Tampico, El Tajín, Veracruz, Lake Catemaco, Villahermosa, Campeche, Kabah, Uxmal, Mérida, Chichen Itza, Palenque,Cd. Victoria
By Air Conditioned Motorcoach with Lavatory Facilities and Public Address System
Hotel Mansion Real in Tampico, Hotel Poza Rica Inn in Poza Rica, Hotel Emporio in downtown Veracruz, Hotel Cencali in Villahermosa, Del Mar Hotel in Campeche, Hotel Casa de Balám in Mérida, Hotel Mayaland or Hacienda Chichén in Chichén Itza, Hacienda Uxmal in Uxmal, Hotel Nututun Viva in Palenque, La Finca in Catemaco, Hotel Reforma in Tuxpan and Hotel Mansión Real in Tampico. Includes 17% hotel taxes, maid, bellman tips, 10 meals and Welcome Cocktails.
Tampico, El Tajín, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Campeche, Uxmal, Mérida, Progreso, Chichen Itza, Palenque, Lake Catemaco, Tuxpan, Cd. Valles, Cd. Victoria, Two Light & Sound Shows. Includes all admissions.
Price per person based on double occupancy: $1460, triple $1377, single $1690
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Day 1: You depart the Río Grande Valley in the morning and clear Mexican customs in Reynosa. Then on through ranching country, turning oceanward to enjoy some picturesque back country scenery in the Sierra Tamaulipeca. Mid-afternoon arrival Tampico, one of Mexico's most colorful seaports. Overnight Hotel Mansion Real close to the plaza.
Day 2: Today's scenery will be worth writing home about. The high-way follows the seashore with its coves of mangroves and sand dunes. On facing the water the other side, coconut groves, banana and coffee plantations cover greenfoothills. Sleep tonight in Veracruz, the city of music and romance, at theHotel Emporio (downtown ). A morning city tour includes the main plaza,shaded by royal palms and tropical flowers. The cathedral and famous side-walk cafes line the plaza. Continue to the malecón or waterfront-walk promenade and the massive Fort of San Juan de Ulua. Breakfast Included.
Day 3: Leaving Veracruz, you’ll travel to San Andrés Tuxtla, center of Mexico’s cigar industry, and then by Lake Catemaco, ringed by old volcanoes and known for its annual witches festival. Flora and fauna thrive in this area. At Coatzacoalcos, you cross the river on longest vehicular bridge in the country and arrive at Villahermosa in the late afternoon. Your hotel for tonight will be the Hotel Cencali on the Lagoon of the Illusions. Breakfast Included.
Day 4: Today you’ll sightsee in Villahermosa. Visit the La Venta Museum, an outdoor archeological museum in a parklike setting. Giant heads, some weighing as much as 20 tons, were carved by the Olmecs some 3,000 years ago. These people established the earliest known civilization in Mexico, settling in the rain forest along the Gulf Coast about 1200 B.C., where they built plazas, ceremonial centers, and placed the huge heads. One curious aspect of this vanished race is the Negroid features in the faces of the sculptures. Travel northward into the Yucatán Peninsula to the state of Campeche where people are so hospitable that Campechana has become a generic word for friendly. Spend the night at the Hotel Del Mar, across from the beach and near imposing forts that once protected the city of Campeche. Breakfast Included.
Day 5: It’s just a short drive to Mérida. On the way, there will be a stop at a place where Panamá hats are made and stored. Surprise, it is all done underground! Then visit the grand 17th century hacienda of
Yaxcopoil to see the past glory of this wealthy Yucatecan family, descendants of Spanish invaders. Sisal fibers spun a golden life-style here until modern synthetic rope stole the market. Arrive in Mérida, a vibrant city with buildings of French, Spanish, Caribbean and Moorish design. Your host hotel is the Hotel Casa de Balám located in the heart of town.
Day 6: Your city tour will introduce you to the Plaza Maya, and the impressive Montejo Palace, one of the fine homes built by Spaniards in 1549. You’ll see rich iron grill-works, tree-lined plazas and the grand cathedral, built from ancient stones of Mayan temples. The finest hammocks in Mexico are made here. Visit the workshop where they are woven. Continue to make yourself at home in this charming city. You will become more acquainted with Yucatán while viewing exhibits at the fine state museum. The gift shop holds a treasure of folk art no longer found in the whole country. The Yucatecos are famous for their cuisine. You might want to sample some of their “Pibil or Poc chuc” (chicken or pork dishes). This evening, in a plaza around the corner from your hotel you can enjoy the nightly musical fiesta. Folk music with local costumes, mambo contests or Glen Miller - wear your tropical whites and join the fun.
