Escorted Tour: Mexico’s Mayan Trail

mexico's mayan trail

Explore emerald jungles, ancient temples and colonial towns on an escorted tour of Mexico’s Mayan Trail. The 16-day door-to-door travel service puts the spotlight on spectacular Mayan sites such as Chichen Itza, Palenque and Oaxaca. Travellers can expect a comprehensive tour full of archaeological adventure and a knowledgeable guide waiting to be tested.

Mayan Trail Highlights & Accommodation

MEXICO CITY: Explore Metropolitan Cathedral built in sections from 1573 to 1813. You will see the National Palace with its famous collection of murals highlighting Mexico’s history. The National Museum of Anthropology contains significant archaeological and anthropological artefacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage. You will stay at Hotel Geneve Ciudad de Mexico, Hotel Historico Central or Hotel Zócalo Central for four nights.

TEOTIHUACAN / GUADALUPE: Teotihuacan is one of the most important and impressive Aztec sites in Mexico. While here walk along the Avenue of the Dead and witness (or climb) the 70 metre high Sun Pyramid. You will stop at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (en route back to hotel) to view the image of the miraculous Virgin Maria.

PUEBLA / OAXACA: Puebla is one of five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico. It’s famous for its chocolate-based mole sauce, chiles en nogada and Talavera pottery. Oaxaca is steeped in history and pronounced a city by King Carlos V of Spain in 1532. Two-night stay at Hostal de La Noria.

MONTE ALBAN: Monte Alban is a mountaintop site of ruins of an ancient centre of Zapotec and Mixtec culture. Ruins date between AD 250-800, which include a ball court and pyramids. To date over 180 tombs have been discovered here. Take a walking tour of the beautiful city of Oaxaca.

OAXACA / TEHUANTEPEC: Arrive at Santa Maria del Tule to view the famous Tule Tree, thought to be over 2,000 years old. Continue to Mitla, where the Zapotecas believed the dead came to find their last resting place. Head to Teotitlan del Valle, a village famous for its locally made rugs and blankets. Overnight stay in Tehuantepec at Hotel One Salina Cruz.

TEHUANTEPEC / SAN CRISTOBAL: Head to Tuxtla Gutierrez for a boat tour along the Grijalva River and through the impressive Sumidero Canyon. Stop at San Cristobal de las Casas for two-nights at Casa Vieja Hotel or Hotel Diego De Mazariegos.

SAN JUAN CHAMULA / ZINACANTAN: Visit renowned Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, where you will gain an insight into the lives of indigenous communities. Take a walking tour of San Cristobal, a city surrounded by hills.

PALENQUE: Palenque contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings that the Mayas produced. Stay at Hotel Ciudad Real or Chan-Kah Resort Village.

CAMPECHE: The coastal city of Campeche was founded in the 1540s and the main port for the Spanish in the Yucatan, who built huge fortifications to protect their goods. Visit Fuerte de San Miguel Museum. Stay at Hotel Plaza Campeche.

KABAH / UXMAL / MERIDA: Stop at the semi-restored site of Kabah. Travel to the Mayan archaeological site of Uxmal to explore temples, the Pyramid of the Wizard and the Quadrangle of the Nunnery. Visit the white city of Merida on the northwest coast of the Yucatan peninsula. Stay at Hotel El Castellano.

CHICHEN ITZA: Chichen Itza is a world-famous complex of Mayan ruins. See the 24-metre high Pyramid of Kakulcan, the Temple of the Warriors and the largest ball court found to date. Also see the 22-metre deep Sacred Cenote, a well where over 50 skeletons have been found. Stay at Hotel Villas Arqueologicas.

This VIP holiday from Titan Travel includes 14 nights in hotels (plus one in-flight) and 14 excursions and visits.

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