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Mexico: Treasures of the Feathered Dragon

"Treasures of the Feathered Dragon" - our most intense and fascinating tour, which will draw for you the brightest portrait of Mexico in all its diversity and beauty. Discover the Feathered Dragon - a cult on which beliefs, culture and traditions were founded the largest civilizations of Mesoamerica. You will see how the Toltecs were revered in Tula, the Aztecs in Teotihuacan and Shochikalko, the Zapotecs in Monte Alban, and the Mayans in the cities of our route - Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itza. In addition, you will visit such magnificent cities of the colonial era as: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Puebla, Oaxaca and many others!

New: Biosphere Reserve of the Butterfly Monarch!

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itinerary

Day 1

MEXICO

Arrival in Mexico City. Meeting at the airport with a Russian-speaking guide and transfer to the 5 * hotel.

Day 2

MEXICO – NATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUM - TEOTIUAKAN (approximately 8 hours)

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Mexico City with a visit to the historic center of the city (in the UNESCO list) - Sokalo Square, near which are the ruins of the ancient ritual center of the Aztecs. Earlier here was the pyramid Templo Mayor, and now - a museum and a place of archaeological excavations. Inspection of the main Catholic Cathedral of Mexico. Visit the Presidential Palace, where the frescoes of the famous Mexican artist Diego Riviera are located. *

Then we will visit the National Anthropological Museum, considered one of the best museums not only in Latin America, but also in the World. Its collection consists of numerous archaeological and ethnographic exhibits collected from all over Mexico, including the famous Sun Stone. Excursion to the archeological complex Teotihuacan (in the UNESCO list). The main attractions are the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, the Death Street, the Temple of the Feathered Dragon with an ornament in the form of huge dragon heads. Return to the 5 * hotel in Mexico City

* The National Palace is not always open to visitors. Afy Travel reserves the right to skip visiting the palace on events on the central square of Sokalo, official visits and other circumstances that may affect the closure of the palace.

Day 3

MEXICO - TULA - CERETARO - GUANAHUATO

After breakfast, we will begin our journey from the great city of Tula, built by representatives of another disappeared civilization of Mexico - the Toltecs. The city is known for its Atlantis - huge sculptures, each weighing 8 tons. The culture of the Toltecs had a huge impact on the culture of the Aztecs, Maya, etc. Then we will visit the city of Queretaro, famous for its majestic buildings: parishes, churches and monasteries, as well as the famous aqueduct. In the evening, arrival in the colonial city of Guanajuato, declared by UNESCO as the property of mankind and famous for the world-famous mines, which produce silver, picturesque streets and alleys (the famous "lane of kisses"). Accommodation in 4 * hotel in Guanajuato for 2 nights

Day 4

SAN MIGEL DE ALENDE - ATOTONILCO - THERMAL GROTES - GUANAHUATO

Breakfast. Today we will visit one of the most beautiful cities of Mexico - San Miguel de Allende, listed in the list of "Magic Cities of Mexico" and recognized as a National Monument. Its stone streets, beautiful facades of the houses, the incomparable parish of San Miguel, executed in a pseudo-Gothic style, churches, museums and magnificent mansions with luxurious facades of the past centuries make an unforgettable impression on tourists. Then we will visit Antonilco. Here is the Church of Jesus of Nazareth is located, from where Miguel Hidalgo took the icon of the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe to proclaim this sacred symbol of the War of Independence. In the parish, you can also see the images of the devil in various religious scenes and illustrations of Biblical motifs made by the Indians in past centuries (additional payment). Next, you will have an opportunity to swim in the thermal water in the grottoes that flow near the village of Atotonilco. Overnight at 4 * hotel in Guanajuato.

Day 5

GUANAHUATO - MANOR CORRALEJO - PATSUQUARO - MORELIA

After breakfast, we are leaving to Morelia. On the way, we'll visit Corralejo Manor, where tequila is made. Here for several centuries produce the symbol of Mexico, a drink that has become its national pride. We learn the secrets of making different varieties of this world-famous drink. Tasting is a mandatory part of the program! Then we'll go to Morelia through the beautiful state of Michoacan. Visiting the city of Patzcuaro, located on the shore of the lake of the same name and considered one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico. In addition to the beautiful climate, it is known for its ancient history and cultural monuments. We arrive in Morelia, a city that is famous for its architecture, where we will stay overnight at the 4 * hotel. Morelia is called a "pink city", and its historical centre is the property of mankind.

