Great Empires: Mayans, Incas and Aztecs

from $4669
23 Days
Private tour

Discover some of South America's greatest cities. Ciudad de Mexico, Palenque, Campeche, Cancun, Cusco, and Ollantaytambo. Visiting the historic center in Mexico. You'll overnight in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Buenos Aires, Incas, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and Aztecs. Highlights of this Latin America tour include the baroque Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico one of the world’s most impressive sites. Experience the beaches of Campeche including the Gulf of Mexico, You will trace the history of Peru’s ancient civilization through the capital of Peru, Lima. You’ll also be amazed at Machu Picchu, set in a majestic mountainside with ruins dating back to the ancient ages. Glimpse the ancient history and culture as you enjoy this remarkable and exceptional place.

  • Met and assisted by our Representative at the included airports upon arrival and departure.
  • All transfers included in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation for 6 nights in Ciudad de Mexico
  • Accommodation for 2 night in Palenque
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Campeche
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Merida
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Cancun
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Lima
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Cusco
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Aguas Calientes
  • Flight Cancun – Lima / Lima - Cusco 
  • Tours (regular or private according to the itinerary)
  • Guides in language to be agreed upon with the customers. 
  • Admission fees as described in the itinerary.
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • International and internal flights (to be quoted according to travel date)
  • Entry Visas
  • Optional excursions
  • Any service, meals or personal articles (including but not limited to telephone calls, laundry, drinks, advice, tipping, etc.) not mentioned in the program.
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DAY 1: City of Origin-Mexico City

Arrival by flight to the International Airport of Mexico City. Transfer to the hotel.
Mexico City, a fascinating capital whose countless options for visitors making it one of the most pleasant destinations to know. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In its streets, you can admire its history, as well as its art nouveau and art deco decoration. The Mexican capital is also distinguished by its varied gastronomic offer and for being the city with more museums in the world. Rest of the day off to spend at leisure.
Overnight in Mexico City.

DAY 2: Mexico City

Breakfast. In the morning, visit the city in which the Plaza de la Constitución or Zócalo stands out, surrounded by buildings of great architectural, artistic and historical value; the National Palace, in which the beautiful murals of Diego Rivera are found; the Metropolitan Cathedral, whose construction lasted almost three centuries; We will know the Templo Mayor ancient city Azteca (exterior view), we will visit Reforma Avenue with its outstanding monuments. We finish with a brief visit at the Museum of Anthropology, one of the most famous museums in the world for the pre-Hispanic pieces that are exhibited there (visit of the Aztec hall). Afternoon at leisure in which it is advisable to visit the Museo del Templo Mayor Azteca, or continue on your own the visit to the Museum of Anthropology.

Overnight in Mexico City.

DAY 3: Mexico City

Pyramids of Teotihuacán and Basilica de la Guadalupe

Breakfast. In the morning, visit of the square of the three cultures located in Tlatelolco this was for the Aztecs the most important market of their empire, where a great variety of products were obtained. The Plaza of the Three Cultures owes its name to the fact that on one of the Aztec platforms, the Spaniards built a Church and later modern apartment buildings were built. We continue our excursion to the archaeological zone of Teotihuacán, the mysterious city of the gods, to know the gigantic Pyramid of the Sun - built in the 1st Century -, the Pyramid of the Moon - built in the 2nd Century, the Avenue of the Dead, the Citadel with the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Palace of the Butterflies. Buffet lunch. Upon returning to the city you will visit the modern Basilica of Guadalupe.

Overnight in Mexico City.

DAY 4: Mexico City

Cuernavaca, Xochicalco and Taxco

After breakfast, departure in the morning to the residential city of Cuernavaca –of romantic atmosphere-, called “City of Eternal Spring”, to get to know the Palace of Cortez (outside) and the oldest Cathedral in Mexico. Then continue to the ruins of Xochicalco, characteristic for its magic where important Aztec rituals were performed in pre-Hispanic times.

