Lost City Marathon

22 Feb 2025

Lost City Marathon 2025: 8-Day Package

Start your visit to Mexico in the vibrant capital Mexico City before flying to Palenque for the marathon and half marathon.
17-24 Feb
8 days
1 790 USD

The 8-day package is an excellent opportunity to experience Mexico City and enjoying the comfort of having your domestic flight to Palenque all taken care off.

Leaving the capital city behind, we fly to Palenque while preparing ourselves for the big race day! 

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Itinerary

The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!

17 FEB 2025Arrival in Mexico City

Fly in to Mexico City on the most suitable flight for you. From the airport you can make your way to the hotel in the city center with metro, metrobus, shuttle bus or taxi. Note that taxi fares are fixed between the airport and the city center. Our hotel is located in the historic center not far from the Zócalo.

Please bear in mind that check-in is not guaranteed before 15:00. However, the hotel offers the convenience of storing your luggage if you arrive early, allowing you to freely explore the city center.

Meals: No meals included this day.

18 FEB 2025Mexico City - guided tour

We will take a closer look of Mexico City on today's guided tour. Although the city is massive and impossible to see in one day, we'll still get a feel for most of it on this tour.
The National Museum of Anthropology not only showcase the most impressive artifacts from Mesoamerican civilisations through time, it is also the perfect place to go to get an understanding of Mexico and how this fascinating nation has been shaped over time.
Even if you're not a keen museum-visitor the adjoining park will provide a pleasant stop away from the bustling masses of the city.

We make our way south to the borough of Xochimilco - known for its canals and waterways that have been declared a World Heritage Site. Experience the vibrant culture and natural beauty of Mexico City as we set out on an enchanting canal boat ride on the famous "floating gardens" - Trajineras.

Back at our hotel there's time to explore the Zócalo and the pedestrian area surrounding our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

19 FEB 2025Mexico City - tour to Teotihuacan

After breakfast we start our excursion to Teotihuacan - the famous Sun and Moon pyramids located about an hour's drive from the city center.

During its peak between 1AD to 500AD Teotihuacan is believed to have been one of the largest cities in the world with up to 125,000 inhabitants. It is still not clear to this day who the etnical inhabitants of the city was giving the entire complex an even more mystified touch. Our knowledagble local guide will walk us through the impressive architectural feats, and the mysterious Avenue of the Dead giving us a fascinating glimpse into one of the world's most remarkable archaeological treasures.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

20 FEB 2025Domestic flight to Palenque

After breakfast a transfer is arranged from the hotel to the airport to board the domestic flight to Villahermosa. Depending on the final number of participants we'll use one or two departures, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:35 pm. Flying time is roughly 1:40.
It is possible to request the early or the later departure, but we cannot guarantee your request is met as it depends on the number of participants, the time of your booking etc.
Read more about the domestic flights under Important Info.

Villahermosa is the capital of Tabasco state and from there we have about 2½ hours drive to Palenque where we'll check in at our hotel and can use the rest of the day and evening to settle in and relax.

Nestled just 8km from the mesmerizing Maya ruins of Palenque, Palenque town is a small and relaxing place to stay. This small and relaxing enclave boasts a lively central square and a collection of excellent restaurants. Upon checking into our hotel, you can immerse yourself in the evening ambiance of the town, setting the perfect stage to transition into "race weekend" mode.

Meals: Breakfast 

21 FEB 2025Explore the Maya ruins of Palenque - Race briefing

The day before the race, we will journey to the captivating Maya ruins of Palenque, the starting point for the upcoming adventure.

Once a thriving Maya city-state, Palenque endured for nearly a millennium, meeting its demise on the cusp of the 9th century. Despite its medium size on the grand scale of Maya cities, Palenque held immense significance, serving as a vital hub situated between the expansive Yucatan plains and the towering mountains. This unique positioning made it a central point of connection for various city-states, resulting in Palenque boasting some of the most exquisite Maya architecture.

