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Mexico: North 2 South Adventures

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Day 1: Mexico City

Stop At: Zócalo, Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Bienvenidos a la Ciudad de Mexico - the largest city in Latin America where ancient and modern coexist in harmony. The city is a world-class cultural hub that offers a huge variety of museums, galleries, and architectural gems, along with bustling nightlife and diverse gastronomic culture. Arrive on Saturday or some days before and take your time to explore this diverse city before meeting your group and Trip Leader on Saturday evening: welcome meeting, optional dinner & get-together with the rest of the group.
Accommodation: conveniently located hotel/B&B/guest house in Mexico City
Activities Included: welcome meeting
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Mexico City.

Day 2: Mexico City

Stop At: Zocalo, Calle Plaza de La Constitucion S/N, Mexico City 06000 Mexico
Join your group for a walking tour around the historic center in the morning (Metropolitan Cathedral, Zocalo, National Palace and Museum of Anthropology), then choose by yourself what to do next in this diverse city - your Trip Leader will be happy to give suggestions. Optional dinner & get-together with the group in the evening.
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Mexico City
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: walking tour in Mexico City, guided visit to the Museum of Anthropology
Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Museo Nacional de Antropología, Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Guided visit.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Mexico City.

Day 3: Mexico City - Teotihuacán - Puebla

Stop At: Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan, San Juan Teotihuacan 55800 Mexico
In the morning go to Teotihuacán (UNESCO) - a fabulous archaeological zone that lies in a mountain-ringed offshoot of the Valle de México. The site of the huge Pirámides del Sol y de la Luna (Pyramids of the Sun and Moon), Teotihuacán was Mexico's biggest ancient city and the capital of what was probably the country's largest pre-Hispanic empire.
In the afternoon after exploring Teotihuacán move to Puebla (UNESCO). Once a bastion of conservatism, Catholicism and tradition, the city has come out of its colonial-era shell. Puebla retains a fantastically well-preserved center, a stunning cathedral and a wealth of beautiful churches, while younger poblanos (people from Puebla) are embracing the city’s increasingly thriving art and nightlife scenes. Optional dinner & get-together with the group in the evening.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Puebla
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: guided visit to Teotihuacán, walking tour in Puebla
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Zocalo, Puebla Mexico
Walking tour.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Puebla.

Day 4: Puebla - Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve - Oaxaca

Stop At: Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, Tehuacan Mexico
After breakfast go to Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO) located in a complex system of mountain ranges and valleys generating great biodiversity and different ecosystems. The region has played an important role in the development of agriculture in Mesoamerica. Exploration by car and walking.
In the afternoon move to Oaxaca City. A cultural colossus fit to rival anywhere in Latin America for history, gastronomy and colorful manifestations of indigenous culture, Oaxaca is a complex but intensely attractive city whose majestic churches and refined plazas have deservedly earned it a Unesco World Heritage badge.
Optional dinner & get-together with the group in the evening.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Oaxaca
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: guided visit to Tehuacan-Cuicatlan UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, walking tour in Oaxaca
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Zocalo, Bustamante and Portal de Palacio S / N, Oaxaca 68000 Mexico
Walking tour around the historic center.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Oaxaca.

Day 5: Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Hierve el Agua

Stop At: Monte Alban, Oaxaca Mexico
In the morning after breakfast go to Monte Alban (UNESCO). The former capital of the Zapotec people is today an illustrious ruin, but for over a thousand years it served as the second largest ceremonial site in Mesoamerica, after Teotihuacán. After exploring Monte Alban, move to Hierve el Agua. The location of 5-star Instagram photos, Hierve El Agua consists of a series of spectacularly sited mineral springs and is a good place to end a trip to the Valle de Tlacolula when the sun starts to dip. Accommodation in nearby hotel/guesthouse, optional dinner & get-together with the group.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house near Hierve el Agua
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: guided visits to Monte Alban and Hierve el Agua
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca Mexico
Guided visit & free time.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house near Hierve el Agua.

Day 6: Hierve el Agua - Salina Cruz

Stop At: Playa Abierta - Mirador, Calz Benito Juarez LB, Miramar, Salina Cruz, Oax., Mexico
In the morning after breakfast move to Salina Cruz - surfing center of the region. Check-in at one of the local surf camps and enjoy the sea! Optional dinner & get-together with the group in the evening.
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Salina Cruz
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Salina Cruz.

