(Mexico City, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Merida, Cancun)
A comprehensive tour of Mexico, showcasing the "must sees" of the region. Explore the "city of enternal spring" and the "city of silver" on your day trip to Cuernavaca & Taxco. Travel to San Cristobal de Las Casas where you can visit modern day Mayan villages located in the Chiapas highlands. Travel to Palenque visit the Agua Azul Waterfalls for a refreshing swim. Climb the mystic ruins in Palenque. Visit Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan and observe colonial architecture while shopping in a series of outdoor markets. Visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza and conclude the tour along the pristine shores of Cancun.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Today you will be met by your driver outside of customs (international flights) or after leaving the secured area of the terminal (domestic flights) and privately transferred to your Mexico City hotel.
Embodying all things luxurious and rich, the Four Seasons in Mexico City is seated in the Paseo de la Reforma, near the area's main attractions. With views of gorgeous gardens and a magical courtyard, the 240 rooms and suites are well-appointed and stately in decor. A range of options in style and size are available, from those who want the epitome of plushness, to those who prefer the subtle, deluxe moderate rooms. Dine at the hotel restaurant, Reforma 500, where one may enjoy Italian-influenced Mediterranean culinary surprises. Take lunch or breakfast buffet meals at El Bar, which offers comfortable sofas looking into the courtyard. Later, relax at the spa, or make use of an array of exercise machines and weight-training systems offered by the hotel.
You will be met by your guide in the hotel lobby at 9:00AM for a private full day tour with English speaking guide to Cuernavaca and Taxco. Cuernavaca is located 55 miles away south of Mexico City, and is called “The City of the Eternal Spring” because of the agreeable weather lasting all year round. It is a perfect spot for relaxing and exploring its historic monuments. At Cuernavaca, you will visit the Cathedral, whose construction dates back the 16th century; inside its cloister you can admire regal murals of “The San Felipe de Jesus martyrdom in Japan”.
You will then continue on to Taxco or “the world’s silver capital.” Visit the downtown are with an enchanting atmosphere, cobbled stone streets and baroque architecture. This is a good opportunity for visiting Santa Prisca Church. considered one of the most beautiful in Mexico. (Time for lunch will be provided but lunch is not included in the price).
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Take a private transfer to the airport from your hotel in Mexico city.
Fly from Mexico City - Tuxtla Gutierrez onboard a domestic aircraft. Approximate flight time is two hours.
Please note: Flight times and price are subject to change based on availability and seasonality.
Pick up from Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport and transfer to your hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas.
The Parador San Juan de Dios is tucked into the historical farming countryside of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. Natural materials of adobe, stone and tiles were used in its construction, offering it an earthy appeal. The 12 rooms have been carefully designed with personality and detail. Antique furnishings and textiles are used to set the tone of Mexican and Chiapas traditions. Each room claims a colonial influence, while also offering all the modern assets of home. Dine at either of the hotel's two restaurants, one of which is outdoors. Both serve high cuisine and authentic regional delights. For leisure, visit the art and antiques gallery at the hotel, or request a massage. Otherwise, breathe in the fresh air of the landscape.
You will be met by your guide in the hotel lobby at 9:00 AM for a full day excursion (8-10 hours) to the colorful Lakes de Montebello Lakes and the Mayan Archaeological Zone of Chincultik. The lakes themselves are well worth experiencing; they all reflect turquoise blues and greens, and coupled with the scenic backdrop of the surrounding mountains and forests, the area is great for a whole day's exploration. Chinkultik site has some step-pyramids and some 200 smaller buildings, most in undisturbed ruin. Chinkultic has carved stone stelae depicting the site's rulers.
San Cristobal is characterized by its peaceful and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with an artistic and bohemian flair which attracts many European visitors, especially. The colonial streets and alleyways lined with red-roof tiles and white-washed walls beg wanderers to explore and discover the nooks and crannies; alleyways open up into picturesque arcades and plazas showing off their authentic colonial architecture and hosting churches, museums, cafés, restaurants and artisan workshops, among other delights. The city is situated at 7000 feet above sea level, in a lush green valley where the air is fresh and you can experience that unique clarity of highland light. Although San Cristobal is the principal market town and commercial center in this area, it's also the best hub from which to explore the surrounding indigenous villages and the magnificent natural beauty for which Chiapas is known.
