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Treasures of Central America: Heritage of the Aztec and Mayan Empires

18 days from £4,660pp

Mexico / Guatemala / Honduras

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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).

  • 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

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 the 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 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: this vast Mayan site is one of the most impressive of its type on the continent; and on to Copán in Honduran, with its superlative intricate stonework.

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    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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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.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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