Haciendas and Mayas, Mexico
A culture clash of ancient and modern
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Mexico is overflowing with history, beautiful countryside, pristine coastline, colonial cities and UNESCO world heritage sites. The cuisine is world famous, the climate is beautiful and the vibrant festivals & customs which punctuate the calendar provide joyous displays of colour and fun.
This journey begins in bustling Mexico City where you will discover the historic centre, museums, artists quarters and the imposing Teotihuacan archaeological site. Built on the site of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire, Mexico City is vast, chaotic and vibrant; a sprawling megalopolis of more than 20 million people. During your time here you will head to Xochimilco, where the Aztecs grew much of their food , to navigate the tranquil tree-lined canals aboard a flower-decked wooden punt, visit Frida Kahlo’s house and enjoy time to wander the cobblestone streets and plazas of Spanish-era mansions Coyoacan. You’ll visit Teotihuacan to stroll along the Avenue of the Dead and climb the ancient steps of the Pyramid of the Sun and shop for fresh produce and learn to cook Mexican cuisine.
Your next stop, Puebla, is surrounded by mountains and looks into Mexico’s past and future with its UNESCO-protected Old Town and burgeoning arts scene. You’ll feast on traditional dishes such as the famous mole sauce and shop for Talavera pottery. Driving along the Sierra Madre you’ll then continue to Oaxaca to discover the outlying markets, eat regional gourmet delights and visit a mescal distillery. The UNESCO world heritage site of Campeche old city will see you exploring the Mayan ruins and other natural wonders of the Yucatan before visiting the Celestun Biosphere Reserve for an excursion to magnificent Chichen Itza, the most magnificent of all Maya cities and the pre-Hispanic world’s most celebrated archaeological site.
During this journey you will stay in a mixture of luxury hotels and stylish haciendas, each at the very heart of a Maya community and preserving ancient customs and traditions. You’ll enjoy exquisite dining experiences, expert specialist guiding, plenty of time for shopping, exploring and R & R and of course the companionship of a small group of likeminded ladies.
Delving into the world of the Ancient Mayas and witnessing the vibrancy of modern day Mexico, this journey showcases every aspect of this charismatic and beguiling country.