Treasures of Central America: Heritage of the Aztec and Mayan Empires
(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)
Overview & Highlights
A comprehensive holiday for history lovers. Mesoamerica has a huge number of archaeological sites and monuments. From Mexico City move on to colonial and indigenous Oaxaca and the Yucatán Mayan jungle pyramids. Over the border to Mayan Copán (Honduras), and Tikal (Guatemala).
Travel from the pre-Aztec ruins of cities and temples around multi-layered Mexico City –where you will appreciate the Spanish colonial legacy in all its glory – to ancient Aztec pyramids, as well as Mayan temples and fortresses in the mountains around Oaxaca. Go on to explore the evocative ancient monuments, testimony to bygone Mayan empires, which lay hidden and silent for centuries amid the deep valleys and jungles of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Mexico is one of Latin America’s most vibrant and culturally rich destinations, with a huge diversity of historical, cultural and natural attractions. Its archaeological richness is second to none. Most of the sites, including Aztec pyramids and Mayan Aztec temples are easily accessible, but many still have a feeling of remoteness; evoking the atmosphere of bygone times.
Cross the border into the jungles of northern Guatemala to explore Tikal which was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979: this vast Mayan site is one of the most impressive of its type on the continent, with iconic ruins of temples and pyramids; and on to Copán in Honduras, an ancient Mayan city, with its superlative intricate stonework.
- Mexico City: Guided tour of Tula and Tepotzotlán
- Mexico City: Full day guided city tour and excursion to Teotihuacan pyramids
- Guided visits to Puebla, Cholula and Tlaxcala
- Oaxaca: Guided excursion to the ruins of ancient city Monte Albán
- Oaxaca: Guided tour of Mitla and El Tule
- Mérida: Guided excursion to Chichén Itzá
- Mérida: Guided tour of Uxmal and Kabah
- Palenque: Guided tour of the archaeological site
- Guided excursion to Bonampak and Yaxchilán
- Tikal: Guided tour of the ruins
- Copán Ruinas: Guided tour of the Copán Mayan site
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Arrive in Mexico City. Transfer to central hotel.
Guided tour of Tula and Tepotzotlán.
Guided city tour and excursion to Teotihuacan pyramids.
By road to Puebla via Cholula and Tlaxcala.
Drive to Oaxaca; guided excursion to the ruins of Monte Albán.
Visit Mitla and El Tule.
Fly to Mérida, Yucatán.
Guided visit to the ruined Mayan city Chichén Itzá.
Guided excursion to Mayan ruins of Uxmal and Kabah.
Fly to Villahermosa, by road to Palenque.
Guided excursion to Palenque archaeological site.
Visit Bonampak and Yaxchilán; continue to Flores in Guatemala.
Guided tour of Tikal, Mayan ruined city.
By land over the border to Copán, Honduras.
Guided excursion to Copán, Mayan city.
By road to Antigua, Guatemala.
At leisure in Antigua.
Transfer to Guatemala City airport for international flight home.
Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Visit Uxmal ruined Mayan temple complex
Visit Chichen Itza, ruined Mayan city
Visit Teotihuacan, pre-Columbian ruined city
Stand amongst Toltec warriors
Visit Palenque, ruined Mayan city
Visit remote Mayan ruins
Visit Tikal, ruined Mayan city
Visit the Mayan ruins of Copan
Walking tour of Mexico City
Visit Puebla’s churches and markets
Visit Monte Alban, pre-Columbian ruined city
Walking tour of Antigua
Browse our unrivalled portfolio of accommodation . Every option has been carefully chosen by our team of travel experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll relax in utter comfort.
Mexico / Mexico City
Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico
Mexico / Colonial and silver towns
Quinta Real Puebla
Mexico / Oaxaca
Mérida, Chichén Itzá and the Yucatan / Mexico
Mexico / Chiapas, San Cristobal and Palenque
Guatemala / Tikal
Honduras / Copan
Guatemala / Antigua and the highlands
Posada de Don Rodrigo Antigua
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Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert
Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
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Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
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Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
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Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.