Circuitos

Highlights of México

A fascinating 11 nights tour from Mexico City
to the Caribbean shore at the Riviera Maya

Day 1

USA / MÉXICO CITY
Overnight Hotel : Four Season in Mexico City
Meals included :
Welcome Reception At Mexico International Airport , transfer directly to the hotel.
Free Dinner at the Hotel Four Season.
Day 2

MEXICO CITY
Overnight Hotel : Four Season in Mexico City
Meals included : B/ L /  
Start to he day visiting the Zocalo , according to the BLUE GUIDE, one of the world`s most imposing city centers, second in size to Red Square is Moscow ( approx 57,600 sq. meters ) North of the Zocalo visit the Cathedral , the largest and biggest in the American Continent, dedicated to the virgin of the Assumption. East of the Zocalo enter the National Palace and visually capture the essence of Mexico history through the famous murals of Diego Rivera. ( N.E ) you will see the ruins of Templo Mayor of the Aztecs discovered in 1978. Walk along Calle Madero to learn why Mexico City was once called the “ City of Palaces “, you will see “ Palacio de Iturbide “, an 18th Century neorenaissance mansion, “ Casa de los Azulejos “ , one of the finest colonial mansions built in 1596. You will also see “ The Palacio de Mineria “, “ The Post Office “ with neoclassical architecture, and the “ Palace of fine arts “. Lunch at an authentic 18th Century guest house with beautifull patio Hotel de Cortèz. After lunch learn about mesoamericancultures at one of the world`s finest Museum of the world “ The National Museum of Anthropology “ Dinner on your own.
Day 3

MEXICO CITY / TEOTIHUACAN / OAXACA
Overnight Hotel : Casa Conzanti in Oaxaca
Meals included : B/ L /  D
Drive to the Basilica of our lady of Guadalupe shrine off the most revered Saint of Mexico, equivalent in religious importance to the Mecca of the Arabs. Continue to Teotihuacan, the largest site of ancient Mexico, housing at its boom time more than 175,000 in habitans. Visit palaces, pyramids of the Moon, Sun, and Quetzalcoatl, walk on the causeway of the dead. Lunch at The Hacienda De Amanalco. Drive to the Airport and fly to Oaxaca, Transfer to hotel Casa Cozanti, a colonial house transformed into a hotel.
In the Evening, private dinner in a special restaurant garden area in wich the guest will be acquainted with Mr. Jose Alvarez and his  Family.
Day 4

MONTEALBAN / TULE / MITLA
Overnight Hotel : Casa Conzanti in Oaxaca
Meals included : B/ L   
The best time to enjoy Montealban is the morning when the sun illuminates the magnificent architecture of the Zapotec ruins, the visit includes the Museum at the site, Drive to Santa Marìa del Tule where you will admire the famous “ àrbol del tule “ ( Tree of Tule ) over 2,000 years old. Have a lunch at de Hacienda San Agustìn, after lunch visit the small but interesting archaeological site of “ Mitla “ with buildings covered with fine mosaic stone work. Drive back to the hotel.
In the evening walk to the square for the dinner. We suggest the Asador Vazco, one of the finest  Restaurant of Oaxaca, located in the downtown area of Oaxaca with a great view of the Main Placa.
Day 5

OCOTLAN / SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS
On arrival transfer to Tuxtla Gutierrez for 1 night stay, transfer by motorcoach to the pier for boat ride to go to “ The Sumidero  Canyon“, a National Park notable depression in the great Chiapas River in wich the river runs through a series shoots  wich are over 300m deep at the start of the Canyon and 150 m when the river emerges from it. Its almost directly vertical walls are some 1,000m high and covered is lush tropical vegetation,  wich has allowed for the preservation of several species of fauna; offering a marvelous spectacle to the visitor.  After the visit transfer back to the pier to take the motorcoach  for one and half hour trip to San Cristobal de las Casas.    
Day 6

SAN CRISTOBAL / PALENQUE
Overnight Hotel : Ciudad Real in Palenque
Meals Included : B /  D
Departure to Palenque on the way visit to the archeological site of “ Tonina “  located 51miles from San Cristobal de las Casas. In Tzetzal, the name Toninà means “ stone house” or “ place where time – honoring stone sculptures stand “. The holy area is a huge man made built a top small claystone mountain range in the northern end of the Ocosingo Valley. After the visit will be continue to the Water falls of “ Agua Azul “  an extraordinary beauty is made by amazingly abundant surrounding vegetation and the intense blue of its waters ( there are some facilities  available ). If there is time left we  will  visit “ Misol – Ha “  another impressive Water falls .
Day 7

