Earth Ancients

The Sacred Pyramid Tour of Mexico 2019

The Sacred Pyramid Tour of Mexico

Earth Ancients & Body Mind Spirit Journeys Present

The Sacred Pyramid Tour of Mexico

Featuring Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Puebla, Oaxaca, Mitla and more

Hosted by Cliff Dunning

August 10-17, 2019

Join Cliff for a sacred journey to the heart of spiritual Mexico. This is an opportunity to visit ancient places that were aligned with the Cosmos, the rhythms and cycles of Mother Earth.

Body Mind Spirit Journeys, along with Cliff Dunning, invite you to experience a tour that goes beyond the basics of travel and provides an opportunity to discover the people, culture and spirituality of a country with over 3,000 years of history.

On this enchanting adventure, you’ll connect with nature spirits, the Cosmos and the energies of the ancient wondrous region. In doing so, you’ll be aligning your heart to the signature of the planet so that you may be joyfully lifted as the Earth lifts in her awakening.

Come ready to cleanse, renew and align yourself in the sacred traditions of the ancients, while opening the path to greater enlightenment and balance.

This sacred journey is for you. 

 

YOUR HOST: CLIFF DUNNING

Cliff Dunning is the host and producer of the popular podcast, Earth Ancients: Startling New Discoveries from Our Planets Distant Past. A writer, his articles appear in publications around the world.

 

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Transfer from Mexico City Airport to hotel
  • Transfer from hotel to Oaxaca Airport
  • Private transportation for all scheduled activities
  • 3 nights in Mexico City at the Hotel Metropol (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Puebla at the Hotel Colonial (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Oaxaca at the Hotel Casona (or similar)
  • Hotel service charges and taxes
  • Breakfast every day
  • 6 Lunches (no drinks included)
  • 2 dinners (no drinks included)
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing entrance fees

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Led by Host Cliff Dunning
  • Escorted throughout by a spiritually knowledgeable Mexican guide
  • Mexico City tour
  • Visit the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan
  • Travel to Teotihuacan to see the ancient Aztec pyramids
  • Visit the archaeological sites at Cacaxtla
  • Visit Cholula and its famous Pyramid
  • Tour Puebla, one of Mexico’s prettiest cities
  • Visit to the see the pre-hispanic art at the Amparo Museum
  • Visit the impressive Cathedral in Oaxaca
  • Stop at the archaeological site of Mitla

FEATURED HOTELS

  • In Mexico City: The First Class Metropol
  • In Puebla: The First Class Hotel Colonial
  • In Oaxaca: The First Class Hotel Casona Oaxaca

 

ITINERARY

Day 1, Saturday, August 10 Arrival in Mexico City (D)

Tour starts in Mexico City. Upon arrival and after going through Immigration and Customs, look for your driver who will transfer you to our hotel. Check into our hotel and some time to relax before our “Welcome to Mexico” dinner. Here we will do an opening meditation to set intention for the trip. We will meet personal guide, Memo that will be with us for the duration of the journey. Overnight and welcome dinner in Mexico City

Day 2: Sunday, August 11: In Mexico City (B/L)

This morning, open our mind to live new experiences. We begin our journey visiting Mexico City, the only city in the world where you can see the union of three eras: pre-hispanic period, colonial period and modern time. The city was built on the very site that was once the center of Aztec Culture and where we will visit “El Templo Mayor.” It’s located on the ancient site that was the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán. We continue with a visit to Zocalo (or Plaza de la Constitución), the main square. Continue to the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Palace of Fine Arts. Time for a lunch break before stopping at the National Museum of Anthropology where we will learn about the ancient cultures of Mexico. Return to our hotel where we have the evening free to explore some of the many local restaurants.

templo-mayor-mexico-city

 

Day 3: Monday, August 12: In Mexico City – Teotihuacan tour (B/L)

