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Activities & Transport
- City Tour
- Meet the Locals
- Horseback Riding
- Car with driver
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
14-Day Chiapas and Yucatan Treasures
- Horseback riding through the mountains
- Snorkeling in Cenotes
- Climbing the Pyramids at Uxmal and Palenque
- Isla Holbox
Are you looking for something a bit different? A trip away from all the crowds of tourists? A trip that takes you off the beaten track to places that other travelers don't often go to? Then this one is perfect for you!
This tour takes you from the bustling markets of San Cristobal down through the mountains and jungles of Chiapas and into the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Explore some of the more hidden archeological sites, hike through rainforests to cascading waterfalls, relax on white sandy beaches, swim in natural lakes and secret underground cenotes, eat with locals and stroll around colonial cities.
There is so much more of Mexico to discover than just the pictures on a postcard!
- 13x night accommodation in 3-, 4-, and 5-star hotels
- 13x breakfast
- Transfer to and from the airport
- Private transfers and transportation with a driver
- English-speaking guide on excursions
- Entrance fees to Canyon Sumidero, Chiflon Waterfalls, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, Palenque, Uxmal, and Chichen Itzá
- Tour of Montebello Lakes, Las Guacamayas by boat and Yaxchilan by boat
- Lunch with Doña Ana
- International flights and airport taxes
- Ferry to Holbox Island (days 12 and 14)
- Available on request
Example Trip to customize
Welcome To Mexico!
Welcome to Mexico!
Meet your driver upon your arrival in Tuxtla Gutiérrez and transfer to San Cristobal de las Casas.
San Cristobal de las Casas is a beautiful city located at the center of an indigenous population area and is the birthplace of the Zapatist movement, developed under the leadership of the Subcomandante Marcos for the protection of the indigenous rights.
Every morning, the Tzotzil people sell their products at the market. It is truly one of the most romantic magical towns in the state of Chiapas.
Explore the narrow cobblestone streets of the traditional neighborhoods and admire the houses painted in bright colors that are homes to quaint shops and markets.
Admire the beautiful embroidery and the jewelry made from amber and wood pieces that are on display in the windows and on the shelves of the local shops.
Navigate The Sumidero Canyon
After breakfast, depart for the village of Chiapa de Corzo, one of many magical towns in Chiapas.
It is known for its Renaissance structures, warm people and impressive natural wonders.
There, you will take a boat and sail along the Sumidero Canyon, a deep natural canyon on the Rio Chiapas.
You will see the 'Christmas tree falls', a rock wall eroded by waterfalls.
Sumidero is home to a great variety of wildlife, including herons, vultures, spider monkeys, and crocodiles.
Head back to San Cristobal in the afternoon.
Go Horseback Riding In The Mountains
Experiece an amazing horseback ride through the mountains that surround San Cristobal de las Casas.
There are options for riders of every level; the horses are tame, which is ideal for beginners.
Ride down winding roads through cornfields to the quaint town of San Juan Chamula, where the inhabitants practice a form of syncretism, a mixture of Christian beliefs and ancestral rituals.
Stop in Zinacantan for lunch, where Doña Antonia will open the doors of her house to share her customs and weaving tradition.
The hostess will invite you to drink a glass of pox, a corn alcoholic drink and to taste handmade tortillas.
Return to San Cristobal de las Casas in the afternoon.
Hike To El Chiflon Waterfalls
In the morning, take a one-hour hike to El Chiflon Waterfalls, hidden in a valley surrounded by mountains and dense jungle.
The 5 waterfalls here form magical pools of turquoise water.
Then head to the village of Tziscao, situated on the shores of a glorious lake, where you will spend the night.
Explore The Montebello Lakes
This morning, head to the Montebello Lakes.
The temperate pine and oak forest along the Guatemalan border east of Chinkultic is very picturesque, peaceful and, after the steamy heat of the nearby jungles, beautifully cool and refreshing.
Here, it's possible to take a short one-hour hike around the Lagunas de Montebello: there are 59 little lakes in total, all of a different color, including purple, turquoise and emerald green.