Continue to the beautiful mining city of Taxco, to visit the Church of Santa Prisca, its narrow colonial streets, the Plaza Borda, the Municipal Palace and the silverware shops.

Return to the city.

Overnight in Mexico City.

DAY 5: Mexico City

Cholula, Santa María Tonantzintla and Puebla

Breakfast. Departure by the superhighway that will take us through the millenary forests of Ixtacihuatl and if time permits we will have a beautiful view of the mythical Popocatepetl volcano, we will visit the archaeological zone Cholula with the Pyramid at whose top and at the time of the colony built a church, Cholula was also one of the most important ceremonial centers of the Pre-Hispanic world; near there is the town of Santa María Tonantzintla, where we will visit the Baroque Church. We will continue our visit to the city of Puebla where we will visit the historic center, the cathedral, the Palafoxiana library and the temple of Santo Domingo where one of the architectural jewels of Mexico, the chapel of the rosary. Buffet lunch. In a local restaurant. Return to Mexico City in the late evening.

Overnight in Mexico City.

DAY 6: Mexico City

Coyoacán, Xochimilco and CU

Breakfast. In the morning departure to the south of the City, to visit what was the town of Coyoacán and today is part of Mexico City. Here we will visit the Church of San Juan Bautista, the former house of Hernán Cortes, which today is the headquarters of the Delegation of Coyoacán and the Frida Kahlo Museum house also called the Blue House. We continue to Xochimilco through the famous Autonomous University of Mexico where we will admire the work of Artists such as Juan O'Gorman, David Alfaro Siqueiros among others. As well as the University Stadium that hosted the 1968 Olympic Games. Arriving at Xochimilco we will enjoy a walk through its beautiful canals. Back to the hotel. Free afternoon.

Overnight in Mexico City.

DAY 7: Taxco - Palenque

In the morning and at the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to depart by flight to Villahermosa. Reception at the airport from where we will continue to Palenque.

Overnight in Palenque

DAY 8: Palenque

Bonampak and Yaxchilán

At 6:30 AM. Departure by road for a 3-hour tour through the Lacandon jungle. Arrival to the archaeological zone of Bonampak, where the best preserved frescoes of Mayan pictorial art have been found. We will also meet some members of the Lacandona community since they are the ones who take us to the archaeological zone. Continue to the town of Corozal, where we will sail in boats along the Usumacinta River for 45 minutes to the Mayan city of Yaxchilán, imprisoned by the jungle. The jungle mantle that covers it seems to keep the luxurious palaces and numerous temples in a silent spell. Aware of the historical memory, the Mayan engraved events of the ruling class on stones, thanks to this we now know the first 300 years of its history. At the end of this wonderful visit, you will sail again upstream until returning to Corozal. Lunch with tourist menu and at 4:00 p.m. Start of the return to PALENQUE.

Overnight in Palenque

DAY 9: Palenque - Campeche

Visit the archaeological site of Palenque, the greatness of its buildings and the invaluable mixture of white stone with the emerald green of the jungle will never be forgotten. We can contemplate the Temple of the Inscriptions (Pakal's Tomb), the Palace, Temples of the Sun and the Foliated Cross, Bath of the Queen in the Otulum stream. Free time. Departure to Campeche, with lunch stop arriving at the fortified city and which is a World Heritage Site. Visit and accommodation.

Overnight in Campeche

DAY 10: Campeche – Uxmal - Merida

After breakfast, we will start our journey to Uxmal. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the archaeological zone of Uxmal emerges around incredible sculptures of perfectly carved stones, to be distinguished by its curvilinear architecture.

Overnight in Merida, a vibrant city full of contrasts, named by Lonely Planet magazine as the American capital of culture in 2017.

DAY 11: Merida - Chichen Itza - Riviera Maya

In the morning, visit the legendary Mayan city that was consecrated as Wonder of the Modern World in 2007. Accompanied by a local guide, you will discover the secrets of this Empire whose ancient knowledge continues to surprise us to this day.

In the afternoon, arrival in the city of Cancun. Free night to rest in Cancun.

