On the Maya Trail in Mexico | Yampu Tours

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On the Maya Trail in Mexico

PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 3865

Private Tour Highlights

  • Enjoying a laidback stroll along colonial streets of Merida, dipping into museums like the MACAY Gallery and perusing the Lucas de Galvez market.
  • Climbing the towering ancient temples of Teotihuacan, whose grandeur is awe-inspiring and panoramic views unforgettable.
  • 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.
  • Wander along trails lacing their way through Palenque, an ancient Mayan ceremonial center in the heart of the lowland jungle.
  • Going for a dip in the pools of the Agua Azul waterfalls, named so for the inviting waters’ effervescent hues.
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Tour Overview

On the Maya Trail in Mexico, begin in Mexico City and includes unforgettable stops in Chichen-Itza, San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque. You will also spend time in Cancun, Uxmal, Kabah and other fabulous archeological sites. There is Sumidero Canyon and don’t forget the Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Take your choice of 3-, 4-, 5-star and Deluxe accommodations, including The Four Seasons in Mexico City, The Lodge in Chichen-Itza and The Villa in Mérida.

Enjoy a tour through one of the world’s largest metropolises, Mexico City, also the oldest urban center in the Western Hemisphere. From Mexico City, continue to Mérida, the social and economic center, as well as the capital, of the state of Yucatán. It makes a good base from which to explore the Mayan archeological sites of Chichen-Itza and Uxmal. After a short stop in Cancun, continue to San Cristobal de las Casas, a characteristically indigenous Chiapaneca town nestled in the heart of the jungle highlands. From San Cristobal de las Casas, continue to the city of Palenque and the ruins.

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.

Inclusions
Price includes:
Air transportation from Mexico City to Mérida, Mérida 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 your Yampu Tours Tour Consultant.
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Double £$3589 £$3865 £$4329 £$5440
Single £$6307 £$6799 £$7787 £$10008

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.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

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 the city, heading to the breathtaking archeological site of Teotihuacan. By the afternoon, after a tour of the 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

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3

Merida

Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Merida, the “white city.” Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Merida, the “white city.” Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

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Day
4

Uxmal and Kabah

Enjoy today’s incredible excursion to the wonderful archeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah. Uxmal was built around 700 A.D. The rich, green, fertile land provides a perfect setting for some of the most magnificent ancient pyramids, buildings and temples of the ancient Mayan world. One can sense the history here while walking around and gazing at the stunning architecture and majestic layout of this ancient city. The Piramide del Adivino (the Oracle’s Pyramid) stands majestically above other buildings, and a climb to its summit will reward with spectacular views of the entire ancient city. Kabah is located south of Uxmal connecting both archeological sites by a grand 18-kilometer-long pedestrian causeway with monumental arches at each end. Kabah is the second largest ruin of the Puuc region, after Uxmal. The most famous structure at the Kabah ruins is the Palacio de las Mascaras (the Palace of the Masks), its facade decorated with hundreds of stone masks of the long-nosed rain god Chaac. The site also has a number of other palaces, low stone buildings, and step-pyramid temples one will be able to discover and enjoy thoroughly. ...read less

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5

Chichen-Itza

After breakfast, transfer from Merida to the ancient archeological site of Chichen-Itza. The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichen-Itza are more than 1,500 years old. The site is divided into three sections. The north grouping of structures is distinctly Toltec in style. The central group appears to be from the early period. The southern group is known as “The Old Chichen.” One will find a large ball court where Mayan men played a game called pok ta pok, full of drama, religious and political significance. Overnight in Merida. ...read less

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6

San Cristobal de Las Casas

Early morning transfer to the airport for a 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 boat ride. Live an unforgettable experience sailing throughout the Grijalva River all across a geological fault formed millions of years ago with dramatic cliffs of up to one-kilometer-high and the river's depth of up to 100 meters deep; 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

Day
7

Juan Chamula –Zinacantan –San Cristobal

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. San Cristobal de las Casas 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 such an enchanting place to visit. ...read less

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8

Agua Azul - Palenque

Get back on the road, winding along mountain lanes, to the small town of Palenque. On the way, feel the powers of the mystical “Agua Azul” waterfalls.

Get back on the road, winding along mountain lanes, to the small town of Palenque. On the way, feel the powers of the mystical “Agua Azul” waterfalls.

