LDS Tour Circuit 1. Mexico City

 
     
 

Day one
Tour Teotihuacan ruins and Lunch/Dinner at “La Gruta” 
Spiritual tour with an educational content!
Pick up & Drop Off location: Hotel/Resort
Departing at 7:00 a.m.
Return around 6:00 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: Experience the ancient City of the Gods on a visit to the archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Your full day guided tour will highlight the complexities of Aztec treasures. You'll have the opportunity to climb the magnificent Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and see the Butterflies Temple, the Avenue of the Dead and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. A step back in time that you'll never forget! Few cities in the world have been considered worthy of being inhabited by Gods but Teotihuacan is such a city. Thousands of years of civilization, which today can still be felt along its wide avenues projecting out towards the cardinal points of the universe had to pass before this place could be elevated to the ranks of a mythical city.

This day tour will take you to the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, which is one of the most impressive sites of the Aztec World. Located only one hour outside of Mexico City, you'll have the chance to see the complexities of Aztec treasures.

Day two
Tour The Great Pyramid of Cholula in Puebla and Downtown sightseeing
The largest pyramid in the world
Pick up & Drop Off location: Hotel
Departing at7:00 a.m.
Return around6:00 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: Experience the heritage and history of Mexico.
Visit Huejotzingo, and its XVI Century monastery of San Miguel. See the worldエs largest pyramid at the archaeological zone of Cholula.
Continue to Puebla to the UNESCO World Heritage site and the majestic Cathedral at the Main Square. Discover the Chapel of the Rosary, the Convent of Santa Monica and the Onyx and Talavera ceramics factories.
Your guided tour begins with a visit to Huejotzingo located near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. While in Huejotzingo, you値l have the opportunity to explore the XVI Century monastery of San Miguel. Built atop one of the foothills of the remarkable Popocat駱etl volcano, the monastery features 16th century art and architecture, carved corner chapels and medieval church doorways.
Next, visit the Great Pyramid of Cholula located just outside of Puebla. The Great Pyramid of Cholula is the largest pyramid in the world. You will be able to explore five miles (8 km) of tunnels inside of the pyramid that archaeologists dug into. The pyramid also features 365 churches including the famous Church of Our Lady of the Remedies located at the top.
Your tour continues to Puebla where you値l see first-hand the UNESCO World Heritage site. The majority of its buildings are decorated with tiles and beautifully sculpted freestone. You値l also visit the majestic Church of Santo Domingo, a huge central square cathedral with pink stone and wall tezontle.
You値l also visit the Chapel of the Rosary, which is considered the eighth wonder of the art world. From the Chapel of the Rosary, you値l discover the Convent of Santa Monica which now houses the Museum of Religious Art. Your tour will end with a visit to the Onyx and Talavera ceramics factories where large collections of Talavera pieces are made.

Day three
Tour Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor & Historic Centerin Downtown Mexico City
We'll visit downtown Mexico City in the famous Touribus
Pick up & Drop Off location:Hotel
Departing at7:00 a.m.
Return around6:00 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: We will visit the "Zocalo" (main square), Palacio Nacional to see Diego Rivera's murals, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor (Aztec ruins museum), visit main downtown streets, Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Palace), Alameda Park, and if you still have energy, we even might get to the Revolution Monument (recently renovated).

Day four
Tour Chapultepec Castle, Polanco, The Nios Heroes Monumentand Anthropology Museum
Pick up & Drop Off location:Hotel
Departing at7:00 a.m.
Return around6:00 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: We begin our tour early in the morning towards Tula, Hidalgo. Ancient Mesoamerican city, which consists of an archeological zone where the existence of six ball games (juego de pelota or tlachtli) has been detected.

Day five
Tour Tula ruins, and Virreinato Museum and the LDS temple of México City..
Pick up & Drop Off location: Hotel
Pick up at 7:00 a.m.
Return around 6:00 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: We begin our tour early in the morning towards Tula, Hidalgo. Ancient Mesoamerican city, which consists of an archeological zone where the existence of six ball games (juego de pelota or tlachtli) has been detected.
Also we will admire the beauty and grandiousness of the Tula Atlantes, which are stones with human form of great height and stature.
Later we shall travel to Tepotzotl疣 to visit the National Museum of the Virreynato. The front of the temple of white stone, has been called "The Jewel of the Crown of Mexican Churrigueresque style" and it is characterized by the ornamental richness of the sculpture with artistic and religious motifs... Finally we will have some time for lunch, and then return you to your hotel

Day six
Monarch Butterfly Tour and Valle de Bravo Village
Pick up & Drop Off location:Hotel
Departing at7:00 a.m.
Return around6:00 p.m.

