Hotels:- Casa Conzatti Oaxaca 4****
Info:Abfahrt 8 Uhr, durch wunderschöne Landschaften der Sierra Norte, 430km
Hotels:- Tucan Siho Playa 4****
Info:Archeologie oder einfach einen Tag relaxen am Strand
THE classic study trip including guide and upscale accommodation. 16 days with insight into Mexico's present and past.
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- 15 overnight stays with breakfast in good middle class and premium hotels
- English speaking guide for your study trip
- All income fees and boat tours
- Comfortable, airconditioned Mercedes Sprinter minivan
- Airport transfer upon arrival
- Free transfer to your beach hotel after the tour (between Cancún and Tulum)
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Day 1: Arrival Mexico City
Mexico City is the third largest metropolitan area in the world with over 20 million people living in an area that stretches over 4,000 km². When you are landing in Mexico City you will immerse yourself in a huge orange glimmering sea of lights that seems to have no end. After a short drive you arrive at your hotel which is located in the historic center directly in the heart of the Aztec capital in 2200 m above sea level. This area was once part of an island on a huge lake.
Day 2: Pyramids of Teotihuacán, Basilica of Guadalupe
Teotihuacan. After a short presentation we leave for Teotihuacan . The Aztecs were so impressed by this abandoned city that they named it "Place of the Gods". From the huge Pyramid of the Sun, we overlook the ceremonial center. In its heyday Teotihuacan was home to probably 200,000 people. We marvel at the magnificent murals of Teotihuacan and also at the "miracle plant" Maguey which gives us Tequila and the Aztec beverage Pulque. We try a bit of this predecessor of Tequila: "Salud, dinero y amor!" and return to Mexico City. On the way back we stop at the modern Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a very important place of pilgrimage for Mexicans.
Day 3: Main Square (Zócalo), Anthropological Museum
The main square of Mexico City is called "Zocalo". We will admire the Cathedral where we can study almost all styles of sacred art. Next to it we can see the remains of the Great Temple of the Aztecs that was destroyed by the Spaniards. In the National Palace the paintings of Diego Riviera invite us to a journey through Mexican history. Diego Riviera's political views are clearly reflected in his murals. We drive along the boulevard "Reforma" to Chapultepec Park where we visit the National Museum of Anthropology. The museum exhibits many antique pieces but also gives an insight into contemporary cultures of Mexico. Since the museum is huge, the guide will make a meaningful choice among the most interesting exhibits. He will lead you through eras and regions and will explain the most impressive piece of art, the Aztec Calenar.
Day 4: Artists Quarter Coyoacán, Cholula, village churches Tonantzintla and Acatepec
Quiet and colonial Coyoacan in the south of Mexico City is one of the most popular neighborhoods and is inhabited by many artists. Here was the center of life of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and we visit the Blue House to feel a little bit of the aura of these exceptional artists. In the market of Coyoacán we find many of the Mexican consumer goods and food ingredients that Frida and Diego loved and that are typical of Mexico. Then we leave Mexico City and continue past the snow-capped volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl and over a 3000 meter high pass to the historic Cholula. Here we will admire the most extensive pre-Hispanic structure of all America, the "man-made hill" Tlachihualtépetl which we will explore through a tunnel. In Tonantzintla we will visit the impressive village church that was constructed and decorated by the indigenous population and that shows a mixture of Christian and pagan elements. Acatepec is pure folk baroque. The day ends in Puebla.
Day 5: Colonial City Puebla, ethnobotanical Garden Zapotitlán Salinas
It is perhaps a little chilly when we start our tour through the historic center of Puebla in the morning. Humboldt was impressed by the picturesque sight of the facades, which show a graceful interplay of red brick, mostly bluish Talavera tiles, gray stone and playful white stucco. Even people who don't love baroque will admire the Rosary Chapel constructed in 1690. In 1862 Puebla became a "Mexican Waterloo" for the French invading army. We will hear a lot of stories of historical events during our city tour and the subsequent journey. We pass the semi-desert of the Sierra Mixteca that belongs partly to an extended Biosphere Reserve. In the ethnobotanical garden we walk amidst desert vegetation surrounded by meter-high cacti and learn about the use of various medicinal plants. In the evening we arrive in Oaxaca
Day 6: Monte Albán, Tree of Tule, Oaxaca, Santo Domingo Monastery
Very early in the morning we enter the archaeological site of Monte Albán and experience how the mountain fog is slowly lifting. The buildings of the ceremonial center of the city of the Zapotecs are arranged around an enormous rectangular main square. For its construction, the top of the 400 meter high hill, the Monte Albán, was entirely leveled with no draft animals or metal tools about 2,500 years ago. The enigmatic reliefs of the "dancers" originated during this early period. Nobody has ever found out whether they represent dancers, sacrificed enemies, laboring women or deities. Later we will admire the tree of Tule, a Montezuma Cypress that is about 2000 years old. Back in Oaxaca we enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city and stroll through the pedestrian zone to the former Santo Domingo convent where items from grave seven from Monte Albán are exhibited.
