Mayan & Aztec Heritage, Indian Market & Colonial Splendour

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Run by: Veloso Tours

Reference number: pacal

From: £4642.00

Highlights

  • Travel through Mexico and Guatemala to admire Mayan ruins, browse traditional markets, observe local life and stay a remote jungle lodge
  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itza with expert guides
  • Travel deep into the jungle to discover Guatemala's remote Mayan sites
  • Enjoy the colonial centre of Antigua, a charming city surrounded by volcanoes
  • Browse the colourful weavings at the large Indian market of Chichicastenango
  • Take a scenic boat trip on enchanting Lake Atitlan to visit traditional communities

Mexico City - Days 1 - 2

Day 1 - Mexico

Depart Monday on the daytime flight to Mexico City. Overnight there.

 

Day 2 - Vlahermosa

Morning flight to Vllahermosa and by road to Palenque for 1 night. After lunch, visit Aqua Azul, a rainforest region of lush trees overhanging beautiful warm waterfalls, crashing into clear pools.

Palenque, Merida & Uxmal - Day 3 - 4

Day 3 - Palenque and flight to Merida

Early morning at Palenque ruins set at the edge of the Sierra de Chiapas rainforest. A superb site comprising ornate carvings that provide many insights into the Mayan culture. Afternoon flight to Mérida for 2 nights. The main plaza is bordered by graceful buildings and trees, gleaming white patios blending colonial and Mayan designs.

 

Day 4 - Uxmal

On Day 4 we take a full day tour to Uxmal, a fine example of the ornate Puuc style. Perfectly restored, it shows intricate building decorations in lattice work and mosaics. 

 

Chichen Itza and Cancun - Days 5 - 6

Day 5 - Chichén Itzá

Morning journey to the archeological site of Chichén Itzá. Witness the technical skill and knowledge of the Mayas at this mighty, austere site which encompasses several pyramids and buildings spread over a large area. The tallest pyramid was a cosmological observatory, its 365 steps representing the solar year.

 

Day 6 - Cancún

Continue to Cancún for 1 night.

Tikal - Days 7 - 9

Days 7-8 - Tikal

Flight to Tikal where we stay 2 nights. With an expert guide we visit the mysterious pyramids and temples, some still entangled in vines and creepers. The peaks of the temples rise out of the jungle offering a truly magical image.

Day 9 - Ceibal

Continue on to the ruins of Ceibal, hardly excavated and hidden deep in the forest. Continue to Sayaxche and then by canoe to our basic jungle lodge overlooking a tranquil lagoon for 1 night. The rooms are simple with private facilities.

Antigua - Days 10 - 12

Day 10-12 - Aguateca & Antigua

Morning walk in the forest at the unique site of Aguateca where the ancient builders of a retreating empire used a deep ravine to protect one of their last strongholds. Return to Flores for a flight to Guatemala City and transfer to Antigua for 3 nights. Antigua has cobbled streets and Spanish colonial architecture, with delightful interior courtyards restored to their original splendour and now used as hotels, restaurants and shops. A wonderful city, full of character in which to relax, walk and experience the colonial heritage.

Chichicastenango - Day 13

Day 13 - Indian market

You have a private guide, driver and transport for three full days and 2 nights, staying first at a colonial hotel in Chichicastenango to visit the colourful open-air Indian market, and church with its delightful blend of Catholic and pagan religions. Continue to the shores of Lake Atitlán and stay one night at our beautiful lakeshore hotel, set amidst lush gardens and stunning lake scenery. 

Panajachel - Days 14 - 16

Day 14 - Lake Atitlán

We take a boat trip across the lake to Santiago Atitlán at the foot of three towering volcanoes to visit an Indian community trying to maintain its traditions and customs.

Day 15 - Market at Solola

Visit the market at Solola, a small picturesque village overlooking the lake and return to Antigua for 1 night.

Day 16 - Return to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving on Day 17 (Wednesday).

What's Included

  • 17 Days / 15 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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