Mesoamerica: Mexico, Guatemala & Honduras

2015: 31.10, 26.12
2016: 11.11
13 días / 12 noches

Day 1: Arrival to Mexico City.

Day 2: City Tour – Museum of Anthropology – Teotihuacan pyramids.

Impressive megapolis showcasing Mexico’s unique combination of Indians, Mestizos, Creoles and Europeans. The capital is a city of mixed emotions, splendid colors and spicy tastes. You will see: “Zocalo”, the main national square, ruins of the ancient Aztec city Tenochtitlan, and the National Palace. See murals by Mexico’s greatest artist, Diego Rivera. These colorful murals depict Mexico’s pre-Columbian Indian history, the colonial period and the Revolution.

Visit Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park. See archaeological treasures of pre-Hispanic civilizations, including the Toltec, Mexica, Aztec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Olmec and Maya. Cast your eyes on the immense Aztec Calendar Stone.

Then visit Mexico’s grandest archaeological site, ancient Teotihuacán (80km from Mexico City) Sixth largest city in the world in 400 A.D., Teotihuacán was mysteriously abandoned 300 years later, centuries before the Aztec occupation. Visit the Jaguar Palace and Temple of the Plumed Conch Shells. Wander around Pyramids of the Sun and Moon. Stroll along Avenue of the Dead, flanked by temples and palaces. Return to hotel.

Day 3: Mexico – 125 km – Puebla – 363 km – Oaxaca

Your journey toward Caribbean cost starts. Morning drive to visit the historic center of colonial Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Puebla is the city of the clean air and of a quality of life, the city of the legendary chocolate sauce of “mole”. Further travel to Oaxaca. Arrival to the hotel.

Day 4: Oaxaca – 10 km – Monte Alban – 250 km – Tehuantepec

Tour to Monte Alban. This city-state is strategically situated at 2000 m above the sea-level and used to be a religious center of the tribe of Zapoteks. Fascinating in its geometry, the city contains the ball games field, the observatory, the world-famous wall portrayals of the dancers etc. Arrival to the city of Tehuantepec. Check-in to the hotel.

Day 5: Tehuantepec – 370 km – San Cristobal de Las Casas

To the famous Sumidero Canyon by land, further – by the water boats. The exotic plant figures, caves and altars – Canyon of Sumidero is one of the most fascinating places in Mexico. Again by land to the most Indian city, the former capital of the state of Chiapas, the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas. Check-in.

Day 6: San Cristobal de las Casas – 241 km – La Mesilla –  Atitlan (Mexico & Guatemala)

Arrival to Guatemala, transfer to the Lake of Atitlan, the Lake most beautiful of the World, according to the English novelist Aldoux Huxley on his visit to Guatemala, this natural beauty is surrounded by three spectacular Volcanoes, Toliman, San Pedro and Atitlan, at night transfer to the Atitlan hotel for their lodging.

Day 7: Atitlan – 120 km – Antigua (Guatemala) 

Transfer to Antigua Guatemala. UNESCO declared this charming colonial style city a Heritage of Humanity. You will visit the central square and its unique Mermaid Fountain, the Cathedral and other stunning landmarks. Check-in.

Day 8: Antigua – 290 km – Copan (Guatemala & Honduras) 

Visit the Archaeological City Copan (Honduras). We will transfer them to the Archaeological place that stand up for its Astronomers and Sculptors of those times, they visited the Great Square, famous for the Steles and Altars that are decorating it, its Acropolis and temple that it opens us a window to the past. Hotel

Day 9: Copan – 190 km – Quirigua – 253 km – Flores (Guatemala)

Quirigua is a Maya city famous for its spectacular and gigantic stelae, including stele E, the tallest stele ever found. Arrival to Flores.

Day 10: Flores – 60 km – Tikal – 60 km – Flores

Capital of the Mayan Empire, TIKAL, in this impressive place visits the main buildings like the temples I and II, The North Acropolis, The Great Jaguar, as well as a great quantity of steles and altars that relate part of the history of the Mayan Civilization in Tikal, National park that was declared Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO, lunch in the park.

Day 11: Flores – 210 km – Bethel  Bonampak  Palenque (Guatemala & Mexico)

Bonampak is an ancient Maya site. It is not overly impressive in terms of spatial or architectural size, it is well-known for a number of murals, most especially those located within Structure 1 (The Temple of the Murals). The construction of the site’s structures dates to the Early Classic period (ca. A.D. 580 to 800). Arrival to Palenque.

Day 12: Palenque – 365 km – Campeche

Transfer to Palenque – ancient Mayan ruins located in the state of Chiapas. You will see one of the most beautiful Mayan ruins full of mysterious constructions and ancient monuments. Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Cross, and Temple of the Inscriptions. The tomb of Pakal II – Mayan emperor of classical period – was unearthed here. Traveling through the picturesque road along the Gulf of Mexico you will arrive to the city of Campeche, famous by its 17th century walls. Check-in to the hotel.

Day 13: Campeche – 164 km – Merida – 107 km – Chichen Itza – 180 km – Cancun

Arrive to Chichen-Itza, rightly named ‘Wonder of the New World. This temple complex beautifully represents Mayan – Tolteque culture. Only the elite – Magicians, scientists, and ‘soccer’ players could access this special landscape of white stone and ‘eyes’ of the earth – underground lakes. Such temples, belonging to Mexico’s classical and post-classical periods, were never seen in action by the Spanish colonisers. When the Europeans came, the Temples were already abandoned. Arch-astronomy was developed here, a world-view holding Philosophy and History to be identical. View the Pyramid of Kukulkan, ‘the feathered serpent’, the field of ball games, the observatory and much more.

 Swim in Ik-Kil cenote, ‘a place where the wind is born’, and the Yucatan’s most beautiful karsts lake. Arrive to Cancun.

Hotels of circuit:

Nights City Hotel 4*
2 Mexico Century Zona Rosa
1 Oaxaca Mision de Los Angeles
1 Tehuantepec Calli
1 San Cristobal Cuidad Real Centro Historico
1 Atitlan – GUA Riviera de Atitlan
1 Antigua – GUA Posada de Don Rodrigo
1 Copan – HON Plaza Copan
2 Flores Peten Esplendido
1 Palenque Ciudad Real Palenque
1 Campeche Baluartes & Best Western Hotel Del Mar

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