INT1014 Explore Mexico

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INT1014 Explore Mexico12 Nights / 13 Days tour

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Campeche - Cancun - Merida - Mexico - Palenque - San Cristóbal de las Casas

Tour Overview

Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that's known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles.Palenque, also anciently known as Lakamha, was a Maya city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century.Campeche, a Mexican state on the Yucatán Peninsula, spans limestone hills, rainforests and Gulf of Mexico beaches. Its namesake capital is a colonial-era harbor city with baroque Spanish architecture, cobblestone streets and a walled historic district. Its preserved fortifications include Fuerte de San Miguel, housing Campeche Archaeological Museum displaying finds from Mayan sites including Edzná and Isla de Jaina.San Cristóbal de las Casas is a highland town in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. It’s known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, such as the centuries-old, yellow San Cristóbal Cathedral on the Parque Central. Los Altos Museum, in the baroque former Santo Domingo de Guzmán convent, has regional history and textile exhibits. Outside the building, a market sells colorful weavings and other handicrafts. The Palenque ruins date from ca. 226 BC to ca. AD 799. After its decline, it was absorbed into the jungle of cedar, mahogany, and sapodilla trees, but has since been excavated and restored. 

Day 1: Mexico City

Arrive at Mexico City – a fascinating capital that charms the visitor with endless options. Rest of the day at leisure. Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. It's known for its Templo Mayor (a 13th-century Aztec temple), the baroque Cathedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these are situated in and around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo. Mexico city is one of the most enjoyable destinations, its historic centre better known as Zocalo is declared World Heritage by UNESCO and is the heart of a living culture. Visit its neighborhoods flooded with art nouveau and art deco, enjoy its cuisine and lose yourself in the streets of the city with the most museums in the world. Mexico City's Historic downtown area brings together the stages of preColumbian and viceregal Mexico. In it, you can admire the archaeological ruins of the Templo Mayor, or Main Temple, as well as its civil and religious buildings from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Visit the Palace of Fine Arts and enjoy the permanent and temporary exhibitions that are housed there. Delight yourself with the lights that illuminate the night and dine in a restaurant framed by viceregal or porfirian architecture in the Historic Center. You can find several options, such as the House of the Tiles, Habita’s Downtown Mexico Hotel or the Grand Hotel of Mexico City. Visit the Chapultepec Park more commonly called the Bosque de Chapultepec in Mexico City, one of the largest city parks in the Western Hemisphere, measuring in total just over 686 hectares. This 1600 acre park has enough activities every day and is particularly popular with families with children. Visit the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral – the largest cathedral in the Americas. You can also visit one of the many popular museums – Museo Soumaya – art museum with many European works, Museo Rufino Tamayo – museum with contemporary art exhibits, Popular Art Museum with kid activities etc. Then see the La Torre Latinoamericana – the fourth largest skyscraper in the world outside the United States, the building which has the fastest elevators in the world, the first and largest building with glass façade, Its central location, height and history make it one of the city's most important landmarks. It has an observation area, museum, restaurants etc. Or you can visit Chapultepec Zoo - Chapultepec Zoo is a zoo located in Chapultepec Park; it is one of four zoos near Mexico City, and the best known Mexican zoo. It is a part of the Mexican tradition of conserving animal species that dates back to ancient times, like in the time of Aztecs. Late evening experience the Mexico nightlife which is as lively and varied as everything else the city has to offer. There are elegant cafés and all-night dance spots amid the few old taverns and restaurants, Entrepreneurs converted aging office buildings into private clubs, nightlife is vibrant in Centro Historico, Juarez, Polanco etc. All tastes are catered for, from gentle supper clubs with floorshows and loud music, live salsa dancers, Latin Music etc. Shopping in malls. Flea markets, department stores etc. Overnight at hotel in Mexico City.

