Mexico: High Cultures and Aatural Beauties

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This Mexico round trip leads to colonial cities and Mayan ruins, to small villages and to scenic regions. The tour starts in Mexico City and we dive into this colorful and vibrant metropolis of millions. Experience Teotihuacan with the mighty Pyramid of the Sun and Moon. Through the highlands, past the snow-capped peak of Popocatepetl, we travel to the city of Puebla with its magnificent colonial architecture. We visit Monte Albán near Oaxaca: the ruins are impressive on an artificially flattened ridge and were the religious center of the Zapotecs. During a boat trip we experience the grandiose Sumidero Canyon. San Cristóbal de las Casas enchants with colorful colonial buildings. Palenque, the most beautiful ruined city in Mexico, is hidden in the dense jungle. In Yucatan we visit Campeche.

Diverse Mexico tour with highlights from the bustling capital to the Caribbean peninsula of Yucatan

  • Experience the vibrant metropolis of Mexico City
  • Visit to the world famous Anthropology Museum in Mexico City
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Teotihuacan
  • Visit famous archaeological sites such as Monte Albán, Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itzá
  • Magical colonial cities of Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas and Mérida
  • Boat ride in the mighty Sumidero Canyon
  • On the trail of ancient advanced cultures from the Aztecs, Toltecs, Mixtecs, Zapatecas and Maya

Travel Program

Individual arrival in Mexico City.
Upon arrival at Mexico City Airport, you will be met and greeted by our local representative. Afterwards transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to rest from the long journey and to discover the heart of the Mexican metropolis on your own.

Accommodation: Hampton Inn & Suites Centro Historico (or similar)

Our journey through Mexico begins with one of the largest cities in the world. Mexico City is the political, social and cultural center of the country with numerous universities, museums and monuments. Surrounded by the snow-covered twin volcanoes Popocatépetl and Ixtacíhuatl, today more than 25 million people live in the metropolitan area. Our tour takes us to the center, to the Zócalo. The presidential palace is enthroned here on the east side and the cathedral on the north side, which we will visit. In between are the remains of the former Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, whose main temple, the Templo Mayor, we visit. It was only discovered in 1978 when an enormous stone disc with the image of the moon goddess was found during excavation work.

The district of Xochimilco in the south of Mexico City is known for its floating gardens, which the Aztecs created several hundred years ago on Lake Texcoco to supply their capital. The canals of the “huertos flotantes” have a total length of more than 150 km and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987; they are a popular destination for the population and tourists, as well as a lifeline in the mega-metropolis. On a small boat tour you will get to know the gardens.

  • Activities included:
    Visit to the historic center, the Templo Mayor and Xochimilco
  • Accommodation: Hampton Inn & Suites Centro Historico (or similar)

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

Our day starts with a visit to the Ministry of Education in Mexico City (Secretaría de Educación Pública) with murals by Diego Rivera, which contributed a significant part to the painter’s success. The neo-colonial building encloses two courtyards, which he called “Patio del Trabajo” and “Patio de las Fiestas”. Between March 1923 and September 1928, Rivera created numerous frescoes here on a total area of ​​approx. 1,500 square meters, including depictions from the Passion of Christ, battle scenes from the revolution, traditions of the people as well as landscape paintings.

Only a few blocks away from the Zócalo you can explore the fascinating “Plaza Santo Domingo”, the spiritual center of the city during the colonial period. The center of the square features a fountain with a statue commemorating Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, a heroine of the Mexican War of Independence. An endearing feature of the square is the “Portal de los Evangelistas,” an arcade where scribes and writers offered their services to illiterate people for many decades, helping them fill out forms and draft letters—often love letters, too. Today fewer typewriters clatter here, but the writing guild continues to do good business.

The famous Anthropological Museum is Mexico’s most visited museum. It consists of twelve exhibition halls, each dedicated to a different pre-Columbian cultural group of Mexico – a total of almost 80,000 m² of exhibition space. Designed in 1964 under the leadership of the architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, the monumental building is particularly impressive with a mighty column in the courtyard that supports a huge concrete screen. Discover the cultures of the Olmec, Toltec, Aztec and Maya, among many others.

Continue to the impressive Chapultepec Park. The complex was once only a forest area and a sacred place for the Aztecs; today it is a green oasis in the middle of the capital with old shady trees, dreamy lakes, a sculpture garden, several museums and monuments (like the Altar a la Patria in memory of the Niños), a zoo and beautiful market stalls. Above the park is the palace, which was rebuilt in 1864 by the Habsburg Emperor Maximilian of Mexico in the style of his Italian villa.

