfast enroute. Today’s highlight will be a boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon, which measures a thousand metres at its highest point. Admire the beautiful rock formations and enjoy the abundant wildlife that lives on the shores of the Grijalva River (crocodiles, spider monkeys, and many different species of birds). Afterwards, you will pass through the historically important town Chiapa de Corzo, on our way to San Cristobal de las Casas. Overnight in San Cristobal

DAY
7
SUNDAY SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Take a stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of San Cristobal, one of Mexico’s best-preserved colonial towns, full of brightly painted houses and beautiful churches. With its laid-back, bohemian atmosphere, you can spend hours browsing the shops and artisans’ markets. Full day at leisure. Alternatively, take an optional trip to San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantan. These two indigenous villages, located in the highlands of Chiapas, are full of mystic traditions and famous for their unique textiles. Overnight in San Cristobal

DAY
8
MONDAY SAN CRISTOBAL – AGUA AZUL – PALENQUE (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. On the way to Palenque we will visit the waterfalls of Agua Azul. The turquoise colour, which makes these waterfalls so unique, comes from the high mineral content of the water. Enjoy the surrounding jungle environment and go for a swim (if time permits). Afterwards we will continue our way through the lush jungle to Palenque as today’s final destination. Overnight in Palenque

DAY
9
TUESDAY PALENQUE – CAMPECHE (B/-/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the archaeological zone of Palenque, surrounded by jungle, and one of the most important sites of the Maya World. It was inside the Pyramid of the Inscriptions where King Pakal’s sarcophagus and its carved gravestone were found. Enjoy the impressive structures as well as the breathtaking natural environment of this World Heritage Site. After this visit, we head to the coastal town of Campeche. Campeche’s prosperity as a thriving port town made it a frequent target for attacks by pirates. Following the worst attack in 1663, impressive defensive walls were built around the town. Upon arrival you will enjoy a panoramic tour through the city. Overnight in Campeche

DAY
10
WEDNESDAY CAMPECHE – UXMAL – MERIDA (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. On the way to Merida we will visit Uxmal (meaning “built three times"), located in the Puuc region. Uxmal, also listed as a World Heritage Site, is considered one of the Maya cities that is most representative of the Puuc style, the region's dominant architectural style. Explore the Magician Pyramid, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Governor’s palace and the ballgame court. After this visit you will proceed to Merida, “The White City,” to enjoy a panoramic tour, including Montejo Avenue, the monument to Motherland, the main square, the cathedral and government palace. Overnight in Merida

DAY
11
FRIDAY MERIDA – CHICHEN ITZA – CANCUN (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. At the end of the Early Classic Period, around the year 600 AD, Chichen Itza was one of the largest and most prominent Maya cities. Nowadays, Chichen Itza is undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site on the Yucatan peninsula, and it was recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Various different architectural styles are seen in Chichen Itza. Most famous landmarks are the Temple of Kukulkan (“El Castillo”), the Ballgame Court, the Platform of the Skulls, the Temple of the Jaguar, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns, and the Sacred Cenote. Continue to Cancun. Drop off at your hotel (beach extension available upon request).

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

September - 2017:
4 + 11 + 18 + 25
October - 2017:
2 + 9 + 16 + 23 + 30
November - 2017:
6 + 13 + 20 + 27
December - 2017:
4
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 1630.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 475.00  Per Single

FIXED DATE - EVERY WEEK:

January - 2018:
15 + 22 + 29
February - 2018:
5 + 12 + 19 + 26
March - 2018:
5 + 12 + 19 + 26
April - 2018:
2 + 9 + 16 + 23 + 30
May - 2018:
7 + 14 + 21 + 28
June - 2018:
4 + 11 + 18 + 25
July - 2018:
2 + 9 + 16 + 23 + 30
August - 2018:
6 + 13 + 20 + 27
September - 2018:
3 + 10 + 17 + 24
October - 2018:
1 + 8 + 15 + 22 + 29
November - 2018:
5 + 12 + 19 + 26
Superior Category  
Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis  USD $ 1630.00  Per Person
Supplement for Single Room  USD $ 475.00  Per Single

10 nights’ accommodation at listed hotels or similar
Daily breakfast, as mentioned in itinerary
All transfers and excursions as mentioned in itinerary
Entrances to sites as mentioned in itinerary
Services of Bilingual English/Spanish-speaking guides
Service charge on included meals
Taxes (VAT and hotel taxes)

Meals and services not mentioned as being included
Beverages with meals
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Optional tours
Travel Insurance
International/Domestic airfare

