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>> Chichen Itza, Merida, Uxmal (2 days / 1 night)

 

Day 1: Riviera Maya – Chichen Itza - Merida


Visit of large pre-Hispanic archeological site built by Maya civilization and located in the northern center of the Yucatan Peninsula. Chichen Itza was a major regional point in the northern Maya lowlands and exhibits a multitude of architectural styles. The site contains many fine stone buildings in various states of preservation, and many have been restored. The Temple of Kukulkan dominates the center of Chichen Itza and is often referred to as “El Castillo” (the castle). Archaeologists have identified in Chichen Itza the Great Ball Court what is about 150 meters to the north-west of the Castillo and it is very impressive. It is the largest ball court in ancient Mesoamerica. Other places of the interest are: the North Temple popularly called the Temple of the Bearded Man; the Temples of the Jaguar; a series of platforms, a series of buildings; group of a Thousand Columns; a complex called Las Monjas. Chichen Itza also has a variety of other structures. The excursion includes a visit to colonial city Valladolid and one of the most impressive Cenote Sagrado.


Next we will visit Merida. Merida – is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatan. Merida was founded in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo. It was built on the site of the Maya city, which have been a center of Mayan culture and activity for centuries. As the state and regional capital, Merida is a cultural center, featuring multiple museums, art galleries, restaurants, movie theatres and shops. Merida retains an abundance of beautiful colonial buildings and is a vibrant cultural center with music and dancing playing an important part in day-to-day life.

 

Day 2: Merida – Uxmal – Riviera Maya


Uxmal is another large pre Hispanic city of the Maya civilization in the state of Yucatan. It is one of the few Maya cities where the casual visitor can get a good idea of how the entire ceremonial center looked in ancient times. Some of the more noteworthy buildings include: The Governor’s Palace, a long low building atop a huge platform, with the longest facades in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica; Pyramid of the Magician. The Nunnery Quadrangle is the finest of Uxmal’s several quadrangles of long buildings with elaborately carved facades on both the inside and outside faces; a large Ball court for playing the Mesoamerican ballgame. There are also at Uxmal a number of other temple-pyramids, quadrangles, and other monuments, some of significant size, and in varying states of preservation. These include North Long Building, House of the Birds, House of the Turtles, Grand Pyramid, House of the Doves, and South Temple.


The journey ends in the Riviera Maya.

 

 

 

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