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A great trip across the heart of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires from Mexico City to the popular international resort of Cancún. You'll be discovering all the major ruins along the way and have a chance to meet the friendly local people and, of course, view much of Mexico's best mountain and lowland scenery
Accommodation: 13 nights in hotels Meals: Some lunches Excursions: Teotihuacán, Monte Albán, Palenque, Uxmal & Chichén Itzá ruins; Sumidero Canyon, Agua Azul waterfalls Transport: Tucan vehicle, speedboat, on foot Group: Average 15 - 24; max 34 Age: Recommended 18 - 55 Staff: Tucan tour leader, Tucan driver, local guides
Day 1 to 4:Arrive Mexico City - Teotihuacán - Puebla - Oaxaca - Monte Albán
To the great ancient ruins of Teotihuacán dominated by a series of massive pyramids. We move on to the grand city of Puebla with a great plaza and red-roofed houses. We head to Oaxaca where there's an afternoon to explore the colourful markets and colonial buildings of this beautiful city. The nearby Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán are also visited and feature a market plaza and many tombs.
Day 5 to 7:Tehuantepec - Optional visit to Mitla Ruins - Sumidero Canyon - San Cristóbal de las Casas
We make our way via the ruins of Mitla (optional to visit), known as "The Place of the Dead" before arriving in the town of Tehuantepec for an overnight stop. We now enter the delightful Chiapas Highlands and stop for a speedboat trip up the Sumidero Canyon, over 1,000 metres deep. San Cristóbal is a beautiful colonial town with much to see and there are many attractive native Indian villages in the area to visit.
Day 8 to 10:Lancandon Cloud Forest - Agua Azul - Palenque - Campeche
A scenic drive down the twisting highway to the lowland plains where we stop for a refreshing swim at Agua Azul falls. Palenque is nearby and we have a free day to explore these magnificent Mayan ruins in a jungle setting. On the coast is Campeche, an old walled city where there maybe a chance to see a sound and light show.
Day 11 to 12:Uxmal - Mérida
We travel to the Mayan ruins of Uxmal, famed for its worship of the rain god as it was the only city that relied purely on rainwater. To the magnificent colonial city of Mérida where the plaza is surrounded by archways, restaurants and great markets for souvenir shopping.
Day 13 to 14:Chichén Itzá - Cancún
The most famed Mayan site of all, Chichén Itzá, is a truly incredible complex with its ball court and massive temple pyramid. A last drive to Cancún, graced with beautiful beaches and great seafood restaurants to enjoy. Depart Cancún
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Explore Latin America on our private vehicles Are you a Discovery Tour traveller?
You enjoy travelling on a reliable, comfortable private vehicle with other like-minded travellers from all around the world. You like that in the morning, the same vehicle that dropped you off the night before is waiting to pick you up outside your hotel with your extra luggage stored safely on board. You enjoy mingling with a lot of other people and you're excited about the fact that dinner is at your leisure, because you can choose where you want to go and who to go with. Maybe you are also a little safety conscious when you travel and like to have certain comforts, such as tried and tested accommodation. Group & Leaders - Usually 15-24 travellers, max 34; Tucan Tour Leader, Tucan Driver, Tucan Guides, Local Guides & Local Reps Accommodation - Small, secure centrally located hotels and guest houses, some jungle lodges and family stays Transport - Tucan's own specially designed, comfortable Mercedes Benz vehicles Age Group - Open Age Included Meals - Most lunches on travelling days and all meals in the Amazon Jungle and on the Inca Trail Single Supplements -Travellers wishing to have their own room are able to pay a single supplement. On some occasions however it will not be possible to have single occupancy. [Read more about Tucan travel styles]
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