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Aztec and Maya Tour in Mexico

Basic Package 6 nights & 7 days. You will have 3 exciting days in Mexico City and 3 days based in Yucatan in the colonial city of Merida from where you will tour Uxmal, the Flamingo sanctuary at Celestun and the Chichen Itza pyramids. The week will end with a drop off at your Cancun or Riviera Maya selected resort (optional).



Enjoy an incredible week where you will be introduced to the discovery of the American Continent and the great impact it had on the history of world’s economic and social structures of the 16TH and 17TH centuries.

You will have an optional comforting beach holiday extension for a second week on the paradisiacal Caribbean coast of Mexico, opposite Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba. Along this extended tour, you will enjoy places with a profound culture & historic legacy. You will visit outstanding colonial monuments, world class museums, and pre Columbus standing pyramids uncovered in their original archeological sites.

American Aborigine Societies stand in the history of mankind as amazingly developed cultures, comparable to ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India. On the American Continent, the Incas, Aztecs and Mayas were outstanding civilizations with their own political, social, religious and economic structures. Aztecs settled on the highlands of Mexico and the Mayas on the Yucatan Peninsula which closes the circle of the Gulf of Mexico, opposite the state of Florida. You will have 3 exciting days in Mexico City and 3 days based in Yucatan in the colonial city of Merida from where you will tour Uxmal, a Mayan sacred city, the Flamingo sanctuary at Celestun and the Chichen Itza pyramids, voted one of the 2009 seven modern wonders of the world.

The week will end with a drop off at your Cancun or Riviera Maya selected resort (optional). You can take your flight back home through Cancun International airport or stay additional days for a Caribbean Holiday beach extension.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 / Mexico City - Airport arrival greeting & Transfer to your Hotel

Mexico City, once the capital of the Aztec Empire, has in the valley of the nation's capital, a population exceeding 22 million people. All over you can find the heritage of the Pre-Hispanic societies that populated or influenced the configuration of such a colossal urban settlement. A new architecture was enforced by the colonizers using as foundation for the new buildings the religious monuments of the existing people. Churches were placed on top of the aborigine temples and today you find colonial churches with rich and artistic furnishings and in some cases next to the church, what was not used as a foundation, has been uncovered to its original archeological formation. Mexico City has a historic district which central square is known as the Zocalo, right in the center of the city. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2 / Mexico City

After an included breakfast, you board a Mexico City guided tour visiting major attractions. We start where it all began, at the Zocalo. You will see the National Palace with an extended series of mural paintings that show a graphic evolution of the history of the country which were painted by Diego Rivera. The Metropolitan Cathedral, the oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America, is a spectacular building intended to distract the Aztec people from their own previous believes and convert them to the new religion. Right behind the Cathedral you can find the "Tenochtitlan Templo Mayor Pyramids" which were part of the big ceremonial center of the Aztecs. Templo Mayor was not only the most visible sight of an immense aborigine urban complex, but also represented the cosmic center of the universe for the Aztecs. You will drive by the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a 19th Century all white marble building functioning as a theater as well as an art museum, with many fine sculptures. To get a feeling of the city you will drive along the Paseo de la Reforma Avenue which was inspired by the "Champs Elisée" of Paris until you reach and visit the National Anthropology Museum, the largest in its type in the world. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3 / Mexico City - Guadalupe Shrine - Teotihuacan – México City

After breakfast you will take a guided excursion to the outstanding Teotihuacan Pyramids, starting with a visit to the Virgin of Guadalupe Shrine. This church is a place of pilgrimage for millions of Mexicans and followers from all over the world. The day will then dedicate a visit to the ancient archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, north of Mexico City. This was the Toltec-Aztec ceremonial center of Teotihuacan, an archeological site with buildings bigger and as impressive or more, as the Egyptian pyramids. These monumental buildings where constructed by Toltec architects, a very advanced culture dominated by the Aztecs before the colonization of Mexico. You will see its impressive Toltec pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon, the Quetzalcoat Temple and the fortresses, the largest monuments of their type in the world. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4 / Mexico City - Mérida – Historic District, Museum & City Tour

After breakfast in Mexico City, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Merida with check in at Hotel Mision Panamericana or similar. In the afternoon you will tour this impressive place, one of the biggest cities in Mayan territory. The city has a colonial charm with its palaces, narrow streets and romantic horse-drawn carriages. The city is full of Spanish and French influences. You can visit the Governor's Palace, the one of the oldest Cathedral in Mexico, the Montejo Palace and the large down town shopping area. The city has preserved its colonial heritage in the historic district. It is in the center of the state and all the roads converge at the state capital. Merida's central square or "Plaza Grande" is surrounded by ancient buildings that form the historic district such as The San Idelfonso Cathedral of Merida, the most antique church of the American continent, built in the second half of the XVIth century. Merida's Cathedral has one of the biggest interior statues of Christ in the world. The city was founded on January 6, 1542 on the indigenous trace of Ichcaanzihó's City, called also T'hó. Overnight in Merida.