Day 6

MORELIA - BIOSPHERE RESERVE OF BUTTERFLY MONARCH - TASCO

Today we will get acquainted with the mysterious natural place in Mexico, with the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Every year, in October, they migrate by millions in search of a warm place to relax. After a long journey, the duration of which is more than 6000 km, they gain strength and grow their offspring in Mexico. The reserve is in a wooded mountainous area at an altitude of about 3000 meters above sea level. There are eight colonies of this butterfly in the park. On the territory of the biosphere reserve, between November and March, up to a billion individuals winter. You are not allowed to touch them, or take them with you! Use comfortable shoes, as we will walk through the forest for several hours. In the evening, we will arrive to the famous town of Tasco, where we will spend 2 nights.

Day 7

GROTS CACAUA AMILPA - SHOCHIKALKO - TASCO

After breakfast, we will visit the ancient settlement of pre-Columbian era - Shochikalko (which means "house of flowers" in Nahuatl), which is located at the height of natural hills, surrounded by a beautiful valley in the western part of the Mexican state of Morelos. The flourishing of Shochikalko as a political, religious and commercial center occurred in the period following the breakup of the great states of Central America, such as Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Palenque and Tikal. Of interest are sculptural reliefs on the walls of some buildings. In the temple of the Feathered Dragon there are images of this deity, whose style clearly speaks of the influence of the art of Teotihuacan and Maya. In 1999, Shochikolko was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO and became very popular with tourists. Further excursion to the Grottoes of Cacauamilpa. The most beautiful caves of the country with 27 illuminated halls are stretched for 1.400 m, the height of some is up to 80 m. There are a lot of unusual stalactite and stalagmite formations, on their surface you can view images of animals, people, various fantastic forms of the Cacauamilpa Cave - the most famous and visited in Mexico. Return to Tasco. Free time for walking around the Silver Capital. Overnight at 4 * hotel in Tasco.

Day 8

TASCO – ACAPULCO

After a short trip (2.5 hours), we will be in the most famous place to relax in Mexico - in the city of Acapulco. A short city tour will end in La Quebrada, where you will be introduced to the world-famous "Diving Show". Accommodation in a hotel in the beautiful bay of Acapulco, to relax and gain strength for the continuation of the trip to the South-East of Mexico.

Day 9

ACAPULCO - TEPOSTLAN - MEXICO (approximately 6 hours)

After breakfast, we will go to the picturesque town in the state of Morelos - Tepostlan, listed in the list of "Magic Cities of Mexico", known as Teposteko. Located among the mountains of the state of Morelos, the city has preserved the unique and colorful features of traditional Mexico. At the top of the mountain are the ruins of the ancient temple of Teposteko, dedicated to the god of fertility. In the city, itself you will see the Church of Birth and Annunciation, built in 1570. Return to Mexico City. Accommodation at the 4 * hotel.

Day 10

MEXICO - PUEBLA - OAHAKA (approximately 11 hours)

After breakfast, we leave the capital for Puebla. On the way, you can see the famous volcanoes of Mexico: Popocatepetl (active volcano), Istaksiatl and Peak Orizaba. Visit the "city of angels" - Puebla (in the UNESCO list), famous for the colonial style of the past centuries, its cuisine, Talavera ceramics, handicrafts, churches and chapels. Arrival in Oaxaca (in the UNESCO list). Take a night tour of this beautiful city, which the Mexicans take pride in. Accommodation in 4 * hotel.

Day 11

OAHAKA-MONTE-ALBAN-TULA (approximately 12 hours)

Breakfast. Tour to Monte Alban (in the UNESCO list) - the ceremonial center of the ancient Zapotec civilization, one of the most impressive archaeological zones of Mexico, located on the plateau, with a panoramic view of the Oaxaca Valley. On the way to Tehuantepec, we stop at the largest tree in the world - Thule. In the evening arrival in Tehuantepec or in Salina Cruz. Accommodation at the 4* hotel.

