Mexico. Famous landmarks and New Year on the beach

Price
$1748
+ flight to Cancun and from Mexico City back home
Duration
14 days

What you get

Mexico
Beaches and cities
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Tickets
To all attractions
Accommodation
13 nights
Physical grade
Level 1 (easy) out of 5

Mexico. Famous landmarks and New Year on the beach

Clear water, white sand and a diverse underwater world. Mexico boasts the best beaches in the world! We will celebrate New Year in such a place, and explore the most famous landmarks. 

  • Follow the traces of ancient Maya and Zapotec in the cities of Palenque, Monte Alban and Teotihuacan 
  • Savour famous mole - a traditional dish of chicken, chocolate and chili pepper
  • Jump into turquoise water of Mishol Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls
  • Participate in the most unusual rituals of modern Maya in the village of San Juan Chamula
  • Feel like a bird on the cliffs of Sumidero canyon, which is deeper than the Grand Canyon in the USA

Trip code
FDVV
Мексика,Паленке,Канкун

The price of the trip includes:

  1. All transportation, including buses, ferries, rented transport and all types of public transport;
  2. Accommodation during the entire trip;
  3. Tickets to all attractions, including archaeological complexes, museums, waterfalls;
  4. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Cancun and from Mexico City back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Insurance (mandatory);
  3. Food ($15-20 per day);
  4. Diving and snorkeling;
  5. Visa (if you need one).

Departures

2019
Price
Book
25 December, Wed 07 January, Tue
$ 1748
2 seats left
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Day 1 - 3

Isla Mujeres Palenque ancient city

We begin our group trip to Mexico when we arrive in Cancun and take a ferry to one of the most picturesque islands of the country - Isla Mujeres! After checking into a hotel, we will enjoy beautiful beaches, walk to the Southern cape, begin our acquaintance with the famous Mexican cuisine. Be sure to snorkel - the local underwater world can not be left unexplored! Those interested can even visit the museum under the water and see hundreds of unusual sculptures on the seabed. Tired and satisfied, we return to Cancun by ferry on the afternoon of the second day and take a comfortable night bus to the world-famous ancient Mayan city - Palenque.

In the morning we check into a hotel near Palenque and head to the archaeological complex. Palenque flourished in 7th century and was considered the center of the ancient Mayan civilization. Scientists believe that of all the Mayan cities, Palenque boasts the best preserved sculptures, facade elements and inscriptions. The researchers claim that the wild jungles around the ruins of the city harbor even more secrets and the main part of Palenque remains buried under a thicket of trees. Who said that there is no place in the world for new discoveries?!

Day 4 - 5

Misol Ha and Aqua Azul waterfalls San Cristobal de las Casas Indian village of San Juan Chamula

Our guided tour to Mexico takes us to San Cristobal de las Casas (about 5 hours on the way). On the way we stop near Misol Ha waterfall. The purest water falls here into a natural pool from a height of 35 meters, all in the middle of the pristine jungle. What a great place to swim! Next stop is the Aqua Azul waterfalls. They look nothing like the previous one and consists of several small cascades about 6 meters high. The water here contains a lot of calcium, which is deposited on the stones with unusual patterns. After waterfall relaxation, we reach the city and check into a hotel. 

San Cristobal de las Casas is an old colonial city where old Spanish colorful houses and elegant architecture are preserved. We will walk in the center to see the most colorful sights, and visit the old Indian village of San Juan Chamula. Photographing here is not easy - after all, local Tzotzil people believe that photographs spoil the souls of people. We will visit a very unusual Christian church to see the original Mayan rites, which you will not see anywhere else. For example, hens are sacrificed here, people drink local alcohol and dance!

Day 6 - 8

Sumidero canyon Beaches of the Pacific ocean New Year in seafood restaurant

In the morning we leave for the Sumidero canyon where we will continue our guided tour to Mexico. It is not as popular as, for example, the Grand Canyon in the USA, but much deeper - the height of these steep cliffs reaches a kilometer! We take a boat trip along the river and walk to several panoramic spots to appreciate the view from above. In the evening, we board a comfortable night bus and head to the village of Pochutla, which is located on the Pacific ocean coast (12 hours on the way).

