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Highlights of Mexico + Yucatan (wheelchair accessible)


1PZ17M
17 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Enquire about our tailor made Mexico holidays that are wheelchair accessible. Visit the astonishing pyramids of Mexico City, the fascinating cultures of Oaxaca, the indigenous villages around San Cristobal & stunning Mayan Ruins at Palenque, Merida & Chichen Itza in the Yucatan on one of our wheelchair accessible vacations. English speaking guide, specified sightseeing, disabled hotels & transfers included.
Mexico Holidays Disabled Wheelchair Accessible Vacations Itza Yucatan
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Wheelchair Accessible Vacations
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Mexico City
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Teotihuacan Pyramids
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Oaxaca
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San Cristobal
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Palenque Mayan Ruins
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Merida, Uxmal & Kabha
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Chichen Itza
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Yucatan Peninsula
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Mexico Holidays Disabled
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Wheelchair Accessible Vacations
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Mexico City
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Teotihuacan Pyramids
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Oaxaca
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San Cristobal
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Palenque Mayan Ruins
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Merida, Uxmal & Kabha
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Chichen Itza
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Yucatan Peninsula
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Mexico Holidays Disabled
Day 1
Arrive at Mexico City Airport where you will be met and transferred to this high altitude city, that is the oldest capital in the Americas and one of the largest cities in the world.
 
Check into your hotel and embrace this colourful and vibrant city, originally established by the Aztec Indians (the 'Mexica').
Day 2
Today enjoy a half day tour of the highlights of Mexico City.
 
At the heart of the city is the Zócalo (or Plaza de la Constitución), a huge central square built by the conquering Spanish over the ceremonial centre of the vanquished Aztec city of Tenochtitlán. Ruins of the 13th century Templo Mayor can be seen here, as well as the baroque Metropolitan Cathedral built by the Spanish and the National Palace, which houses historic murals by the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera. There is a dense concentration of museums and art galleries in this area.
 
West of the Zócalo the historic centre stretches through the main commercial district, past the National Art Museum to the Tower of Latin America skyscaper and the Palace of Fine Arts, with its magnificent Art Deco interior. Both overlook Alameda Central Park, which is the oldest public park in Mexico.
 
After lunch (own account) you will be taken to the world class National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepac Park. This museum is not to be missed, with its many ancient Olmec, Aztec, Mayan and other pre-Colombian artefacts - including the Stone of the Sun (the Aztec calendar stone) and the statue of Xochipilli.
 
Note: There are ramps and lifts at the Archaeolgy Museum, but try and avoid visiting museums on a Sunday, as they are free for locals so very crowded.
Day 3
This morning we travel 1-hour to the mysterious Teotihuacan Pyramids, ancient archaelogical ruins that are a UNESCO World Heritate site. This enormous city was built in 300 BC but was inexplicably abandoned centuries before the arrival of the Aztecs, who called it the Birthplace of the Gods. This is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Americas and includes the third largest pyramid in the world, constructed according to precise astronomical measurements and filled with sacrificial victims.
 
See the magnificent Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and view the Butterflies Temple, the Avenue of the Dead and Temple of Quetzalcoatl. Admire the majestic plazas and stone temples, covered with stone statues and faded murals
 
On our way back to Mexico City, we visit the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe - one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites on the American continent. Lunch is included today.
 
Note: Teotihuacan is accessible to the base of the pyramids, but try and avoid visiting on a Sunday, as it is free for locals so very crowded. Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine is fully accessibile.
Day 4
A full day on the road today as we leave Mexico City and drive 6-hours southwards to the centrally located city of Oaxaca.
 
Enjoy the beautiful  countryside as we travel through the state of Pueblo, stopping in the city of Tehuacán with its magnificent baroque cathedral for sightseeing, before we enter the state of Oaxaca.
  
Known for its lovely colonial buildings, many of which are made from green volcanic stone, Oaxaca is also famous for its indigenous people and its festivals, especially Easter Holy Week parades and the famous 'Day of the Dead' celebrations at Halloween. At the end of the day we check into our hotel.
Day 5
Today enjoy exporing the cultural and culinary delights of Oaxaca with your guide.
 
We start in the Zocala (the main square) situated in the heart of the historic centre, with its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture that goes back four centuries. On the southern end of the plaza you can see the Government Palace, with its beautiful mural painting depicting the history of Oaxaca. The nearby Cultural Museum, housed in a former monastery, contains an amazing turquoise encrusted skull and the Church of Santo Domingo should also not be missed.
 