After breakfast, we recharge our energies and our spirit as we travel to the Teotihuacan, a UNESCO city known as the “The City of the Gods”, and is the most important and largest city of pre-Aztec Mexico. During the Aztec time, it was even one of the largest cities in the world, as well as the region’s major economic and religious centre. Here we will tour the archaeological sites including the Avenue of the Dead that is capped by the Pyramid of the Moon, the second largest structure in the city that rises to 140 feet. Next to the Pyramid of the Sun, one of the largest structures of its type in the Western Hemisphere. It dominates the central city from the east side of the Avenue of the Dead, and stands over 200 feet high. Continue to the Ciudadela (“Citadel”), a large square courtyard where stands the Temple of Quetzalcóatl (the Feathered Serpent) in the form of a truncated pyramid an where we see projecting from its ornately decorated walls numerous stone heads of the deity. In the early 1980s archaeologists discovered the ceremonially interred remains of 18 men, probably soldiers who had been ritually sacrificed. Further work has revealed more than 130 skeletons of both sexes in mass graves along the edges of the temple, as well as beneath it. After this exciting and unique day of touring we return to Mexico City, where we have a free evening to explore the city on our own.

 

Day 4: Tuesday, August 13: To Cacaxtla and Cholula. Overnight Puebla (B/L)

We leave Mexico City and travel to Tlaxcala to explore the archaeological site of Cacaxtla, widely known because of its well-preserved colorful murals – some over 1,000 years old including a series of virtually untouched murals. Of particular interest is the fact that most of the murals seem to combine the symbology of Altiplano cultures with influences from the Maya, making Cacaxtla unique in this regard. Cacaxtla also has the oldest mural painting featuring a human figure and symbols from other cultures (Teotihuacan, Maya, Mixtec and Totonac). These paintings portray the bird man and the feline man, possibly ruler – priests of the Olmecs Xicalancas who inhabited Cacaxtla between the years 600 and 900 AD. The bird man is associated with Quetzalcoatl, the generous deity who taught people the arts and agriculture. The feline man is associated with the rains that fertilize the earth. After lunch we continue to visit the magic town of Cholula, considered the oldest city in America that has been inhabited without interruption since its origins. The former Franciscan convent of San Gabriel, one of the oldest in America, is located in this city, and Cholula is famous for its massive pyramid, the largest such structure in the Americas, and the largest pyramid structure by volume in the world. On to Puebla city to spend the night.

 

Day 5: Wednesday, August 14: In Puebla (B/L)

Puebla is one of Mexico’s prettiest colonial cities. We will marvel at the splendor of its elegant colonial buildings, its streets and its flavors that honor its nickname “De los Ángeles.” It’s a city with beautiful facades covered with talavera, and is as an authentic and unique place to be found in Mexico. We have some free time to enjoy walking through the beautiful historical center with its cobblestone streets. Make sure to stop at the Amparo Museum, one of the most important historical museums in Mexico. It features a collection of pre-hispanic, colonial and modern art of Mexico. The gastronomy in Puebla is also well known. It is a fusion of Mexican, European and even Asian traditions. The dishes seduce the eye and the palate, which is why they have gained fame worldwide. Try one of the many traditional dishes such as chiles en nogada. Or the molotes criollos that are made by mixing corn and wheat and then filled with a pumpkin flower, potato or cheese. Overnight in Puebla.

 

Day 6: Thursday, August 15: To Oaxaca (B/L)

This morning, we leave Puebla and travel to Oaxaca. Oaxaca was founded in 1529 and is located in the majestic Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains. The city is surrounded by small villages and towns where over 16 different language and cultural groups speak more than 200 dialects, making it one of Mexico’s richest architectural melting pots We arrive about noon for lunch, followed by an afternoon walking tour that starts with a visit to Mexico’s most awesome church. Continue to traffic-free, Zocalo, shaded by tall trees and surrounded by elegant portales (arcades). It is the perfect place to start soaking up the Oaxaca atmosphere. Onto the Alameda, the theater Macedonio Alcala and the beautiful Templo de Santo Domingo, a 16th-century Baroque-style church and former monastery, where we learn of the church’s Spanish colonial past. Return to our hotel for a free evening. For dinner, always go for the mole; try all seven of them while you’re here – it’s a specialty in the state. Overnight in Oaxaca.