As a landmark in the heart of Mexico City, the “Torre Latinoamericana” rises with its striking yet filigree steel frame construction; a technical and architectural masterpiece that successfully defies the geological conditions of the former swamp area and the location on an active tectonic fissure with 361 pile columns placed underground. The project was designed and implemented by the Zeevaert brothers – civil engineers who were already conducting intensive studies on earthworks mechanics and thus made the Torre Latinoamericana one of the safest buildings in Mexico. Built as the headquarters of an insurance company between 1948 and 1956, the building weighs around 25,000 tons and is 181 meters high. The viewing platform on the top, 44th floor,

  • Activities included:
    Visit to the Anthropological Museum
    Visit Chapultepec Park and Torre Latinoamericana
  • Accommodation: Hampton Inn & Suites Centro Historico (or similar)

Overnight Hotel (B/L/-)

We now leave Mexico City and drive to the mighty pyramid complex of Teotihuacán. On the way we stop at the Basilicas de Guadalupe. At the Plaza de las Américas, the old and the new basilica stand side by side. During a short tour we can visit the churches and the gardens behind them. The church, which can accommodate more than 20,000 believers, is the most important place of pilgrimage in Latin America. It is dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, one of Mexico’s most important patron saints.
After this spiritual experience we continue.
In the plateau surrounded by mountains, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon stand out like natural peaks. In 1988, Teotihuacán was added to the list of cultural assets particularly worthy of protection by UNESCO. Between 250 B.C. 125,000 to 250,000 people lived in around 2,300 residential complexes at the time of its heyday. Only when you walk along the mighty – 1 km long – “Street of the Dead” do you become aware of the dimensions of this complex. It was once a thriving commercial metropolis and religious center. It is still a mystery today why the city was burned down.
A colorful colonial city is next on the program: Puebla, whose architecture is characterized in particular by the colorful Talavera tiles. The most beautiful sights of Puebla are not far from the Zócalo and can be reached on foot in a short time. You will first visit the Plaza de la Constitución – one of the largest and most beautiful squares in Mexico, surrounded by many arcades. Of course you will also find the city’s cathedral here, which was built expressively in the style of the Mexican baroque. You can also try the famous pier. Once created by nuns countless decades ago for bishops to visit, the thick chocolate sauce “mole poblano” is a delicacy made from countless spices, herbs and chocolate. The original recipe is a well-kept secret to this day.

  • Activities included:
    Visit to the Basilicas de Guadalupe
    Visit to Teotihuacán
    Visit to Puebla
  • Accommodation: Hotel Colonial de Puebla (or similar)
  • Meals: 1x breakfast

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

The botanical garden in Zapotitlán Salinas is not a garden in the usual sense, rather a natural landscape awaits us, which we can explore via stairs and paths. The path leads us past meter-high columnar cacti, palm trees and elephant foot trees to the top of the hill, where we get a wonderful view of the surroundings.
Our next visit brings us into the world of the Zapotec and Mixtec – the mighty Monte Albán. Even when there are many visitors, there is still a strange stillness about this enchanting place. The ruins, magnificently situated on an artificially flattened ridge, are surrounded by a ring of terraces, houses, temples and tombs on the slopes of the mountain. In its heyday (500-800 AD) the center is said to have had around 50,000 inhabitants. The mighty Temple Mount was inhabited for more than 1,000 years before it was abandoned around 900 by the Zapotecs, also due to the advancing Mixtecs.

  • Activities included:
    Visit to the botanical garden in Zapotitlán Salinas
    Excursion Monte Albán
  • Accommodation: Casa Conzatti (or similar)

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

Small, colorful alleys and a mixture of colonial and indigenous heritage characterize Oaxaca, whose center we are visiting today. First up is the magnificent church of Santo Domingo and the regional museum in the imposing Dominican monastery. The monastery with its magnificent staircase, the traces of wall frescoes and the remains of the generously covered fountain in the inner courtyard now houses the museum. Certainly the most impressive finds include the gold work from Tomb 7 (1250-1480) at Monte Albán, which is one of the outstanding masterpieces of Mixtec goldsmithing. After the treasure chambers of the museum, we stroll through the romantically laid out streets of Oaxaca and can browse the colorful market Mercado Juárez.

  • Activities included:
    Oaxaca city tour
  • Accommodation: Casa Conzatti (or similar)

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

Our journey now takes us further towards the Pacific coast. Along the way, we marvel at the mighty Tule, an Ahuehuete tree that has grown to over 120 feet in circumference over the course of its approximately 2,000 years of life. In Mitla, on the other hand, we puzzle over what meaning the “place of the dead” might have had.
A famous spirit, on the other hand, awaits us on our next visit, because we are going to a Mezcal distillery. We learn how the “schnapps with the worm” is made and that the worm, the Gusano del Maguey, is actually a caterpillar.
After the many impressions, it’s now down to the Pazifkstrand. Stretch your legs or sample some seafood before reaching today’s accommodation in Tehuantepec.

