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Natural Wonders to Mayan Ruins: Mexico City and Chiapas Tour

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$2916+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Gazing up in wonder at the craggy rock faces of the towering Sumidero Canyon as you sail along the Grijalva River.
  • Observing the traditions of the highland villages in Chiapas, including the distinctive dress, colorful markets and festivals.
  • Savoring the enticing sights, sounds and smells of San Cristobal de las Casas, an exquisite colonial town in the highlands of Chiapas.
  • Wander along trails lacing their way through Palenque, an ancient Mayan ceremonial center in the heart of the lowland jungle.
  • Climbing the towering ancient temples of Teotihuacan, whose grandeur is awe-inspiring and panoramic views unforgettable
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Tour Overview

Natural Wonders to Mayan Ruins: Mexico City and Chiapas Tour begins in Mexico City and moves to San Cristobal de las Casas, in the central highlands of the state of Chiapas. The city was named after Bartolomé de Las Casas, a Spanish priest who defended the rights of the native people and was Chiapas. About 150,000 people live in Chiapas. On the way, you will visit the enormous Sumidero Canyon and sail down the Grijalva River across a geological fault formed millions of years ago.

This trip can be customized to fit your individual travel dates and any specific requests you may have. Your travel consultant will prepare a customized itinerary for you. Yampu offers a choice of 3-, 4-, 5-star and Deluxe accommodations in Mexico City.

Inclusions
Price includes: Air transportation from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez and Villahermosa to Mexico City, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Guided tours (in English) including all entrance fees, Meals where specified
Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included.

Note: Museums closed on Monday. Prices include private day tours and transfers in this itinerary. Yampu Tours believes this is the best way to experience the destination but if you are interested in group/shared tours please consult with one of our knowledgeable Yampu Tour Consultants.
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Double £$2642 £$2916 £$3411 £$4144
Single £$4824 £$5371 £$6361 £$7826

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Mexico City

Upon arrival in Mexico City transfer to the hotel. Afternoon of leisure or choose from optional excursions.

Upon arrival in Mexico City transfer to the hotel. Afternoon of leisure or choose from optional excursions.

Day
2

Teotihuacan Site –Mexico City Walking Tour

In the morning depart from the city, heading to the breathtaking archeological site of Teotihuacan. By the afternoon, after a tour of the magnificent ruins, return to Mexico City to visit the first quarter—el Zocalo. Mexico City is also known as the Ciudad de los Palacios (City of Palaces). The tour continues in the main square, where one will visit some colonial palaces like the Palacio Nacional, the Metropolitan Cathedral and other beautiful architectural jewels, and walk through the main streets. Continue to the Paseo de la Reforma to admire its monuments and buildings. ...read less

Mexico-City
Day
3

Frida Kahlo Museum

The Villa of Coyoacan is located in the south part of the city. Enjoy a private tour with a visit the “blue house,” as it is also known, where Frida Kahlo used to live. This extraordinary painter was born and raised here, and now is a museum where some of her artwork and personal belongings are displayed. The tour continues in Coyoacan’s main plaza—one of the first quarters built during Hernan Cortes’ government. Beautiful architecture can be seen in many colonial buildings and houses throughout this residential area. The Leon Trotsky Museum is located close to the Frida Kahlo Museum. It is an old house, where the soviet politician lived after being expelled from Russia and where he found refuge in Mexico City. ...read less

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Day
4

San Cristobal de las Casas

Early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transfer to San Cristobal de las Casas. On the way, visit the enormous Sumidero Canyon to enjoy a lovely boat ride. Live an unforgettable experience sailing throughout the Grijalva River all across a geological fault formed millions of years ago with dramatic cliffs and beautiful waters with a depth of up to 100 meters; the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon is located near San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas. Wild monkeys and iguanas inhabit the area, among other different wild animals. ...read less

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5

Local VIllages

Today, enjoy a half-day tour of the Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Each village has its own distinctive highland dress as well as a weekly market and numerous festivals honoring their patron saint and other special religious days. Afterwards, walk through the colonial streets of San Cristobal de las Casas. This is a colonial jewel right in the heart of the Chiapas highlands. It is the indigenous soul of the town, coexisting harmoniously with its colonial charm, making it an enchanting place to visit.

Today, enjoy a half-day tour of the Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Each village has its own distinctive highland dress as well as a weekly market and numerous festivals honoring their patron saint and other special religious days. Afterwards, walk through the colonial streets of San Cristobal de las Casas. This is a colonial jewel right in the heart of the Chiapas highlands. It is the indigenous soul of the town, coexisting harmoniously with its colonial charm, making it an enchanting place to visit.

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Day
6

Palenque – Agua Azul Waterfalls

After breakfast, continue on the road, winding along mountain lanes, to the small town of Palenque. On the visit the Agua Azul waterfalls with their out of this world blue waters.

After breakfast, continue on the road, winding along mountain lanes, to the small town of Palenque. On the visit the Agua Azul waterfalls with their out of this world blue waters.

