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Wonders of Mayan Mexico

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 1,549

Bringing together the best Mayan sites of the Yucatan Peninsula, including Calakmul, Palenque, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza, this trip through Mexico delves into the history of Central America’s most famous civilization on a round-trip journey from Cancun.


This 6-day Mexican vacation through Mayan Mexico takes you on a round trip from Cancun to Chicanna, Calakmul, Palenque, Campeche, Merida, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza. It features first-class accommodations, small group tours, and is ideal as an add-on to a beach stay in Cancun.

Start your journey in Cancun and head for Chicanna, stopping off at the seven-coloured waters of the Bacalar Lagoon along the way. In Chicanna, explore recently-discovered Mayan archaeological sites and marvel at the doors marked with animal-shaped masks. Continue to Calakmul, in the high jungle of the Yucatan, to see one of the most important Mayan sites on the peninsula. Among its many wonders are the hundreds of stelas (monoliths) scattered about the site, as well as the massive central monument that serves as a great viewing platform for the sea of green surrounding it.

In Palenque, you’ll explore one of the most beautiful spots in the country, venturing through temples in the midst of the jungle. Continue to Campeche, the colonial fort town meant to defend against pirates off the coast, before connecting to Merida, the White City, renowned for its colonial homes. From Merida, head on a day trip to the ruins of Uxmal to see the Mayan ruins of the Fortune-teller’s Pyramid and the Governor’s Palace before returning to Merida to tour the city and see the main landmarks like the Cathedral and the house of Francisco Montejo.

The final stops on your Mayan adventure are the Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, where you’ll travel back in time to the late 19th century and learn about the production of henequen thread, and the ruins of Chichen Itza, possibly the most famous Mayan site in Mexico and the Americas. Join a guide on a journey through some of the most important sites, including the Kukulcan Temple and the Observatory, before returning back to Cancun or the Riviera Maya to end your trip.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,549

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Day 1

Cancun Airport to Cancun Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Aloft Cancun

Aloft Cancun merges the amenities of the best hotels in Cancun with edgy, boutique style and a fresh, open aesthetic.

Aloft Cancun is located just steps from the Cancun Convention Center and the hottest beaches, shopping, entertainment and nightlife, find all the modern comforts and conveniences you need to fuel your spirit for Caribbean adventure. With a bold, modern design and free-flowing social areas, Aloft Cancun is where travel creates unlimited possibilities and stirs your urge to mix & mingle.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Aloft Cancun

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    Aloft Cancun



    Aloft Cancun merges the amenities of the best hotels in Cancun with edgy, boutique style and a fresh, open aesthetic. Aloft Cancun is located just steps from the Cancun Convention Center and the hottest beaches, shopping, entertainment and nightlife, find all the modern comforts and ...

    Aloft Cancun merges the amenities of the best hotels in Cancun with edgy, boutique style and a fresh, open aesthetic.

    Aloft Cancun is located just steps from the Cancun Convention Center and the hottest beaches, shopping, entertainment and nightlife, find all the modern comforts and conveniences you need to fuel your spirit for Caribbean adventure. With a bold, modern design and free-flowing social areas, Aloft Cancun is where travel creates unlimited possibilities and stirs your urge to mix & mingle.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Gym
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Pool
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Cancun - Bacalar - Chicanna

Today your tour begins as you depart to the Bacalar Lagoon, also known as the "Lagoon of the Seven Colors" thanks to its water that reflects several colors, such as turquoise and jade, throughout its 50-kilometer extension. After lunch continue to Chicanna, located in the amazing area of the Bec River, which received its name from a particular Mayan architecture style and where you can see recently discovered archaeological sites surrounded by an amazing Mayan jungle.

Chicanna archaeological site, which means "House of the Serpent's Mouth" was only discovered in 1967 and stands out thanks to its doors marked with animal shaped masks. Structure II is quite special due to its huge zoomorphic mask that probably represents Itzamna, God of the Sun.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Chicanna Ecovillage Resort

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    Chicanna Ecovillage Resort



    At Chicanna Ecovillage Resort we feature 42 comfortable rooms, distributed in 13 modules of 2 or 4 rooms each. Boasting a 4-star category our Xpujil accommodations are spacious and completely surrounded by nature. These options feature a nice rustic decoration and are fully-appointed with all ...

    At Chicanna Ecovillage Resort we feature 42 comfortable rooms, distributed in 13 modules of 2 or 4 rooms each. Boasting a 4-star category our Xpujil accommodations are spacious and completely surrounded by nature. These options feature a nice rustic decoration and are fully-appointed with all the essential amenities for a beyond pleasant stay at Chicanna Ecovillage.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Child Friendly
    • Laundry Service
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 3

Chicanna - Calakmul - Palenque

Enjoy breakfast then hit the road for a one-hour trip to Calakmul, which is the only real high jungle of the Yucatan peninsula. The region hosts five of the six species of American wildcats as well as over 230 bird species and a great variety of flora. It is possible to see an incredible diversity of flora and fauna while traveling along this route.

