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*The Mayan Encounter Tour starts every Monday you can complement this tour with our Mexico City Break or ask for one of our Beach extensions packages.
*This tour begins at Villa Hermosa International Airport or picks up at Hotels in Villahermosa before 15:00 hrs. We also provide shuttle transfers from Villahermosa to Palenque in different schedules; please ask your representative.
With our Mayan Encounter Tour discover the Mayan Culture, one of the fascinating cultures of the world, 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 civilization so flourishing despite large 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 certainly 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 all about this unique wonderful mysterious culture with our Mayan Encounter Tour!
Do you need more days, see our No. 5 Southern Adventure Shortcut Tour
Starts in Villahermosa Airport or Directly in Palenque
Arrive at any time on Monday
Our No. 6 Mayan Encounter Tour is the best way to get to know the Mayan Culture through a touring holiday.
It covers the top highlights of the Mayan Culture comfortably, leaving you time, in the end, to enjoy some days at the Mexican Paradise Beaches.
To join our Mayan Encounter Tour arrive at Villahermosa Airport on your own. Take note you should arrive before 13:00 hrs. Please contact us in case you need different options for domestic flights.
Today, you will meet with our representative and will be transferred to Palenque.
Included: Shared Transportation, Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Dinner in Palenque, Overnight Hotel in Palenque.
Supplement for transfer in will apply in case you arrive in Villahermosa after 18:00 hrs
Villahermosa – Palenque – 1 hrs 55 min
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 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 as well as the breathtaking natural environment of this World Heritage Site. After this visit, we head to Campeche, a captivating town full of naval history, Spanish baroque architecture, an aging 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
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 that is 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 highlights of the city (among them Montejo Avenue and The Plaza Grande). Then, you will back hotel.
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
At the end of the Early Classic Period, around the year 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 extra supplement $25 USD per person).
Merida – Chichen – 2 Hrs
Chichen – Cancun – 3 hrs
Yes, you can join the group as a solo traveler. Please contact one of our agents so we can give you the best options available.
For this tour, on the first day (Monday), you have the Hotel included. Transportation from the Airport is included. Activities will start the next day.
Last day of the tour, we offer the drop-off in Riviera Maya, and from that night, the accommodation is on your side.
Drop off in Tulum with extra USD $25 per person
In case you need help with extra accommodation please contact us we will be happy to help.
Private airport transfers with private drivers are included in this tour.
Yes, if you would like to travel just on your own, please let us know. Some advantages are:
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