Mexico Mayan Ruins Tour
The Mayan ruins of the Yucatán provide a deeper understanding of Mexican history. The peninsula is studded with Mayan ruins of which Chichen Itza, is the most famous. Highlights include the towering El Castillo pyramid and awesome structures like the Observatory and the Temple of the Warriors. Tulum, south of Cancun, is a rare seaside example of the Mayan ruins. Set on top of a cliff by the Caribbean Sea, it has some unique beaches.
Merida towards the Gulf of Mexico, is a good base to explore. Nearby, are the Mayan ruins of Uxmal, one of the largest Mayan cities of the Yucatán peninsula. Its known for its huge structures with temples dedicated to ‘Chac’, the Mayan god of rain. Palenque, in the south, is a complex of limestone pyramid tombs and temples, known for its inscriptions. The pre-Colombian Monte Albans ruins, is a Zapotec city built around 500 B.C. with a museum depicting life in ancient Mexico.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY AZTEC MEXICO TOUR…
And, experience mineral-rich waters of the Agua Azul waterfalls.
The only direct scheduled flights from the UK to Mexico City are from London Heathrow to Mexico City or London Gatwick to Cancún, both with British Airways. Flying from anywhere else in Britain to any other destination in Mexico, you will have to change planes somewhere.
If flying via the US, it’s worth checking if your transatlantic carrier has an airpass deal for non-US residents – most major US airlines do – by which you purchase coupons at a flat rate for a certain number of flights in North America (with a usual minimum of three). Depending on the airline, the pass will usually also include one or more destinations in Mexico and Canada.
Mexico Mayan Ruins Tour
Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Merida, Uxmal, Chichen-Itza and Cancun
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Mexico City Welcome to Mexico City! You will be received at the airport and transferred to your selected hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn Zocalo (4 star)
Day 2 & 3 – City Tour & Surrounds
Mexico City Discover the ancient Aztec capital including a visit to the famous Anthropological museum.
Next morning you will experience the breathtaking pyramids of Teotihuacan and then be prepared to see the most significant icon for the Mexican people: the Guadalupe Shrine.
Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn Zocalo (B)
Day 4 & 5 – Archaeological Sites
Oaxaca Transfer to the airport for your flight to one of the most traditional states in the country: Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico. On arrival transfer to your hotel and later explore the beautiful colonial city.
Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for a mind blowing full-day excursion to the impressive archaeological sites of Monte Alban and Mitla.
Overnight at Hotel Casa Conzatti (B )
Day 6 & 7 – Sumidero Canyon
San Cristobal de las Casas Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. You will then pick-up the road to San Cristobal de las Casas. En-route, visit the enormous Sumidero Canyon where you will enjoy a relaxing and scenic boat ride.
Next day you will enjoy a moving and/or spiritual experience within the mysterious Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan during a half-day tour. Later, explore the colonial streets of San Cristobal de las Casas.
Overnight at Hotel Casa Mexicana (B)
Day 8 – Transfer
Palenque We will return to the road and travel along winding mountain lanes, to the small town of Palenque. Visit the stunning “Agua Azul” waterfalls on your way, and delight in the picturesque scenes the environment presents. After a stimulating day, spend the evening at your own leisure.
Overnight at Hotel Ciudad Real (4 star) (B)
Day 9 & 10 – Archaeological Sites
Merida This morning enjoy a visit to the astonishing archaeological site of Palenque. Later, transfer to Villahermosa airport to take a flight to Merida. Upon your arrival in the “white city”, take the private transfer to your hotel.
Next day you will enjoy an incredible excursion to the wonderful archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah.
Overnight at Hotel Del Gobernador (B, L )
Day 11 – Chichen Itza Tour
Cancun The events of today are centred around a visit to an area of great significance renowned for its beauty and, recently named, one of the new 7 wonders of the world: Chichen Itza. Explore this fantastic heritage site then transfer to the sunshine destination of Cancun.
Overnight in Cancun (B)
Day 12 – Departure
Cancun Transfer to airport for your onward flight to Mexico City where you will then board your connecting flight home (B)
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
Make this your holiday
Overview Mexico is vibrant, colourful and unique. It's beautiful and diverse, with breathtaking vistas, numerous cultures, cuisines, handicrafts, music and art forms. The 500-year old ornate churches in Spanish architecture crown the hillsides, and plazas mark the centre point of Mexican cities. Although, some of the Mexican cities are at the height of urban sophistication, there are other parts of the country that feel more like forgotten Spanish colonies, with an all pervading influence of native American culture.
The adventurous traveller willing to get off the beaten track can explore amazing Aztec style temples and other cultural highlights. Those who like water can surf along its 6000-mile coastline, full of beaches, points, reefs and river mouths. Waves vary from slow rollers to crashing tubes and every few miles of waterfront offers a new surf spot. Mexico is a dream destination and it will fulfil every traveller’s dream!
Where to go Mexico City may be a nightmare for travellers but its surrounding destinations offer the chief relics of the pre-Hispanic cultures of central Mexico: the massive pyramids of Teotihuacán and the main Toltec site at Tula. Travelling west towards Guadalajara, is the most gently scenic country in Mexico, where the thickly forested hills are studded with lakes and ancient villages.
South of the capital, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, have some of the largest populations of pure indigenous groups; superb markets and fascinating archaeological sites. And San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, makes a nice stopover before travelling to the picturesque Maya ruins of Palenque.
East into the Yucatán are magnificent Maya cities – Chichén Itzá and Uxmal – and the burgeoning Caribbean resorts that stretch down the coast from Cancún. On the Pacific coast, where the surf is wilder and the scenery more rugged than in the Caribbean, Acapulco is a fine beach destination. Along the ocean to the north, hundreds of kilometres of relatively empty sand are broken up only by resort cities like Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
In the heart of the country, are the beautiful silver-mining towns of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, the historic centres of San Miguel de Allende and Querétaro, and many smaller places with a legacy of superb colonial architecture. Baja California in the far northwest of Mexico offers world-class whale-watching, untrammelled beaches and crumbling Spanish ruins.
When to go November to May: This is late winter in Mexico and the traditional tourist season, worth considering when thinking about the best time to visit. November is probably the ideal time to visit, with the rains over, the land still fresh and the peak season not yet begun. December through to April are the busiest.
January to March are the months to visit Baja California to see the visiting whales. May is a hot month and when the rains make a slow start in the south, gradually creeping northwards over the coming months.
June to October: Beginning in June, the rains begin to make their presence known, mostly in the form of an afternoon storm. July is the heart of Mexico's rainy season, though rains still accustomed to its afternoon routine, cooling down the temperatures. In August and September, rains become heavier, particularly on the Pacific Coast, where it is almost monsoon like. By October, rains begin to ease a little. However, high temperatures, heavy showers and humid conditions remain across much of the country.
Visa British nationals visiting Mexico as a tourist don’t need a visa, but you do need a tourist card, which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico. Immigration officials at the port of entry may ask to see proof of your departure plans from Mexico before allowing you entry to the country, although this isn’t a formal entry requirement.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Mexico.
Travelling to Mexico via the US: If you’re travelling to Mexico via the US, even if you’re only transiting, check the US entry requirements with the US Embassy in London. If you don’t have the correct authorisation you will not be allowed to travel to or transit through the US.
Further information can be found on the FCO’s US Travel Advice.