Remarkably, only around 10% of the structures have been unearthed, leaving the remainder of the city shrouded in the embrace of the jungle.

Following a guided tour, you'll have the opportunity to explore this historic site at your own pace before the bus departs. The adventure continues as all participants convene at the Chan-Kah Jungle Resort for a hearty lunch and a comprehensive race briefing led by race officials. Here, you'll receive your race packs, the most important details about tomorrow's race will be explained and questions can be asked to the officials and medical team, addressing any queries or concerns.

Upon returning to your hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to unwind in the comfort of the hotel or take a leisurely stroll through the charming town of Palenque.

In the evening, we will indulge in a carb-loaded pasta buffet dinner served at the hotel, setting the stage for a night of excitement before the much-anticipated race day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & pasta dinner 

22 FEB 2025Race Day

Today is the big day! You will enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before we take the bus to the start at 06:00 am.

Upon arrival at the Palenque Archeological Zone's parking lot, all runners will have the opportunity to drop off bags and items for the finish line, with conveniently accessible toilets at your disposal. The race unfolds in waves, commencing with marathon runners leading the charge in the initial waves, followed by half marathon runners in the latter waves.

Ten minutes before each wave kicks off, participants will be granted entry into the Archeological Zone, where they can line up at the start. It's essential to note that only items actively used during the race may be taken inside.

The race officially launches with the first wave setting off at 7:00 am.

The finish line is located by the Chiapaneca restaurant where a post-race meal is included. Convenient shuttle buses will be on standby, ready to transport runners back to their hotels.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch in the Finish Area

23 FEB 2025Optional excursion and celebration dinner

Following yesterday's exhilarating run, there are various options for unwinding today. For those seeking relaxation, it's the perfect day to relax by the pool, while others may opt for an  exploration of the Palenque ruins.

For a more adventurous turn, consider booking an excursion with our knowledgeable Adventure guides to the breathtaking waterfalls of Agua Azul, promising a day filled with awe-inspiring natural beauty.

In the evening, buses will be waiting and ensuring everyone reaches the festive celebration dinner. We will rejoice in each others accomplishments and indulge in excellent food and drinks late into the evening.

Meals: Breakfast & celebration dinner (if the excursion to Agua Azul is booked, lunch is also included)

24 FEB 2025Return to MEX or extension

Our Palenque race adventure has come to an end. Transportation back to Villahermosa is arranged for the flight back to Mexico City. Again - depending on the final number of participants - we will have one or two flights back. One leaving at 09:00 am and one at 11:00 am. Requests can be made, but we cannot guarantee a specific departure as it depends on several factors. Hence you should not book your international flight out of Mexico City airport earlier than 5:00 pm this day.
If necessary it's possible to book a post night at the airport.

If you are not done with adventures in Mexico you can also book our Yucatan extension trip filled with colonial cities, 7 world wonder Chichen Itza and tranquil beach relaxation!

Meals: Breakfast

Excursions

Agua Azul waterfalls

23 Feb | 6 hours | 80 USD
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If you are a fan of waterfalls you should not miss this excellent excursion to one of Mexico's best - the Agua Azul.

Agua Azul, meaning "Blue Water" consist of several smaller falls and pools. The water is famous for its very clear and turqouise blue color.

Lunch is included in the excursion.
We recommend that you bring good footwear (no flip flops) as it can be a little muddy around the falls.

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Extensions

Yucatán Highlights

24-1 Mar | 6 days | 1 490 USD
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  • 24 FEB 2025: Campeche

    After breakfast we set out towards Campeche. Along the way we stop in the cosy beach town Champotón to stretch legs and find lunch (not included).
    In the late afternoon we reach the coastal city of Campeche - an often overlooked gem of the Yucatan peninsula - where we stay the night near the waterfront with the city centre just a few minutes walk away. The city's center boasts impeccably preserved Baroque colonial buildings and a walled historical district.
    The actual time driving this day is expected to be around 6 hours.

