Info:Day in Oaxaca, night bus to Tuxtla (10 hrs)
From Mexico City to the Caribbean coast. Experience Mexico's diversity, its dreamlike beaches, colonial cities and impressive landscapes. Duration: 13 days
Start any day / flight between 750 and 1100 EUR according to season
- 12 x bed and breakfast in 3- or 4- star hotels according to your preference
- First Class bus tickets with seat reservation
- Excursion in shuttle taxi (entrance included) to the pyramids of Teotihuacan.
- Excursion in shuttle taxi (entrance and boat trip included) to the Sumidero Canyon
- Excursion in shuttle taxi (entrance included) to Indian villages.
- Excursion in shuttle taxi (entrance included) to Agua Azul & Palenque
- Excursion in shuttle taxi (entrance included) to Celestun National Park OR Uxmal
- Excursion in shuttle taxi Arrazola, Cuilapan & Coyotepec (the whole day)
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Travel tip & Info
You prefer to travel by car? Mextrotter also offers this trip as roundtrip by car.
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Day 1 – Arrival in Mexiko City
After your arrival in Mexico City you will be expected by an employee who will take you to your hotel in the center of the metropolis. Depending on the traffic, the transfer will take between 20 and 40 minutes.
Day 2 – Citytour Mexico City
Discover the capital of Mexico from the top of an open tourist bus (the price of the ticket is not included, you need to buy the ticket in the bus). Buses leave every 30 minutes between 9:00 am and 22:00 pm and you can get off and on the bus at any of the bus stops, if you want to. An audio guide gives information in different languages about all important sights of the city.
Day 3 – Teotihuacan
About 60 km northeast of Mexico City are the pyramids of Teotihuacan, witnesses of one of the greatest civilizations of Mexico that constructed the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon about 2000 years ago. Part of the trip in a shuttle taxi (entrance fee to the site is included) is also a short photo stop at the Square of the Three Cultures, and a visit to the Basilica of Guadalupe, dedicated to the patron saint of Mexico.
Day 4 – Puebla
You take the bus at the central bus station in Mexico City (TAPO) and reach Puebla in about 2 hours. On your journey you will have a breathtaking view of the five thousand meter high mountains Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. Puebla, the city of Angels, is characterized by its very nice and clean historic center where you will admire the beautiful cathedral. Puebla is one of the largest cities of Mexico and also known for its VW factory. The VW Beetles were manufactured here until 2007 and are still very present in the streets of Mexican cities.
Day 5 – Oaxaca
Today in the morning you will continue your trip to Oaxaca. The 4 hours drive in the first class bus takes you along the highest mountain in Mexico, Pico de Orizaba and through the Sierra Madre Sur. Oaxaca, the capital of the state, is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of the country. In the historic center you will admire the beautiful cathedral and the Santo Domingo church. In the nearby market Benito Juarez visitors marvel at the culinary diversity of the region. Opposite the market you should visit Mayor Domo and try its drinking chocolate which is prepared with milk or water.
Day 6 – Oaxaca, Nightbus to Tuxtla
Monte Alban is located on a hill about 30 minutes from the center of Oaxaca. This impressive site was constructed by the Zapotecs, who lived in this region between 800 B.C. and 900 A.D. It was built on an artificial plateau and was one of the most important astronomical centers of pre-Hispanic times. Enjoy this day in Oaxaca before you continue your trip to Tuxtla, where you will arrive at 7.00 in the morning the next day.
Day 7 – Sumidero Canyon, San Cristobal
Today you take a taxi on your own to the pier Cuahare that is located at the entrance of the Canyon about 5 km outside Tuxtla. At 10:00 am you meet the group coming from San Cristóbal that shares the shuttle taxi with you. Please wait at the stairs next to the restaurant Rio Grande. You leave your luggage in the mini bus and go on a 1.5 hour boat tour through the 1000 meter deep canyon. Then you drive to the nice village of Chiapa de Corzo, where you have time for lunch (not included in the price). Later you will be taken back to your hotel in San Cristóbal.
