Mexico City - City Tour
Tour around downtown, Mexico City. You ride down Reforma Avenue, built by the emperor, Maximilian, along which some of the most important monuments in the city are located; Juarez Avenue, along La Alameda Park and Bellas Artes Palace, designed and erected by the Italian architect, Adamo Boari; then 5 de May Street, until reaching the main square or Zocalo.
At this last site, you will visit the National Palace, current seat of the government, which walls are decorated with frescoes by Diego Rivera, one of Mexico’s great contemporary painters; the Cathedral, a living example of colonial architecture; and the Templo Mayr (Main Temple). Later, the tour takes you to Chapultepec Park, driving through Las Lomas residential area, one of the most high-end neighborhoods of the capital city.
The museum closes Mondays.
The largest in Mexico. The building is one of the most beautiful examples of Mexican contemporary architecture.
There, you will visit the Mesoamerica halls, where the origins of ancient Mexico’s civilizations will be revealed; Teotihuacan, Aztec (here are some of the most representative pieces of the culture that flourished around the Texcoco lake are which is now occupied by Mexico’s capital city), Olmec (the mother culture) and the Maya (the civilization that developed in the Mexican southeast and in part of Central America, which greatness has been recognized for its advanced knowledge of architecture, astronomy, mathematics, philosophy and art).
Xochimilco and University
Boat ride on a “trajinera” (a typical small barge) through the canals of Xochimilco which have been there since pre-Hispanic times and the site of the “floating gardens”. Xochimilco was the place where Toltec people found shelter after the fall of Tula, and its residents have worked the land from ancestral times prior to agriculture. It is a traditional place where many Mexicans go for Sunday family outings.
Then, a visit to Mexico’s National University, the most important education institution in the country, built in the fifties but which foundation dates back to the XVI century. Tour of the campus with its over 80 buildings, among them the Administration, the Library, the Olympic Stadium, among other.
Ballet at Bellas Artes Palace, and Xochimilco
(This tour is available only Sunday mornings. Sometimes the ballet will perform in another theatre*; however, this is not known well in advance)
Amalia Hernandez’s Mexican Folk Ballet is the most important company of its kind in Mexico. It was formed over three decades ago and is made up by over 400 people, five companies and a school. It has performed over 4 thousand times both, in Mexico and abroad. The show includes folk dances from several regions of the country, such as Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, Veracruz, Yucatan, Sonora and Jalisco.
After the show, departure for Xochimilco, south of the city, to take a ride on a “trajinera” (a typical small barge) through the canals of Xochimilco which have been there since pre-Hispanic times and the site of the “floating gardens”. Xochimilco was the place where Toltec people found shelter after the fall of Tula, and its residents have worked the land from ancestral times prior to agriculture. It is a traditional place where many Mexicans go for Sunday family outings. Then, a visit to Mexico’s National University, the most important education institution in the country, built in the fifties but which foundation dates back to the XVI century. Tour of the campus with its over 80 buildings, among them the Administration, the Library, the Olympic Stadium, among other.
Basilica of Guadalupe
A drive around the Three-Cultures Plaza, where the three epochs of Mexico are represented (pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern). Visit to the new Basilica where the original image of Mexico’s Patron is found. The temple was built in 1976 by the architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez. The first temple, built at the top of the Tepeyac mount on the XVI century and the old Basilica dating from the XVIII century, can be admired from the great atrium. Every December 12, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans come to this place in pilgrimage to worship the Virgin.
Departure for Teotihuacan (“The Place of the Gods”), 53 kilometers from Mexico City, approximately 1 hour’s ride. Visit to the archaeological area that was the seat of the Teotihuacan culture. Visit to the Quetzalcoatl Temple, the Sun Pyramid, the Quetzalpapalotl Temple, the Feathered Snails Temple and the Moon Pyramid, from where the Avenue of the Dead can be seen.
(With an optional visit to Cholula)
Departure for the city of Puebla, 123 kilometers from Mexico City, a 2-hour drive. Arrival at the main square of the so-called “City of the Angels”, where some of the best examples of religious architecture from Mexico’s colonial era can be admired. Visit to the Cathedral, the Rosary Chapel, an architectural jewel from the XVIII century, going through El Parian (handicrafts market) and countless houses built around that same time.
