The Mayan Culture reigned on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Southe Estern side of Mexico, enclosed by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It was in this area, where the Mayans reached their superior degree of development. Nonetheless, the Mayan Civilization covered a vast extension, from Mexico's Southern Pacific Coast and all the way in to Central America. Traces of Maya nomad settlements date back to 1500 BC. We distinguish mainly 3 Mayan periods of social and urban development: Nomad, Mayan Pre-Classical and Mayan Classical. These periods are relatively evident in their building techniques, their carved inscriptions on their pyramids, buildings and temples. The Mayans developed a structure of writing, using hieroglyphs; and so kept record of Mayan findings in mathematics, architecture and astronomy.
Uxmal - Visit to the architecture
Merida - City Tour
Izamal - Visit to the Second largest convent in the world
Chicken Itza - Visit to the breath taking constructions
Day 1 (Tues) - Arrival In Cancun
Welcome at Cancun International airport and transfer to hotel in downtown.
Overnight in Cancun.
Day 2 (Wed) - Cancun - Uxmal - Merida
Early departure from your hotel lobby Uxmal to visit the site. Uxmal, which in Mayan means "Three times constructed". The architecture of Uxmal is among the most majestic in Yucatan. Its beauty is characterized by low and horizontal palaces placed around patios and quadrants richly decorated with detailed sculptures. You will be able to view the Pyramid of the Magician, the Nuns' Quarters, the Governor's Palace and the Main Pyramid. The governor's house and the temple of the wizard are considered architectonic marvels by experts for their precise construction and beauty. Uxmal, enveloped by legends and myths is situated within a series of hills known as the "Pucc region" or the mountainous area of the Yucatan.
Overnight in Merida.
Day 3 (Thurs) - Merida - Izamal - Chciken Itza - Cancun
Check out from the hotel and commence a city tour in Merida before we start our way to Izamal to visit a quaint colonial city where time seems to be stopped. The city's convent has the second largest atrium in the world after the one at St. Peters in the Vatican. The first missionary convent in Mexico was built in Izamal as the city was founded just after 1542.
We will continue to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, an archaeological site that represents the most intact and impressive of the ruins of the Mayan Civilization that the modern world preserves today. Chichen Itza means "Mouth of the well of the Itzaes". Its impressive constructions include the splendid Castle or Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Ball court; the Observatory and the Sacred well just to mention a few. All of these structures are breathtaking.
After the visit, we will continue towards Cancun, where you will be dropped off in your hotel.
H Moon Palace Cancun
Hotel in Cancun Beach resort
T Arrival in Cancun
Taste of Yucatan
T Cancun - Uxmal - Merida
Taste of Yucatan
T Merida - Izamal - Chciken Itza - Cancun
Taste of Yucatan
A Cancun International Airport
Airport in Cancun city
£1279 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services
Mexico and Cancun, Figures and Facts
Hot and sunny from January to December, the weather in Cancun is much like the weather of any other Caribbean destination, with year-long temperatures oscillating around 25-30 degrees Celsius, peaking at the height of the summer months between May to September and seeing the strongest winds and rains between September and November. But even the rainy season shouldn't put travellers off visiting during this time as bright spells of sunshine are still guaranteed virtually every day.
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GMT -6 hours
Mexican Peso (MXN)
Local laws & customs
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Best time to travel
February to May
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Type B plugs/sockets are also in use