Day 2: Mexico City – City tour

After breakfast at the hotel, morning proceed for the City tour of Mexico City, visit the “Metropolitan Cathedral” the largest Roman Catholic Cathedral in the Americas, it is located in the heart of the city’s Centro Historico. Even the stones used to construct the cathedral were plundered (or recycled, depending on your perspective) from the Aztec temple. But step in inside and you’re immediately greeted, by the glistening, large, and ornate gold Altar of Forgiveness. It is here that many of the cathedral’s day-to-day services are held. Then visit the “Zocalo Square” the public square in central Mexico city. This great square, called the Zocalo, evokes the place of homage and center of the world which was the heart of the ceremonial nucleus of Mexico Tenochtitlan. Then visit the “National Palace” or “Palacio National”, the official seat of the Mexican government, ever since the Aztec Empire was in power, the site is located along the entire eastern edge of the central plaza of the city, which is commonly referred to as the Plaza de la Constitucion or Mexico City Zocalo. In addition to being the seat of the federal government, the National Palace Mexico City also houses the Federal Treasury, the National Archives, and the president’s offices. The Palace in Mexico City also functions somewhat as a museum. Visitors can view original paintings by the Mexican artist Diego Rivera as well as displays with government artifacts. Visiting the National Palace is one of the many interesting things to do on a Mexico City day trip. Continue to visit “Anthropology Museum” (closed on Mondays) – the museum contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian heritage of Mexico such as the Piedra Del Sol (Aztec Calendar Stone). If you’re a fan of Aztec and Maya culture, you’ll enjoy the exhibits of the Anthropological Museum, considered one of the best archaeological museums in the world. Come upon the Aztec Calendar Stone, burial tombs, giant Olmec stone heads and a reconstructed Maya temple. Have lunch in the restaurant in the museum. Rest of the day at leisure. Today you can visit the ‘Coyoacan’ including ‘Frida Kahlo Museum’. Pass by Coyoacán’s gorgeous 16th-century mansions, cobblestone streets and San Juan Bautista church. If you’re a fan of Frida Kahlo, you’ll enjoy La Casa Azul (the Blue House), her former home turned into a museum. Then, relax aboard a ‘trajinera’ boat for a tranquil float along Xochimilco’s canals that date back to Aztec times. Or experience Mexico City’s local flavours on a night tour - First, dine at a traditional cantina before moving on to a reserved seat at a lucha libre match. Get lost in the theatrics and cheer on for your favorite masked wrestler until your voice gets hoarse. At Garibaldi Square, dance to mariachi band music and cap the night off at a pub in the Zocalo. After dinner, follow your guide to the subway to get to the Lucha Libre Arena, and settle into your reserved seat for an exciting 2-hour experience. Learn the basic rules of lucha libre, or masked wrestling, one of Mexico’s most beloved spectator sports, perhaps second only to soccer. Lucha libre draws huge audiences, and you’ll watch some of the best matches of the night. Cheer on as each masked fighter, or luchador, catapults into the ring. After the show, check out the masks for sale and snap shots of your visit to the stadium. After the arena, head over to Garibaldi Square, teeming with locals, visitors and music. For an hour here, listen to Mexican mariachi bands and join in on the singing and dancing. Then, your guide escorts you to a Zocalo-area pub or club, the perfect place to wind down your night with drinks (own expense). Overnight at hotel in Mexico City.

Day 3: Mexico City – Teotihuacan – Mexico City (1 hr 30 min)

After breakfast, proceed for visiting the ‘Guadalupe Shrine’ and ‘Three Culture Square’ and see both the sites. Continue to Teotihuacan and visit the site of Teotihuacan - the archaeological site of Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the so-called street of the dead, and its colourful well preserved murals. Teotihuacan, which means the place where men become gods. These are among the most important pre-Hispanic ruins in the Americas due to their masterful urban layout, the monumental architecture and the strong religious and political influence that Teotihuacan held over other cities, here we will visit the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Tequila tasting included in the visit. Have a buffet lunch in Posada del Jaguar restaurant (Mexican and International dishes – at an additional cost). Evening return back to Mexico City. Overnight at hotel in Mexico City.

