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Private Central Mexico Archaeology Tours

The Very Best of Central Mexico History and Archaeology

We offer 4 different versions of the Central Mexico Archaeology Tour.  The shortest is the  9 day / 8 night version presented below.  This tour explores the ancient civilizations and legacy of ancient and colonial Mexico.  The tour includes vestiges of the Aztec, Chichimec, Toltec, El Tajin, Olmec, Totonac, Huaxtec, Olmeca-Xicalanca, Maya, Teotihuacán, Zapotec and Mixtec cultures.

Begins and ends in Mexico City.

 This is a "request only" tour that could begin any day, year round, based on confirmation of the tour price. 


This very special private service, fast-paced  tour features the Templo Mayor Archaeological Site and Museum, Cuicuilco, Mexico City’s unsurpassed Museum of Anthropology,  Tula Archaeological Site, Teotihuacán, Las Higueras, Quiahuiztlan, Zempoala, Xalapa Museum of Anthropology,  Cantona, Cacaxtla, Xochitecatl and Chalcatzingo plus the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Mexico City,  El Tajin, downtown Puebla and Xochicalco.          


  • DAY 1.  ARRIVAL.  Meet and greet at the Mexico City's  “Benito Juarez” international airport, transfer to your Mexico City hotel for overnight accommodation.  No guide on this day.

  • DAY 2.  PRIVATE MEXICO CITY TOUR.  Important areas of the modern city of Mexico were built on top of the former Capital of the Aztecs:  Tenochtitlan.  The Templo Mayor Archaeological Site and Museum right in downtown is the best examples of that.  Cuicuilco, an archaeological site in today’s southern part of Mexico City, was the dominant site in the Valley of Mexico for 400 years from BC 600 to 200.  Mexico City also hosts the Mesoamerican cultures best museum by far:  The Museum of Anthropology.   Downtown Mexico City is an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Spanish Colonial architecture. Overnight in Mexico City.  (B) 

      

  • DAY 3.  TEPOTZOTLAN and TULA.  The colonial jewel of Tepozotlan is located en route to Tula.  The town became a major educational center during the colonial period when the Jesuits established the College of San Francisco Javier. Today this complex houses the Museo del Virreinato (Museum of the Vice Regal or Colonial Period), with one of the largest collections of art and other objects from this time period. Tula Archaeological Site is an important site famous for the “Atlantes” Pillars, ball courts, pyramids and friezes.  Tula reached its apogee between AD 900 and 1100, peak of the Toltec Culture.  Overnight in Teotihuacán. (B) 

                   

  • DAY 4.  TEOTIHUACÁN.  An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Teotihuacán is one of the most important archaeological sites in Mesoamerica.  Cuicuilco successor as dominant polity in the Valley of Mexico, Teotihuacán became the largest city in the Americas and its political influence reached as far south as Honduras in Central America, today famous for its impressive Pyramids of the Sun and Moon.  Even after Teotihuacán collapse in the 7th Century, it was never forgotten by the Toltec and Aztec that called it “the place where the Gods were conceived”.  Afternoon transfer to Xalapa, the Capital City of the State of Veracruz.  Overnight in Xalapa.  (B) 

 

  • DAY 5.  EL TAJIN.  Also an UNESCO World Heritage Site, El Tajin was Eastern Mexico most important city during the Classic Era, between the fall of Teotihuacán and the rise of Zempoala.  Its Pyramid of the Niches, with one recess for every day of the year is El Tajin best known picture.   Overnight in Posa Rica.  (B) 

                

  • DAY 6.  LAS HIGUERAS, QUIAHUIZTLAN, ZEMPOALA and XALAPA MUSEUM.  In Veracruz State, near the Gulf of Mexico, 3 sites are located nearby.  First, Las Higueras, interesting small site with a very nice site museum.  Then comes Quiahuiztlan with a defensive wall and a unique “cemetery” with little pyramids as mausoleums. And third en route, Zempoala, for a brief time the largest city in the area until it was destroyed by the Spanish Conquistadores.  Back to Xalapa, visit to its Museum of Anthropology, a world class museum with Olmec, Totonac and Huaxtec cultures rooms.   Overnight in Xalapa.  (B) 

                            

 

