With its dizzyingly beautiful Mayan ruins and glowing, powdered shores, Mexico ticks all the boxes when it comes to holidays. Spend ten nights in total bliss, marvelling at the ancient city of Chichen Itza, meandering through the Tzotzil villages of Chiapas and breathing in the salt-tinged breeze of sun-kissed Cancun’s shores.
Fall in love with Mexico during this 10-day exclusive getaway to Chichen Itza, the Sumidero Canyon and rural Tzotzil villages of Chiapas for a taste of authentic Mexican life. Then, round off your trip with an idyllic stay in the surfer's paradise of Cancun.
There’s colour all around in Mexico! When locals aren’t swimming about in the lucid blue shallows of the country’s 10,000 km coastline, they’re combing the emerald-hued rainforests looking for ancient Mayan ruins or vrooming through bronzed city back-alleys in search of sticky quesadillas.
This colourful country of North America borders the USA to the north and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast, bringing together a happy hodgepodge of different cultures and languages within its fronteros. Its climate is warm and its whopping coastline, consisting of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, sees stunning sunsets which bleed over the horizon in golden fury.
To escape the heat, the snowy Sierra mountains and rainy jungles in the Southeast are a short drive away. Placed in amongst such breath-taking landscapes and urban areas are centuries-old pyramids, time-worn architectural masterpieces and quirky cantina restaurants where honey-coloured nachos are piled high. Play golf, go fishing and get a feel for the country ranked the 7th major destination for foreign visitors.
Your ten day Mexican adventure kicks off with a visit to the Sumidero Canyon, a deep natural canyon in the state of Chiapas and formed around the same time as the Grand Canyon in the USA. Exploring the canyon will bring you up close and personal to the Grijalva River, five waterfalls, three beaches and two freshwater springs.
Keep your eyes peeled for slippery turtles and smiling crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks before making your way to Chiapa de Corzo, where the earliest form of hieroglyphic writing was found.
Then, drift on over to San Cristobal de las Casas, the cultural capital of Chiapas sitting in a mountainous valley shrouded by fluffy hills. With its traditional Spanish colonial layout, red tile roofs and cobblestone streets, San Cristobal will certainly bring a splash of colour to your trip.
Next, make your way to the miniature historical powerhouses of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. These municipios are indigenous, offering a raw and unfiltered look at small-town Mexican life, a far cry from the bustling crowds of Mexico City and raucous beach fiestas of Cancun.
San Juan’s church, filled with colourful candles and the smell of incense, echoes the Mexico of yesteryear while Zinacantan, literally meaning “the land of the bats”, is bursting with remnants of the Mayan civilization.
And the history doesn’t stop there. Stop off at the breath-taking archaeological site of Palenque in Chiapas, the younger sister to Chichen Itza and home to some of the finest sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings that the Mayans ever produced.
Lengthy monument inscriptions have rewarded historians with bucket-loads of knowledge concerning the rulers and rivalries, thus making Palenque arguably the most studied and written about of all the Mayan sites.
But the motherlode of all archaeological sites has to be the mighty Chichen Itza, a pre-Columbian city built by the Mayans and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Nothing can prepare you for the awe-inspiring, centuries-old Pyramid of Kukulcan or the horrifying history of the Cenote Sagrado, the scene of human sacrifice during times of drought.
To round off a sensational trip of one-of-a-kind excursions, it’s time to relax in the swirling turquoise waters of sun-soaked Cancun, a veritable beach-hopper’s paradise fringed by the Caribbean Sea.
Aside from its 21km coastline, Cancun is often considered the gateway to the Mayan World, so expect to find Mayan temples and ritual sites adorning city back-alleys orburied beneath thick jungle canopy, waiting to be unearthed.
Lazing about in Cancun could mean anything from unwinding in the city’s botanical gardens, venturing deep into craggy caves or picking your way through intense jungle terrain. World class diving and reef snorkeling in the presence of whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles is not so much a dream come true as it is a reality here.
Excursions to World Heritage Sites, gushing waterfalls and ancient Mayan ruins
- Return flight from UK to Mexico
- All transfers
- 1 wonderful night stay in Mexico City
- 2 nights’ accommodation in captivating San Cristobal de las Casas
- 1 night spent in historical Palenque
- 1 night spent in Campeche
- 1 fabulous night stay in Merida
- 3 nights’ accommodation in sun-kissed Cancun
- Daily breakfast
- Enjoy All Inclusive Board Basis in Cancun
- An excursion to Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
- Discover the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Great Ball Court and the Sacred Cenote at Chichen Itza
- A relaxing stay in idyllic Cancun
- A visit to the Sumidero Canyon, a beautiful nature reserve
- A tour of the settlement of Chiapa de Corzo
- A walking tour of San Cristobal de las Casas
- Witness the cathedral and Templo de Santo Domingo
- An excursion to San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, two Tzotzil villages
- Marvel at San Juan Chamula’s beautiful white church
- A visit to Agua Azul and its fantastic waterfalls
- A tour of Palenque, a World Heritage Site
- See the Temple of the Inscriptions and the Temple of the Sun at Palenque
- A trip to the UNESCO archaeological site of Uxmal
- Explore the House of the Magician, the Nunnery and the House of Turtles
- Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Local English and Spanish-speaking guide
- Entrances fees to aforementioned sites and museums
Fall in love with Mexico’s colourful history and breath-taking architecture!
