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CIRCUITO DE LA LUNA I
21 days 20 nights
Price per person: $ ------ USD
Special price for groups over 12 persons

Includes:
16 nights in 3 & 4 stars hotels, 16 breakfasts, Tour leader in english, All Entrances and archaeological guides, all mentioned activities and visits, Boat rides, transfers & 1st Class Private land transportation.

Does not include:
Air Fares, Tips, extra meals, optional activites and other expenses.

Notes:
  • Accommodation in double occupancy. 30 % additional charge in single room
  • Children under 11 sharing room with adults: 15 % discount
  • Prices in US dollars & subject to change without notice
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL TO MEXICO CITY

Welcome to Mexico! Your guide will pick you up at Mexico’s international airport and drive you to your hotel. After the check-in, we’ll have a welcome cocktail and a full briefing of our trip through our beautiful land. It is important for our staff to know personally your expectations as well as concerns you might have in the details of our trip.


  • Pick-up at Mexico's City International Airport.
  • Check-in hotel with welcome cocktail.
DAY 2 : TEOTIHUACAN



After our early breakfast, we cross part of Mexico City and get to Tlatelolco. There, we’ll visit the Plaza de las Tres Culturas (Place of Three Cultures). This area is very rich in history especially because it is the location of the fall of the Great Tenochtitlán (the Aztec empire), and the Franciscan influence in the posterior centuries, a combination of modern architecture, baroque temples and ancient Aztec ruins.

Then, we’ll visit the most important archeological site in Mexico: Teotihuacán. It was the largest city in Mesoamerica for 9 centuries and for over 2000 years it has been revered as one of the most impressive and enigmatic ancient monuments in North America. After our visit, we’ll have lunch in a local restaurant and visit a craft shop where the owner will give us a demonstration of the workings of the diversity of precious stones and the use of a variety of plant life in the ancient and present customs, including the Mezcal and Tequila.

In the evening, we’ll visit Plaza Garibaldi, where every night different bands fro all over the country gather to play typical Mexican music, especially the Mariachi.

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Vsit Plaza de las 3 culturas
  • Archeological visit of Teotihuacan
  • Visit of handcraft shop with demonstrations
  • Buffet lunch (el jaguar)
  • Visit to Plaza Garibaldi with Mariachi
DAY 3 : ZOCALO & MUSEUM OF ANTHTROPOLOGY



We continue today our trip through Mexico’s rich history. Plaza del Zocalo is the main downtown area of Mexico City. There we have government buildings, catholic temples and Aztec ruins. We’ll start by visiting the city’s Cathedral and have a close look to the architectural and sculptural style of the 16th and 17th century. Right behind, and almost totally buried, is the Templo Mayor, the main structure of the Aztec Empire. We’ll visit its museum and learn about the continuous excavations and findings of this great ancient city. And across the street, we’ll visit El Palacio Nacional (The Nacional Palace) and appreciate 500 years of history through the narrative paintings of Diego Rivera.

After lunch, we’ll visit the Museum of Anthopology and get to know better what encompasses the Mesoamerican culture and its evolution for over five thousand years.

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit of the Cathedral of Mexico City
  • Visit of Palacio de Gobierno
  • Visit of Templo Mayor and Museum
  • Lunch
  • Visit of the Museum of Anthopology
DAY 4 : TEPOZPLAN & TULA



The highlight of Tepotzotlán is The National Viceregal Museum (Museo Nacional del Virrenato). Colonial Mexico attracts people from all over the world for its vast amount of churches with baroque decorations of 16th, 17th and 18th century. The Franciscan monastery in Tepotzotlán is probably the most impressive work of art of the colonial period in Mexico.

And a few miles north, we’ll travel through time and enter the ceremonial site of the ancient Toltecs: Tula. Where we can appreciate 8th century Mesoamerican architecture and the colossal statues, called "Atlantes".

After a nice lunch on the country side of San Juan del Río, we’ll drive to San Miguel de Allende and visit its vibrant streets.

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit of the museum of El Virreinato
  • Visit of the Archeological site of Tula
  • Dinner in San Juan del Río
  • Chech-in hotel in San Miguel de Allende
  • Free evening in San Miguel de Allende
DAY 5 : SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE



San Miguel de Allende, located in the state of Guanajutao, is an attractive tourist destination for wealthy Mexico City residents and has a large American and Canadian expatriate community comprised primarily of retirees.
The town was founded in 1542 by the Franciscan monk Fray Juan de San Miguel. The town featured prominently in the Mexican War of Independence. General Ignacio Allende, one of San Miguel's native sons, was a leading player in the war against Spain for independence. Allende, captured in battle and beheaded, is a national hero.
San Miguel el Grande renamed itself "San Miguel de Allende" in 1826 in honor of his actions. By 1900, San Miguel de Allende was in danger of becoming a ghost town. Declared a national historic monument in 1926 by the Mexican government, development in the historic district is restricted in order to preserve the town's colonial character.