Day 7: Mitla, Mezcal, market of Zapotecs, Juchitán, Tuxtla Gutiérrez
The charm of the small archeological site Mitla lies in the stone mosaics that cover the walls of palaces and in the delicate murals. Here we will get to know a symbol that probably had the same significance in the Mesoamerican cultural area as the cross in the Christian. It is the so-called stage meander. Your guide will give you the most common interpretations of this symbol. Later we learn how Mezcal is produced and we will try the real Mezcal with the worm. The subsequent drive down to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is a bit exhausting but leads you through amazingly beautiful landscapes. In Juchitán we will visit one of the most colorful and exotic markets of Mexico. The Zapotec market women, the Tehuanas, impress with their costumes and their Charisma. After a pleasant drive we arrive at Tuxtla Guitierrez.
Day 8: Boat Tour Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo, San Cristóbal de las Casas
The boat trip through the Sumidero Canyon on the Grijalva river is a fantastic and unique experience. During a speedy two-hour boat ride we will marvel at the high canyon walls. The boat stops at several interesting rock formations and finally at the dam of the significant Chicoasën hydroelectric plant. Since 1980 the Canyon has been a national park. Black vultures, crocodiles, iguanas, owls, pheasants and spider monkeys have found their home there and can sometimes be observed from the boats. Afterwards we drive to Chiapa de Corzo that has been named "Pueblo Mágico" by the Ministry of Tourism due to its charm and
lively traditions. A famous sight is the brick fountain in Mudéjar style. Our journey to San Cristóbal leads us up to 2000 meters altitude in just one hour. We stroll through the beautiful city and enjoy its atmosphere!
Day 9: Maya communities Chamula, Zinacantán, colonial city San Cristóbal
In San Juan Chamula we enter a world unknown to us. The Maya community is largely autonomous and is still dominated by ancient traditions, where Christian and pagan elements are connected in rituals. In the church the saints and the cross are worshipped but there are also chicken sacrificed and negative energies expelled with the help of corn liquor. We walk through the market of Chamula and enjoy its lively colors and people. The Maya of Zinacantán also belong to the group of Tzotzil. We visit a family and get an insight into the daily life of these people. In the afternoon we go back to San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Mexico. While having coffee and cake in the Zócalo we talk about the "Indian Apostle" De Las Casas. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 10: Archaeological site Toniná, Agua Azul, Palenque
The archaelogical site Toniná on the way to Agua Azul and Palenque is often overlooked. We visit this interesting but rather unknown place. The Maya name "stone house" refers to the largest structure, the "Acropolis". On this 70-meter high artificial hill temples, tombs and steles were built. We climb the "Acropolis" until we reach the remains of the "Temple of the Smoking Mirror". On the way up we enjoy the Mayan architecture, the reliefs and paintings. In the local museum there are stelae, sculptures and other findings from this city, which once even defeated Palenque. While continuing on the road we watch the descendants of the Maya working in the fields. Our next stop are the fabulous cascades of Agua Azul. The waterfalls are surrounded by cocoa plants, strangler figs and other tropical plants, which the guide will explain to us.
Day 11: Maya Paintings Bonampak, adventure Yaxchilán
We leave Palenque and drive southeast, along the border to Guatemala, through a landscape that is dominated by jungle,tropical savannah and rather poor villages. Our first goal, Bonampak, is located in the protected Lacandon jungle. The name "Bonampak" means "painted walls" and was invented by Sylvanus Morley, who discovered paintings in one of the temples in 1946. Unfortunately, these paintings were later sprinkled with gasoline by many guides to make the colors pop. The art suffered and had to be extensively renovated. The paintings show us also the cruel side of the Maya who have always been thought of people of peace. Later we will make a tour in a long, sleek wooden boat on the border river Usumacinta to the excavations of Yaxchilán. We will admire the impressive stelae, altars and lintels with texts and complex scenes of the life of the population. We will spend the night in Palenque.
12. Tag: Palenque
"Nothing in the drama of world history has ever made a more powerful impression on me than the sight of this once important and magnificent, now desolate and nameless city, slumbering in the dark forest - sad witness to the change of worlds that spares nothing." These were the words of the US adventurer and explorer John Lloyd Stephens when he first saw the ruins of Palenque in 1880. The special atmosphere of this site in the middle of the rain forest makes a visit of Palenque an unforgettable experience. Here reigned the legendary Pakal, who was buried in the pyramid of the inscriptions, in the 7th century AD. The grave chamber is no longer accessible but in the local museum a didactically valuable substitute, the chamber with the stone coffin, can be visited. Then a long but relaxing journey takes us to Campeche.
Day 13: Edzná, Campeche, San Miguel fortress, Siho Playa relaxing by the sea
The Hotel Siho Playa is located on a beautiful beach at the Gulf of Mexico, is decorated in the style of a former hacienda and is the perfect place for a day of pleasure and relaxation. However, the guide invites those guests who are still curious to a round trip to Edzná, Campeche and San Miguel Castle. Edzná means "House of the Itzaes" and refers to the Mayas who built an empire in the West of the Yucatan Peninsula between 900 and 1200 AD. Edzná´s most famous building is the 60 m high "building of Five Stories", an impressive stepped pyramid. The city of Campeche is now a world heritage site and is sometimes referred to as "Little Havana". Large parts of the city walls and the fortress of San Miguel, which once protected against pirate attacks, are still in good condition. A beautiful beach promenade and the small Maya Museum attract many guests. There is still time left to relax by the sea.
