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ESPAÑOL - FRANÇAISE
CIRCUITO IGUANA I
14 days 13 nights
Price per person: $ 2,290 USD
Special price for groups over 12 persons

Includes:
7 nights in 3 & 4 stars hotels, 7 breakfasts, Tour leader in english, All Entrances and archaeological guides, all mentioned activities and visits, Boat rides, transfers & 1st Class Private land transportation.

Does not include:
Air Fares, Tips, extra meals and other expenses.

Notes:
  • Accommodation in double occupancy. 30 % additional charge in single room
  • Children under 11 sharing room with adults: 15 % discount
  • Prices in US dollars & subject to change without notice
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL TO VILLAHERMOSA



  • Check-in hotel in Palenque.
  • Welcome cocktail.
  • Full briefing of expedition with tour guide and driver.
DAY 2 : YAXCHILAN & BONAMPAK



Very early in the morinung, we’ll drive from Palenque to the river Usumacinta where we’ll jump in a boat and navigate in between the borders of Mexico and Guatemala until we find the hidden city of Yaxchilan. Yaxchilan is known for the large quantity of excellent sculpture at the site, such as the monolithic carved stelas and the narrative stone reliefs carved on lintels spanning the temple doorways.

After a lunch by the Usumacinta river, on our way back to Palenque, we’ll stop a Bonampak, drive through the think jungle, climb the main pyramid and take a look at the famous Temple of the Paintings.

All the area of the Usumacinta is filled with rivers and falls. We’ll visit one of the most popular falls called Misol Ha, just to relax and take swim.

  • Early morning departure with box breakfast to Yaxchilán
  • Boat ride from Frontera Echeverría to Yaxchilán
  • Archeological visit of Yaxchilan
  • Archeological visit of Bonampak
  • Return to Palenque
DAY 3 : PALENQUE & MISOL HA



Palenque is a medium size archeological site but with extensive detail, worth to spend many hours and admire its art and architecture. Our visit includes main temples (Temple of the cross, the Palace, Temple of the incriptions), monuments, jungle walk through the preclassic Palenque, relax and free time in the gardens, museum and souvenirs shop.

Campeche is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and it is surrounded by fortresses in defense of the pirate attacks of the 17th century. This beautiful city is considered Patrimony of Humanity by the UNESCO. We’ll drive around the main avenues and look at the architecture, have some free time to spend in the downtown area and simply breathe the air of this historic Mexican city.

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit to the archeological site of Palenque
  • Visit the museum of Palenque
  • City tour of Campeche
DAY 4 : EDZNA & CAMPECHE



From Palenque, on our way to Campeche, we’ll make a stop to visit the ruins of the ancient mayan city of Edzná. The most remarkable building at the plaza is the main temple. Built on a platform of 40 meters high, it provides a wide overview of the surroundings. Edzná was already inhabited in 400 BC, and was it abandoned round 1500 AD. In the Late-Classic period Edzná was part of the Calakmul polity.

Campeche is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and it is surrounded by fortresses in defense of the pirate attacks of the 17th century. This beautiful city is considered Patrimony of Humanity by the UNESCO. We’ll drive around the main avenues and look at the architecture, have some free time to spend in the downtown area and simply breathe the air of this historic Mexican city.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Archeological visit of Edzna.
  • City tour of Campeche.
DAY 5 : RUTA PUUC - SAYIL & LABNA



Puuc is the name of a region in the Mexican state of Yucatán as well as a maya architectural style prevalent in that region. The word "puuc" is derived from the Maya term for "hill". Since the Yucatán is relatively flat, this term was extended to encompass the large karstic range of hills in the southern portion of the state, hence, the terms Puuc region or Puuc hills. The Puuc hills extend into northern Campeche and western Quintana Roo.

The term Puuc is also used to designate the architectural style of ancient Maya sites located within the Puuc hills, hence, the term Puuc Architecture. This architectural style began at the end of the Late Classic period but experienced its greatest extent during the Terminal Classic period.

In the florescence of Puuc architecture (such as at the ancient Maya site of Uxmal) buildings were decorated with carefully cut veneer stones set into a concrete core. The lower portion of the façades are blank with a flat surface of rectangular blocks punctuated by doorways, while the upper façade is richly decorated with intricate stone mosaics, often alternating repeated geometric elements with more elaborate figurative sculpture. Long-nosed masks (commonly believed to be of the Maya rain god Chaac) are found on many Puuc buildings.

