What you get
Mexico in May. Pre-Columbian cities, beaches and cenotes
Two weeks of complete immersion in all the colors, tastes and motives of stunning Mexico. You must see this country with your own eyes at least once in your life!
- Explore the ancient Mayan cities of Teotihuacan, Palenque and Chichen Itza
- Enjoy the paradise beaches of Isla Mujeres
- Discover the mysterious cenote caves on the Yucatan Peninsula
- Observe unusual rituals of modern Mayans and listen to the music of traditional mariachi bands
- Ride boats on Sumidero Canyon and meet wild pink flamingos
The price of the trip includes:
- One domestic flight
- Transportation during the entire trip
- Accommodation during the entire trip
- Tickets to all attractions mentioned in the itinerary
- Professional guiding services
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Mexico City and from Cancun back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals)
- Insurance (mandatory)
- Food ($25 per person per day)
- Diving and snorkeling
We arrive in Mexico City, meet with the tour leader and the group and check into a hotel in the historic center of the city. Let our group trip to Mexico begin! After a short rest, we go out to the central Zocalo square and plunge into the local life. We walk near the grand Cathedral, which the Spanish colonists were building for almost three hundred years on the foundation of the temple of the god of war of the ancient Aztecs.
But the devout Mexican Christians did not forget their roots - next to the cathedral, they organize the ritual dances of the Aztecs and Mayans every evening. Feathers, brightly colored bodies, rituals for protections from evil spirits - this action looks very unusual! The ancestors of the Mexicans used these dances to thank nature for all the elements - air, water, fire and earth.
We go to one of the local restaurants to start exploring Mexican cuisine. We will try the traditional rich posole soup made from corn, meat, cabbage, avocado and lime and quesadillas with various fillings. And we will drink micheladas - a popular drink made of beer and spices.
In the morning we leave for the archaeological complex of Teotihuacan (1 hour on the way). Many mistakenly consider it the city of the ancient Aztecs. But in fact, it was built by representatives of an even more ancient Teotiaukan civilization in the 4th century BC, and the Aztecs came here four hundred years later. Almost nothing is known about the Teotiaukan civilization to modern scientists. Scientists still argue about how the famous pyramids of the Sun and Moon were used. Most of them agree on one thing - that ritual human sacrifices were made on platforms on the tops of the pyramids.
We will walk along the famous Avenue of the Dead, walk to the top of both pyramids, examine the frescoes miraculously preserved to our times and the ruins of ancient dwellings. Those who wish can view the entire complex from a bird's eye view, ordering a balloon flight. In the evening we return to our hotel in Mexico City (1 hour on the way).
In the morning we set off to explore Mexico City. We will go to the country's most famous museum - the Museum of Anthropology, which contains unique finds from all the ancient precolumbian cities of Mexico. We will see the famous Sun Stone, on which the Aztec calendar is recorded, the giant stone heads of the ancient Olmecs, bright funerary masks, huge statues of ancient gods, bright murals and other treasures.
Next, we head to the president’s palace, a perfect place to relax in the quiet courtyards with fountains and admire huge murals. In the evening, we listen to the traditional music of the mariachi folk groups and taste pulque - a traditional drink of the ancient Aztecs made from agave juice. In ancient times, even before the Spaniards arrived here, only shamans were allowed to use pulque for ritual purposes.
We continue our guided tour to Mexico and in the morning fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the state of Chiapas (an hour and a half flight). We will see the Mexican miracle of nature - the grand Sumidero canyon. We take a boat on the river to admire sheer cliffs and wonderful nature. These cliffs reach one kilometer - it is higher than the popular Grand Canyon in the USA! The river is filled with crocodiles, and most likely we will be able to see them.
After about 2 hours of a boat trip, we will walk to some observation platforms to see the canyon from above. Next we head to the old colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas (1 hour on the way) and check into a hotel.
We walk around the city, examining the colonial Spanish architecture. Bright houses, noisy bazaars, colorful locals who wear Mayan national clothes - it’s as if you find yourself in other times. We walk along the main square, go to numerous small churches, abd observe the unhurried local life.