Day seven
Xochicalco ruins and Taxco (the silver capital of Mexico)
Pick up & Drop Off location:Hotel
Departing at7:00 a.m.
Return around6:00 p.m.

EACH OF YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
Private luxury transportation Mercedes Benz full equippied
Admission fess toall sites, tour city busand museums
Professional certified LDS tour guide
Liability road insurance, parking and toll road fees
Bottle of purified water, snacks, one meal per tour mexican food
Professional certified tour guide and chauffer.

YOUR TIME WILL BE WELL SPENT AND VERY MEMORABLE!

 
 
 

LDS Tour Circuit 2. The Olmecs and Lehi's Journey

The Tree of Life Tour

 
     
 

Tour Palenque ruins &  Stone heads of La Venta and Tree of life Izapa Chiapas [6 day tour]
The Jeradites and Lehi's journey (proposed theory)

1st day we will depart from Cancun and drive straight to Palenque Chiapas and spend our first night.
2nd day in Palenque Chiapas we will see the tomb of Pakal and “And it came to pass” Glyph and more.
3rd day we drive to La Venta Tabasco and see the colossus Olmec heads (The Jeradites) and spend the night in Villa Hermosa Tabasco.
4th day we will experience the waterfalls of Agua Azul and spend the night in San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas.
5th day we will explore Ixtapa Chiapas ruins to see Stella #5 (The tree of life) and spend the night in Tuxtla Gutierrez (two days spended in the State of Chiapas)
6th day we will fly back to Cancun International Airport, you will then be shuttled back to your hotel.
(Stops will be made at Historical sites throughout the trip)

Day one
DESCRIPTION:
The true name of the ancient city of Palenque is Lakamha, which translates as 釘ig Water. Although, eventually, the archaeological zone took its name from the neighboring community founded towards the end of the 16th Century, Santo Domingo de Palenque. Palenque means 鉄take which refers to a wooden circle built to protect the site.
Palenque, declared a World Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1987, was the most important city of the low western lands during the late Classic period. It reached its peak between 600 and 800 A.D.
It began to decline at the beginning of 900 A.D., and was eventually devoured by the jungle, until 1784, when Jos Antonio Caldern conducted the first official exploration of the site and, a year later, Antonio Bernasconi conducted a detailed study of its buildings very well preserved, the abundance of archaeological, architectural, pictorial, and written remains, among others, have made Palenque a required place for archaeologists to come and decipher the lines of Mayan writing and its cosmological tales.
It is also, from a monumental point of view, a landmark for Mayan culture, due to the quality of its architecture as well as the originality of its constructions. Its original architecture include the tilted fa軋des on the buildings upper parts and panels with stucco embossing. It was one of the most important Mayan cities of the Classic period and today, it is a renowned archaeological zone thanks to its architecture, sculptures and the vast group of hieroglyphic inscriptions that tell us about its long and fruitful history.
The Temple of the Inscriptions, built in front of the Great Palace, is located in the upper part of a staggered pyramid. It has five entrances, an unusual trait in Mayan architecture. It is actually a funeral temple filled with inscriptions that live up to its name, with a carved tile inside which leads to a stairway which, in turn, leads to a funeral chamber, located in the depths of the building. Inside the mortuary chamber, which is seven meters high, there is a beautiful decoration and a richly carved sarcophagus containing the remains of Pakal II or K段nich Janahb Pakal II (Sun Shield Bird-Janahb), who lived between 603 and 683 A.D. and ruled for 67 years.
The Palace, in front of the Temple of the Inscriptions, is more than just a building, it is a magnificent group of interconnected structures on an artificial terrace, which were built, remodeled, and modified over the course of four hundred years. It is one of the most beautiful and complex structures of the Mayan World due to the diversity of its elements. It consists of hallways, staggered bases, subterranean galleries, courtyards, panels with hieroglyphics and other sculptural elements, such as the Oval, which displays the enthronement of Pakal next to his mother Zac Kuk.
Alongside the Temple of the Inscriptions, stand the Temple of the Skull and the Red Queen Temple, laid over a wide platform; at the top, the buildings reveal the remnants of temples, which served as tombs for important people of the site痴 dynasty.
The Cross Group consists of the Temple of the Cross, Temple of the Sun, and Temple of the Foliated Cross, three staggered pyramids with temples that commemorate the ascension to the throne, after the death of Pakal the Great and Lord Chan Bahlum II, displaying the new lord receiving greatness from the hands of his predecessor. The Temple of the Sun is characterized by its cresting, which is over 4 meters high, and the panel of the Sun rests in its interior, carved in limestone. The Temple of the Cross is the tallest in the group.
Finally, you will meet the beautiful waterfalls of Agua Azul, which will amaze you with its incredible turquoise blue, that are due to the salts that are dissolved in them, and its lush vegetation and petrified trees. This is one of the best preserved Mayan cities, of which there are plenty of historical records. Our tour guide will tell you the story of Pakal, the red queen and her warlike people. Walking through its courtyards and palaces is a unique experience. After this fascinating trip we suggest having lunch in a nice local restaurant where the cuisine is exquisite.
Alma痴 LDS Tours in Mexico is a company that seeks to promote tourism in the Mexican southeast through experiences surrounded by nature, mysticism, and harmony with our millenary ancestors.