The city of Guanajuato was originally built over the Guanajuato River, which flowed through tunnels underneath the city. However, after years of raising buildings to accommodate repeated flooding, in the mid-twentieth century, engineers built a dam and redirected the river into underground caverns. The tunnels were lit and paved with cobblestones for automobile traffic, and this underground road network carries the majority of cars driving through the city today. It is one of the most noticeable features of the city.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Museum visit in San Miguel de Allende.
  • Drive to Guanajuato.
  • Lunch in typical regional restaurant.
  • Check-in hotel in Guanajuato.
  • Free evening in the downtown area of Guanajuato.
DAY 6 : GUANAJUATO & SAN LUIS POTOSI



The historic town of Guanajuato and adjacent mines are a World Heritage Site. It is famous for its silver mines, markets and especially for its traditions and festivals. We’ll walk in the streets, drive around, visit the local market and visit a few popular museums. Then we’ll drive to the colonial town of San Luis Potosí, have a typical potosino lunch and have some free time to visit the down town area.

Today, the downtown is one of plazas and colonial architecture. The "Plaza de Armas" is home to a cathedral and governor's palace (1770), and on quiet evenings, chatting couples and families enjoy popsicles. The nearby "Templo de Nuestra Señora del Carmen," with its colorful tiled domes and famous altars, is considered among Mexico's finest churches. In addition, San Luis is home to the bullring Plaza de Toros Fermin Rivera.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • City tour of Guanajuato.
  • Drive to San Luis Potosí.
  • Lunch in local restaurant.
  • City tour.
  • Check-in hotel.
DAY 7 : LA HUASTECA & XILITLA



La Huasteca is a region in the northeastern part of Mexico, comprising mountains, hill country and lowlands, centered on the watershed of the Pánuco River, inland from the city of Tampico. It includes parts of the states of Veracruz, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, and Hidalgo. It is home to some 80,000 speakers of the Huastec (or Wastek) language (the Huastec people) and around a million speakers of Huasteca Nahuatl dialects.
The Huasteca's distinctive cultural features include Huapango music and dance. Unlike most of the rest of Mexico, this area does not have a rainy and dry season because it rains all year round in the mountain areas. Therefore, this region is covered in rainforest and has the highest concentration of rivers and floodplains in the country. Cities in San Luis Potosí that are within the Huasteca area include: Ciudad Valles, Xilitla, El Pozo de las Golondrinas, Tamúl, Tamasopo, Consuelo and Taninul.

Touristically, the area is not well-known or visited by either Mexican or international tourists. For this reason, many areas are still "virgin" for any number of activities, including rafting, kayaking, rappelling and spelunking in its caverns such as the Sótano de las Golondrinas, in San Luis Potosí.

We’ll cross the Huasteca of the State of San Luis Potosí, visit the natural abyss of El Sótano de las Golondrinas, pass through small villages and visit Xilitla, the Castle of Edward James and its gardens, and have lunch by the natural waterfalls of Las Pozas.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Drive through La Huasteca.
  • Visit El Sotano de las Golondrinas.
  • Visit Xilitla.
  • Lunch in local restaurant.
  • Check-in hotel in Ixmiquilpan.
DAY 8 : EL TAJIN



El Tajín is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site located in the present-day municipality of Papantla, in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It was the major site of the Classic Veracruz culture and one of the largest cities in western Mesoamerica during the Classic era.
Tajín means city or place of thunder in the Totonac language, and is believed to have been one of the names for the Totonac god of thunder, lightning and rain. The ceremonial center of the site is covers only about 1 km square, but there are mostly unexcavated remains of subsidiary buildings extending for a considerable distance beyond. The ceremonial center has number of temple-pyramids, palaces, and several courts for playing the Mesoamerican ballgame. The site's most famous building is the Pyramid of the Niches. The step pyramid of 6 terraces is some 60 feet high. While only medium as Mesoamerican pyramids go, the ornamented architecture creates a striking and visually pleasing effect. The terraces are of well cut stone forming a series of 365 niches. A staircase rises up the pyramid's east side. Originally the pyramid was topped by a temple, but little remains of this.

