Mexico is home to spectacular archaeological sites, historical colonial cities, natural marvels, caves and an authentic culture expressed in music, folklore dances, gastronomy, and the customs and traditions of the Maya People. These all combine to offer a unique and authentic experience. The Greatness of the Mayan legacy is present everywhere, from the spectacular ceremonial centres such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque, Dzibilchaltun and Mayapan that are representative of one of the biggest civilizations in the world. The brightly coloured crafts, natural reserves, and delicious gastronomy are the perfect combination with ingredients from the Mayas, Spanish, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern origins, giving an incredible and original flavour, making them world-famous.
Special features of our 14 Day Cultural Merida:
Type of Tourism: Luxury, Culture, History, Archaeology, beaches
Places to Visit: Mexico City, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chichen Itza, Cancun
Duration: 14 Days and 13 Nights.
Type of Service: group tours.
Accommodation: 4 star hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for!
Today you will arrive to Mexico City airport. We will be waiting to take you to your luxury hotel for a three-night stay. You will have a free evening to enjoy the cosmopolitan capital, explore the city and acclimatize.
Today, we will head out on a full-day tour of Mexico City. We will visit the famous Casa Azul, the home that belonged to Frida Kahlo, the famous artist. The Zocalo, main square, Palacio Nacional, Catedral and the The fine arts palace. We will enjoy some of the local flavours in a traditional restaurant for a full introduction to the amazing Mexican cuisine!
After breakfast, we will head out for a visit to the magnificent pyramids of Teotihuacan, where the sun moon and the beyond, all combine at The Pyramid of the Sun, the largest pyramid in Latin America. We will then continue to the and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the iconic, religious shrine of Mexico.
Today we will explore San Cristobal, admiring the beautiful colonial streets and alleys lined with red-roof tiles and white-washed walls. We will then pass through Zinacantan, a Tzotzil Maya village outside of San Cristobal, famous for its flowers and being the only source of salt in the Chiapas Highlands. Next is San Juan Chamula and its famous church, with images and artefacts representing a unique combination of Mayan and Catholic beliefs.
Today we will visit the stunningly impressive Mayan archaeological site of Palenque. With the backdrop of the lush, green rainforest, the sculptures and spectacular architecture is a sight to behold! Palenque was an important centre during the height of Mayan civilization and dates back to 100 BC. It is unclear what led to its fall around 900 AD. You may explore and perhaps develop your own theories! This massive complex spread over 15 sq. km., only the central area has been excavated...
Bright and early, we will head out to marvel at the world-renowned Maya temples and ball courts of Uxmal. Our guide will explain all about this magnificent temple and one of the finest examples of classic Maya architecture on the planet. This archaeological site has spectacular palaces, 15 groups of buildings, including the Adivino Pyramid and the Palacio del Gobernador. We will then head to Kabah, which is the second-largest Mayan ruin of the Puuc region after Uxmal. In the evening, we will head to Merida.
Today we will enjoy a tour of the city and a delicious authentic street food tour through the local markets of Merida. You will have a free afternoon to explore The “White City”, which maintains its character with its old cobbled streets and impressive buildings such as the Merida main Cathedral built in 1561, Casa de Montejo, government palace, municipal palace, theatres, parks and markets. Also, the local cuisine is a must, as these Yucatecan dishes are world-renowned!
Today we will wake up at the crack of dawn to visit Chichen Itza before the crowds arrive. This impressive Mayan temple is famous for the Kukulkan pyramid, the ball court, the observatory, the nunnery and the sacrificial well. The archaeological site remains in an excellent state of preservation. After this visit, we will head to Chiquilá, approximately two to three hours away, where you will take the ferry across to the Isla Holbox.
The next two days are free days to enjoy the spectacular beaches in the paradise of Isla Holbox. The pristine beaches are perfect for soaking up some rays while relaxing on the soft, white sands of this idyllic Mexican-Caribbean island. If you prefer something a little more active, there are many water sports and excursions such as snorkelling trips to swim with the elusive whale sharks found in these waters from June to September.
Another free day to enjoy the spectacular beaches in the paradise of Isla Holbox. The pristine beaches are perfect for soaking up some rays while relaxing on the soft, white sands of this idyllic Mexican-Caribbean island. If you prefer something a little more active, there are many water sports and excursions such as snorkelling trips to swim with the elusive whale sharks found in these waters from June to September.
Today is the final day of this incredible luxury tour. We will head back to the mainland and onwards to Cancun airport for your departing flight home or onto your next destination!