PALENQUE / BONAMPAK / YAXCHILAN
Overnight Hotel : Ciudad Real in Palenque
Meals included : B /  
Very early in the morning will depart to the archaeological site of “ Bonampak “  breakfast on the way in the Restaurante “ La Escondida “ located in middle of the jungle, “ Bonampak “ it is a unique site with very impressive collection of al fresco paintings ever to be found in the Americas and from there will continue to COROZAL on the border of GUATEMALA  for a boat ride to “ Yaxchilan “, another archeological site located in the Usumacinta River where you can enjoy the unspoiled Ecology, after the visit back to COROZAL, to take the bus back to Palenque. ( Time for lunch in Corozol before leaving to Palenque by your own ).
Day 8
PALENQUE / VILLAHERMOSA / MERIDA Overnight Hotel : Hacienda Xcanatun in Merida
Meals included : B / L / D
Early morning after breakfast departure directly to the archaeological site of “ Palenque “, where you will be able to visit the temple of the inscriptions, with the famous tomb of “ the King Pakal “  besides the “ Palace of all the Kings “, “ The Temple of the Cross “  , “ The Temple of the Sun “ , “ The Ball Court “, etc. after the visit back to the hotel for a shower and some time for relax, after lunch at the hotel,  transfer to  Villahermosa Airport  flight to Merida City.
Arriving late afternoon at Merida and transfer directly to the Hacienda Xcanatun, located a few minutes north side of Merida City. Welcome Dinner at the Hacienda.
Day 9

MERIDA / UXMAL &  KABAH / CITY TOUR
Overnight Hotel : Hacienda Xcanatun in Merida
Meals included : B / L /
In the morning after the breakfast, full day visit to the important site of “ Uxmal “ located 80 kilometers from the Hacienda Xcanatun;  set in the Puuc Region. See the magnificent Pyramid of the Magician, explore the impressive “ Governor`s Palace “ “ The House of the Turtles “ , “ The Nunery Quadrangle “ and continue to “ Kabah “ to admire “ The Temple of the Masks “, “ The Palace “,  “ The Arch of Kabah “. After the visit will continue to a beautiful XVII Century Hacienda to enjoy while you visit the Hacienda  the most exquisite food of the mayan region and admire one of the most splendid henequen producers Haciendas, being now days one of the most beautiful and well conserved. return to Merida to discover Merida the “ White City “ with us in a guided tour visiting the most important and more representative places of this marvelous city, discover colonial Merida with its mansions and buildings many of them dated from XVI Century or contemporaneous Merida with it historic monuments and beautiful park and avenues. Return to the Hacienda Xcanatun.
Free night at leisure. ( We provide you  transportation from the Hacienda to Merida City and back to the hotel ).
Day 10

YAXCABA / CHICHEN ITZA
Overnight Hotel : Mayaland Resort in Chichen Itza
Meals included : B / L /
After breakfast explore the  Mayan Village of “ Yaxcaba” to visit the archaeological site of “ Yaxuna “ . At Yaxcaba you will notice the damage caused by the   “ Cats Word “ of Yucatan at the  Franciscan Colonial Church of 1847. Continue to Chichen Itza, arrival to the Mayaland hotel where you will have a lunch with a lecture. Time to rest and enjoy the hotel, optional activities such as horseback to Old Chichen site. In the evening a private light and sound show in Chichen Itza. Dinner in the hotel by your own.
Day 11

CHICHEN ITZA
Overnight Hotel : Mayaland Resort in Chichen Itza
Meals included : B / L /
Breakfast in the morning, this day will be dedicated to visit the archaeological site of “ Chichen Itza “ the largest one of the area. The “ Pyramid of Kukulkan “ considered as one of the new seven wonders of the world wich counts with 365 steps that coincides with the number of days of in a year besides the famous “ Temple of the one thousand columns “ ,  “ The Market “,  “ The largest Ball Court “ in the whole Continent, and of course “ The Sacred Well “  where young vestal virgins were sacrificed. Also you will have time to climb and take pictures.
Transfer to the Ecological  Park of IK KIL “ The Place of the Winds “ to see a wonderful cenote ( underground river ) to enjoy a lunch and after transfer back to the Mayaland Resorts.
Day 12

EK BALAM / VALLADOLID / CANCUN Airport
Overnight Hotel :
Meals included : B /
After Breakfast departure to CANCUN  with your luggage ready, on the way visit the archeological site of EK BALAM located in the north side of Valladolid City approximately 17 kilometers.  In the archeological site of EK BALAM can be seen a very unusual iconography unique in whole area. A brief stop to visit to historic center of Valladolid, using facilities and transfer non stop ride to the International Cancun Airport and we wish you a very nice trip back home.