Mayas Mini Tour ~ 4 Days
- Yucatan Route from Cancun to the Riviera Maya
- Visit Ria Lagartos, Chichen Itza. Izamal, Merida, Uxmal.
- Nature and Cultural Tour
- Tour Code: MWMDS18
Itinerary - click for more
DAY 01 | CANCUN. Upon arrival at Cancun International Airport, a Destination Services team member awaits you for pick-up and transfer to your hotel in Cancun. Overnight in Cancun hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis
DAY 02 | CANCUN – RÍA LAGARTOS – CENOTE – CHICHEN ITZA (406km – 5 hrs). Today’s adventure starts with a visit to Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve on the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, home to the largest flocks of pink flamingos in Mexico, in addition to the almost 400 birds species that have been identified here. Take a boat trip lasting around two hours through the mangroves in the reserve’s estuary to observe flamingos, other birdlife and crocodiles. The trip also includes a visit to feeding areas, a stop for a Mayan mud bath with the mineral-rich white mud and a dip in the salt-rich waters of the lagoon. We then visit a cenote, a natural sinkhole, for some time to cool off and have a swim. After the visit, continue to the hotel in Chichen Itza. Overnight in Chichen Itza hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
DAY 03 | CHICHEN ITZA – IZAMAL – MERIDA (135km – 2 hrs). Perhaps one of the most magical moments you can experience in Mexico is viewing the sunrise over Chichén Itza. Today we make an early start at 06:00 hrs in this enigmatic location, one of the most important archaeological sites of the Maya. On arrival to the site, observe your quiet surroundings, as you arrive before the grounds are open to the general public. The legendary Maya city of Chichén Itza has been laboriously reclaimed from the jungle – learn about the Maya and their civilisation as you admire the scale and detail of this ancient city. Behold the geometric perfection of the 25-metre-tall Temple of Kukulkan, popularly known as El Castillo (‘the Castle’), which was built both as a representation of the mystical Maya calendar and to reflect the optical illusion of a serpent snaking its way up or down the pyramid during the spring and autumn equinoxes. Admire the Great Ball Court, the largest of 13 discovered at the site, see the haunting Skull Platform, where the heads of human sacrifice victims and prisoners of war were impaled, and also the Sacred Cenote, where sacrifice victims were dumped. Also extremely well-preserved are the Temple of the Warriors, the Ossuary, the Nunnery and adjacent Church, and the large observatory known as the Snail. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Next, we make our way to the Mayan town of Izamal, known as ‘the city of the three cultures’, combining remnants of its pre-Hispanic past, the colonial period and the present. Izamal is one of Mexico’s ‘magical towns’, a designation awarded to select locations famed for their cultural and historical heritage, whose Mayan name means ‘Heavenly Dew’. Here you can see the Convent of St Anthony of Padua, which stands on a former Maya pyramid. Time for lunch in Izamal (not included). We continue to the ‘White City’ of Merida, the capital of Yucatan, to enjoy a city tour of the historical downtown. Explore the Paseo de Montejo, where you will find a series of beautiful villas and palaces built in the 19th century. Enjoy the splendid Plaza Grande, home of the cathedral and the Casa de los Montejo, built in the 16th century in the plateresque style and whose beautiful façade has become a symbol of the city. We also see the Government Palace and City Hall, with free time discover the city on your own. Overnight in Merida hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
DAY 04 | MERIDA – UXMAL – Transfer to Hotel Cancun/Riviera Maya or Transfer to Airport MID for domestic flight to CUN (465km – 5.3 hrs). Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a morning exploring the ruins of another former Maya city clawed back from vegetation. Arrive at Uxmal and enjoy a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which as you approach it comes into view as it rises above the canopy of the jungle. Unlike other Mayan cities, Uxmal was devoured by the rainforest after the Spaniards had arrived. The most famous structure is the 35-metre-tall Pyramid of the Magician, which towers over the remarkably well-preserved Nunnery Quadrangle with its ornately carved interior and exterior walls. Across the central plaza, just beyond the ballgame court, is the Governor’s Palace with its elaborately decorated roof. At the southern end of the main complex is the Great Pyramid, of which only one side has been excavated with the other three still unclaimed from the bush. After this marvellous place, you will be brought (without guide) directly back to Cancun or Riviera Maya or you will get a transfer to Airport Merida for flight to CUN (included) and transfer from Airport CUN to your extension hotel which can be located either in Cancun, or Riviera Maya for your convenience. (Land transfer or flight depends on final number of booked passengers)
2018-2019 Dates & Rates (Each)
|Nov - Apr||Standard||$577||$128|
- Triple Reduction on Request
|Nov 10, 24|
|Dec 08, 22|
|Jan 5, 19|
|Feb 02, 16|
|Mar 02, 16|
|Apr 13, 27|
|01||Cancun||Hampton Inn Cancun, or similar||Breakfast|
|02||Chichen Itza||Villas Arqueológicas or similar||Breakfast|
|03||Merida||El Castellano or similar||Breakfast|
Included & Not Included - click for more
Operated with English – Spanish speaking licensed local guide on a shared basis
3 Nights as indicated on bed-and breakfast basis, including local taxes.
Air-conditioned transportation with pickup/drop-off as indicated in the itinerary on a shared basis. Depending on number of participants and availability, the transportation from Uxmal to Cancun/Riviera Maya will be one of the following options:
-Transfer Uxmal – Airport Merida, Domestic flight MID – CUN, transfer Airport Cancun – Hotel Riviera Maya/Cancun.
-Land transfer Uxmal – Cancun/Riviera Maya for drop off in your extension Hotel.
Entrance fees and activities:
All monuments and visits as indicated: Rio Lagartos boat tour, entrance to cenote, Chichen Itza Sunrise Visit, Izamal City Tour, Merida City Tour and Uxmal.
Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme.
International flight tickets or Mexican visa fees and local taxes.
Gratuities for drivers and guides.
Price per person in US $ Dollars. Minimum 2 passengers
All rates and hotel availability subject to change
High season surcharges may apply
Note: Rates not valid at Christmas, New Year , Easter, Carnival or long weekends