20 days in Mexico :
Explore Mexico in depth during this amazing 20-day Andale Mexico adventure with Tony Perez.
Your detailed itinerary in Mexico
Day 1 / Mexico City
- Arrival to Mexico City's International airport.
- your guide will wait for you outside and you will be transferred to your hotel.
- Free afternoon to explore this busy city on your own and relax because the adventure begins tomorrow.
Day 2 / Mexico City
- After breakfast you will discover the hear of the Mexico City, Zocalo.
- See National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Fine Arts Palace and Reforma Street.
- We will continue to the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe, also called "The Empress of America," where you can see the piece of cloth on which a picture of the Virgin Mary spontaneously appeared to Juan Diego.
- Visit the famous archaeological site of Teotihuacan.
Day 3 / Mexico City
- After breakfast, we visit neighborhood of Coyoacan, home of the intellectuals and artists in the south part of the city.
- You will be guided to the museum ''Casa Azul'' (Blue House) where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived most of the time.
- Continue to the Xochimilco floating gardens and board a ''tajinera'' and navigate the channels and enjoy the colorful boats full of flowers.
- Lunch will be served on board.
- The final stop will be at National Museum Anthropology and History for a 1.5 hour tour.
Day 4 / The Silver Route
- After breakfast, see Cuernavaca, known as the ''city of the eternal spring''.
- We will visit the Hernan Cortes Palace (home of the conqueror) and the cathedral.
- We will continue to Taxco, an old Mexico silver town world famous for the beautiful handcrafts made of the town's most plentiful precious metal.
Day 5 / Puebla
- After breakfast, you'll pass by Iztaccihuatl mountain and the Popocatepetl volcano and arrive to Cholula.
- Continuing to Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage city and home of the Most Mexican Gourmet Dish - Chiles en Nogada.
- See the majestic cathedral standing in the main square and enter the Chapel of the Rosary, the Convent of Santa Monica and the Talavera ceramics factories.
Day 6 / Oaxaca
- After breakfast you will walk the streets today to discover the beauty of the city on every corners, market, and plaza.
Try the Tlayudas with Oaxaca quesillo (Oaxaca style cheese) and the fried grasshoppers in the market, both dishes are delicious !
- Other attractions include the Santo Domingo Church, the main square, the Cortez house, the San Felipe & Soledad churches and the Museum of Cultures.
Day 7 / Oaxaca
- After breakfast explore the town of Santa Maria del Tule, where there is an approximately 2,000 year old giant tree called "Arbol del Tule" (The Tule Tree).
- Then you will go to the town of San Pablo Villa de Mitla, where you'll get to explore the fascinating Mitla archeological site.
- Our next stop will be Teotitlan del Valle where you can see how the famous rugs of this area are made.
- Our last destination will be the Hierve el Agua petrified cascade and its bubbling springs and petrified waterfalls, Hierve el Agua.
Day 8 / Zapotecs & Handcrafts
- Today you will begin in San Bartolo Coyotepec.
- Continue to Cuilapam, an impressive 16th Century Monastery.
- Continue to Arrazola, an artisanal village where craftsmen use wood to make silly figures of mythological animals and dazzling the colors known as Alebrijes.
- Finally, we visit the imposing archaeological zone, strategically located on top of a mountain, where you can find the best panoramic view of the central valleys.
The guide will lead you through the ball court and the grand plaza, where teaching you the outstanding facts surrounding one of the most important archaeological places in all of Mesoamerica. That's why it was declared World Human Heritage by UNESCO in 1987.
Day 9 / Nature at its best
- After breakfast you can take the bus that is operating 3 times a week, MON-WED-FRI, from Oaxaca to Tuxtla.
- It only operates with a minimum of 8 pax, so in case there are no more travelers, the flight has to make a connection in Mexico City
- Upon arrival in Tuxtla, you will be picked up and driven to the pier to board a boat thru the marvelous Sumidero Canyon where you can take a snapshot of the famous "Christmas Tree" waterfall.
- Lunch will be served at Chiapa de Corzo, facing the Moorish kiosk.
