YUCATAN, A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
8 Days / 7 Nights
2 nights Puerto Morelos, 1 night in Merida, 1 night Uxmal,
1 night Chichen Itza, 2 nights Playa Del Carmen
Day 1 - CANCUN - PUERTO MORELOS
Meet & Greet on arrival in Cancun. Transfer by road to PUERTO MORELOS
Only 30km from Cancun, relax in the tranquil surroundings of this exquisite hotel and feel the gentle breeze of the sea. The hotel consists of 19 rooms, all equipped with air conditionning and television. It also has a restaurant, bar, and pool all of which are on the beach front. Two night stay at the lovely Casita del Mar Hotel
Day 2 - PUERTO MORELOS
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure on the beach. Overnight in Casita del Mar.
Day 03 - PUERTO MORELOS - VALLADOLID - IZAMAL - MERIDA
Breakfast at the hotel before departing from the Riviera Maya to take you to VALLADOLID, a colonial town, boasting a cathedral, an animated zocalo and a "cenote" sacred well.
From Valladolid will we continue our way west. Just before arriving in Merida we shall visit the town of IZAMAL. Legend has it that IZAMAL was founded by the God Zamna and for years it served as a pilgrimage destination for the Mayan populace.
The convent of St. Anthony was erected on top of the ruins of an ancient indigenous center and boasts the largest enclosed atrium in Mexico.
Once in MERIDA we will take you on a City Tour so you may appreciate the colonial style of the City. Founded in 1542 on the site of a Mayan city named T'Ho, MERIDA is today the capital of the State of Yucatan and boasts of a delightful and animated colonial center as well as the treelined avenue of Paseo Montejo where you can view the exterior of beautiful French style residences.
You will have plenty of time to visit the city center, browse around the shops or enjoy the renown Yucatan cuisine in any restaurant of your choice.
(Due to the enormous diversity of restaurants, we do not include this meal in your package. Your guide will be more than happy to offer you some suggestions based on your preferences). Check in and overnight at the Hotel Los Aluxes or similar.
Day 04 - MERIDA - CELESTUN - UXMAL
After breakfast our travels continue to the biosphere of CELESTUN, where a typical "panga" (fishing boat) awaits to take us through the mangroves, to the pink flamingos sanctuary. These extraordinary colourful birds are native of this area as well as many other species of tropical avians.
A stop at the sleepy fishing village of CELESTUN is a must for those who wish to indulge in the freshest seafood lunch (not included) in a restaurant on the beach.
After lunch we will take the road to UXMAL, stopping on the way to visit the HACIENDA YAXCOPOIL, formerly one of the largest Haciendas in the area and presently transformed into a museum.
Here you will learn about the sisal manufacture, once the main industry and source of employment of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Continue on to UXMAL, famous Mayan site, representative of the Puuc style. After we check in to the LODGE AT UXMAL, located in the very heart of the archaeological zone, a feast for your eyes and ears awaits you at the sound and light show. The history of the rise and fall of UXMAL will be explained to you as you sit in the Nunnery, under the stars while the remains of imposing buildings are illuminated. Overnight at the Lodge at Uxmal.
Day 05 - UXMAL - OXKUTZCAB - SOTUTA - YAXCABA - CHICHEN ITZA
A day in the life of the Mayans, past and present. Start off your day of adventure with a delicious breakfast in the natural jungle setting of the hotel before you set off to immerse yourself in the mystical aura of the ceremonial site of UXMAL. The Governors Palace, Sorcerer's Pyramid and the House of Turtles, set among the rolling hills, are but a few of the many constructions that will capture your curiosity.
Once we have checked out of the hotel, we shall visit the town of OXKUTZCAB, where a colourful market offers a wide variety of fruits from this area known as the Orchard of Yucatan.
We continue our journey to the typical mayan town of MANI to enjoy lunch (not included). A few miles down the road is SOTUTA where we shall see the palace of the last Mayan high priest "Nachi Cocom".
From SOTUTA we shall travel onto YAXCABA, a colonial jewel, complete with a 17th Century church built in honour of St Peter.
The building preserves traces of a monastery and a nearby chapel dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi and the Holy Cross, which contains seven baroque style altar pieces laminated in gold. Of importance is the 18th century "Huay Cot" of Moorish architecture.
Through the village of Libre Union, we shall arrive at Piste and CHICHEN ITZA to check into the MAYALAND HOTEL, in the very heart of the archaeological park. As an option you may want to attend the beautiful spectacle that will unfold before your eyes during the Sound and Light Show (not included). Overnight at the Mayaland Hotel.
Day 06 - CHICHEN ITZA - PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Breakfast at the hotel and visit of the most famous mayan center of the Yucatan Peninsula. CHICHEN ITZA, the main ceremonial site of the Itzae dynasty, covering an area of more than 3,5km. There, amid the impressive structures of "el Castillo", the Ball Court and the Observatory, just to name a few, you will understand why CHICHEN ITZA was considered for many centuries - and still is - a sacred place.
After lunch at any of the three restaurants of the hotel (not included) and a refreshing dip in the pool we will drive back to the Riviera Maya and drop you off at your hotel to relax and enjoy the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
Overnight at hotel Villa Amanecer in PLAYA DEL CARMEN. A unique stylish hotel, located a block away from the beach, in one of the most romantic spots of PLAYA DEL CARMEN about 5 minutes away by bike from the center of town.
Day 07 - PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. You may want to try out some snorkelling or diving as the Riviera Maya boasts the second largest coral reef in the world.
Day 08 - PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport.
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|RATES - Valid 21st Dec 2001 to April 30th 2002|
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