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Day
9

Palenque – Villahermosa

Enjoy a visit to the archaeological site of Palenque. Walk through the same paths as the great Mayan Lords and feel the charm and mystery of this culture while discovering the Mayan site of Palenque, located in the northwest of the Maya lowlands in Chiapas, Mexico. Surrounded by the jungle, it 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 most of the structures are palaces. Artifacts discovered at this site tell us about the Mayan Lords and in particular of Lord Pacal, one of the best-known Lords of Mayan civilization. Continue to Villahermosa for the night. ...read less

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Day
10

Flight Home

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

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

Mexico City, Mexico

Merida, Mexico

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Palenque, Mexico

Villahermosa, Mexico

Places You'll See

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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.

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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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    Merida

    Take in the Colonial architecture while visiting the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan. Merida is a bustling city overflowing with culture and history. Explore the art scene with some stops at local museums including the MACAY Gallery. Find souvenirs and other fun things at the bustling and colorful Lucas de Galvez market, and learn about ancient Maya culture at The Great Museum of the Maya World.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Mexico City : Hotel NH Centro Historico

Merida : Del Gobernador

Merida : Gamma by Fiesta Inn

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

Merida : Mision de Fray Diego

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

Merida : Hacienda Merida

Merida : Casa del Balam Hotel

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

San Cristobal de las Casas : Casa del Alma Boutique Hotel

Palenque : Quinta Cha Nab Nal (standard)

Luxury Properties

Mexico City : St. Regis

Mexico City : Four Seasons

Merida : Casa Lecanda

Merida : Casa Azul Hotel

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)

Testimonials

Jeanette S.

Traveled June, 2013

and I absolutely loved it

Thank you for a great trip! Merida is definitely a must see! A beautiful city! I felt completely safe and even went out in the evening to see the beautiful folkloric show at the town center. The central location of the Hotel del Gobernador was a really good choice! Everybody was very friendly , punctual and knowledgable. I really enjoyed Celestun and the tour into the estuary, the guide stopped for me in little towns along the way to Celestun to show me real life in villages in Yucatan. The tour through the swamp was interesting and super fun, because my guide had a very good knowledge about the wildlife and nature there. My Hotel in Cancun was sweet, very clean and friendly and the food in the Palapa was pretty good. I wanted a beach view so I decided to upgrade and it was well worth it. It is a great Hotel for familys with little kids so next time I probably would have picked a bigger Hotel like the Iberostar since I traveled by myself. However there was nothing wrong with The Kin Ha Beachscape , it is just more for familys and couples,good location for shopping. As always you guys were great in organizing everything for me and I felt very safe and well taken care of! Everybody was so surprised that I decided to go to Mexico by myself but I had full confidence in your company to make everything go smooth for me . I love that your company takes pride in making trips unique and knows how to customize . I went to Brazil with Yampu Tours a few years ago and my friend and I absolutely loved it! Keep up the good work and your customers have no other choice than to fall in love with the people and the countries they travel to!

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Reinhard, German clients

Traveled March, 2010

Everything went very smoothly on our private tour

Everything went very smoothly on our private tour, many thanks. We were able to see many different regions and aspects of Mexico making it a simply fascinating experience. We had a great time in Mexico City and Taxko (sadly Puebla was flooded and had to be taken out of the itinerary), and were able to take in the Aztek culture and Spanish colonial architecture. Then in the north, Copper Canyon (bigger than the Grand Canyon in the US) and the amazing train journey. The trip at the end to Baja California we managed to see the grey whales and the Yucatan and beautiful Maya ruins. The exposure to these very different areas in a short time made this a truly memorable journey.

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Tonya

Traveled August, 2008

Great beaches and fantastic nightlife

We had a wonderful time, thank you! We loved Mexico City and the City tour. Teotihuacan, Uxmal, & Kabah were amazing. By the time we went to Chichen Itza we were a little tired of archaeological sites! But, I was glad to see them. Cancun was very touristy. We did go down to Playa Del Carmen and had a wonderful time there. I would recommend anyone to visit Playa Del Carmen. Great beaches and fantastic nightlife! All in all we had a very pleasant time. We both agreed we would go back to Playa Del Carmen since it’s only 2 hours from Miami. Thank you for all your help!

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