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15 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, explore Xochimilco and Coyoacan. Then explore the 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... Read More

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Overview

Physical Difficulty

Easy
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Recommended Age

Everyone

Operated in

English, Spanish

GUIDANCE

On Some Day Trips

starting point

Mexico City

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Hiking

Rafting

Meet local people

Indigenous culture

Snorkeling/Diving

Outdoors & Nature

Beach & Sea

Start / End

Highlights

1

Walk through the Lacandona Jungle with the local community and sailing through its rivers.

2

Learn from a Mayan Community how chewing gum is traditionally made

3

Refresh in amazing waterfalls in Chiapas and magical cenotes in Tulum

4

Explore Mexico City in an authentic way and get to know the local communities of Chiapas.

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. Sleep in CDMX

Guide: Included for the day

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 parador where you will get to know the different local handcrafts. Sleep in CDMX

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • High Range: 4* Hotel
Day 3

place Xochimilco and Coyoacan

Frida Kahlo’s house, Casa Azul, and tour around Coyoacan and Xochimilco. Start the day by traveling in a trajinera in Xochimilco and get to know Mexico City before the spanish colonization. Then walk around Coyoacan, neighborhood that is known for its rich history. Discover its plazas and streets which date back to the 16th - 20th centuries. The great painter Frida Kahlo lived in this neighborhood (first with her family, then with the famous painter Diego Rivera) in her most famous house Casa Azul. The house is currently a museum with paintings by both artists, personal documents, photographs and original furniture. Sleep in CDMX

Guide: Included for the day

Day 4

place Chiapas

Flight to Villahermosa. Visit in the afternoon the waterfall of Roberto Barrios, a quiet and incredible waterfall that will amaze you by its turquoise colors. Sleep in Palenque

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Chan-Kah Resort Village
Day 5

place Agua Azul, Misol Ha and Palenque

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, 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. Sleep in Palenque

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Chan-Kah Resort Village
Day 6

place Selva Lacandona

Visit Bonampak, a Mayan archaeological site located in the Selva Lacandona, near the border of Mexico with Guatemala, and belongs to the cities of the Usumacinta basin. It is an archaeological zone that was dependent on Yaxchilán. All the structures on the site appear to have been built between the years 580 and 800. Then, enjoy a rafting in the Selva Lacandona and be amazed by the flora and fauna of the place. Sleep in the jungle

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Canto de la Selva Jungle Lodge
Day 7

place Selva Lacandona

Get to know the Selva Lacandona by walking through the jungle with the local community and sailing through the river Lacanja. Watch all types of birds and enjoy the natural beauty of this jungle. Sleep in the jungle

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Top Che Centro Ecoturistico
Day 8

place Chiflón and Comitán

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. Sleep in Comitan

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Casa Delina
Day 9

place San Cristobal de las Casas

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. Arrival to San Cristobal. Then, get to know the elaboration process of Cacao in the Museum of Kakaw. From his history, importance in Mexican culture and how it has been globalized as chocolate. Sleep in San Cristobal de las Casas

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Sombra del Agua
Day 10

place San Cristobal de las Casas, San Juan Chamula, 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. Sleep in San Cristobal de las Casas

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Sombra del Agua
Day 11

place Cañon de Sumidero, Chiapa de Corzo and Chiapas - Cancun

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. Then enjoy a meal in Chiapa de Corzo. Flight to Cancun at 10:25 pm Sleep at Cancún

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Comfort Inn
Day 12

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. Sleep in Tulum

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Tropicalito Tulum
Day 13

place Cenotes in 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. Sleep in Tropical Ito Tulum

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Tropicalito Tulum
Day 14

place Sian Ka’an and Gum Workshop

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. Sleep in Tulum

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • High Range: Hotel Manglex
Day 15

place End of the tour

Return to Mexico City. End of the tour.

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • 4* Hotel
  • Chan-Kah Resort Village
  • Canto de la Selva Jungle Lodge
  • Top Che Centro Ecoturistico
  • Hotel Casa Delina
  • Hotel Sombra del Agua
  • Comfort Inn
  • Hotel Tropicalito Tulum
  • Hotel Manglex

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (1)
  • Snacks (1)

Transport expand_less

  • All transfers during day tours

Activities expand_less

  • Shared balloon flight in Teotihuacan
  • Mexico City Tour
  • Río Secreto
  • Tulum and cenotes experiences
  • Sian Kaan and Gum Workshop
  • Pottery Workshop
  • Rafting experience
  • All experiences in Canto de la Selva
  • Boat ride in Cañon del Sumidero

Extras expand_less

  • Entry tickets in Teotihuacan
  • Entry tickets in Xochimilco
  • Entry tickets in Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo
  • Entry tickets in Palenque
  • Entry tickets to Lagos de Montebello
  • Entry tickets to Cascada Chiflon
  • Entry tickets to the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

Not Included expand_less

  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance

About Karen

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Hiking

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