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>> Yucatan 2, (3 days / 2 nights)

 

Riviera Maya - Caves – Coba - Valladolid – Chichen-Itza - Merida – Uxmal - Celestun – Hacienda – Ek-Balam – Mayan
village – Riviera Maya

 

Day 1: Riviera Maya – Cenote – Caves – Coba – Valladolid – Chichen Itza – Merida


There are unique stalactite caves, named “cenote” in the jungle coast of the Riviera Maya – this is a fantastic place for divers and snorkeling, will have the opportunity to swim in cenote.


Next you will visit a large city of the Pre-Hispanic Maya civilization. Coba is located around two lagoons. A series of elevated stone and plaster roads radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far. The site contains several large temple pyramids, the tallest, in what is known as the Nohoch Mul group of structures, being some 42 meters in height (tallest in the Yucatan). The Mexican National Institute of Anthropology & History began archeological excavations in 1972. Coba became a tourist destination shortly thereafter. Only a small portion of the site has been cleared from the jungle and restored by archaeologists.


Then you will have the opportunity to see one of the first colonial cities of Mexico – Valladolid distinguished by its architecture.


Next you will visit a 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.


Then arrival to Merida, accommodation.

 

Day 2: Merida – Uxmal – Celestun


In the morning you take a tour of the picturesque colonial city of 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


Next you will visit Uxmal. Uxmal is another large pre-Columbian ruined 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.


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 enjoy the near look at magnificent pink flamingos and taste fresh seafood. You will spend a night in the local hotel.

 

 

Day 3: Hacienda – Ek’Balam – Mayan Village – Riviera Maya


The next point of our destination is Hacienda Teya, become a chic hotel, with only 6 rooms and located in the lush garden, was founded in 1863. Here you can see the remains of the factory, museum, restaurant and church.


Then you will visit Ek’Balam, a pre-Hispanic archaeological site in Yucatan. Ek’Balam means “black jaguar” in Mayan language. Ek’Balam includes 45 structures. The largest structure, known as The Acropolis, has a 5m tall jaguar’s mouth featuring winged Mayan warriors, as well as inscriptions in The Maya script. At the entrance to the Acropolis pyramid there is a monster-like figure that is said to be guarding the entrance to the underworld. The complex also features a number of smaller temples, altars, and living quarters.
After you will visit a Mayan village where you can see Mayan customs and traditions reached these days.

 

The journey ends in the Riviera Maya.

 

 


 

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