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CIRCUITO YAXCHE I
13 days 12 nights
Price per person: $ 2,190 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 : CALAKMUL



We´ll leave at dawn to the archeological site of Calakmul, located inside the Biosphere Reserve, shelter of the biggest predators in America: the Jaguar. This hour of the day is the perfect moment to watch the wild life of this natural reserve. This site is seldom visited and perfect for bird watching and wildlife encounters, such as monkeys, tucans and much more. Calakmul is one of the largest mayan cities and is constantly under archeological study, restoration and excavation.

This visits lasts about 5 hours with brief lunch included.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Drive in the Natural Reserve of Calakmul.
  • Archeological visit with lunch.
DAY 5 : RUTA RIO BEC - HORMIGUERO, BECAN & CHICANA



Río Bec temple pyramids are located in the central Maya lowlands. The temple-pyramids are characterized by a unique architectural style that began to appear during the seventh century A.D. and continued into the early twelfth century A.D. The temple-pyramids consist of a range-type building with typically two nonfunctional solid masonry towers on both ends of the range-type building. The twin-towers narrow with ascension in order to give an illusion of greater height. The twin-towers appear to have stairs along their faces leading to the temple that rests atop them. However, the steps are only a design motif that creates the illusion of functional stairs. Even if the steps were functional, the towers rise at steep vertical angles that would make ascending them difficult. The temples, which are located on the platform at the top of the Río Bec towers are inoperative as well. The temples are solid masses with no interior rooms. Pseudo-doorways, which have been built into niches in the fronts of the temples, give the appearance of a functional door. Despite their nonfunctional components, the Río Bec towers hold the typical decorations of a pyramid and its upper temple and at first glance are taken as functional pyramids. The purpose of the Río Bec temple-pyramids is unknown, but they do resemble the twin-tower complexes of Tikal.

Today we’ll visit 3 archeological sites: Chicanná, Becán and Hormiguero.

  • Breakfast in hotel in Calakmul.
  • Visit Chicanná.
  • Visit Becán.
  • Visit Hormiguero.
  • Check-in Hotel in Xpuhil.
DAY 6 : RUTA RIO BEC II - XPUHIL, KOHUNLICH & BACALAR



Today we visit the maya communities where the people still live in their traditional houses with palm roofs and wooden walls and the maya still is their natural language. Interact with the locals and appreciate the handcrafts they being doing for generations.

Visit the ancient maya city of Dzibanché where the tranquility gives shelter to large groups of "howler monkeys" and "spider monkeys" and many exotic birds that live in their natural habitat. Climb the pyramid and admire the flora and fauna. We´ll continue to the Biosphere of Calakmul where comfortable ecovillas await us.

Kohunlich covers about 21 acres, surrounded by dense sub-tropical rainforest, and it contains almost 200 mounds, that remain largely unexcavated. The city was elaborately planned and engineered, with raised platforms and pyramids, citadels, courtyards and plazas surrounded with palace platforms, all laid out to channel drainage into a system of cisterns and an enormous reservoir to collect rainwater.

We’ll continue our way north of the peninsula and check-in eco-cabins by the 7 colour lagoon of Bacalar. We’ll have the option to do a night paddle under the stars.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Visit Xpuhil.
  • Visit Kohunlich.
  • Visit Dzibanché.
  • Visit local communities.
  • Check-in hotel in Bacalar.
  • Night paddle in Bacalar lagoon.
DAY 7 : 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 8 : 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 9 : 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 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 : CHICHEN ITZA, VALLADOLID AND CENOTE DZITNUP



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 lasts 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.

After lunch, visit the Colonial Village of Valladolid on the way to Cancun, walk along this traditional town, one of the oldest colonial cities in Mexico.

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Visit Chichen Itza.
  • Visit cenote Dzitnup.
  • City tour Valladolid.
  • Check-in Hotel in Cancun.
DAY 12 : FREE DAY IN CANCUN



There is so much to do in Cancun, take a tour, go to a specialty restaurant-bar, enjoy the beach, take advantage of the service of the hotel, do some shopping, etc. This day is to relax with a mild kayak tour in the Nitchupté lagoon and its mangrove canals.

  • Free day in Cancun.
DAY 13 : DEPARTURE



Transfer to airport