Archaeology and Wildlife of the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Our MOST comprehensive tour sweeps across the entire Yucatan Peninsula
in Mexico as it explores key archaeological and cultural sites such as
Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, Izamal, the capital city of Merida, Celestun's
Pink Flamingoes on the Gulf coast, Uxmal, Kabah, Becan, Xpuhil, the
Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Chicanna, little known Dzibanche,
Kohunlich, Bacalar Lagoon, the Maya seaport of Tulum, Coba, and
finalizing at Akumal beach on Mexico's Caribbean shore.
Day 1: Arrival in Cancun and transfer to the colonial city of
VALLADOLID (2 hours drive). Overnight at hotel Meson del Marques.
Day 2: Morning visit to the newly opened site of EK BALAM (30 min. from
Valladolid). Enjoy the mysterious underground cenote of DZITNUP for a
refreshing swim and continue on to Chichén Itzá. Overnight at Hacienda
Day 3: Early morning visit to the archaeological site of CHICHEN
ITZA. Afternoon visit to the BALANCANCHE CAVES and then return to the
Hacienda Chichén to enjoy the beautiful gardens and pool.
Day 4: Depart for the colonial city of IZAMAL, and walk through
the Franciscan Convent of Izamal, site of the largest atrium in the
Americas. Continue on to MERIDA, capital of Yucatán, and enjoy a tour
of the city. Overnight at the charming Hotel Maison Lafitte.(B)
Day 5: Morning tour to the archaeological site of DZIBILCHALTUN,
including a visit to the new Museum of the Pueblo Maya. Drive north to
the port of PROGRESO for lunch, or return to Mérida to relax or explore
the city. Overnight at the Hotel Maison Lafitte. (B)
Day 6: Early departure for the small fishing village of CELESTUN,
located on Yucatan's Gulf coast. Enjoy a boat ride up the estuary to
view the large colony of flamingoes and many of the over 300 bird
species found there. Late afternoon arrival in Uxmal. Overnight Ho
Day 7: All day visit to UXMAL and nearby KABAH. Optional Light and Sound show in the evening. Overnight Ho Hacienda Uxmal.
Day 8: Visit the PUUC area site of LABNA, and continue on to rarely visited CHACMULTUN. Overnight at Hacienda Uxmal.
Day 9: Travel to the southern portion of the State of Campeche and
visit the ruins of XPUHIL. Afternoon visit to BECAN. Overnight at the
Ecovillage Chicanná Resort.
Day 10: Explore the CALAKMUL BIOSPHERE RESERVE for an exciting day of ruins and nature. Overnight at Ecovillage Chicanná.
Day 11: Drive east to the BACALAR LAGOON, visiting en route the ruins
of CHICANNA and newly opened DZIBANCHE, once an important ally of
Calakmul. Visit KOHUNLICH with its impressive Sun God masks. Overnight
at the Laguna Bacalar Hotel, located on the shores of Bacalar lagoon.
Day 12: Stop to marvel at the Maya seaport ruins of TULUM before
continuing on to COBA . Explore the archaeological site of Coba, set
amidst the tropical jungle. Overnight at the Hotel Villas Arqueológicas.
Day 13: Early birding at the PUNTA LAGUNA SPIDER MONKEY SANCTUARY Enjoy
a late breakfast before departing for XEL-HA LAGOON. Early afternoon
arrival at our hotel located right on the beach. Afternoon free for
snorkeling and relaxation. Overnight at the Hotel Villas Maya (or
Day 14: All day at leisure. Optional tour to Cozumel Island or birding
at Muyil site located in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Overnight at
the Hotel Villa Maya (or similar).
Day 15: Transfer to the Cancun airport for flights home. END OF SERVICES.
This Tour Includes:
- Land transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
- Accident insurance during the tour
- Specialized tour guide
- Entrance fees to sites and boat tour
- Hotels, including gratuities for bellboys and maids
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Does Not Include:
- Telephone calls
- Personal laundry.
Rate per person in double occupancy is: $3,325.00 usd.
Rates apply with a minimum of two passengers traveling.
Single supplement: $660.00 usd
Suggested items to bring along:
- insect repellent - sunscreen (preferably biodegradable) - binoculars
- hat - raincoat - comfortable clothes - bathing suit - walking shoes -