Day Two
La Venta is one of the great Olmec communities (propoused the jeradites), built on an island in the middle of the vast Ro Tonol marshland about 129 kilometers (80 miles) west of present-day Villahermosa. Archaeologists believe that it was founded around 900 B.C. and functioned primarily as a ceremonial center until it was abandoned around 300 B.C.
The main structure was a 34-meter-high (111.5-foot-high) pyramid made of clay. The stunning cache of jade figurine burial offerings discovered there are now on display in Mexico City痴 Museo Nacional de Antropologa.
But La Venta is probably best known for the presence of massive stone heads measuring more than two meters (6.6 feet) tall and weighing more than 15 tons each. No one has yet figured out how the Olmecs managed to move these giant pieces of rock without the use of the wheel, since the raw material comes from an area almost 100 kilometers (62 miles) away.
Frans Blom預n archaeologist famous for his work with the Lacondns in eastern Chiapas庸irst investigated the ruins in 1925. It was the intrusion of the PEMEX oil drills, however, that brought the Olmec ceremonial center back to national attention. A local poet named Carlos Pellicer C疥ara arranged to have virtually the entire complex moved to a park on the outskirts of Villahermosa. There the artifacts were laid out in the precise configuration in which they were found.

Day Three (2 day duration)
IZAPA CHIAPAS (Older than Tikal)
Estela no. 5 Izapa Chiapas Mexico (propoused - interpretation of Lehi's dream, Tree of Life)
Izapa Stela 5 is a Mesoamerican monolithic monument found at the archaeological site of Izapa in the Soconusco region, Chiapas, Mexico. The stele dating from the period between 300 BC occurred - 50 BC, although other interpretations place it temporarily until 250 AD Despite being in a Mayan civilization is believed that the creator of this monument was of Mixe-Zoque.
Founded around the year 1,500 B.C., Izapa was the most important ceremonial, political, and religious center of the Pacific coast for almost a thousand years. Its importance was due to commercial factors, as well as for being the region痴 religious center. Its position favored migrations and the trade of jade, cocoa, and obsidian, however its ruins do not house spectacular structures or famous paintings like other sites, as it lost a great deal of importance during the Mayan Classic period.
Izapa, originally inhabited by Mize-zoque people, began its development around 600 B.C. and reached its peak as a regional center toward the upper Preclassic period, due mostly to the climactic characteristics of where it is located, with its fertile soil and high humidity, which allowed the creation of an intensive agricultural system and surplus stock.
The location and planning of its ceremonial center is full of astronomical references, to the point that many archaeologists believe that Izapa had a key role in the construction of Mesoamerican calendars and the Mayan calendar in particular. Its orientation, on a slightly askew angle from the geographical north and its alignment with the Tocan volcano, have led to the conclusion that its best structures and pyramids for astronomical observation match the dusk of the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.
The stele is carved in andesite volcanic and weighs about 1.5 tons. The complex design of the monument, probably religious, has led to different theories and speculations concerning its meaning. In the relief may be 12 human figures, 12 animals, 25 botanical designs or inanimate and 9 masks made with a stylized deities opulencia.1 Like the rest of Izapa monumental sculptures, it is estimated that the subject of Stela 5 is mythological and religious in nature, and that due to multiple overlapping scenes, is narrativa.
