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Latin America - Mexico

Description

Pre-Columbian vestiges, colonial testimonies and indelible traces of the revolution: Mexico reveals to the visitors episodes of its tumultuous history. The land of the Feathered Serpent of the ancient Mayas and Aztecs, however, will not only seduce lovers of art, cities and Spanish architecture. Hyphenated between the two Americas, it is also a land of arid deserts, snow-covered volcanoes, forests and elegant seaside resorts.

Sample package

Mexico : Yucatan mysteries – 10 days / 9 nights

DAY 1 : CANADA – MEXICO

Departure flight to Cancun.

Arrival in Cancun and meeting with your French speaking guide.

Transfer by bus to your accommodation to drop off your luggage.

END OF THE MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Dinner and overnight in a 3-star hotel in Cancun.


DAY 2 : CANCUN – TULUM – VALLADOLID

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Discovery of Tulum’s archaeological site. Tulum is small and beautiful. Geographically located on the banks of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Under the Mayan empire, Tulum was named Zama, or « Dusk City ». It is in fact a dreamed site to enjoy a sunrise over the sea. It as been renamed Tulum (meaning «fortress» in Mayan) because it has imposing fortifications on the sides and in front (5 to 7 meters high). Behind sparkles the sea, from where attacked the enemies of this civilization.

Lunch at your own charge.

Then on to Valladolid.

Dinner and overnight in Valladolid.

Tulum


DAY 3 : VALLADOLID / CHICHEN ITZA / MERIDA

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Departure towards Chichen Itza. It is one of the most important Mayan sites. The main building is « El Castillo ». Its head is decorated with Quetzacoatl’s symbol. Appreciate the ballroom and its high walls, walk along the sacred path to the Cenote Sagrado, the sacrificial well.

Lunch at Chichen Itza included.

In the afternoon, pursue your journey towards Yucatan peninsula’s capital, Merida.

This colonial city was built over its own ruins by Spanish conquistadors on January 6, 1542. Throughout the years, Merida has transformed into a city open to new ideas as well as to visitors. Its center is the Plaza Mayor, green and shady. The Plaza Mayor is surrounded by the famous cathedral and its twin towers dating back to the 16th century, the National Palace and the Casa Montejo which was built in 1549 by the region’s conquistador, Francisco de Montejo. Merida is famous for its atmosphere and lively markets where you can find local craft and products.

Dinner and overnight in Merida.

Cegep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue-Mexique2


DAY 4 : MERIDA – IZAMAL – TIXKOKOB

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Departure towards Izamal. This modern town is a seductive union of pre-Columbian relics and Spanish colonial buildings. We can still see a score of typical Mayan constructions like the imposing K’inich K’ak’mo pyramid, one of the largest in Yucatan. During Mayan times, this city was one of the most important religious sites. Izamal has become a center point for the conversion of the Mayans to Christianity by the Spaniards. Fray Diego de Landa founded the enormous convent and the church which now face the Plaza.

Lunch at your own charge.

In the afternoon, on the way back to Merida, visit Tixkokob, a small Mayan village.

Dinner and overnight in Merida.

Izamal


DAY 5 : MERIDA – CELESTUN – MERIDA

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Half-day boat excursion to discover Celestun’s lagoon.

Lunch at your own charge.

Afternoon on the beaches of the Mexican Gulf.

Return to Merida.

Dinner and overnight in Merida.

Lagon de CelestunCegep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue-Mexique1


DAY 6 : MERIDA – CUZAMA – SISAL HACIENDA

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Start your day with Cuzama’s Cenotes. One of the charms that distinguish Yucatan’s peninsula is the cenotes which name comes from the Mayan « dzonot », meaning water filled cavity. The cenotes are world unique underground rock formations. In addition to being a primordial source of water in the jungle, they are sacred grounds for the Mayans who thought they were entries for the spiritual world.

Lunch at your own charge.

In the afternoon, you’ll go to the Sisal Hacienda. Traveling through Yucatan’s henequen haciendas is incredible. In former times, these places were the basis and the lifeblood of the region’s economy and today, they preserve this lifestyle’s heritage.

Dinner and night in Merida.

Cenotes de Cuzama


DAY 7 : MERIDA – UXMAL

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

This morning, visit the archaeological site of Uxmal. Located in the Puuc Mountains, Uxmal, was one of the important cities of the late classical era. The history of the city is uncertain, but most buildings date from the 7th-10th centuries, when Uxmal dominated the region.

Lunch at your own charge.

Visit of the Chocolate Museum

OPTION : If you want to replace the Chocolate Museum with the discovery of the Lol Tun Caves, the largest cave complex in Yucatán, it’s possible at the same price.

Back to Merida.

Dinner and overnight in a 3-star hotel in Merida.

UxmalSéminaire Salésien - Mérida Mexique (4)


DAY 8: MERIDA – PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE MORNING

Transfer towards Playa del Carmen (about 3 hours)

Lunch at your own charge.

Free afternoon to make your own discoveries.

Dinner and overnight in Playa del Carmen.


DAY 9 : PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Breakfast at the hotel.

NO TRANSPORTATION OR TOUR GUIDE FOR THE DAY.

Free day to enjoy the beach.

Lunch at your own charge.

Dinner and overnight in Playa del Carmen.

Plage


DAY 10 : MEXICO – CANADA

Breakfast (may not be included according to your flight schedule).

Depending on departure time, lunch could be included.

Transfer by bus to Cancun airport.

Return flight.

Activities and tours

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