The most famous of the Maya sites exhibiting the Puuc architectural style is Uxmal; other major Puuc-style sites in the region include Labna, Kabah, and Sayil. The architectural style is also seen at Kiuic, Bolonchen, Chunhuhub, Xculoc, and many smaller ruins. The transition from earlier Classic Period architecture to Puuc style core-veneer masonry is well documented at the site of Oxkintok. To the south, the style can be found in Edzná; and to the east at Chichen Itza (outside of the Puuc Hills region).

  • Breakfast in hotel in Campeche.
  • Visit Sayil.
  • Visit Labná.
  • Check-in hotel in Uxmal.
DAY 6 : RUTA PUUC - LOLTUN, KABAH & UXMAL



We are going to start today’s expedition by visiting the Mayan Temples of Kabah. The most famous structure at Kabah is the "Palace of the Masks", the façade decorated with hundreds of stone masks of the long-nosed rain god Chaac; it is also known as the Codz Poop, meaning "Rolled Matting", from the pattern of the stone mosaics. This massive repetition of a single set of elements is unusual in Maya art, and here is used to unique effect. Loltun is one of the most important caves systems of the Yucatan, not only for its size but also for its archeological findings. We are going to explore this cave in a guided tour and learn how important was the caves, and in particular this one, for the ancient mayan culture.

We’ll visit Uxmal in the afternoon and stay for the Light & Sound show in the evening.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Visit Kabah.
  • Visit Loltún.
  • Visit Uxmal & night show.
DAY 7 : SOTUTA DE PEON, MAYAPAN & MERIDA



Sotuta de Peón, Live Hacienda, is the project of rescuing a landmark located in the heart of the ancient henequen zone in the Yucatan state, and it has become living proof of what once was a fully operational henequen hacienda. We’ll be able to witness the whole transformation process of the henequen, from plant to fiber and from fiber to finished product. We’ll also have the opportunity to see all the ancient machinery. There, we’ll also swim in a cenote and drive to the Mayapan, the last great cities of the Itzaes, abandoned around the year 1450.

Our next stop will be Merida. Also known as the White City for its opulent and huge 18th century white houses. We’ll drive through the main avenue Paseo de Montejo and spend the warm evening in the downtown area, visiting museums, handcraft shops and simply listening to the music and breathing the air of a traditional Mexican city.

  • Visit Hacienda Sotuta de Peon.
  • Visit Mayapan.
  • City Tour Merida.
DAY 8 : DZIBILCHALTUN & CELESTUN



Dzibilchaltún is a Maya archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatán, approximately 10 miles north of state capital Mérida. The site has been continuously occupied for thousands of years, although it has expanded and contracted from mid-sized city to small town more than once in its long history. The most famous structure is the Temple Of The Seven Dolls. On the Spring equinox, the sun rises so that it shines directly through one window of the temple and out the other. The temple is connected to the rest of the site by a long sacbé.

On the northeast side corner of the Yucatan peninsula, where the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico meet, is the biosphere reserve of Celestún. The inlet of Celestún divides the Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan. Celestún is one of the main natural attractions in the north of the peninsula, especially because of the high diversity of exotic birds. We’ll take a boat trip in the inlet and through the mangrove canals in look for these creatures and natural springs. The most popular character of Celestun is the pink Flamingo, where hundreds of then gather to feast of the marina fauna of the inlet. In the town of Celestún, we’ll have a great sea food lunch on the beach.

  • Visit Dzibilchaltún.
  • Boat ride in the inlet of Celestún.
  • Sea food lunch in Celestún.
  • Return to Meridan.
DAY 9 : IZAMAL & CHICHEN ITZA



After our breakfast at the hotel in Merida, we’ll drive to the historic City of Three Cultures: Izamal. Izamal is the location of the first mayan settlements 3000 years ago and is one of the first cities conquered by the Spaniards.

Take a carriage tour in its ancient streets, visit the main pyramid and the cathedral and breath in the feeling of a small colonial town.