Along the way visit the beautiful and impressive waterfalls of Agua Azul. Situtated in among lush vegetation these waters descend through the hills, in a rapid succession of falls and end in pools of deep turquoise.
Hotel Villa Mercedes is a new hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas that prides itself on service and hospitality. The 67 rooms are sophisticated and clean, offered as suites or deluxe rooms. These are rooms using remodeled aspects of the Ciudad Real Teatro. International and regional favorites are served at the hotel's Restaurant La Chimenea, Lounge La Pergola, and Bar Pavo Real. Take the shuttle bus into the center of town, or use the gym facilities. One may also take a walk and visit the shopping center or movie theatre.
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Palenque to Villahermosa Airport via La Venta
Fly from Villahermosa to Merida onboard a domestic aircraft. The approximate flight time is one hour.
Please note: Flight times and price are subject to change based on availability and seasonality.
Pick up from the airport in Merida and transfer to your hotel in Merida or vice versa.
The Hacienda Misne is a former construction of the 18th century. It has a beautifully restored principal house, the property is surrounded by walls that protect the Hacienda and its lush tropical gardens. The history and local tradition combined with the natural beauty of its exuberant gardens, the singing of the birds and the sigh of the yucatecan breeze makes it feel as if time has stoped.
Today you will be picked up by your private expert bilingual Guide for a Tour of Uxmal & Kabah. Come explore the cities of Uxmal and Kabah, located in the Puuc region of the Peninsula of Yucatan. These metropolis were beautifully constructed by the Maya people and became some of the most influential and important urban centers of the time, where wealth, culture, science and religion converged and were highly praised by their societies.
Pick up from your hotel in Merida and transfer to Chichen Itza. Private tour of the ruins. Chichen Itza was a major regional center in the northern Maya lowlands from the Late Classic through the Terminal Classic and into the early portion of the Early Postclassic period. The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, from what is called “Mexicanized” and reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northern lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion. Archaeological data, such as evidence of burning at a number of important structures and architectural complexes, suggest that Chichen Itza's collapse was violent. Following the decline of Chichen Itza's hegemony, regional power in the Yucatán shifted to a new center at Mayapan.The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site’s stewardship is maintained by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. Transfer to your hotel in Cancun.
Graced by beautiful gardens and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, the Casa Magna Marriott Cancun Resort is a great choice amoung premier hotels. A Mexico vacation at the Cancun CasaMagna Hotel will recharge the spirit and reinvigorate the senses. This Cancun hotel offers 452 spacious guestrooms, each appointed with a 32" flat-panel LCD television, wireless Internet and Marriott's renowned Revive Bedding. Positioned in one of Cancun's most romantic locations, the CasaMagna is the only hotel in Cancun authorized to conduct Catholic weddings in front of the sea, making it an ideal location for your Cancun wedding.
Leisure time in Cancun. Be sure to pre-book your local excursions to ensure that you make the most of your time in Mexico. Options include: Chichen Itza Tour, Coba and Mayan Villages Tour, Tulum Ruins Tour, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing and more!
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver.
Depart from international airport. End of itinerary.
Steve Walling ,
January 20, 2014
"We are home safe and sound from the best vacation I can remember. It seemed seamless to us but I know that you worked very hard to make our experience so good.
The guides and drivers were always punctual and reliable. They were very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. They provided us with very helpful information and helped us work on expanding our Spanish. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were very nice.
I especially appreciate our ability to update our plans while we were in Costa Rica. The zip lines were the highlight of our trip. I hate to think we almost missed out by not including it in our original plan.
You have made a friend and supporter for life. I will certainly recommend you to anyone I know going to Costa Rica. Thank you, again.
Steve and Andrea
Merrel Bowles ,
November 07, 2013
"I would highly recommend this company for overseas travel. We had personal drivers that spoke perfect English and were also very knowledgeable in conversation pertaining to their country. Drivers were always early and eager to please. Your wish was their command!!!Every tour included educated guides who knew how to make our experience fun and exciting! I loved having personal drivers and guides, as well as many inclusive meals. We will definitely use this company for future travels."
