Day 1 :
Depart from the United States
- Fly to Mexico:
Welcome to the capital city. From peaceful plazas to bustling streets, this is the quintessential Mexican experience. Begin exploring!
Day 2 :
Mexico City - Xochimilco
- El Zocalo:
Your Tour Director brings you to the sights of this vibrant city: El Zocalo, the heart of Mexico City; the dramatic murals of Diego Riviera at the National Palace; the Cathedral Metropolitana; and the entertainment district of Zona Rosa. Later today, visit the National Museum of Anthropology.
- Optional visit to Xochimilco:
Opt for a hand-poled boat ride through the floating gardens of Xochimilco and see remnants of the Aztec agricultural system.
Day 3 :
- Continue to the ancient city of Teotihuacan.:
View the impressive Pyramid of the Sun, built in 100 A.D., and the Pyramid of the Moon. Feel alive as you stroll the Avenue of the Dead, where later Aztecs thought the buildings lining it were tombs built by giants.
- LEAP In Step with the Aztecs:
- LEAP Tortilla Bake and Taste:
- Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
This afternoon, visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
- Optional Ballet Folklorico Performance:
See an optional performance by the Ballet Folklorico.
LEAP Activity | In Step with the Aztecs
Dance like a native in Teotihuacan! Traditional Aztec dancers and musicians in costume introduce you to the dance and its living legacy.
LEAP Activity | Tortilla Bake and Taste
Cook authentic tortillas with Mexican chefs. Discover the tortilla’s historic role in the local diet and its links to the Aztecs.
Day 4 :
Mayan Village School - Merida
- Board a Flight to the Yucatan:
Arrive in Merida and visit the Mayan Village of Santa Elena. Spend time with a local family in their home.
- LEAP Mexican School Visit!:
- Continue to Uxmal:
Continue to Uxmal to see the remains of a remarkable Mayan city. This evening, enjoy a spectacular sound and light show. Return to Merida.
LEAP Activity | Mexican School Visit!
Journey to a Mexican school; learn about the culture and teach them about yours, as you practice your Spanish with the local students and teachers.
Day 5 :
- City Center of Merida:
This morning, start with a visit to the center of Merida to view the austere cathedral, the Palacio Municipal and the Palacio de Gobierno.
- Chichen Itza:
Travel to Chichen Itza, one of the Yucatan Peninsula's best restored Mayan sites. The mystery surrounding the Mayan's astronomical calendar is explained when you see El Castillo, an actual Mayan calendar in stone. Also, view the Temple of the Warriors, the Sacred Cenote, and the Mayan ball game court, the largest in Mexico.
Day 6 :
Playa del Carmen
- Add on: Tulum and Xel-ha Excursion:
Enjoy an optional excursion to Tulum and Xel-ha. A walled Mayan "City of the Dawn," the ceremonial center of Tulum boasts a temple, a funeral platform, and a castle. Continue to Xel-ha, a beautiful pool located over a cave connected to the sea. Enjoy aquatic life in this natural aquarium, which is almost 6 feet deep.
Day 7 :
Depart for Home
- Return Home to the United States:
Extend your stay | 2 Nights in Cozumel
Head off to the island of Cozumel, known for its snorkeling and scuba diving. Spend your time exploring the main town of San Miguel de Cozumel or relaxing on the beach.