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Muyil – Bacalar – Chacchoben – Valladolid – Ek-Balam

 

Day 1: Riviera Maya – Muyil – Sian Ka’an – Felipe Carillo Puerto – Bacalar


Riviera Maya. They are fantastic places for divers and enthusiMuyil was one of the earliest and longest inhabited ancient Maya sites on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s located approximately 15 kilometers south of the coastal site of Tulum. The ruins of Muyil are an example of Peten architecture. The site is made up of three distinct areas: the core of the pre-Colombian settlement, next to Muyil lagoon, the Cenote Group and the West Group. The only area open to the public is the core of the pre-Hispanic settlement. The chief architectural remains visible today are the Entrance Plaza Group, The Castillo, the Temple, some platforms, chapels and dry-laid stone walls. The Entrance Plaza Group contains 13 structures ranging from pyramidal and non-pyramidal platforms to temples and altars. There is also a linear system of scabs at Muyil, running generally east-west and end-to-end beginning near to highway, and proceeding to the lagoon.

 

It is situated on the Sian Ka’an lagoon, a name meaning “where the sky is born”. Sian Ka’an has been a Mexican National Park since 1986 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Part of the reserve is on land and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral reef. The reserve has an area of 5,280 km². The reserve also includes some 23 known archaeological sites of the Maya civilization. The main feature of this site is its topography and the surface formed with limestone rocks, preventing the formation of water flow and at the same time contributing many cenotes.


Next on our visit is the city Felipe Carillo Puerto, what during the Cast War served as a center of Mayan rebels. During the lunch you will taste typical regional dishes and drinks.


Then we will continue our tour to Bacalar, a small town in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Bacalar was a city of the Maya civilization in pre-Columbian times. This was the first city in the region which the Spanish Conquistadores succeeded in taking and holding in 1543. After the town was sacked by pirates in 17th century, the Fortress de San Felipe Bacalar was completed in 1729, and may still be visited today. Bacalar is also the name of the lagoon, Bacalar lagoon on the east side of the town. This lagoon has an unusual beauty and called seven colors lagoon. At sunset the water has all the colors of rainbow. We will spend night in a local hotel.

 

 

Day 2: Cenote Azul – Chacchoben – Tihusoco – Valladolid


You will visit one of the many cenotes of Yucatan called cenote Azul, with a depth of 90 meters.


Next, visiting a Mayan ruin, called Chacchoben. In 1994 the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History excavated and restored the site, which was closed to the public until 2002. Visitors to the site today walk a circular path that includes three excavated and restored pyramids, as well as many walls and staircases. Some structures still bear traces of the red paint with which they were originally coated. Also notable at the base of the largest pyramid is a large stone slab called “Estela” with a Mayan hieroglyphic inscription. Chacchoben is one of the more popular ruin sites in southern Quintana Roo.


After, you will visit city Tihusoco, its local museum and botanic garden. There we will see how Maya used the medical herbs.


Next our way is going to Valladolid. It is a small city. Valladolid was long the third city of the Yucatan Peninsula in size and importance until the start of the 20th century. Notable sights in Valladolid are the Colonial Cathedral, and the convent of San Bernadino, and cenote Zaci, a landscaped natural well with a restaurant. You will spend a night in a local hotel.

 

 

Day 3: Rio Lagartos – Ek’Balam – Riviera Maya


In the morning you will visit the Rio Lagartos. The name means river of the crocodiles. Rio Lagartos, within the Biosphere Special Reserve on the northern coast of the Yucatan on the Gulf of Mexico, is famous for its enormous flamingo colony and large variety of other species. It is also a picturesque fishing village with colorfully painted wooden and cement homes. In 1986 it was registered in the United Nations as an area of important international wetlands. This is a fantastic place for birdwatchers and those who want to see an unusual area that is off the beaten track.


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


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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