Day 7: Salina Cruz - Chiapa de Corzo

Stop At: Chiapa de Corzo, Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico
Enjoy the sea and sun in the morning before going to Chiapa de Corzo - one of the most beautiful towns in Chiapas, well known for the Grijalva River, warm people and colorful Renaissance architecture. In January, you can enjoy the Fiesta Grande celebration, one of the most attractive events in the country, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Accommodation, orientation walk in a historic center, optional dinner & get-together with the group.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Chiapa de Corzo
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: walking tour in Chiapa de Corzo
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Chiapa de Corzo.

Day 8: Chiapa de Corzo - Canyon Sumidero - San Juan de Chamula - San Cristobal de las Casas

Stop At: Canon del Sumidero, Chiapa de Corzo Mexico
In the morning, visit breathtaking observation points and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon on a boat trip to enjoy the sight of impressive waterfalls, enter mystical caves and see the cliff where Chiapanec Warriors committed suicide instead of being forced to surrender to the Spanish Conquistadores. In the afternoon move for an orientation walk and lunch to San Juan de Chamula, the center of fiercely independent Tzotzil ethnic group famous for their unique religious practices. In the evening, arrive at San Cristobal de las Casas: accommodation, orientation walk, optional dinner & get-together with the group. Set in a gorgeous highland valley surrounded by pine forest, the colonial city of San Cristóbal has been a popular travelers’ destination for decades.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in San Cristobal de las Casas
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: visit to observation points and boat tour on Sumidero Canyon, walking tour in San Juan de Chamula
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Church of St. Juan Bautista, Plaza Central, San Juan Chamula 29320 Mexico
Walking tour & free time.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, Plaza 31 de Marzo next to the Parque Central / Zocalo, San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico
Evening orientation walk, optional dinner & get-together with the group.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Day 9: San Cristóbal de las Casas - Agua Azul & Misol-Ha Waterfalls - Palenque

Stop At: Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas, Plaza 31 de Marzo next to the Parque Central / Zocalo, San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico
In the morning, after a walking tour around San Cristóbal de las Casas, go to explore stunning local waterfalls: see the cascading falls of Agua Azul and swim in a mineral-rich pool beneath 35-meter tall Misol-Ha. In the afternoon move to our accommodation near Palenque: check-in, optional dinner & get-together with the group in a nearby restaurant.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house near Palenque
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: walking tour in San Cristóbal de las Casas, visits to Agua Azul & Misol-Ha waterfalls
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Reserva Especial de la Biosfera Cascadas Agua Azul Cascadas de Agua Azul Chiapas, Palenque 29920 Mexico
Guided visit & free time.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Cascadas de Misol-Ha, Carretera Ocosingo Reserva de la Biósfera Montes Azules, Palenque Mexico
Guided visit & free time.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house near Palenque.

Day 10: Palenque - Miguel Colorado Cenotes - Campeche

Stop At: Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, Carretera a Palenque- Zona Archaeologica Km. 8, Palenque 29960 Mexico
In the morning go to explore Palenque (UNESCO). A prime example of a Mayan sanctuary of the classical period, Palenque was at its height between AD 500 and 700, when its influence extended throughout the basin of the Usumacinta River. In the afternoon continue to Miguel Colorado Cenotes - two large scenic cenotes (limestone sinkholes) with a spiffy new eco-center and a private nature reserve: lunch, kayaking, swimming, zip-lining over one of the cenotes. You can also hike along hilly, rocky trails to each cenote, keeping an eye out for spider and howler monkeys. Evening arrival, optional dinner & get-together in Campeche (UNESCO). Campeche is a historical fairyland, its walled city center a tight enclave of restored pastel buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, fortified ramparts, and well-preserved mansions. Added to Unesco’s list of World Heritage sites in 1999, the state capital lacks a little of a 'daily life' ambiance as few people actually live in the historic center.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Campeche
Activities Included: guided visit to Palenque, Miguel Colorado Cenotes (kayaking, swimming, zip-lining, monkey watching), orientation tour in Campeche
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Cenote Miguel Colorado, Champoton Mexico
Guided visit, outdoor activities (zip-lining, kayak), free time.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Campeche Waterfront Promenade, Campeche Mexico
Evening arrival, optional dinner & get-together with the group.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Campeche.