Departure for Cholula, some 12 kilometers or 20 minutes away. Visit to the Pyramid, one of the largest and most important Choluteca culture monuments in the Americas.
Tula and Tepotzotlan
Departure for Tula which is 100 kilometers away from Mexico City, approximately 2 hours’ drive. There, at the ancient Toltec capital, famous for its gigantic warrior sculptures known as the “Atlantes”, you will visit to the Palacio Quemado (Burnt Palace), the Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli Temple, the Ballgame Court, where some of the most important rituals were held, among other. Departure for Tepoztlan which is 50 kilometers or 45 minutes away.
Visit to the XVIII century church, one of the most beautiful examples of Mexican churrigeresque art, and to the convent built by the Jesuit priests where you can appreciate a myriad examples of religious art of the New Spain, such as paintings, sculptures, among other.
Taxco and Cuernavaca
Departure for Cuernavaca, about 82 kilometers or approximately one hour’s drive from Mexico City. At that place, known as “the City of Spring Eternal” you will visit the Cathedral, built on the XVI century, which walls still show some frescoes. You will continue on to Taxco, 85 kilometers and an hour and a half further, famous for its silver jewelry.
There, you will see the Santa Prisca church, dating from the XVIII century, a jewel of Mexican baroque architecture. Walking visit of the town to browse through its many silver shops.
Optional departure for Acapulco, 272 kilometers or a four-hour drive, approximately.
(Entrance ticket only).
At Bellas Artes Palace. Wednesday afternoons and Sunday morning or afternoon. (Sometimes the Ballet performs at some other theatre, however, this is not known well in advance).
Amalia Hernandez’s Mexican Folk Ballet is the most important company of its kind in Mexico. It was formed over three decades ago and is made up by over 400 people, five companies and a school. It has performed over 4 thousand times both, in Mexico and abroad.
- Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo.
Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo
(Includes transfer from the airport to the hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas)
Departure from the Tuxtla Gutierrez airport for Chiapa de Corzo, located 15 kilometers, some 20 minutes away, to board the tour boat along the Sumidero Canyon. Afterwards, visit to the main square at Chiapa de Corzo, a town founded in 1528 by Diego de Mazariegos, which still has a beautiful XVI-century fountain.
Lunch in a typical restaurant and continuation toward San Cristobal de Las Casas, 46 kilometers or thirty minutes away.
Visit to the market and the Santo Domingo church in San Cristobal de Las Casas, later visiting the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan.
(Lunch not included).
Departure for the market in San Cristobal de Las Casas, one of the most typical in Chiapas, where hundreds of Indians from the region come together to offer a great array of products; there you will be able to find leather articles, straw hats, among many other things; visit to the Santo Domingo church of baroque style, built in 1547. The tour continues to San Juan Chamula, some 12 kilometers or 10 minutes away.
This town is inhabited by tzotzil indians, one of the main indigenous communities of Mexico. There you will visit the church where you will be able to observe the influence of paganism in their ceremonies. Later, the tour continues on to Zinacantan, another Indian community, about 10 kilometers away. Visit to the town, where you will see the church and the craftsmen at work.
Amatenango del Valle, Lagunas de Montebello and Chincultic ruins. Includes box lunch.
Departure from San Cristobal de Las Casas for Amatenango del Valle, located some 25 kilometers or 30 minutes away. This is a town dedicated to pottery, where you will visit some of the shops where the tzeltal Indians of the place work the clay to turn beautiful ceramic works. From there, continuation toward the Montebello lagoons, located 21 kilometers or approximately 2 hours away. This place offers singular scenery: you will see 50 intercommunicated lakes surrounded by thick vegetation, resulting in amazing views well worth taking all the pictures you can. This is followed by a tour around the lagoons.
Box lunch and departure for Chincultic, located about 20 km or 30 min. away. Arrival at the archaeological site that saw its heyday during the so-called "classic period" (from 250 to 750 A.D., approximately) and where you will see the ruins of a ballgame court and several mounds that can be visited. Return to San Cristobal de las Casas, some 140 km or two and a half hours away.
