Mayan ruins of Yucatán
The Mayan ruins of the Yucatán provide a deeper understanding of Mexican history. The peninsula is studded with Mayan ruins of which Chichen Itza, is the most famous. Highlights include the towering El Castillo pyramid and awesome structures like the Observatory and the Temple of the Warriors. Tulum, south of Cancun, is a rare seaside example of the Mayan ruins. Set on top of a cliff by the Caribbean Sea, it has some unique beaches.
Merida towards the Gulf of Mexico, is a good base to explore. Nearby, are the Mayan ruins of Uxmal, one of the largest Mayan cities of the Yucatán peninsula. Its known for its huge structures with temples dedicated to ‘Chac’, the Mayan god of rain. Palenque, in the south, is a complex of limestone pyramid tombs and temples, known for its inscriptions. The pre-Colombian Monte Albans ruins, is a Zapotec city built around 500 B.C. with a museum depicting life in ancient Mexico.
Mayan ruins of Yucatán Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Merida, Uxmal, Chichen-Itza and Cancun
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Mexico City Welcome to Mexico City! You will be received at the airport and transferred to your selected hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn Zocalo (4 star)
Day 2 & 3 – City Tour & Surrounds
Mexico City Discover the ancient Aztec capital including a visit to the famous Anthropological museum.
Next morning you will experience the breathtaking pyramids of Teotihuacan and then be prepared to see the most significant icon for the Mexican people: the Guadalupe Shrine.
Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn Zocalo (B)
Day 4 & 5 – Archaeological Sites
Oaxaca Transfer to the airport for your flight to one of the most traditional states in the country: Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico. On arrival transfer to your hotel and later explore the beautiful colonial city.
Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for a mind blowing full-day excursion to the impressive archaeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla.
Overnight at Hotel Casa Conzatti (B )
Day 6 & 7 – Sumidero Canyon
San Cristobal de las Casas Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. You will then pick-up the road to San Cristobal de las Casas. En-route, visit the enormous Sumidero Canyon where you will enjoy a relaxing and scenic boat ride.
Next day you will enjoy a moving and/or spiritual experience within the mysterious Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan during a half-day tour. Later, explore the colonial streets of San Cristobal de las Casas.
Overnight at Hotel Casa Mexicana (B)
Day 8 – Transfer
Palenque We will return to the road and travel along winding mountain lanes, to the small town of Palenque. Visit the stunning “Agua Azul” waterfalls on your way, and delight in the picturesque scenes the environment presents. After a stimulating day, spend the evening at your own leisure.
Overnight at Hotel Ciudad Real (4 star) (B)
Day 9 & 10 – Archaeological Sites
Merida This morning enjoy a visit to the astonishing archaeological site of Palenque. Later, transfer to Villahermosa airport to take a flight to Merida. Upon your arrival in the “white city”, take the private transfer to your hotel.
Next day you will enjoy an incredible excursion to the wonderful archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah.
Overnight at Hotel Del Gobernador (B, L )
Day 11 – Chichen Itza Tour
Cancun The events of today are centred around a visit to an area of great significance renowned for its beauty and, recently named, one of the new 7 wonders of the world: Chichen Itza. Explore this fantastic heritage site then transfer to the sunshine destination of Cancun.
Overnight in Cancun (B)
Day 12 – Departure
Cancun Transfer to airport for your onward flight to Mexico City where you will then board your connecting flight home (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There The only direct scheduled flights from the UK to Mexico are from London Heathrow to Mexico City or London Gatwick to Cancún, both with British Airways. Flying from anywhere else in Britain to Mexico, will require change of planes somewhere. If flying via the US, it’s worth checking if your transatlantic carrier has an airpass deal for non-US residents – most major US airlines do – by which you purchase coupons at a flat rate for a certain number of flights in North America. The pass will usually also include one or more destinations in Mexico and Canada.
When to go November to May: This is late winter in Mexico and the best time to visit. January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales. Beginning June, the rains begin to make their presence known, mostly in the form of an afternoon storm. July is the heart of Mexico's rainy season, though rains still accustomed to its afternoon routine, cooling down the temperatures. In August and September, rains become heavier, particularly on the Pacific Coast. By October, rains begin to ease a little but humid condition remain across much of the country.