Day 4: Mexico City – Tuxtla Gutierrez – Sumidero Canyon (22 kms / 20 min) – San Cristobal De Las Casas (56 kms / 40 min)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez (Flight ticket is not included in the prices, please see the suggestions of flights). Arrive at the airport and proceed to Chiapa de Corzo, this little town stands by the Rio Grijalva River from where we can explore the impressive Cañon del Sumidero (Sumidero Canyon), one of the nation’s most important natural attractions. One hour boat trip in this Canyon. Lunch is not included . Sumidero Canyon is a narrow and deep canyon surrounded by a national park located just north of the city of Chiapa de Corzo in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Once the river was dammed, the water levels rose dramatically, creating an extremely deep and serene river which tour boats and taxi boats navigate with ease. The Chicoasen hydroelectric dam, opened in 1981, is today one of Mexico’s most important sources of electric power. Travel to one of the Miradores (vantage points) if you want to get a bird’s-eye view of the canyon; but if you really want to experience it properly, take a boat ride. The most common embarkation point is at Chiapa de Corzo, a short drive from Tuxtla Gutierrez. The 2-3 hour round trip on the boat will take you on a spectacular journey through the canyon, with some of the walls towering 2,500 feet above you. The wildlife on display is spectacular, and your boat may take you on a tour past one or two caves in the area. A new Ecological Park has been opened inside the canyon. The only way to get to the park is to take a boat there. The park offers a range of activity-based eco-attractions including the opportunity to visit the wildlife sanctuary, see local flora and fauna as well as a number of physical and sporting activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, abseiling, zip-line, swimming and more. See Key Attractions for full details and photo gallery. Continue to San Cristobal de las Casas. Set in a gorgeous highland valley surrounded by pine valley, the colonial city of San Cristóbal has been a popular travelers’ destination for decades. It’s a pleasure to explore San Cristóbal’s cobbled streets and markets, soaking up the unique ambience and the wonderfully clear highland light. This medium-sized city also boasts a comfortable blend of city and countryside, with restored century-old houses giving way to grazing animals and fields of corn. Surrounded by dozens of traditional Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages, San Cristóbal is at the heart of one of the most deeply rooted indigenous areas in Mexico. A great base for local and regional exploration, it’s a place where ancient customs coexist with modern luxuries. San Cristóbal also has a great selection of accommodations and a cosmopolitan array of cafes, bars and restaurants. Overnight at hotel in San Cristobal.

Day 5: San Cristobal – San Juan Chamula (10kms / 15 min) – Zinacantan (10 kms / 15 min) - San Cristobal

After breakfast, proceed for morning guided city tour of San Cristobal. In this city you can discover impressive religious edifices like the Cathedral or the Templo & Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzman. See Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya - this excellent museum showcases over 500 examples of handwoven textiles from throughout Mexico and Central America. Two permanent exhibition rooms display huipiles (sleeveless tunics) – including a 1000-year-old relic fashioned from tree bark. Then see Museo de la Medicina Maya - This award-winning museum on the northern edge of town introduces the system of traditional medicine used by many indigenous people in the Chiapas highlands. These buildings were restored using a combination of profuse baroque-style details and local architectural elements. Continue to visit San Juan Chamula - San Juan Chamula is a municipio and township in the Mexican state in the mountains of Chiapas and is a Mayan Village. It is situated some 10 km from San Cristóbal de las Casas. The picturesque, centuries-old Iglesia San Juan has whitewashed walls and a brightly painted entrance that looks out upon the town square. From the outside, the church looks typical. Once inside, that impression changes quickly. There are no pews, there is no altar. Instead, the walls are lined with glass cases, each containing a saint, resting on tables. These saints may seem to be Catholic saints, but really represent Mayan gods. In front are sometimes other tables, on which flowers stand. On the ground, rows of candles are burning, often with a worshipper behind it. In the background plays music, which is apparently a Christmas cassette the locals once received with the new Christmas lighting. Christmas music is not just for a season – it is for all seasons… On the right hand side is the shrine of the Virgin of Guadelupe, illuminated with a type of lighting you would expect on a strip in Las Vegas or Broadway, beckoning people inside. The scene looks otherworldly, though neither hellish nor divine… just very weird. Then visit Zinacantan - San Lorenzo Zinacantán is a municipio in the southern part of the Central Chiapas highlands in the Mexican state of Chiapas. A town of 30,000 people, Zinacantán sits in a valley surrounded by a patchwork of colors made from thousands of cultivated flowers and pine-forested hillsides. This vibrant city in the highlands of Chiapas, México, has been an important center of trade and commerce since pre-colonial times. Zinacantecos grow and export flowers to México City and other places. The people of Zinacantán take pride in their Maya heritage, which they express through their traditional dress, native language, and care for their traditions. As you approach the village from the mountain the slopes surrounding the village are full of green houses growing flowers of which the village is famous for. The flowers are grown and sent to Mexico City and other parts of the country. In English Zinacantan means ‘land of bats’. The people from Zinacantan also belong to the indigenous Tzotil group. Evening return back to San Cristobal. Overnight at hotel in San Cristobal.

