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Enjoy this terrific tailor-made tour to discover the magic and culture of southeast Mexico. Take in Aztec and Mayan civilizations, visit magnificent pyramids and mysterious temples, before winding down on the stretch of coastline known as the Riviera Maya, offering pure white-sand beaches, calm blue waters and lush mangrove jungles.
Experience The National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City on a private, out-of-hours guided tour
Explore the canals of Xochimilco on a trajinera boat to learn about the Aztec’s ingenious technique for growing food
Delve into Mayan history and natural wonders at the archelogical site of Palenque and the Misol Ha waterfall
Take a boat ride down the salt-water lagoon of Celestun, home to more than 2,000 pink flamingos
Immerse yourself in Merida’s local culture on a tour of the colourful cantinas, accompanied by a guide. Learn about daily life in the city as you walk between a series of three cantinas, entering through their swinging doors, old saloon-style, where you’ll sip beer on high stools, groove to the latest Mexican tunes and savour some classic Yucatan snacks.
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Discover Mesoamerican, Colonial and Revolutionary history while exploring the heart of the Mexican capital. Highlights include the main Aztec temple and the Metropolitan Cathedral, beautiful artwork depicting Mexico’s past, and the exhibitions at the Palace of Fine Arts.You will also experience an exclusive out-of-hours tour of the National Museum of Anthropology, taking you on a journey through the many histories of Mesoamerica. Continue exploring by walking the footsteps of some of Mexico’s most revered artists and writers with a visit to Diego Rivera’s House Studio and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s former home-turned museum.
Take a private car transfer to Mexico City International Airport for your flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. From here, take a boat trip down the Grijalva River to visit the 900-metre-deep Canyon Sumidero, before transferring to BO Hotel.
Explore San Cristóbal de la Casas, a highland town in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, taking in the stunning red-tiled-roof houses and narrow winding streets. Then head to San Juan Chamula, to visit the church where the blending of pre-Hispanic traditions and Catholicism is evident in its rituals, continuing onto San Lorenzo Zinacantán, a town known for its traditional textiles and majority indigenous population.
Take a private car transfer to Palenque, stopping off on the way at the Toniná Archeological site, before continuing to Boutique Hotel Quinta Chanabnal.
The mighty Maya temples of Palenque are deservedly one of the top destinations of Chiapas and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in all of Mexico. Learn about the inscriptions found there that narrate 180 years of the city’s history and climb the temples to savour impressive vistas over the lush jungle all around, before heading to the Misol Há waterfall.
Take a private car transfer to Villahermosa International Airport for your flight to Mérida. From Mérida International Airport, take a private transfer to Chablé Resort & Spa Casita.
Located within the Yucatán Peninsula near the Gulf of Mexico, vibrant capital Merida serves as a convenient base for day trips to the region’s UNESCO-listed archaeological sites, nature reserves with diverse wildlife, and treasured villages like Valladolid and Izamal. Tour the city with a local guide, visiting traditional Cantinas and indulging in a private tour of Celestún, a sun-scorched fishing village, home to 2,000 pink flamingos.
Take a private car transfer to to Rosewood Mayakoba, via the archaeological site of Izamal.
Take advantage of the many activities in Riviera Maya, a stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula, such as snorkelling in Cenotes (sinkholes), touring the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and visiting two of the most famous Mayan ruins sites, the walled Mayan fortress of Tulum and the ancient Mayan city of Coba. When you’re not exploring, relax at Rosewood Mayakoba.
Take a private transfer to Cancun Airport, for your flight to the UK.
Explore the most visited museum in Mexico during off-hours, where you'll discover fascinating artifacts from various cultures that once thrived in Mesoamerica. One of the most important pieces housed at the museum is the 24-ton Aztec Sunstone that was found buried beneath the city´s main square in 1790. While you observe its intricate craftsmanship, your guide will explain the legend of the five suns that is depicted in the stone. You will also explore replica temples and the tomb of King Pakal found at Palenque in Chiapas, as well as learning about the ancient ball game that was played across Mesoamerica.
With the ease of private transportation and the knowledge of a bilingual guide, discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican, Colonial and Revolutionary history while exploring the historic centre of the capital. Now the bustling heart of this modern city, the area was also once the center of the Aztec world, Tenochtitlan. Visit the Cathedral built upon the main Aztec temple by the Spanish conquistadors, before taking a stroll along some of the centre’s iconic streets, which will lead you to the Palace of Fine Arts, where you can explore and admire varied architecture.
Explore Mexico City’s southern neighborhoods that feel like small villages despite being part of the big city. Your guide will lead you in an exploration of the tree-lined streets of San Angel and Coyoacán and along the waterways of Xochimilco. Walk the footsteps of some of Mexico’s most revered artists and writers, including a visit to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul – a blue house where Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born and later died, now a museum dedicated to her life. At Xochimilco, you will explore the canals while floating on a colorful boat called a trajinera to learn about the Aztec’s ingenious technique for growing food upon the fertile riverbeds of the pre-Hispanic canals - the chinampas are still in use today but for growing flowers rather than food crops.
Explore the colonial city of San Cristóbal de la Casas before heading to two indigenous towns nearby. San Cristóbal features red-tiled-roof houses and narrow winding streets, while in San Juan Chamula, you'll visit the church where the blending of pre-Hispanic traditions and Catholicism is evident in its rituals. Continuing on, you will then visit San Lorenzo Zinacantán - a town known for traditional textiles and its majority indigenous population.
Your private guide drive you to Toniná Archeological site. Toniná - meaning ‘house of stone’ in the local Tzeltal Maya language - is an ancient Maya city that archaeologists now believe has the largest pyramid in Mesoamerica. Up until recently it was believed that the pyramid was built on a platform, but excavations have shown that the mounds cover a pyramid that is 73m tall. Your expert guide will lead you in an exploration of the site that was known to be an aggressive city, engaging often in warfare with neighbouring towns. You will visit the large ball-court and see over 100 carved monuments dating from the 6th-9th century. As you traverse the site, you will learn about the latest explorations and the new information that is regularly being discovered.
Explore Palenque and learn about the inscriptions found there that narrate 180 years of the city’s history, with the assistance of a well-informed guide. Climb up the temples that offer impressive vistas over the lush jungle all around, before heading to the Misol Há waterfall to observe its powerful natural force.
Home to 2,000 or more pink flamingos, Celestún is a great place for nature lovers. Taking a boat ride down this salt-water lagoon, you will see the great variety of flora and fauna that naturally thrive there and have a chance to swim in the fresh waters. (subject to weather conditions)
Accompanied by your local expert guide, go on a unique adventure, enjoy a very original introduction to the destination and learn more about Merida. Your guide will spend time sharing local knowledge about the city and Mayan culture, while visiting some of the most famous traditional Cantinas in town. These are the place where our fathers and grandfathers used to enjoy a beer, some of them with about 100 years of history, and where today, you may listen to “Son Cubano” or “Bachata” music, and enjoying an ice-cold beer with snacks (“botanas”) that range from cucumbers, to a larger traditional menu.
Visit the 'Magic Town' of Izamal to have lunch (not included)and explore the mysterious Yellow City. This former mighty Mayan city is home to a series of archaeological sites and provides plenty to see, from the impressive monastery to the inescapable pyramids.
The best time to visit both Mexico is during the dry season between December and April, when there is bright sunshine and very little rainfall.
14 NIGHTS FROM £8,435 per person
Price based upon economy flights from London, transfers, UK airport lounge passes and meals and excursions as specified.
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