Visit the latest Wonder of the World "Chichén Itza". It is here where on Spring Equinox the God Kukulcan descends the Pyramid as a Snake in an incredible combination between Light and Shadows. The visit last about 3 hours and includes: The Pyramid of Kukulcán, the Temple of the Warriors, the Largest Ball Court in Mesoamérica, the Observatory and much more. After the visit, buffet lunch regional style.

  • Visit Izamal.
  • Visit Chichen Itza.
  • Visit cenote Dzinup.
  • Check-in Sea side cabins in Tulum.
DAY 10 : EK BALAM & RIO LAGARTOS



Ek' Balam is a pre-Columbian archaeological site in Yucatán, Mexico built by the Maya civilization. The site is located 30km north of Valladolid, 2km away from a small Mayan village by the same name. In Yukatek the name means "Black Jaguar". The largest structure, known as The Acropolis, has a 5m tall jaguar's mouth featuring winged Mayan warriors, as well as inscriptions in the Maya script. From the top of this structure can be seen the pre-Columbian sites of Coba and Chichen Itza.

After our visit, we’ll take a drive through local villages into the natural reserve of Rio Lagartos. After a fish lunch in the local community, we will imbark ourselves to start our trip into the natural habitat of the pelicans and falcons, crocodiles and flamingos. During the trip we will stop to observe some of the wonders of nature that exist in this protected zone, like the salt lakes with their original pink shades. The total protected area covers close to 200 kilometers of shore line of which our trip will be of about 25 kilometers.

  • Visit Ek Balam.
  • Visit Natural Reserve of Rio Lagartos with boat ride and lunch.
  • City tour Valladolid.
  • Check-in hotel in Valladolid.
DAY 11 : COBA & CENOTES



Cobá is one of the largest and most ancient cities of the maya. Coba is located around two lagoons. A series of elevated stone and plaster roads radiate from the central site to various smaller sites near and far. These are known by the Maya term "sacbe". The site contains several large temple pyramids, the tallest, known as Nohoch Mul, being 42 meters in height.

Climb the tallest pyramid in southeast Mexico and explore the white roads where hundreds of constructions are still totally covered by the dense vegetation. Because of the size of the archeological site, there is the option of renting bicycle or tricycle-taxis for the tour.

After our visit, we’ll take a swim in the crystal clear water of two magnificent cenotes. Cenote water is often very clear, as the water comes from rain water infiltrating slowly through the ground, and therefore contains very little suspended particulate matter. The groundwater flow rate within a cenote may be very slow at velocities ranging from 1 to 1000 meters per year. Cenotes attract cave divers of around the world who have documented extensive flooded cave systems through them, some of which have been explored for lengths of 100 kilometers or more.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Archeological visit of Cobá.
  • Swim in 2 cenotes.
  • Regional style lunch.
  • Return to Tulum.
DAY 12 : SIAN KAAN & MUYIL



Sian Ka’an is one of the most important natural reserves in Mexico. With more than 500,000 Ha. of wetlands and jungle. On arrival, we´ll jump on a motor boat and navigate through natural springs and mangrove canals with lunch included. Jump into the water and float through the light current.

In our boat ride, we will be searching the marine and jungle fauna: turtles, dolphins, manta rays, exotic birds and more. Jungle hike to the Maya ruins of Muyil.

  • Drive to Vigia Chico.
  • Boat ride to Boca Paila.
  • Jungle Hike.
  • Visit Muyil.
DAY 13 : TULUM & PLAYA DEL CARMEN



Tulum is one of best places to be in the Mexican Caribbean. We will have some free time to spend at the beach before we go visit the beautiful ancient city. Tulum was one of the few remaining mayan cities at the arrival of the first Europeans. Being built on the coast gives an impressive view and majesty to Tulum, and the main reason for its popularity.

After our archeological visit, we’ll check-in a hotel in Playa del Carmen. In the evening, hang around the town of Playa del Carmen. Walk along the 5th avenue with folkloric and bustling restaurant-bars, boutiques and handcraft shops.

  • Free morning in Tulum.
  • Afternoon visit of the ruins of Tulum.
  • Check-in hotel in Playa del Carmen.
  • Free evening downtown Playa del Camen.
DAY 14 : DEPARTURE



Transfer to airport