Day 6: San Cristobal De Las Casas – Agua Azul & Misol Ha (136 kms / 2 hrs 30 min) Palenque (97 kms / 1 hr 15 min)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Palenque. Enroute stop at Agua Azul & Misol Ha – these spectacular water attractions, the thundering cascades of Agua Azul and the 35m jungle waterfall of Misol-Ha, swim in the refreshing waters of the multi-tiered limestone waterfalls in Agua Azul with Bamba, experience and take a walk in the nature, at Misol-Ha the river plunges 40 meters over the edge of a cliff offering you the chance to walk in the caves behind the stream. Rio Xumul-Ha (meaning River of Blue Water, or in Spanish, Agua Azul) features a series of torrential cascades and fast flowing waters rolling down a limestone ridge to form pools and small streams. Take a one-hour walk next to the falls in the breath-taking green valley and swim in one of the calm parts of the refreshing blue river. (approx. 60 - 90 minutes). River Misol-Ha (meaning "Streaming Water"), in the "Chol Maya" tribe area of Chiapas, creates one of the state's most wonderful natural sights as the river glides off the edge of a cliff and 40 meters down into a deep pool of water surrounded by lush vegetation. Swim in the deliciously refreshing water and be impressed by the sight of the fall from below. A small walkway will take you behind the water curtain created by the waterfall where you can walk inside the caves. (approx. 30 - 45 minutes). Then proceed to Palenque ruins - the ancient Mayan city of Palenque is one of Mexico's most breathtaking archaeological parks surrounded by lush tropical forest and jungle. This site has a serene, mystical atmosphere. From the moment you enter, you feel engulfed by a sense of history, timelessness and awe. Explore the site on foot and climb up the pyramids for great views of the ancient city and the jungle. (approx. 2 hours). Overnight at hotel in Palenque.

Day 7: Palenque – Campeche (355 kms / 4 hrs / 15 min)

After breakfast at the hotel, tour the site of Palenque, find the most notable ruins of the Mayan culture, this was once a city ruled by priests who knew Mathematics and Astrology very well. The soaring jungleswathed temples of Palenque are a national treasure and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico. 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. The elegance and craftsmanship of the buildings, as well as the lightness of the sculpted reliefs with their Mayan mythological themes, attest to the creative genius of this civilization. Then proceed to Campeche. Arrive at Campeche and check in at your hotel. Campeche, a Mexican state on the Yucatán Peninsula, spans limestone hills, rainforests and Gulf of Mexico beaches. Its namesake capital is a colonial-era harbor city with baroque Spanish architecture, cobblestone streets and a walled historic district. Its preserved fortifications include Fuerte de San Miguel, housing an archaeology museum displaying artifacts from local Mayan sites including Edzná and Isla de Jaina. Campeche is a colonial fairyland, its walled city center a tight enclave of perfectly 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 has been so painstakingly restored it almost doesn't seem like a real city. But leave the inner walls and you’ll find a genuine Mexican provincial capital complete with a frenetic market, peaceful malecón (boardwalk) and old fishing docks. Overnight at hotel in Campeche.

