Four Cultures 2022, group tour (7 nights)
Itinerary: Mexico City – Teotihuacan – Puebla – Veracruz – Villahermosa / Park Museum La Venta – Palenque – Yaxchilan – Waterfall – Stopover on the Gulf of Mexico – Campeche – Ushmal – Merida – Chichen Itza – Senote Iquil – Cancun / Riviera Maya
Guaranteed arrival dates for groups
in 2022: 06/15, 08/10, 10/10, 12/12
An introduction to the ancient cultures of pre-Columbian Mexico: the Aztecs, Teotihuacans, Olmecs and Mayans. The route begins in Mexico City, passes through Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan, and ends in Quintana Roo – Cancun or the resort area Riviera Maya. Includes visits to sites of cultural, historical, and architectural interest protected by UNESCO: the historic centers of Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz, Campeche, and Merida; the archaeological sites of Teotihuacan, Yaxchilan, Palenque, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza; and the open-air park-museum of Olmec culture, La Venta.
Day 1. Mexico City .
Meeting at Mexico City airport. Transfer and accommodation in a 4* hotel. Free night for rest.
Day 2. Mexico City – Teotihuacan pyramids – Museum of Anthropology (140 km).
Breakfast. Our introduction to Mexico City will begin with a guided tour of the historic center of one of the largest and most diverse capitals in the world. Around the central Plaza Socalo there are historical and architectural monuments connected with the most important stages of the city development: ruins of the ancient Aztec city Tenochtitlan and the foundation of their main temple, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace with frescos by Diego Rivera (on condition that the Palace is open for visitors).
After visiting Socalo we will head to the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, a religious center of the ancient Indians that amazes with its grandiose structures such as the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the Road of the Dead, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and the Quetzalpalpalotl Palace.
The program continued with a visit to the world-famous National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, which contains exhibits relating to various cultures of the pre-Hispanic period in the history of Mexico.
In the evening, return to the hotel.
Visit the famous National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, where the exhibits belonging to the different cultures of the pre-Hispanic period of Mexico’s history are collected.
In the evening, return to the hotel.
Day 3. Mexico City – Puebla (130 km) – Veracruz (285 km).
drive to the beautiful colonial town of Puebla (“City of Angels”). Renowned for its historical and architectural monuments (the Municipal Cathedral – the second largest in Mexico, the Rosario Chapel, the Santa Rosa Monastery), museums, ceramics, the legendary mole chocolate sauce, and excellent cuisine. Explore the historic center of the city, which is protected by UNESCO, many unique colonial-era buildings with distinctive Puebla red brick and handmade tile finishes.
We continue to the port city of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico for a stroll through the historic city center.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Day 4. Veracruz – Villahermosa / park-museum “La Venta” (465 km) – Palenque (145 km).
After breakfast, departure for the capital of Tabasco state in the town of Villahermosa, which was founded at the end of the 16th century by a community forced to move inland due to pirate attacks.
We’ll visit the unique open-air park-museum of La Venta where the monuments of the Olmecs, the oldest and the most mysterious civilization of the Americas (including the giant stone heads) were collected from the impenetrable forests of Tabasco and Chiapas.
We continue our program to Palenque, Chiapas.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Day 5. Palenque – Yaxchilan (165 km) – Waterfall – Palenque (210 km).
Early morning departure to the sacred Indian town and archaeological center of Yaxchilan , which means “green rocks”, located on the border of Mexico and Guatemala, on the bank of the Usumasinta River. It is the only truly lost city in the jungle of Chiapas, with a history of more than two thousand years. Yaxchilan is one of the most interesting Mayan settlements. The stelae, which depicted the local rulers, and the hieroglyphics describing their deeds and important events of the era, are especially impressive. The beautiful relief depictions of battle and ritual scenes, the hieroglyphic staircase, the painting in the Temple of Frescoes and, of course, the statue of the ruler sitting on a throne in the niche on the crest of the temple roof, which rises majestically above the thick jungle leave no one indifferent.
After visiting Yaxchilan, head back to Palenque, where you can see how quickly the natural environment in Mexico can change, from pine forests to mesmerizing subtropical jungle.
On the way we will stop in the jungle at one of the many scenic waterfalls that the area around Palenque is famous for. Return back to the hotel.
Day 6. Palenque (10 km) – stop at the Gulf of Mexico – Campeche (365 km).