A number of the buildings have carved reliefs on them, and the site also has some free standing stone stelae. Many of the sculptures depict the ritual ballgame and ritual bloodletting by the elite.The site is now a tourist destination, and has a moderate sized museum.

Papantla is a city in the northern part of the Mexican state of Veracruz. It serves as the administrative seat of the municipality of the same name. It was named a "Pueblo Mágico" in 2006.

  • Breakfast in Hotel.
  • Visit the archeological site of Tajin.
  • City tour of Papantla with lunch.
  • Drive to Veracruz.
  • Check-in hotel in Veracruz.
DAY 9 : CATEMACO



After our breakfast in Veracruz, we’ll drive through the coast line and enter the mountain range of Los Tuxtlas. We’ll start by visiting a small village called santiago Tuxla, visit the local market and the colossal Olmec head in the center plaza. Learn a bit about the Olmec culture and the Tuxtlas in the local museum of antropology, and continue our way to Catemaco. But first we’ll visit the beautiful falls of Eyipantla, and arriving to Catemaco, we’ll have a regional style lunch at the lagoon side, followed by a boat tour of the Lagoon of Catemaco.

Historically an isolated community, the city now has an international reputation for Catemaco Brujos, a local phenomena of witchcraft practitioners with commercial interests. Mel Gibson recently filmed parts of Apocalypto in the vicinity. He joins Sean Connery's Medicine Man and many others who have used the Catemaco vicinity as a backdrop for jungle scenes.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Drive to Catemaco.
  • Visit Santiago Tuxtla and the museum of the Olmec culture.
  • Visit Salto de Eyipantla.
  • Typical lunch by the lake of Catemaco.
  • Afternoon boat ride in the lake of Catemaco.
  • Check-in hotel in Catemaco.
DAY 10 : CHIAPAS I - CAÑON DEL SUMIDERO & SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS



Chiapas is the southernmost state of Mexico, located towards the southeast of the country. Chiapas is bordered by the states of Tabasco to the north, Veracruz to the northwest, and Oaxaca to the west. To the east Chiapas borders Guatemala, and to the south the Pacific Ocean. Most people in Chiapas are poor, rural small farmers. "Chiapas is aptly described as rich land with poor people." About one quarter of the population are of full or predominant Maya descent, and in rural areas many do not speak Spanish.

The Sumidero Canyon is regarded as an important tourist attraction in the state of Chiapas. The importance and cultural symbolism of Sumidero Canyon for Chiapans are so great that its silhouette is the base of the Coat of Arms of the state of Chiapas. Its cliffs are 900 meters above sea level and overlook the Grijalva River. The Sumidero Canyon is home to a great variety of wildlife including crocodiles. We’ll do a full boat tour of the Sumidero Canyon and appreciate its magnificence and look for wildlife, and afterwards, have lunch by the river.

San Cristóbal de las Casas is a municipality and city in the central highlands of Chiapas. After checking in the hotel, we’ll have some free time to enjoy this beautiful village with its very own style and personality.

  • Drive to Tuxtla Gutierrez with box breakfast.
  • Visit of Sumidero canyon.
  • Boat ride in the river of the canyon.
  • Lunch in local restaurant.
  • Drive to San Cristóbal de las Casas.
  • Check-in hotel in San Cristóbal with free time in the downtown area.
DAY 11 : CHIAPAS II - HIGHLANDS NATIVE COMMUNITIES



San Cristobal de las Casas has many places to visit, and just the streets of the downtown area is a wonderful place to be. Spend some free time with recommendations and after we’ll drive to Chamula, one of the icons of Chiapas native culture.

The church of San Juan Chamula, in the municipal cabecera (headtown), is filled with colorful candles, and smoke from burning copal resin incense, commonly used throughout southern Mexico. Along the walls of the church, as in many Catholic churches, are dressed-up wooden statues of saints in large wooden cases, many wearing mirrors to deflect evil. The local form of Catholicism is a blend of pre-conquest Maya customs, Spanish Catholic traditions, and subsequent innovations. There are no pews in the church, and the floor area was completely covered in green pine boughs, and soda bottles, mostly Coca-cola, on the pine needle carpet. Curanderos (medicine men) diagnose the medical, psychological or ‘evil-eye’ afflictions and prescribe remedies such as candles of specific colors and sizes, specific flower petals or feathers, or in a dire situation a live chicken, to be brought to a healing ceremony. Chamula families kneel on the floor of the church with sacrificial items, stick candles to the floor with melted wax, drink ceremonial cups of Posh or in recent years Coca Cola or Pepsi, and chant prayers in an archaic dialect of Tzotzil.

