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11 Day itinerary in Mexico, North America

Travel with Purpose: As seen on Global Child Mexico

Float on hot air ballons over the Teotihuacan Pyramids at sunrise in Mexico City… then explore underground lagoons of Tulum in the stunning Mayan Riviera and venture to the other coast of Mexico to Chiapas for raw natural beauty and culture like you’ve never seen before as we explore the roots of Me... Read More

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Karen

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Overview

Physical Difficulty

Easy
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Recommended Age

Everyone

Operated in

English

GUIDANCE

Tour Guide, Driver

starting point

Mexico City

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Hiking

Meet local people

Indigenous culture

Historic & cultural landmarks

Outdoors & Nature

Start

End

Highlights

1

Hot air balloon flight over Teotihuacan

2

Refresh in amazing waterfalls in Chiapas and magical cenotes in Tulum

3

Visit the local and indigenous communities of Chiapas: San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

4

Learn from a Mayan Community how chewing gum is traditionally made

Itinerary

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Day 1

place Mexico City

Arrival to Mexico City. Start your day by getting to know the historic center. Have a nice walk through Mexico City’s Historic Center, where the Templo Mayor archaeological site, the National Palace, the Zócalo and the Cathedral are located, among some. Visit the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico’s first art museum dedicated to contemplating artistic objects. Then, on to the Alameda Central, an urban park with green gardens and paved paths, considered to be the oldest park in the Americas. Then tour around Polanco, one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city and get to know Chapultepec. Experience Chapultepec forest, its Lake, the Park and visit the Castle. Have a walk through the forest, visit the Castle (built during the Viceroyalty) and enjoy its beautiful terraces, garden and breathtaking views. Sample some popular snacks and traditional candies sold in the kiosks throughout the park. Then enjoy dinner at the Condesa known as the bohemic neighborhood of the city.

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: 4* Hotel
Day 2

place Teotihuacan

Start your day in a shared flight on a hot air balloon to watch the sunrise above the pyramids of Teotihuacan, one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico. The balloon flight is a very special, exciting and incomparable experience. At the end of the balloon flight, you will discover the majestic archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Walk through the Calzada de los Muertos (Dead Pass) to get to the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon and Quetzalcoatl Temple. Appreciate Teotihuacan's flora in this unforgettable site. Then, enjoy a local meal to at last visit an artisan parader where you will get to know the different local handcrafts.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High Range: 4* Hotel
Day 3

place Chiapas

Flight to Villahermosa. Visit in the afternoon the archeological site of Palenque. In an area of 16 kilometers there are more than 200 architectural structures and constructions, among them the Temple of the Inscriptions, the Great Palace, Temple XI, the temples of La Cruz Foliada, del Sol and del Conde as well as the Ball game. In the surroundings of the archaeological zone, with great vegetation, you will be able to practice trekking and appreciate the flora and fauna, in an extension of more than 1,700 ha. that make up the Palenque National Park, where different types of birds live.

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Chan-Kah Resort Village or similar
Day 4

place Chiapas

Visit Agua Azul and Misholha. First you will get to know the Agua Azul waterfalls which form shallow canyons with vertical cliffs that give rise to their blue-white waterfalls. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Chiapas. Then you will get to know the Misol Ha waterfall, which creates a large pool in which it is possible to swim. This refreshing and beautiful place is located in the tropical forest of the Chiapas mountains and in the middle of a rich vegetation composed of tall trees of mahogany, chicozapotes and palos de agua. Then travel by car to San Cristobal de las Casas

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Sombra del Agua or similar
Day 5

place Chiapas

San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Get to know the local communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. San Juan Chamula is a town inhabited by Tzotzils which has a peculiar church. The guide will explain the uses and customs, worldview, shamanism and the practice of rituals and ceremonies of the inhabitants made by the Hilol (healer).Then you will go to Zinacantan, approx. 15 minutes away, a place of bats, also inhabited by Tzotziles. They are cultural and artisan communities where you will visit the temple of San Lorenzo, the chapel of the authorities and the traditional fabrics made on a backstrap loom by the local women. You will also taste a traditional drink called Posh, typical of rituals and parties, and some traditional food

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Sombra del Agua or similar
Day 6

place Chiapas

Chiflón is a waterfall, on the way you go up through different waterfalls and reaching the top, you will get to see one of the biggest waterfalls in the area. It is a walk of approx. 40 min and it is worth it to get to the top. There is a zip line, if you want to take it.Then visit the Lagos de Montebello, a set of lakes that connect Mexico and Guatemala. Get amazed by its colors and vegetation.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Casa Delina or similar
Day 7

place Chiapas - Cancún

Take a workshop with the artisans Vicente and Juana. They are 3 families working together in the workshop. Get to know everything about pottery and its elaboration process. Then enjoy a meal in Chiapa de Corzo, to then visit the Cañon de Sumidero by boat. This canyon has a cliff whose height goes over 1000 m above sea level and rises above the Grijalva River, which has a depth of more than 250 meters. Flight to Cancun at 10:25 pm

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Comfort Inn or similar
Day 8

place Tulum

Get to know the underground river at the Hotel Manglex, it is an extraordinary natural beauty. Also be amazed by the crystal museum, whose formation tells the geological history of the earth. Then enjoy a local meal.

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Manglex or similar
Day 9

place Tulum

Get impressed by the ruins in the middle of the blue beaches of Tulum. You will get to know the history of the place and the meaning behind the archeological site. Then get to know a cenote which is hidden. A cenote is a natural sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater. Cenotes were commonly used for water supplies by the ancient Maya, and occasionally for sacrificial offerings. By the end of the day, you will enjoy and relax in the natural beach of Tulum.

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Tropicalito Tulum or similar
Day 10

place Tulum

You will start your day by visiting a Mayan community where you will learn the entire process of chewing gum; where does it come from, how is it done and the whole process. Finishing the chewing gum workshop, you will get to know and tour the Muyil canals in the Sian Kaan reserve. It is a tour in the natural reserve of Sian Kaan, where its channels let you to the sea. You will get to see crocodiles, manatees, exotic birds. There you could swim, float and/or go by the boat.

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Tropicalito Tulum or similar
Day 11

place End of the Trip

Today, your trip comes to an end.

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • 4* Hotel
  • Chan-Kah Resort Village or similar
  • Hotel Sombra del Agua or similar
  • Hotel Casa Delina or similar
  • Hotel Manglex or similar
  • Hotel Tropicalito Tulum or similar
  • Comfort Inn or similar

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (2)

Transport expand_less

  • All transfers during day tours

Activities expand_less

  • Shared hot air baloon ride
  • Mexico City tour
  • Tulum and cenotes experience
  • Sian Kaan
  • Gum Workshop
  • Palenque tour
  • San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan
  • Boat ride in Cañon del Sumidero
  • Rio Secreto tour

Extras expand_less

  • Entrance tickets in Teotihuacan
  • Entrance tickets to Palenque
  • Entry tickets to Cascada Chiflon
  • Entry tickets to the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

Not Included expand_less

  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • All meals: Breakfasts/ Meals/Drinks

About Karen

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Expertise: 

Hiking

Rafting

Snorkeling/Diving

Meet local people

Indigenous culture

Travel with Purpose

Beach & Sea

Outdoors & Nature

Since 2014, I have been connecting travelers with local communities. My passion to help other communities thrive, to preserve the indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as its natural habitats, and help travelers discover this treasure.

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FROM PRICE PER TRAVELER

$3447 USD