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17 October to 01 November 2017
Join Nile Travel on a cultural adventure, discovering mountain-top temples and jungle hideaways, gastronomic glories and cultural traditions.
Your first stop is Mexico City; home to more than 160 museums, 100 art galleries and 30 concert halls. Discover its hidden history and culture and explore its treasures. Travel south to visit Puebla “the city of Angels” and sample the best of its famous regional “Poblano” cuisine. Explore the largest pyramid base in the world at beautiful Cholula. Palenque provides the backdrop for two nights; explore the impressive jungle location ancient Mayan cities. Return to the flat lands of the Yucatan peninsula and climb Uxmal’s ancient temples, then on to Izamal, a typical Mayan town, home to culture and traditions spanning thousands of years of history. A night in Chichen Itza, home to one of the modern wonders of the world, will be your stepping stone to a final night of relaxation in Cancun
Day 1 - Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Day 2 - Wednesday, 18 October 2017 (D)
As you fly in over the impressive urban sprawl your first view of Mexico City will take your breath away, prepare yourself as the adventure begins. You will be greeted by our transport team and taken directly to your hotel close to the historic centre of the city. You have a free afternoon / evening to explore your surroundings and enjoy dinner in this exciting city.
Day 3 – Thursday, 19 October 2017 (BL)
Your first visit on today’s tour will be to the Catholic worship site of the Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe (the Virgin Mary), one of the most important religious figures in Mexico. The new and the original churches sit together reflecting the continuity of the Catholic faith in Mexico. Next you will be taken outside the city to the pre-Hispanic site of Teotihuacan whose Nahuatl name means “place where gods were born”. Discover the site’s various ethnic influences including Aztec, Toltec, Mixtec, Totanac, Zapotec & Maya as you explore and climb the impressive buildings, including the massive pyramids of the sun and the moon, and intrepidly walk the Avenue of the Dead. In the evening you will return to the city centre where you can enjoy some of the many restaurants and bars close to your hotel.
Day 4 – Friday, 20 October 2017 (BL)
Today you will visit some of the most important highlights in bustling Mexico City including the impressive Zocalo (main square) and the beautiful murals painted by Diego Rivera in the National Palace. The Templo Mayor is an archaeological site located next to the Zocalo where you can see the remains of the largest and most important buildings in the original Aztec city. You will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral which was built on the site of the Temple Mayor after the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs. Next you can explore the Castle of Chapultepec, home to the National Museum of History, located within Mexico City’s largest park.
Day 5 – Saturday, 21 October 2017 (BD)
A day tour to nearby Puebla and Cholula. Cholula is home to the largest pyramid base in the world, an impressive structure measuring 400m by 400m with the beautiful church built on top of the pyramid to honour the Virgin of the Remedies. The city of Puebla is overshadowed by two volcanoes contrasting with its highly decorated colonial buildings and colourful streets which according to legend were created by angels for humans to enjoy in “the city of Angels” you will see examples of the rich architecture and have the chance to sample the famous Poblano cuisine. From the world famous “mole” sauce created by combing dozens of tasty ingredients to the Arab style tacos adopted from international traders, to the beautiful stoneware and textiles, Puebla will leave a lasting impression on you.
Day 6 – Sunday, 22 October 2017 (BD)
Today you will leave the busy capital city and fly to nearby Villahermosa located on the Gulf coast. On arrival in Villahermosa, you will be picked up and taken to the nearby park and open air museum, La Venta. Here you will be able to see some excellent examples of Olmec statues. After your visit, you will be driven to Palenque, approximately 2 hours away to your cosy hotel located within the national park. With luck you may see the noisy Howler Monkeys which inhabit the surrounding jungle.
Day 7 – Monday, 23 October 2017 (BL)
Today will be a full day tour to two of Chiapas’s most impressive archaeological sites. Yaxchilán, located on the border with Guatemala is one of the most remote sites in Mexico, and can only be reached by boat crossing the River Usumacinta. The thick jungle hides the ancient treasures and sculptures which have been unearthed. Nearby Bonampak is located within the jungle belonging to the Lacandon people. This group still maintain many of their traditions and live according to the ancient rhythms in harmony with the surrounding jungle. You will return to Palenque in the early evening. Included: Transport & entrance fees to Yaxchilán & Bonampak sites.
