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The Coast to Coast Team ran a first rate operation. Would I do it again? Yes! I would have turned around on the beach and set off to do the full traverse right there and then.

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Ancient Civilizations of Mexico

Our journey begins in the hustle bustle of Mexico City with a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, Frida Kahlo's blue adobe house and the Mayan Pyramids of Teotihuacan. We travel through the World Heritage site of Puebla and continue to Oaxaca, passing the snow-capped volcanoes of Popocatepeti and Iztaccihuatl. We'll visit Monte Alban, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people and visit the 'Tule Tree', of huge proportions and an approximate age of 2000 years. From Tuxtla Gutierrez, we'll take an exciting boat trip in the Sumidero Canyon and in San Juan Chamula we will learn of the traditions of the Tzotzil speaking inhabitants. Next we travel to one of the most impressive of all archaeological sites in Mexico, Palenque. This site is mysterious, solemn, well preserved and imposing in its jungle setting. The Spanish colonial town of Merida, is also known as 'The White City' because of its buildings is sure to captivate. Our great adventure draws to a close, but not before we visit perhaps the highlight of the itinerary, Chichen Itza, undoubtedly the best preserved Maya site on the peninsula.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Mexico City
DAY 2 Mexico City, historical centre, anthropology museum, Coyoacan, Frida Khalo museum
DAY 3 Mexico City, Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe
DAY 4 Mexico City to Puebla, overnight to Oaxaca
DAY 5 Oaxaca city tour, Mount Alban
DAY 6 Oaxaca, Tule Tree, Mitla, overnight in Tehuantepec
DAY 7 Tehuantepec, Tuxtla Gutierrez for boat ride in the Sumidero Canyon, onto San Cristobal De Las Cases
DAY 8 San Cristobal, to the villages of San Juan Chamila and Zinacantan
DAY 9 San Cristobal, Agua Azul waterfalls, onto Palenque
DAY 10 Palenque archaeological site, to coastal town of Campeche
DAY 11 Uxmal Maya archaeological site, the 'white city' of Merida
DAY 12 Chichen Itza Maya archaeological site, trip concludes with a transfer to a hotel of your choice at either Cancun or Riviera Maya (please ask our staff about recommended hotels)

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Trip Code: IHM
Trip Grading: Adventure Touring
Duration:  12 days
Activities:  Adventure Touring Day Walking
Next Trip:  15 September 2014
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price: $3,090.00 CAD

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