Mini Wonders of the Maya

Mini Wonders of the Maya

  • 4 Days
  • From : Cancun
  • To : Cancun
  • Tour
  • Guide : English, Spanish, Italian
  • Minimum age : 10 Years Old

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Beyond her beautiful beaches, Yucatan boasts an impressive cultural and historical heritage as the repository of treasures of Maya civilization, such as Chichén Itza and Uxmal. Journey back in time to appreciate the greatness of these ancient cities clawed back from the jungle and discover the beauty of the colourful colonial cities of Izamal and Merida. Spend the night in atmospheric properties to further enhance the trip’s magical experience.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Ría Lagartos: 395 species of birds reside in this biosphere reserve where you can observe flamingos and crocodiles roaming the mangroves

Chichen Itza: Uncover the mysteries of Maya civilisation at this ancient archaeological site dominated by the imposing Temple of Kukulkan

Izamal: This ‘magical town’ is known as the ‘city of hills’ because of its numerous ruins of Maya pyramids

Uxmal: The Pyramid of the Magician in this UNESCO World Heritage Site rises above the jungle canopy

Merida: Yucatan’s ‘White City’ is famed for the elegant tree-lined boulevards from the 19th century

What’s included?

TOUR GUIDE: 

  • Operated with Multilingual: English – Spanish speaking licensed local guide on a shared basis
  • Italian-speaking guide upon an additional cost (optional extra)

ACCOMMODATION: 

  • 3 Nights accommodation

MEALS:

  • 3 breakfasts 

OPTIONAL EXTRA:

HALF BOARD SUPPLEMENT

  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 dinners on day 1, 2, 3

TRANSPORT:

  • Air-conditioned transportation with pickup/drop-off as indicated in the itinerary on a shared basis

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES: 

  • All monuments and visits as indicated: Rio Lagartos boat tour, entrance to cenote, Chichen Itza Visit, Valladolid walking tour, Izamal City Tour, Merida City Tour and Uxmal, Cacao Museum

Exclusions

  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Riviera Maya environmental sanitation right tax (payable on spot)
  • Optional tours 
  • International flight tickets or Mexican visa fees and local taxes
  • Airport departure tax
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides

Please note

Clients may be mixed with other guests of other nationalities, but the guide in the vehicle will speak your desired language and maximum one more language

Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice.

Please note that the itinerary shown now applies for departures from November 2020 and for departures from July to October 2020 we will have small changes during days 2 and 3 (we will send you the information after booking)  

Day 4: Late arrival in Cancun. If you are booking onward flights it is recommended not to book a flight prior to 20:00 hrs.  

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS 

Day 1; Cancún:

Standard Hotel Category = Farfield Airport Cancun or similar 4*

Day 2; Valladolid:

Standard Hotel Category = Ecotel Quinta Regia or similar 3*

Day 3; Mérida:

Standard Hotel Category = Mision Panamericana or similar 4*

OPTIONAL EXTRA

Pre – Night in Cancun:

Standard Hotel Category = Farfield Airport Cancun or similar 4*

Superior Hotel Category = Beachscape or similar 4*

Deluxe Hotel Category = Presidente Intercontinental Cancun or similar 5*

Post – Night in Cancun:

Standard Hotel Category = Farfield Airport Cancun or similar 4*

Superior Hotel Category = Beachscape or similar 4*

Deluxe Hotel Category = Presidente Intercontinental Cancun or similar 5*

Cancellation policy

    Once ordered, this tour cannot be cancelled or refund or amended at any circumstances.

Day 1 :  ARRIVAL CANCUN

After landing in Cancun International Airport, you will be met by a tour representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Cancun. Then you can spend the rest of the day at leisure, getting to know this fantastic new location at your own rhythm. Make the most of the services available at the hotel, or hit the streets and start exploring the wonders of Cancun. 

  • Overnight in Cancun

Day 2 :  CANCUN – RÍA LAGARTOS – CENOTE – VALLADOLID (390 km – 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 bird species that have been identified here. Take a two-hour boat trip through the mangroves in the reserve’s estuary to observe flamingos, crocodiles and other animals. The trip also includes a visit to feeding areas, a stop for a Maya mud bath with 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 with a swim . After the visit, continue to the hotel in Valladolid. After of the check in at the hotel, we will have time for refreshing. Continue with a walking city tour by Valladolid, this is a city that preserves the tradition of Mayan culture in every corner and its historical legacy is unique. Discover the passage of time from pre-Hispanic times to the present walking through its streets

  • Overnight in Valladolid.

Day 3 :  VALLADOLID –CHICHEN ITZA – IZAMAL – MERIDA (135 km – 2 hrs)

Enjoy your morning breakfast before departing to Chichen itza, one of the most important archaeological sites of the Maya. Learn about the Maya and this ancient city reclaimed from the jungle. Behold the Temple of Kukulkan, popularly known as El Castillo (‘the Castle’), built both as a representation of the mystical Maya calendar and to reflect the optical illusion of a serpent slithering up and down the pyramid during the spring and autumn equinoxes. Admire the Great Ball Court, the haunting Skull Platform where the heads of human sacrifice victims and prisoners of war were impaled, and the Sacred Cenote, where sacrifice victims were dumped. Other extremely well-preserved areas include the Temple of the Warriors, the Ossuary, the Nunnery and adjacent Church, and the large observatory known as the Snail. Next, we make our way to the Maya town of Izamal, which combines remnants of its pre-Hispanic past, the colonial period and the present. Visit the Convent of St Anthony of Padua, which stands on a former Maya pyramid. After lunch (not included), continue to the ‘White City’ of Merida, the capital of Yucatan, to enjoy a tour of the historical downtown. See the 19th-century villas and palaces that line the Paseo de Montejo, and continue to the splendid Plaza Grande, home to the cathedral and the 16th-century Casa de los Montejo. Also visit the Government Palace and City Hall, before enjoying some free time to discover the city on your own.

  • Overnight in Merida

Day 4 :  MERIDA – UXMAL – CACAO MUSEUM – CANCUN (450 km – 6 hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a morning exploring the ruins of another former Maya city clawed back from the vegetation. Arrive at Uxmal and enjoy a guided tour of this UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site that rises into view above the jungle canopy. Unlike other Maya 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, towering 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. 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, visit a Cocoa Museum where the plant and its importance for the ancient Mayans will be explained. Then return to Cancun or Riviera Maya to your extension hotel, where the tour ends. *** Day 4: Late arrival in Cancun. If you are booking onward flights it is recommended not to book a flight prior to 20:00 hrs. 

  •  Breakfast included.