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CONNEX CARIBE / Discovery Yucatan | 6 Days – 5 Nights

Discovery Yucatan | 6 Days – 5 Nights

The Mayan Culture reigned on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Southeastern side of Mexico, enclosed by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It was in this area, where the Mayans reached their Superior degree of development. Nonetheless Mayan Civilization covered a vast extension, from Mexico’s Southern Pacific Coast, way in to Central America. Traces of Maya nomad settlements go back to 1500 BC. We distinguish mainly 3 Mayan periods of Social and Urban development: Nomad, Mayan Pre Classical and Mayan Classical. These Periods are relatively evident in their…

The Mayan Culture reigned on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Southeastern side of Mexico, enclosed by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It was in this area, where the Mayans reached their Superior degree of development. Nonetheless Mayan Civilization covered a vast extension, from Mexico’s Southern Pacific Coast, way in to Central America. Traces of Maya nomad settlements go back to 1500 BC. We distinguish mainly 3 Mayan periods of Social and Urban development: Nomad, Mayan Pre Classical and Mayan Classical. These Periods are relatively evident in their building techniques, their carved inscriptions on their Pyramids, buildings and temples. Mayans developed a structure of writing, using hieroglyphs; and so kept record of Mayan findings in mathematics, Architecture and Astronomy. Highlights of Yucatan is a very complete Mayan World Tour.

Monuments / Attractions Envisaged

 Chichen Itza: Temple of Kukulkan, Great Ball Court, Skull Platform, Sacred Cenote, Temple of the Warriors, Group of a Thousand Columns, El Mercado, The Osario, Las Monjas, El Caracol.

 Merida: Governor Palace, Montejo Palace, San Idelfonso Cathedral of Merida.

 Uxmal: Pyramid of the Magician, The Governor’s Palace, The Nunnery Quadrangle.

 Kabah: The Palace of the Masks, Pyramid of Mascarones.

Celestun Biosphere Reserve: Pink Flamingos sighting, boat ride into mangrove swamps and Sweetwater springs.

Accommodation Overview

As part of the Highlights Of Yucatan tour you will be staying at a selection of four star hotels.

Equipped with modern day facilities, these hotels are known to offer the utmost care and comfort along with high standards of service.

Accommodation for your tour will be as described below, at the following properties:

 1 Night at La Quinta Inn & Suites Cancun 4* or Similar in Cancun on Bed and Breakfast basis.

 1 Night at Hacienda Chichen 4* or Similar in Chichen Itza on Bed and Breakfast basis.

 3 Night at Mision Merida Panamericana 4* or Similar in Merida City on Bed and Breakfast basis.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Cancun 4* – Located in Cancun, 8 minutes drive from the beach, recently received an AAA 3 Diamond award and the TripAdvisor Excellence Award, located right on the financial area of the city, close to plaza Malecon and Plaza Las Americas shopping areas.  Spacious guest rooms and suites are well furnished with contemporary décor and amenities including Wi-Fi throughout the property and outdoor swimming pool.

Hacienda Chichen 4* – With an ideal location that gives to guests direct access to Chichen Itza archaeological zone with an entrance gate within the hotel’s own gardens. Recognized as a Green Leader Hotel, guests can wealth of in-house eco-cultural activities within its own Sanctuary of Wildlife,  be captivated by the hotel’s vast  flora and fauna as well as Maya medicinal plants. As a Eco-Spa Global Award Winner, the hotel offers a truly eco-cultural vacation.

Mision Merida Panamericana 4* Mision Merida Panamericana will surround you with its unique architecture of a traditional colonial house. Located near of the most important historical sites in the beautiful city of Merida, in the historic city centre, less than 10 minutes walk from the downtown; is surrounded by museums, theatres, restaurants and colonial buildings, its location will allow you to visit the most important tourist sites including the Main Plaza and The Cathedral. Its airy rooms with a mix of streamlined and Spanish Colonial–style decor provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and sitting areas, as well as desks.

* Please note that should accommodation in the above listed hotels not be available at the time of your visit we will offer a similar standard.

Board Basis (Meal Plan) & Included Services

 Welcome greeting at the airport in Cancun.

 Transportation in air conditioned vehicles.

 English speaking guide during the days of the tour.

 04 nights accommodation at the hotels mentioned above in DBL occupancy.

 Daily breakfast at all the above hotels.

 Visits mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees to the archaeological sites.

 Government taxes.

Exclusions

 Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport taxes, any insurance etc.

 Any meals other than the mentioned.

 Gratuities in hotel (maids and bell boys).

 Beach extension hotel.