    Breakfast included.

  • 25 FEB 2025: Mérida

    There will be time for a stroll or a run along the waterfront just across the street from our hotel this morning. Our tour leader and local guide will also conduct a guided tour of Campeche before we're revving up for the next chapter —Mérida! Proudly holding the title of Yucatan's capital, Mérida unfolds as a captivating city, weaving a cultural tapestry blending Maya and Spanish influences. Beyond its historical significance, Mérida stands tall as the safest city in all of Mexico.
    As we roll into Mérida after roughly 3 hours drive, we are met directly by the colonial architecture, the vibrant energy of local markets, and the heartwarming hospitality of its residents.
    Our rooms are most likely not ready at the time we arrive, so our tour leader will take us on a guided walk through the city center pointing out good places to go for lunch and dinner later on.

    Breakfast included.

  • 26 FEB 2025: Chichén Itzá & Playa del Carmen

    After breakfast we head inland for the amazing Chichén Itzá.
    Crowned as one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World in 2007, this iconic Maya city holds a paramount position in the civilization's history. The renowned pyramid, El Castillo, stands as a geometric, astronomical, and architectural marvel at the heart of the archaeological zone, surrounded by meticulously excavated and reconstructed structures, including an exceptional ball court from the Maya era.
    We will start with a guided tour after which we'll be given time to explore the place at our own pace.
    As we leave Chichén Itzá we continue East to the famous Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen. As we are now entering the state of Quintana Roo we must change our clocks 1 hour forward, as Quintana Roo operates with Eastern Standard Time and not Central Standard Time.
    In Playa del Carmen we check in to our hotel with All Inclusive and can now kick back and enjoy the real Mexican holiday atmosphere.

    Breakfast & dinner included.

  • 27 FEB 2025: Playa del Carmen

    Experience a full day in Playa del Carmen, where the sun-kissed shores invite relaxation and exploration. Unwind on the beach or dive into the turquoise waters for a refreshing swim in this stunning coastal paradise.
    If you want more action you can stroll the vibrant streets and immerse yourself in the local culture at the bustling markets.
    As the sun sets, the city comes alive with the beats of lively bars and the aroma of delectable Mexican cuisine wafting through the air.

    All Inclusive!

  • 28 FEB 2025: Playa del Carmen

    Another day to relax in Playa del Carmen. There's plenty of activities to book if you want to go snorkelling, swim in a cenote or visit more Maya ruins. The hotel and your tour leader will advise you where to find the local tour operators offering various excursions and activities.

    All Inclusive!

  • 01 MAR 2025: End of tour

    Our time in Mexico is over and it's time to head home. latest check out time at the hotel is 12:00 pm.
    Transfer to Cancun Airport is included in the price and will be arranged to match your flight out of Cancun this day.
    It is possible to request extra nights if you want to extend your stay, but extra nights and price is subject to availability.

    Breakfast included.

  • Price information

    Shared double room: USD 1490
    Single room supplement: USD 500

  • Inclusions

    5 nights' accommodation according to itinerary
    Bus transportation according to itinerary
    Meals according to itinerary
    Entry ticket and local guide in Chichén Itzá
    English & Spanish speaking tour leader

  • Exclusions

    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    Personal expenses
    Beverages (except for what's included in the All Inclusive package in Playa del Carmen)
    Travel and Health Insurance
    Anything not mentioned under "Inclusions"

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Price information

Prices

All prices are per person in USD.

