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Southeastern Mexico

OVERVIEW

This is a complete program of Southeastern Mexico. It starts at the ecological state of Chiapas, where it is possible to visit the canyon of del Sumidero and the lakes of Montebello, as well as the chamulas communities at Zinancanta and San Cristobal de las Casas. The tour continues at the landscape of the cascades of Agua Azul and Misol Ha, and at the Maya ruins of Palenque, Uxmal, Oxkintok, Chichen Itza, as well as the colonial cities of Campeche, Izamal and Mérida, capital city of Yucatan.

 

DETAILED PROGRAM

DAY 01: TUXTLA GUTIERREZ – CANYON DEL SUMIDERO – SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

Reception at the airport of Tuxtla Gutierrez and transport to the pier of river Grijalva to navigate and watch the geological wonders of the canyon del Sumidero, as well as the diversity of flora and fauna. Afterwards, we will go to the colonial city of San Cristobal de Las Casas, at 2’300 meters above sea level, founded in 1528 by the captain Diego de Mazariegos and declared World Heritage. Finally, lodging at the hotel and free day.

 

DAY 02: SAN CRISTOBAL – LAKES OF MONTEBELLO – SAN CRISTOBAL

In the morning we leave San Crisobal de Las Casas towards the lakes of Montebello. Our first stop will be the caves of Rancho Nuevo, where we will be able to watch figures formed by stalactites and stalagmites in a corridor with a length of 1 km. We will continue with a visit to the indigenous potter community of Amatenango del Valle. Afterwards, we will go to the cascade of Chiflón, a natural waterfall surrounded by exuberant vegetation formed by reedbeds and palms. We end this trip by visiting the most beautiful lake zone of Mexico: the lakes of Montebello. This natural reserve consists of many areas pines, oaks, and jungles. We will admire the variety of lakes and the different tonalities of the waters. Finally, we will return to San Cristobal de Las Casas.

Included meals: Breakfast.

 

DAY 03: SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS – INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES – CITY TOUR

We start our trip towards the indigenous communities of the ethnic group Tzotzil, where we will visit Chamula to understand the fusion of contemporary characteristics and ancient Maya traditions. Afterwards, we will visit Zinacantan, where we will visit the church and the house of a familial cooperative. We will enjoy a regional beverage and see how the women work with the loom of pre-Columbian times. Afterwards, we will be invited to their kitchen, where they will offer us hand-made tortillas. Finally, we will return to San Cristobal de Las Casas where we will make a city tour. Free day.

Included meals: Breakfast.

DAY 04: SAN CRISTOBAL – AGUA AZUL – MISOL HA – ARCHEOLOGICAL AREA OF PALENQUE

We will go to Palenque, with a previous stop at Agua Azul, a group of cascades formed by the rivers Otulun, Shumlia and Tulija. We will have the opportunity to swim at the canyons and the vertical cliffs. Afterwards, we continue towards the cascades of Misol-Ha, with a height of 30 m, which are surrounded by tropical forests. Finally, we will visit the archeological area of Palenque, a Maya city with an architectonic and sculptural heritage where we can see various constructions: the Palace, the Temple of the Sun, among others. Transport to the hotel in the city of Palenque.

Included meals: Breakfast.

 

DAY 05: PALENQUE – MUSEUM LA VENTA – AIRPORT OF VILLAHERMOSA – MERIDA

We start the tour towards the city of Villahermosa, where we will visit the museum “La Venta”, which amasses one of the biggest collections of the Olmeca culture, classified in 4 groups: altars, stelas, sculptures and impressive heads. Afterwards, we will go to the airport to take a plane (not included) to the city of Merida, capital state of Yucatan and entrance to the Maya world of Yucatan. Upon arrival, we will make a panoramic tour around the beautiful city of Merida. We will see the cathedral (the tallest of America), the historic temples, among others. Then we will visit Paseo de Montejo, designed to emulate the Champs Elysées of Paris. We will see various European-style mansions. We will also visit the modern areas which will allow us to see how developed this city is. Afterwards, we will go to the hotel Gran Ex-Hacienda Santa Rosa. This and other ex-estates belong to the golden times of the region, when the constructors were magnates.  Later on, these magnates became poor and the mansions deteriorated. They have been recovered as hotels with all the comfort that a tourist needs.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

 

DAY 06: UXMAL & KABAH

We will travel to Uxmal, a Maya city which shows an art denominated Puuc (mountains). The Maya constructed their buildings in cuboid forms, with smooth walls and decorated friezes. The majority of the buildings belong to the classic period of Maya culture and some to the middle times. Chaac (god of the rain) is represented in various buildings which we will be visiting like the Palace of the Governor, the quadrangle of the nuns and the temple of the fortune-teller. We will also visit Kabah, where we will find a great building with a quadrangular form, named Codz-pop (rolled up carpet). We will also see the arch, the masks of Chaac, the temple of the columns and the house of the witch. Finally, we will return to the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

 

DAY 07: OXKINTOK – CAMPECHE – MERIDA

We will go to the city of Campeche, luggage included. We will previously stop to visit the Maya city of Oxkintok. This city has been recently recuperated. This beautiful citadel was constructed during the classic period of 750-1050 A.D., with four squares which lead to the Castle, a central temple easy to climb. One of the unique structures of Oxkintok, not common in the Maya world, is a building which has labyrinths inside. It is possible to go inside it, with a lamp, to the Xibalba or the inferior world, according to the Mayas. We will leave to go towards Campeche, after a 1hr trip. This city, like Cartagena in Colombia or San Juan in Puerto Rico, was fortified by pirate attacks. Campeche was invaded by the most famous pirates, like Morgan, the Lafitte brothers, David Nov, Francis Drake, among others. This city is beautiful and colorful and has a wonderful view of the sea. We will visit the door of the sea, the door of the land, the city center and also the Fortress of San Miguel. Finally, we will go to the city of Merida to the San Jose estate.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

 

DAY 08: CHICHEN ITZA – IZAMAL – MERIDA

We will arrive at Izamal after a 1hr  trip. This beautiful city is a great example of the grandness of the cities, in spite of its size. We will find the most important monastery of the region. Built by the Franciscans, it was the axis of the missions of Yucatan. It also has the biggest atrium of the world, after the atrium of San Pedro at the Vatican City. We will also ride on the “coche calesa”, pulled by a horse, visiting the city, which, by the way, is painted in colonial yellow. We will be able to see one of the five Maya temples of this city. Afterwards, we will go to Chichen Itza, where we will see the Great Pyramid of Kukulkan, the 7th modern wonder of Mexico. Besides seeing this great pyramid, the most important of the Maya world, we will see other buildings like the temple of the warriors, the planetary, as well as the enigmatic natural well. Finally, we will return to Merida.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

 

DAY 09: MERIDA

Transport to the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast.  

 

ALL SERIVCES IN THIS PROGRAM ARE PRIVATE SERVICES

 

Included:

  • Transport in deluxe touristic vehicles
  • Guide with credentials of the Ministry of Tourism
  • Tickets to the sites to be visited
  • Meals specified in the program
  • Breakfasts include juice, coffee or tea
  • When included, lunches and dinners without beverages
  • All taxes