Nomadic tribes settled deep within the Mesoamerican rainforests some 3,000 years ago, establishing the foundations of some of the most sophisticated ancient civilisations. Journeying through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras we visit the diverse pre-Columbian pyramids, temples and relics of the Aztec, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec and Toltec cultures. Crossing the mighty Usumacinta River by boat, we arrive at the lost archaeological ruins of Yaxchilan where Howler monkeys hide in the jungle canopy.
In Oaxaca, world renowned for its cuisine, we explore the vibrant markets in search of regional delicacies: try the hot, smoky chillis and Oaxaca’s delicious speciality ‘mole negro’ chocolate sauce, the perfect accompaniment to chicken, heaped on a hot, freshly made corn tortilla.
The vibrant aromas and striking colours will leave you hungry for more.
The Aztec Ruins National Monument preserves ancestral Pueblo structures in north-western New Mexico, United States, located close to the town of Aztec and northeast of Farmington, near the Animas River.
Monte Albán is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site in the Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán Municipality in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Teotitlán del Valle is a small village and municipality located in the Tlacolula District in the east of the Valles Centrales Region, 31 km from the city of Oaxaca in the foothills of the Sierra Juárez mountains. Famous for its handmade weaving.
Walking tour of the city; afternoon excursion to the Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan.
Transfer to Oaxaca via the Great Pyramid of Cholula and the colonial city of Puebla.
Visit the pre-Columbian ruins of Monte Alban; afternoon tour of the plazas and colourful food markets of Oaxaca, a charming city situated in a fertile valley surrounded by mountains.
Visit Teotitlan del Valle to see traditional weavers at work; stop at the archaeological site of Mitla; transfer to Tehuantepec.
Boat trip through Sumidero Canyon; transfer to San Cristobal de las Casas.
Explore the impressive pyramids and temples, surrounded by jungle; afternoon optional excursion to refreshing Misol Ha waterfall.
Visit the Mayan ceremonial sites of Bonampak and Yaxchilan; border crossing into Guatemala by boat, drive to the village of El Remate.
Explore spectacular Tikal or relax by Lake Peten Itza for the day.
Transfer to Copan, crossing the border into Honduras.
Admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Copan and visit the eco-park.
Drive to Antigua, Guatemala