April 09, 2013
"Our Costa Rica trip was amazing. The whole family thinks its the best we've ever taken! Kensington did an excellent job of organizing everything. The two hotels they picked were amazing.
Arenal -- The Springs Resort & Spa was almost too good since as soon as the family saw it they wanted to cancel activities so they could take full advantage of all it offered. We ultimately did cancel the safari to give us a free day to spend a day at the spa, pools and Club Rio (riding the river in innertubes!). The activities Kensington setup were excellent and very adventurous. Our favorite was canyoneering (repelling), We were all terrified at the first drop-off! It's more thrilling the zip lining (also lots of fun) and river rafting (a blast as well).
Manuel Antonio -- The Preserve at Los Altos was very nice. It was like staying in a 3 bedroom apartment at a boutique hotel (same feel as Athenum in London but nicer). The drive to get there was a bit long but worth it when our driver made a surprise stop at the the "crodillio bridge". The tour through Manuel Antonio National Park is a must do for nature lovers (3 types of monkeys, sloths, etc). Our guide was excellent. If you go MA NP, try Kapi Kapi for dinner.
I'd highly recommend using Kensington (Brandi was our rep) for a Costa Rica trip. Thanks for hooking us up with them.
L Huber ,
April 03, 2013
We returned yesterday from our wonderful Costa Rican vacation and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. We loved staying at the El Silencio (the kids would have liked to stay even longer so we could have taken some of the nature hikes). Being surrounded by the cloud forest was an amazing sensation that really helped us to feel that we were in a completely different world and was a perfect way to begin the trip. Maria Lucia was a very kind tour guide and showed us the all sites in a huge day (the waterfalls, Poas volcano, the coffee plantation & Sarchi). The staff at El Silencio was wonderful and Jeff and I very much enjoyed the food and the very elaborate wine tasting there.
In La Fortuna the activities ruled. We loved everything, the exhilarating waterfall rappelling, the zip lining (& tiger swing - the kids LOVED IT) the volcano hike and we had a FANTASTIC time on the river safari with Gerald and his friend Tom. Gerald was a great guide and was able to share many stories while letting us see the wildlife. We saw a spectacular Toucan flock and of course the monkeys were a huge hit. Ending up at the farm was a fun end note to the trip. Of course we enjoyed the hot springs at the Tabacon - they are pretty amazing. Jeff and I had a chance to have a massage at the Tabacon spa and it was spectacular. The service at the hotel was lovely and our room did have a beautiful view of the volcano. I think the hot springs & spa are far superior at the Tabacon.
Alex drove us from both El Silencio to La Fortuna and then from La Fortuna to Punta Islita (that is a lot of driving and he did a great job - he was so friendly and made the travelling very enjoyable). On the way to La Fortuna he made a point of showing us the Iguana restaurant and it was a great wayside stop for everyone.
Punta Islita was stunning. Our villa Ilan Ilan was ideal, the view and the setting were spectacular. The kids loved the pool (when they weren't swimming & playing in the ocean), Jeff loved being able to finally drive around a bit like a native (the villa came with a small 4 wheel car), and I enjoyed waking up every morning to see the sunrise over the cliffs at the ocean's edge, and hear the incredible variety of birds (and on the last day even the howler monkeys). We enjoyed so many of the activities the hotel had to offer. Andrey & Hector and the whole staff were so warm and hospitable. They really worked hard and made every effort to make our stay so much fun. Hector helped us plan some more zip lining, surf lessons, a dolphin sighting/fishing boat trip and a sunset horseback ride which was the perfect way to wrap up the trip.
Ronald picked us up and got us to the airport in plenty of time. Ronald was very interested in showing us the wildlife as we drove through the different areas and we really enjoyed that.
Everywhere we went the people were absolutely wonderful, kind, and proud to show us their country and it made our trip spectacular.
Erika, thank you for all you did to help make the trip such a huge success.
