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Explore the hushed-up Mexican highlands to discover stunning landscapes, old traditions and Mayan jungle temples, before relaxing in a UNESCO coastal town

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  • Return international flight from the UK
  • All accommodation with breakfast (some hotels may include further meals)
  • All private ground transfers
  • All internal flights
  • All tours specified in the itinerary description
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Discover the beautiful, adventurous and off the beaten track highlands of Mexico with its special landscapes entrenched in a forgotten time where ancient traditions flourish and hidden temples sprout out of the jungle.

 

After a couple of nights in lively Mexico City, head to the Chiapas province for a stay in charming San Cristobal de las Casas. Here you can soak up the melting pot of cultures that hold onto indigenous lifestyles, before witnessing the natural splendour of Sumidero Canyon and Agua Azul waterfalls. Moving onto Palenque, get your history fix as you explore the world-famous Mayan ruins in an enchanting jungle setting. Then, enjoy a few days of coastal relaxation in Campeche with its waterside views and colonial and moorish architecture.

 

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Mexico City

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Mexico City airport to Mexico City hotel

Accommodation in Mexico City

Two days in Mexico City Two days in Mexico City

Enjoy time in this bustling and cosmopolitan capital which has a fabulous selection of museums and art galleries for you to visit. Mexico City is also famous for its food - sample tostadas, authentic Mexico City tacos and filled tortas at local food markets and dine in one of the city's many renowned restaurants. Your travel designer can recommend and arrange a selection of privately guided tours to make the most of this lively and energetic city.

Private Full Day Tour of Mexico City's Historic City Centre Private Full Day Tour of Mexico City's Historic City Centre

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning for a 6-8 hour privately guided visit of Mexico City's historic city centre, returning to your hotel in the late afternoon. You will visit renowned landmarks such as the Zócalo Plaza and its surrounding important buildings such as the the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Palace of Fine Arts, and you will be treated to a view from above into the Temple Mayor Aztec archeological site and museum.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Mexico City hotel to Mexico City airport

Flight

Flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport

Days 3-6

San Cristobal de las Casas

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Tuxtla Airport to your hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas

Accommodation in San Cristobal de las Casas

Three days in San Cristobal de las Casas Three days in San Cristobal de las Casas

Spend your days in this colonial highland town discovering the melting pot of ethnic cultures. Wander along cobbled streets, past multi-coloured houses to churches and museums, visit caves and waterfalls and get involved with weaving workshops. We can arrange private-led tours of this charming, pastoral area to make sure you make the most of your time here.

Private half day tour of San Cristobal and San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantan Private half day tour of San Cristobal and San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantan

Your private guide will collect you from your hotel for a half day excursion to the indigenous towns of San Juan Chamula, San Lorenzo Zinacantan and a tour of the highlands colonial city of San Cristobal.

Full day excursion to Sumidero Canyon Full day excursion to Sumidero Canyon

Today after breakfast you will meet your guide at the hotel lobby and transfer to Chiapa de Corzo and the Sumidero Canyon. Take a motor boat trip through the majestic rock walls of the Sumidero Canyon which tower thousands of feet above the river. There's plenty of chance to view wildlife, including crocodiles, cormorants, spider monkeys, and herons.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Palenque with stop at Agua Azul

Days 6-8

Palenque

Accommodation in Palenque

Two days exploring Palenque Two days exploring Palenque

Spend your days in Palenque exploring this ancient region of historical Mayan sites and jungle scenery. We can arrange for one of our guides to take you around the UNESCO World Heritage site to truly bring it alive.

Private full day tour of Palenque site Private full day tour of Palenque site

Today your guide will meet you at your hotel for a private excursion to Palenque. This ancient city was part of the Maya civilization and dates back to 100 BC to its fall around 800 BC. It is located on the western edge of the Maya empire near the present-day city of Chiapas, Mexico. The ruins left behind are very well preserved and maintained by local people as well as anthropologists. There will also be the chance to visit the waterfall of Misol Ha which is a spectacular ±35 meter (115 ft.) waterfall that is considered a must see for visitors to the Palenque Chiapas region. Under the overhang a trail leads to the far side and a small cave that goes back about 300 meters to a waterfall inside the cave. Even swimming in the surface pool is permitted during times of low flow, however when the rains come flow increases dramatically.

Days 8-10

Campeche

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Campeche

Accommodation in Campeche

Two days in Campeche Two days in Campeche

Stroll around this UNESCO port city to discover the wonderfully restored colonial quarter with its moorish-style mansions and intricate churches. Small and relaxed, Campeche is steeped in history with Mayan ruins based nearby. We can arrange guided tours around the city and surrounding areas to make sure you make the most of the your time here.

Private half day city walking tour of Campeche Private half day city walking tour of Campeche

Today your expert guide will take you on a walking city tour of Campeche. This UNESCO World Heritage site features restored cobblestone streets, pastel-colored mansions and impressive fortified walls that protected this former Spanish port from marauding pirates. Enjoy a perfect afternoon stroll along the malecon, the waterfront promenade, or a visit to the scenic Plaza Principal.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Campeche airport

Flight

Flight from Campeche to Mexico City

Transfer

Private transfer from Mexico City airport to Mexico City hotel

 
Overnight in Stylish Mexico City Hotel Overnight in Stylish Mexico City Hotel

Relax in a luxurious hotel.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Mexico City hotel to Mexico City airport

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