7 Day Archaeological Excursion through central México
ONLY $995 Dollars per person*
The Path of the Feathered Serpent
An immersive journey into the mystical heart of ancient Mexico, with access to relaxing spa treatments and wellness centers in resort areas once frequented by the Aztec kings and Cortez himself…
The trip includes visits, guided by anthropologist and teacher Albert Coffee, to: the ruins of Cacaxtla and Xochitecatl in Tlaxcala; the great pyramid of Cholula, Puebla; the Olmec ruins of Chalcatzingo, Mayan Xochicalco and Aztec temple Tepozteco in Tepoztlan, Morelos; the museum in Cortez’s palace in Cuernavaca; the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City and Teotihuacan.
Trip accommodations in:
- Hotel Las Iglesias, a “sanctuary for the senses”, in Cholula, Puebla
- Posada del Tepozteco, part of the “Tesoros” line of boutique hotels with optional spa treatments and temazcal, in Tepoztlan, Morelos
- Hotel Villas Arqueologicas, situated right near the pyramids of Teotihuacan
Here is a detailed description of the trip…
If you have a keen and sincere interest in the pre-Columbian history of Mexico and the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica like the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Aztec and Maya then you’re in luck this December when Viajes Vertiz, together with degreed anthropologist and teacher Albert Coffee, offer a tour of central Mexico’s ancient sacred sites imparting knowledge based on years of archaeological survey and research in the lands of Mexico that make up what is known today as Mesoamerica.
This fascinating immersion into the cultural traits and remains of the civilizations and peoples who once occupied the archaeological ruins of this country could not be better taught than at the actual places where this rich history has been left to the earth and humanity. These places include the great pyramid of Cholula and the ruins of Cacaxtla and Xochitecatl in the Puebla valley under the gaze of the watchful volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl; and magical Tepoztlan, Morelos, the mythical birthplace of the god Quetzalcoatl or ‘feathered serpent’ near the ruins of the Aztec temple Tepozteco and the Maya dominated hilltop city of Xochicalco. With visits as well to the museum in Cortez’s palace in Cuernavaca, to Teotihuacan, and to the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City you will become well acquainted with the origins, complexities and fates of the ancient native cultures of Mexico.
Guided tours of the sites and museums included in the trip make up only part of the overall experience while you stay in some of the most charming boutique hotels and enjoy some of the finest spa/retreats that Mexico has to offer in some of the most sacred and magical places in the country. This trip combines the relaxation of top quality accommodation and optional spa treatment with an in depth course in Mesoamerican archaeology and cultural history, led by an anthropologist gifted in bringing to life the ruins of these incredible, ancient cities for those who accompany him.
Viajes Vertiz partners with Albert Coffee for the 7 day “Path of the Feathered Serpent” tour from December 14th to 20th, which visits the magical towns and pre-Columbian ruins of central Mexico offering a once in a lifetime journey through the ancient heart of Mesoamerica now covered in a colonial and modern guise. The tour is limited to 12 people to offer a more intimate, focused yet relaxing experience.
Having recently returned from a similar trip with Viajes Vertiz through Chiapas and the areas of San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque in which he accompanied a group as conductor and guide, Albert is anxious again to make your experience of ancient and modern Mesoamerica an authentic, accurate and unforgettable one.
Here are a few comments from some of the group who went on that Chiapas trip…
“Tour guide Albert Coffee is more than just a ‘tour guide’….We watched with great interest how he handled the morning walking tour of Palenque…carefully considering the interest, walking and climbing abilities of the group. He did this so well that we felt sure that no one felt left out…His considerable knowledge of not only the past but of what would be discovered in years to come really shown. It is rare in our experience to find a ‘tour guide’ who shares his knowledge with such enthusiasm…His assets are his considerable knowledge, enthusiasm and presentation style. If he were to (do another tour) designed to look, see and understand an area and part of its history that he knows so well…we would be first in line.
– Dennis and Gay Mayfield
“When you put enthusiasm, hard work, good education and in-depth subject matter expert into a guide you can’t have anything but success. That was our experience of Albert Coffee. He made our trip to Palenque one of my greatest experiences I have ever had I all my travels through Mexico and Latin America. He was well organized gracious and extremely knowledgeable about Mesoamerica. I hope he will be leading other groups around Mexico and Latin America.
– Bill Fisher
“Albert was terrific. His knowledge of the region made our trip to Palenque extra special. He also took very good care of us…”
– Donna Matteson
“Albert Coffee was a superb guide. His knowledge of Palenque is astounding and his willingness to make the trip go smoothly was unending. I can’t wait to go on another tour with him!”
– Jane Sallis
“On a recent trip to Chiapas, our group was lucky enough to have Albert Coffee as our guide. Not only is Albert a courteous, charming and completely bi-lingual young man, he has a degree in Mesoamerican anthropology from Louisiana State University. His enthusiasm for the cultural history of the locality and particularly of the ruins of Palenque was infectious. We not only learned a great deal about the area, we had a wonderful time doing it thanks to Albert.”
– Leslie Von Jaeger
The Path of the Feathered Serpent Itinerary
Day 1 – Monday – Leave San Miguel in the early morning, transport to the scenic ruins of Cacaxtla and Xochitecatl in the Tlaxcala/Puebla valley; overnight in Cholula. Lunch included.
Day 2 – Tuesday – Tour of the Great Pyramid of Cholula, Tlachihualtepetl , topped by a colonial period church and one of the largest manmade monuments in the world, and visit to museum learning about the pre-Columbian history of Mexico under the shadow of volcanoes; free afternoon, overnight in Cholula.
Day 3 – Wednesday – Leave Cholula for Tepoztlan, Morelos; stop for tour of Olmec ruins at Chalcatzingo and the Museum Cuaunahuac (Cortez’s Palace) in Cuernavaca; overnight in Tepoztlan.
Day 4 – Thursday – Free Day in Tepoztlan with optional hike to pyramid (built to house the Aztec god of Pulque, which is readily available for consumption), tour of museum and church and assortment of spa services (temazcals etc.). Time to absorb the rejuvenating energy of this magical town and the mountains surrounding it which attracted the Aztec kings and Cortez to rest in this region.
Day 5 – Friday – Tour of the impressive Maya dominated, hilltop ruins of Xochicalco or “House of Flowers” and the site museum and free afternoon and evening in Tepoztlan. Overnight in Tepoztlan.
Day 6 – The way to Teotihuacan, the most influential unifying force in Mesoamerica includes a tour through the world class Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City; overnight in Teotihuacan. Breakfast included.
Day 7 – Tour of Teotihuacan in the morning and early afternoon and transport back to San Miguel, arriving by evening.