February 5-13, 2020
Nine Days and Eight Nights
|Trip begins at:||México City International Airport on Feb 5 at 1:45 p.m.|
|Trip ends at:||México City International Airport on Feb 13 at 4:30 p.m.|
|No. of days:||Nine days and eight nights|
|Areas of interest:||Festivals, history, archaeology, folk art, cuisine, anthropology|
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP
- Visiting five beautiful magical villages in the states of Puebla & Veracruz; Zacatlán de las Manzanas, Cuetzalan, Coatepec, Xico, Papantla
- Visiting five archaeological sites; Yohualichan, Quihuiztlán, Cempoala, Cantona and enjoying the extraordinary majesty of Tajín
- Enjoying the traditional dance of the flyers at the atrium of the church of Cuetzalan
- Visiting interesting museums specializing in archaeology, history, folk art & monumental clocks, especially visiting the outstanding museum of archaeology in Xalapa
- Enjoying the market day at Cuetzalan and visiting cooperatives in order to learn about the different activities that are done in the area
- Learning about different aspects of coffee, vanilla & apples; products of the regions that we will be visiting during this trip
- Visiting the Valley of the Stacked Rocks, an extraordinary natural park
- Tasting the most traditional flavors of the cuisine in Puebla & Veracruz at their markets and their restaurants
I will meet you at the International Airport in México, City; then we will take the road to Zacatlán de las Manzanas.
Our first stop will be the outstanding Valle de Piedras Encimadas (Stacked Rocks), a natural park dotted with giant rock formations, towers developed over many millenia. After lunch we will go to Zacatlán de las Manzanas in order to see its fantastic mosaic murals and learn about the history of this beautiful town. Then we will visit a clock museum.
Today we will visit one of the most incredible archaeological sites in Mesoamérica: Cantona. This place has more than sixteen ball courts! Then we will take the road to go to the magical village of Cuetzalan.
The Totonac culture is still alive in many senses. With the purpose of learning more about this culture, we will visit a cooperative to learn about the textiles and other items that they make. Then we will go to the archaeological site of Yohualichan, which has very similar characteristics to Tajin but in a smaller size.
Today will be the market day in Cuetzalan. It will feel like a time tunnel experience. Also we will visit the traditional museum and we will learn about the history of this beautiful place. We will have the opportunity to learn about the Voladores (Flyers), who “fly” while attached by ropes to a very tall pole, in their own context. The Danza de los Voladores is a good example of syncretism in the area.
On the way to Coatepec, we will stop in Xalapa to visit its unique museum, where we will learn about the pre-Hispanic cultures that were part of this region: the Olmecs, the Totonacs and the Huastecs.
Today we will visit a coffee plantation and we will taste the unique quality of the best coffee in México: the Coatepec coffee.
Today we will visit two archaeological sites: Cempoala & Quiahuiztlán with its extraordinary view of the Gulf of México, as well as the historical city of Antigua, the very first spot that was visited by Hernán Cortés.
We will first visit Tajin. After that we will return to México City. We will arrive at the International Airport by 4:30 p.m.
COSTS (USD) & DETAILS
|Cost per person (double occupancy*):||$1,450|
|To reserve your spot:||$725|
|Balance (due by Jan 10, 2020):||$725|
|*If you'd like a private room, add:||$350|
The tour includes:
- Ground transportation from México City to Puebla/Veracruz and return
- Daily tours
- A guide specialized in archaeology, ethnography and anthropology
- Daily continental breakfast at the hotel
- Entrance fees to all the attractions detailed in the tour description
- Horseback riding at the Valle de Piedras Encimadas
- Three dinners, including the welcome dinner at Zacatlán de las Manzanas and the farewell dinner at Papantla.
It does not include:
- Meals other than breakfasts and three dinners
- Telephone calls, laundry, etc.
This trip was designed for only sixteen travelers.
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