The Best of Mexico





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- The Best of the Mundo Maya - 

A wonderfully comprehensive 14 day/13 night tour of the best of the Mundo Maya - and more!  Beginning in Cancun and ending in Mexico City this tour includes Valladolid, Chichén Itza, Izamal, Merida, Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, Holpechen, Hoxob, Calakmul, Chicanna, Becan, Xpujil, Palenque and Agua Azul of the Maya world and also sites of other ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, such as Villahermosa, Tajin, Catemaco, Veracruz, Xicotepec, Teotihuacan and Mexico City. 

Begins in Cancun and ends in Mexico City.


Day 1 - Arrive Cancun. Transfer to Valladolid for a welcome dinner and reception.  (D)  


Day 2 - Dzitnup, Chichén Itza, Merida  The tour begins with a visit to Dzitnup, an underground wonder of the Yucatan’s natural hydraulic system. The tour continues to examine the Mayan legacy of Chichén Itza with its impressive Castle, Ball Court, Temple of the Warriors, Sacred Cenote, Observatory, and Court of the Thousand Columns. Dinner and overnight in colonial Merida. (B, L, D)  



Day 3 - Merida, Uxmal.  This morning the tour members will enjoy touring the parks, avenues, Spanish missions and colonial architecture of the glorious city of Merida. There will be an early afternoon departure for the hotel at Uxmal. After dinner, participants will marvel at the Light and Sound Spectacle at the Uxmal Ceremonial Center. (B, L, D)  


Day 4 - Uxmal, Kabah, Holpechen, Hoxob, Chicanna. Tour Uxmals Temple of the Magician, Quadrangle of the Nuns, Governor’s Palace and the stunning carved stones of the House of Doves. After lunch at the hotel, drive through the scenic countryside and visit the sites of Kabah and Labná. After a photo stop at Artist Point enjoy the indigenous community of Hopelchen and its lovely church built to honor St. Francis de Padua in 1667. Tour Hoxob, a community closely associated with the Puuc style. Arrive at the Chicanna Ecovillage Resort in time for dinner. (B, L, D)  


Day 5 - Calakmul. Morning drive through the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve which contains countless species of birds, butterflies and wild animals. The prehistoric metropolis of Calakmul was discovered and named by botanist Cyrus Lundell in 1931. Calakmul dominated the so-called Kingdom of the Serpent’s Head (250-750 AD). This group skirmished constantly with archrival Tikal. Overnight at the Chicanna Ecovillage Resort. (B, L, D)  


Day 6 - Chicanna, Becan, Xpujil.  Today we continue our journey, this time to the west and the beautiful site of Chicanna.  Afterwards the group will visit the majestic citadel of Becan.  The city center here is surrounded by a moat, originally 16 feet deep and 52 feet wide.  Then the tour stops at the small site of Xpujil to admire the awe-inspiring Rio Bec style architecture.  Here lunch will be served.  In the afternoon the tour continues to Palenque for check-in, dinner and a review of the day's experiences.  (B, L, D)


Day 7 - Palenque.  This day is devoted to the site of Palenque,  one of the best preserved and beautiful of all the Mayan sites.  Today the group will explore the Royal Sepulcher, the Palace, the Group of the Cross, the Temple of the Inscriptions and Pakal’s Tomb.  (B, L, D)


Day 8 - Aqua Azul, Misol-Ha, Villahermosa.  Today there is an early morning departure to the beautiful waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-Ha.  The afternoon arrival in Villahermosa will allow enough free time explore the shops and parks of this lovely city.  (B, L, D)



Day 9 - La Venta, Catemaco.  After breakfast at the hotel the tour will proceed to the innovative La Venta Park and Museum.  La Venta protects and exhibits important Olmec works discovered at nearby archaeological sites.  These important relics are displayed in a lush tropical setting.  Of special interest here are the monumental Olmec heads and the famous Jaguar Cage.  Afterwards there will be lunch and a drive to Catemaco for a boat cruise to visit the nesting and breeding sites of fish eagles, pelicans and cormorants.  Then a trip through the Spider Monkey reserve before ending the day with dinner and lodging at Hotel La Finca.  (B, L, D)


Day 10 - Tlacotalpan, Veracruz.  This morning the group travels to Veracruz via Tlacotalpan, a splendid colonial-era city site designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site.  After lunch here the tour continues to the Gulf port city of Veracruz to explore the bustling streets and even practice (or just enjoy) this city's famous "danzon" (unique Caribbean-style dancing).  (B, L, D)


Day 11 - Veracruz, Tajin, Xicotepec.  Today's agenda includes a tour of Mexico's oldest port, Veracruz, including the Plaza de Armas, the city's main square and one of the oldest plazas in North America.  After lunch the tour continues to La Antigua, the site of the original Veracruz and, of course, the landing site for Cortes' expedition inland to encounter the Aztec emperor, Moctezuma.  This small, tree-shaded village features what is reported to be the headquarters  of Cortes' operations and the Hermitage, reputed to be the oldest church on the American mainland.  Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at Xicotepec.  (B, L, D)


Day 12 - Teotihuacan, Mexico City - Early this morning the tour heads to explore El Tajin, a beautifully unique Totonac ceremonial center that reached its peak about 800AD.  Its size and architectural legacy make this well worth the visit.  After lunch the tour continues to huge, mysterious Teotihuacan.  Explorations will include the Avenue of the Dead, the Pyramid of the Sun, the Plaza of the Moon and much, much more.  After this its on to Mexico City for dinner and lodging.  (B, L, D)


Day 13 - Mexico City.  Today it's La Capital!  One of the most famous and wondrous cities in the world.  Included are the National Museum of Anthropology and History, the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the historic buildings and chapels and the arts and crafts shops.  (B, L, D)


Day 14 - Depart Mexico City.  Depending on your flight schedule their might be time to visit the city's excellent shops then its time for the transfer to the international airport for the return flight. (B)

Group Departures are Available Any Day - Minimum 4 Passengers, Maximum 10 Passengers Per Departure




Basic $3641 $2980   $2885
Comfort   $4112   $3217   $3089
Deluxe   $5691   $4131   $3735

International airfares ARE NOT INCLUDED in any of our tour packages.

PLEASE NOTE - The Mayan Traveler tours are not "day tours" or "seat in bus" tours.  Our tours (other than Guaranteed Departure tours) are quality, escorted tours designed for a minimum of 4 persons.  We can accommodate smaller groups but the prices quoted on this site will not apply.  For example, if 2 two persons wish to travel we can accommodate but the total charge for the tour will be 1 1/2 times the published price, per person.  In other words, two persons can travel on their own tour but the charge will be as if three were traveling.  In that case the 4 person minimum requirement does not apply.

ALSO, our tours generally begin on the 1st through the 8th of each month.  Large groups or customized tours can begin any day.  Other exceptions would be for Holiday weekends, Spring break, etc. when travel schedules are dictated by the calendar.

Discounted United Airlines airfares are available with all our packages!


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This Tour Includes:  

·        Services of a professional archaeological guide.  

·        Hotels and lodges, hotel taxes service charges, and tips for baggage handling.

·        Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as detailed in the tour itinerary.

·        Carefully maintained air-conditioned motor coach; maximum 10 tour members per vehicle; experienced driver. 

·        All entrance fees to parks and archaeological sites are included in the program.

·        Complete program of sightseeing and cultural events as described.  

Please Note:  

·        Other accommodations could be substituted for like kind and quality based upon availability.

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