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Mysteries of the Maya & Aztecs

An introduction to Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan cultures, visiting magnificent Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, travel through the centuries by road and river, via lakes, valleys and colonial towns

Journey from Central America’s earliest civilisations to its colonial and contemporary towns and cities linked by timeless landscapes. Eras intertwine in Mexico City, with its Aztec temple and Spanish baroque Metropolitan Cathedral. In Puebla’s colonial core, a flourishing art scene complements 17th-century façades. Oaxaca, with pre-Columbian ruins exudes an authentic Mexican air; while Tehuantepec is the hub of Zapotec culture, where women still wear traditional dress. Honduras is home to a hundred hectares of pyramids and plazas in UNESCO listed Copán; and in Guatemala, lakeside Panajachel is living Mayan culture; Antigua has mostly restored what nature destroyed, and even the parts preserved as ruins are beautiful; and Lake Petén Itza is the gateway to Flores and Tikal relics.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Mexico City  - 1 night
  • Puebla  - 1 night
  • Oaxaca  - 2 nights
  • Tehuantepec  - 1 night
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas  - 2 nights
  • Panajachel  - 2 nights
  • Antigua  - 2 nights
  • Copán  - 1 night
  • Puerto Barrios  - 1 night
  • El Remate/Flores  - 2 nights
  • Palenque  - 1 night
  • Campeche  - 1 night
  • Chichén Itzá  - 1 night
  • Cancún  - 1 night
  • Flight  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Mexico City & Xochimilco gardens
  • UNESCO Site: Chichén Itzá
  • UNESCO Site: Oaxaca/Monte Alban
  • UNESCO Site: Antigua city
  • Enjoy Tikal National Park ruins
  • Admire the Copán ruins

An introduction to Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan cultures, visiting magnificent Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, travel through the centuries by road and river, via lakes, valleys and colonial towns

Notes:

Due to the distance covered there are extended periods of travel by road, mostly along a well-established road network (some minor roads may be in poor repair).

On occasion border procedures can result in a delay with border taxes of approx. £35-£40 payable locally.

Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.

This is a full itinerary with temple visits on foot with steps and uneven surfaces.

A level of agility is needed to embark small boats.

Accommodation

Hotel Royal Reforma - Mexico City

A 3-star hotel in the Colonia Juarez area of Mexico City. Restaurants, bar and WiFi (free). 162 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Colonial Hotel - Puebla

A charming 3-star hotel, located near to the main square and cathedral. Restaurant, WiFi (free) and 66 rooms with safe and satellite TV.

Oaxaca Real Hotel - Oaxaca

A pleasant 3-star hotel within walking distance of the centre of Oaxaca. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 77 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hotel Calli - Tehuantepec

A 3-star hotel set in verdant surroundings. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and 100 air-conditioned rooms with TV.

Casa Vieja Hotel - San Cristobal de las Casas

A historical 3-star hotel, built in the 18th-century, located centrally within the old town of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Restaurant and 40 rooms with TV.

Jardines del Lago Hotel - Panajachel

A 3-star hotel located on the edge of Lake Atitlán and set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 30 rooms with satellite TV.

Las Farolas Hotel - Antigua

A charming 4-star hotel built on a former coffee plantation. Restaurant, tropical gardens and WiFi (free). 31 rooms with fan, safe, satellite TV and garden views.

Hotel Ciudad Blanca

Ciudad Blanca - Copan

A 4-star hotel located next to the Copan ruins with restaurant, bar, pool, spa, gym, garden and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Amatique Bay Resort Hotel - Puerto Barrios

A 3-star hotel on a private beach with restaurants, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 61 air-conditioned rooms with coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Camino Real Tikal - El Remate

A 3-star hotel located on the shore of Lake Peten Itza, near the village of El Remate. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (chargeable). 72 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and TV.

Nututun Hotel - Palenque

Charming 3-star hotel located a short drive from Palenque National Park. Restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and 74 rooms with satellite TV.

Plaza Colonial - Campeche

A 3-star colonial style hotel, located in the historical centre of town, a short walk from Campeche Cathedral. Bar, pool and 40 rooms with fans, safe and satellite TV. Breakfast is served at the nearby Plaza Campeche Hotel (a one minute walk away).

Villas Arqueológicas - Chichén Itzá

A 3-star hotel well-located a few minutes’ walk from the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá. Restaurant, bar, pool, garden, WiFi (free). 43 air-conditioned rooms with hairdyer and safe.

Hotel Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites - Cancun

A 3-star hotel, ideally located on one of Cancun's most pristine beaches. Restaurant, bar, gym and pool. 85 air-conditioned rooms with safe, coffee making facilities and satellite TV. An environmental tourist tax of approx. $2 per room per night will be collected locally.

Extension Options

Cancun Extension

Enjoy four nights of relaxation on the beach at the 3-star Hotel Beach Scape Villas at Kin Há, Cancún.

Hotel Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites - Cancun

A 3-star hotel, ideally located on one of Cancun's most pristine beaches. Restaurant, bar, gym and pool. 85 air-conditioned rooms with safe, coffee making facilities and satellite TV. An environmental tourist tax of approx. $2 per room per night will be collected locally.

Extra Nights

Stay in Mexico City before you start your tour

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Hotel Royal Reforma (per night)
Prices on request - please call us to book your extra nights

Hotel Royal Reforma - Mexico City

A 3-star hotel in the Colonia Juarez area of Mexico City. Restaurants, bar and WiFi (free). 162 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Dates & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
AeroMexico from Heathrow

November
November 4 (Monday)
  • 3 Places Remaining on Tour
November 11 (Monday)
  • 3 Places Remaining on Tour
Price Includes:

Air travel and UK departure taxes, transfers, 19 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, border taxes (approx. £35-£40), optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes:

An accommodation tax is payable locally in Cancún, currently $5 per room per night.

A local tourist tax for the state of Quintana Roo of approx. $11 is payable locally at Cancún airport upon departure.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Nov
  • £845
  • 2025: Jan, Feb, Nov
  • £885
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £975
  • Arrival transfer
  • £33
  • Departure transfer
  • £55

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