Day 14: Puuc Route, Mérida
The Yucatan peninsula is a flat limestone slab where already gentle undulations are refered to as hills, in Mayan language "Puuc". The pre-Hispanic Mayan cities, among them famous Kabah and Uxmal, have a very attractive building- and decoration style. In Kabah we admire the "Arc de Triomphe" and a building covered with rain god masks. Iguanas have chosen this area as a home. Later we make a stop in the village of Santa Elena where we encounter Doña Azaharia and Don Hernán who show us how to win sisal and how to make ropes from it. They also tell us about medicinal herbs and goblins called "Aluxes". In the late classical period Uxmal was one of the major power centers of Yucatán which is still visible in the enormous constructions. We can see numerous cisterns that gave water to the former 25000 inhabitants in time of drought. In the afternoon we arrive in Merida, a city with Caribbean flair and many beautiful historic buildings.
Day 15: Chichén Itzá, Caves of Balankanché
In Yucatán another archaeological highlight is waiting for us. Chichen Itza was named one of the modern Seven World Wonders in 2007 and even if you are critical as far as the naming is concerned you will be immediately drawn into the spell of this place, erected in Maya style with Toltec influence. We marvel at the largest ball stadium of Mesoamerica and especially at the strictly symmetrical Kukulkan pyramid. Twice a year for 800 years, people have been assembling in front of the pyramid in the equinox to observe how the God "Plumed Serpent" flows down the pyramid in form of a serpent of light. About five kilometers away are the caves of Balankanché that were used by the Maya for rituals and sacrifices. In the underwater caveof Balankanché the remains of sacrificial ceremonies and ceramic articles are still intact and can be seen today. The day ends at the comfortable hotel Mayaland.
Day 16: Cobá, Tulum, arrival at beach hotel
Coba flourished at the same time as Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Edzna. With 70 km² of expansion, only a fraction of which is exposed, 45 streets "sacbeob", one leading 100 km to Yaxuna, and with its monumental architecture Coba belonged to the most influential cities of its time. The Big Hill "Nohoch Mul" is, with 42 meters, the highest pyramid of northern Yucatán and can be climbed. The journey takes us to Tulum and after a walk through the beautiful gardens we reach the pyramids, which rise above the gentle surf of the turquoise Caribbean. The wind drives a wedge of salty sea air into the tropical heat while we puzzle over the meaning of the "falling Gods" that are visible on many doors of the palace houses of Tulum. Iguanas revive the gorgeous scenery of grey Maya structures, palm trees and limestone cliffs over the white Caribbean beach. Around noon the round trip ends, we say farewell and your wonderful beach holiday starts after the multi-faceted Mexico study tour.
Program before your tour
- How about a stop-over in New York, or just one or two days longer in Mexico City before your round trip, with or without excursion program?
- Or have yourself pampered in a spa during two or three days: La Buena Vibra and Misión del Sol, near Cuernavaca, offer wellness of the highest level, at affordable prices.
- Those who love nature can visit the Copper Canyon or the Monarch butterflies in Michoacan, or make a stop at a coffee plantation.
PROGRAM AFTER your tour
After this trip through Mexico on the tracks of the Aztecs and the Mayas, we recommend an extension (3 to 5 days) to relax and muse on the impressions of your journey, on one of the countless white sand beaches of the Mexican Caribbean coast.
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How to guarantee that a small group tour will take place?
Our small group tours will be conducted with a minimum of 4 people (in some cases even with 2 people), which excludes almost always a cancellation of the tour. You will find the current number of participants in the travel configurator. If there are only 4 or less travelers of one language in a group the exceptional case may happen and a trip may be run multilingual (eg German & English).
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How do I book with Mextrotter?
After choosing your desired trip(s) on our website you will receive a non-binding offer which you can book simply by replying the e-mail. Please include the reference number (= tourcode) in your mail. By doing this you will receive access to your personal travel portal, where you can enter the passengers' personal dates so we can book the flights that may be included in the offer.
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When is the best time to travel to Mexico?
You can travel to Mexico throughout the whole year. As a traveller you are probably a bit worried about the rainy season spoiling the pleasure of your travel. As Europeans you may associate rain with wind, coolness, damp weather and staying inside your house. However, this is different in Mexico.
First of all, during the rainy season in Mexico it seldom rains during the day; it mainly rains during the night. The rain falls down as short, strong showers and it hardly cools down the country: it remains warm. For all these reasons, we recommend you not to plan your trip to Mexico solely on the basis of the rainy season. However, if you still do not want to travel around during the rainy season, you can best do so from November to March.
What costs should I calculate per day (food, drinks)?
Be aware that the price level in Mexico is approximately 40% lower than in Europe. In other words: food and drinks cost about half the price (excluding table wine, which is quite expensive in Mexico). A guide for personal meal expenses could be 15 to 30 Euro per person per day. The exact amount you spend per day depends on your drinking and eating habits.