April 2022 / March 2023
Detailed day by day description
This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.
Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.
The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.
At the end of the visit we travel to the BASILICA OF GUADALUPE , the most visited Catholic temple in the Americas where the Virgin of Guadalupe is found. There we will be able to explore the old basilica dating back to the 18th Century and also the modern temple.
In the afternoon we travel to the neighbourhood of XOCHIMILCO, a wonderful place with its canals and semi-floating gardens. Here we include a ride in a “trajinera” , one of the boats festooned with flowers.
In the evening we include a transfer to the Plaza de GARIBALDI, with its many bars, restaurants and bars where tacos and tequila are served and the Mariachis sing. Dinner is included in a traditional restaurant.
Scenery: Pretty countryside near Chapala Lake.
08:30 h.- Pátzcuaro –Departure-. We set out for the state of Jalisco where we visit Chapala lake, the largest natural lake in Mexico, set amidst mountains.
13:00 h.- CHAPALA, time to wander around and have lunch in this small tourist resort near the lake.
15:00 h.- Chapala – Departure-.
15:45 h.- GUADALAJARA. –Arrival- Free time and then in the late afternoon we visit the TLAQUEPAQUE quarter, with its pretty streets filled with shops and arts and crafts centres. In “El Parían”, you will find a large square with many typical restaurants, accompanied by the songs of the Mariachis. Dinner included. -
09:00 h.- Guadalajara –Departure-.
12:45 h.- GUANAJUATO – Arrival-. Free time to have lunch, followed by a two-hour visit with a local guide to this beautiful university city and World Heritage Site, with its narrow, steep streets and churches. The visit ends with a trip on the funicular railway to admire the view from “el Pípila”, followed by free time. Visitors who are interested can visit the impressive “Mummies’ Museum”.
Note: The cable car to the Pipila is currently under restoration and closed to tourism. During these works we will use an alternative transportation.
Scenery: Attractive mountain scenery between Guanajuato and Dolores Hidalgo.
08:30 h.- Guanajuato –Departure-. We travel through impressive mountain landscapes.
09:45 h.- DOLORES HIDALGO , the birthplace of Mexican independence. Visit to the church where the priest “Hidalgo” cried out for independence.
11:00 h.- Dolores Hidalgo –Departure-.
11:45 h.- SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE , a beautiful city with colonial architecture and cobbled streets, declared a World Heritage Site. Time to explore. Lunch included.
15:00 h.- San Miguel de Allende –Departure- On the way we will visit ATOTONILCO Sanctuary, known as the “Sanctuary of God and the Fatherland”, a World Heritage Site.
16:30 h.- QUERÉTARO –Arrival-. Time to explore the city, with its attractive colonial centre, parade square and busy restaurants and pedestrian streets.
07.45 hrs.- Querétaro –salida-.Hoy conocemos culturas prehispánicas de México.
10.45 hrs.- TEOTIHUACAN, en Náhuatl “el lugar donde los hombres se convierten en dioses”, una de las ciudades más impresionantes del mundo antiguo, incluimos la entrada y visita con guía.
12.30 hrs.- Teotihuacan –salida-.
14.15 hrs.- CHOLULA, llegada.- Tiempo para almorzar y conocer su bonita plaza, sus túneles bajo la pirámide y el pintoresco santuario de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios desde donde se admira magnífico panorama dominado por el volcán.
16.15 hrs.- Cholula –salida-. Viajamos para áridos parajes y tierras poco pobladas, sierras nos separan del estado de Oxaca.
21.00 Hrs.- OAXACA –Llegada-. Cena incluida y alojamiento.
09.00hrs.- Visit included to OAXACA , a UNESCO World Heritage City of Aztec origin with its impressive monumental heritage, after which we go up to the site of MONTE ALBAN , which is set deep in a 400-metre mountain above the Valley of Oaxaca – entry tickets and visit are included. This is the most magnificent of the Zapotec cities. We will also go to SANTA MARIE EL TULE , together with its beautiful church, it contains a two thousand year old tree that has one of widest trunks in the world (this stop can be made on Tuesday morning en route to Tuxtla).
Free afternoon in Oaxaca, an extremely beautiful colonial city which is full of life and music in its center.