The stela was discovered by the Western world in the 1930s, but it was not until 1941 when the American archaeologist Matthew Stirling's paper for the Institute Smithsonian. Since then, many researchers have analyzed and developed different interpretations of its symbolism. The common belief among scholars is that the central image is a tree that symbolizes the world, connecting heaven with water (associated with the underworld in this interpretation).
The Mormon archaeologist eisegesis M. Wells Jakeman says the trail is a graphical representation of Lehi's dream, described in the Book of Mormon, in which the prophet sees a vision of the tree of life, partakes of its fruit and invites your family to do the same. His wife Sariah and his sons Nephi and Sam partake of the fruit, but refuse his other sons
Laman and Lemuel. The Book of Mormon also gives the meaning and interpretation of the symbols carved in stone. The river represents the evil barrier between people and happiness. The iron rod is the word of God, which, if followed, leads to eternal tree of life and happiness. The tree represents the love of God - and if you love God, and keep his commandments, this leads to the fruit of the tree - the happiness and eternal life. It's a whole life philosophy succinctly captured in l5 tons of stone. (Warren and Ferguson 1987:74)
In short, Izapa Stela 5 seems to represent both the history of a family in association with a tree of life, as a personal philosophy and movement of man through this life. Of course, that's exactly what the vision and interpretation of Lehi's vision poses. Thus, both Stela 5 as Lehi's vision could be as a standard text Isaiah - ie they can represent both the history and depth that concern you and me individually
Izapa: Home of the Mayan Calendar Inhabited since 1200 BC, the ruins of Izapa predate Tikal and other well-known sites. Many Mayanologists consider it the place where the 260-day Sacred Calendar and the 5,125-year Long Count Calendar were devised, and some think the haab, or 365-day Solar Calendar, was also developed here -- making Izapa one of the most important sites of ancient Mesoamerica.
It consists of three areas: Groups F, A and B. Group F is a modest site with several small pyramids, and several altars, monuments and stelae. There is a ball court, a giant stone snake head and an unusual stone turtle head with magnetic properties.
Izapa had more than 160 buildings including pyramids and platforms of up to 22 meters high.
The site has numerous monuments. The simplest of them are stone spheres placed on columns, which were possibly solar representations. Then there are the free-standing sculptures, such as the monolith representing an enormous jaguar, with its open jaws, devouring a man.
There are about 89 precious examples of stelae, 38 of which have carved surfaces. Stela 1 describes a water deity with a prominent jaw and long lips characteristic of Chaak, the rain god in classic Mayan art, capturing fish.
Stelae 2 illustrates a scene in the Mayan legend of the origin of Popol Vuh, according to which the twin heroes beat a false macaw god, causing it to lose its bejeweled eyes, its beak, and its teeth. Discouraged by its loss, the macaw god died. According to the Popol Vuh, Zipacna, the son of Macaw Seven, killed four hundred family members of the twin heroes, which led them to deceive the great crocodile to crawl under the Meauan Mountains and turn into stone. The most famous stela is No. 5, or of the Tree of Life, which displays a supreme entity constructing the Universe and its relationship with the earth, fire, and water. This stela is on display at the Archaeological Museum of Soconusco.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:
Private luxury transportation Mercedes Benz full equippied
Hotel accomadations
Return to Cancun International Airport (airfare included)
Admission fess to all sites above mentioned.
Professional certified LDS tour guide.
Liability road insurance, parking and toll road fees.
Bottle of purified water, snacks & two meals per day mexican food
Professional certified tour guide and chauffer.

YOUR TIME WILL BE WELL SPENT AND VERY MEMORABLE!

 

     
 
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