Then, continue to the Las Guacamayas campsite, located in the jungle, where many monkeys and toucans have found shelter. Here you will spend the night.
Visit The Reserva de los Montes Azules
Is there any better way to be woken up than by parrots in the midst of tropical nature?
Have breakfast at the Las Guacamayas Camp and depart for a 3- hour adventure in permanent contact with the fauna and flora of the Montes Azules Reserve.
In the afternoon, head to the majestic site of Bonampak, an archeological site along the Usumancinta River. Re-discovered in the 1940s but not excavated until the 1990s, Bonampak is famous for the Temple of Murals, where the vibrant turquoise, yellows and rust colors clearly depict royal life.
Journey to Lacanja, where you will spend the night.
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Paddle Down The Usumacinta River
In the morning embark on a trip to the archeological site of Yaxchilan. In the Mayan language, it means 'Place of the Green Stones' and it is a site of amazing temples, plazas and sculptures.
Sitting on the banks of the Usumancinta River on the border with Guatemala, Yaxchilan has been almost completely swallowed by the jungle where the ceiba and gum trees host howler monkeys and toucans.
Reach the site by paddling down the Usumacinta River on a pirogue.
Discover the site in a “first exploration” atmosphere, among many howler monkeys and toucans. Here you can take a walk between the many Mayan temples.
Head to Palenque towards the end of the afternoon.
Visit The Ancient Mayan City In Palenque
In the morning, visit the archaeological site of Palenque.
It might well be the most magical site of Mexico. The majesty and mystery of its ceremonial centers still echoes from the past.
At the heart of the Inscriptions Temple stands the crypt of King Pakal, discovered in 1952. It still contains the remains of the powerful monarch, covered with jewels and a mortuary mask made of jade mosaic.
The surrounding jungle and the buried ruins create an awe-inspiring scenery and it's easy to imagine the magnificence of the place, back when the temples and the palace stood in their full glory, adorned with richly animated esplanades, columns and ceilings.
In the afternoon, travel to Campeche and spend the night there.
Visit The Complexes Of Uxmal
Depart early for the village of Becal, where inhabitants make their living weaving jipijapa hats, made of the soft, pliable palm of the same name.
Spend some time with Don Alfredo, who opens his house to share the fabrication secrets of his jipijapa hats with you, the traditional hat of Yucatan.
Next, visit Uxmal! This archaeological site is peaceful and not widely visited by tourists. You will love it!
Uxmal means “Thrice Built” in the Mayan language, but in reality, the city was constructed five times.
One of the best-preserved sites on the peninsula, this massive complex includes the Great Pyramid, the House of the Turtles, and a vast ballgame court and the Governor's Palace. The water is really scarce in the region, which explains the omnipresence of representations of the rain god Chac-Mool.
Spend the night in Uxmal.
Swim In A Cenote
Cenotes are natural pools of fresh and crystalline water, where the sun's rays create spectacular lighting effects.
On the way to the first cenote, stop at a typical Mayan market where the colors of fruits and vegetables are matched only by those of the women’s traditional clothing.
Then, take some time to explore 2 cenotes, and take a refreshing swim in the forest. One thing is certain, you will leave completely transformed.
At the end of the day, arrive in Izamal, where you will spend the night.
Marvel At Chichen Itza
After breakfast, head to Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
Built by the Mayans, and then reorganized by the Toltecs, Chichen Itza symbolizes the unification of both religious cultures.
The site, which at its height was the most important religious center of the peninsula, is the largest archaeological site in Yucatan.
Then, head to Isla Holbox via Puerto Chiquila. Hop on the ferry to Holbox, which leaves every half an hour.
Cross Over To Peaceful Holbox
Discover Holbox, this peaceful island whose beaches are still unreached by mass tourism and its welcoming population of fishermen families.
You will find no cars here, just sandy tracks with the occasional golf cart. If you come in the right season it's possible to see whale sharks just off the coast!
Discover Whale Sharks At Holbox
Another day on Holbox Island awaits.
Spend the day relaxing and leisurely walking on the sand tracks while soaking up the sun!