Day 8 – Indigenous villages
Around 10:00 am you will be picked up at your hotel. With a small group of visitors you will go to the remote village of Zinacatan, 15 km away from San Cristóbal, where you will visit a Tzotzil family. Then the journey takes you to San Juan Chamula where you will have the opportunity to take pictures of the colorful local market. In the village church, however, you are not allowed to take pictures. Here, rituals dating back to pre-Hispanic times are still practiced. Chickens are sacrificed and evil spirits are expelled inside the church. In the early afternoon you return to San Cristobal where you still have enough time to enjoy the picturesque city. San Cristobal is located at 2000 meters above sea level and sometimes it can be quite cold at night. The area in and around San Cristobal, inhabited by numerous different ethnic groups, belongs to Mexico's most important regions. The bustling market gives visitors a wonderful insight into the diversity of this region. Close to the market there is the beautiful Sto. Domingo church decorated with lavish stucco. In the evening
you can join an event in the Casa de las Culturas or you can stroll in the center and enjoy the excellent restaurants.
Day 9 – Agua Azul, Palenque
Today we start very early in the morning. Instead of a breakfast in your hotel in San Cristóbal you get a lunch box. (Please let the hotel know the day before!) A shuttle taxi will pick you up at your hotel at 6:30 am. The journey leads you from the highlands of Chiapas to the lower regions and slowly it is getting warmer and more humid. After a four hour drive on a winding country road (a stop for breakfast is planned) you will reach the waterfalls of Agua Azul where the water is floating down over terraces surrounded by tropícal vegetation. Here you have the opportunity to swim, but the current can be quite strong. After lunch (not included in the price) you soon reach the Mayan site of Palenque. Palenque was founded at the junction between the foothills of the highlands of Chiapas and the vast plains of the Gulf Coast. The city witnessed its heyday in the 7th century under King Pakal and his successor and son Na Balom. Most of today's magnificently renovated buildings like the Temple of the Inscriptions (where Pakal has his resting place), the palaces, the temple of the sun and the cross, were built in the time when Palenque dominated vast regions of present-day Chiapas. The two to three hour tour starts at the central square, goes on to the ball court and along a jungle path to the Regional Museum. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Palenque.
Day 10 - Campeche
Today in the morning you leave the jungle region of Chiapas. The ride in the comfortable bus goes partly along the Gulf coast to Campeche, where you will arrive in the early afternoon. Campeche was one of the first cities founded by the Spanish on the peninsula Yucatan. Quickly it became the main commercial center of the New World and was therefore also an interesting place for pirates. The mighty city walls, which now belong to the UNESCO world heritage, were built to defend the city from these intruders.
Day 11 - Merida
In the morning you continue your trip to Merida, where you arrive after a two hour bus ride. Merida, the white city, is known for its beautiful and bustling historic center. On the main square, which is called Plaza, there are the cathedral, the Montejo house and the government palace, which is decorated with paintings by Francisco Castro. The Santa Lucia Park is one of the most romantic of the city and the boulevard Paseo de Montejo shows the former wealth of the city, when Yucatan was famous for its production of sisal and more millionaires lived in Merida than in Paris or New York.
Day 12 – National Park Celestun
Today you will be picked up at 9:15 in the lobby of your hotel and taken to the national park Celestun which is located about 100 km west of Merida, next to the coast. Celestun is a true paradise for all kinds of birds but it is a special place for Flamingos which you can observe during a 1.5 hour boat tour. (The length of the boat tour depends on the water level. If the water level is low you cannot float too close to the Flamingos.) Later you can eat fresh seafood at the beach (not included in the price), then you will be brought back to Merida.
Day 13 – Chichen Itza, Beach
In the morning you go to Chichen Itza. The ride in the first Class bus takes about two hours. You can leave your luggage at the main entrance. The central building of the Maya and Toltec site is the temple of Kukulcan, with 91 steps on each of the four sides. Equally impressive is the huge ball playground, where once brutal rituals were performed. In the front of the big central square is the Palace of the Thousand Columns. There are also the Observatory and other sites from the Classic Mayan period. After this unforgettable visit of Chichen Itza, you will continue your trip to Playa del Carmen. The first Class bus starts from the parking lot outside the main entrance and takes you first to Tulum and from there north to Playa del Carmen, where you will arrive in the early evening.
Program before your tour
- How about a Stop-Over in New York oder simply one or two days more in Mexico City before your round trip (with or without tour programme)?
- Or let yourself be pampered for two or three days in a spa: La Buena Vibra and Mision del Sol in the surroundings of Cuernavaca offer wellness at its best at relatively low prices.
- For nature lovers we offer a visit to the Copper Canyon, a visit to the Monarch butterfly reserve in Michoacan oder a stay at a Café Finca.
Program after your tour
After your Mexico roundtrip in the footsteps of the Mayas and Aztecs we recommend a prolongation of your vacation (from 3 to 5 days) at one of the countless sand beaches of the Caribbean in order to relax and digest the impressions of your journey.
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