We leave for the village of San Juan Chamula, where the descendants of modern Mayans live. It is difficult to take pictures here - the locals are very conservative and still believe that photos anger the gods and steal the souls of people. Conservatism also means that, having become Christians, locals have preserved many of their ancient beliefs. For example, chicken are still sacrificed in a local church! And people dance during the service and drink posh - alcoholic drink with cola.
Day 6 - 7
In the morning we leave for the town of Palenque by minibus (5 hours on the way) to continue our guided tour to Mexico. We will stop at two picturesque waterfalls. First Aqua Azul - a series of rapids with natural pools on the Xanil River. The highest reach six meters. The water here is transparent turquoise, and there are cozy cafes on the banks. Next, we head to the Misol Ha waterfall. Here the water falls from a 35 meters tall cliff! You can swim in the pool - the water is very clean and warm. The bravest ones can climb over a waterfall to discover a small cave.
In the evening we arrive in Palenque and check into the hotel. The next morning, we set off to explore the ancient Mayan city. We will see the pyramids, the ruins of the palace and the observatory, try to unravel the bas-reliefs, sculptures and inscriptions, which are preserved here much better than in other Mayan cities. Back in the 7th century, life was seething here, and now the place is surrounded with impassable jungle and only stones remember the glorious past ... By the way, scientists are sure that the main part of the city has not yet been excavated and rests under the jungle. Just think - there are still places in the world that are waiting for their discoverers!
Late in the evening we take a night bus to Merida in the state of Yucatan (8 hours on the way).
Day 8 - 9
In the morning we arrive in Merida - the main city of the state of Yucatan. After breakfast we check into the hotel and begin to explore the city, enjoying the wonderful Spanish architecture. Cozy squares, small churches, rich Yucatan cuisine and traditional dances on the streets.
But the main thing that Yucatan is famous for is cenotes - limestone caves with collapsed tops. Filled with pure water, they boast flocks of exotic fish. How to convey the feeling when you swim in this water, watching the blue sky above your head? You feel like Indiana Jones, who accidentally stumbled upon paradise in the middle of the wild jungle. No wonder the ancient Mayans considered the cenotes sacred and performed their religious rituals here.
We continue our small group trip to Mexico and in the morning head to the archaeological complex of Chichen Itza (2 hours on the way). A distinctive feature of this ancient Mayan city is the famous pyramid of the god Kukulkan 24 meters high. We will walk 365 steps to the top. Coincidence with the number of days in a year? Scientists don’t think so! They believe that this Mayan pyramid was used as a calendar. True, the steps-days here are divided into 18 sections, because the Mayans divided the year not by 12, but by 18 months.
At the top of the pyramid there is a small temple. It is here, according to scientists, that the god Kukulkan was offered human sacrifices. Ancient frescoes and inscriptions assure that young men from noble families were usually sacrificed. Moreover, it was considered an honor to be sacrificed here! ... Still impressed by the Chichen Itza, we leave for Valladolid in the evening (1 hour on the way), where we check into a hotel.
We leave for the village of Las Coloradas on the Gulf of Mexico. Here we will see a unique place - a lagoon with pink water and shores of white sand. No magic - the water received an unusual color from a high concentration of sea salt and special plankton. This lagoon is admired not only by people - it is home to thousands of pink flamingos! We take a boat ride, enjoying unusual colors and observing graceful birds.
After lunch, we will have an excursion to the tequila factory, where we will see all stages of production of this Mexican drink popular around the world.
Day 12 - 14
In the morning we leave for Cancun (2 hours on the way) and catch a ferry to the island of Mujeres (30 minutes on the way). We check into a hotel near the beach. Ready for crystal clear water, white sand and the bluest sky in the world?!
Those who wish can explore the island looking for the most picturesque places. And lovers of snorkeling and diving will be delighted with the local marine life and the underwater sculpture museum.
On the last day of the trip we go to Cancun airport and fly home. Our group trip to Mexico has come to an end. Thank you for discovering this vivid country with us!
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to enter Mexico.
We provide free visa consulting to our clients.
4G internet in Mexico
Price: + $10
Sim card of local mobile provider with 4G internet
Hot air balloon tour in Teotihuacan
Price: + $150
Hot air balloon tour in Teotihuacan
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