The Archeological Mayan Journey

Uncover the ancient Maya world with privately guided tours of ancient ruins

Experience: 

Days: 10

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Go on the ultimate archeological Mayan journey, discovering ancient ruins and magical Yucatecan villages on a luxurious 10-day vacation.

Dive into the region’s rich history, visiting ancient Maya archeological sites including Uxmal, Palenque, Bonampak, and the world-famous Chichen Itza. Private expert guides will help to add color and uncover the secrets of the Maya from their bloody rituals to their astonishing mathematical and architectural achievements.

Travelers will also enjoy private tours of gorgeous Maya cities, including Merida and Campeche, a swim in a refreshing cenote, and stays in luxurious accommodations.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Maya ruins – Delve into the ancient Maya world with expertly guided visits of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, and Calakmul.

Merida – Tour the colorful city of Merida, named the World’s Best Small City 2019 by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

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

Celestun Biosphere Reserve – Visit the beautiful Celestun Biosphere Reserve to see North America’s largest flock of flamingos.

Day 1: Arrival in Cancun

Welcome to Mexico! Upon arrival at Cancun International Airport, enjoy a private transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening exploring its elite facilities.

Overnight: The Ritz-Carlton Cancun

 

Day 2: Chichen Itza to Merida

Embark on a cultural and historical journey, stopping first at an indigenous Maya market to see contemporary and traditional arts and crafts.

Next, head to the world-famous archeological site of Chichen Itza. Join an expert guide and tour the site, visiting a grand ball court, palaces, and the famed stepped pyramid, El Castillo, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan.

After the tour, continue the journey to a luxurious hotel in the beautiful capital of the Yucatan, Merida. Upon arrival, check in and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure, taking the chance to explore Merida´s enchanting streets.

Overnight: Casa Lecanda

 

Day 3: Celestun Biosphere Reserve and Merida City private tour

Explore the Maya region’s endless natural beauty with a privately guided excursion to the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, famous for its magnificent flamingo colonies. Take a private boat onto the waters of the estuary and admire the beauty of the landscape.

After free time for lunch, head back to Merida for a guided tour of the city, visiting the colonial architecture, churches, and monuments of this thriving destination.

Overnight: Casa Lecanda

 

Day 4: Transfer to Campeche and Uxmal visit

Depart Merida and journey to Uxmal, an ancient Maya city that flourished from around 600 to 900AD. Take a privately guided tour, making sure to visit the Pyramid of the Magician, a round-cornered pyramid with a fantastical origin story.

Enjoy a traditional Maya lunch, before continuing the journey to the coastal city of Campeche, the first port city founded by Spanish Conquistadors in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Overnight: Hacienda Puerta Campeche

 

Day 5: Campeche City tour

Begin the day with a private tour of Campeche, traveling from one end of this colorful UNESCO World Heritage City to the other. Go on a journey through Campeche’s history, visiting fortresses, museums, and churches.

In the afternoon, continue along the Gulf of Mexico coast to the ancient city of Palenque.

Overnight: Quinta Cha Nab Nal

 

Day 6: Yaxchilan and Bonampak

Depart Palenque for Bonampak, an ancient Maya city near the border of modern-day Guatemala. Explore this fascinating site in the Lacandón Jungle, viewing the astonishing frescoes inside the Templo de las Pinturas.

Then, continue exploring the lesser-visited Maya world with a tour of Yaxchilan, known for its ornamented facades, roof combs, and impressive stone lintels that depict battles and ceremonial events. Only reached by boat, Yaxchilan straddles a bend in the Usumacinta River, the natural border between Mexico and Guatemala.

Overnight: Quinta Cha Nab Nal

 

Day 7: Palenque Archeological Zone

Continue the exploration of the ancient Maya world with a visit to Palenque. With an expert guide taking the lead, explore these jungle ruins, and learn about the inscriptions found there. After the archeological exploration, take a private transfer to the hotel in Calakmul.

Overnight: Puerta Calakmul Ecovillage

 

Day 8: Full-day excursion to Calakmul

Travel to Calakmul, a stunning archeological site nestled within a protected reserve. Take a private tour of the jungle grounds, visiting the vegetation-wrapped ruins. Along the way, keep an eye out for the region’s fascinating inhabitants, including jaguars, king vultures, harpy eagles, and spider monkeys.

Overnight: Puerta Calakmul Ecovillage

 

Day 9: Bacalar, Lake of the Seven Colors, and cenote swim

Travel to the paradise town of Bacalar, a stunning getaway in Quintana Roo given Pueblo Magico status for its “magical qualities.” Visit its famed Lake of the Seven Colors to swim in its shimmering waters or to embark on a private kayak tour.

After, enjoy lunch before a refreshing swim in Cenote Azul, a crystal-clear freshwater sinkhole.

Overnight: Be Playa

 

Day 10: Departure from Cancun

Enjoy a private transfer from the hotel to Cancun Airport for departure flights home.

Dates

Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.

Prices

Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing. Please note, our pricing guideline is a starting from price and is not necessarily applicable to the suggested hotels contained within the suggested itineraries on this web site. Itineraries are customized prior to final pricing.