The Yucatan Explorer is an unforgettable, fun filled, educational vacation that you will remember for the rest of your life!
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS TOUR Come discover the magic of the ancient land of the Mayans
We welcome you at Cancun / Riviera Maya International Airport and provide you with airport reception and transfer to the Mayaland Hotel or to the Hotel Chichen Itza, located in the very heart of the archaeological site with its own entrance to the temples.
Overnight at Hotel Chichen Itza
Or at The Lodge at Chichen Itza
DAY 02. CHICHEN ITZA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
Declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1988 and nowadays, is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Begin your day with breakfast at your hotel. Then, a private guided tour of the site begins at the Great Plaza, the heart of Chichen Itza visiting the Ball Game Court, the Temple of the Jaguars, the famous Temple (pyramid) of God Kukulcan, the Tzompantli Platform, the Temple of the Warriors or Temple of The One Thousand Columns. Then you will visit the Sacred Cenote, the Mayan Observatory and the set of buildings constructed during the Classic Maya Period, The Nunnery, La Iglesia and Akab Dzib.
Lunch will be served at the Hotel where you will find a wide variety of food including regional food in our delicious buffet our enjoy your meal at the Specialties Restaurant
You can also stroll through our beautiful gardens and watch the birds. Yucatan boasts more species than the United States and Canada combined, like the famous "T’ho" bird, (Turquoise-browed Motmot) endemic from Yucatan, living in our gardens.
In the evening we will attend the light and sound show staged nightly at the archaeological site. A play of light on the ancient buildings and tales of warlike rulers, tales of the Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Mayas related to priests and Mayan Gods where they weave their spell. You will leave Chichen Itza enchanted.
After breakfast, we will depart to the northern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula via the magnificent site of Ek Balam to Rio Lagartos on the Mexican Gulf coast. Ek Balam is one of the most mysterious cities ever discovered. Its main temple features a Jaw of jaguar with delicate stucco relieve and feathered sculptures.
At arriving to Rio Lagartos, we will take a wonderful boat ride through the mangroves to visit the feeding ground of the beautiful pink flamingoes. Rio Lagartos is a Biosphere Reserve that is the home to more than 200 species of native and migratory birds and other wild like, including flamingos, cormorants, gigantic white pelicans, seagulls, herons, egrets, and spoonbills. A box lunch will be provided. Return to the hotel for a late afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast, we will depart to Merida calling at the colonial city of Izamal on the way, where we will visit the large Franciscan Monastery atop the acropolis (former Mayan "Pap-Hol-Chac" ceremonial centre). It was named after San Antonio de Padua. Build in 1553 and completed in 1561, the atrium of the Monastery was second in size only to that at the Vatican. We will visit the central park, the regional market and the pyramid of Kinich Kakmo located downtown.
Upon arrival in Merida, we will take a walking tour of the city center visiting the Zocalo or Main Square, site of the stately Cathedral; the Casa de Montejo, a 16th century home of Francisco de Montejo, the founder of the city; the City Hall and palace of the State Government. We will take a walking tour of the city market for authentic arts and crafts.
Lunch is served at a typical Mexican restaurant where you will taste a sample of authentic local cuisine and listen to the serenades of strolling trovadores. We continue our walking tour to the church of Tercera Orden, a beautiful 17th century monastery; the Peon Contreras Theater and the University of Yucatan. We will then board a traditional horse-drawn carriage or "Calesa" for a ride to Paseo de Montejo and a visit to the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History. At the end of this visit, a vehicle tour around the Monument to the Nation and past the 19th century mansions on Paseo de Montejo and Avenida Colon concludes our city tour.
We con nue to Uxmal. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Hacienda Uxmal or The Lodge at Uxmal.