Go on a spiritual journey through Mexico, immersing yourself in the mysterious history of the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec cultures, visiting ruins, sacred sites, and participating in shaman-led ceremonies.
The ten-day excursion begins in Mexico City, where ancient history and modern wonders combine in an explosion of culture. From there, take a day-trip to the Maya archeological site of Teotihuacan, where you’ll participate in a ritual led by a shaman.
While you’re in the capital, take the chance to explore the beautiful southern neighborhoods of Coyoacan and San Angel. After a flight to Villahermosa, tour incredible archeological sites, including Palenque, Yaxchilan, and Bonampak. Also experience the spirituality of nature, visiting Misol Ha and the towering Sumidero Canyon.
Mexico City – Visit the ruins of Teotihuacan and Templo Mayor and learn about indigenous cultures at the National Anthropology Museum
Villahermosa – Learn all about the Olmec culture through their artifacts at La Venta Museum
Ancient ruins – Visit the ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilan, and Bonampak
Sumidero Canyon – Embark on a boat ride to witness the towering rock walls of this beautiful canyon
Agua Azul & Misol Ha – Experience the beauty of the aqua-blue waters in the Palenque jungle and see the magical waterfall, Misol Ha
Day 1: Arrival in Mexico City
Welcome to the capital of Mexico! Upon arrival, you will be met by a private guide and transferred to your hotel for the night. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure, either in your hotel or exploring the city.
Speak to a Journey Mexico Travel Planner if you’d like to organize an additional activity or if you would like suggestions on some excellent restaurants.
Day 2: Private tour to Teotihuacan, shamanic ritual, Mexico City historic center
Today, head to the ancient archeological site of Teotihuacán, home to the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon.
After, take part in an ancient cleansing ritual led by a shaman in a cave. You will be accompanied through a process of meditation, contemplating your dreams, emotions, and beliefs.
Upon completion, head to the historic center of the capital to take a privately guided tour of this fascinating city. Visit the most famous sites, seeing ancient ruins, towering cathedrals, and the world-famous Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Day 3: Private tour to Mexico City’s southern neighborhoods
Enjoy a private transfer to San Angel, located in the south of Mexico City. With its narrow, cobbled streets and large colorful houses, it can be hard to believe San Angel is part of Mexico City. If you visit on a Saturday, explore the Bazar del Sabado, an art and artisan market that attracts shoppers from all over the city.
After, continue to Coyoacan and walk in the footsteps of some of Mexico’s most revered artists and writers, including a visit to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul – the blue house where the Mexican icon was born and later died, now a museum dedicated to her life.
If time allows, visit the Museum of Dolores Olmedo, a 16th century building with a collection of fine arts from Diego Rivera and Kahlo, as well as hundreds of pre-Hispanic figurines and sculptures.
Day 4: Flight to Villahermosa, transfer to Palenque visiting La Venta Museum
Today after breakfast and hotel check out, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a private transfer to Mexico City International airport for a flight to Villahermosa*.
Upon arrival, transfer to Palenque. En-route take a peek into the world of the Olmec civilization with a stop at La Venta Museum. After, continue to Palenque for the rest of the evening at leisure.
*Please note: This commercial flight is not provided by Journey Mexico
Day 5: Visit Palenque archeological site and Mishol Ha waterfall
Today, visit Palenque archeological zone, an ancient Maya city surrounded by jungle. Your expert guide will lead you in an exploration of the site, the history of which was pieced together through its large number of inscriptions.
After, head to Misol Há, a stunning waterfall deep in the jungle. Walk along a path underneath the flow to feel its power and get soaked by its spray. Upon conclusion, head back to your hotel.
Day 6: Privately guided excursion to Yaxchilan and Bonampak archeological sites
Travel to Bonampak, an ancient Maya city set in the Lacandon Jungle. Head to the Temple of the Murals, where you can step inside three rooms with brightly colored depictions of Maya life showing scenes of human sacrifice, war, ceremonial bloodletting, and ritual dancing.
Next, travel to Frontera Corozal, where you will board a boat to get to the Maya city of Yaxchilán. Travel down the Usumacinta River, which divides Mexico and Guatemala, and watch the people fishing from the banks and children swimming in the river.
Arriving at Yaxchilán, walk through a jungle path where monkey’s swing in the trees above your head. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you in an exploration of the site, explaining its history, myths, and legends.
Day 7: Private transfer to San Cristobal visiting Tonina archeological site
Transfer to San Cristobal, visiting the Tonina archeological site en route. Toniná, meaning ‘house of stone’ in the local Tzeltal Maya language, is an ancient Maya city which, archeologists now believe, has the largest pyramid in Mesoamerica.
It is also known for its stucco sculptures and rounded monuments, as well as having the last known Long Count date on a Maya monument. Also, visit the large ball-court and see more than 100 carved monuments dating from the 6th to 9th centuries.
Day 8: Private tour to San Cristobal de Las Casas, San Juan Chamula, and Zinacantan for an ancient ceremony with a shaman
Discover beautiful San Cristóbal with its red-roof houses and narrow winding streets, visiting its churches and markets and discovering its local textiles and handicrafts. Then, head to two nearby indigenous towns, beginning with San Juan Chamula. Visit the church where the blending of pre-Hispanic traditions and Catholicism can be seen in its rituals.
After, head to Zinacantan and experience a sacred ritual led by a local shaman. After, you will be driven back to your hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas.
Day 9: Privately guided boat ride through the Sumidero Canyon
Head to the docking pier at Rio Grijalva, just outside of Chiapa de Corzo. Upon arrival, take a boat trip along the river through the Sumidero Canyon National Park.
Marvel at the canyon’s sheer walls, which rise some 900 meters above sea level. As you make your way along, look out for the plethora of local wildlife, including crocodiles, monkeys, and marine birds!
Day 10: Departure from Chiapas
Enjoy a private transfer from your hotel to Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport for your flight home.
Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.
Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.
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