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Cultures of México - 8 Day Tour

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Day 1: Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca

Stop At: Church of Santa Maria Tonanzintla, Avenue Reforma Norte, Santa Maria Tonantzintla Mexico
Our tour starts at 08:00 hours. Departure to the city of Puebla de los Ángeles (Puebla of the Angels), before our arrival we shall visit Santa Maria Tonantzintla, a church beautifully decorated by the hands of the natives of the place. Lunch. After our arrival at the city of Puebla, we shall visit the Rosary Chapel, the Cathedral, The Main Plaza and the historical center. Afterwards we shall depart towards the city of Oaxaca. Arrival and Lodging.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Oaxaca, Class P, Hotels: Fortín Plaza, Misión de los Ángeles or Casa Conzatti.

Day 2: Oaxaca - Monte Albán - Mitla - Tule

Stop At: Monte Alban, Oaxaca Mexico
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, we shall visit Monte Albán, an archaeological zone built over a mountain, and we will find expressions of the Olmeca, Zapoteca and Mixtec cultures. Afterwards we shall visit Mitla, the “City of the dead”, an important place which shows its beautiful decoration based on symbolic gravures. We will admire the “Tule Tree”, perhaps the living being of the biggest size in the world. Return to Oaxaca, a beautiful colonial city, including its Cathedral, the magnificent church of Santo Domingo and the “Gold Museum”. Lodging.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Oaxaca, Class P, Hotels: Fortín Plaza, Misión de los Ángeles or Casa Conzatti.

Day 3: Oaxaca - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristóbal de las Casas

Stop At: Canon del Sumidero, Chiapa de Corzo Mexico
Breakfast on the way. Departure at approximately 04:00 hours towards Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital city of the state of Chiapas. You will enjoy a beautiful landscape, its orography and magnificent flora. Arrival and transfer to the embarcadero of the Grijalva river, to enjoy travelling in a boat through the Sumidero Canyon, which is a geological marvel which height reaches 1000 Mt. in its highest point. Afterwards, transfer to San Cristobal de las Casas, going through Chiapa de Corzo. Lodging.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at San Cristóbal, Class P, Hotels: Diego de Mazariegos, Mansión del Valle or Casa Vieja.

Day 4: San Cristóbal de las Casas - Indigenous Communities

Stop At: Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, Plaza 31 de Marzo next to the Parque Central / Zocalo, San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico
Breakfast at hotel. Departure and transportation to an area known as “Los altos de Chiapas” to visit the indigenous communities in San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, indigenous towns which keep their traditional way of life, their religious faith and their social organizations. Their churches, buildings and clothing are most original and colourful. Afterwards, return to San Cristobal de las Casas. Free afternoon. We suggest a walking through the streets of this beautiful city and visit the market, Santo Domingo, the Cathedral and the museum of Jade which keep a copy of King Pakal’s tomb. Lodging. Lodging.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at San Cristóbal, Class P, Hotels: Diego de Mazariegos, Mansión del Valle or Casa Vieja.

Day 5: San Cristóbal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Palenque

Stop At: Reserva Especial de la Biosfera Cascadas Agua Azul Cascadas de Agua Azul Chiapas, Palenque 29920 Mexico
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to the Agua Azul Waterfalls (Blue Water Waterfalls), its water seeming turquoise tones, its short waterfalls create wells which in turn are natural swimming pools where it is possible to be refreshed, surrounded by abundant vegetation and typical fauna of the place. If the weather is good enough, we will visit the Misol Ha Waterfall. Afterwards, we will be heading towards Palenque. Supper and Lodging.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Palenque, Class P, Hotels: Chan Kah Resort Village or Villa Mercedes.

Day 6: Palenque - Campeche

Stop At: Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, Carretera a Palenque- Zona Archaeologica Km. 8, Palenque 29960 Mexico
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the archaeological area of Palenque, located at the jungle. One of the most important of the Mayan World. Both, due to the historical discoveries as for its beauty. Within the Pyramid of Inscriptions there was found the original King Pakal’s tomb with an engraved inscription in it. Visit to Cruz Foliada Temple, Sun’s temple and the Palace. We will continue our tour to enjoy a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico to reach the beautiful city of Campeche surrounded by walls. Panoramic tour. Supper and Lodging.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Campeche, Class P, Hotels: Plaza Campeche or Gamma de Fiesta Inn Malecon.

Day 7: Campeche - Uxmal - Mérida

Stop At: Zona Arqueologica Uxmal, Carretera Federal No. 261, Uxmal 97899 Mexico
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Uxmal, deemed as one of the most representative and antique cities in the Puuc area. Visit to this archaeological area of great architectural beauty: The Pyramid of the Fortune-Teller, the Nuns Quadrangle, the Palace of the Governor and the Ball’s Game. Lunch and following the trip to Merida “The White City” wherein we will enjoy a panoramic tour: Paseo de Montejo, the Monument to the country, the Main Plaza, the Cathedral and the Government Palace. Lodging.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mérida, Class P, Hotels: Gamma de Fiesta Inn El Castellano or El Conquistador.

Day 8: Mérida - Chichén Itzá - Cancún

Stop At: Merida, Chichen Itza 97751 Mexico
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Chichén itzá, the best known Mayan City in Mexico. It was declared World Heritage by UNESCO and is one of the “Seven New Marvels of the World”. An archaeological site where an advanced archaeological and astronomic knowledge was revealed. We will visit the Pyramid with long stairs called “The Castle” or “Kukulkan’s Temple, the Ball’s Play, the Skeletons Platform, the Temple of the Jaguars, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns Square and the Sacred Pond. Arrival at the majestic “Ik-il pond” where we may be able to swim. Lunch on this place. Afterwards we shall continue our trip towards Cancun or the coastal region named “The Mayan Riviera”. Arrival to the hotel. End of our services.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Reviewed May 20, 2019

The early start with a phone call at 3am - not getting in until 10pm one day was a HUGE negative - awful food stops did not help - Julia Tours needs to make 2 more days in this tour and train their guides a...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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SusanaJT, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at JULIA TRAVEL MEXICO, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2019

Dear Colleen S, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. I sincerely appreciate you took the time to review our 8 day tour through the Mexican culture. As per your comments I regret the daily tour schedule did not match...More

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