In the morning visiting the archaeological site of Palenque, a UNESCO site, and seeing the remains of the beautiful Mayan town in the beautiful hills. There are preserved structures that are monuments of ancient art: the tombs, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Cross, the Temple of Inscriptions with the tomb of the great king Pacal, the palace and other structures that, surrounded by lush subtropical vegetation look especially majestic and mysterious.
Afterwards, depart for the Yucatan Peninsula to the port city of Campeche. On the way you will enjoy stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.
A stop for lunch and a dip in the Gulf of Mexico is suggested.
In the evening, a walk through the picturesque colonial streets of Campeche and a tour of the preserved ancient fortifications built to protect the city from pirates, where many historical films and TV series were filmed.
Accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Day 7. Campeche – Ushmal (160 km) – Merida (85 km).
In the morning, we leave Campeche and head for Ushmal, a Late Classic period Mayan settlement and one of the most complex and harmonious examples of Puuc architecture, which still continues to fascinate visitors with its beauty and originality. After seeing this archaeological complex we will continue to Merida, the city founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo in 1542 on the ruins of a large Mayan settlement and which became the largest city of the Yucatan Peninsula.
There will be an introductory sightseeing tour. Of particular interest for tourists are the Independence Square and the monumental Paseo del Montejo, where there are luxurious European-style residences built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Accommodation in a 4* hotel. In the evening. Free time for walking, shopping and rest.
Day 8. Mérida – Chichen Itza (130 km) – Cenote Ic Quil – Cancun / Riviera Maya (220-280 km). In the morning we will leave Mérida and go to Chichen Itza. We will enter this archaeological site through the unique Mayaland complex, where we will visit the Planetarium, where we will get an interesting “lesson” on Mayan cosmology in a fascinating way with the help of projection. Next we will tour Chichen Itza, the most important ceremonial center of Maya-Toltec culture, one of the New Wonders of the World. Here you’ll find the famous Kukulkan pyramid, the Observatory, the Sacred Cenote (a natural well used by the Indians for ceremonies dedicated to the rain god Chaak), and the largest ball field in Mesoamerica. Then you will dive in the crystal clear waters of Ik Quil, the most beautiful cenote in the Yucatan Peninsula. The final part of the trip will be to Quintana Roo, Cancun or the Riviera Maya, followed by accommodation in hotels by reservation.
Attention! It is recommended not to plan the departure from Cancun on the day of the tour, and to stay at the hotel for at least one night, taking into account that the check-in at the airport begins at least 2 to 3 hours before departure
A group tour from Mexico City to Cancun will introduce you to Mexico’s pre-Columbian culture. You will see treasures from the Aztec era, visit museums and natural attractions.
Day. 1. Mexico.
Arrival in Mexico City. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2. Mexico City – Teotihuacan – Museum of Anthropology
After breakfast you will take a sightseeing tour of the historical center of the capital. You will see the Socalo Square, where the historical and architectural monuments are located: the ruins of the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, the foundations of their main temple, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace with frescos by Diego Rivera (if the Palace is open).
Visit the famous archaeological site of Teotihuacan and see its main attractions: the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, the Road of the Dead, and the Temple of the Feathered Serpent.
Teotihuacan is recognized as the oldest settlement on Mexican soil. Despite the many archaeological discoveries, this city is not less mysterious – on the contrary. After all, it was built long before the Aztecs! They did, however, leave the current name of the city, which translates as “The place where the gods touch the Earth”.
Archaeological finds collected during the study of the ancient city of Teotihuacan can be viewed in the museum organized in the complex.
The National Museum of Anthropology is the most famous museum in Mexico City and probably in all of Mexico. The museum is divided into two parts: The 1st floor is the anthropological section and the 2nd floor is the ethnographic section. There are tens of thousands of exhibits of the Maya, Aztecs and other ancient peoples.
Back to hotel.
Day 3. Mexico City – Puebla – Veracruz.
Puebla is the “City of Angels” known for its unique colonial style, unique national cuisine, wonderful Talavera ceramics, a variety of handicrafts, ancient churches and chapels, the legendary chocolate sauce “mole”.
Here you will see the historical center of the city, which is listed by UNESCO.
Arrival in Veracruz . Walk through the historic center of this port city located on the Gulf of Mexico.
Day 4. Veracruz-Villahermosa-Palenque
After breakfast you will travel to the town of Villahermosa.
A unique park – open-air museum – “La Venta” – the cult center of the Olmec culture on an island at the mouth of the Tonala River. The Olmecs are the oldest and most mysterious civilization in the Americas.
As you stroll along the park’s trails, you will discover legendary Olmec heads and other stone block statues collected from the impenetrable forests of the states of Tabasco and Veracruz.