 

Day 7: Friday, August 16: In Oaxaca: Oaxaca Mitla and Monte Alban (B/L/D)

Today, we visit the archaeological site of Mitla. Here we will explore the archaeological ruins of this well-preserved Mesoamerican site, starting with the Palace known for the elaborate designs of the mosaics, made with finely cut and polished stone pieces. Stunning fretwork cover panels, tombs and entire walls. We will learn how the Zapotecs used the city as a religious center that was fairly isolated until Spanish conquest in the early 1500s. We have lunch and then in the afternoon, continue to Monte Alban, located on a mountain top and one of the most important cities of Mesoamerica. We will walk around the site including the Grand Plaza, a large open area on the flattened plateau as we learn about Zapotec history and culture, and gaze at ceremonial platforms, including a series of rock carvings called The Dancers (Los Danzantes). Monte Alban has 170 tombs, whose excavations revealed a range of paintings and stone carvings including pyramids, temples and altars. Our tour ends with viewing a I-shaped ball court constructed in 100 BC. We return to Oaxaca to rest and enjoy our Farewell to Mexico dinner. Overnight in Oaxaca

 

Day 8: Saturday, August 17: Depart Mexico (B)

This morning you will be transferred to the Oaxaca city airport (OAX) to board your flight back home. You will return renovated and full of new vibes, beautiful memories and new knowledge of ancient cultures. Hasta pronto Mexico.

 


PRICING

Bonus! SAVE! You will receive a 5% discount if ALL payments are made by check or money order. This discounted price is noted below in red.

Tour – Land Only Costs Per Person, double occupancy:
$1,799 payments via check or money order
$1,899 
payments via credit card

Tour – Land Only Costs Per Person, single room occupancy:
$2,149 payments via check or money order
$2,259 
payments via credit card

Pre-Paid Gratuities:
$75 payments via check or money order
$80 payments via credit card

NOTE: The Single Room Supplement applies for those who would like to secure a private room throughout the tour.

ROOMMATES: We will be happy to try to find a suitable roommate for those who are traveling alone and would like to share a room. Per our Terms and Conditions, registration for the tour will be held open until four weeks before the departure date in order to try to match everyone with a roommate. If, by that date, we have not been able to match you with a suitable roommate, you will be responsible to pay for the single supplement. An early registration will facilitate this process.

Deposit Schedule:
Deposit Payment – due as soon as possible in order to ensure a place on the tour
Per Person Double or Single accommodations: $500 by check or money order, $525 by credit card

Final Payment (final installment due on or before May 20, 2019) 

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*Special No Interest + No Payments for 6 Months Plan Now Available!
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Please read the Terms and Conditions of this tour.


Air Reservations

BMSJ is pleased to announce that it has opened an expanded Air Reservation Desk headed by Bob Ryder. Bob can be reached at 888-551-8184 or BRyder@Prodigy.net. Bob will be happy to answer your questions and assist you in making your airline reservations to join your BMSJ Spiritual Journey

Travel Insurance

As travel professionals, Body Mind Spirit Journeys highly recommends travel insurance. Sometimes unexpected circumstances can arise. A sudden emergency just before or during your trip could spoil your vacation and deplete your resources.

We have recently seen some of our valued travelers lose not only their non-refundable deposits, but also their entire tour payments because they hoped they would not need trip cancellation insurance.

You should protect your trip investment and yourself in regards to health, property and trip payments. That is why we provide you with an easy way to contact BMSJ’s preferred insurance provider, Allianz Global Assistance. If you need additional information or have questions, please call Allianz directly at 1-800-284-8300, and refer to code F025323.

BMSJ will be sending you additional details and a brochure with your confirmation on trip cancellation/interruption insurance.


Photo credits:

Teotihuacan – Pyramid of the Moon by Jarek Tuszyński licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
Teotihuacan -Temple of Quetzalcoatl by David Broad licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Mural Hombre Jaguar Cacaxtla by Gustavo Velarde se encuentra bajo la licencia Creative Commons Genérica de Atribución/Compartir-Igual 3.0.
Great Pyramid of Cholula, Puebla, Mexico by Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-BY-SA
Chicken with mole coloradito by AlejandroLinaresGarcia licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
Mitla by Gengiskanhg under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


 

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