Day 10 / Mystic mexico
- Breakfast and visit the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas.You'll begin your walking tour of its streets near the regional museum located in the ex-convent of Santo Domingo.
- We continue towards two towns located in the mountains region, Los Altos de Chiapas.
- San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantan welcome all visitors, sharing with them a tiny bit of their age-old culture and their typical peaceful lifestyle.
- This evening you are free to enjoy the many fine restaurants and bars in San Cristobal.
Day 11 / San Cristobal de las Casas
- After breakfast, you'll enjoy the impressive waterfalls called "Agua Azul" (Blue Water), surrounded by mountains and lush Lacandon vegetation.
- Hike or a horseback ride through the tropical jungle to get to the falls.
- Near Palenque, amidst the jungle is another impressive 30 meter (98 feet) high waterfall called Misol-Ha that forms a wide well where you can go swimming. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit !
Day 12 / Palenque
- Breakfast will be served in route and the first place you visit will be Bonampak.
- Take your camera and comfortable clothing.
- Hiking in Bonampak while learning loads of interesting information on the Mayan culture in Bonampak.
- Board a boat to take an ecological trip that will last approximately one hour and ends with your arrival to the hidden Yaxchilan.
Day 13 / Campeche
- Our last stop in our Chiapas adventure is Palenque, an archeological site proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its immense historic and cultural richness.
- Discover the majestic Palenque Archeological Site, an awesome area full of magic and culture, where the remains of an important capital city of the Mayan world are to be found.
- Explore a variety of structures in Palenque's 740 acres of grounds.
- Lunch will be served before leaving for Campeche.
Day 14 / Pirate life
- Campeche is full of history and romance, with a beautifully renovated Centro Historico.
- Get a glimpse of what life was like in the time of pirates. For years after Montejo's triumph, this town was pummeled by pirate attacks, the spirits of which still seem to hang around here.
- Discover the famous archaeological site of Edzna, full of stunning Mayan architectural treasures.
- It is recommended that you wear casual clothes and use comfortable shoes, because you'll be walking most of the day.
Day 15 / Merida
- Today take a two hour drive along the Puuc Route. Our first stop will be the Uxmal archeological site.
- Visit the Magician's Pyramid, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Ball Game Court, and the Governor's Palace.
- Later, we’ll go to South to explore Kabah, which means “the lord with the strong and powerful hand”.
This city is particularly known for being connected by roads or ''sabec'' one of which was popularly used as a path to Uxmal, located 23 miles to the North.
- After,we will visit the famous arch that connects both cities. Then, we’ll walk to the Great Pyramid and the stunning Temple of the Masks.
- Lunch will be served at Hacienda Ochil, where you can explore the Henequen Museum.
Day 16 / Natural Pools
- You will drive a little over an hour to Homun where a "tricitaxi" (motorcycle taxis) will be waiting and take you into the Yucatan jungle to reach the first of three cenotes.
These sunken caves are formed by meteor impact that collapsed the North of the peninsula 65,000,000 years ago and, which theory says, ended with the dinosaurs. They are now full of crystal clear water and ideal places to go for a relaxing swim in a very unique environment.
- Afterwards we will visit the Magical town of Izamal where we will explore the XVI Century monastery and walk around the square and streets.
- Head back to Merida to relax and enjoy the evening.
Day 17 / Tulum
- Probably the most well-known of all the ancient Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza was mysteriously abandoned before the arrival of the Spanish, sometime around the 13th century.
- Your tour guide will give you an in-depth tour of Chichen Itza: First explore the Central Zone with the observatory, priest’s tomb, and the nunnery. After head to the Northern Zone with the warrior’s temple, the ball court, the Temple of Kukulcan and the sacred well.
- Lunch will then be served and you will travel to Tulum.
Day 18-19 / Free days
Two days to enjoy the magical Caribbean, or explore by yourself Tulum ruins nearby Sian Ka’an biosphere or make some snorkel in the fantastic Rio Secreto cavern system.
Day 20 / Departure
- In the morning you might have some time to hunt for a few last souvenirs or catch a few final rays.
- You will be met at the hotel and transferred to Cancun's airport to board your flight back home. Adios Amigo!