We check into a hotel and enjoy the beaches. We will also visit the beaches of the surrounding towns and take a walk to Punta Cometa, the southernmost point in the state of Oaxaca. Sunsets here are breathtaking! Next, we celebrate the New Year in one of the best seafood restaurants right on the beach to the fiery rhythms of salsa. Just one tip - pay special attention to the shrimp and octopus ceviche. Seafood are seasoned with lime juice, sprinkled with chili pepper, and served with corn and cubes of potato. Yum! The next day is free. You can educate yourself in the Turtle center, visit the lagoon with crocodiles and iguanas, or relax on the beach.

Day 9 - 10

The city of Oaxaca Monte Alban archeological site Hervé el Agua rock formations Mescal factory

A bus takes us to the city of Oaxaca, the capital of the country's most vibrant state (about 7 hours on the way). Here we will continue our small group trip to Mexico. We check into a hotel and set off to explore the old city center. Catholic churches, brightly colored houses, narrow streets, the famous art gallery and the most delicious local cocoa. It is hard to mention everything. And we will definitely try the famous local mole - a dish of chicken with chocolate and chili peppers. 

In the morning we drive to Monte Alban - the oldest city of Mesoamerica, which was the capital of the ancient Zapotec. Just think - it was built more than 2500 years ago! We will walk among the ruins of the palaces, watch the images of dancing people and chimeras, stand on top of the huge stone platforms. The best scientists in the world have long puzzled over the purpose of these unusual buildings. 

Next, we head to the Hervé el Agua rock formations. We stand in the water over the abyss, enjoying stunning views of the valley, and below, under our feet, we see waterfalls of white stones. What a place! In the evening we will visit the mescal factory to find out all the details of the production of this local alcohol and taste it.

Day 11 - 14

Mexico city Metropolitan Cathedral Teotihuacan Museum of Anthropology

In the morning we leave for the capital of the country - Mexico City (7 hours on the way). We check into a hotel there and go out for a walk in the center. We explore the main square, and head to the Metropolitan Cathedral, which is considered the largest temple on the continent, and the oldest. One could watch this Gothic facade for days! 

The next morning we head to the world famous Teotihuacan - one of the largest ancient cities in Mexico. In the 4th century BC it was perhaps the largest city in the world! After the 8th century the city was abandoned for unknown reasons. Perhaps the end of Teotihukan civilization came after the conquest of the Aztecs. Scientists are convinced that the world famous Pyramids of the Sun and Moon were so called by the Aztecs. But what purpose they served under the original people of the city remains a mystery ... Scientists are certain of one thing  - human sacrifices were made here... In the evening we return to our hotel in Mexico City. 

Our last day in Mexico city we will spend in one of the most interesting museums of the world - Museum of Anthropology. All the main items found in the ancient cities of pre-Columbian civilizations of Mexico are kept here. For example, we will see the Stone of the Sun, which is better known as the Aztec calendar, the huge stone heads of the ancient Olmecs, funerary masks and a lot more. In the evening we will enjoy traditional mariachi music and next morning fly back home. Our group trip to Mexico has come to an end. Thank you for exploring with us!

Tour leader

Sofia Vovk
tour guide

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It includes long walks through the cities and archaeological complexes, boating through the canyon, and trips by buses, including two night trips in comfortable buses. We will also take a ferry, use public transport and a rented vehicle. Accommodation in double/twin rooms in tourist class hotels. Each room will have its own bathroom, and in almost all hotels - hot water and wi fi internet.

Visa

Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to enter Mexico.

Citizens of some countries need a visa and should apply online. 

We provide free visa consulting for our clients.

Additional options

4G internet in Mexico
Price: + $10
Sim card of local mobile provider with 4G internet

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