10 Nights Accommodation
Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis

Accommodation Type - Standard
Plaza Campeche (Campeche)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
The Hotel Plaza Campeche , offers high quality, elegance , comfort and safety . Located in the historic center of the city and port of Campeche, in front of San Martin park , strategically located in the heart of any commercial, cultural and tourist activity in the city, with all the services offered by modern hotels. We guarantee a comfortable and pleasant stay , and that attention to detail is to offer our guests a feeling of " coming home ". The enthusiasm and professionalism of a young team is waiting to show their skills and qualities. Our mission is to make every guest feel that " our hotel is your Hotel".
El Conquistador (Merida)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Live intensely characteristic atmosphere of the city and enjoy our facilities in one of the most traditional avenues throughout Mexico, Paseo de Montejo in Merida Yucatan. We have 156 modern rooms with all amenities will make if stay comfortable and memorable. The perfect location of the hotel in the main Hoteliers in Merida, assures maximum comfort and service to its guests. In addition, our classrooms, with capacity from 10 to 300 people, guarantee the success of your business meeting, conference or social event.
Del Mar (Campeche)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Travel on business or leisure, in Hotel del Mar we give you all the necessary amenities to pamper you during your stay. We feature unique elements, we stand out from other Campeche hotels by having the largest swimming pool in town, a themed restaurant and services designed especially for corporate guests such as an executive floor, and in Hotel del Mar we invite you to meet our convenient service list. Hotel del Mar features a total of 147 rooms divided in Standard, Junior Suites and Master Suites. Each one of these options offers excellent services to be your favorite choice anytime you look for the best hotel in Campeche.
Accommodation Type - Superior
Mision de los Angeles (Oaxaca)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Misión de los Ángeles, combines that irresistible Oaxacan sensibility in every corner, it is surrounded by beautiful and large gardens where you enjoy tranquility and leisure time. The flavor of its Oaxacan cuisine is known by the most demanding host. Those who visit Oaxaca should not hesitate to stay at Hotel Mision de los Angeles, this is the ideal place to make a pleasant and peaceful holiday, as for business meetings, conferences and conventions.
Villa Mercedes (Palenque)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Created to offer first class services and facilities in two of the main tourist destinations in Chiapas, Villa Mercedes Hotels make your stay in Palenque and San Cristobal de Las Casas a very pleasant experience. Enjoy Palenque, its archaeological sites, flora, wildlife and numerous natural attractions staying in Villa Mercedes Palenque Hotel; featuring 92 accommodations and facilities inspired in the tropical forest that surround us, our Palenque hotel is your top choice for your upcoming trip to this gorgeous destination. Experience the cultural richness of a unique colonial town at Villa Mercedes San Cristobal Hotel. With elegant facilities and rustic details to bring you a cozy stay, our hotel in San Cristobal de Las Casas is ideal for guests with very discerning guests.
Casa Mexicana (San Cristobal )
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Located in the beautiful mountainous and colonial city of San Cristóbal. It is centrally located within walking distance of many historical sites. We offer you all the amenities, comforts and personal services of a fine hotel, relax in the interior sky-lit garden, enjoying the original mexican art treasures assambled here. The guest rooms all open into the gardens or private courtyards.
Casa Blanca (Mexico City )
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 5 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Located in the political, economic and cultural heart of Mexico City (Hotel Mexico City), just a few steps from the most important avenues of the city: Reforma and Juarez. The professionally trained staff will always offer you the most friendly service.
Fortin (Oaxaca)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Beautiful and modern hotel finely decorated with traditional Oaxacan touch and an overwhelming view of Oaxaca City. Hotel Fortin Plaza is one of the most prized hotels in the City with a reputation of comfort an excellent service. . Offering comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, the Fortin Plaza is located close to the main shopping plaza, Zocalo and the world famous Santo Domingo Church . The hotel provides a classical touch and an overwhelming view of Oaxaca's Valley and the city's magical Historic Centre.
This tour gave us a brief overview of the many different cultures from Mexico city to small villages, I especially enjoyed our day in Zincantan and San Juan Chamula, both in Chiapas!
We saw how two villages only 5 kilometers apart were very different, the costumes were different, the city administrators wore traditional footwear from 2000 years ago, we visited a home and saw how different buildings functioned for living quarters whereas we would build one house with many rooms.

We also saw Shamans at work doing healing rituals that have been practiced for thousands of years inside a Catholic Church that had no connection to Mass or other Catholic ritual. My bus members became family taking care of me when I became ill. I was sad to say goodbye at the end of our tour.

I got to see all of the Mexico Mayan sites I desired, we arrived early and were able to enjoy them without the crowds of tourists. I feel I received excellent service and all lodging was first class!

Yours truly,

Kathleen Johnson , Sep 2013