The Archaeological Mayan Journey

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Days: 10

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Immerse yourself in Mayan culture and history by visiting the region’s most important Mayan Ruins and villages where you will also have a chance to sample local Yucateca cuisine.

Merida Mayan WorldThe Archaeological Mayan Journey takes in the most renowned archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula in the company of one of the regions most well-respected historical and cultural guides. Each day offers a window into the rich culture of the Maya, the quaint life of colonial Mexico, and the unique biodiversity of this lush jungle





Mayan Ruins – Locally guided visits to the amazing archeological sites of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque, Bonampak and Tulum

Merida – Visit the lively and colorful city with festive evenings in the town plaza

Campeche – Explore this charming coastal city and take an evening stroll along the boardwalk

Celestun – Discover the beautiful National Park where you’ll find North America’s largest flock of flamingos

Chiapas – Immerse yourself in the diverse state that is Chiapas

Cenotes – Visit Cenote Azul, of of Mexico’s largest cenotes

Playa del Carmen – Rest and relax on the white sand beaches of the Riviera Maya

Dates & Prices


Because this itinerary will be custom tailored to your liking, please inquire for exact pricing.


This trip can be customized for a private journey all year round.


Day 1

Arrival to Cancun
Welcome! Upon arrival at Cancun International airport, you will be taken to your hotel where your trip leader awaits. After a quick orientation, you are free to roam Cancun. Overnight: Marriott Casa Magna Cancun

Day 2

Chichen Itza
Today, we travel to Merida. En route, we will stop at the Mayan Indian market where you can see contemporary and traditional arts and crafts. Next we head to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, one of the most important sites in the Mayan culture. During the Maya-Toltec period, Chichen Itza quickly developed into a major ceremonial center. The temple of Kukulcan-Quetzalcoatl is one of the outstanding structures that we will visit from this period. After lunch, we move on to the beautiful capital of the Yucatan, Merida. Your afternoon will be free to enjoy the many shops, museums, and plazas of this charming colonial city, home to the descendants of Mayan civilizations.

Day 3

Celestun and Merida
Early today you will meet your guide at the hotel lobby and a privately guided excursion to the biosphere reserve of Celestun, famous for its river or ria with beautiful flamingo colonies, fresh water springs, and calm beaches. More than 350 species have been identified in this reserve, of which many are permanent residents. Enjoy a private boat ride and admire the magnificent  of nature.

After free time for lunch you will head back to Merida City tour to enjoy a historic city tour including the colonial architecture, churches, and monuments of this thriving Yucatan city you can optionally end with a short “Calesa” ride (not included).

Day 4

Campeche and Uxmal
Early today after breakfast you will depart from Merida to enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Uxmal where intricately carved temple facades pay homage to Chac, the Mayan rain god. A traditional Mayan lunch is available with chicken or pork and wrapped in bananas leaves. We continue our journey  to the coastal city of Campeche, the first port city founded by Spanish conquistadors in the Yucatan peninsula.

Day 5

Campeche and Palenque
We will tour Campeche´s famous landmarks by trolley, including the colonial forts and the museum. In the early afternoon, we will continue our Mayan Journey along the cost of the Gulf of Mexico to the ancient Mayan city of Palenque.

Day 6

Yaxchilan and Bonampak
Early today you will depart from Palenque for a transfer to Bonampak. At arrival you will visit the fascinating and well guarded secret of the Lacandón Forest, famous for its astonishing frescoes inside the modest looking  Templo de las Pinturas.  After time to take in these surprising illustrations, we continue our adventure  to  some of the least visited and most impressive sites in the Mayan world, Yaxchitlán  renowned as much for its incredible setting, as it is for its ornamented building facades, roof combs and impressive stone lintels that depict battles and ceremonial events. In a boat ride you will learn Yaxchitlán straddles a U bend in the Usumacinta River, which is the natural border between Mexico and Guatemala. As you explore the ruins the calls of the large troops of howler monkeys remind you just how far from modern civilization you are and how powerfully alive the Lacandón forest remains.  After time to take in these surprising illustrations, we head back to Palenque arriving to our lovely hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 7

Palenque and Chetumal
This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ancient city of Palenque. This great archaeological site lies in the southern state of Chiapas. Marvel at the magnificent pyramid known as the Temple of the Inscriptions and enjoy the breathtaking vistas of this unique ecosystem. We then cross the vast Yucatan Peninsula, passing ancients cities of the Maya before arriving at the Caribbean coast in Quintana Roo. Our Journey continues to the capital of Quintana Roo, Chetumal, a tranquil city that retains much of the Caribbean flavour of old.

Day 8

Cenote Azul and Tulum
This morning, we will make a stop at the largest of Mexico´s Cenotes (exposed limestone waterhole), Cenote Azul, to take a dip in the refreshing waters. We continue on to Tulum, with its dramatic cliff location overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Its location makes it a unique place among the 50,000 archaeological sites in Mexico. After Tulum, we head north up the coast to Playa del Carmen, where the feel and spirit of the Caribbean is in the air. Relax at the beach, shop, or take a walk along Fifth Avenue, while the sunset transforms the street into a colorful spectacle.

Day 9

Playa del Carmen
The day is yours to enjoy Playa del Carmen at your own pace.

Day 10

Departure from Cancun
After breakfast, we have one last morning to pick up souvenirs and soak up the sun. We depart for Cancun at noon for your onward flights home.



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Cancun View Mayan World
Merida Culture
Mayan World Uxmal
Campeche Building City
Campeche Street City Tour
Pink Flamingos Celestun
Bonampak Paintings in Mexico
Custom tours to Tulum, Mexico
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