Arrival in Palenque. Hotel accommodations.
Day 5. Palenque – Yaxchilan – Misol-Ha Falls – Palenque
Yaxchilan is the only truly “lost” town in the jungle of Chiapas. It can only be accessed via the Usumasinta River, along the Guatemalan-Mexican border. Yaxchilan is one of the most interesting Mayan settlements. The beautiful relief images of battle and ritual scenes, the hieroglyphic staircase, paintings in the Temple of Frescoes, the statue of the ruler will not leave you indifferent.
Visiting a beautiful waterfall in the jungle – Misol-Ha . Along the way a unique opportunity to observe how quickly the natural environment in Mexico can change, from pine forests to mesmerizing subtropical jungle.
Return to the hotel in Palenque.
Day 6. Palenque – Gulf of Mexico – Campeche
After breakfast you will visit the UNESCO-protected Palenque archaeological site. Here you will find the ancient art monuments: the tombs, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Cross, the Temple of the Inscriptions with the tomb of the great king Pacal, the Palace, and other structures.
Next you will travel to the port city of Campeche . On the way you can admire the Gulf of Mexico, the largest gulf in the world.
Arrival in Campeche. After a late night stroll through the picturesque colonial streets of Campeche and a tour of the extant ancient fortresses built to protect the city from pirates, which served as the setting for many historical films and TV series.
Day 7. Campeche – Ushmal – Merida.
Ushmal, the mysterious remains of the once flourishing Mayan city, is one of Mexico’s most beautiful sights. The city’s Puuc-style structures are decorated with numerous images of deities, warriors, animals, and birds.
Then a trip to the city of Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatan. Tour of the diverse Merida: national dress, gastronomic variety, and souvenirs. But most of all attracted by the Independence Square and the monumental Paseo del Montejo.
Accommodation in hotel in Mérida.
Day 8. Merida – Chichen Itza – Cenote Ic Quil – Cancun/Riviera Maya
After breakfast you will travel to one of the well restored Mayan monuments, Chichen Itza . Here are the famous pyramid of Kukulcan, the Observatory.
Next, you will swim in Ik Kila, a cenote lake of unparalleled blue color.
Arrival in the evening in Cancun.
We recommend that you do not plan to depart from Cancun on the day of the end of the tour, and stay at the hotel for at least one night. If you need to depart the same day, you should book flights departing no earlier than 21-22 hours.
At the end of the sightseeing tour – transfer to pre-booked hotels in the resort of the Caribbean Sea – Cancun or the Riviera Maya.
The cost of the tour per person, in U.S. dollars:
Child up to 11.99 years.
Accommodations in 4* hotels per program,
Entrance tickets according to the program,
Transfers according to the program. Meeting at the Mexico City Airport and transfer from the airport are included in the price of the tour only for tourists arriving to Mexico City on the first day (arrival time of flight 06:00-22:00) or on the second day (arrival time of flight 06:00-09:30). Outside this period, individual transfers can be arranged upon request for a surcharge.
Transfer tour – hotel – Cancun airport for beach hotels located in Cancun and Riviera Maya.
Price does not include:
Accommodation in Cancun or the Riviera Maya at the end of the tour,
Tips and personal expenses,
Health and travel insurance,
electronic entry permit to Mexico or Mexican visa.
– Group transfers are only offered in ENGLISH, support for tourists in Russian – from the moment of arrival at the hotel (by phone).
– The National Palace of Mexico City is not always open for visits. Our hosts reserve the right to miss visits to the palace on the occasion of events in the central square of SoCaló, visits of officials and other circumstances that may affect the closure of the palace.
– The National Museum of Anthropology is closed on Mondays.
– After a busy sightseeing program, we recommend you to relax for a few days on the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula, or at least take 1 night in a hotel in Cancun before returning home. Depending on the selected beach resort, the transfer excursion tour – hotel – Cancun airport is included or paid separately (see “included in price”). Hotel after the excursion tour you can book on your own or with us, options and prices on request.
– If after the tour program you want to immediately fly from Cancun on the day of the tour, the departure can not be earlier than 21h, before buying tickets always consult with the tour operator and take into account that the arrival in Cancun is expected about 19h, the last day of the tour is full of excursions and moving around, there may be various unforeseen situations, delays, etc.
– Tour distances: from 140 km to 600 km per day. The total duration of the route – about 2500 km for the entire tour.
Payment is made at the Central Bank rate of exchange + 3% on the day of payment, if payment is made before 12.00, and on the next day, if payment is made after 12.00.