DAY 1 ARRIVAL TO CANCUN
*We'll meet at the Cancun International
Airport. Two hour transfer to Valladolid.
Dinner and Overnight.
DAY 2 CHICHEN ITZA & EK BALAM
* Morning visit of Ek Balam which means
Black Jaguar. This small ruin is a hidden
secret in the Yucatan. Work is still going
on here, but it is revealing stunning stucco
reliefs and one of the longest records of
occupation in the northern peninsula. Chichen
Itza represents the major city of the Post
Classic Maya. It is a Unesco World Heritage
site and potentially had a thriving metropolis
of 50,000 inhabitants. Dinner and overnight
DAY 3 MERIDA
*We'll spend time in the historic Spanish
Colonial Yucatan State Capital, visiting
French mansions, unique archaeological museums,
shopping, and experiencing the tasty local
culinary treats. Transfer to Uxmal, dinner
DAY 4 UXMAL and the neighboring
*Uxmal- Some people believe that this is
the best architectural masterpiece in the
whole mayan world. The Great Pyramid, The
House of the Magician,
The Palace of the Governors, and the Nunnery
Quadrangle are all fabulous examples of
the Puuc architectural style. We'll also
have time for visits to Labna, Sayil, and
Kabah, all unique in their small quaint
ways. Overnight and Dinner in Uxmal.
DAY 5 EDZNA & BALAMKU
*Our morning visit will be the Great Plaza
of Edzna as well as the acropolis with the
building of Five Stories. Past visitors
always comment on this site being a huge
plus to the itinerary, since it is such
a beautiful ancient city.
Balamku means Jaguar Temple, and this structure
has fantastic frieze's and reliefs which
represent a very interesting bit of Maya
Dinner and overnight at Chicanna, Campeche.
DAY 6 Calakmul
*Calakmul is a Unesco World Heritage site
and it is in the center of the Calakmul
Biosphere Reserve. Tikal and Calakmul were
rivals during the Classic/Formative Period.
Therefore this large expansive site received
cultural influences from the north and south.
Its remote location even today keeps many
visitors away. We'll spend most of the day
here enjoying a picnic style lunch, and
hopefully getting a glimpse of the abundant
bird and wildlife.
Dinner and Overnight in Chicanna.
DAY 7 RIO BEC PROVINCE
*Today we'll squeeze in many stops to these
flavorful sites. The Late Classic Maya had
developed this architectural style. Kohunlich
is best known for its Pyramid of Masks which
has six large masks that are 8 feet tall
and modeled in stucco, and might represent
the ruling leaders of the site. These ruins
were not discovered until 1967. Chicanna
translated means House of the Serpent Mouth.
This city was closely related to Becan and
was most likely a residential zone for the
rulers in the region. There are several
quality carvings that make this site quite
Xpuhil is a small but spectacular site with
a group of three towers. These towers have
secret stairways leading to the top, which
represent another interesting example of
the Rio Bec Style.
Becan was the political economical and religious
capital of this province. It's meaning is
"ditch of water", and this site
has an defensive moat surrounding it as
fortification. It was discovered in 1934
by Karl Ruppert. Dinner and Overnight in
DAY 8 CHETUMAL & CHACCHOBEN
*We'll spend the morning in downtown Chetumal
visiting the Maya Cultural Museum. Then
travel up the Riviera Maya with stops to
visit Chacchoben, "The Place of Red
Corn". A small but attractive ruin,
well worth the out of the way distance.
Another stop will be at Muyil. Located on
the a lagoon with the same name, it is believed
to be on a major trade route for the Maya.
It has accessibility by a narrow canal system
dredged by the Maya to provide access to
the Caribbean. Dinner and Overnight in Tulum.
DAY 9 TULUM & COBA
*Tulum the "walled city" has one
of the most impressive locations in the
Mayan world, right on the Caribbean. It's
hey day was in the Post Classic period,
but we know it was very important in the
Classic period as well because of the convergence
of various trade routes. Coba is yet another
important Maya city. Built in the Classic
period it is composed of 80 square kilometers
and is perched in between two large lakes.
Many of the 80 structures are still uncovered,
but a hike up the Nohoch Mul pyramid rewards
you with a vista spanning the whole Yucatan
peninsula. Farewell Dinner and celebrations
in Playa del Carmen
DAY 10 FLIGHTS OUT OF CANCUN.