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Highlights of Mexico + Yucatan (wheelchair accessible)


1PZ16M
16 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 our vacations. English speaking guide, all specified sightseeing, disabled hotel rooms & 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
Transfer to Mexico City Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Oaxaca Airport and transfer to your hotel in this central Mexican city.
 
Known for its many lovely colonial buildings, many of which are made from green volcanic stone, this state is also famous for its indigenous peoples and cultures - including Holy Week parades (Easter) and the Day of the Dead festivities on 1 and 2 November.
 
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 5
Today enjoy a full day tour to Monte Alban, Mitla and the tree at Tule.
 
Monte Alban is a series of interconnecting hills that contain the ruins of one of the oldest Mesoamerican cities - with great plazas, truncated pyramids, a ball court, underground passageways and over 170 tombs, the most elaborate yet uncovered in the Americas. The great plaza on the highest levelled hill is flanked by four platforms, and two temples stand on a platform to the south.
 
We also 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.
Day 6
Today enjoy a full day excursion to Teotitlan Del Valle, one of the prettiest villages on the eastern side of the valley with a remarkable 16th century church.
 
On arrival we explore the colourful Teotitlan Market, followed by a visit to a Zapotec Family Home to see how they weave their rugs. Many people still use traditional techniques of carding and spinning their own wool, before dying it with natural colours and weaving on solid-wood looms.
 
We then enjoy a Cooking Class to learn some of the secrets of authentic regional Oaxacan cuisine, which is renowned throughout Mexico. After enjoy lunch as a special guest, eating what you have prepared during your class, in the afternoon we return to Oaxaco.
Day 7
Transfer to Oaxaca Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Tuxtla Gutiérrez Airport and transferred 1.5-hours to San Cristobal, one of Mexico's oldest colonial cities situated in the Central Highlands.
 
Along the way we stop at Sumidero Canyon where you may see crocodiles, monkeys and abundant birdlife around the dam.
 
We continue to San Cristobal, which is also known by its native name of Jovel. Nestled in a small valley surrounded by hills, it is the cultural capital of the state of Chiapas.
Day 8
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 9
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.
 
We continue to Palenque situated deep in the dense jungle far from the outside world, giving it a wonderful atmosphere.
 
Note: Agua Azul Waterfall is closed from September to November, when you will visit the Toniná Archeological site instead.
Day 10
At leisure to relax at your hotel in Palenque or explore further with your guide (pay any extra entrance fees locally).
Day 11
This morning enjoy a half day tour of the famous Palenque Mayan Ruins that lay deeply covered by the jungle for hundreds of years.
 
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 Mayas ever produced. Less than 10% of this ancient city has been excavated so far, leaving over a thousand structures still to be discovered, but much of their history has been reconstructed from reading the hieroglyphic inscriptions on these monuments.
 
The most famous ruler of Palenque was Pacal the Great, whose tomb has been excavated in the Temple of the Inscriptions. His magnificent jade death mask and other artefacts from his tomb are on display at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
 
Note: Not all the site is accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you good views.
Day 12
Transfer 2-hours to Villahermosa Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Mérida Airport and transferred to the city that has been the cultural capital of the Yucatán Peninsula since the Spanish conquest.
 
Check into your hotel in this state capital that is today known as the 'White City'. It 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.
Day 13
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 14
Today spend a full day exploring some of the most important Mayan Ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula.
 
Our first stop is at the ruins at Uxmal (meaning 'built in three stages'), an ancient Mayan city renowned for its 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 at this archaelogical site are the Fortune Teller’s Pyramid, the Governor’s Palace and the Quadrangle of the Nuns.
 
We continue to the 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. Crossing over the road brings you to a large arch thought to have been the main entrance to the city.
 
Note: Not all of these sites are accessible, but  your guide will do his best to give you good views.
Day 15
Today we leave Merida and drive 3.5-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, sandy beaches and wonderful snorkelling and diving.
 
Note: Chichen Itza is accessible to the pyramid base and the northern areas, but not the cenode or observatory.
Day 16
At leisure to relax at your tropical resort on the spectacular Riviera Maya, lapped by the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
 
The Great Mayan Reef (Mesoamerican Barrier Reef) stretches from the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula to the islands off the coast of Honduras and is the largest coral reef in the northern hemisphere. Hundreds of species of fish and many endangered and protected marine animals are found here – including Loggerhead, Leatherback, Green, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley sea turtles, Whale sharks and West Indian manatees.
 
There are many optional activities in this holiday town, including day visits to the famous archaeological sites at Chichen Itza and Tulum, and Xcaret cultural theme park. Try a Mayan spa treatment or simply absorb the holiday atmosphere of this town with its wide variety of bars, restaurants and shops.
Day 17
Transfer 1.5-hours to Cancun Airport for your flight home.

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