Day 7: Leave Mérida and ride through towns so typical of Yucatán. Try to pronounce village names like Xocheel or Yodzonot. Maya descendants still prefer to live in oval-shaped houses with thatched roofs. There were spiritual and traditional reasons for its design, probably now long forgotten by modern residents. Women prefer the embroidered huipil to the conventional dress. Even if their house has a dirt floor, both house and dress are sparking clean. Older men still wear a clean white loin cloth over their street walking shorts. Pass through Izamal, (each building on the plaza is painted bright yellow) where ancient and modern history combine in remnants of historic and religious buildings. Arrive at one of Mexico’s most unforgettable hotels, the Mayaland or its sister hotel, the Hacienda Chichen, within a few feet of majestic Chichen-Itza. Flute music after sundown beckons you to walk to the Light and Sound show. Jungle night birds and insects sing as you follow the path back to your room to dream of ancient splendor. Light & Sound Show Included
Day 8: Awaken to unusual bird songs. Your hotel grounds are a study in tropical plants, orchids and trees. Notice the huge ceiba tree. It is said that the souls of Maya rulers resided in this type of tree. The earliest building at Chichen date from 600 A. D. You will see El Castillo, which contains the famous Red Jaguar throne inset with discs of jade, the Ball Court, and the Temple of the Thousand Columns. The Observatory, resembling the shape of modern planetariums, is where the Mays recorded movements of heavenly bodies to fix times for planting and harvesting. Hear legends of the cenote; look down into this natural well that received sacrifices. Board your motorcoach for the short ride to the sister hotel of the Mayaland, and just as beautiful but more intimate, the Hotel Hacienda Uxmal. You will want to hide away for a week here. Just across the street are the enchanting ruins of Uxmal. Past guests include Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Great Britain, the Shah of Iran, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, King Umberto II of Italy, Henry Kissinger and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The Pyramid of the Magician soars over 100 feet high with the enormous mask of Chac Mool gracing its facade. The large Governor’s Palace is considered by many to be the most breathtaking edifice in the country. Tonight, walk over to the Light and Sound show. It’s a beautiful experience because of the abundance of sculpture and buildings that allow for a varied and rich presentation. Sleep to the sound of the night birds. Light & Sound Show/Breakfast Included.
Day 9: Console yourself with a promise to return soon to Uxmal... You might see Mexican cowboys tending cattle especially bred for tropical heat on your ride today. Occasional tall trees standing in pastures are reminders of the diminishing rain forests. Arrive at Palenque and feel the presence of the jungle in the oxygen-rich air. Your hotel, the Nututún Viva Hotel, your home for 2 nights, sits on the banks of the Chacamax River that brings crystal clear water from the highlands.
Day 10: The nearby Ruins of Palenque sit majestically against a jungle-covered hillside. Sometimes shrouded in mist illuminated by sunbeams, visitors can almost imagine ancient voices whispering in the burial Place of Pacal, who once ruled this holy city. Roofcombs and beautiful stucco sculptures adorn the temple of his
son, Chan Bahlúm, “Jaguar Snake.” Parrots, toucans, howler monkeys and brilliant butterflies populate the site. Use all your senses to experience this enchanting world. You’ll have the entire day to enjoy this famous archeological zone and museum. In the late afternoon you’ll drive to town for dinner. Sleep in modern comfort in an exotic, unforgettable place. Breakfast Included.
Day 11: Lake Catemaco is your destination for today. Sight seeing will include a tour of this beautiful lake. The lakeside La Finca Hotel is your home for the night. Monkey Island awaits you! Breakfast Included.
Day 12: Travel through volcanic rich fields of tobacco crops and mango trees on the way to the most important port in Mexico, tropical Veracruz. You'll do more sightseeing--there's so much to see here! Downtown on the square (plaza) all types of musicians, from marimba bands to Mariachi groups, offer their music for a few pesos. Relax, with free time to stroll the seaside promenade. Your host hotel, the Hotel Emporio, faces the water. Breakfast Included.
Day 13: You'll drive northward along the scenic coastline through coconut groves, with brahma and zebu cattle lazily munching in the shade below. (Take time for Antigua, the original city of Veracruz.) Then you'll arrive at the oil boomtown of Poza Rica, where you will enjoy a good night's rest at the lovely Poza Rica Inn, to be ready to see El Tajin in the morning. Breakfast Included.
Day 14: Enjoy an early morning walk through the ancient city of the Totanacs, El Tajin, where new excavations reveal more each year of this remarkable site, dedicated to the Hurricane God. Its often-photographed Pyramid of the Niches, six Ceremonial Ball Courts and many exceptional temples will astounf you! (Enjoy the flying Men of Papantla!) Then continue you drive to Tampico, to your host for the evening, the Hotel Mansion Real, right in the heart of the Centro Historico, which you can explore on foot this evening. Breakfast Included.
Day 15: Back to the land of the norteño cowboys, sage and wildflowers lead back to the Río Grande Valley. Arrive in the Valley about 5:30PM. Breakfast Included