San Cristobal de Las Casas
One of the most beautiful colonial cities of Mexico. It preserves its quiet, cobblestoned roads flanked by houses with broad, red-tile roofs, courtyards full of flowers, as well as religious monuments influenced by Mexican and Central American art of the Vice-Regal period, which gives it a peculiar border character. Its small plazas and buildings from the XVII to XIX centuries stand out for their plateresque, baroque and neoclassic styles.
Indians from the nearby towns come here to offer their textiles, ceramics, fruits and vegetables in the bustling markets of the city.
Toniná means "House of Large Stones". It was a ceremonial center of the Mayan culture which flourished in the years 600 to 900 A.D., during the late classic, becoming a military power as attested by the many representations of prisoners painted and carved in stucco and stone. Its most famous ruler was Tzots Choj, or Bat- Tiger.
The Acropolis was built on natural elevated grounds and there is a large plaza at its base with a ballgame court, several temples, altars and steles, formed in seven platforms. The third one stands out as this is where the Underworld Palace is located, and so does the fourth one, which holds the Palace of Patterns and War.
Agua Azul Waterfalls
Where water flows down its limestone bed by steps, forming a series of impressive falls that create natural pools contained by limestone dikes. Their color results from the limestone bottom that can be seen only during the dry season; in the rainy season the water volume increases considerably. Here you will be able to take beautiful pictures of this incomparable natural scenery.
Palenque archaeological site
The site is located deep in the Chiapas jungle; it is one of the most important ceremonial centers of the Mayan culture, which heyday was during the classical period (from 250 to 700 A.D., approximately).
You will visit the Temple of the Inscriptions - where the tomb of Pakal, one of the rulers of that place, was found-, the Palace, the Count’s Temple, and the Temple of the Foliated Cross, among other. Return to the hotel.
Approximately 13 meters´ high, enclosed by thick, jungle vegetation including tall trees of sapodilla, dracaena cornstalk, cedar and mahogany.
Yaxchilan archaeological site
Silence in this place is interrupted only by the howling of monkeys and the flight of birds; the jungle mantle covering it seems to keep the luxurious palaces and numerous temples in a world under a spell. It was built between the years 200 and 900 A.D. Toward 725; it was ruled by Jaguar Shield who, through three marriage alliances and several wars, managed to expand his territory. Aware of the historic memory, the Mayan engraved events of the ruling class in stone and thanks to this, we know about the first 300 years of its history.
Bonampak archaeological site
Bonampak means "Painted Walls", a site famous, precisely, for its wall paintings. Its apogee happened during the rule of Knotted Eye-Jaguar, who ascended to the throne of Bonampak in 743 A.D. At the Grand Plaza and the stairs leading to the Acropolis, there are several steles where richly-clad characters can be seen, probably its rulers. Among the buildings of this old city, Building I stands out, which is divided in three sections where the wall paintings are found, these being the best preserved and important of the classic Maya period.
- City Tour and Tlaquepaque
- Zapopan and the Oblatos Gorge
- Tonala and Tlaquepaque
- Chapala Lake and Ajijic
City Tour and Tlaquepaque
Visit with a panoramic tour around the old and modern residential neighborhoods of the city, one of the most important in the country; the famous Minerva fountain and the Arches, University of Guadalajara and the beautiful Expiatory temple.
We will continue to the center of town, where the Cathedral is erected. Built in the XVI century; the State Government building, on which walls are the mural paintings by Jose Clemente Orozco, one of the great contemporary painters of Mexico; the Degollado Theater from the XIX century, opened during the time of Maximilian's empire; the Tapatia Plaza; the national heroes' Cemetery. The tour continues for Tlaquepaque, a suburb of the city, known by its restaurants, mariachi musicians and handicrafts.
Zapopan and the Oblatos Gorge
Departure for Zapopan, in the Guadalajara suburbs, to visit the Basilica, built in baroque style toward the end of the XVII century and which was part of a Franciscan convent. Every year, thousands of people gather at this place to take part in the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Zapopan on October 12 of each year.
Visit to the Huichol Art Museum, the millenary culture of this region of the country. The tour continues to the Dr. Atl vantage point on a ridge of the Oblatos gorge, a great site to take beautiful pictures.