Day 12

CANYON DEL SUMIDERO - SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS (approximately 10 hours)

After breakfast, we will drive through the Sierra Madre mountains to the Sumidero Canyon and take a boat. Sometimes along the route you can see crocodiles and monkeys. The walls of the canyon reach up to 1000 meters in height. Then we go to Sierra Chiapanek. Arrival at the 4 * hotel in San Cristobal de Las Casas. This is colonial town, founded by Catholic priests, preserves the charm of past centuries. We recommend that you take a walk through the city in the night - a real gem of architecture.

Day 13

SAN CRISTOBAL - MISOL-HA-PALENCIA (approximately 10 hours)

After breakfast, we will visit the Indian village of San Juan Chamula, famous for its church, where local rituals dedicated to the Catholic saints are performed. In a room, full of mystery, consecrated with thousands of candles, prayers are spoken in the Maya dialect. It's impressive! On this day, we will come down from the cold peaks of Sierra Lacandona to see the unforgettable Misol Ha waterfall. You can swim. Arrival in Palenque. Accommodation at the 4 * hotel.

Day 14

PALENQUE – CAMPECHE (approximately 10 hours)

After breakfast, tour to one of the largest ceremonial centers of the Maya - Palenque. Next, we will visit the picturesque and friendly Campeche (in the UNESCO list). We recommend you to make a trip on the tourist tram (for an additional fee). Accommodation in a 4 * hotel in Campeche or in the surrounding area.

Day 15

CAMPECHE - UXMAL - MERIDA (approximately 10 hours)

After breakfast, we will go to Uxmal, one of the most beautiful Mayan cities, a majestic example of the architecture of the Puuk style, which has not lost its charm even today (in the UNESCO list). The next point of our trip is the capital of the state of Yucatan - Merida. The interest for tourists is Independence Square and Paseo del Montejo - a large avenue, where are luxury residences in European style, built in the late XIX - early XX centuries. Then there will be a city tour of Merida, famous for its colonial cathedrals and palaces. Accommodation in 4 * hotel in Merida.

ONLY FROM JANUARY TO MARCH 2017 WE ADD TO THE STANDARD ROUTE VISITING THE RESERVE OF PINK FLAMINGO - SELESTUN. (WITHOUT AN ADDITIONAL FEE!)

 

On the way from Uxmal to Merida we will stop at Celestun, a small settlement on the west of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Here you will visit the magnificent biosphere reserve of pink flamingos and admire the large colony of these amazing birds that graze in the shallows near the narrow spit that separates the bay from the lagoon. Your lightweight flat-bottomed vessel will silently approach the flock, so that you can enjoy the stunning spectacle in the vicinity. During the boat trip, you also swim deep into the mangroves, forming a kind of picturesque canopy over the waters of the river.

Day 16

MERIDA - CHICHEN-ITZA - IK KIL - CANCUN (approximately 10 hours)

After breakfast, we will visit the archaeological area of Chichen Itza, where one of the 7 wonders of the world is located - the pyramid of Kukulkan (in the UNESCO list) and the cenote Ik-Kil (an underground lake of rare natural beauty, formed by a failure in karst caves). You can swim. Arrival in Cancun or Riviera Maya in the evening *.
* We recommend not to plan flights from Cancun on the day of the end of the tour, and stay at the hotel for at least one night. Keep in mind that check-in at the airport starts no later than 2-3 hours before departure.

The program should be combined with a vacation in Cancún and its neighboring communities of Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen

 

INTO THE PRICE OF THE TOUR "TREASURES OF THE FEATHERED DRAGON" INCLUDED:

  • Comfortable 4 * hotels (in Mexico City Hotel 5 *), selected considering the company's many years of experience.
  • Full breakfasts (buffet or American).
  • Transfers in the first-class bus with air conditioning and toilet (if the group will consist of 15 people or less, a mini-van with air conditioning will be served).
  • Russian-speaking, competent, experienced guide throughout the trip.
  • Entrance tickets to all attractions per the program.
  • Tipping to maids, porters and waiters (breakfast).
  • Airport-hotel transfer to Mexico City on the day of arrival.
  • Transfer "hotel - airport" in Cancun / on the Riviera Maya.

INTO THE PRICE OF THE TOUR «TREASURES OF THE FEATHERED DRAGON» NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airplane tickets and fuel surcharges
  • Medical insurance
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks during the program
  • Accommodation in the hotel after the tour end
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Personal expenses
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