Visit the modern Mexico City, the most notable towns of Mayan civilization, colourful markets, try some local specialties and enjoy leisure at the beach.
Mexico City is one of the biggest metropolises in the world that offers a great variety of impressive museums and galleries, and unique architecture. If you prefer to get outside the city, the pyramids of Teotihuacán and the gardens of Xochimilco are two good places to start. Then go to Puebla to walk the cobblestone streets of the colonial town and check out the famous hand-painted ceramics that tile the walls of its historic buildings. The next two nights you will spend in the colonial town of Oaxaca, surrounded by Sierra Madre del Sur and Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountain ranges. Enjoy the orientation walk to the main square and nearby markets, and take an option to travel to nearby artisan communities or visit the Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán. In Oaxaca you can buy the local specialties like Mezcal – a distilled alcoholic beverage and kind of tequila made from the maguey plant native to Mexico with a strong flavour and taste, and a worm of Hypopta agavis or scorpion often put in the bottom of the bottle; and the special chocolate, cheeses and dried grasshoppers covered with chili and lime.
Then in a night bus drive you will got to San Cristóbal de las Casas to explore the city and the markets. Take a boat tour to Sumidero Canyon or visit the nearby Mayan village of San Juan Chamula on your choice to learn about their everyday life. In Palenque you can take an option to visit an impressive Mayan city ruins with a central temple, over 200 buildings of various size and complexity that demonstrates exquisite achievements of this ancient civilization. As scenic are the surrounding jungles as well with great variety of bird life, including toucans and macaws, and the Howler Monkeys. Then you will visit the town of Mérida founded in 1542 on the site of the Mayan city of Tihoo. Its centre, the Plaza Mayor, is green and shady, and surrounded by the twin-towered 16th century Cathedral, City Hall, State Government Palace, and the Casa de Montejo. However, the best time to visit the colourful markets is the morning. Buy some traditional crafts, try some new food, and stroll the main shopping street Calle 65. You can also have a great option to visit nearby cenotes (underground pools) in the village of Cuzamá near the town or the Mayan ruins of Uxmal.
Begin the next day with visit to the town of Chichén Itzá that was founded in 432. This is one of the best-restored sites in the Mayan world, which will definitely impress you. The tour will end in Playa del Carmen near the Caribbean Sea close to Cancún airport. There you will have free time to have a rest at the breach, snorkel and dive; however, if a lazy relaxation is not the best choice for you, visit the near ruins of Mayan City of Tulúm.