Day 11: Campeche - Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve - Celestun

Stop At: Catedral de Campeche, Calle 55 S/N, Campeche 24000 Mexico
In the afternoon, after a morning tour around Campeche, go to Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO). A gift of great beauty where you can observe the spectacular colony of pink flamingos together with a wide variety of bird species in their natural habitat, and an “eye of water” that characterizes this fishing port. Flamingos-watching boat tour and visit to a local cenote. Accommodation in nearby Celestun, optional dinner & get-together.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Celestun
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: entrance and boat tour in Ria Celestun UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (flamingo watching + visit to cenote)
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Celestun Mexico
Entrance, boat tour & free time in Ria Celestun UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (flamingo watching + visit to cenote).
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Celestun.

Day 12: Celestun - Chichen Itza - Cenote Ik Kil - Valladolid

Stop At: Merida, Chichen Itza 97751 Mexico
In the morning go to explore Chichen Itza. The most famous and best restored of the Yucatán Maya sites, it is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Many mysteries of the Maya astronomical calendar are made clear when one understands the design of the ‘time temples’ here. In the afternoon continue to Ik Kil - arguably one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico that was considered sacred by the Mayans who performed here human sacrificing to their rain god. In order to reach the water, you have to climb down 26 meters. The water is 40 meters deep while its diameter is 60 meters. Evening arrival, accommodation, orientation walk, optional dinner & get-together with the group in Valladolid. Once known as the Sultana of the East, Yucatán’s third-largest city is known for its quiet streets and sun-splashed pastel walls.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Valladolid
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: guided visit to Chichen Itza, entrance to Ik Kil cenote, orientation walk in Valladolid
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Cenote Ik kil, Carretera Costera del Golfo 3 Kilometros de la zona arqueologica de Chichen Itza, Chichen Itza 97757 Mexico
Guided visit & free time.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Centro, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico
Evening arrival, accommodation, orientation walk, optional dinner & get-together with the group in Valladolid.
Duration: 4 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Valladolid.

Day 13: Valladolid - Tulum - Playa del Carmen

Stop At: Tulum Archaeological Site, Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307, Tulum 77780 Mexico
In the morning, go to explore Tulum - the only Mayan ruins located directly on the beach. You will enjoy learning the history behind this location as you will walk through different areas of the site. You can also walk down to the amazing beach and enjoy the white sand and turquoise water, see wild iguanas and beautiful tropical foliage throughout the site. In the afternoon, arrive in Playa del Carmen, an idyllic place located in the heart of the Riviera Maya with fine white sand and blue-green waters, where you will always find a hammock and an umbrella to sunbathe and rest, especially in the edge of town that offers the quietest beach areas. If you prefer action, in Playa del Carmen you will find water activities such as windsurfing, jet skis, kayaking or diving in the impressive Mayan coral reef.
Accommodation, orientation walk, optional dinner & get-together with the group.
Transportation: private vehicle/mini-coach
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Playa del Carmen
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Activities Included: guided visit to Tulum, orientation walk in Playa del Carmen
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Centro Playa del Carmen, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Accommodation, orientation walk, optional dinner & get-together with the group.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Playa del Carmen.

Day 14: Playa del Carmen

Stop At: Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Calle 8 Nte 876, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Free program: relax on the beach sipping your cold cocktail, try numerous outdoor activities (scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, parasailing, ATV riding, etc.) or take a day trip to some of the local natural attractions or Mayan ruins etc. In the evening, optional farewell dinner & get-together with the group.
Accommodation: conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Playa del Carmen
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Playa del Carmen.

Day 15: Playa del Carmen

Stop At: Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710, Calle 8 Nte 876, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Choose by yourself when to leave - Cancun Airport is just 50 km away from Playa del Carmen and is frequently served by taxis and buses. If you decide to extend your vacations, we can always book you extra nights, or even take you on our next adventure.
Meals & Drinks Included: breakfast
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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