- Venture to the spellbinding Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and discover the famous Pyramid of Kukulcan
- Wash away your troubles in sun-kissed Cancun where diving, snorkelling and swimming with manta rays is a common pastime
- Tour the ancient ruins of Palenque, an archaeological UNESCO site bursting with time-worn temples and cheeky wildlife
- Cool off at Agua Azul, home to 500 glistening waterfalls and thick, leafy jungle landscape
- Navigate through the Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas, emerald-hued and formed 36 million years ago
- Wander San Cristobal de las Casas, a colonial city centre replete with centuries-old temples and cathedrals
- Step back in time in two Tzotzil Indian villages where traces of the Mayan civilization are around every corner
- Stand in awe at the city of Uxmal, a World Heritage Site filled with ancient Mayan ruins.
The stylish 4-star Historico Central Hotel offers proximity to a subway station enabling quick access to a palace, monuments and a museum as well as Frida Kahlo Museum.
Accommodations at Histórico Central Hotel have been crafted to surround guests in a world of sophistication and warmth. Staying in one of the 81 modern rooms, guests can enjoy a captivating view over the city. The property offers views of Chapultepec Forest from the rooms. Bathrooms are appointed with a shower, a hairdryer and bath sheets.
Those staying at Historico Central can sit down to a unique dining experience at the on-site restaurant, suitably based for those who want to stay close by at mealtime.
This hotel is located in the historic centre of San Cristóbal de las Casas, behind the cathedral and near the main square. The building's colour is ochre, and it features stone works and classic furniture with wooden carvings.
The city hotel has 76 rooms and is designed in the style of the colonial architecture of the 18th century. Each room at Diego de Mazariegos is decorated with warm colours and classic furniture. All rooms offer a safe, a telephone and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.
The hotel has 2 restaurants, a sports bar and a pub. You can also find a wide range of cafés, bars and restaurants within a 5-minute walk, in the centre of San Cristobal.
Charming and refined, just like an oasis of good taste, the Hotel Ciudad Real Centro Historico remains right in the heart of San Cristobal de Las Casas, just at the point where all the city's coming and goings happen.
The cozy, modern rooms at Hotel Ciudad Real Palenque are perfect for family getaways and romantic retreats in Palenque. Hotel Ciudad Real Palenque has a variety of affordable guestrooms and suites that are perfect for families and leisure travelers. Choose from a pillow-top king bed or two double beds, and enjoy first-class amenities like flat-screen TVs, shower heads, premium bath products, room service, work desks and charming Mexican décor.
Built using classic Mexico-Caribbean architecture, this property features a lovely garden, three impressive restaurants and a spacious outdoor pool with a waterslide, hammocks and poolside bar service.
Surrounded by rainforest in northern Chiapas, Palenque is only 15 minutes from the famous Mayan ruins of Palenque and 20 minutes from the breathtaking Misol-Ha waterfall. Visitors will also find authentic local restaurants and unique shops just a short walk from our property.
Whether you prefer to spend your time relaxing by the pool or exploring ancient Mayan ruins, it's all at your fingertips at Hotel Ciudad Real Palenque.
The Hotel Plaza Colonial offers high quality, elegance, comfort and safety. Located in the historic center of the city and port of Campeche, opposite the park of San Martin, strategically located at the heart of all commercial, cultural and tourist activity in the city, with all the services offered by modern hotels.
The hotel has 41 rooms and has been recently refurbished. Plaza Colonial Hotel Campeche offers rooms equipped with a telephone, plus all the necessities to ensure an enjoyable stay.
On-site dining options include a restaurant, which is an ideal place to have a meal. A wide selection of dining options are also available in close proximity to the property.
Casa del Balam also known as the grandma of all hotels in Mérida, started operations since 1970.
Rooms at Casa del Balam overlook the nearby José Peón Contreras Theatre or Yucatán University. Each one includes a minibar and a bathroom with toiletries and a hairdryer.
A short 2-block walk can bring you to the Merida Cathedral or Merida's Plaza Grande Square. A wide array of art galleries, shops, and cafes are all withing 5 minutes of walking.
The hotel has a restaurant, is traditionally decorated and furnished with Mexican art and antiques.
The Occidental at Xcaret Destination hotel is on the Riviera Maya, and combines a fully preserved natural and cultural environment with an all inclusive resort. The large widespread resort enjoys a relaxing and friendly atmosphere with a host of facilities for guests of all ages. Only a stone's throw from Xcaret Eco park, with the option to include an unlimited park access pass, a wealth of natural wonders and eco activities await you as you delve into the mysteries of the Mayan world.S
Staying in one of the 700 rooms at the Occidental at Xcaret Destination Resort hotel means feeling part of a spectacular, eco-friendly setting in the middle of nature. Lush landscapes shine into the rooms through large windows and the Mexican-inspired decorations offer you a warm welcome and ensure all members of your family will have a comfortable stay.