Day 8: Campeche – Uxmal (154 kms / 1hr / 50 min) – Merida (80 kms /1 hr)

After breakfast, today, visit Uxmal (Located 80 Kms.) of Merida, Uxmal is a real jewel of the classic Maya style, where the Maya expressed their beliefs in their temples designs, the temple of the diviner (built by a short man who was the king, according to a legend) the nuns quadrangle (where you may admire the splendor of Puuc style in its flat walls and decorated friezes) and the governor’s palace. Uxmal is an ancient Maya city of the classical period in present-day Mexico. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with Palenque, Chichén, and Calakmul . Uxmal is also an UNESCO World Heritage Centre - The layout of the buildings, which date from between 700 and 1000, reveals a knowledge of astronomy. The Pyramid of the Soothsayer, as the Spaniards called it, dominates the ceremonial centre, which has well-designed buildings decorated with a profusion of symbolic motifs and sculptures depicting Chaac, the god of rain. The ceremonial sites of Uxmal, Kabah, Labna and Sayil are considered the high points of Mayan art and architecture. Then continue to Merida. Mérida, the vibrant capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán, has a rich Mayan and colonial heritage. The city’s focal point is Plaza de la Independencia, bordered by the fortresslike Mérida Cathedral and white limestone Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, both colonial-era churches built using relics from ancient Mayan temples. The Casa de Montejo, a 16th-century mansion, is a landmark of colonial plateresque architecture. Arrive at Merida and check in at your hotel. Overnight at Merida hotel.

Day 9: Merida – Celestun – Merida (83 kms / 2 hrs)

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to visit – Celestun – Celestún is a town in Yucatán, Mexico. It is located in the northwest corner of the state, just north of the border with the state of Campeche, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. This is a sleepy sun scorched fishing village that moves at a turtle’s space. There’s a pretty little square in the centre of the town and some nice beaches but the real draw here is ‘Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun, a wildlife sanctuary with lots of flamingoes. Visit the Port where the most exotic species of the Yucatecan geography co exist, like the pink flamingo. Nothing better than to take a walk by the long tidal inlet which will bring you to its spectacular encounter with the sea. It has a beach of incomparable beauty and an exquisite variety of seafood; all this is the perfect excuse to stay one more day in Celestún. Lunch is included on the tour and dinner is not included. Later come back to Merida. Overnight at Merida hotel.

Day 10: Merida – Chichen Itza – Cancun

After breakfast at the hotel, depart to visit the world famous ‘Chichen Itza’ (approx 2 hrs 15 min), this is the most visited archaeological site in the peninsula of Yucatan, due to its extraordinary architecture beauty and its geographical location. Chichén Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is a worldfamous complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. A massive step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates the 6.5-sq.-km. ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls. Nightly sound-and-light shows illuminate the buildings' sophisticated geometry. Have lunch at Xay-Beh restaurant (Mexican and International dishes), then proceed to Cancun (approx 2 hrs 45 min). Arrive at Cancun and check in at your beachfront resort. Cancún, a Mexican city on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea, is known for its beaches, numerous resorts and nightlife. It’s composed of 2 distinct areas: the more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shops and restaurants. There is the glitzy hotel zone with its famous white-sand beaches, unabashed party scene and sophisticated sea food restaurants. Cancun watersports are one of the main attractions for visitors to Cancun owing to the some of the world’s finest beaches and of course the Great Mesoamerican Reef which is the second largest reef in the world. With more than 14 miles of white powdery sand beach and the spectacular reef, Cancun watersports are an enthusiast’s dream. Whether you want to windsurf, parasail, or learn to scuba dive, Cancun is the perfect watersports destination. Jungle Tours are extremely popular, or you can rent a wave runner or catamaran, take a trip on a glass bottom boat or take the plunge and get SCUBA-certified by an experienced dive instructor. With its shallow reefs and breathtaking views of amazing corals and vividly colored fish, Cancun scuba diving is a feast for the sense. Experience the magical underwater world of the Great Mesoamerican Reef with a Cancun snorkeling trip. Because of the shallow reefs Cancun snorkeling is the perfect alternative for those that are not so keen on scuba diving. You will still get to see the beauty of the reefs close up. Cancun fishing is fabulous as you can enjoy fly-fishing, sportfishing or deep sea fishing depending on which may be your particular passion. Cancun sailing is the best way to explore the turquoise blue waters around Cancun. You can choose to take a Cancun sailing trip organized by a Cancun tour operator, or you can choose to charter a sailboat or catamaran of your own and take to the open waters and round up your day with a romantic sunset sail, or go on a booze cruise for lots of fun and frolics. Day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities and the various water sports. Overnight at Cancun resort.