Note: A new fast toll road is being built between Oaxaca and the Isthmus. Inauguration is expected throughout 2018. Travel time, when open, will be reduced by approxibately one and a half hours compared to that indicated in this itinerary.
07.00 hrs.- Oaxaca- Departure.-
08.00 hrs.- SAN PABLO VILLA DE MITLA. Arrival. We stop at a this magical town. We allow time for a walk together to the Church of San Pablo dating back to the Sixteenth Century and through its beautiful rustic streets.
09.00 hrs.- San Pablo. Departure. We continue our route in the sierras of Oaxaca towards the Isthmus. Lunch is included en route.
19.00 hrs.- At the end of the afternoon, we arrive in TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, the capital of the state of Chiapas. We will go with our guide to the Marimba Park, where we will listen to a live group playing the Marimba, the emblematic instrument of Chiapas.
Notes: We recommend you to take appropriate waterproof clothing for the speedboat ride.- The visit of the towns of Zinacantán and San Juan can take place on Wednesday or Thursday morning (according to opening times of the church of San Juan).
08.30 hrs.- Tuxtla - Departure.
09.00 hrs. - We will explore the SUMDERO CANYON. Travelling by boat, we will travel for more than 1 hrs up this impressive canyon which is almost 1 km deep and 14 km long.
10.45 hrs.- Sumidero Canyon.- Departure.
11.00 hrs.- Next, we will walk through CHIAPA DEL CORZO , a white traditional and cultural colonial site. Time for a stroll and a coffee.
11.45 hrs.- Chiapa del Corzo. Departure. We enter into the center of the Mexican Mayan culture. We discover 2 beautiful villages inhabited by the Tzotzil Indians.
12.45 hrs.- In ZINACANTAN we can admire the dresses worn by the women and also their small loom workshop-shops.
13.45 hrs.- Zicacantan.- Departure.
14.15 hrs.- SAN JUAN CHAMULA we will be surprised by their church that mixes Christianity with pre-Columbian traditions. Time for lunch.
15.45 hrs.- San Juan Chamula.- Departure.
16.15 hrs. - We continue to SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS . Free afternoon in this beautiful colonial city founded in 1528.
Landscapes: Impressive mountainous landscapes entering Guatemala.
Note: Remember to take your passport. We enter Guatemala. Normally, we will have to change bus at the border.
You can still enjoy some time for a stroll in San Cristobal. Would you like to go soon in the morning to a traditional food market
10.30hrs.- San Cristobal.- Departure. We continue our route though Chiapas.
12.15 hrs.- COMITAN , arrival to this warm town that preserves its pre-Hispanic roots and vice-regal architecture. There will be time to have lunch.
14.30 hrs.- Comitan.- Departure. - We continue towards GUATEMALA. B order procedures and then our journey continues through impressive mountainous landscapes.
18.15 hrs.- HUEHUETENANGO, arrival to the lively departmental capital city. Dinner is included and accommodation.
Landscapes: Very beautiful landscapes in the center of the Mayan world. We cross seldom visited regions. Picturesque villages on the way. Very photogenic areas.
Note: We visited some areas where traditions and local culture are preserved. It is important to respect their traditions (especially during the celebration of the Mayan cult).
08.00 hrs.- Huehuetenango. Departure. Fantastic section through the Mayan highlands with magnificent landscapes.
10.00 hrs.- SANTA CRUZ DEL QUICHE. Arrival to the very lively regional capital; the altarpiece in its cathedral is extremely beautiful.
11.00 hres.- Santa Cruz del Quiche. Departure.
11.15 hres.- GUMARCAAJ, arrival. We visit the archaeological site of the ancient capital of the Maya Kiche kingdom. We will visit its pyramids, learn about their ball game and explore the site where Mayan ceremonies are still held.
12.15 hrs.- Gumarcaaj departure.
13.00 hrs.- CHICHICASTENANGO , arrival to one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala, with its colourful market and its church. Here, the Mayan customs survive. There’s time to have lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the Mask Museum and with a shaman we will undertake a Mayan fire ceremony .
16.30hrs.- Chichicastenango- Departure. Onward journey to the beautiful Lake ATITLAN.
17.45 hrs.- PANAJACHEL , Time to stroll in the town with more touristic resources of the lake. Dinner included and accommodation.