The land of the Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Huave, Mixe and many other indigenous groups, Oaxaca is a region of great diversity and contrasts, both in its people and topography. At 5,000 ft. Oaxaca City, is located in The Central Valley, and is flanked by two vast mountain ranges; Sierra Madre de Oaxaca to the North and Sierra Madre del Sur to the South. These vast ranges drop off into The Coastal Plains of the Pacific and converge into the narrow Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a lush tropical land of mangoes and strong women.
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Traveling to Chiapas, is like entering another world. From the crystal clear air and light of San Cristobal in the Highlands, to the dense tropical rainforest of the Lowlands, a mystical air shrouds the landscape. This region of Mesoamerica was the center of the Classic Maya empires, Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilan and Tonina. Today, it is home to numerous and diverse Maya populations with unique languages and traditions, including the Tzotzil and Tzeltal.
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Sun drenched Yucatan lies on the Peninsula that shares its name. Known for it's aqua blue waters, the great Classic and post-Classic Maya empires of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, colonial Merida, and the Winter feeding grounds of the Greater Flamingo, Yucatan never fails to enchant and delight those who come to explore; including Stephens and Catherwood, who wrote of their discoveries in the classic book, Incidents of Travel in Yucatan in 1843!
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The State of Campeche, located on the Yucatan Peninsula, is an undiscovered treasure of early Maya cities and empires dating to the pre-Classic period. The pre-Classic Peten, the transitionary Rio Bec and Chenes and finally the Classic Puuc regions and styles can be seen at Calakmul, Becan and Edzna. Campeche City lies on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, and in the 1600's became an optimal location for pirates to attack ships sailing from Veracruz or taking on cargo in Campeche. Palo de Campeche was a valuable natural dye source that was highly prized in Europe. Finally, in the 1800's, after 200 years of siege by pirates, sea and land walls were erected to stave off these attacks. Remnants of these great walls and ramparts remind visitors of this treacherous era. Today, the region is known for great seafood and warm hospitality.
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Mexico City can be overwhelming. But like any great city, it is the sum of its parts. In Mexico City, this includes: the Historic Center with baroque and neo-classical architecture, the Palace of Fine Arts with its massive Tiffany glass curtain, murals by Rivera, Orozco and Tamayo, the renown National Museum of Anthropology, swanky Polanco, the cobblestone streets of San Angel, and city markets. Founded by the Aztecs on what is now the dried lake bed of Texcoco, Tenochtitlan, was a powerful and revered city. Today, it remains a great city and like Rome, has the layers of great civilizations as evidence! Join us on a Journey to elegant Mexico City; a city of multiple layers.
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Known for its natural beauty and colonial charm, Michoacan is a gem waiting to be discovered. The vast and diverse landscape ranges from coastal lowlands, to peaks of over 10,000 feet. In 1943, the great peak of Paricutin blew its top and today one can see the remains of the Tarascan village of San Juan that lied in its shadows. Unlike Pompeii, however, the townspeople knew the eruption was imminent and fled to their safety. Lake Patzcuaro and the small island of Janitzio provide stunning panoramas. Michoacan is also known for its famous Cocucho pottery and the Dance of "Viejitos"!
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Veracruz is unlike any other State in Mexico. Given it's geographic & topographic position that includes lining a vast portion of the Gulf of Mexico & the mountains that rise behind the coastal regions in the North and swampy regions in the South; one can say, "Veracruz has it all". It is the land of the Totonac civilization and living culture; the land of the ancient Olmec civilization; the land of coffee and vanilla; and the land of seafood and music, known as the "son jarocho" with roots going back to Africa. Veracruz & its people, a lesser known & visited region in Mexico will leave you enchanted.
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This is Classic Mexico; home of mariachis and tequila. For art enthusiasts, Guadalajara has the "Sistene Chapel" of Mexico, the Jose Clemente Orozco masterpiece mural cycle at the Hospicio Cabanas. Here, we can also explore ancient pre-Hispanic cultures that were unlike any other culture in Mesoamerica. Come see what Jalisco has to offer beyond Puerto Vallarta!
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