The largest pyramid in the world is in Mexico, as are some of the world's mysterious pyramids—at Cholula and Teotihuacán, respectively—and you'll visit both places on this wide-ranging cultural tour. Learn about pre-Hispanic, Maya, and Aztec cultures as you explore Mexico City, Mérida, Puebla, and Chichén Itzá, and take a break for a refreshing dip in a cenote. And a taco or two, of course.


  • Encounter the largest pyramid in the world in Cholula
  • Discover the mysteries behind the ancient constructions at Teotihuacán
  • Tour the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá
  • Go for a refreshing dip in a cenote

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Mexico City, Explore Mexico City
Day 2 Mexico City Tour Mexico City
Day 3 Guided Visit to Teotihuacán Mexico City
Day 4 Monumental Cholula & Puebla Mexico City
Day 5 Fly to Mérida, Afternoon City Tour Mérida
Day 6 Explore Chichén Itzá Mérida
Day 7 Depart Mérida  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City, Explore

Greetings from Mexico City
Modern high-rises in Mexico City's Zona Rosa

Welcome to Mexico! After checking into your hotel, you will have free time to rest. Then go for a stroll through the historic center or explore the neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa, full of art galleries, cafés, shops, bars, and restaurants. 

Day 2: Mexico City Tour

Sightseeing in downtown Mexico City

Filled with beauty, culture, and history, Mexico City has so much to offer. On a city tour, you'll see the Palace of Fine Arts and the main square in the city, known as the Zócalo. Make a quick stop at the House of Tiles, which was once a Spanish palace, then visit the magnificent National Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral and its chapels and bell towers. Move on to see the incredible collection of pre-Hispanic art at the National Museum of Anthropology.

At night, you'll attend a performance of Ballet Folklorico de Amalia Hernandez, one of the best traditional shows in the city. Then head back to the hotel to relax. 

Day 3: Guided Visit to Teotihuacán

The mysterious pyramids at Teotihuacán

Today, you will be picked up after breakfast to visit the amazing archaeological site of Teotihuacán—the largest, most influential, and most revered city in the history of the New World. The city flourished in Mesoamerica's Golden Age. You'll learn all about it on a guided visit to the site.

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Day 4: Monumental Cholula & Puebla

The Great Pyramid of Cholula, also known as Tlachihualtepetl 

Today, on the way to Puebla, stop in the town of Cholula to see the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the largest pyramid in the world. From a distance, it looks like a large hill topped with a church. Tour the site before moving on to the city of Puebla. Tour the historic center, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then head back to Mexico City and go out for tacos and drinks in the evening.

Day 5: Fly to Mérida, Afternoon City Tour

A colorful welcome to Mérida

Today you catch a domestic flight to Mérida. Upon arrival, check into your hotel—your base for the next two days—and explore the city. On an afternoon tour, visit its main attractions, including the impressive cathedral and busy Montejo Avenue.

Day 6: Explore Chichén Itzá

Chichen Itza, Mexico
Exploring Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Today, you'll tour the Maya ruins of Chichén Itzá, once the most venerated center of worship and pilgrimage on the Yucatán Peninsula. Its main draw is the Pyramid of Kukulkán (El Castillo), though there are many significant Maya and Toltec buildings, sculptures, and reliefs of interest—the Temple of the Warriors, the Hall of the Thousand Columns, and the ball courts, to name just a few. Have lunch before traveling to Ik kil Cenote for a refreshing afternoon dip.

Day 7: Depart Mérida

Ornate architecture in Mérida

Wake up and enjoy a delicious Mexican-style breakfast. Then you will be transferred to Mérida International Airport to catch your flight home. Safe travels!

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