MAYAN

Avenida José Díaz Bolio
No. 413 x 6-A
Col. Díaz Ordaz

Mérida, Yucatán; México 
C.P. 97130

Tels.
+52 (999) 927 57 26,
(999) 926 55 95

 

Tours and excursions

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES AND TOURS FROM MERIDA

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AIRPORT-HOTEL TRANSFER 
Meet passengers at Merida’s International Airport and transfer to hotel. Assistance and tips (airport).

HOTEL-RESTAURANT-HOTEL TRANSFER
3-hour service includes bilingual (English-Spanish) escort.

CITY TOUR 
Merida, Capital of the State of Yucatan, was founded in 1542 by Don Francisco de Montejo on the grounds of T’Ho, an ancient Mayan city. Visit the Cathedral (the oldest in the American continent), the Casa de Montejo (original residence of Merida’s founder), a residential district and other interesting spots. 10 AM to 12 pm. En compartido y en privado son aprox 3 a 3.5 hrs

DZIBILCHALTUN 
Founded around 500 B.C., Dzibilchaltun features a unique Mayan structure known as the House of the Seven Dolls which, like the Pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza, is also engineered to mark, at sunrise, the spring and fall equinoxes. In ancient times, the main source of water was a cenote (sinkhole) known as X’lakah. 9 AM to 12 N.

DZIBILCHALTUN AND PROGRESO BEACH
Founded around 500 B.C., Dzibilchaltun features a unique Mayan structure known as the House of the Seven Dolls which, like the Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza, is also engineered to mark, at sunrise, the spring and fall equinoxes. In ancient times, the main source of water was a cenote (sinkhole) known as X’lakah. After sightseeing Dzibilchaltun, proceed to Progreso, a quiet seaport with white sand beaches. Time for swimming and lunch (Not included). 9 AM to 4 PM

AKE AND IZAMAL
Ake is an important archaeological site that was once connected to Izamal by means of a 20-mile long sacbe (white road), parts of which are still visible. The Temple of the Pilasters is the most important building in this site, (next to this temple there is a hemp-processing hacienda with machinery still in operation today). Proceed to Izamal. In this charming colonial city we will visit a Franciscan convent, built in 1549, that boasts the largest enclosed atrium in America and which was once headquarters to Fray Diego de Landa, known for ordering the burning of Mayan codices. The convent was blessed by Pope John Paul II during his recent visit to the Yucatan. We will also visit the Mayan pyramids of Kinich Kakmo and Itzamatul. Lunch is included. 9 AM to 5 PM.

 


UXMAL AND KABAH
Uxmal is the largest and finest of classic Puuc sites and it is known for its carved facades, grand terraces and plazas. We will visit the Pyramid of the Magician, the Palace of the Governor and other important buildings. Kabah’s Codz Pop Palace features a stucco facade with 260 masks of Chaac, the Rain God. A monumental arch marks the entrance to this ceremonial center. Lunch is included.9 AM to 5 PM.

UXMAL - HALF DAY
Uxmal is the largest and finest of classic Puuc sites and it is known for its carved facades, grand terraces and plazas. We will visit the Pyramid of the Magician, the Palace of the Governor and other important buildings. 9 AM to 1 PM.

UXMAL - LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW
Uxmal is the largest and finest of classic Puuc sites and it is known for its carved facades, grand terraces and plazas. We will visit the Pyramid of the Magician, the Palace of the Governor and other important buildings. In the evening, learn of the customs and legends of the ancient Maya through the magic of Light and Sound (English or Spanish version). Dinner is included. 9 PM to 11 PM.

