Maya of the Yucatan

 

 

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 - The Maya of the Yucatan -

A great 8 day/7 night overland escorted tour of the Mayan ruins of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula featuring expert guide, professional driver and all meals. Included are Valladolid, Dzitnup, Chichén Itza, Merida, Uxmal, Kabah, Hopelchén, Hoxob, Chicanna, Calakmul, Becan, Xpujil, Chetumal, Mayan Museum and Tulum.

This is a physically active program; light hiking, 2-4 hours per day on undulating trails; climbing old, uneven steps at some ruins.

Starts and ends in Cancun

bullet Day 1 – Arrival in Cancun Meet, greet and transfer to Valladolid for a welcome orientation program, dinner and overnight accommodations in a Junior Suite at the Meson de Marquez. (D)

 

bullet Day 2 - Dzitnup, Chichén Itza, Merida - This morning the tour will visit Dzitnup cenote, an underground wonder of the Yucatan’s natural hydraulic system.  Dzitnup is stunningly lit with electric lights, the only natural light source being a tiny hole in the cavernous ceiling dripping with stalactites. The water is clean and cool and the swimming is excellent, but bats do sometimes swoop down from above. Exploratory walks can also be made through the many passages, which lead off of the cenote, but a flashlight is needed.  Then it’s on to the most majestic of Mayan ruins -- Chichén Itza. This is, without a doubt, the most famous Maya archeological site. With its careful preservation, powerful frescoes, shocking sacrificial imagery and grand pyramid, Chichén Itza is sure to impress you. The city flourished from 300 to 900 A.D., was abandoned, and then re-established from 1000 to 1250 under Toltec rule. This is why there are two areas of Chichén, the "old" and the "new." While other Maya sites were being abandoned during the tumultuous Terminal Classic period (800-900 AD) Chichén Itza rose to become the most important center of its time. The famous sacred Cenote of Sacrifice gives the site its name and offerings found inside of this deep well come from all over Mesoamerica, including objects of jade, gold, rubber and copal incense, as well as the remains of human sacrificial victims. The city's Itza rulers had close connections with the Toltecs of Central Mexico and the fusion of Mexican and Maya cultures produced the unique art of Chichén Itza. We will visit the Caracol, thought to have been an ancient Maya observatory, as well as the Temple of the Warriors and its colonnades, whose layout mirrors the site of Tula, north of Mexico City more than 1000 km away. The ball court of Chichén Itza is the largest in all of Mesoamerica and the Castillo or Temple of K'uk'ulkan, icon of the site and once used as a fortress by Spanish conquistador Montejo, honors the Feathered Serpent deity.  Later there is dinner and overnight Suite accommodations in Merida at the Hacienda Xcanantun. (B, L, D)

 

    

 

bullet Day 3 – Merida, Uxmal - Enjoy touring the parks, avenues, Spanish missions and colonial architecture of the glorious city of Merida. Early afternoon departure for the hotel at Uxmal. After dinner, marvel at the Light and Sound Spectacle at the Uxmal Ceremonial Center. Overnight accommodations will be in a Junior Suite at the Lodge at Uxmal. (B, L, D)

      

bullet Day 4 - Uxmal, Kabah, Hopelchén, Hoxob, Chicanna - Tour Uxmal’s Temple of the Magician, Quadrangle of the Nuns, Governor’s Palace and the stunning carved stones of the House of Doves. After lunch at the hotel, drive through the scenic countryside and visit the sites of Kabah and Labná. After a photo stop at Artist Point enjoy the indigenous community of Hopelchén and its on to a lovely church built to honor St. Francis de Padua in 1667. Tour Hoxob, a community closely associated with the Puuc style. Arrive at the resort in time for dinner. (B, L, D)

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bullet Day 5 – Calakmul - Morning drive through the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve which contains countless species of birds, butterflies and wild animals. The prehistoric metropolis of Calakmul was discovered and named by botanist Cyrus Lundell in 1931. Calakmul dominated the so-called Kingdom of the Serpent’s Head (250-750 AD). This group skirmished constantly with archrival Tikal. Overnight will again be at the Chicanna Ecovillage resort. (B, L, D)

 

 

bullet Day 6 – Chicanna, Becan, Xpujil, Chetumal - Start the day with tours of Chicanna and the majestic Citadel of Becan. The moat surrounding the city center is 52 feet wide and 16 feet deep and has been dated to the pre-classic period. Next stop is the awe-inspiring citadel of Xpujil which depicts the Rio Bec architectural style. After lunch at the Calakmul restaurant the day’s adventure concludes in Chetumal, with dinner at Don Jose Restaurant. Overnight accommodations will be in a Junior Suite at the Hotel Los Cocos.  (B, L, D)

 

 

bullet Day 7 - Mayan Museum and Tulum - After breakfast visit to the modern Maya museum in Chetumal, then transfer north to Tulum, with a walking site lecture on the site, and then continue to the beautiful Hotel Ana y Jose Tulum for your stay in an Ocean Front room and relax, before a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

 

bullet Day 8 - Depart Tulum - Depending on departure schedules, there may be time to enjoy the beach at your hotel before transferring to Cancun International Airport. (B)

 

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2017 Tour Pricing, Double Occupancy, Standard Accommodations

Two persons - $2,935 per person; Four persons - $2,000 per person; Six or more - $1,695 per person

Single supplement - $395 per person

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This Tour Includes:  

·        Services of a professional archaeological guide.  

·        Hotels and lodges, hotel taxes service charges, and tips for baggage handling.

·        Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as detailed in the tour itinerary.

·        Carefully maintained air-conditioned motor coach; maximum 10 tour members per vehicle; experienced driver. 

·        All entrance fees to parks and archaeological sites are included in the program.

·        Complete program of sightseeing and cultural events as described.  

Please Note:  

·        Other accommodations could be substituted for like kind and quality based upon availability.  

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