#20 best destination in the world

 

Hidden Beach, Marieta Islands

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  • Rumored to have been created as the result of deliberate military testing in the early 1900s
  • Involves taking an hour long boat ride with a tour company to get there or it can be swum or kayaked to

 

Cenote Samula

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  • Naturally formed pits created when limestone rock caves are exposed to underground pools
  • Considered a sacred place in Mayan culture
  • Long roots hang down from the skylight inside the cave and nourish the trees above ground

 

Rio Secreto, Riviera Maya

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  • Newly-discovered underground river with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites
  • Very few places in the world have the conditions that make this underground river possible

 

Cave of the Crystals

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  • Cave connected to Naica Mine that is 980 ft deep
  • Some of the largest crystals ever found
  • Largest crystal in the cave is 39 ft in length and 13 ft in width
  • The cave is 136 degrees with 90-99% humidity
  • Without proper protection, people can only endure 10 minutes of exposure at a time

 

Cuicuilco
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  • Ceremonial site dating back to 800-600 BC
  • The region flourished from 700-150 BC
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

Playa Norte

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  • #10 of the top 25 beaches in the world

 

Tulum

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  • Pre-Columbian Mayan walled city and port
  • #24 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • One of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya
  • Thrived culturally between 13th-15th centuries
  • Old World Spanish settlers caused high fatalities in the region due to the spread of disease which caused people to abandon the city

 

National Museum of Anthropology

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  • National Museum of Mexico
  • #7 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Contains archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage such as the Aztec calendar stone

 

Chichen Itza

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  • Was one of the largest pre-Columbian cities built by the Maya
  • City thrived from 600-1200 AD
  • Important example of Central Mexican architectural style
  • Considered a mythical great city in later Mesoamerican literature
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Xochimilco
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  • Borough on what was the shore of Lake Xochimilco in the pre-Hispanic period
  • Historic center of Mexico City best known for its canals
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Teotihuacan

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  • One of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas
  • In the 1st millennium AD, it was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas with a population of 125,000 or more (6th largest city in the world at that time)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Monte Albán

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  • Large pre-Columbian archaelogical site located on a low mountainous range
  • Partially excavated civic-ceremonial center
  • One of the oldest cities in Mesoamerica
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Uxmal

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  • Ancient Maya city most representative of the region’s dominant architectural style
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Xplor Park

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  • Park offering activities such as zip-lines, amphibious vehicles, underground rafts, underground rivers, and hammock splash

 

Malecón, Puerto Vallarta

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  • 12 block, mile long boardwalk lined with numerous sculptures

 

Lake Bacalar

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  • Long and narrow lake noted for its blue color and water clarity, along with its white limestone bottom
  • Lake is fed by underground rivers or cenotes

 

Chapel of the Rosary (Puebla)

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  • Chapel attached to the Temple of Santo Domingo in the city of Puebla
  • Built in 1690
  • Important example of baroque novohispano artistic-religious achievements in Mexico

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,089

food $15/day x 23 days = $334

hotel $11/day x 22 days = $242

tickets (all attractions) $406

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,071