Tonala and Tlaquepaque
Visit to Tonala, about 12 kilometers from Guadalajara. This town´s main activity is handicrafts. Since the XIX century, it has been recognized for its ceramic production decorated with beautiful flowers and landscapes. The blown-glass and paper mache factories will also be visited. We are allowed entry to these factories only if notice is given sufficiently in advance. What we always include is a visit to a ceramics factory in Tonala. The tour continues to Tlaquepaque, in the suburbs of Guadalajara, a typical place with many restaurants, mariachi musicians and handicrafts.
Chapala Lake and Ajijic
Departure for Chapala Lake, 51 kilometers away from Guadalajara, to visit this typical town, famous for its shore drive and its restaurants. The tour continues to Ajijic, 9 kilometers from Chapala. On the way, visit to Chula Vista, a small typical Jalisco town. Tour of Ajijic, the site of the largest community of Americans outside the U.S. This place is famous for its looms, its art galleries and its bohemian atmosphere. This is also the site of a regional school of handcrafting.
- Tropical Tour
- Cielito Lindo Yacht
Departure for a small typical town close to Puerto Vallarta. Continuation to the city’s main square, where you can see the Cathedral, the market, the promenade and the “gringo” neighborhood, where some American artists built their homes in the seventies. The tour goes on to Conchas Chinas, a residential area overlooking the whole bay, and to the Joya de Mismaloya, where the “Night of the Iguana” was filmed 50 years ago, featuring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner and which gave notoriety to this tourist destination. The tour also goes through an area of exuberant vegetation.
Cielito Lindo Yacht
(Boat tour to Los Arcos and Las Animas)
Departure from the pier for Los Arcos, on board the Cielito Lindo yacht. The place has rocky formations protruding from the sea, a national Marine Park, where you can snorkel. Afterwards, lunch on the beach. Return to Puerto Vallarta in the afternoon. The tour includes open bar with local drinks on board after the snorkeling activity.
- Monte Alban Archaeological Site
- Mitla and the Tule tree
- Oaxaca – City Tour
- Zachila and Cuilapan
- La Guelaguetza folk ballet show
Monte Alban Archaeological Site
Located 10 kilometers away from the city of Oaxaca, 2000 meters high, deep in the mountains of the Southern Sierra. We will go through a zigzagging road to get there and, although it is a short distance, approximate travel time is about 30 minutes.
The religious capital of the Zapotec culture was established here and you can see there the Great Plaza, the Ballgame, the Palace, The Southern Platform, the steles of the Dancers and Tomb 104, that bears proof of the cult to the dead, so extensive in the Mesoamerican pre-Hispanic cultures.
Mitla and the Tule tree
Departure to the town where the Tule tree is found, only 14 kilometers away. This is the oldest Taxodium cypress in Mexico (it is estimated to be 2000 years old), which towers at 40 meters’ height and 42 meters’ around. From here, the group continues on to Mitla, approximately 38 kilometers or 45 minutes away. It is said that this place was a meeting point of the currents of thought of the mixtec and the zapotec Indians.
The wonderful decorations in the form of patterns standout on the buildings of unquestionable mixtec influence. You will visit the main buildings such as the Pillars’ Group, the Brook Group and the Northern Group.
Oaxaca – City Tour
Visit to Oaxaca, known as the "Cradle of the Patriots". Oaxaca Is the capital city of the state with the same name. It is a place built amidst the mountains of the southern Sierra that still retains its provincial flavor. It is rich in handicrafts, and there you can find the famous black ceramics pottery, the looms or the reproductions of the Mixtec people's jewels.
During the tour, we visit the Zocalo (main square) the site of the Cathedral, built by the Dominican Friars in the XVI century; the Santo Domingo church, which was part of a convent now turned into a state museum, housing valuable objects from Monte Alban; the former convent of Santa Catalina de Siena; and the market, one of the most typical you can find in the region, where hundreds of people from Oaxaca meet daily to offer their wares, a tradition going back to pre-Hispanic times.
Zachila and Cuilapan
(half day, only Thursdays).
