Travel through Mexico by car. On an amazing 13 day rental car tour from Mexico City to the Caribbean you will enjoy the Mayan and Aztecs sites and Mexico's wonderful landscapes.
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- 12 x bed and breakfast in 3- or 4-star hotels according to your preference
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- Basic insurance: comprehensive insurance with a 5 % deductibe; optional upgrade for 0 % deductible
- Airport transfer upon arrival
- Shuttle taxi (entrance fees included) to the pyramids of Teotihuacan
- Free delivery of the rental car to your hotel
- Road atlas, & GPS optional
- Empty trip back to Mexico City
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Day 1 – Arrival
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 you may reckon a transfer time of 20-40 minutes.
Day 2 – Citytour, Mexico City
Discover the capital city 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). The bus leaves every 30 to 40 minutes and stops at approx. 25 places that you can visit. Between 09:00 am and 22:00 pm you can go on and get off the bus wherever and whenever you want. This trip includes an audio guide that gives information in different languages about all important places of the city.
Day 3 – Teotihuacan
Teotihuacán is located at about 60 kilometers north of Mexico City. The place is definitely worth a visit, since the experience of seeing or climbing the pyramid of the Sun and Moon is unforgettable. The ruins are about 2000 years old. The excursion includes the entrance to the pyramids and a short stop (on the way) at the Basilica de Guadalupe, the national saint of Mexico and of South America.
Please wait in the lobby of the hotel for the shuttle bus. Be ready at about 9.15h. Since the bus has to pick up other tourists at their own hotels, there can be a short delay. The groups normally consist of 8 persons approx., sometimes there can be more participants during high season. Before you arrive to the pyramids you will make a short visit to a place of handcrafts, please do not feel pressured to buy anything. If you decide to buy something make sure you lower the price about 30 to 35%. You will arrive at the hotel at 17:00h. Make sure you take a hat of cap with you and plenty of sunblock, since the sun is quite bright here!
Day 4 – Puebla, Oaxaca
Today you´ll receive your rental car. The car will be brought to your hotel (or to another place agreed upon) at 09.00 am. If you book a rental car tour with Mextrotter, your car will be brought to your hotel and be picked up at your last hotel, or a place agreed upon, by our employees. In your travel documents you will find information about the logistic planning of all this. Also we provide (to download) maps on how to get to all the hotels. Another option is to rent a GPS with us so you are sure you will not get lost. Another option, to get a good idea of all distances etc, is to go to the website www.sct.gob.mx. Here you can click on a link ´Traza Tu Ruta´, where you can find a lot of information (the website is also availabl in English). Make sure you don´t get too surprised by the ´topes´, on the roads, they are everywhere and nowwhere. Driving in Mexico means that you need to follow you instinct, not the rules you were examined for once. We are sure you will have a wonderful vacation!
You will leave the capital city heading east. The motorway to Puebla will lead you through a green, hilly area that gives you a wonderful view on the 2 volcanoes Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl. Depending on the traffic in Mexico City the trip takes 2 to 2.5 hours before you arrive in Puebla.
Puebla, a city of angels is famous for its very nice and clean Historical Center. Particularly impressive is the cathedral on the main square, one of the most magnificent of the country. In addition, one of the largest cities in Mexico is known through its huge VW factory. The VW Beetle was produced here until 2007, and it is still often seen in many Mexican cities.
There, where the eastern and western Sierra Madre come together is the Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico with 5611 meters. From there the highway goes along several mountain landscapes to Oaxaca. There is a beautiful place for a photo stop in an area with many cacti. The whole trip takes about 4 hours.
Oaxaca, the capital of the state, is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of the country. In the historic center are the cathedral and the Santo Domingo church. The nearby market Benito Juarez shows visitors the culinary diversity of the region. At the opposite, you should try the Mayor Domo drinking chocolate at Mayor Domo, which is prepared in Oaxaca with milk or water - taste it!
Day 5 – Mitla, Tule
On the highway itt takes about one hour from Oaxaca to Mitla.
