- The Unique Maya -
Featuring Villahermosa, Kolem Jaa, La Venta Park, Museum Carlos Pellicer, Palenque, Chicanna, Becan, Xuphil, Calakmul, Hopelchen, Uxmal, Kabah, Labna, Merida, Chichen Itza and Tulum
13 days / 12 nights. A journey through majestic, unspoiled landscapes and magnificent archaeological sites.
Begins in Villahermosa Mexico and ends in Cancun.
|Day 1 – Villahermosa - Welcome and greetings at Villahermosa International Airport. Tour members will be transferred to Hotel Hacienda Los Azufres & Spa, located 45 minutes from the airport. Welcome to Mexico. Look forward to a journey through majestic, unspoiled landscapes and magnificent archaeological sites. This evening there will be an evening orientation in the gardens of
the hotel. Your tour leader will give a short briefing about the excursion routine.
Dinner at the hotel. (D) |
|Day 2 - Kolem Jaa - After breakfast at the hotel, the tour will transfer to Kolem Jaa which, in Chol language, means "the splendor of the water". Here the wonder of nature is on display with many waterfalls, a botanical garden, jungle paths and caverns. The tour adventure begin with a boat ride of 10 minutes to get in to Kolem Jaa. Once there the first activity will be the zip line
with a very impressive length of 150 meters. This zip line has been designed
to please even the most intrepid adventurer. Then the tour will continue to the rappelling activity, going down through a water cascade. Afterwards lunch will be served at the site before continuing back to the Hotel Hacienda Los Azufres & Spa, for a massage session. Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at the hotel. (B, L, D)|
|Day 3 - La Venta Park, Museum Carlos Pellicer, Palenque - In the morning, after breakfast and check out, tour members will transfer to Villahermosa for a visit to the La Venta Park for a great opportunity to walk and learn history of the Olmec, the mother of all Mesoamerican civilizations. Afterwards the tour continues to the Carlos Pellicer Museum which contains over a 1000 original pieces
from the Olmec and Maya
culture, with dates from Pre-classic until Post-classic. Lunch will be served at the Museum before the tour continues to Palenque for check in at the hotel Villas Kin Ha. Before dinner there will be a formal lecture on Pakal´s Tomb by archaeologist Dr. Christopher Powell. Dinner will be served at the hotel. (B, L, D)|
|Day 4 – Palenque - In the morning, after breakfast, there will be a walking site lecture at Palenque then lunch at Selva Negra restaurant. Next there will be a visit the Mayan Museum and back to the hotel Villas Kin Ha for dinner and overnight accommodations. (B, L, D)|
|Day 5 - Chicanna, Becan, Xpuhil - After breakfast, the tour departures to Xpuhil. Visited on the way will be the sites of Becan, Xpuhil and Chicanna. Lunch will be provided at the Calakmul Restaurant. After check in at the Ecovillage Resort there will be a formal lecture on the Mayan calendar. Dinner will be served at the hotel. (B, L, D)|
|Day 6 – Calakmul - After an early morning breakfast there will be a transfer to Calakmul for a walking site lecture. Calakmul is considered by some archaeologists to be one of the most important cities in Mayan culture. This large Maya center stands amidst the high forests of southern Campeche, only 20 miles from the Guatemalan border. The archaeological site was first discovered in 1931 by American Biologist Cyrus Lundell while conducting an aerial survey of the region. Based
upon recent excavations and epigraphic research there, William Folan and Joyce Marcus have concluded that the ancient city of Calakmul was occupied from the Middle Preclassic to the Postclassic periods. The apogee of the site, however, appears to have occurred during the Late Preclassic through Late Classic times, the period associated with Calakmul's numerous carved monuments. Calakmul is one of the largest known Maya
sites. It is estimated to cover 70 square kilometers and to have had a population of 50,000 during the height of its power. The central urban core of Calakmul is delineated on the north by a substantial wall, probably for defense of the most important political structures and residences. Folan and Marcus also discovered that the site is ringed by water management features including canals and arroyos, isolating a central 22
square kilometers. After the visit lunch will be served at local restaurant before an afternoon transfer back to the hotel Ecovillage Resort for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)|
|Day 7 - Hopelchen, Uxmal - After breakfast the tour travels north to Uxmal, visiting on the way Hopelchen for a walking site lecture. At Uxmal tour members will check in at the Hacienda Uxmal and, before dinner, take in the best Light and Sound show in Mundo Maya. (B, L, D)|
|Day 8 - Uxmal, Kabah, Labna, Merida - After breakfast there will be a walking site lecture to Uxmal before then continuing along the Puuc Route, visiting both Kabah and Labna. The tour heads back to the hotel for lunch and check out before continuing to the colonial City of Merida. There the tour will check in at the Castellanos hotel in time to relax before dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)|
|Day 9 - Merida, Chichen Itza - After breakfast the tour will take a walking Merida City tour, visiting the Main Zocalo, Montejo House, the Cathedral, the Artisans Market and the National Museum of Anthropology and History at Canton Palace. Then the tour continues to Chichen Itza for lunch at Xay Be restaurant with a folkloric dancers show, before a check in at Mayaland hotel.
Before dinner there will be time to visit
the light and sound show in Chichen Itza. (B, L, D)|
|Day 10 - Merida, Chichen Itza - This morning, after an early breakfast, the tour members will take a full walking site lecture trough the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Then it's back to the hotel to refresh and relax before lunch is served in the hotel gardens. Afterwards the tour will continue to the to Balam caverns, just 7 miles east of the hotel, and a full
lecture on the site. Then tour members return to the Mayaland and relax before
dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)|
|Day 11 – Tulum - Transfers to Tulum begin after breakfast today. There there will be a walking site lecture then lunch will be served at Don Cafeto Beach restaurant. Afterwards the tour continues to Los Lirios Tulum Hotel for check in. After an afternoon of relaxation there will be dinner and a transfer to Akumal Ecological Center for a formal lecture on Sea Turtle Conservation.
Then a special treat - tour members will be a part of the night search, patrol and rescue team. A late night transfer will take the tour back to the
hotel of overnight accommodations and a well earned rest. (B, L, D)|
|Day 12 – Tulum - Today is a free day for relaxation, a tour of the ruins, other local tours or just to enjoy the beach.|
|Day 13 – Cancun - Depending on flight schedule, time to enjoy the beach at the hotel. Transfer to Cancun International Airport. (B)|
END OF SERVICE
ON REQUEST ONLY
2017 Tour Pricing, Double Occupancy,
or more persons, double occupancy -
Single supplement - $605
International airfares ARE NOT INCLUDED
in any of our tour packages.
PLEASE NOTE - The Mayan Traveler tours are not "day tours" or "seat in bus" tours. Our tours are quality, escorted tours designed for a minimum of 2 persons.
ALSO, the prices presented are generally higher 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.
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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.
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.
Other accommodations could be substituted for like kind and quality based upon availability.
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