Departure for Zaachila, approximately 30 kilometers or 40 minutes from Oaxaca City, to visit the town which was the last capital city of the zapotec Indians, conquered later by the Mixtec and where a typical Indian market is set up every week. Visit to the small archaeological site where there are still remnants of tombs. After the visit, departure for Cuilapan, some 15 kilometers away, where the Dominican Friars built one of the largest monasteries of the New Spain in the XVI century. Visit to the Open Chapel, the place used to preach the gospel to the people of that region. Return to Oaxaca, about 15 kilometers away.
La Guelaguetza folk ballet show
Transferred to the restaurant to watch the folk show of La Guelaguetza, a dance portraying the dances from the seven regions of the state of Oaxaca, among them, the area of the Isthmus, Sierra Juarez, la Canada, the Alto Papaloapan-Tuxtepec, The Coast, the Mixtec and the Central Valleys.
- Tour of the Bays
Tour of the Bays
(includes transportation to the port, and open bar for 4 hours).
Definitely, one of the best attractions of Huatulco is its coastline, an array of 9 adjacent bays displaying over 36 different beaches spread along beautiful cliffs and mountains. The catamaran boat offers you amusement and entertainment. You will visit seven of the nine most beautiful bays in the world and will have the chance to swim and enjoy the refreshing sea of Huatulco.
Departing from the Marina of the Santa Cruz Bay, get to know its Hierbabuena and La Entrega beaches. The journey Homes westward and the boat passes through Chahue Bay to offer you a superb view of the Marina and the whole area of the development. We will discover the virgin beaches at the Organo and Maguey bays. Along the way, we will observe the natural wonders of this area from the sea and will listen to the chants of the ocean at “La Bufadora”. You will be impressed by the gigantic rock that through time has formed “the stone face". We continue the journey to Cacaluta Bay which is unique for its heart-shaped beach.
Our first stop will be at the San Agustin bay, the largest of all bays, an ideal place for swimming and exploring the underwater world with a snorkel, as the largest white coral reef of the region is found there, or you can simply enjoy a delicious ice-cold coconut lying on a quiet beach.
On the way back, we will enjoy the view of the different beaches from the boat, including la India and Chachacual. We will arrive at the Maguey bay, where we will debark to savor, if you wish, a delightful dish from the Coast; we recommend the delicious fish turnovers and the beach special: the pineapple stuffed with gratin shrimp (you cannot miss it).
Lastly, we will board the boat again to enjoy the final part of the sea journey returning to Santa Cruz Bay.
Cancun and Riviera Maya
- Chichen Itza
- isla Mujeres Cruise
Is located 130 kilometers, two hours approximately from Cancun. Tulum, the walled city, was built on the seaside around the year 550 A.D. One of the most important trading centers of the region, it was occupied by the Spaniards upon their arrival and abandoned until 1544. There, you will visit the Grand Palace, the Castle, the Temple of Frescoes, where there are remnants of paintings, and the Temple of the Descending God, among other structures.
A great natural aquarium set among quiet lagoons. In addition to swimming, there you will be able to snorkel, swim with dolphins and admire a great variety of marine species. Xel-Ha is located 115 kilometers away from Cancun, approximately one hour and a half’ drive, and only 15 kilometers or 15 minutes from Tulum.
An eco-archaeological park found 70 kilometers south of Cancun. For over a millennium, this place was one of the Mayan ceremonial centers and ports used by pilgrims to cross over to the island of Cozumel to worship Ixchel, the goddess of fertility. There, you will visit the botanical gardens, the bird garden and the aquarium. This is one of the places where you can also swim with dolphins. Xcaret is some 60 kilometers from Tulum, approximately a one hour drive.
Located 178 kilometers, approximately two hours and forty-five minutes away from Cancun. Coba was one of the most important Mayan ceremonial centers. There, you will visit one of the largest pyramids in the whole region. These ruins were explored in 1926 by Sylvanus G. Morley, Erick Thompson and H.D. Pollock. The site extends along the Coba and Macanxoc Lakes.
You will visit the Castle and the other buildings and platforms of the Nohoch Mul group, as well as the steles finely sculpted with inscriptions and lavishly dressed characters.
Located 200 kilometers away or approximately, a three-hour drive from Cancun. Chichen Itza is an immense archaeological site with an area of 300 hectares. It is a very interesting experience because it represents two different periods in the Mayan history: one purely Mayan and the other one with Toltec influence, reflected clearly in its architecture and sculptures.