About 10 miles south of Oaxaca (on the way to Mitla), is the small town Tule. The main attraction there is a huge cypress tree, known as the largest tree in the world. Whether that is true is debatable. But impressive is the 45 meters circumference in any case. The tree should be 2000 years old. For a tip students can explain the visitors the various formations which look like animals, midgets and other mythical creatures.
The ruins of Mitla are one of the most important foundation of the Zapotec and Mixtecs. Especially the geometric shapes and frescoes in the main temples of the smaller facility are very nice.
At the main street, about three kilometers from Mitla, the restaurant Rancho Zapata is a good opportunity to learn more about the Mezcal - a local variant of Tequila. While waiting for the food, you can visit the distillery and learn that they only sale the mature Mezcal with a worm in the bottle.
Between Mitla and Tehuantepec is one of the most beautiful parts of Oaxaca. The four-hour drive on the winding main road passes through varied landscapes, where are thousands of cacti. In the first part of the journey you see also agave plantations.
Day 6 – Sumidero Canyon
Directly after Tehuantepec you should make a visit to the most colorful Indian market of Juchitan, before the journey continues to Chiapas. After about four hours you arrive in Tuxtla, the capital of the state. The end of the trip is at the Sumidero canyon. The entrance is a bit more further towards Chiapa de Corzo. The Sumidero Canyon is one of the greatest natural wonders of the Mexican Southeast. On a 1.5 hour boat tour on the river Grivalva you explore the 1000 meters deep canyon system in which you can find many animal species. You can see vultures, monkeys, and if you are lucky, a crocodile, which warms up at the banks.
After the boat tour through the canyon, the trip continues to Chiapa de Corzo, which is located 7 km upstream. The idyllic village is an ideal place for lunch. Afterwards you can stroll at the lively market place.
On the highway it takes about one hour from the warmer areas around the capital in the highlands of Chiapas to San Cristobal.
Day 7 – San Cristobal, Indigenous villages
The Indian villages San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, which are located 8 or 15 km from San Cristobal give you a view into the life of the Tzotzil. In Zinacantan at the church children invite you to visit them at home. At the families house you can buy handicrafts and try Posch, a local specialty of high-proof. San Juan Chamula is mystical: Men and women wear fur coats. The oldest are identified by their white coats. Behind the church at the market chickens are sacrificed to cure the sick and drive out evil spirits. Photography is strictly forbidden in the church, but it is a memorable experience
Probably the most beautiful city in Chiapas is San Cristobal which is located on over 2000 meters above sea level. In winter it can be quite cold at night. The city is one of the culturally richest regions of Mexico. You can find here many of ethnic groups. In particular the central market of San Cristobal shows the visitors the colorful culture mix. From the main square to the market is the magnificent decorated Sto Domingo Church. In the evening usually you can see events in the Casa de las Culturas. Or you go for a stroll in the pedestrian zone, where are excellent restaurants.
Day 8 – Agua Azul
They leave the highlands of Chiapas and move to warmer and more humid regions. After three hours of driving on the winding road you reach the waterfalls of Agua Azul. A bath in the cascade is possible, but you should just jump into the refreshing water in the marked, because the stream can be dangerous.
On the trip from Agua Azul to Palenque are less curves and you come to the more flat areas.
Day 9 – Palenque, Campeche
Palenque is located between the highlands of Chiapas and the Gulf Coast. Because of this location the state, king Pakal, his successors and son Na Balom were influenced. Most of the beautifully renovated building, like the Temple of Inscriptions (where Pakal found his resting place), the palace and the Temple of the Sun and the Cross-temple, were built in the time when Palenque dominated the regions of Chiapas. A two to three hours tour starts at the central square and goes over the ball-playground over the jungle alley to the regional museum.
The trip Palenque - Campeche (approximately 5 hours) leads you from the rainforest in Chiapas through agriculture areas dominated in Yucatan. At Sabancuy you are at the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and you continue driving through Champoton to Campeche.
Campeche was one of the first cities founded by the Spanish on the peninsula Yucatan. The conquistador Francisco Montejo founded the city, which quickly became the main commercial center of the New World and was therefore interesting for pirates. The mighty city walls, which belong to the UNESCO world heritage, are from that time.
