Highlands & Ruins
• Mexico City • San Cristobal de las Casas • Palenque • Campeche • Merida • Chichen Itza • Cancun or the Caribbean Coast
The heart of Mexico's culture lies in the Chiapas Highlands, an area of great beauty and important archaeological sites. Here, you will also find the indigenous cultures of the Choles, Tzeltales and Tzotziles - descendants of the Mayans. Visit the community of San Juan Chamula on a day trip from the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas. Continue to the Yucatan to visit important sites including Uxmal, Kabah and the famous Chichen Itza. From Chichen Itza, transfer to Cancun or a resort on the Caribbean Coast.
Day 1: Mexico City You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Mexico City > San Cristobal Fly to Tuxtla Guiterrez and enjoy a scenic drive to the impressive Sumidero Canyon for a river cruise. Continue to lovely San Cristobal de las Casas a two night stay.
Day 3: San Cristobal de las Casas Visit the Indian artisan village of San Juan Chamula and wander the lovely well-preserved colonial streets of San Cristobal. Enjoy the fantastic local Indian markets.
Day 4: San Cristobal de las Casas > Palenque A scenic drive through the mountains and valleys of Chiapas State awaits you today. Along the way, visit the beautiful Agua Azul waterfalls to perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim before continuing to Palenque.
Day 5: Palenque > Campeche Morning sightseeing of the beautiful UNESCO Heritage listed Mayan ruins of Palenque. Set in tropical jungle, this archaeological gem was at its height around 1300 years ago. From here continue by scenic road some five hours to Campeche.
Day 6: Campeche Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of this port city, a colonial gem situated on the Gulf of Mexico.
Day 7: Campeche > Uxmal/Kabah > Merida Another two stunning archaeological sites await you today, the ornately carved ruins of Uxmal and Kabah. After touring these continue to Merida.
Day 8: Merida Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Merida, the charming capital of the Yucatan.
Day 9: Merida > Chichen Itza Drive to Chichen Itza and on arrival tour this 'jewel in the crown' of Yucatan Mayan sites. See the massive pyramid, ball court, observatory and temples that make Chichen Itza a must see. Overnight at a hotel very close to the ruins.
Day 10: Chichen Itza > Cancun or the Caribbean Coast Transfer to Cancun or one of the resorts on the Caribbean Coast where your arrangements end on arrival, or transfer to your departure flight.
• Tailor-made journey with English-speaking local guides • 9 nights' accommodation • Transfers and transport • Sightseeing and entrance fees • Flights Mexico City > Tuxtla Guiterrez • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Departs Daily, year round
Daily, year round
Booking conditions • It is possible to extend this tour by adding days at the beginning in Mexico City or at the end in Playa del Carmen.
• Surcharges apply over Easter and Christmas.
• It is possible to extend this tour by adding days at the beginning in Mexico City or at the end in Playa del Carmen. • Surcharges apply over Easter and Christmas.