Standard
Shared double room: USD 1790
Single room supplement: USD 400

Deluxe
Shared double room: USD 2090
Single room supplement: USD 600

See more details under Accommodation.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation at NH Centro Historico in Mexico City
  • 4 nights accomodation at chosen hotel in Palenque
  • Domestic flight from Mexico City to Villahermosa and return
  • Transfer to Mexico City airport on 20 Feb.
  • Bus transportation as described in the program
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunch day 2, 3, and 5
  • Pasta dinner day 5
  • Snack lunch at the finish area day 6
  • Celebration dinner day 7
  • Guided tour to Palenque ruins incl. entry ticket
  • Guided tour in Mexico City incl. boat ride
  • Guided tour to Teotihuacan incl. entry ticket
  • English & Spanish speaking tour leader

Exclusions

  • Race entry
  • International flights to/from Mexico
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel and health insurance 
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'

Race Entry

Marathon or Half-Marathon:

USD 295

Race entry includes: 

  • English-speaking race officials
  • English-speaking medical team from Denmark
  • Timing and results
  • Medal
  • Craft Runners T-shirt
  • Manned water and energy drink stations along the route 
  • Collapsible cup for hydration 
  • Transportation to start area and from finish area

Pre-night in Mexico City

If it's more convenient for you to arrive the 16th or you simply want more time to discover the city it is possible to book a pre-night at the NH Centro Historico hotel.

Prices pr. person pr. night in USD:

NH Centro Historico hotel
Shared doble room: USD 120
Single room supplement: USD 95

Post-night in Mexico City airport.

If finding a flight out of Mexico City after 5:00 pm is not possible on the last day of the tour it is possible to book a post-night at an airport hotel.

Prices pr. person pr. night in USD:

Camino Real Airport hotel
Shared doble room: USD 160
Single room supplement: USD 145

Booking and Payment

The booking of a trip is binding for both customer and travel agency once the deposit (25% of the total trip price) has been paid at the time of booking on the booking.albatros-adventure.com website. The remaining amount must be paid 75 days prior to departure. A payment link will be sent 7 days before due date. If the deadline for the remaining payment is exceeded, there is no guarantee against otherwise unnecessary changes. Bookings made later than 75 days prior will require full payment immediately.

The email sent to the customer upon booking a trip acts as the booking confirmation. It is therefore of vital importance that the customer provides a valid email address.

Refer to our Terms & Conditions for further information.

Important Info

Questions about Palenque or Mexico?

For information on visas, currency, electricity, and more, please check our Destination Guide page.

For information on weather and clothing, please check the our Climate & Weather page. 

If you're curious about the destinations that we'll be visiting or other background information on Mexico, you can read all about it on our Travel Destination page. 

Domestic flights

In the 8-days package domestic flights from Mexico City to Villahermosa the 20th and return the 24th is included in the package price.

Depending on the final number of participants we'll use one or two departures from Mexico City to Villahermosa, one at 10:30 am and one at 12:35 pm. Flying time is scheduled to around 1 hour 40 minutes.
For the return from Villahermosa to Mexico City we will also use one or two departures. One leaving at 09:00 am and one at 11:00 am.
It is possible to request the early or the later departure, but we cannot guarantee your request is met as it depends on the number of participants, the time of your booking etc.
We do not recommend that you book your international flight out of Mexico City airport earlier than 5:00 pm on the 24th of February.

It is possible to de-select the domestic flights from your package if you wish to arrange your own flights to and from Villahermosa. The reduction in cost is USD 240 if you choose to de-select the domestic flights. Note, however, that transportation to Mexico City airport the 20th and Villahermosa airport the 24th is only arranged to match the included domestic flights. If you need to go to Mexico City airport earlier the 20th it will be your own responsibility to arrange transportation. Additional waiting time in Villahermosa airport for the transfer to Palenque should also be expected.
For the 24th the transfer back to Villahermosa airport is also arranged to match the included domestic flights, so if you need to go earlier or later an additional transfer fee may apply.

If you book the 8-days package AND the extension tour the return flight will automatically be deducted from you total cost - USD 120. This as long as you don't de-select the domestic flights of course. Keep in mind that booking the extension tour your tour will end in Cancun Airport, in which case you should consider booking your international flight out from there.

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