Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula Discovery

Level

Easy-Moderate

Duration

8 days

Route

Arrival Cancun, Valladolid, Merida, Acanceh Village, Loltun Caverns, Uxmal, Ek Balam, Cancun, Departure Cancun

With its eastern border complimented by the Caribbean Sea, the Yucatán Peninsula boasts ancient ruins, rainforests, underground caves, traditional hacienda and colonial cities. Bordering Belize and Guatemala, the Yucatán Peninsula maintains its close Mayan ties, observed in its inhabitants dress, language, religion and cuisine.

This 8 day itinerary starts and ends in Cancun and takes you on a journey through the fascinating Yucatan Peninsula. You will have the opportunity to visit the region’s most interesting archaeological sites to learn about the Mayans and their history in pre-Hispanic times; you will discover the lively capital of the Yucatan-Merida -a charming colonial city filled with markets, squares, and a bustling commercial center; enjoy the Mexican Caribbean coast, discovering beautiful beaches.

Facts

Activities: caving, cultural sightseeing, biking, swimming

Our operation:

All Rahhalah ’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival Cancun

Our representative will greet you in the arrival hall of Cancun International Airport. He will accompany you to your awaiting vehicle and introduce you to the driver who will transfer your to your hotel-20 minute drive from the airport.

Overnight Cancun Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas or similar

Buffet Breakfast included Note: Beverages not included in meals rates.

Day 02: Private transfer to Chichen Itza with city tour of Valladolid city upon arrival

Located halfway (two hours from each) between Merida and Cancun, Valladolid is a bustling Mayan city with a special colonial flavor. This is where you will see the majority of the townspeople still using the typical dress of the Maya and the buildings around the Main Plaza painted pastel colors. You will surely get a sense of the laid-back pace of life.

Overnight: Villas Arqueologicas Chichen or similar

Included: American Breakfast Note: Beverages not included in meals rates.

Villa Chichén-Itzá is situated at the rear entrance to the archaeological site, within a small enclave of three hotels. Surrounded by tropical gardens and showered with the song of exotic birds, this cozy boutique hotel offers a dreamlike environment and an oasis for weary guests after exploring the ancient Mayan city.A walk from the Villa to the ruins takes less than ten minutes. In the evening, the same conveniently short walk will take you to the impressive light and sound show that is presented nightly at the site.

Day 03: Chichen Itza

Embark on an early morning exploration of Chichen Itza on a privately guided tour with your expert guide. This site is world renowned for the sophistication of its structures and the high level of astronomical and engineering accomplishments. The site comes alive with the expert interpretation of your guide adding color and contour to the sprawling site. As the mid-day heat descends, head to Cenote Ikkil where you can opt for a refreshing swim. You will then continue on to Merida, the colonial capital of the Yucatan Peninsula where you can settle into your hotel.

Overnight: Gran Real Yucatan or similar

Included: American Breakfast Note: Beverages not included in meals rates.

Day 4: Private Biking Excursion to Acanceh/Homun Village

Today after breakfast, you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby and be driven (30 mins) to Acanceh village, for an out of the beaten path biking expedition, away from the typical touristic route; in which your adventure begins with a 12.5 mile bike ride (approximately two hours) on a highway toward Homun village. At arrival, you will enjoy time to explore the small and rustic village and discover the natural beauty of Homun’s cenotes, here you may visit up to three local Cenotes for a refreshing swim and time to relax. Before heading back to Merida, lunch is suggested at a small, local restaurant serving traditional Yucatan meals (cost not included). You will then ride your bike back to Acanceh (12.5 miles aprox) on a guided route via the same highway and be driven 30 minutes back to your hotel in Merida for the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Gran Real Yucatan or similar

Included: American Breakfast Note: Beverages not included in meals rates.

Day 5: Loltun Caverns and Uxmal

Traverse the underground cave system at Loltún that shows evidence of the Maya civilization from the late pre-classic era (300 BCE-300 CE). A local guide will lead you through the cave, explaining the history and pointing out important stalagmites, stalactites, cave paintings, fossils and Maya hand-prints found there. Afterwards, your guide will drive you to the ancient Maya city of Uxmal to view the amazing Palace of the Governors, considered by many to be the finest example of classic Mayan Architecture.

Overnight: Gran Real Yucatan or similar

Included: American Breakfast Note: Beverages not included in meals rates.

Day 6: Private tour to Ek Balam site, en route to Cancun

Ek Balam is one of the most important and ancient Mayan archaeological sites in the state of Yucatan.

Ek Balam is a name that comes from an ancient Mayan ruler in Spanish means black jaguar.

It was discovered in the year 1886 by the anthropologist Desire Charnay but was until 1984 when works began investigating in coordination with the Americans anthropologists and INAH, the site was open to the public 10 years ago.

Ek Balam its a walled city and has greats buildings, it is believed that the main zone lived 700 people between the rulers and kings and the surrounding area close to 25,000 people.

In the place you can see large stele with hieroglyphs and in the main building. The most important period of Ek Balam was the classic late 700 – 100 after Christ

Overnight: Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas or similar

Buffet Breakfast included Note: Beverages not included in meals rates.

Day 7: Cancun Private Roundtrip to Rio Secreto

In this surreal locale near Playa del Carmen, you can observe natural history dating back millions of years as you hike and swim through a 600-meter route full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Go deep inside an underground cave, where you’ll experience true silence among some of the most dramatic mineral formations in the world.

Includes: Admission fee to the natural reserve, bilingual guides, specialized equipment (wetsuit, life vest, special shoes and hardhat with headlamp), towel and lockers, snacks, guests also have access to our facilities (bathrooms, showers, hammocks, etc.)

Overnight: Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas or similar

Buffet Breakfast included Note: Beverages not included in meals rates.

Day 8: Departure Private Transfer to Cancun Airport ( B)

Your driver will meet you at your hotel at a prearranged time to take you to Cancun International Airport.

2,638 USD

per person in a group of min 6 pax. Double occupancy

Trip Dates

to be confirmed

Note:

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
  • All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.
  • The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions.

This Includes:

  • All transfers and ground transportation as described above
  • All accommodation or equivalent as described
  • all guided services and tours in private/shared basis as described
  • all taxes
  • Meals as indicated in the detailed itinerary above.

This Excludes:

  • International airfare to /from Cancun
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and visa fees
  • Meals not described above ( lunches and dinners)
  • Additional/optional activities
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Beverages
  • Single supplement
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone
  • International departure tax
  • Gratuities and tips

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case, the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travellers

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