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We are planning a trip to Mexico during the winter break. After some initial research, we came up with a tentative itinerary as follows.

Background: We are from West Coast US, interested in the unique history, indigenous culture, food, arts and craft. While we are very interested in Maya culture, we will skip Yucatan this time to keep away from “Doomsday crowd”. It can be a trip by itself in the future (perhaps combined with Tikal in Guatemala).

Day 1 (12/15): Fly to MEX
Day 2 (12/16): Visit Anthropology Museum in the morning, and wander around Zocala area for the rest of the day
Day 3 (12/17): Fly to Villahermosa, bus to Palenque
Day 4 (12/18): Visit Palenque
Day 5 (12/19): Bus to San Cristobal
Day 6 (12/20): Stay in San Cristobal (day trip to surrounding villages on either day 6 or 7)
Day 7 (12/21): Stay in San Cristobal (day trip to surrounding villages on either day 6 or 7)
Day 8 (12/22): Bus to Tuxtla Guitierrez, fly to Oaxaca via MEX
Day 9 (12/23): Stay in Oaxaca (day trip to Monte Alban)
Day 10 (12/24): Stay in Oaxaca for Xmas eve
Day 11 (12/25): Bus to Mexico City
Day 12 (12/26): Stay in Mexico City (day trip to Teotihuacan)
Day 13 (12/27): Stay in Mexico City
Day 14 (12/28): Stay in Mexico City
Day 15 (12/29): Fly home from MEX

Some questions:
• Day 2: The reason to visit Anthropology Museum early in the trip is to prepare ourselves and learn what we will see at archeology sites later in the trip. We hope it contributes to our enjoyment. However we are concerned that the museum gets crowded on Sunday. Is it free for Mexican citizens?
• Day 3: Is there bus service directly from VSA airport to Palenque? Otherwise we have to get to Villahermosa city center to catch bus. There is an Olmec sculpture park in Villahermosa. We are interested, but do not know if it is logistically possible to visit with luggage in two. We certainly want to be in Palenque before it gets dark.
• Day 5: My wife gets car sick easily. How is the road between Palenque and San Cristobal?
• Day 8: Is there bus service directly from and San Cristobal to TGZ airport?
• Day 11: We choose to be on the road on Christmas day as markets and museums are closed. I guess bus service is limited. How much in advance we should book? Also the trip is long and we are considering the option to break it for overnight at Puebla. We just have to weigh the chance to see another colonial city vs. additional packing/unpacking.

Thanks, and I appreciate any feedback on the tentative itinerary.

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