Day 8 – Tuesday, 24 October 2017 (BD)
The ruins of ancient Palenque await you today. Your guide will walk you through the city, explaining how life would have been for the ancient Mayan people. Only a small part of Palenque has been excavated and within the surrounding jungle many buildings still lay hidden. Visit the on-site museum which displays many of the artefacts found here and immerse yourself in the culture of Palenque. After your visit, you will be driven in to the neighbouring state of Campeche to your hotel located at the entrance to impressive Calakmul.
Day 9 – Wednesday, 25 October 2017 (BL)
Today you will again come close to neighbouring Guatemala while visiting the remote site of Calakmul. Calakmul was a very important Mayan City and excavation works have unearthed many large structures and an unusually large number of stelas with hieroglyphs. Visit the museum with its surprising collection of dinosaur remains and look out for howler monkeys and even jaguars in their natural habitat within this huge protected area making up the second largest reserve in Mexico.
Day 10 – Thursday, 26 October 2017 (BD)
On your way to Uxmal today you will stop in the small city of (San Francisco de) Campeche, capital of the state of the same name. Campeche is a port and is famous for its violent pirate-filled history involving bloody conflicts and fights for control of the important local shipping and trade routes. The beautiful cathedral in the city centre, imposing forts and remains of the city walls are on the list of must-sees here. On arrival in Uxmal, you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Day 11 – Friday, 27 October 2017 (BL)
A short walk from your hotel will take you to the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal, where the well- preserved temples give a good idea of how life was for the original inhabitants. Climb the large pyramid known as the Pyramid of the Magician (Adivino) with its unusual oval shape and great views over the surrounding jungle.
On the way to Izamal, you will step back in time to the last century and the life of the henequen workers of Yucatan. Henequen was the richest natural resource of the area and created huge wealth for the Hacienda owners. Today you can explore the grounds of some of these haciendas travelling in the traditional horse-drawn trucks and enjoy a refreshing swim in the surrounding cenotes (fresh water sinkholes) which form part of a huge underground network of fresh water throughout the peninsula.
Day 12 – Saturday, 28 October 2017 (BD)
Within the Mayan town of Izamal, there are plenty of interesting sights to visit and the best part is that it can be done on foot. From your hotel, a short walk takes you to the temples of Izamal & Kinich Kak Moo, two small but interesting archaeological zones. The impressive yellow convent in the centre gives an impressive view over the pretty town where you will find a range of local food stalls offering classic home-made Mayan dishes
Day 13 – Sunday, 29 October 2017 (BL)
From Izamal, you will drive to iconic Chichen Itza via the coast of northern Yucatan and the small fishing town of Rio Lagartos. Here you will take a 2 hour boat trip within the protected reserve, home to hundreds of bird species, including the famous pink flamingos. If you’re lucky you may also see one of the local crocodiles. After a tasty fish lunch, you will continue to Chichen Itza where you will have time to settle in to your hotel and relax.
Day 14 – Monday, 30 October 2017 (BL)
We recommend making an early start today to be at the gates when the archaeological zone opens at 8 am, at this time there is more chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of the magical temples and explore the many buildings before the full heat Mexican sun. Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 15 – Tuesday, 31 October 2017 (B)
After breakfast we will check out of our hotel and transfer to Cancun, a tourism hotspot on the Caribbean coast. Your hotel is located in the city centre, close to restaurants bars and souvenir stalls.
Day 16 – Wednesday, 01 November 2017 (B)
Enjoy your breakfast and some quiet time by the pool before your transfer to nearby Cancun Airport. Here you will have plenty of time for the airline check in.
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NB: Please note the standard of accommodation in Mexico can vary considerably to the same star accommodation in South Africa. Therefore a 4 star hotel in Mexico is not necessarily representative of a 4 star hotel in South Africa.
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The land arrangements for the above itinerary will cost USD $3 300 per person sharing. The single supplement will be an additional $810. International flights will be in the region of R18 000 per person, subject to seat availability at the time of booking.