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Mexico City
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GUATEMALA CITY

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Itinerary

Day 1: Mexico DF
Welcome to EuropaMundo!!!. On arrival, transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area. 

IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:  The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.    


Day 2: Mexico City.-
Today we have a fantastic day acquaint ourselves with Mexico. We include a sightseeing tour of the city. We will visit the Plaza of Three Cultures, and the historic centre in which the Zócalo (main square) and its Metropolitan Cathedral stand out, the main Aztec temple, Chapultepec Park, the “Paseo de la Reforma” Avenue and the other main avenues of this impressive city. 

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. 
Day 3: México- Teotihuacán- Cholula- Oaxaca.-
Total Distance: 540 km
Countryside: Mountains. Arid plateaus.

09.15 hrs.- Mexico city departure. Only 50 km to reach on of the most impressive Aztec places.
10.45 hrs.- TEOTIHUACAN, which in Nahuatl means “the place where men become gods”, and is one of the most impressive cities from the ancient world. We will admire the pyramids of the sun and the moon, entry ticket and visit. We continue our route to the very 

12.30 hrs.- Teotihuacan- Departure. We continue our route.
14.15 hrs.-CHOLULA,. Time to have lunch and a stroll throught its beautiful square, its tunnels under the pyramid and the picturesque sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios from where you can admire the magnificent panorama.

16.15hrs.- Cholula. Departure. In the afternoon, we travel to the state of Oaxaca. 
20.00 hrs.- Arrival at OAXACA at the end of the day.- Dinner included.
Day 4: Oaxaca- Monte Alban- El Tule- Oaxaca.-
Total distance: 60 km

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.
Day 5: Oaxaca- San Pablo Villa de Mitla- Tuxtla.-
Total Distance: 505 km
Paisagens: Mountains. Small towns en route.
Note: A new fast toll road is being built between Oaxaca and the Isthmus. Inauguration is expected throughout 2019.  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.
Day 6: Tuxtla- Sumidero Canyon- Chiapa del Corzo- Zinacantan- San Juan de Chamula- San Cristobal.-
Total Distance: 100 km
Landscapes:  spectacular 
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.
Day 7: San Cristobal- Comitan- Huehuetenango.-
Total distance:  275 km.
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. Border 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.
Day 8: Huehue- Santa Cruz del Quiche- Guamarcaaj- Chichicastenango- Panajachel.-
Total Distance:  155 km.
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 we will visit the place where Mayan ceremonies are performed with their Shamans. 

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.


Day 9: Lake Atitlan.- San Pedro de la Laguna- San Juan la Laguna - Santiago de Atitlán- Guatemala City.-
Total distance: 125 km
Landscapes:  Beautiful landscapes on the lake.

09.00 hrs- Today we take a boat trip through one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, which is surrounded by volcanoes and inhabited by small indigenous community settlements. By boat, we travel to SAN PEDRO DE LA LAGUNA. We will walk through its cobbled streets and ascend to the church’s lookout point. From San Pedro we will include a trip in a tuc-tuc local taxi to SAN JUAN LA LAGUNA, where we will see a weaving workshop and cooperative. They will explain to us how the fabrics are woven and dyed in a natural way. Again by boat, we will travel to SANTIAGO ATITLAN. in this beautiful place we will visit the brotherhood where the Tz´utujiles venerate MAXIMON deity of Mayan roots. We will have time to walk and have lunch. We return by boat to Panajachel 

15.00hrs- Panajachel. Departure. 
18.00 hres- GUATEMALA CITY, arriving at the end of the afternoon and free time.    
Day 10: Guatemala City- Pacaya Volcano- Antigua- Guatemala.-
Total distance:  145 km.
Landscapes:  some very beautiful between volcanoes.
Note: Wear comfortable shoes, remember that we walk towards the crater of a volcano.

09.30 hrs.- Travelling through beautiful landscapes, we will set off for the most active volcano in Guatemala. 
12.45hrs.- On arrival at the PACAYA VOLCANO, we will include the entry tickets to the National Park, and together with a guide, we will climb up towards the crater. The walking tour takes about an hour and a quarter between beautiful landscapes that begin with forests and later it becomes a field of dark lava (descending walk takes approximately one hour). Those who wish may rent a horse for a more comfortable ascent. We will have a chance to feel the heat coming off the lava.

12.45 hrs.- Pacaya Volcano departure. 
14.00 hrs.-  ANTIGUA, arrival to this wonderful  Unesco World Heritage colonial city founded in 1543. Many of whose buildings are in ruins because of the Santa Marta earthquake  suffered in this former capital city of the country in 1773. There’s time to have lunch and walk around. 

17.00 hrs.- Antigua. Departure.-
18.00hres.- Guatemala City. Before going to the hotel, we make a brief panoramic tour through the historic center of the city, the Constitution Square where we can appreciate the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace of Culture that was once the Govermment Palace. 




Day 11:
After breakfast, end of our services.

Price includes

Included

  • Europamundo General Services: Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: MEXICO CITY, TEOTIHUACAN, OAXACA, GUATEMALA CITY
  • Boat: Boat trip in Xochimilco in Ciudad de México in MEXICO CITY, Sumidero Canyon in Sumidero Canyon, Lake Atitlan in ATITLAN LAKE
  • Evening transfer: Garibaldi Square in Ciudad de México in MEXICO CITY
  • Transfer: Basilica of Guadalupe in Ciudad de Mexico in MEXICO CITY, Marimba music live in Tuxtla in TUXLA
  • Ticket admission: archaeological site of Teotihuacán in TEOTIHUACAN, Archaeological site of Mount Alban in Oaxaca in OAXACA, archaeological site of Gumarcaaj in GUMARCAAJ, Museum of masks in Chichicastenango in CHICHICASTENANGO, Tuc-Tuc to San Juan La Laguna; Tissue workshop in San Juan La Laguna in ATITLAN LAKE, National Park (Pacaya volcano) in GUATEMALA CITY

Planned Hotels

MEXICO
CASA BLANCA
****
5550964500
reservasmexico@europamundo.com
Lafragua 7, Col. Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México
01430 Ciudad de Mexico
MEXICO
OAXACA REAL
****
9515060708
ecastillo@euromundo.com.mx
Calle de Manuel García Vigil 306, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, OAX, México
68000 OAXACA
MEXICO
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TUXTLA GUTIERRES
***
9616189500
reservaciones.hiex@gfarrera.com.mx
AV. CENTRAL PONIENTE 1254 BARRIO EL MAGUEY
29000 TUXLA
MEXICO
DIEGO DE MAZARIEGOS
****
9676780833
ecastillo@euromundo.com.mx
Calle 5 de Febrero, 29200 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México
29200 SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS
MEXICO
GUATEMALA
RUINAS RESORT
*****
79325555

9 Av. 1-09 Zona 1
13001 HUEHUETENANGO
GUATEMALA
PORTA DEL LAGO
***
77621555

17, 2A Avenida
07000 PANAJACHEL
GUATEMALA
LAS AMERICAS
*****
24225010

Avenida Las Americas 9-08
01013 GUATEMALA CITY
GUATEMALA
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