After, we’ll also visit the town of Zinacantan, famous for its colorful handcrafts and beautiful people of the highlands of Chiapas.

  • Free time in San Cristobal de las Casas with recommendations.
  • Visit the temple of Chamula.
  • Visit the people and traditions of Zinacantán.
  • Dinner in local restaurant in San Cristobal.
DAY 12 : CHIAPAS III - HIDDEN WORLDS



After our breakfast in San Cristobal de las Casas we’ll start our way down the mountains. We’ll stop at the ancient Mayan city of Toniná and appreciate its temples, sculptures and hieroglyphics. This will be our first visit of a wonderful journey through the world of the ancient Maya. Toniná is truly a jewel and seldom visited by general tourism.

We’ll continue the sinuous road to the low lands of Chiapas and make a stop in the natural sanctuary of the falls of Agua Azul. Take a swim in the crystal water of the river and have a typical lunch with view of the falls.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Visit the Mayan ruins of Tonina.
  • Visit the water falls of Agua Azul.
  • Lunch in Agua Azul.
  • Check-in hotel in Palenque.
DAY 13 : CHIAPAS IV - YAXCHILAN & BONAMPAK



Very early in the morinung, we’ll drive from Palenque to the river Usumacinta where we’ll jump in a boat and navigate in between the borders of Mexico and Guatemala until we find the hidden city of Yaxchilan. Yaxchilan is known for the large quantity of excellent sculpture at the site, such as the monolithic carved stelas and the narrative stone reliefs carved on lintels spanning the temple doorways.

On our return to Palenque, we’ll participate in a Temazcal ceremony, the traditional mesoamerican steam bath, with dinner included.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Drive to Frontera Echeverría.
  • Boat trip to Yaxchilan.
  • Archeological visit of Yaxchilan.
  • Lunch in local restaurant.
  • Archeological visit of Bonampak.
  • Return to Palenque with Temazcal steam bath ceremony, with dinner.
DAY 14 : PALENQUE & CAMPECHE



Palenque is a medium size archeological site but with extensive detail, worth to spend many hours and admire its art and architecture. Our visit includes main temples (Temple of the cross, the Palace, Temple of the incriptions), monuments, jungle walk through the preclassic Palenque, relax and free time in the gardens, museum and souvenirs shop.
On our way to Campeche, we’ll stop in the popular fishermen city of Champotón and have a sea food lunch by the beach.

Campeche is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and it is surrounded by fortresses in defense of the pirate attacks of the 17th century. This beautiful city is considered Patrimony of Humanity by the UNESCO. We’ll drive around the main avenues and look at the architecture, have some free time to spend in the downtown area and simply breathe the air of this historic Mexican city.

  • Archeological visit of Palenque.
  • Drive to Campeche.
  • Sea food lunch in Champotón.
  • Check-in hotel in Campeche and city tour.
DAY 15 : RUTA PUUC KABAH & UXMAL



On our way to Uxmal we enter la Sierra Puuc, the only elevations found in the Yucatan Peninsula. All this area is very rich in history and is a gold mine for archeologists. Here, the Maya built their firsts settlements and also very large cities between the 3rd and 11th century.

We are going to start today’s expedition by visiting the Mayan Temples of Kabah. The most famous structure at Kabah is the "Palace of the Masks", the façade decorated with hundreds of stone masks of the long-nosed rain god Chaac; it is also known as the Codz Poop, meaning "Rolled Matting", from the pattern of the stone mosaics. This massive repetition of a single set of elements is unusual in Maya art, and here is used to unique effect. Loltun is one of the most important caves systems of the Yucatan, not only for its size but also for its archeological findings. We are going to explore this cave in a guided tour and learn how important was the caves, and in particular this one, for the ancient mayan culture.

We continue our drive to Uxmal passing through many colonial villages and we’ll stop to relax, check-in and have lunch in the gardens of a Hacienda. In the evening, our long awaited visit of Uxmal in a spectacular light and sound show.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Archeological visit of Kabah.
  • Visit the caves of Loltún.
  • Check-in Hacienda hotel.
  • Lunch and free time in the gardens of the Hacienda.
  • Light and sound show of Uxmal.
DAY 16 : CELESTUN & MERIDA



On the northeast side corner of the Yucatan peninsula, where the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico meet, is the biosphere reserve of Celestún. The inlet of Celestún divides the Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan. Celestún is one of the main natural attractions in the north of the peninsula, especially because of the high diversity of exotic birds. We’ll take a boat trip in the inlet and through the mangrove canals in look for these creatures and natural springs. The most popular character of Celestun is the pink Flamingo, where hundreds of then gather to feast of the marina fauna of the inlet. In the town of Celestún, we’ll have a great sea food lunch on the beach.