UXMAL, KABAH, SAYIL, LABNA, XLAPAK 
Uxmal is the largest and finest of classic Puuc sites and it is known for its carved facades, grand terraces and plazas. We will visit the Pyramid of the Magician, the Palace of the Governor and other important buildings. Kabah’s Codz Pop Palace features a stucco facade with 260 masks of
Chaac, the Rain God. A monumental arch marks the entrance to this ceremonial center. Sayil offers two examples of Mayan architecture: The Palace, a three-story building with over 70 rooms, and the Ball Court. Although a small site, Labna is famous for its magnificent arch of carved stone. Xlapak’s Palace is a good example of the Puuc architectural style. Lunch is included.  8 AM to 6 PM.

TRANSFER UXMAL-MERIDA
Pick-up time for seat-in-car service:  3 PM. For private service, at passenger’s convenience.

SAYIL, LABNA, XLAPAK AND LOLTUN CAVES
Sayil offers two examples of Mayan architecture: The Palace, a three-story building with over 70 rooms, and the Ball Court. Although a small site, Labna is famous for its magnificent arch of carved stone. Xlapak’s Palace is a good example of the Puuc architectural style. Continue to Loltun caves for a tour through capricious stalagmites and stalactites, as you admire ancient basreliefs, petroglyphs and murals. Continue to Ticul, known for fine handcrafted pottery. Lunch is included.  8 AM to 6 PM.

 

 

CHICHEN ITZA 
This is the largest and most important archaeological site. While the central area features a pure Maya architectural style, a combination of Maya-Toltec styles can be appreciated in the northern area. Visit the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for marking the equinoxes early in the afternoon (via the play of light on the pyramid’s northern face, that suggests a serpent undulating down the staircase), the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Court (largest in Mesoamerica, perfect acoustics), the Sacred Well and the Observatory. Lunch is included. 9 AM to 5 PM.

CHICHEN ITZA AND IZAMAL
This is the largest and most important archaeological site. While the central area features a pure Maya architectural style, a combination of Maya-Toltec styles can be appreciated in the northern area. Visit the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous formarking the equinoxes early in the afternoon (via the play of light on the pyramid’s northern face, that suggests a serpent undulating down the staircase), the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Court (largest in Mesoamerica, perfect acoustics), the Sacred Well and the Observatory. After sightseeing at Chichen Itza, proceed to Izamal. In this charming colonial city we will visit a Franciscan convent, built in 1549, that boasts the largest enclosed atrium in America and which was once headquarters to Fray Diego de Landa, known for ordering the burning of Mayan codices. The convent was blessed by Pope John Paul II during his recent visit to the Yucatan. We will also visit the Mayan pyramids of  Kinich Kakmo and Itzamatul. Lunch is included. 8 AM to 6 PM.

CHICHEN ITZA-CANCUN (DROP-OFF)
This is the largest and most important archaeological site. While the central area features a pure Maya architectural style, a combination of Maya-Toltec styles can be appreciated in the northern area. Visit the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for marking the equinoxes early in the afternoon (via the play of light on the pyramid’s northern face, that suggests a serpent undulating down the staircase), the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Court (largest in Mesoamerica, perfect acoustics), the Sacred Well and the Observatory. After sightseeing and lunch (included), continue to Cancun where tour ends (Client’s hotel). 9 AM to 7 PM.

CHICHEN ITZA - OVERNIGHT AND CANCUN (DROP-OFF) - Departure at 9 AM.
This is the largest and most important archaeological site. While the central area features a pure Maya architectural style, a combination of Maya-Toltec styles can be appreciated in the northern area. Visit the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for marking the equinoxes early in the afternoon (via the play of light on the pyramid’s northern face, that suggests a serpent undulating down the staircase), the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Court (largest in Mesoamerica, perfect acoustics), the Sacred Well and the Observatory. Overnight  in Chichen Itza (Accommodations not included but available on request. See Hotel Rates). Sightseeing and lunch on the first day. Continue to Cancun on the following day around 4 PM (For private service, at passengers convenience), arriving at client’s hotel around 7 PM.


TRANSFER CHICHEN ITZA-MERIDA
Pick-up time for seat-in-car service: 3 PM. For private service, at passenger’s convenience.

