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HACIENDAS (3 days/2 nights)

 

Riviera Maya – Chichen Itza – Izamal – Hacienda “San Jose” – Caves “Loltun” – Uxmal – Hacienda “Temozon” – Merida – Ek’Balam – Riviera Maya

 

Day 1: Riviera Maya – Chichen Itza – Izamal – Hacienda “San Jose”


Our trip stars from Riviera Maya and we moving towards Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is the capital of ancient Maya empire, its majestic building dates back to 435 and 455, and it is geographically located in the middle of spectacular natural environs in the Yucatan Peninsula. At this site declared as one of the 7 World Wonders, you can visit magnificent temples such as the Kukulcan Pyramid and the Ball Game as well as there are others that cannot be visited to avoid damages.
The Castle or Pyramid of Kukulcan is the most impressive temple in Chichen Itza renowned for the number of tombs found there and its endless 91 steps, as well as the impeccable architecture that stands out by a stone feathered serpent.
Next you will visit a small city Izamal. Izamal is known in Yucatan as “The Yellow City”, most of its buildings are painted yellow. Izamal was an important archaeological site of the Pre-Hispanic Maya civilization. Five huge Pre-Hispanic structures are still visible at Izamal. The first is a great pyramid to the Maya Sun God, Kinch Kak Mo. Also Izamal is the home of a distillery which produces an eponymous mescal from of the locally grown henequen plants.
Franciscan monk Fray Diego de Landa built the largest convent in the Americas in the early 16th century.
The "San Antonio De Padua" convent sits on top of a former Mayan temple whose stones were stripped to build the convent.
We go then to Hacienda “San Jose”, what was built over 300 years ago and now is one of the hotels of “Luxury Collection” Starwood. You will stay in Hacienda for night.

 


Day 2: Caves Loltun – Uxmal – Hacienda “Temozon”
In the morning we head to cave “Loltun” is known as “Flower of stone” where at a distance of stretched hands are colonies of sleeping bats. “ Loltun” is the largest caves system on the peninsula. They are also the ones that are the most studied. Evidence has been found here of human contact going back 7,000 years. Mammoth bones have been found in the caves, along with fresco paintings on the walls, "hands in negative", faces, animals, grecos and decorative figures.

Next you will visit Uxmal. Uxmal (OOSH-mahl) means "'built three times" in the Mayan language, and though its name is a mystery, its beauty is not. As a World Heritage site, it is one of the best-restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatán, and certainly one of the most magnificent. Its architecture, some of the most majestic of the Yucatán ruins, is characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with rich sculptural elements and details. Then our way is going to Hacienda “Temozon”, it is now one of the hotels of “Luxury Collection” Starwood. There are only 28 really chic deluxe suits.

 


Day 3: Merida – Ek’Balam – Riviera Maya
In the morning you will visit Merida. Merida – is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatan. Mérida, a city of about 1 million people, is a wonderful mixture of colonial city and cosmopolitan destination. With Mérida as your base, you can visit cathedrals and churches, Mayan ruins, museums, haciendas and cenotes . You'll also find movies, theaters, important hospitals, public and private schools, four universities. 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.
We wil have a panoramic tour in Merida
Then we visit Ek’Balam, one of the latest archaeological sites to be discovered in the Yucatan peninsula, is maybe one of the most important Maya ruins ever found. The site is expected to be as large as Chichen Itza once the excavation is finished.
Ek Balam means black jaguar in Maya. It was inhabited as early as 100 BC. The peak of its development is dated around 800 AC. Some historians believe that its economical strength was based in the production of honey, corn, wax and cotton.
Ek Balam lies north of the colonial city of Valladolid, a pre-Columbian archaeological site in Yucatan.
The journey ends in the Riviera Maya.

 

 

 

 

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