We drive all the way to the main city of the peninsula: Merida. Also known as the White City for its opulent and huge 18th century white houses. We’ll drive through the main avenue Paseo de Montejo and spend the warm evening in the downtown area, visiting museums, handcraft shops and simply listening and breathing the air of a traditional Mexican city.

  • Breakfast in Hotel.
  • Boat expedition in the natural reserve of Celestun.
  • Sea food lunch in Celestun by the beach.
  • Check-in hotel in Merida.
  • City tour and free time in the downtown area.
DAY 17 : CHICHEN ITZA



After our breakfast at the hotel in Merida, we’ll drive to the historic City of Three Cultures: Izamal. Izamal is the location of the first mayan settlements 3000 years ago and is one of the first cities conquered by the Spaniards.

Take a carriage tour in its ancient streets, visit the main pyramid and the cathedral and breath in the feeling of a small colonial town.
Visit the latest Wonder of the World "Chichén Itza". It is here where on Spring Equinox the God Kukulcan descends the Pyramid as a Snake in an incredible combination between Light and Shadows. The visit last about 3 hours and includes: The Pyramid of Kukulcán, the Temple of the Warriors, the Largest Ball Court in Mesoamérica, the Observatory and much more. After the visit, buffet lunch regional style.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Visit of the town of Izamal.
  • Archeological visit of Chichen Itza.
  • Buffet Lunch.
  • Check-in hotel in Tulum.
DAY 18 : COBA & CENOTES



Cobá is one of the largest and most ancient cities of the maya. Coba is located around two lagoons. A series of elevated stone and plaster roads radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far. These are known by the Maya term "sacbe". The site contains several large temple pyramids, the tallest, known as Nohoch Mul, being 42 meters in height.

Climb the tallest pyramid in southeast Mexico and explore the white roads where hundreds of constructions are still totally covered by the dense vegetation. Because of the size of the archeological site, there is the option of renting bicycle or tricycle-taxis for the tour.

After our visit, we’ll take a swim in the crystal clear water of two magnificent cenotes. Cenote water is often very clear, as the water comes from rain water infiltrating slowly through the ground, and therefore contains very little suspended particulate matter. The groundwater flow rate within a cenote may be very slow at velocities ranging from 1 to 1000 meters per year. Cenotes attract cave divers of around the world who have documented extensive flooded cave systems through them, some of which have been explored for lengths of 100 kilometers or more.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Archeological visit of Cobá.
  • Swim in 2 cenotes.
  • Regional style lunch.
  • Return to Tulum.
DAY 19 : T U L U M



Tulum is one of best places to be in the Mexican Caribbean. We will have some free time to spend at the beach before we go visit the beautiful ancient city. Tulum was one of the few remaining mayan cities at the arrival of the first Europeans. Being built on the coast gives an impressive view and majesty to Tulum, and the main reason for its popularity. After our archeological visit, we’ll check-in a centric hotel in Playa del Carmen.

In the evening, we’ll hang around in the town of Playa del Carmen. Walk along the 5th avenue with folkloric and bustling restaurant-bars, boutiques and handcraft shops.

  • Free morning in Tulum.
  • Archeological visit of Tulum.
  • Check-in hotel en Playa del Carmen.
  • Evening in Playa del Carmen.
DAY 20 : RIVIERA MAYA



The Riviera Maya and Cancun is completely within the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The terrain is flat and covered by low tropical jungle. The geology is high purity carbonates down to a depth of 0.5 - 1.5 km below the surface. Mean annual rainfall is 1.5 m per year and the efficient infiltration results in the complete absence of any surface rivers. As is common in karst, underground river network have formed by dissolution, and these have been explored and mapped by cave diving through sinkhole collapses locally called cenotes. The whole of the Yucatan Peninsula is underlain by a density stratified coastal aquifer system with a lens shaped fresh water body floating on top of intruding saline water. The groundwater resources are accessed via the thousands of cenotes throughout the landscape, and these water resources supported the Maya civilizations and remains today the only natural source of potable water for this area.

The Caribbean coastline is a series of crescent shaped white sand beaches interrupted every 1 - 10 km by rocky headlands and inlets through which groundwater discharges into the coastal water that are locally called caletas. Large sections of the extensive mangrove swamps that lie behind the beaches and headlands are included in the areas scheduled for tourism development.

  • Free day at the hotel.
  • Optional tour to Cancun and handcraft market.
DAY 21 : DEPARTURE