MAYA-COLONIAL TRAIL AND LOLTUN CAVES
The tour includes visits to Hacienda San Antonio Tehuitz, an old hemp-processing hacienda with machinery still in operation today. Acanceh, a picturesque Mayan village featuring a market place and an archaeological site. Mayapan, the last great capital of the lowland Maya (founded around 1250 A.D.), was operative until just before the conquest. The principal buildings are copies, on a smaller scale, of those found at Chichen Itza, notably the Pyramid and the Observatory. At Loltun Caves, tour through capricious stalagmites and stalactites, as you admire ancient basreliefs, petroglyphs and murals. Continue toTicul, known for fine handcrafted pottery. Lunch is included. 8 AM to 6 PM.

FLAMINGO JUNGLE TOUR
Celestun is the main feeding ground of the pink flamingo. An exciting boat ride along the estuary will offer the sight of hundreds of flamingos and a variety of birds in a lush tropical setting. Time to enjoy beautiful Celestun beach. Lunch is included. 9 AM to 5 PM.

OXKINTOK, HACIENDAS AND CELESTUN BEACH
On the way to Oxkintok, an ancient Mayan site in the process of restoration, visit Kananchen, and old hacienda with hemp-processing machinery still in operation. Proceed to Granada, Santo Domingo, Kochol and Chunchucmil, old hemp-processing haciendas no longer in operation. Continue to Celestun beach, the main feeding ground of the pink flamingo. An exciting boat ride along the estuary will offer the sight of hundreds of flamingos and a variety of birds in a lush tropical setting. Time to enjoy beatiful Celestun beach. Lunch included. 9 AM to 5 PM.           

OXKINTOK AND UXMAL
Oxkintok, an ancient Mayan site that flourished between 300 and 600 AD, is located some 30 miles southwest of Merida and is currently in the process of discovery, research and restoration. The most important findings so far are a mausoleum of a Mayan dignitary and what appears to be an observatory. Uxmal is the largest and finest of classic Puuc sites and it is known for its carved facades, grand terraces and plazas. We will visit the Pyramid of the Magician, the Palace of the Governor and other important buidings. Lunch is included. 9 AM to 5 PM.

OLD HACIENDAS AND VILLAGES
San Antonio Tehuitz, an old hemp-processing hacienda with machinery still in operation today. Continue to Tepich, an eighteenth-century hacienda and Acanceh, a picturesque Mayan village featuring a market place and an archaeological site. On to Eknacan, a village featuring a rebuilt Gothic church. Continue to Chelentun, where you will board an old horse-drawn tram to visit a cenote (clear-water sinkhole) with access stairs. Time for a refreshing swim. 9 AM to 2 PM.


EDZNA AND CAMPECHE
Edzna, a Puuc-style Mayan city of the classic period, reached the height of its glory between 900 and 1200 A.D., not only in architecture but in engineering as well. The most important structure is the Great Pyramid. Other important structures are the Ball Court, the Temple of the Old Woman, the Temple of the Stelae and the Temple of the Giant Masks.  Colonial Campeche’s wall and forts still speak of bygone buccaneer raids. Lunch is included. 8 AM to 6 PM.

EDZNA AND CAMPECHE - OVERNIGHT - Departure at 8 AM.
Edzna, a Puuc-style Mayan city of the classic period, reached the height of its glory between 900 and 1200 A.D., not only in architecture but in engineering as well. The most important structure is the Great Pyramid. Other important structures are the Ball Court, the Temple of the Old Woman, the Temple of the Stelae and the Temple of the Giant Masks.  Colonial Campeche’s wall and forts still speak of bygone buccaneer raids. Lunch is included. Overnight (Accommodations not included but available on request). On the following day, city tour visiting San Miguel Fort (now housing the Archaeological Museum) and other historical sites. Return to Merida around 4 PM.

 
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