Calakmul archaeological site is considered one of the most important sites in the Yucatan. Located approximately 25 kilometers from the border to Guatemala there are hundreds of stelas (monoliths) surrounding the ruins which clearly show its Mayan domain. At 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 packed lunch. Late afternoon you head to Palenque and check into your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Villa Mercedes - Palenque

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    Villa Mercedes - Palenque



    Set in tropical gardens in Palenque, this hotel has 2 outdoor pools and a Mayan-style spa. Palenque Airport is just 3 minute drive from the hotel, which also offers babysitting services.

    Set in tropical gardens in Palenque, this hotel has 2 outdoor pools and a Mayan-style spa. Palenque Airport is just 3 minute drive from the hotel, which also offers babysitting services.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Conference Centre
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Garden
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • Travel Agency

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Day 4

Palenque - Campeche

Palenque, while growing in popularity for visitors is still somewhat quiet compared to the bigger sites of Uxmal, Tulum and Chichen-Itza and as such offers a relatively more serene experience.

The area displays beautiful Mayan work made in stone and stucco; this area is frequently recognized as one of Mexico's most beautiful places due to the ruins being enclosed by the Chiapanecan jungle. Its most important temple is called Templo de las Inscripciones (Temple of the Inscriptions), and it is here that explorers discovered Pakal's tomb, with his famous jade green mask.

Continue onto Campeche, which is the capital of Campeche State. Lunch in restaurant on route. Upon arrival into Campeche, you have a short visit of the ancient town, surrounded by fort walls and towers built to protect the city from the pirates. Campeche has a Colonial mood thanks to its gorgeous houses and austere churches. After visiting the city, you check-in at your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Plaza Hotel - Campeche

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    Plaza Hotel - Campeche



    Situated next to San Martin Park in central Campeche, Plaza Hotel - Campeche offers an outdoor pool, free private parking and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The seafront is just 500 metres away. Plaza Hotel - Campeche is located in the historic city centre, a ...

    Situated next to San Martin Park in central Campeche, Plaza Hotel - Campeche offers an outdoor pool, free private parking and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The seafront is just 500 metres away. Plaza Hotel - Campeche is located in the historic city centre, a 3-minute walk from Campeche Cathedral and Independence Park. Campeche International Airport is a 10-minute drive away.

    Facilities

    • 24-Hour Cafe
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Conference Centre
    • Internet
    • Lobby
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Parking
    • Reception
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Campeche - Merida

After breakfast you head off to Merida with visit of the Uxmal archaeological site on route.

Uxmal means "built in three stages" and it is a typical example of the classic and post-classic Mayan period; its main buildings are: Piramide del Adivino (The Fortuneteller's Pyramid), Palacio de los Gobernadores (Governor's Palace) and the Cuadrángulo de las Monjas (Quadrangle of the Nuns). Lunch is at a nearby restaurant.

You then visit the museum 'Choco-story", a living museum of cacao (cocoa). You then continue to Merida, also known as the "White City", which is filled with colonial houses as well as houses that date back to the beginning of the century in Arabic, French and Italian styles. Stop at Merida's Zocalo (main square) where visitors can admire the city's main monuments: the Cathedral, the Government's Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Francisco Montejo's House. This is also a good place to pick up a quality hammock! Earl evening check in to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Presidente Villa Mercedes

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    Presidente Villa Mercedes



    Presidente Villa Mercedes Mérida was originally a mansion and has been renovated to provide guests with the elegance of the past with the comfort of the present. The hotel has facilities to satisfy the needs of modern executives, as well as those of the tourist. ...

    Presidente Villa Mercedes Mérida was originally a mansion and has been renovated to provide guests with the elegance of the past with the comfort of the present. The hotel has facilities to satisfy the needs of modern executives, as well as those of the tourist. The Business Center offers an array of services and facilities you would find in your own office. When it comes time to relax, the refreshing pool invites you to take a dive or rest surrounded by gardens

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Free Parking
    • Gym
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pool

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Day 6

Merida - Sotuta de Peon - Merida

Depart to Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, where you can see the transformation process of the henequen thread. Hacienda Sotuta de Peon was built in the late 19th century in Tecoh. Walking through the Hacienda you will take a true 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, submerge yourself in the crystal clear water of a wonderful Cenote on site. Lunch is at the Hacienda.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Merida - Chichen Itza - Cancun or Riviera Maya

On route back to Cancun you stop at Chichen Itza archaeological site. Chichen Itza was the Mayan capital of Yucatan and flourished between the 5th and 10th centuries AD. Admire the impressive buildings of the northern and central archaeological sites, such as the Kukulcan Temple, the Ball Game arena, the Observatory, the Warrior's Temple, the Convent of the Nuns and the Sacred Cenote. Lunch is at the Chichen Itza restaurant. After the visit, take the 2-hour drive to Cancun and Riviera Maya, where you transferred to your chosen hotel (not included in the trip price).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

2019:  Jul 25; Aug 8, 22; Sep 12, 11; Oct 10; Nov 7
2020: Jan 17; Feb 14, 28; Mar 13, 27; Apr 24; May 15, 29; Jun 12; Jul 10, 24;
Aug 7, 21; Sep 11; Oct 9; Nov 6

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation,
  • Guided tours as per itinerary
  • Merida City tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers
  • Meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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