Day 11: Cancun – Tulum – Xcaret - Cancun

After breakfast, proceed to ‘Tulum’, visit the ‘Maya Site’ formerly also known by the name of Zama, or the city of Dawn, Tulum is also the Mayan word for fence, trench or wall and the walls surrounding the site allowed Tulum Fort to serve as a defense against an invasion. From the numerous depictions in murals and other works around the sites, Tulum appears to have been an important site for the worship of the Descending God. It was built in 1200 A.D. as the Mayan Civilization declined. The Tulum ruins are the only ones set along the coast on an impressive 45 foot Cliffside facing the Caribbean. Even if you are not into history, Mayan culture, or architecture – these sea views are sure to leave you breathless. You can even visit the beach at Tulum for a swim in the turquoise waters. Tulum also has ziplne circuit in the jungle, a chance to try rappelling and also snorkel in an incredible cenote. Visit Xel Ha in Tulum - Want to see the fishies? This natural aquarium is a snorkelers paradise. Set in a natural inlet, Xel Ha is home to over 90 fresh and salt water marine species including rays, turtles and conch. You can take an inner tube down the mangrove river, do a little zip lining, and snorkel to your heart’s content. Top all that off with several all inclusive restaurants and bars and you’ve got an amazing day. The beach in Tulum is an award-winning beach. Think long, white, powder like sand that stretches on for miles. One of the best things about Tulum beach is that it is still fairly quiet and you can find areas that are remote. Why not head up to spend a day at a beach club? Laze out on a beach bed, eat fresh ceviche, and enjoy a few cold cocktails. Then continue to XCaret – a ‘Maya Civilization’ archaeological site located on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. Visit the Eco-Park - Experience the culture and nature of Mexico with the best benefits. Xcaret Plus invites you to delight in fine buffet restaurants, cool off in Underground Rivers, and relax at the inlet. The most complete and enjoyable experience of your vacation! It is opened 365 days a year with access to beaches, bays and natural pools, use of snorkelling equipment, water activities in the underground river, it is the best eco-archaeological park in Cancun with a natural sanctuary where the history of Mexico combines with fun traditions and the splendor of the Mayan culture. See the fauna in the Mayan jungle with unforgettable shows. Return back to the Cancun resort in the evening. Overnight at Cancun resort.

