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Flamingos, Henequen, and Mayan Culture
The Mayans of the Yucatan Peninsula are the second Mesoamerican people of Mexico in numerical terms and are the heirs of what is considered to be the most dazzling civilization of pre-Columbian America.
- Transportation in a vehicle with air conditioning
- Food and drinks described in the itinerary
- Activities described in the itinerary, local guides
- Accommodation 4 nights in hotels
- Personal expenses
- International flights
- Food and drinks not specified in the itinerary
- Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Day 1: Arrival to Merida
We will transfer from the airport of Mérida to the city center. We will participate in a tour of this beautiful city and the rest of the night off. Overnight
Day 2: Mérida – Celestún
Today we will enjoy the wonderful Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve, 90 km from Mérida, which thanks to its 600 km2 of extension, occupies Yucatán and Campeche. It is known for being the winter refuge of thousands of pink flamingos and other species and has a unique ecosystem! Since it combines the fresh water of the Ría Celestún with the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico. We will sail in our boat through natural mangrove tunnels and enjoy the natural spectacle of these incredible birds. The place also enjoys extensive beaches plagued by coconut trees. We will eat and in the afternoon we will return to Merida to rest from this exciting day. Free night. Overnight
Day 3: Merida – Hacienda Henequenera – Cenote – Uxmal
Today we will know the whole process of transformation of Henequen (also called Oro Verde in this region), from the plant to the fiber, and from the fiber to the finished product. We will also have the opportunity to see the old machinery that has been rescued from the ravages of time and rebuilt to its precise operational capacity. Our tour will also include a visit to a typical Mayan house where we will meet a lovely Mayan grandfather who barely speaks Spanish and will show us typical Mayan elements. At the end, we can enjoy a refreshing swim, where you can swim safely in the refreshing waters of the cenote of the hacienda. We will eat at the Hacienda restaurant to taste the delicious Mayan cuisine. After lunch, we will go to Uxmal and we will settle in our hotel. Overnight
Day 4: Uxmal archaeological site – Mun-Ha – Valladolid
We will leave early to arrive with a cool climate to this magnificent archaeological zone. Known as “The Three Times Built”, its architecture is one of the most impressive in Yucatan. A guide will give us an interesting explanation about what happened in this place in pre-Hispanic times. Later, we will visit the Mun-Ha rural tourism initiative, where we will taste its delicious regional food. We will move to the viewpoint of Muná (approximately 10 minutes by car), where we will learn about the bees (Mayan bee) and its importance, and we will make a tour of the ecological path and its relationship with the Mayan mythology, and finally we will participate in a workshop Rainstick, we will take home our work of art. We will move to Valladolid. Bring mosquito repellent and closed footwear. Overnight
Day 5: Departure
You can walk through this beautiful city and then transfer to the airport of Merida.
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.
One of the places to which the universe has given beautiful wonders is in Mexico and is the great Yucatan Peninsula, with its grand cenotes or natural wells that captivate the eyes of those people who have had the majestic opportunity to visit them.
All this peninsula has been formed by nature based on porous graded stones, which were drilled throughout the centuries of the planet by rainwater that is leaking into the subsoil thereof; In this way, some species of vaults have emerged that have collapsed, giving the beginning of these deep holes that have become natural beauties of high magnitude, since that water located in the depths of each of the cenotes has acquired a greenish blue color.
The Mayans of the Yucatan Peninsula are the second Mesoamerican people of Mexico in numerical terms and are the heirs of what is considered the most dazzling civilization of pre-Columbian America. Among the indigenous regions of Mexico, the Yucatan peninsula occupies a privileged place as far as human and cultural wealth is concerned. Seat of one of the most numerous ethnic groups of the Mayan linguistic family, the arbitrary division into three states of the Mexican republic – Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo – poorly conceals the existence of a common cultural matrix of ancient and strong Mesoamerican roots. Scattered in these three political entities, and extending even over the neighboring territory of Belize, the Mayans are nowadays one of the indigenous nuclei of greater quantitative and qualitative weight of Indian Mexico.