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Mayan Encounter Tour / 4 Days
  • 4 Days 3 nights
  • Availability : Starts every Monday
The best way to get to know the Mayan Culture!

With our Mayan Encounter Tour, discover the Mayan Culture, one of the world’s fascinating cultures, and this tour wants to help you explore it with four days of amazing adventures in search of ancient history and astonishing natural beauty. Among the so-called pre-Columbian civilizations, the Mayans are the greatest enigma for historians: a society flourishing despite significant technological gaps, but it has disappeared in very little time and unclear circumstances. Moreover, the extraordinary knowledge of the stars and arithmetic cast an aura of mystery on the Maya that still fascinates scholars.

While all around the world, Empires and cultures arose and collapsed that in one way or another came into contact with each other, in what is now called Latin America, a parallel world developed, unknown to the rest of the world until 1492 (year of the landing of Christopher Columbus), made up of people who prospered for centuries and gave birth to thriving civilizations. Among these “pre-Columbian” cultures (that is, already existing before the arrival of Columbus), the most enigmatic is undoubtedly that of the Maya, a population from the North around 2000 BC who abandoned the nomadic lifestyle and settled in the area included between Yucatan (Mexico) and today’s Guatemala. Take the chance to learn about this unique incredible, mysterious Culture with our Mayan Encounter Tour!

Highlights

  • Palenque – Visit the Mayan King Pakal, surrounded by jungle and monkeys, for a unique adventure.
  • Chichen Itza – Explore the sensational New World Wonder
  • Learn all about Mayan Culture and history!
  • Riviera Maya – finish your tour with a great time relaxing, swimming, and soaking up the sun on beautiful beaches!

What’s included

  • Three nights’ accommodation in a standard room at the hotels above mentioned or similar
  • Daily breakfast, 02x lunch, 02x dinner, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and excursions as specified in the plan, operating in shared basis
  • Entrances to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Guide during all program (English-Spanish Speaking)
  • Airfares (domestic and international)
  • All services, meals, or items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses, such as phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc
  • Tips to bellboys, room-maids, drivers, and guides
Itinerary

Day 1Monday - Villahermosa - Palenque

To join our Mayan Encounter Tour, arrive at Villahermosa Airport on your own. Take note you should arrive before 13:00 hrs. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need different options for domestic flights.

Today, you will meet with our representative and will be transferred to Palenque. 

Supplement for transfer will apply if you arrive in Villahermosa after 18:00 hrs.

Included: Shared Transportation, Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Dinner in Palenque, Overnight Hotel in Palenque.

Villahermosa – Palenque – 1 hrs 55 min

Day 2Tuesday - Palenque - Campeche

Visit the archaeological zone of Palenque, one of the most important sites of the Mayan World. Lakamha, as the city known among the ancient Maya, flourished in the 7th century. It rose to prominence under the reign of legendary King Pakal, whose tomb was found in one of Palenque´s most iconic landmarks, the Temple of the Inscriptions. This ruined city is home to some of the most beautiful architecture, exquisite sculptures, and carvings produced by the ancient Maya.

Enjoy a guided visit and admire the impressive structures and the breathtaking natural environment of this World Heritage Site. After this visit, we head to Campeche, a beautiful town full of naval history, Spanish baroque architecture, and ageing beauty. The city has spent the past few years restoring hundreds of downtown historical buildings, making it one of the most photogenic colonial towns in all of Mexico. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. In the evening, dinner included.

Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Guided visit of Archeological Site of Palenque with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry to Archeological Site of Palenque, Panoramic Tour of Campeche, Dinner in Campeche, Overnight Hotel in Campeche.

Palenque – Campeche – 6 hrs

Day 3Wednesday - Campeche - Uxmal - Merida

On the way to Merida, we will visit Uxmal (meaning “built three times”), located in the Puuc region. Uxmal, also listed as World Heritage, is considered one of the Maya cities most representative of the Puuc style, the region’s dominant architectural style. Explore the Magician Pyramid, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Governor’s palace, and the ballgame court. After this visit, you will enjoy lunch and then proceed to Merida.

The “White City” was founded in 1542 by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo. Nowadays, it is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatan, with still a strong influence of Mayan cultural heritage, stunning architecture, lovely parks, and delicious gastronomy. Upon arrival in Merida, we will enjoy a panoramic tour, including the city’s highlights (among them Montejo Avenue and The Plaza Grande). Then, you will go back hotel.

It included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Guided visit of Archeological Site of Uxmal with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry to Archeological Site of Uxmal, Lunch at Site of Uxmal, Panoramic Tour in Merida, Overnight Hotel in Merida.

Campeche – Uxmal – 2 Hrs

Uxmal – Merida – 1 hrs

Day 4 Thursday - Merida - Chichen Itza - Cancun

At the end of the Early Classic Period, around 600 AD, Chichen Itza was one of the largest and most prominent Maya cities. Nowadays, Chichen Itza is undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site on the Yucatan peninsula, and it was recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Various architectural styles are seen in Chichen Itza. The most famous landmarks are the Temple of Kukulkan (“El Castillo”), the Ballgame Court, the Platform of the Skulls, the Temple of the Jaguar, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns, and the Sacred Cenote. Then take a refreshing swim in the cenote of Ik Kil, have lunch, and continue to Cancun. Drop off at your hotel (beach extension available upon request).

Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Guided visit to Archeological Site of Chichen Itza with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), lunch in a local Restaurant, Entry to Archeological Site of Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil, Drop off at Hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. (Drop Off in Riviera Maya or Tulum with an extra supplement of $25 per person).

Merida – Chichen – 2 Hrs

Chichen – Cancun – 3 hrs

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