  • Activities included:
    Tule, Mitla and Mezcal distillery
  • Accommodation: Hotel Calli (or similar)

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

A boat trip through the grandiose Sumidero Cañon awaits us today. The journey leads through the deeply incised gorge of the Río Grijalva. Looking at the sheer walls that rise up to 1,000 meters, we are reminded of Nordic fjords. High waterfalls with lush overgrown ferns and mosses surprise with their variety. Tropical vegetation and exotic animals such as mini alligators, toucans, pelicans and herons live in Sumidero National Park. After this impressive excursion we will return to the pier and continue to San Cristóbal de las Casas.

  • Activities included:
    Sumidero Cañon boat trip
  • Accommodation: Hotel Mansion del Valle (or similar)
  • Meals: 1x breakfast

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

Today we discover the picturesque colonial town in the mountains of Chiapas. From the Zócalo the path leads through the old town to the cathedral and the most beautiful building in San Cristóbal, the church Iglesia del Convento Santo Domingo.
Then we drive into the mountains, where descendants of the Maya still live today. We reach the village of San Juan Chamula, the ceremonial center of the Chamula and Zinacantán. The Church of Chamula impressively combines Catholicism and ancient Mayan rituals in an unusual but impressive way. The church has no chairs, the floor is covered with pine needles and straw. Families with healers invoke the spirits, while before the figures of the twelve apostles, men and women kneel and pray in deep spirituality. The local men are known for their special costumes with their pink robes over short white trousers and their hand-woven straw hats decorated with colorful ribbons. These, but also colorfully embroidered blouses, fruits and vegetables are offered for sale along the way, because the valley of Zinacantán is known for its artisans. The region is very fertile and our path takes us past fields of spices, citrus plants, flowers and cucurbits.

  • Activities included:
    City tour
    Visit to the villages of Chamula and Zinacantán
  • Accommodation: Hotel Mansion del Valle (or similar)

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

From the mountains of Chiapas we now drive down into the subtropical jungle. About 40 km south of Palenque we reach the rushing waterfalls of Roberto Barrios. The turquoise-blue water pours over several terraces over a distance of several hundred meters into small rock pools that invite you to swim. We relax a bit before we return to Palenque.

  • Activities included:
    Roberto Barrios waterfalls
  • Accommodation: Ciudad Real Palenque (or similar)

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

We start today with the ruins of Palenque. Around 300 BC Founded in the 7th and 8th centuries AD, Palenque flourished. It was one of the first cities of the Classic Maya period, but was inexplicably abandoned. We visit the “Temple of Inscriptions” with more than 620 hieroglyphs that tell the story of King Pacal – but also the Palace, the Sun Temple and the North Temple with its stucco remains and warlike scenes.
After visiting what are probably the most beautiful ruins in Mexico, we can relax on the drive to Campeche.
Once there, a tour takes us through the small streets of the important port city. The city of Campeche is surrounded by a wall that used to protect against pirates. Within this wall we marvel at the most beautiful, restored colonial buildings, the Zócalo and the La Concepción Cathedral and let ourselves be taken back to the time of the Spanish conquerors.

  • Activities included:
    Visit to Palenque and Campeche
  • Accommodation: Plaza Campeche (or similar)

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

After the classic Maya architecture in Palenque, we delve into the late classic Maya era in Uxmal. Built around 600 – 950 AD in several construction phases, the significance of many buildings has not yet been fully deciphered. The ruins impress with beautifully decorated facades, huge terraces and squares, columns and archways.
After visiting Uxmal we continue our journey to Mérida. Founded in 1542, the colonial city is the economic and cultural center of the Yucatán to this day. During a tour we get to know the cathedral, the Palacio Municipal and the house where the founder of the city was born – the Casa de Montejo. Mérida impresses with colonial charm, narrow streets and romantic horse-drawn carriages. The influence of Spain and France can be felt throughout the city. For example, the Champs-Elysees served as a model for the boulevard Paseo de Montejo.

  • Activities included:
    Visit to Uxmal City Tour of
    Mérida
  • Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Merida Centro (or similar)

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

We saved one more highlight for last: the visit to the cult site Chichén Itzá. The ruins are gigantic! To date, almost 30 of the many buildings that have been buried and overgrown by the jungle have been uncovered and restored. These include, for example:
“El Castillo”, the most impressive building (30 meters high!), rises far above the complex and dominates the ruins.
“El Caracol” is reminiscent of a snail shell.
The observatory was used by the Maya, among other things, to observe Venus and its orbit.

After the detailed tour, our trip ends in Cancún in the late afternoon (approx. 5 p.m.). Transfer to the airport is included.


Would you like to stay a little longer and relax on the beach with the sound of the Caribbean Sea? We would be happy to organize your extension in a beach hotel on the Riviera Maya between Cancún and Tulum.

  • Activities included:
    Visit to Chichén Izta

Overnight Hotel (B/-/-)

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Mexico round trip according to program
  • All transport and transfers as described
  • Excursions, activities and visits as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees according to the program
  • Parking and highway fees
  • Gratuities for maids and porters (1 piece of luggage per person)

Not included:

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Personal expenses, tips

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