Day 10 – Puuc Route, Uxmal, Loltun
Passing several Mayan villages it takes about 90 minutes to the Puuc region, the only area in Yucatan with hills (Puuc means hill in Maya).
The Mayan site of Uxmal, which means "three times built", is the largest in the Puuc region. The excavation is dominated by the magnificent temple of the soothsayer and the nuns. In addition, the playing field, the Governor's Palace and the turtle house are other important points. Uxmal was dominant in the classical Mayan period (5th to 8th century.) in the region of northern Yucatan and was important for trade relations and networks to other Mayan sites.
The caves of Loltún consist of a several kilometers long, walk-in cave system and give a fantastic insight into the underworld of the Maya. Once under the earth there was a small town where 3000 people lived. Loltún lived from pottery products which were exported far beyond the region. The visit takes about 1.5 hours and is an unforgettable experience of your journey.
You are leaving the Puuc region to the capital of Yucatan, Merida. On the way you pass a Sisalhacienda where you can make a photo stop.
Day 11 – Merida, Izamal, Chichen Itza
Merida - the white city – is known for its beautiful, lively historic center. At the main square, which is called Plaza, not as usual in Mexico Zocalo, is the cathedral, the Montejo house and the government palace of the provincial government, which is decorated by paintings by Francisco Castro. The Santa Lucia Park was one of the most romantic of the city and at the boulevard of the Paseo de Montejo you can guess the wealth of the city, when in Merida were more millionaires than in Paris or New York (because of the Sisal-temperature).
From Merida you continue the trip and you arrive after about 1.5 hours in Izamal. The huge convention in the yellow colored town Izamal is one of the most impressive and most beautiful in Yucatan. The mighty fortress still represents the inquisition of the early colonial period. Here the famous missionary Fray Diego de Landa demolished hundreds of Maya Codes. On the other side of the beautifully manicured main square is also a very nice Maya excavation. From Izamal it is just a little drive on the highway to Chichen Itza.
The central building of the Maya and Toltec site Chichen Itza is the temple of Kukulcan, with 91 steps on each of the four sides. Not less impressive is the huge ball playground, where once the rituals took place. On the front of the big central square is the Palace of the thousand columns. There are also the observatory and other sites, which date from the classic Maya times. Today in the evening you will experience the site of Chichen Itza in a sound and light show. You will be transported back to a mystical way in the time of the Mayas.
Day 12 – Nationalpark Rio Lagartos
From Chichen Itza it goes first to Valladolid (40 km away), drive around it, and from there you drive through the pretty little town Tizimin to the Caribbean coast (approx 100 km). At the national park Rio Lagartos you can see a dozens of bird species that resides the whole year round there. Above all there are hundreds of flamingos to observe which are looking for food in the shallow water of the lagoon surrounded by mangrove forests. During a approximatley 2 hours boat tour you have the possibility to float in the water with a very high salt content like in the Dead Sea. The trip continues from Valladolid to Tizimin. The beautiful church at the main square is ideal for a short photo stop. It goes 40 km on the mainroad to Chichen Itza.
Day 13 – Tulum, Karikstrand
First you drive towards Valladolid and from there to the caribean coast, which you will reach at Tulum.
The small, but beautiful Mayan Site of Tulum is certainly - not just because of its very beautiful location - one of the most beautiful in Mexico. The fortress proudly sits on a cliff above the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The site overlooks the bay, which is a good place to go for a swim. After the visit of Tulum you drive to your beach hotel at the Riviera Maya. Our staff member expects you at 18 o'clock at the lobby of your hotel. You can give the car easily back to him.
program before your tour
- How about a stop-over in New York or just one or two days more in Mexico City with or without a tour program before your roundtrip?
- Or let yourself be pampered in a spa for two or three days: La Buena Vibra and Mision del Sol in the region around Cuernavaca offer wellness at its best at affordable prices.
- For nature lovers we offer a visit to the Copper Canyon or to the Monarch butterflies or a stay at a Café Finca.
Program after your tour
After your round trip by rental car in the footsteps of the Mayas and Aztecs we recommend a beach holiday of 3 to 5 days at one of the countless white sand beaches of the Caribbean in order to relax and to digest the impressions of your journey.
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