On this 12-day Mexico Private Tour your guide will show you all the highlights of Central and Southern Mexico. You travel from the metropolitan capital of Mexico City to the Maya world in the Yucatan. During your trip you explore the most amazing sights of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel in Mexico City and taken on a city tour. Explore the centro histórico on foot and visit the huge Zócalo with its famous Cathedral “Metropolitana” and the Government Palace with its impressive murals by Diego Riviera, amongst others. Learn all about the fascinating histpry of the metropolitan capital. To make the city tour perfect, it finishes with an informative visit of the Anthropological Museum which is situated on the brink of the Chapultepec Park. Learn all about the history and culture of Mexico´s many pre-hispanic civilizations. Afterwards, you are brought back to your hotel in the late afternoon and you can enjoy some free time on your own. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken 50km northeast of the city to the spectacular site of Teotihuacán, also known as the “City of the Gods”. Spread over 22km², it is the largest city of ruins in Latin America and the majority of it has yet to be excavated. You definitely should not miss out on climbing up the Sun and Moon Pyramids, as they provide an imposing view of the extent of this archaeological excavation. After exploring these impressive ruins you will be taken to the Basilica de Guadalupe. This is Mexico’s most important pilgrimage site and is famous for its image of the Virgin de Guadalupe. Admire the intricate gold decorations inside the Basilica. Afterwards, you will be brought back to your hotel in Mexico City. Overnight stay.
(Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
In the morning you are picked up at your hotel and you head towards Puebla, which is the fourth largest city in Mexico and the capital of the State of Puebla. The charming colonial city is full of history and is well known for its location between four volcanoes. One of them is the famous Popocatépetl. On your way to the city you visit the temple Santa María Tonantzintla and get to know Cholula, the holy city to visit the largest pyramid in Mexico in terms of dimension. In Puebla you enjoy a city tour through the historic centre, where you explore all the important sights like the Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Church. Afterwards you will head south to Oaxaca where you will arrive in your hotel in the late evening. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven towards Monte Albán, the most significant archeological excavation of the region. Steep and narrow roads lead up the hill to the largest and most stunning Zapotec city in Oaxaca. You will be fascinated by the beauty and the majesty of this sight. While enjoying an impressive panoramic view over the city and its hinterlands, it’s easy to imagine how the Zapotec used to dominate the whole Southwest of Mexico. There are more than 20 historical buildings to discover in this archaeological site. Afterwards, you are brought back to Oaxaca where you will begin a guided city walk through the historical center of Oaxaca. During your tour you will visit all the “must” see sites of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Today you will be picked up at your hotel again and your first stop is at the tree of Tule, which is considered the most voluminous living tree in Mexico and has unique formations on its trunk. Afterwards, you continue to the limestone waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, where you can refresh yourself in the mineral springs with a refreshing swim while enjoying the breathtaking view over the surrounding countryside and waterfalls. Afterwards, you continue to the Mezcal factory “Gracias a Dios”. Here, in the family business, the Mezcalero Oscar and his family produce Mezcal in a traditional and organic manner. In the last few year Mezcal has become increasingly more popular and is now Tequilas hip rebel brother. Oscar will lead you on a personal tour through the small “Palenque”, explaining the manufacturing process and of course you will have a mezcal tasting. Afterwards, you continue to Tehuantepec where you´ll spend the night. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Today you will begin early to visit the imposing natural wonder of Cañon del Sumidero in Chiapas which at its highest point reaches approximately 1000 meters. The Canyon was formed by cracks in the earth´s crust and erosion by the Grijalva river which still flows through it. During a two hour boat ride through the steep canyon you have the opportunity to observe unique rock formations and the exotic flora and fauna of the region such as cormorants, egrets and with a little bit of luck you might even spot a crocodile or monkey. After this outstanding experience, you continue to Chiapa de Corzo, a charming colonial village where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the historical center or taste one of Chiapas’ traditional dishes in a cozy restaurant (not included). In the late afternoon, you will arrive in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will start your day with an interesting guided walking tour through the cobblestone streets of the charming historical center of San Cristóbal de las Casas. First, you are going to visit the popular local market, also known as the Market of Colours. Everyday indigenous people such as the Totzil and the Tseltal from the surrounding villages sell artesenia and agricultural products. Afterwards you will visit the beautiful Santa Domingo Church, the spectacular Cathedral near the main square and a small amber shop. Here you will learn everything about the stone and its importance for the region. Afterwards, your guide takes you to San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, two autonomous indigenous villages of the Totzil and the Tseltal. You will get an impression of the rituals and customs of the tribes and can watch the women while they weave colorful and unique handicraft. Don´t miss to try the Pox, a typical drink from the region. In the afternoon you go back to your hotel in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Get up early in the morning and take the highway via Villahermosa to Palenque. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit the Museo Parque La Venta, one of the most important archaeological museums in Mexico. Here you can admire the famous Olmec colossal heads and many other sculptures while learning a lot of interesting facts about the culture of the Olmecs, which inhabited the southern Gulf of Mexico from approximately 1500 to 400 BC. Afterwards you continue to Palenque. On the way you stop in Agua Blanca National Park, where you can refresh yourself in one of the crystal-clear pools or hike to the Murrallón cave. These are just as nice as the Agua Azul waterfalls and are a real insider tip. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
Your first stop of the day is the archaeological site of Palenque. It is not the biggest site in Mexico, but it is one of the most impressive as it is buried deep in dense jungle vegetation. The temples and pyramids are covered with vines and create a unique atmosphere. Climb the Templo de las Inscripciones for a spectacular view of the jungle canopy. Archaeologists estimate that there are still 1200 temples yet uncovered. Afterwards you will continue to Campeche where you will still enjoy a guided city tour. Campeche is a small fishing town famous for its colorful houses and restored testimonies of its colonial past. The historical city center was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1999. Learn about the San Miguel Fort which protected the city against pirates, the Cathedral, the Zocalo, the boardwalk and the San Román Church. Do not miss the famous Campeche sunset over the Gulf of Mexico which is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
You will be picked up from your hotel to visit the archaeological site of Uxmal, which is the Yucatan’s most important archeological excavation, apart from Chichen Itza. The architecture of Uxmal is an example of that present in the Puuc region. The temples have smooth low walls which represent traditional Maya huts and many figures of the rain god Chaac. You continue to the ancient Hacienda Yaxcopoil, considered one of the most important sisal Haciendas of Yucatán in the 17th century. Feel transported back in time while admiring the original furnishings of the former Hacienda and residence. Afterwards, you continue to Mérida, better known as the “white city” where you can explore this beautiful colonial city full of life and history on a guided tour. Mérida is also famous for its regional cuisine which mixes Maya ingredients and techniques with European and Mexican dishes. Try the sopa de lima or cochinita pibil. Overnight stay. (Meals: breakfast at the hotel)
This morning you start in Mérida and make your first stop in Izamal. Visit in the small colonial town, which consists mainly of
(Meals: breakfast at the hotel & lunch on the tour)