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>> Civilization Maya 2, (6 days / 5 nights)

 

Riviera Maya – Chichen Itza – Cenote – Merida –Uxmal – Celestun – The Route of Convents – Campeche – Kohunlish –
Bacalar – Cenote – Tulum

 

Day 1: Riviera Maya – Chichen Itza – Cenote – Merida


In the morning you will visit a large pre-Columbian 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 stone buildings in various states of preservation, and many have been restored. Dominating the center of Chichen Itza is the Temple of Kukulkan, often referred to as “El Castillo” (the castle). Archaeologists have identified in Chichen Itza the Great Ball Court 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.


Also you will have the opportunity to swim in cenote.


Next we go to Merida. You will spend a night in a local hotel.

 

 

Day 2: Merida (market) – Uxmal – Celestun


In the morning you 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 .


Next you will visit Uxmal. Uxmal 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; Pyramid of the Magician; The Nunnery Quadrangle; a large Ball court for playing the Mesoamerican ballgame.

 

Then we will move to Celestun, a small fishing village on the shore of Golf of Mexico. It is a part of biosphere where you will see the magnificent pink flamingos and taste fresh seafood. You will spend a night in the local hotel.

 

 

Day 3: The Convent Route – Campeche


The Convent Route is a trip that will take you somewhat off the beaten path and into the heart of the Yucatan. Meandering through the countryside of the central west part of the state, you will visit Mayan villages and ruins, colonial churches, cathedrals and convents, courtyards and cenotes dating back centuries.


You will spend a night in a local hotel in Campeche.

 

 

Day 4: Campeche – Kohunlich – Bacalar


In the morning you will have a city tour in Campeche. Campeche was founded by the two great civilizations: Maya and Spanish. There are a number of upper-class Spanish mansions, churches and other colonial buildings still standing which serve as the city’s chief attractions. Campeche also has many brightly colored buildings reflective of Caribbean tastes. Campeche has many bastions built to protect the city against attacks and raids by pirates. Today these fortifications are the city’s main attraction.

 

Next you will visit Kohunlich. It is a large archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located on the Yucatan Peninsula. The site covers about 21 acres, surrounded by dense sub-tropical rainforest, and it contains almost 200 mounds, that remain largely unexcavated. The city was elaborately planned and engineered, with raised platform and pyramids, citadels, courtyards and plazas surrounded with palace platforms. The places of the interest are: a massive, raised acropolis, or citadel, with a palace complex around a courtyard to the north-west; the Pyramid of the Masks; the marvelous, sunken Plaza Mervin; and a small ball court.


You will spend a night in one of the local hotels in Bacalar. Bacalar is also the name of the lagoon, Bacalar lagoon on the east side of the town. This lagoon has an unusual beauty . At sunset the water has all the colors of rainbow.

 

 

Day 5: Bacalar – Cenote – Tulum


In the morning you will have the opportunity to swim in cenote.


Then you will visit Tulum. The ruins are located on 12-meter cliffs, along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea. This is one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites and today it is a popular site for tourists. Tulum was protected on one side by steep sea cliffs and on the landward side by a wall that averaged about three to five meters in height. Among some of the more spectacular buildings at the site is the Temple of the Frescoes that included a lower gallery and a smaller second story gallery. The archaeological site is relatively compact. Its proximity to the modern tourism development along the Mexican Caribbean coastline has made it a popular destination for tourists.

 

 

 

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