Anthony Sokol ,
March 11, 2013
We are home with many good memories from our stay in Panama.
We found your guides and drivers to be always on time and very instructive, especially in David/Bouquette/Amistad. We liked the Panamonte Hotel in Bouquette.
Since the Amistad Park was closed due to rain on the day we arrived, we toured a Race horse breeding farm, Cerre Punte, which was magnificent and might be a consideration for your future guests
Your choice of itinerary in Panama City was quite informative and complete considering the limited time we had.
All in all, we were quite pleased with Kensington Tours in general.
Anthony and Barbara
Karen Werner ,
February 12, 2013
P and I want to thank you so much for all of your help in setting up our trip! It was a wonderful week in Panama--we loved every minute. And we especially appreciated you taking care of the hotel reservation glitch. Your partner in Panama was really great to work with--they did a wonderful job and were very professional. Everything worked like clockwork with them. We look forward to working with you again!
K and P Werner "
January 13, 2013
"My husband and I are "Boomers" and veteran world-wide travelers, from our early days with Eurail passes and VW Vans to the present! As such, we are not content with the group tours that "herd" you around and show you the tourist photo-op sites. However, as a busy medical professional I don't have time to carefully put together the type of trip that we want to have in places we have never been before. What a delight and relief to have discovered Kensington tours! Our trip to Costa Rica was the epitome of personalized, professional, and exceptional service. All our drivers and guides were wonderful - Barbara Franz, our naturalist guide in Manuel Antonio National Park was a standout. Our hotels and lodges in San Jose, Tortuguero, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio were unique, lovely, and very comfortable. We are recommending Kensington to all our friends and are already trying to decide where we will go next. Maybe Africa, maybe New Zealand! We cannot say enough about Kensington's commitment to excellence! When it can be hard to wade through the mediocre, such professionalism is refreshing. Thank you Brandi for all you did to make our trip memorable!"
jack Lester ,
February 06, 2013
"Had a wonderful experience with Kensington and our agent Nella. Everything went very smoothly and we loved the accommodations. The trip was an adventure we will never forget and Kensington made it a worry free trip.
Kimberly Dellinger ,
August 22, 2012
Ariana & I absolutely LOVED our trip to Costa Rica. This trip was even better than we had hoped or expected. The quality of the different hotels was excellent, and I was quite frankly surprised at how "deluxe" our rooms were when I was expecting more "average" type of lodging. We were thrilled & loved each place we stayed and we have told all our friends & family about this exceptional customer service. The tour guides were AMAZING, so knowledgable, friendly, spoke great English, & were willing to help us learn Spanish & the culture. We were so happy that we were able to do the different activities-- Canyon Rappelling in Arenal, Venado Cave Tour near Arenal, ziplining in Monteverde, The Springs, and the different rainforest tours. All these activities-- and the other activities along the way-- were WONDERFUL, and we felt very safe and well-cared for during our excursions. The travel arrangements & private vehicles were great- we were very comfortable & the drivers were very professional & prompt. We were treated so well that we felt like royalty!
I am telling all my friends, co-workers, family members and my patients ( I work in a dental office) about how wonderful the Costa Rica trip was with my daughter & how great the service & planning was with Kensington Tours. I have given your name to several people & hope that you'll get referrals from those I've talked with! I am definitely planning on traveling abroad again and plan to go through you and Kensington Tours when I do. My next goal is to plan a trip (maybe Europe or return to Costa Rica?) for my teenage son & I to do together in the next year or so.
My sincerest gratitude to you for making our Costa Rica trip SPECTACULAR! Well done! Below, you will see my responses to the survey (as you can see, I'm not very prompt about checking email, but eventually I get around to it!) you sent a few days after we arrived back home. Let me know if there's any problems reading my responses-- I rated everything "excellent" because that's what it was/is!
Kimberly (& Ariana) Dellinger
Dana H ,
July 09, 2012
"The trip was excellent and everything was very smooth. The hotels & guides were all great. I would definitely travel with Kensington Tours again & recommend it to family & friends! Additionally, I would like to start thinking about planning my Africa trip. I am interested in Kenya & Tanzania."
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