Minitour in Yucatán
Geography and history kept this beautiful peninsula isolated from the affairs of the new Mexican republic, and for this reason, its cultural manifestations evolved independently of the rest of the Mexican culture, influenced by its commercial contact with France, Cuba and the city of New Orleans of the United States of America.
- Guide – Certified Bilingual Driver
- Accommodation in mentioned or similar hotels
- 1 Food
- Entries in the mentioned sites
- Transport in vehicles with air conditioning
- Meals and dinners not specified
- Personal Expenses and tips
- Everything that is not expressly mentioned in “includes”
Day 1: Arrival to Cancun
At the Cancun Airport, our staff will be glad to welcome you. Transfer to the Oasis Smart hotel (or similar) for the first night.
Day 2: Ek Balam – Chichen Itza – Merida
Departure early in the morning towards Ek Balam, an archaeological site which in the Mayan language means “Black Jaguar”. Recent studies have shown the importance of this city of a century before Christ. We will continue towards Chichen Itza, one of the most important archaeological sites of Mexico, an example of Mayan splendor and Seventh Wonder of the World. In the afternoon you will reach Merida, capital of the State of Yucatan, and overnight in Hotel Panamericana Mission (or similar).
Day 3: Uxmal – Merida
The third day will be dedicated to the visit of an archaeological site, imposing and fascinating of the Puuc Route: Uxmal, its beauty is characterized by its low palaces and horizontals rich in decoration and sculptures, in the afternoon return to Merida and tour the “White City”. Overnight at the hotel Misión Panamericana (or similar).
Day 4: Coba – Riviera Maya
Departure to Coba, an archaeological site in the middle of nature which has the highest pyramid of the Yucatan peninsula: Nohoch Mul. We continue towards the Riviera Maya or Cancun, to continue your stay by the sea. End of our services.
Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
We recommend you bring a towel, sandals, swimsuit, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, personal toiletry, cap or hat, raincoat or umbrella, lightweight pants, comfortable shoes for walking both in the archaeological zones and by the haciendas and fresh clothes for the hottest climates.
Ek ‘Balam is located in the central-eastern part of Yucatan, about 190 km from Mérida and it is easy to reach the area since the access is clearly signposted. The name of the ancient city, in the Yucatec Mayan language, is literally translated into Spanish as “dark or black jaguar” (Barrera V. 1980: 1950) although the people of the Ek’Balam region who speaks Maya also interpret it as ” Lucero. ” -Jaguar “.
When the Spanish arrived in the Yucatan Peninsula in 1517, Chichén Itzá was already abandoned, which means that while Europe lived in the Middle Ages, Chichén Itzá had already created an even more precise calendar than the Gregorian one, its knowledge of Astronomy It was much more advanced and they handled the concept of the number zero. Chichén Itzá differed from other Mayan cities by introducing the cult to the god Kukulcán, the feathered serpent.
The main pyramid, better known as the Kukulcán Pyramid or El Castillo, is an exact three-dimensional calendar, with the number of days, weeks, months and years that we use today, represented perfectly throughout its structure. It is the most representative vestige of the Mayan culture.
In Chichén Itzá, a few meters from the Kukulcán pyramid, there is a cenote, called “The Sacred Cenote” for the remains and jewels discovered inside, which confirm the theory that it was used for religious ceremonies in honor of Chaac, god of rain.
Merida is the capital and the most populous city in the state of Yucatan, Mexico. It is located in the homonymous municipality that is in the Zone of Metropolitan Influence or in Region VI of the entity. It is located 1318 km from the capital of the country, Mexico City.
The city was founded on January 6, 1542, in the vestiges of the Mayan city called T’Ho, which was practically uninhabited when the Europeans conquered the Yucatan Peninsula.
Uxmal, surrounded by legends, myths and anecdotes; Poetic in its name and its history, it is located in the valley of Santa Elena next to a series of hills that are known by the name of Puuc, which in the Mayan language means “mountain range”, and which was the name that later received the architectural style that the sites of that region have. The occupation dates back to 500 BC, however, during the 9th and 12th centuries AD. It was the seat of peninsular Mayan political and economic power in the Puuc region.
It is estimated that it had a population of about 25 thousand inhabitants, distributed in a territory of 37.5 km2 with an enormous agricultural potential, but lacking permanent sources for the use of water, for which the Mayans built Chultunes or water tanks, and a complex system of aguadas and bukteoobob, to take advantage of rainwater.
The archaeological zone of Coba is located approximately two and a half hours from Cancun and is very different from other archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, first because they are located next to 4 natural lakes, something very rare in the peninsula, these lakes are they believed that they gave rise to their name which means “waters undulated by the wind”. Later because they are not as explored and restored as Chichen Itza or Tulum. Coba still has many structures and constructions still covered by the jungle that make these ruins a magical place that triggers our imagination.