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Mayan communities & heritage trip

Welcome to Yucatán - Mayan communities & heritage trip

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Karen Quintero

A proud Mexican hailing from the small city of Tlaxcala. Over the past four years, she has been dedicated to exploring the diverse landscapes of Mexico and has developed a profound appreciation for the authentic Mexico she has come to adore. It's a Mexico brimming with culture, natural wonders, and warm-hearted people. What sets her apart is her commitment to traveling with a positive impact and forging meaningful connections. Karen is eager to share her wealth of experiences and knowledge to assist you in crafting an authentic journey through Mexico that reflects her passion and values.

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Itinerary Highlights

  • Ek Balam Archaeological Site & swim in a cenote
  • Explore Chichén Itzá: A Wonder of the Mayan World
  • Yaxunah: Hammock weaving workshop Yaxunah

Day 1 |Arrival in Cancún, Transfer to Valladolid, Walking tour through the historic center of Valladolid

You will drive your car from Cancun International Airport to Valladolid. You will enjoy a walking tour of approximately 1 hour 30 minutes through the heart of the historic center of Valladolid. 

Day 2 |Ek Balam Archaeological Site & swim in a cenote

Visit to the archeological site of Ek Balam. After the visit, take your own bike for a 1.5-mile tour to get to a beautiful cenote. 

Day 3 |Explore Chichén Itzá: A Wonder of the Mayan World

Discover the legacy of the ancient Mayan civilization at the impressive archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Hammock weaving workshop Yaxunah. Free Afternoon in Merida 

Day 4 |Explore the Celestun Biosphere Reserve

¡You will drive from Mérida to Celestún, an eco-tourist paradise. A boat trip awaits you at the mouth of the Esperanza River in the Gulf of Mexico, where you will appreciate a unique natural ecosystem. Here you will find ducks that migrate from Canada, fish, pelicans, the pink or Caribbean flamingo, among other 234 mammal species. Afterwards, you will visit the "ojo de agua" where you can swim through natural tunnels formed by branches.

Day 5 |Uxmal, a city with Puuc style

Your local guide in English will take you on a tour of approximately one hour and a half through the architectural history of Uxmal, one of the most important archeological sites in the Mayan world, whose meaning is “thrice-built”.Tour of approximately one hour and a half through the architectural history of Uxmal. The history of cacao - Chocolate Museum "Choco-Story '' in Uxmal. Visitors can expect to learn about the history of chocolate in the Mayan culture, explore the chocolate-making process, and even have the opportunity to taste different types of chocolate. The museum typically offers educational exhibits and demonstrations related to cacao cultivation, chocolate production, and the significance of chocolate in Mayan society.

Day 6 |Welcome to Bacalar!

Over the course of an hour, you will learn the technique of extracting the henequen fiber (called sizal, in Maya Kiij), which has been inherited by the ancestors and taught by the grandfather of the community, who has continued to share his knowledge of the process and daily use. Today you will enjoy some free time in Bacalar and its famous "Lagoon of Seven Colors", a name given to it thanks to its variety of shades of blue.

Day 7 |Visit Calakmul in the Biosphere Reserve and the local community of El Veinte

Today you will visit the archaeological site of Calakmul, an impressive city in the middle of the jungle that's named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. you will visit the highest pyramid of the site, which towers 147 ft (45 m) high above the forest. Climb to the top to enjoy the incredible views of the jungle in a sea of green that is composed of trees that go on forever. On the way back you’ll visit a local community to have a traditional lunch and a cultural workshop.

Day 8 |Welcome to Tulum!

Enjoy a free afternoon in Tulum. This destination has become very popular in recent years thanks to its beautiful beaches with turquoise waters, its nightlife, and its delicious international cuisine. During your afternoon in this town, you can visit some of the beautiful beaches, nearby cenotes or the famous avenue where you'll find lots of restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Day 9 |The Ancient Canal Experience in Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve with transportation from Tulum

Today you will visit the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, which in Mayan means "a place where the sky is born" to live The Ancient Canal Experience which is a recreation of a Mayan trade route that consisted of arriving from the Caribbean Sea through a lagoon system connected by canals through natural will visit the Capelchen Lagoon where with a little luck you will be able to observe manatees and crocodiles in their natural habitat, to finish the tour you will visit the coast of Boca Paila beach to observe the difference between the water of the lagoon system and the water of the beach.

Day 10 |Transfer to Cancún International Airport (CUN), Departure

We suggest you wake up early, sit on one of the beaches and watch the majestic show that our planet gives us every day.  You will have a free morning to relax and at the scheduled time you will take your rental car and drive to Cancun's Airport where your local hostess will be waiting for you to help you to drop off the car. 

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