Discover one of the most interesting mysteries in Mexico, the Mayan World! Beyond its mysteries, you will have a chance to experience and learn about real life in Mayan culture and never forget these amazing and unique memories! To the dismay and excitement of some, we—along with all of the ancient Mayan ruins—are still here! Now is your chance to visit the most famous of the Mayan ruins—Chichen Itza and Uxmal—in Mexico.
On this Yucatan vacation, you’ll spend two nights at Chichen Itza, where your hotel has its own entrance into the archaeological site. You’ll get a chance to truly explore this incredible New Seven Wonders of the World at your own pace.
Arrive in Cancun and meet your Local Host, who will also act as your guide during your vacation. Enjoy a transfer to Chichen Itza. Your hotel for the next two nights has its own entrance to the archaeological site, offering a mystical atmosphere that will take you back to ancient times.
Begin your day with a guided TOUR of Chichen Itza, designated one of the New Seven Wonders of the World®. Visit the Ball Court, the Temple of Jaguars, the famous pyramid of Kukulcan, and the Sacred Cenote (Well of Sacrifice). Your Local Guide is on hand to explain the history of this incredible site, share in its ancient stories, and answer all your questions. This afternoon, you may wish to spend more time exploring the ruins on your own, enjoy a dip in the hotel’s pool, shop for souvenirs from local artisans, or perhaps join an optional horseback-riding excursion. You are also invited to attend an included MAYAN COOKING or LANGUAGE CLASS during your free time. Later tonight, let the play of lights on the ancient buildings and tales of warlike rulers, priests, and Mayan gods weave their spell on you when you attend the LIGHT & SOUND SHOW at Chichen Itza.
Note: At various times of the year, the Light & Sound Show may not be available; if this should happen, a visit to the Mayan Planetarium will be substituted.
This morning, we visit Mérida, capital of the Yucatán and its colonial heart. Enjoy a walking TOUR that visits the Zocalo (main square), the stately cathedral, City Hall, and a city market, where you can shop for authentic arts and crafts. You’ll also visit the MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY with its excellent displays of Mayan artifacts from various Yucatán sites. We continue to Uxmal, located in the dense jungle, for a 2-night stay.
On your morning guided TOUR, explore Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatán. Its dramatic architecture includes the oval-shaped Magician’s Pyramid, the Nun’s Quadrangle with its magnificent friezes depicting the Mayan rain god, the magnificent Palace of the Governor, and the impressive Great Pyramid. After exploring Uxmal, continue to KABAH, where you will see Codz Pop, a palace famous for its façade of 250 Chac masks and statues of ancient rulers. In the evening, you are invited to attend the Uxmal LIGHT & SOUND SHOW, where the music and dialog take place in a magnificent setting.
After breakfast, depart for Cancun International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.