This outstanding journey visits both Chiapas
and the Yucatan. Beginning in Tuxtla Gutierrez and ending in Cancun,
we visit colonial cities, Indian villages, waterfalls, archaeological
sites, nature preserves and beach resorts.
We are met at the Tuxtla Gutierrez airport and
travel to Cañon de Sumidero, where we board a boat for the
trip down the Grijalva river. Beneath towering 2,500-foot cliffs
we watch for monkeys, alligators and other tropical wildlife. Here
Chiapanecan Indians chose to jump into the sacred canyon rather
than submit to Spanish invaders. Then we travel on to the delightful
town of Chiapa de Corzo, where we spend our first night.
After breakfast we visit the villages of San Juan
Chamula and Zinacantán, with their bustling Indian markets.
In Chamula’s colonial church, ancient Indian rituals intermix
with Catholicism. We continue on to San Cristóbal de las
Casas, one of the prettiest cities in Mexico, where we spend our
next two nights. At an elevation of 7,000 feet and surrounded by
wooded forests, San Cristóbal is cool and refreshing.
In the morning we tour the town’s cathedral,
convent, monuments and museums. Afterwards we have plenty of free
time to wander the cobblestone streets, colorful markets and small,
Today we leave the mountains for the lowlands,
stopping to swim at magnificent Agua Azul Falls—a long series
of turquoise cascades set against a deep-green jungle background.
After lunch we visit the Misol-Há waterfall, where we can
hike the short trail that leads behind the cascading falls. Then
on to the town of Palenque, where we spend the next two nights.
We visit the archaeological park of Palenque, one
of the most impressive ancient sites in Mexico. Located in the
middle of a tropical rainforest, its pyramids, palaces and temples
are magnificent examples of Mayan artistry.
We continue our journey to the city of Campeche,
where we explore the Fuerte San Miguel, a fort built to protect
the city against Caribbean pirates. In the evening we visit the
old city walls and enjoy the light-and-sound show on the history
of the pirates. Overnight in Campeche.
Today we explore the ruins of Edzna, an economic,
political and religious center between AD 600 and 900. Its Great
Plaza contains beautifully preserved buildings. In the afternoon
we visit Uxmal, one of the largest Mayan cities of the Yucatan
peninsula. Inside the Pyramid of the Magician, its highest structure,
four previous temples were discovered. Overnight in the town of
After breakfast we travel to Mérida, the
state capital of Yucatan, where we spend the next two nights. Along
the way we visit the 17th-century Hacienda Yaxcopoil, with its
museum and grounds, and the village of Uman, with its colorful
market and colonial church. After lunch we tour Mérida,
a friendly city with a rich Indian heritage and fine colonial architecture.
This morning we visit Celestun Biosphere Reserve,
the main feeding area for the American Flamingo. Here, on the Gulf
of Mexico, we board a boat to cruise up the river and through the
saltwater marsh to see these colorful birds, as well many other
species that reside here. We have lunch at a seafood restaurant
in the nearby fishing village and have time for a swim.
Today we travel to the delightful city of Izamal,
where all of the buildings are painted yellow. We visit a Franciscan
convent that was built over a Mayan pyramid, ride through the cobblestone
streets in a horse-drawn carriage and visit a pyramid. Then we
continue on to Chichén Itzá to spend the night.
In the morning we tour Chichén Itzá,
the most widely studied and visited of the ancient Mayan cities.
The Pyramid of Kukulkán, the ball court, the Observatory
and the sacred well are only a few of the many fascinating sights
in this huge archaeological zone. From here it is on to Cancun
to spend our final two nights.
The day is free to relax and enjoy Cancun’s
beaches, shops and restaurants. Cancun, a luxury vacation resort
constructed completely within the last thirty years, is visited
by more vacationers than any other part of Mexico.
We transfer to the airport for our flight home.
The trips are fully escorted by English-speaking
guides and include all accommodations, transportation, tours, 12
breakfasts and 11 lunches.
|Price per person (double or triple occupancy):
||Two to four persons:
|Five to ten persons:
|Eleven or more persons:
|Single room supplement:
Late October thru early May
Minimum Number of Persons
Prices subject to change without notice.