Our next stop is at one of Oaxaca's wonderfully chaotic markets - Benito Juarez and 20 de Noviembre. Here you can find just about anything - from flowers to toys, meats, chocolate, clothing, herbs, local handcrafts and 'chapulines' (fried grasshoppers, sold by the basketful).
 
In the evening you will be taken to a local mezcal tasting. Made from a different type of agave from its tequila cousin, this smokey local spirit is guaranteed to hit your palate. Afterwards enjoy a traditional grilled tlayuda, a dish consisting of a large, thin and crunchy tortilla covered with cooked and mashed beans, asiento (pork lard), lettuce or cabbage, avocado, meat (usually shredded chicken, beef or pork), cheese and salsa. On Fridays and Saturdays you can also enjoy live Mexican ballads.
Day 6
Today enjoy a full day tour to Monte Alban, Mitla and the Tree at Tule.
 
Monte Alban was the ancient capital of Zapotec and once supported 35,000 people. It is an extraordinary collection of temples, palaces, terraces, dams, canals and pyramids carved out of the mountain and contains the ruins of one of the oldest Mesoamerican cities. Here you can see great plazas, truncated pyramids, a ball court, underground passageways and over 170 tombs - the most elaborate uncovered in the Americas. This ancient city is centred around the Great Plaza, an open area on the mountain top which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area and is flanked by four platforms. Two temples stand on a platform to the south.
 
Afterwards we visit the ancient Zapotec religious and ceremonial centre at Mitla. Here you will see elaborate mosaic fretwork and geometric designs that cover tombs, panels, friezes and entire walls. These mosaics are made with small, finely cut and polished stones that have been fitted together without the use of mortar.
 
Our last stop is at the famous Tree of Tule, growing in the church yard in the picturesque town of Santa María del Tule. This mighty Montezuma cypress has a circumference of over 160 ft (54 m) at its base, and is between 2,000 and 3,000 years old - making it one of the oldest living things on earth. It has the largest girth of any tree on the planet and is Mexico's national tree. Lunch is for your own account today.
 
Note: Not all these sights are accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you good views.
Day 7
We leave Oaxaca today and travel 5-hours southeast to the humid city of Tehuantepec.
 
Along the way we detour along a narrow, winding and unpaved road to Hierve el Agua (meaning "the water boils") - to view this amazing set of natural rock formations that resemble a cascading waterfall. With two rock cliffs that rise 50 to 90 metres above the valley below, this unusual site has many extending white rock formations created by water springs that are over-saturated with calcium carbonate and other minerals. As the water falls over the cliffs, excess minerals are deposited - much in the same manner that stalactites are formed in caves. One of the cliffs, called the 'cascada chica' (small waterfall) or the amphitheatre, contains two large artifical pools for swimming and a number of smaller natural pools.
 
Afterwards we continue to Tehuantepec. The isthumus of Tehuantepec is the narrowest point in Mexico, so in pre-Hispanic times this was an important trade route that connected the Pacific Ocean with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. Each neighbourhood has its own colonial church, many of which are prettily painted and floodlit at night. On arrival we check into our hotel for overnight.
 
Note: The path to the swimming pools is paved but very steep and the changing rooms & toilets are not accessible (there are a few steps and the rooms are very small), so it will be difficult to swim here.
Day 8
Today we leave Tehuantepec and travel 5-hours through central Mexico to San Cristobal de las Casas, one of Mexico's oldest colonial cities situated in the Central Highlands.
 
We drive through many rural towns, stopping for sightseeing along the way. We also stop at the Sumidero Canyon and enjoy a boat ride on the dam, where you may see crocodiles, monkeys and abundant birdlife.
 
We continue to San Cristobal, which is also known by its native name of Jovel. It is nestled in a small valley surrounded by hills and is the cultural capital of the state of Chiapas.
 
Note: You will need upper body strength to do the boat ride, as you will be lifted into and out of the boat in your wheelchair (please tip helpers locally).
Day 9
This morning we explore the charming colonial city of San Cristobal de la Casas, which has a local market where hundreds of indigenous people sell their textiles and handicrafts. We admire the beautiful baroque Santo Domingo church, founded in 1547 and view the red-tiled houses and narrow winding streets.
 