Day 12: Cancun

After breakfast full day at leisure. Explore Cancun and its beaches. Lots of adventure activities – tailor make your tour including driving through the jungle in an open top jeep, mountain biking, swimming in the cool fresh waters of the cenotes. Swimming with dolphins in Cancun is the highlight of many people’s vacation and is an opportunity not to be missed. Children as young as 3 can enjoy this fun experience.You can visit some of the most beautiful nature reserves and protected areas near Cancun. The flora and fauna is incredible and you will have the chance to observe wildlife such as monkeys, whale sharks, flamingos, crocodiles, marine turtles and so much more in their natural habitat. You are guaranteed a spectacular day out at the Interactive Aquarium Cancun. You can swim with dolphins and even meet sharks face to face in total safety. You can also visit Xel Ha, the world’s largest natural aquarium, or go to Xcaret to the Coral Reef Aquarium. Isla Mujeres only a short hop from Cancun and is most famous for it beautiful beaches El Garrafon with its incredible snorkeling opportunities. Isla Contoy is about 30km north of Isla Mujeres and apart from its natural beauty it is considered to be the most important nesting place for sea birds in the Mexican Caribbean with more than 150 species of birds. Isla Holbox is separated from the mainland coast of Mexico by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures. During July and August you even have the chance to swim with the whale shark – a phenomenon not be missed! As one of the world’s premier tourist destinations the shopping in Cancun is as impressive as one would imagine. You will find everything from ultra-chic designer stores and famous brand names, to flea markets and souvenir shops selling Mexican local handcrafts. Cancun shopping is duty free so you can find some real bargains on cosmetics and fine jewellery. There are many shopping malls in Cancun all offering the avid shopper a real treat. La Isla Shopping Village, Plaza Caracol etc. Cancun is also one of the premier spa destinations in the world with a choice of more than thirty Cancun spa resorts awaiting you to transport your mind, body and spirit to a nirvana of pure bliss. The majority of the hotels in Cancun offer a variety of Spa treatments combining native herbs and plants with ancient Mayan healing rituals and the latest stress-reducing technologies and treatments. Try a traditional Temazcal steam bath or a full-body massage on the beach overlooking the turquoise blue waters. Indulge in a thalassotherapy treatment and relax as expert therapists provide natural body wraps made with local plants and flowers. The ultimate relaxation experience has to include a traditional Mayan massage incorporating all the traditions of an ancient world. Try the Mayan massages and body wraps. Whether you want to dance the night away in one of Cancun’s nightclubs or spend a relaxing evening with friends in one of the many bars, the nightlife in Cancun will never disappoint you. An eclectic selection of music fills the evening air and the Cancun nightlife takes to the streets until the sun comes up. Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to party! The nightclubs in Cancun are renowned for being some of the best in the world. You don’t have to go to a nightclub for a great night out in Cancun. There are many lively Cancun bars open until the early hours with a true party atmosphere. Whether you are dining in one of the hotels, or in one of the wealth of restaurants located in the Hotel Zone or in Downtown Cancun, you will find a different fabulous Cancun restaurant for every night of your vacation. Mexican cuisine is recognized as one of the three most popular food styles in the world. Where better to enjoy it than Mexican restaurants in Cancun? The Yucatan peninsula has a style of food all of its own which you can find in many restaurants in Cancun. The culinary delights of a typical Yucatecan kitchen come from a mouth-watering mixture of European and Mexican flavors. A lot of the dishes from this region are not spicy yet are absolutely delicious. Overnight at Cancun resort.

Day 13: Cancun

Today early morning depart for Cancun airport for your departure flight.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Tour price includes:

1. Accommodation at Standard / First class hotels as opted.

2. Daily breakfast at the hotel. 

3. Transfers and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary on Seat-In-Coach basis by air-conditioned mini van.

4. Services of a local English speaking tour guide.

Tour price does not include:

1. International airfare, taxes on the international air ticket, visa charges, travel insurance etc.

2. Domestic one way air ticket for Mexico city – Merida. Approximate cost USD 235/- including taxes. Per person

3. Any increase in the rate of exchange, surface transportation and land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.

4. Porterage, tips, insurance, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, optional tours and all items of personal nature and also food & drinks not forming part of the group menus.

5. Early check in and late check out supplement charges, additional transfers / sightseeings / excursions, water sports charges, spa treatments, alcohol/liquior, etc

Visa requirements: You must be in possession of a valid Mexico visa with sufficient funds at the time of entering Mexico.

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