Project Mexico - Tour 4
Price: *£2,305 / $2,895 per person (Single Supplement £695 / $870)
Duration: 15 Days from 4 April 2024
Highlights: Mexico City, Torreon, Cancun, Chichen Itza, Merida, Uxmal, Campeche, Palenque, Agua Azul, San Cristobal de las Casas, Tuxtla Guttierez
Includes: See below Day 15 of itinerary for full details of all inclusions
Day 1 (4th April 2024) - Arrival in Mexico City
Arrive in vibrant Mexico City and transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay. When they arrived here Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes and his men were awestruck by the sight of the imposing temples of the Aztecs. Surrounded by some of the finest buildings of the colonial era, lay the remnants of one of the Aztecs’ principal monuments, the Templo Mayor. Its mysterious shapes stand as a haunting tribute to the pre-Hispanic civilization that flourished here long ago.
Days 2 and 3 - Enjoy vibrant Mexico City with optional excursions available
Enjoy accommodation in the financial and cultural district, steps away from the most important streets, Paseo de la Reforma and Avenida Juarez. Optional visits will include Xochimilco floating gardens, Frida Kahlo's neighbourhood Coyoacan, Guadalupe Shrine and the pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacan.
Day 4 - Fly to Torreon, our base for the eclipse
Fly across Mexico’s wide central desert plain region for two nights in Torreon. Torreon lies along the Nazas River and is a city of contrasts in the middle of semi-desert. A relatively new city by Mexican standards, it lies at the heart of much of Mexico's industrial development.
Day 5 - Eclipse Day
A short coach trip from our hotel to the eclipse centre line which is close to the longest duration point of the eclipse.
Day 6 - Fly to Cancun, the gateway to the Yucatan Peninsula
Today fly to Cancún, gateway to the Yucatan peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea, known for its beaches, numerous resorts, and nightlife. Stay overnight in this lively beachside resort.
Day 7 to Day 9 - At leisure in the beachside resort of Cancun
Spend a total of three nights in the lively resort of Cancun. Enjoy your leisure time relaxing on the golden beaches or perhaps join one of our optional excursions out to one of the nearby Islands or do a spot of diving or snorkelling.
Day 9 - Today visit Chichen Itza and continue on to Merida
Today tour Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and the best restored of Yucatan’s Mayan sites. Explore the magnificent ruins set in a dense jungle, including the Pyramid of Kukulcan – its height and striking geometric design dominating the whole site. Afterwards continue on to Merida for an overnight stay in this beautiful Mayan town that retains its colonial charm and a laid-back tempo.
Day 10 - Travel via the Mayan city of Uxmal to Campeche
The archaeological site of Uxmal, a World Heritage Site, is located 80km south of Merida. Its architecture is characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with a profusion of symbolic motifs and sculptures depicting the long-nosed rain god Chaac. Overnight tonight in the Mexican port city of Campeche on the Gulf of Mexico.
Day 11 - Travel to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas and Palenque
In the foothills of the Tumbala mountains, the ancient Mayan site of Palenque sits on a ledge overlooking the swampy plains that stretch northward all the way to the Gulf Coast. Once a ceremonial centre, the archaeological site and the surrounding jungle comprise the Parque Nacional Palenque. It is home to wildlife, including howler monkeys and jaguars. The site’s main structure is the Temple of Inscriptions, a pyramid named for its hieroglyphic writing.
Day 12 to Day 14 - Travel via Agua Azul to beautiful San Cristobal de las Casas
Today we travel by coach via Agua Azul to the stunning town of San Cristobal de las Casas. 69km from Palenque the Cascadas de Agua Azul are a series of waterfalls found on the Xanil River. San Cristóbal de las Casas is a highland town in the southern state of Chiapas. It is a characteristically indigenous town nestled in the heart of the jungle highlands. It’s known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, such as the centuries-old, yellow San Cristóbal Cathedral on the Parque Central. Los Altos Museum, in the baroque former Santo Domingo de Guzmán convent, has regional history and textile exhibits. Outside the building, a market sells colourful weavings and other handicrafts. San Cristobal is our base for the next two nights with optional sightseeing available.
Day 14 - Onward via Tuxtla Gutierrez for your flight to Mexico City
Travel to Tuxtla Gutierrez to join your flight to Mexico City for the last night of the tour.
Day 15 (18th April 2024) - Join your return flight or perhaps extend your stay
Today is the last day of the tour. Join your return flight unless you have chosen to extend your stay.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MY TOUR?
Tour Price £2,305 / $2,895 per person
*Please note these costings are based on May 2020 prices and are subject to change
The price is for the tour from hotel check-in on Day 1 to your hotel check-out on Day 15.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in hotels throughout the tour and all transfers, transportation and local excursions as outlined in the itinerary (if applicable) are included. Other meals are not included, and some excursions are offered on an optional basis closer to the tour departure date (the word 'optional' is used to describe these).
Accommodation is provided in twin or double bed hotel rooms with a private bathroom. We are usually able to arrange shared accommodation with a person of the same gender - this is known as 'twin share' accommodation.
A limited number of rooms for sole occupancy are available at a single room supplement of £695 / $870.
Flight packages from London and the US will be offered by our flight partner approximately 11 months in advance of the tour departure (when all fares and schedules are available) or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer.
Current return air fares from London to Mexico City are between about £880 and £1,200 and from the US about $550 to $1,080 (depending on the US departure point).
Airport transfers and assistance are included on arrival and departure days if you take advantage of the International flight package offered by our flight partner. If you choose to arrange your own International flights, then the meet point is the hotel on Day 1 and the tour ends at the hotel on the final day.
You will find further details about what to expect on the Project Mexico/US FAQ page here.