DAY 5 / Merida – Kabah – Uxmal – Merida

After breakfast, we will depart to Kabah which is known as the second largest religious center in the Puuc Route area. Kabah flourished around the year 800 AD. Kabah is connected with Uxmal by a sacbe (Mayan Route) which begins right in the arch, a kind of main door to the city. Kabah has Classic style architecture and its main attractions are the Palace of the Masks with over 300 representations, mainly dedicated to Chaac, God of Rain and the "Pirámide de los Mascarones" also including masks and stalls. We then continue to Uxmal which means "Three times constructed"; the architecture of Uxmal is among the most majestic in Yucatan. Its beauty is characterized by low and horizontal palaces placed around patios and quadrants richly decorated with detailed sculptures. Uxmal, enveloped by legends and myths, is situated within a series of hills known as the Pucc or the mountainous area of the Yucatan. Lunch is included in Uxmal. Continue back to Merida. Overnight in Merida.

DAY 6 / Merida – Celestun Biosphere Reserve – Merida

On the sixth day you will continue to Celestun, home of pink flamingo colonies and considered an ecotourism paradise with freshwater springs and beaches that are part of a Biosphere Reserve officially declared a fauna shelter. Celestun is also a typical fisherman's village. Among Celestun's main attractions we will visit by boat tour, the quiet Flamingoes Lagoon, known as "The Drum". After the tour you can enjoy lunch in one of the selected seafood restaurants along the beach. Return to Merida and overnight at hotel.

DAY 7 / Mérida – Chichen Itza – Cancun or Riviera Maya Hotel

On the seventh day, we will transit just over 2 hours to Chichen Itza, the Mayan Post Classic Sacred City, which represents the most intact and impressive of the ruins of the Mayan Civilization that the modern world still preserves. Chichen Itza has a huge "Cenote", a big pond nourished by underground rivers which supplied clean water to the complex. Chichen Itza, "The Mouth of the Well" as other Mayan centers was originally a ceremonial and spiritual site, more than a commercial area. Chichen Itza has maybe the most impressive pyramid of all the Maya world. The Castle has 4 staircases (one for each season of the year) with 91 steps each, totaling 365 with the top platform. The orientation of the pyramid is such that for about an hour around 4 o'clock during the spring and fall equinoxes (March 21st & September 21st), the shadow of northwest edge of the pyramid on the side of the north stairway, draws seven triangles of light that imitates a serpent creeping downwards until it joins the huge serpent's head at the bottom of the stairway. This was a religious message telling the people it was time to seed the land or it was time to harvest with the blessing of their God Kukulkan.

At Chichen Itza, you will see an astrological observatory with a design similar to others built in the Modern Age. There are many more buildings such as The Temple of the Warriors, part of the "Thousand Columns Complex", the Temple of the Jaguars and the Ball Court. Chichen Itza was voted one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World in 2009. After a visit of almost 2 hours, you will have lunch and we will then transit to Cancun. Drop off at the hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya.

Cancun and the Riviera Maya are located on the Eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula on the South East part of Mexico. They are on the Caribbean shoreline that extends over 500 kms and offers all sorts of leisure interests and the most modern hotel and service infrastructure. You find here, the second largest Reef Barrier in the World, in parallel to the Mexico Caribbean Coast. The "Palancares Reef" extends south into Central America. Cancun is an island, part of this outstanding reef and is connected to the mainland by bridges. Relatively close by you have other islands such as Isla Mujeres, Contoy, Holbox and Cozumel. Cancun and Riviera Maya are nestled in the most pure manifestation of nature within the jungle and the tropical forest.

Includes:
  • Welcome greeting at the airport in Mexico City by our representatives
  • Transfer aiport / hotel / airport.
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels with daily breakfast.
  • English speaking guide at visits mentioned in this itinerary, including entrance fees to the archaeological sites.
  • All government taxes.

Not Included:
  • Personal expenses and gratuities in hotel (maids and bell boys).
  • Meals not previously mentioned.
  • Tips during the excursions (for Tour Guide and bus driver).
  • Hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya for extended stays, UPON REQUEST
 
 
 
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