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MEXICO : ARTSY SIDE

January - December 31, 2019

10 days
Land Arrangement only

$4580

About your trip

Experience Mexico City’s famous colonial architecture, ancient paintings hidden beneath thick jungle canopy, and towering Mayan ruins. You’ll explore this and more in Mexico’s culturally rich south!

Tour Highlights

Visit to the Museum of Anthropology and the Pyramids of the Sun & Moon, peeling back many layers of pre-Columbian history.
Eat your way through lively food markets, or take in unique and disruptive modern art.
Take a day trip to the colorful Lakes of Montebello and explore the undisturbed ruins of Chincultik.
View some of the best preserved al fresco cave paintings and hear howler monkeys swinging overhead.
Make your way onto Merida, a fantastic base for archeological adventure.

Inclusions

9 nights accommodation
Daily breakfast
Roundtrip private airport to hotel transfers
Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1: MEXICO CITY (BREAKFAST)

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport from your hotel in Mexico city. Accommodation: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton (4*)

DAY 2: MEXICO CITY (BREAKFAST)

Enjoy a privately guided tour of the World Heritage of Teotihuacan and the Historic city center including Templo Mayor archaeological site and special collections at the famous National Museum of Anthropology. Visit the Teotihuacán Pyramids, the enormous Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Continue on to the historic city center with visits to the Zocalo flanked by Mexico’s most important and impressive buildings including: The National Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, a look from above into the Templo Mayor Aztec archeological site, the Palace of Fine Arts (admissions included). At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Accommodation: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton (4*)

DAY 3: MEXICO CITY – TUXTLA GUTIERREZ – SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS (BREAKFAST)

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport from your hotel in Mexico city. Meet your driver at Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas. Accommodation: Parador San Juan de Dios

DAY 4: SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS (BREAKFAST)

Enjoy a full day excursion (8-10 hours) to the colorful Lakes de Montebello Lakes and the Mayan Archaeological Zone of Chincultik. The lakes themselves are well worth experiencing; they all reflect turquoise blues and greens, and coupled with the scenic backdrop of the surrounding mountains and forests, the area is great for a whole day’s exploration. Chinkultik site has some step-pyramids and some 200 smaller buildings, most in undisturbed ruin. Chinkultic has carved stone stelae depicting the site’s rulers. Accommodation: Parador San Juan de Dios

DAY 5: SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS – PALENQUE (BREAKFAST)

Enjoy a full-day excursion as you transfer to Palenque, with a tour of the Agua Azul Waterfalls along the way. Explore San Cristobal, characterized by its peaceful and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with an artistic and bohemian flair. The colonial streets and alleyways lined with red-roof tiles and white-washed walls beg wanderers to explore and discover the nooks and crannies; alleyways open up into picturesque arcades and plazas showing off their authentic colonial architecture and hosting churches, museums, cafés, restaurants and artisan workshops, among other delights. Visit the beautiful and impressive water attractions of Agua Azul, and Misol-Ha. Situated among lush vegetation, the waters of Agua Azul descend through the hills in a rapid succession of falls, and end in pools of deep turquoise, while the Misol-Ha Waterfall is a thin jungle cascade with an exceptional 35m plunge down to the pool below. Accommodation: Villa Mercedes

DAY 6: PALENQUE (BREAKFAST)

Explore Bonampak and Yaxchilan, located in a remote corner of Chiapas close to the Guatemalan border – in the Lacandon jungle, a thick jungle containing howler monkeys, and partly surrounded by the Lacanja River. Bonampak archaeological zone is 180 km from Palenque. Admire some of the best preserved “al fresco” paintings. Find constructions depicting the daily life of its inhabitants, as well as an explanation of Mayan sacrifices and costumes. On the west side, visit the archaeological site of Yaxchilan, where you will find constructions such as the Temples 24, 39 and 40. Known for its exceptionally fine engraved monuments, Yaxchilan lies hidden in the thick jungle overgrown next to the Usumacinta River. The development of the city took place between 350 and 810 AC. Mayan architects constructed the city following the natural land layout using the banks of the river, arranged the buildings in an east-west direction. Unlike any other archaeological site in Mexico, Yaxchilan can only be accessed by boat. Accommodation: Villa Mercedes

DAY 7: PALENQUE – MERIDA (BREAKFAST)

Meet your driver for a private transfer from Palenque to Villahermosa Airport via La Venta. Pick up from the airport in Merida and transfer to your hotel in Merida or vice versa. Accommodation: Hacienda Misne

DAY 8: MERIDA (BREAKFAST)

Come explore the cities of Uxmal and Kabah, located in the Puuc region of the Peninsula of Yucatan. These metropolis were beautifully constructed by the Maya people and became some of the most influential and important urban centers of the time, where wealth, culture, science and religion converged and were highly praised by their societies. Accommodation: Hacienda Misne

DAY 9: MERIDA (BREAKFAST)

Proceed to your tour in Chichen Itza, a major regional center in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, from what is called “Mexicanized” and reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northern lowlands. Following the decline of Chichen Itza’s hegemony, regional power in the Yucatán shifted to a new center at Mayapan. The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site’s stewardship is maintained by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. At the end of your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Merida. Accommodation: Hacienda Misne

DAY 10: MERIDA (BREAKFAST)

Pick up from the airport in Merida and transfer to your hotel in Merida or vice versa. Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport)

Transportation

Roundtrip international airfare are excluded on this package. Roundtrip airport – hotel tranfsers, tours and transfers are included.

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EXCLUSIONS

Rates are per person based in US Dollars.
Rates are valid for all nationalities and valid until December 2016.
Minimum of 2 adults travelling together.
Exclude airfare, airline taxes, travel insurance and tipping to guide, driver and porter.
Subject to availability at the time of booking.
Rates are subject to change.

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General Requirements – Tourist Visa:

  1. Duly signed and filled up Application Form. Available from the Embassy or downloadable from the Mexican Embassy website. For minors, both parents must sign the application form.
  2. Philippine passport (with at least six months validity).
  3. Photocopies of your passport.
    GREEN PASSPORT: One (1) photocopy of the page of the passport with picture of passport holder, and of the last page where the signature of the Officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of the Philippines appears.MAROON PASSPORT: One (1) photocopy of the page of the passport with picture of passport holder and last page where the signature of the passport holder appears (if any).
  4. Two (2) pictures (1.5″ x 1.5″ (inch in size) on white background
  5. A photocopy of the U.S, Canadian, U.K., Japan, or Schengen Visa (if any) is required depending on the route of the trip.
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      • For parents and children applying together for the visa, please present the Birth Certificate/s of the children. Both parents must sign the application form of the child.
    • Certification of employment (original).
    • Personal appearance
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