Mini Yucatan Tour

 

 

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- Mini Tour of the Mayan Sites of the Yucatan -  

Cancun - Valladolid - Chichén Itza - Uxmal - Merida - Kabah - Izamal

This exceptional 5 day/4 night cultural experience tour will take us to some of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Yucatan: Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, and Kabah. Our learning adventure will also be a journey through time – from modern Yucatan to the cradle of Mayan civilization – and through three eco-zones including Yucatan semi deciduous forest, Caribbean coast and tropical landscapes. Explore the peninsula's most spectacular Mayan Ceremonial centers and diverse ecosystems while experiencing the ancient civilization and legacy of the Mayan Culture

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

Begins and ends in Cancun.

    

This exceptional cultural experience will take us to some of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Yucatan:  Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, and Kabah. Our learning adventure will also be a journey through time – from modern Yucatan to the cradle of Mayan civilization – and through three eco-zones including Yucatan Semi deciduous forest, Caribbean coast and tropical landscapes.

 
bulletDay 1 - Arrive in Cancun and depart for Valladolid. Tour members will be transferred to your selected hotel in Valladolid.  Look forward to a journey through majestic, unspoiled landscapes and magnificent archaeological sites. There will be an evening orientation in the gardens of the hotel where you will meet the other guests that will join you the rest of the trip. Your tour guide will give a short briefing about the excursion routine. Afterwards, a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

        
bulletDay 2 - Dzitnup, Chichén Itza, Uxmal. After breakfast the tour will head west to the archaeological ceremonial center of Chichén ltzá.  On the drive and off the beaten track the group will visit the Dzitnup cenote, a natural wonder of the underwater natural hydraulic system of the Yucatan Peninsula. The tour arrives early in the morning at Chichén Itzá to explore the majestic legacy of the ancient Mayans. The tour will explore the nine-level El Castillo, the impressive ball court (the largest in Mundo Maya), the Toltec style court of the thousand columns and the Temple of the Warrior, the sacrificial well, The Sacred Cenote, and visit The Observatory. Lunch will be provided at Hotel Mayaland, then the tour continues to Uxmal for an afternoon arrival. Dinner is at the hotel, then the tour will go to Uxmal's  ceremonial center to attend The Light and Sound Spectacle, considered the most beautiful in the Mayan area. (B, L, D)

               

 

 
bulletDay 3 - Uxmal, Kabah, Labná, Merida.  Uxmal is the finest ceremonial center in the land. Surrounded by small hills and a tropical forest. The tour will explore the Temple of the Magician, the impressive Nunnery Quadrangle, the  Governor's Palace and the beautiful carved stones of The House of the Doves. After this array of ancient archaeology tour participants will visit the sites of Kabah and Labná on the way to Mérida. Lunch will be served at Hacienda Ochil then an early arrival to Mérida for dinner and  lodging at the hotel selected. (B, L, D)

             
bulletDay 4 - Merida, Izamal, Cancun. After breakfast, tour participants will get in our coach and sightsee the splendid city of Mérida with its colonial French style residences. Drive down Paseo Montejo, one of the most beautiful avenues in Mexico, visit beautiful parks and old Spanish missions. Afterwards the tour heads onto The Old Spanish Trail to the city of Izamal and visit the Monastery and the narrow streets riding in a carriage like in the good old times. Tour participants will have lunch at the city of Valladolid at The Cenote and arrive in Cancun early in the afternoon to lodge at your hotel. Tonight you will enjoy a farewell dinner at a restaurant in Cancun. (B, L, D)

bulletDay 5 - Depart Cancun. Depending on your flight schedule you may have time today to check on the city’s excellent shops. If your flight leaves late, your room will be available until 6 p.m.

PROGRAM GOALS

The Maya of central and northern Yucatan inhabited a very different environment than their cousins at Palenque and Central America. One of the most notable differences is the Yucatan’s lack of rivers. Because of the porous, limestone substrate, surface water drains quickly away and what rivers there are lie underground. The Yucatec Maya’s perennial problem was finding a water supply and then storing enough to last them through the long dry season. As we will find, Chichén Itzá and Uxmal each had their own ingenious ways of dealing with this deficiency. The inhabitants of Uxmal solved the problem by building an extensive network of reservoirs, and aqueducts that served as irrigation canals. Uxmal seems to have become an important center late in the Classic period (c. 600-800 A.D.). Though its spiritual ties were clearly with the traditional Maya of the southern lowlands, Uxmal also displays some of the earliest examples of the Puuc architecture that finds its most exquisite expression.

 HIGHLIGHTS

bulletThree UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites, the historic centers of Merida and the archaeological sites of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá
bulletMerida’s magnificent National Museum of Anthropology and History.
bulletThe ex-Franciscan monastery of Izamal in Merida
bulletThe Light and Sound spectacle at Uxmal
bulletThe Xkeken (Dzitnup) cenote in Valladolid
bulletArt and craft markets of Merida

Note: this program requires participants will engage in light walking for one or two hours on undulating trails and climbing asymmetrical steps at some ruins.

 2017 Tour Pricing*

Two persons, double occupancy - $1,605 per person

Four persons, double occupancy - $1,100 per person

Six persons or more, double occupancy - $945 per person

Single supplement (with a minimum of 2 persons on tour) - $305 per person

*Standard accommodations, economy and deluxe accommodations are available.

International airfares ARE NOT INCLUDED in any of our tour packages.

PLEASE NOTE - This tour is not a "day tour" or "seat in bus" tour.  This tour is a quality, escorted tour designed for a minimum of 2 persons.  Upon request we can quote this same tour with "economy" or "Deluxe" accommodations.

ALSO, the prices presented above generally increase during Holiday weekends, Spring break, etc. when travel schedules dictate higher demand.

Occasionally we will schedule "guaranteed departure" tours that anyone (single, doubles or triples) can join.  In those cases these tour prices will not apply.

For groups of 10 persons or more discounted airfares may be available on some packages!

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This Tour Includes:  

·        Services of a professional archaeological guide or, depending on number of tour participants, a professional driver/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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