Overnight in Cancun

DAY 12: Cancun

Free day in the town of Cancun to rest on its wonderful beaches.

Overnight in Cancun

DAY 13: Cancun


Full day excursion visiting the ruins of Xaman Há road to Tulum, characteristic Mayan community for being located next to the Caribbean Sea.

After the visit, we will leave the coast of the Riviera to enter the jungle and visit Cobá where not only its pyramids, but also its ancestral stones will tell us stories of Mayan life.

Optional 2: Full day excursion to Isla Mujeres by private catamaran

Isla Mujeres is one of the treasures of the Mexican Caribbean that perfectly combines enjoyment and relaxation, with underwater sports and adventures.

Overnight in Cancun

DAY 14: Cancun - Origin

Transfer to the airport to take your flight to the origin.

End of our services.

DAY 15: Cancun-Lima

Arrival at Jorge Chavez International Airport. Private transfer to the hotel.

It was the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru and the largest and most important city in South America during the Spanish regime. After independence, it became the capital of the Republic. It is considered as the commercial, financial, cultural and political center of the country. Rest of the day off.

Overnight in Lima.

DAY 16: Lima

Tour of the city of Lima. The tour includes the Paseo de la República, Plaza San Martín and the Plaza Mayor, with its distinctive buildings: Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral Basilica and the Municipal Palace. We will enter the monumental Convent of San Francisco, which constitutes the largest sample of colonial religious art in America. You will also visit the modern neighborhoods of San Isidro and Miraflores.
Later, you will visit Pachacamac: It was the main sanctuary of the central coast for over a thousand years. Its temples were visited by crowds of pilgrims on the occasion of the great Andean rituals, as Pachacamac was a successful oracle capable of predicting the future and controlling the movements of the earth. The inhabitants of all the Andes also went to the sanctuary of Pachacamac in search of solutions to their problems or answers to their doubts.
Overnight in Lima

DAY 17: Lima-Cusco

Domestic flight to the town of Cusco. Transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the day free to acclimatize and explore its colonial cobblestone streets.
Overnight in Cusco

DAY 18: Cusco

Free morning. City tour through Cusco to learn about its history and tour the different points of the city and its surroundings, including the cathedral, the iconic Plaza de Armas and different enclaves of the Inca empire.
Overnight in Cusco

DAY 19: Maras and Moray

Today we will make an excursion to Moray, a prototype greenhouse or biological experimental station that was quite advanced for its time. After lunch (included), we will go to the Salineras de Maras. They consist of about 3000 small wells with an average area of ​​about 5 m².
Overnight in Cusco.

DAY 20: Sacred Valley: Ollataytambo - Pisac

In the morning, visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, one of the most important Inca enclaves prior to Machu Picchu.

After lunch, we will visit the Inca citadel of Pisac and its typical Indian market, where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs of its inhabitants and their ability to make crafts with Silver.

Overnight in Ollantaytambo

DAY 21: Cusco-Aguas Calientes

In the morning, departure by train to the Andean town of Aguas Calientes*

In the afternoon, we will visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the Modern World: the sacred city of Machu Picchu.

"Old Mountain" in Quechua language, today it is universally known both for its imposing archaeological remains but also for its incomparable location on the edge of an abyss at the bottom of which the flowing waters of the Urubamba River run. There, we will enjoy the unforgettable sunset.

* Ask for optional Up-grade to Luxury train Belmond Hiram Bingham.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

DAY 22: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the day, new entrance to Machu Picchu to appreciate a unique sunrise with the Inca citadel in the background and tour the mountain of Huayna Picchu

The mountain of Huayna Picchu has a very steep and narrow path, which includes several sections with steps, rock-carved stairways and cables. With a height of 2700 m.a.s.l., it imposes an extra effort for those who dare to climb it, but without a doubt, unforgettable panoramic views of the entire citadel.

Return by train to the town of Cusco in the evening. *

* Ask for optional Up-grade to Luxury train Belmond Hiram Bingham.