We then head to two indigenous towns nearby. In San Juan Chamula we visit a church where the blending of pre-Hispanic traditions and Catholicism is evident in its rituals and where ceremonies are held to counter the influence of paganism.
 
The village of San Lorenzo Zinacantán is known for its traditional textiles and indigenous population. The men wear pink/red jackets with embroidery and tassels, and the women wear vivid pale-blue shawls and navy skirts. Every day at midday, the women prepare a communal meal that the men eat in shifts.
 
In these villages you can see back-strap weaving, the making of tortilla and many other aspects of village life. You can enjoy a simple but tasty meal cooked on a hotplate over an open fire and sample local tortilla. If you are adventurous also try a shot of 'pox' - a very strong local alcohol made from sugarcane flavoured with cinnamon and hibiscus flower.
 
Note: Please be aware it is regarded as very disrespectful to take photographs of indigenous people without their permission. They are particularly sensitive to inappropriate dress, so don’t wear shorts or revealing clothing. In Chamula you are not allowed to take photos inside the church. Most of this tour is accessible, but there are some cobblestone streets.
Day 10
Today we leave San Christobal and drive 5-hours along a mountain road to Palenque, the largest Mayan city ever discovered in Mexico with some of the countries best Mayan temples.
 
Along the way we stop at the Agua Azul Waterfall (or 'Blue Water Fall'), with its turquoise waters and crystal clear swimming pools, where a boxed lunch is included. The best time to see the blue glow that makes these waterfalls so remarkable is during the dry season (December to July), as at other times of the year the waters are not blue.
 
We can also detour to view the Misol-Ha Waterfall, before arriving in Palenque situated deep in the dense jungle far from the outside world - giving it a wonderful atmosphere.
 
Note: Agua Azul Waterfall is not accessible, but you can be carried up to get close to the falls.
Day 11
This morning we visit the famous Palenque Ruins enclosed by the Chiapanecan jungle, before driving 5-hours to the historic colonial port of Campeche.
 
Palenque is a relatively small archaelogical site dating from around 226 BC to 799 AD, but it contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings that the Mayans ever produced and much of their history has been reconstructed from reading the hieroglyphic inscriptions on these monuments. The most famous ruler of Palenque was Pakal the Great, whose tomb containing his astonishing jade green death mask has been excavated in the Temple of the Inscriptions. Less than 10% of this ancient city has been excavated so far, leaving over a thousand structures still to be discovered.
 
Afterwards we drive through the pretty fishing village of Sabancuy to Campeche with its captivating port filled with naval history, baroque Spanish architecture and aging beauty.
 
Note: The main part of the Palenque site is partially accessible, but there are some cobblestone ramps.
Day 12
Today we explore the cobbled streets and walled historic district of the harbour city of Campeche.
 
After nearly a century of invasion by French, Dutch and English pirates, this city was fortified by the Spanish in 1686 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site with over 1,000 buildings of historical significance. It is one of the most photogenic cities in Mexico.
 
Its preserved fortifications include Fort San Miguel, which is today home to the Campeche Archaeological Museum. Here you will see artefacts from various Mayan sites, including Edzná and Isla de Jaina.
 
Note: Many cobbled streets may not be accessible, but your guide will do his best to show you the main sights.
Day 13
This morning we leave Campeche and travel 4-hours to Mérida, the cultural capital of the Yucatán Peninsula since the Spanish conquest.
 
Along the way we stop for a panoramic view over the Mayan ruins at Kabah, the second largest site in the Puuc region after Uxmal. Only a small portion of this site has been excavated, so there are many massive pyramids hidden in the jungle all around you. The most famous structure here is the "Palace of the Masks", which is elaborately decorated with stone masks of the long-nosed rain god, Chaac. Across the road is a large arch thought to have been the main entrance to the city.
 
We then visit the ruins at Uxmal (meaning 'built in three stages'), an ancient Mayan city known for its rounded architecture, intricate latticework and palaces arranged around patios and courtyards. These homes are richly sculptured and decorated with thousands of small polished stones, set in geometric mosaics. The key buildings on this archaeological site include the Fortune Teller’s Pyramid, the Governor’s Palace and the Quadrangle of the Nuns.
 
Afterwards we continue to Mérida - today known as the 'White City'. This is a town steeped in history with narrow streets, broad central plazas, thriving markets and the region’s best museums. It has colonial houses as well as houses that date back to the beginning of the last century in Arabic, French and Italian styles, thanks to wealth generated from the sisal trade.
 