There, you will visit the Kukulkan pyramid, the Castle, the Ballgame, The Tiger Temple, the Sacred Cenote (sink-hole) -where human sacrifices were made-, The Conch Temple, the Nuns' Building, the Warriors Temple, among other platforms and buildings. Lunch is offered at a nearby restaurant.
isla Mujeres Cruise
(Open bar and lunch).
Departure on a boat for Isla Mujeres, about 45 minutes from Cancun. Arrival at the Beach Club in Isla Mujeres, exclusive for the boat passengers. From here, people wishing to snorkel will be taken in a smaller boat to the coral reef in the Isla Mujeres bay.
Back to the pier in Isla Mujeres, you can debark to walk down the narrow streets lined by houses painted in many colors and with quaint little shops.
Buffet lunch at the beach club and return to Cancun in the afternoon with a party on board.
(Transportation and port tax are not included)
- Archaeological site of Comalcalco and city, including La Venta and CICOM museums
Archaeological site of Comalcalco and city, including La Venta and CICOM museums
(6 hours; lunch not included).
Departure for the ecological site of Comalcalco, located 50 kilometers or some 50 minutes away from the city of Villahermosa. The site is made up by two main groups of temples, built close to a great pyramid from the late classic period. The buildings are made of brick.
Return to Villahermosa to visit La Venta archaeological park. There, you will see some of the most important sculptures from the Olmec culture, the mother culture of Mesoamerica, as well as the colossal heads.
The tour continues to the CICOM Museum in Tabasco's capital city. It contains a large variety of archaeological pieces from the different cultures that developed in pre-Hispanic Mexico.
- City Tour
Departure for the Zocalo (main square) in Merida, capital city of the state of Yucatan, to visit the Cathedral -built in the XVI century, which style reminds us of a fortress- and the Government Building -where you will see the paintings of Fernando Castro Pacheco that explain the history of that region inhabited by the Maya at the time of the arrival of the Spaniards. In this visit you will be able to admire the Montejo Avenue, with its impressive homes of the last century and the monument to the flag, located towards the North, one of the most modern in the city.
Departure for Uxmal, located 80 kilometers away from Merida, a one-hour and fifteen minutes’ drive, approximately. Stop at the small archaeological site of Kabah, where one of the temples, decorated with faces of Chac, the god of rain, stands out, being one of the most venerated in this region. Arrival at Uxmal, one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites due to its architecture, which apogee goes back approximately to 680 A.D.
Visit to the Pyramid of the Magician, the Nuns' Quadrangle -richly decorated-, The Ballgame, the House of Turtles and the Governor's Palace, among other.
(Note: The visit to Kabah is made only when taking a private service).
There is an option of Uxmal with the Light-and-Sound show, including dinner at a restaurant in Uxmal.
Acapulco - City Tour
Departure for a ride along the Miguel Aleman Shore Drive, the main Avenue in the harbor. Acapulco was the main harbor of the Pacific during colonial times; the site where the ships going to the Philippines departed and arrived, like the famous Manila Galleon or the China ship, which carried precious cargo of Oriental wares, like silk and Chinese ceramic, every year.
During the tour, you will stop at the vantage point overseeing the whole bay area. Visit to the San Diego fortress, built early in the XVII century, the residential areas and La Quebrada, where a group of divers, members of a guild, dive from 35 meters-high cliffs, into a tiny sea cove only four meters’ deep. Return to the hotel.
Morning cruise on the Fiesta yacht
The tour takes approximately three hours sailing around the Acapulco bay, passing before the most beautiful areas in the harbor. Along the way you will see residential areas where several movie stars and politicians built their summer homes, and the Roqueta island, among other attractions.
Visit the area of the sand strip dividing the lagoon from the Pacific Ocean. Ride a typical boat in the freshwater lagoon, admiring the tropical fauna of cranes, pelicans, ducks, seagulls, in addition to exuberant plant life. Lunch at a restaurant in the area.
Diving show at La Quebrada
La Quebrada is the place where a group of divers jump from cliffs 35 meters high, into a tiny sea cove only four meters’ deep. This is a dangerous dive as they have to wait for the waves to come in and increase depth to about six meters.