  • DAY 7.  CANTONA, CACAXTLA, XOCHITECATL and CHOLULA.  Four sites en route to Puebla.  Cantona is a bit off-the-beaten-track even though is considered one of the most urbanized ancient cities of Mesoamerica and the one with the largest number of ball courts:  24!, making the 17 ball courts of El Tajin insignificant.  It is in the limit of the highlands, at 8,200 feet above sea level, in the “corridor” that connected the High Plateau with the Gulf Coast.    Cacaxtla and Xochitecatl are very close just 4 miles apart and both share the fact that both flourished during the Late Classic and its inhabitants where from a group that scholars have called Olmeca-Xicalanca People.  Cacaxtla is famous for its murals.  In the outskirts of Puebla City, Cholula is well known for its massive pyramid, on top of which a Catholic Church was built during the end Spanish Colonial Days.  Overnight in Puebla.  Downtown Puebla is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Spanish Colonial architecture.  (B) 

          

    

  • DAY 8.  CHALCATZINGO and XOCHICALCO.  If this itinerary was arranged visiting sites beginning with the oldest one, Chalcatzingo should had been the first.  It is a Pre-Classic site for excellence and shows Olmec influence in splendid bas-relief in several boulders.  En route back to Mexico City to close the Central Mexico Archaeology Tour, Xochicalco is a perfect site.  An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Xochicalco shows influence from the Maya, the Teotihuacán, the Zapotec and Mixtec and, by the end of its history, from the Aztecs.  Overnight in Mexico City. (B) 

                    

  • DAY 9.  DEPARTURE.  Transfer to Mexico City International Airport. (B)

Begins and ends in Mexico City.

Per Person Tour Prices, Double Occupancy

Two persons - $1,935; 4 persons - $1,565; 6 or more - $1,445


PLEASE NOTE - All these tours are private.


A 10 day/9 night version of this tour adds a touring day and overnight accommodations in beautiful Puebla.

Per Person Tour Prices, Double Occupancy

Two persons - $2,270; 4 persons - $1,835; 6 or more - $1,605

An 11 day/10 night version of this tour adds two extra day in Mexico City with a guide and driver.

Per Person Tour Prices, Double Occupancy

Two persons - $2,500; 4 persons - $2,100; 6 or more - $1,805

A 12 day/11 night version of this tour adds an extra day in Mexico City with a guide and driver, a  touring day and overnight accommodations in lovely Puebla AND a visit to and overnight accommodations at beautiful colonial Tepotzlan, a beautifully situated small town with a well-preserved historic center surrounded by soaring jagged cliffs is just 50 miles south of Mexico City.

Per Person Tour Prices, Double Occupancy

Two persons - $2,800; 4 persons - $2,430; 6 or more - $2,075

All of these tours begin and end in Mexico City.


What’s included: All accommodations, daily breakfasts, arrival transfers in Mexico City, Mexico City tour, guided tours of all sites and attractions, English speaking guide, lodging taxes.

What’s not included:  Meals other than breakfasts, tips to your driver and guide (suggested minimum tips are $2 per person, per day for the driver and $4 per person, per day for the guide) items of a personal nature, tips for baggage handling, nothing that is not mentioned in the itinerary.  ALSO, no international airfares are included.


*These prices anticipate accommodations while in Mexico City at either the Hotel Geneve or the Galeria Plaza in the Zona Rosa or at either the Historico Central or Zocalo Central in the downtown area near the Zocalo.  Upgrade accommodations in Mexico City are available at increased prices.

Hotels while on tour are rated from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 on Trip Advisor.  They are all rated as at least 4 star accommodations under the Mexico hotel rating system.  This category includes hotels that have a high level of, but not elaborate, service. They have adequate staffing, in room entertainment and, in most cases, WiFi. They offer enhanced overall physical design elements and amenities. The accommodations guarantee cleanliness with bathrooms cleaned and linens washed and changed daily and services such as hot water and purified drinking water (but we do recommend bottled water).  All hotels have restaurant facilities, in some cases a specialty restaurant, and most offer at least limited room service hours.  Hotels on tour can be upgraded only on private tours. 

Hotels on route will be confirmed according to the availability.

 


Please call us at 1-888-843-6292 or email us at info@MexicoColonialCities.com with your questions or for more information. 

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