Concentrating on Mayan sites, this tour includes Palenque, Uxmal and Chichén Itzá. However, there are other points of interest to impress the traveller, including the beauty of the Lagoon of the Seven Colours, a chocolate museum and the majestic town of Mérida. This tour starts and ends in Cancun, so is ideal for a pre or post stay at a beach resort.
From Cancun to Cancun
Guaranteed departures with minimum 2 passengers.
Departure dates: 15/Feb, 1/Mar, 15/Mar, 29/Mar, 12/Apr, 3/May, 17/May, 14/Jun, 12/Jul, 26/Jul, 9/Aug, 23/Aug, 13/Sep, 11/Oct, 8/Nov.
From USD 1,070 (net) per person
sharing a double room
DAY 1 – Cancún / Bacalar / Chicanná (470 km)
Transfer to the hotel in Cancún where the tour leaves for Chicanná. On the way, stop at the Bacalar Lagoon, also known as the “Lagoon of the Seven Colours”. Forty two glorious kilometres of crystal water reflecting turquoise, indigo blue and jade.
After lunch, continue on to Chicanná to see recently discovered archaeological sites surrounded by an amazing Mayan jungle. Visit the archaeological site at Chicanná which means “House of the Serpent’s Mouth”. This site was only discovered in 1967. It has distinctive doors marked with animal shaped masks. Structure II is quite special, due to its huge zoomorphic mask that probably represents Itzamná, God of the Sun. Overnight stay at the Eco Village Chicanná Hotel.
DAY 2 – Chicanná / Calakmul / Palenque (480 km)
After a one-hour trip on the main highway we reach Calakmul, the only really high jungle of the Yucatán peninsula. Five of the six species of American wildcat are found here, as well as over 230 bird species and a great variety of flora. The abundant and diverse flora and fauna can be enjoyed throughout this journey.
A further one and a half-hour journey along a narrow road bring you to the Calakmul archaeological site, considered one of Mexico’s most important. Hundreds of stelas (monoliths) surround this region, which clearly show its Mayan domain. From the top of one of its largest monuments, visitors can admire the “green sea” of the huge Mayan biosphere. The visit ends with a break for a packed lunch then head to Palenque for an overnight stay at Villa Mercedes Palenque Hotel or similar.
DAY 3 – Palenque / Campeche (362 km)
Visit the Palenque archaeological site, featuring beautiful Mayan work in stone and stucco. This area is frequently recognised as one of Mexico’s most beautiful places with its ruins enclosed in dense jungle. Its most important temple is the Temple of the Inscriptions, where the explorers discovered Pakal’s tomb and his famous jade mask.
Continue to Campeche, which is the capital of the state of Campeche. Lunch will be in a restaurant along the way. Upon arrival to Campeche, visit the ancient town, surrounded by fort walls and towers built to protect this city from pirates. Campeche maintains its colonial charm thanks to its lavish houses and austere churches. Stay at the 3-star plus Hotel Plaza Campeche or similar.
DAY 4 – Campeche / Mérida (169 km)
Heading towards Mérida, a stop en route takes in a visit to the Uxmal archaeological site. Uxmal means “built in three stages” and it is a typical example of the classic and post-classic Mayan period. Its main constructions are the Fortune Teller’s Pyramid, the Governor’s Palace and the Quadrangle of the Nuns.
After lunch at a restaurant, there’s a visit to Choco-story, a living museum of chocolate located next to the cacao plantations. The tour then continues to Mérida, also known as the White City, which has colonial houses as well as houses of Arabic, French and Italian design. Those houses witnessed all the old wealth that was generated thanks to the sisal culture. A stop is made at Mérida’s Zócalo, where visitors can admire the city’s main monuments: the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace, the Municipal Palace and the House of Francisco Montejo. Overnight stay at the Presidente Intercontinental Villa Mercedes or similar.
DAY 5 – Mérida / Sotuta de Peón / Mérida (80 km)
Depart for Hacienda Sotuta de Peon to see the henequen thread, Yucatan´s old green gold. Hacienda Sotuta de Peon was built in the late 19th century in Tecoh.
Journey back in time on board small wooden wagons named “trucks” pulled by mules over old rails shipped from France in the late 19th century. At the end of the tour, swim in the crystal-clear water of a wonderful cenote. After lunch in the Hacienda, return to Merida in the afternoon.
DAY 6 – Mérida / Chichen Itza / Cancún o Riviera Maya (309 km)
Depart for Chichén Itzá archaeological site which was the Mayan capital of Yucatán and flourished between the 5th and 10th centuries AD. Visitors can admire the impressive buildings of the northern and central archaeological sites, such as the Kukulcán Temple, the Ball Game, the Observatory, the Warrior’s Temple, the Convent of the Nuns and the Sacred Cenote. We remain in Chichén Itzá for lunch. In the afternoon, continue to Cancún and Riviera Maya. Stay at selected hotel.
Overnight stay in the hotels listed or similar, American breakfast each day, except first, 6 lunches, restaurant fees and tips, transportation in 10-seat van, microbus or autobus, with air conditioning and sound system, English-Italian or English-Spanish speaking guides, entry to the archaeological sites and museums mentioned in the programme, porter service in airports and hotels.
Any overnight stay in or transfer from Cancun, dinners or other meals not mentioned in the programme, beverages and extras in hotels and restaurants, tips to drivers and/or tour guides, international airport taxes, immigration fees for each entry and stay in Mexico.
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