Note: Most of Uxmal is wheelchair accessible. Kabah is not accessible, but you can have a panoramic view over the site.
Day 14
This morning enjoy a half day private tour of the historical centre of Mérida.
 
From the Zócalo (main square) you can admire some of the city’s most important buildings - the Cathedral, Government Palace, Municipal Palace and Francisco Montejo’s House.
 
Don’t miss the 'Monument to the Homeland', a wonderful sculpture that tells the story of the Yucatan and the country on its carved stone surfaces, before heading down El Paseo de Montejo, a beautiful wide avenue modelled on the Champs Elysees in Paris, with many grand colonial buildings.
 
Note: Most of this tour is accessible, but there are some cobbled streets.
Day 15
This morning we travel 3-hours to the small village of Rio Lagartos (meaning 'Alligator River'), which boasts the highest concentration of flamingos in the whole of Mexico - with over 40,000 birds congregating here during the nesting season (March to June).
 
On arrival enjoy a private boat ride through the mangrove-lined Río Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. With an eco system that includes jungle lowlands, savanna and mangrove swamps, this 150,000-acre reserve is the most important wetland in Mexico - offering shelter to 56 endemics such as the Yucatan wren, as well as nearly 400 other bird species, including residents and winter migrants from North America. In addition to flamingos you can hope to see the Snowy egret, Red egret, Tiger heron, Snowy white ibis, Roseate spoonbill as well as many other storks, ospreys, snakebirds and much more. These wetlands are also home to 58 mammal species; a variety of mollusks, crustaceans and fish; as well as the crocodiles that give the town its name.
 
Your boatman will also take you to see the bright pink waters of the Las Coloradas salt flats, where for over 1,000 years pink salt has been produced by the Mayans, who flooded these flat shallow ponds with sea water that was left to evaporate leaving behind pink sea salt. The colour comes from algae as well as tiny bright-pink brine shrimp that thrive in this super-saline environment. But be careful as the extremely high salt content of these ponds can sting your skin, especially if you have any cuts.
 
Afterwards we drive 2-hours to the 'magic town' of Valladolid. This small town is known for its Spanish colonial buildings, including the 16th century Convent of San Bernadino of Siena, with its ornate wooden altarpiece and the baroque San Gervasio Cathedral. Check into your hotel in the place where the famous explorer Christopher Columbus died.
 
Note: Your Rio Lagartos boatman will only speak Spanish.
Day 16
This morning we leave Valladolid and drive 2-hours to Playa del Carmen on the spectacular Mayan Riviera.
 
Along the way we visit Mexico's most well known archaeological site - famous Chichen Itza (meaning 'Entrance to the Witches Well'). The focal point of the Northern Mayan lowlands empire from AD 600 until AD 1200, this city had the most diverse population in all the Mayan world. Therefore there are a wide variety of architectural styles at this site.
 
The most spectacular structure is El Castillo Pyramid (or Kukulcán Temple) with its rich cosmological symbolism - it has 365 steps (number of days in a solar year), 52 rectangles (years in a Mayan century) and 18 terraces (months of their religious calendar). During the spring and autumn equinox, its ingenious structure results in the sun creating the illusion of a serpent crawling down the steps of the pyramid - making it one of the great wonders of the ancient world. Other structures include the enormous Ball Court, the Observatory, Temple of a Thousand Columns, Warrior’s Temple, Convent of the Nuns, El Mercado (market place) and the Sacred Cenote (pool) where human sacrifices were carried out.
 
Afterwards we continue to your beach resort at Playa del Carmen, where you will be dropped off at your hotel. Check in and relax on the shores of the Caribbean Sea with its warm turquoise waters and sandy beaches.
 
Note: Chichen Itza is accessible to the pyramid base and the northern areas, but not the cenode or observatory.
Day 17
This morning we travel 1-hour along the Mayan Riviera to view the stunning ruins at Tulum National Park.
 
Here you will find a stunning 13th-century walled Mayan archaeological site that overlooks the sea. It incorporates a clifftop 'Castillo' (built as a watchtower) and the 'Templo de las Pinturas' with its partially restored mural.
 
After exploring Tulum, your afternoon is free to relax at your resort.
 
Note: Not all the site is accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you good views.
Day 18
Transfer 1.5-hours to Cancun Airport for your flight home.

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