Guests at the Occidental at Xcaret Destination can participate in a number of on-site activities, including supervised children's programs and scuba diving lessons. The resort also features 7 swimming pools, spa services and a nightclub.
The Occidental at Xcaret Destination hotel has 11 restaurants, including 5 à la carte restaurants and an international buffet, which offer a large variety of dining experiences to please all palates.
The hotel also offers 10 bars where guests can enjoy a broad variety of cocktails and tropical drinks.
Day 1 WELCOME TO MEXICO
Welcome to Mexico! Transfer to your hotel and depending on your arrival time, you might also take an optional tour of Mexico City.
OVERNIGHT IN MEXICO
Day 2 SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS
After an early breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport to catch your flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez. One of our representatives will be there to meet you when you arrive and you’ll head off on the following tour:
Tuxtla Gutiérrez / San Cristobal De Las Casas: We’ll leave for Chiapa de Corzo and then start our navigation through the Sumidero Canyon, one of Mexico’s most sensational natural reserves. Formed 36 million years ago, the canyon has walls of calcareous rock up to 1,000 metres in height and is therefore very impressive. Before the tour comes to an end, visit Chiapa de Corzo, the first settlement founded by the Spaniards and home to a Mudejar fountain known as “La Pila.” After a little tour of Chiapa de Corzo, we’ll make our way to San Cristobal de las Casas.
OVERNIGHT IN SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS
Day 3 SAN JUAN CHAMULA & ZINACANTAN
Breakfast will be followed by a walking tour of San Cristobal de las Casas, the colonial city centre. We’ll see sights such as the beautiful cathedral with its gold-encrusted pulpit and decorative interior and the impressive 16th century Templo de Santo Domingo’s intricate pink façade and gilded Baroque interior. Next, we’ll drive 10km into the Chiapas highlands to the Tzotzil Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. You’ll probably spot reminders of the Mayan civilization; the Tzotzils descend from the Mayans and have kept some of their unique customs and traditions alive for all this time. We’ll also take a trip to San Juan Chamula’s beautiful white church, filled with candles, the smell of incense and a chorus of worshippers. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to the nearby village of Zinacantan. Marvel at its lovely church and bustling handicraft market before returning to San Cristobal and spending the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
OVERNIGHT IN SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS
Day 4 SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS / AGUA AZUL / PALENQUE
We’ll set off bright and early for Palenque, stopping off in Agua Azul to see its spellbinding 500 turquoise waterfalls and dense jungle backdrop. Check-in to the hotel upon arrival in Palenque.
OVERNIGHT IN PALENQUE
Day 5 PALENQUE / CAMPECHE
A hearty breakfast will be followed by a visit to the World Heritage Site of Palenque, an archaeological site situated 7km outside of the town itself and make up of some 500 buildings spread over 15 sq/km. Surrounded by rainforest, it’s a playground for toucans and howler monkeys. We’ll discover ancient ruins, such as the Temple of the Inscriptions, the tallest of Palenque’s buildings, as well as the Temple of the Sun and the magnificent palace area with its labyrinth of corridors and quarters. After feasting our eyes upon all this beauty, we’ll head for Campeche.
OVERNIGHT IN CAMPECHE
Day 6 CAMPECHE / UXMAL / MERIDA
Following breakfast, we’ll make our way to the archaeological site and World Heritage Site of Uxmal, located 80km south of Merida. You’ll find plenty of evidence for the architectural style known as “Puuc”, characterised by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards and decorated with motifs and sculptures depicting the long-nosed rain god Chaac. After whiling away the hours exploring the House of the Magician, the Nunnery and the House of Turtles, we’ll continue to Merida.
OVERNIGHT IN MERIDA
Day 7 MERIDA / CHICHEN-ITZA / CANCUN, RIVIERA MAYA OR TULUM
Today we’ll set off to the incredibly beautiful Chichen Itza, an archaeological site located 120km east of Merida and arguably the best restored of Yucatan’s Mayan sites. We’ll wander this marvellous site, located in dense jungle, and observe the mighty Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Great Ball Court and the Sacred Cenote, a natural well used for human sacrifice. After witnessing Chichen Itza, we’ll drive to our beach location in Cancun.
OVERNIGHT IN CANCUN
Day 8 CANCUN
Today will be at leisure and you can spend the same exploring Cancun’s coral reefs, dive with sharks, snorkel with manta rays and take selfies with sea turtles!
OVERNIGHT IN CANCUN
Day 9 CANCUN
Today will be at leisure again. You may choose to enjoy at your hotel soaking up the sun at the hotel pool before throwing some shapes at one of Cancun’s glittery bars in the evening!
OVERNIGHT IN CANCUN
Day 10 CANCUN--UK
You’ll transfer to Cancun airport for your flight home – we hope you’ve enjoyed your stay!
END OF TOUR
- We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
- Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis unless otherwise stated.
- The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken.
- Anything not included in the package will be charged separately.
- Guests will not be able to experience The Temple of Santo Domingo, the Cathedral of San Cristobal and the Church of Zinacantan from inside as they are closed for renovation since the last year’s earthquake.
- Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
- Early Check in / Late Check out.