Information

6 Days - 5 Nights
  • Departure/Starting City
    Cancun
  • Hotels during Tour
    La Quinta Inn & Suites Cancun 4* or Similar (Cancun) | Hacienda Chichen 4* or Similar (Chichen Itza) | Mision Merida Panamericana 4* or Similar (Merida)
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Day 1: Arrival to Cancun

Welcome at Cancun International airport and transfer to hotel in downtown. Overnight in Cancun.
Overnight in Cancun | La Quinta Inn & Suites Cancun 4* or Similar | Standard room on Bed & Breakfast basis
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Day 2. Cancun - Chichen Itza

Pick up at the hotel in Cancun and departure to Chichen Itza. We will transit over 2 hours to Chichen Itza the Mayan Post Classic Sacred City, which represents the most intact and impressive of the Ruins of the Mayan Civilization that the modern world preserves. Check in to your hotel in Chichen Itza and spend the rest of the day relaxing at leisure.
Overnight in Chichen Itza | Hacienda Chichen 4* or Similar | Standard room on Bed & Breakfast basis | Travelling Distance Approx. 197 km
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Day 3. Chichen Itza - Merida

Beat the crowds with a morning tour of this magnificent archaeological site, set in the dense Mexican rainforest. Chichen Itza, as other Mayan centers was originally a ceremonial and spiritual site, instead of a commercial area. Has maybe the most impressive pyramid of all the Maya World. The Castle with 4 staircases (One for each season of the Year) with 91 steps each, totaling 365 with the top platform. The orientation of the pyramid is such that for about an hour around 4 o'clock during the spring and fall equinoxes (March 21 & September 21), the shadow of north-west edge of the pyramid on the side of the north stairway, draws seven triangles of light that imitates a serpent creeping downwards until it joins the huge serpent's head at the bottom of the stairway. This was a Religious message telling the people it is time to seed the land or it is time to harvest with the Blessing of Kukulkan. At Chichen Itza, you will see an Astrological Observatory with a design similar to others built in the Modern Age. There are many more buildings such as The Temple of the Warriors, part of the "Thousand Columns Complex", the Temple of the Jaguars, the Ball Court, the biggest in Mezzo America. Chichen Itza was voted One of New Seven Wonders of the World. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is justifiably one of Mexico’s most famous Mayan sites. After the visit, we will do a stop at a cenote. These natural fresh water sink holes are an ideal stop for a refreshing dip. Lunch included. Continue to Merida, the cultural capital of the Yucatan state, a city rich in the history of colonial Mexico. You will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city with its charming colonial architecture and attractive squares.
Overnight in Merida | Mision Merida Panamericana 4* or Similar | Standard room on Bed & Breakfast basis | Travelling Distance Approx. 130 km
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Day 4. Merida- Uxmal – Kabah – Merida

Today, we will travel south of Merida to visit Uxmal which means "Three times constructed". The architecture of Uxmal is among the most majestic in Yucatan. Its beauty is characterized by low and horizontal palaces placed around patios and quadrants richly decorated with detailed sculptures. Uxmal, enveloped by legends and myths is situated within a series of hills known as the Pucc or the mountainous area of the Yucatan. You will see many beautiful buildings including the House of the Magician which dominates the site, the Nunnery and the House of Turtles. Continue to Kabah, Kabah is known as the second largest religious center in The Puuc Route Area, which flourished around the year 800 AD. It is connected with Uxmal by a sacbe which begins right in the arch, a kind of main door to the city. Kabah has Classic style architecture and its main attractions are the Palace of the masks with over 300 representations, mainly dedicated to Chaac, God of the Rain and the “Pirámide de los Mascarones” also including masks and stalls. Lunch included at local restaurant. Return to Merida by late afternoon.
Overnight in Merida | Mision Merida Panamericana 4* or Similar | Standard room on Bed & Breakfast basis | Travelling Distance Approx. 208 km
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Day 5. Merida - Celestun Biosphere – Merida

This day we will travel west to Celestun Biosphere famed as one of the largest breeding grounds of pink flamingos and home to a wealth of plant species, some endemic. Enjoy a boat ride through the estuaries of the Ria de Celestun, observing the flamingo colonies and countless other species of bird. You will have lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon transfer back to Merida.
Overnight in Merida | Mision Merida Panamericana 4* or Similar | Standard room on Bed & Breakfast basis | Travelling Distance Approx. 182 km
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Day 6. Merida - Cancun/Riviera Maya

Transfer to Cancun or Riviera Maya to enjoy the white sandy beaches and your stay at a Beach resort.
After the visit we will continue to your final destination: Riviera Maya or Cancun | Travelling Distance Approx. 300 km

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