Overnight in Cusco.

DAY 23- Cusco-Lima-Origin

Transfer to the airport to take your flight with a stopover in Lima and the final destination to your city of origin.

Golden Accommodation

Price Per Person
$ 4669 Price per Person in triple room
$ 5839 Price per Person in double room
$ 10656 One Person Travelling Alone
Diamond Accommodation

Price Per Person
$ 4749 Price per Person in triple room
$ 5948 Price Per Person in double room
$ 10928 One Person Travelling Alone

Tour price currency is set to USD but you can pay in AUD, Euro or British Pound. The prices quoted per person per tour all inclusive and prices are always updated to ensure you receive the lowest price possible. Prices valid until September 30, 2022, except during the high periods i.e Christmas and New Year and holidays.

Child Fee
  • Child up to 2 years old totally free of charge
  • Children between 2 and 6 years old pay 50% of the adult rate.
  • Children between 6 and 12 years old pay 75% of the adult rate.
  • A child from 12 years old is considered an adult person and pays the same rate.
Payment Plan

We are offering a low down payment of just 10% to secure your spaces on the tour including hotel room, cruise cabin, domestic flight ticket, and other travel-related services. The remaining balance can be paid up to two days prior to your arrival date or in cash upon arrival at the destination to your tour manager, therefore, making your booking a risk-free investment.

Is Latin America safe to visit?

Latin America is a very large continent, and there are many areas that are safe to visit. In most parts, tourists need only to exercise the caution that they would have in any vacation spot—pay attention to surroundings, wear a money belt, and avoid dark and deserted areas—to avoid becoming crime victims. The scenarios that involve tourists usually involve non-violent pick-pocketing or muggings. In South America, we recommend not to make it obvious that you’re a tourist. Try to not speak a foreign language out loud. In addition, you should keep valuable items such as your passport, camera, and your wallet in a pocket or bag in front of you. While sitting outside at a restaurant keep your things on your lap or tied to the foot of the chair.

Which languages are spoken in Latin America?

Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico: Spanish speakers.
Brazil: Portuguese
You will find most of the workers in tourism speak English and at least a third language.

Is it a common practice to give tips in Latin America?

Tipping is essentially a norm in bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. It’s recommended to tip chauffeurs and guides during transfers and paid excursions. In these cases, we suggest calculating the amount according to how satisfied you have been with the service. 

What is the official currency in Latin America?

The currency changes depending on the country:
Argentina: Argentinean Peso (ARS)
Brazil: Brazilian Real (BRL)
Chile: Chilean Peso (CLP)
Uruguay: Uruguayan Peso (UYU)
Bolivia: Boliviano (BOB)
Peru: Sol Peruano (PEN)
Colombia: Colombian Peso (COP)
Guatemala: Quetzal (GTQ)
México: Mexican peso (MXN)

Each currency is only useful for its respective country. It is not possible to use the currency of one country in another.

Do I need a visa to enter Latin American Countries?

It depends on your country of origin and the country you want to visit. It is necessary to check with your migration department.

Cancellation Policy
  • In case you cancel your trip, the following scale of charges will be applied:

From the date of booking until 61 days before your arrival date, 10% of the entire tour price will be charged.
Between 60 and 31 days before your arrival date, 20% of the entire tour price will be charged.
Between 30 and 15 days before your arrival date, 50% of the entire tour price will be charged.
Between 14 and 1 days before your arrival date, 100% of the entire tour price will be charged.
Additionally, there are cancellation fees on all domestic flights within Egypt. If you cancel a tour at any time, you will be subject to any fees according to the airline’s cancellation policy.


  • Emergency Cancellation Policy

Memphis Tours offers a very flexible cancelation policy in case the government or the airline issues a travel warning from/to your departure country and destination. We, at Memphis Tours, prioritize your well-being and safety above all else and for that reason, we have adapted our cancellation policy to reflect our values. Familiarize yourself with our full payment policy, cancellation and refund conditions.

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