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Day
7

Palenque - Villahermosa

Enjoy a visit to the archeological site of Palenque. Walk through the same paths as the great Mayan Lords and feel the charm and mystery of this culture. The Mayan site of Palenque is located in the northwest of the Maya lowlands in Chiapas, Mexico, where it is surrounded by the jungle. Palenque is considered one of the most important archeological sites of Mesoamerica, a ceremonial center and home to a number of Mayan Lords. There are religious temples, plazas, open courts and a ball court, but majority of the structures are palaces. Artifacts discovered at this site tell us about the Mayan Lords and in particular Lord Pacal, one of the best known Lords of the Mayan civilization. Continue to Villahermosa for the night. ...read less

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8

Flight Home

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Mexico City and connect with the flight home.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Mexico City and connect with the flight home.

Mexico City, Mexico

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Palenque, Mexico

Villahermosa, Mexico

Places You'll See

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    Villahermosa

    Villahermosa is an important business center for Mexican oil companies, rich in farming and agriculture, and the capital city of the Mexican state of Tabasco. Visit La Venta, an archeological site consisting of pieces from the Olmec civilization, the first major civilization in Mexico.

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    Palenque

    Containing some of the finest architecture, Palenque was once a Maya city state that had been abandoned to be swallowed by the Mexican jungle. Now partially excavated, eight temples and other structures stand today. It is believed that this is only ten percent of the entire Maya City that is still mostly consumed by nature. Enjoy a guided tour and learn what there is of this ancient city.

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    Mexico City

    From the bustling nightlife, to the massive collection of museums, Mexico City appeals to all. Bring the family to Six Flags Mexico, or the Chapultepec Park and Zoo. Sports fans can enjoy the Estadio Azteca, the biggest soccer stadium in the world, or the Arena Mexico to watch the famous Lucha Libre. Or simply stroll the streets and visit different restaurants and shops.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Mexico City : Hotel NH Centro Historico

San Cristobal de las Casas : Ciudad Real Centro Historico

San Cristobal de las Casas : Diego de Mazariegos

Palenque : Mision Palenque

Villahermosa : Hilton Villahermosa & Conference

4 Star Properties

San Cristobal de las Casas : Villa Mercedes San Cristobal

Palenque : Chan-kah Resort Village

Palenque : Villa Mercedes Palenque

Villahermosa : Quinta Real Villahermosa

5 Star Properties

Mexico City : Presidente InterContinental (Polanco View)

Mexico City : Hyatt Regency Mexico City

San Cristobal de las Casas : Casa del Alma Boutique Hotel

San Cristobal de las Casas : Hotel Bo (deluxe room)

Palenque : Quinta Cha Nab Nal (standard)

Luxury Properties

Mexico City : Las Alcobas

Mexico City : St. Regis

Mexico City : Four Seasons

San Cristobal de las Casas : Hotel Bo (Ik suite)

San Cristobal de las Casas : Parador San Juan de Dios (Master suite)

Palenque : Quinta Cha Nab Nal (deluxe Suite)

Villahermosa : Hilton Villahermosa & Conference (Deluxe suite)

Testimonials

Helen and David, UK clients

Traveled June, 2009

The wedding went well

Most of the organization was excellent and the local tour offices and guides efficient whilst having to cope with difficult and daily changing conditions. In Oaxaca the guide was fantastic. Alberto was knowledgeable and highly motivated to share his enthusiasm. Hotels were good, especially Oaxaca and Merida. My apologies for bothering Claudia in US once or twice but couldn’t get through to local offices to check flight changes etc. She was brilliant.Anyway thank you for putting together an excellent package and the little problems were entirely outside your control. The wedding went well despite a few people understandably chickening out and we were upgraded to a better hotel and room so that was a bonus.

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Domit from Australia

Traveled May, 2010

The trip was fantastic

I hope this email finds you happy and well. I am so sorry, I have been meaning to call you for so long to give you feedback on the trip to Central and south-america late last year, but as John Lennon once said Life’s what happens while you’re busy making other plans. My heartfelt apologies. Overall, due to your wonderful expertise, the trip was fantastic. Thanks for your troubles, and needless to say, we’ll be in touch when we’re ready to hit Latin America again.

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Edoardo G

Traveled August, 2012

We enjoyed our trip tremendously

The itinerary was well focused to cover most aspects of this fascinating country and to fulfill our purpose for this trip: history, archaeology, folklore, culture, anthropology and nature. One small note, we would had skipped the stop in Cerocahui and spend the extra day in that lovely little town of El Fuerte,inspite of the unbearable temperature. HOTELS: Hostal de La Noria gave us a junior suite but without a window! They claimed they could not give us a different room because there were no vacancies. We were disappointed because our reservation was made well in advance and were under the impression we had been assigned a last minute’s worst room. Their promise to change room in a couple of days never materialized. At the Okaan Chichen-Itza where we were to spend two full afternoons doing nothing, I was forced to upgrade to a junior suite to be close to the restaurant and to be able to sit on two armchairs instead of on our beds all the time. The lack of a phone in the room and the distance to the reception made the nights unpleasant: you wondered how to cope if something had happened during the night. There were also pleasant surprises: Hotel Mirador gave us a suite. S&S Hip Hotel Tulum upgraded us to a superior ocean view room free of charge. When we were evacuated due to Hurricane Ernesto their staff assisted us in order to send a car to take us to Cancun in the evening. Our heartfelt thanks for sending a car immediately, allowing us to sleep in Cancun and not in a shelter where the police were taking us and flying the following morning to Chihuahua without disrupting our vacation. We enjoyed our trip tremendously and say: mille grazie

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