On this 2 day Yucatan Round-Trip you’ll see the real Mexico. You’ll visit Ek Balam, and Chichen Itza, as well as the colonial cities Valladolid and Merida. You will swim in cenotes to refresh yourself and visit the chocolate factory, where they make the real Maya chocolate based on 3000-year-old Maya recipes. You’ll stay over 1 night at a hotel in Merida, close to the Zocalo and see a reenactment of the Maya ball game on Saturdays or one of the daily events You'll also visit a tequila museum, a monastery, and a chocolate factory.
Day 1 Friday
Ek Balam (Mayan for "black jaguar").
The earliest traces of settlement date back to the period between about 100 and 300 AD. Ek Balam’s heyday was between 700 and 1000 AD. A double ring of walls over 1.25 square km big surrounds the enclosed center of Ek Balam. The settlement outside the walls covers an area of almost 12 km ². Ek Balam is dominated by the building, today usually called Acropolis, whose old name in inscriptions is specified as Sac Xoc Naj (White House of Learning). It is undoubtedly the largest surviving building of the Mayan culture in the north of the Yucatán Peninsula. The building occupies a rectangular area of 160 m length and 70 m width. The highest component projects today 31 m above the ground, but was originally about 6 m higher. The fourth level of the building is dominated by a huge snake mouth entrance in stucco relief that let the standing stone slabs figures, outstanding of the façade, look fully three-dimensional.
Go swimming at a Cenote to refresh yourself before you go to a restaurant for lunch.
Learn why Cacao had more value to the Mayans than gold, learn why the Maya chocolate is real healthy, contrary to our chocolate!!! and have a taste of real Mayan chocolate. The factory is a small family business where they make chocolate by hand after 3000-year-old Maya recipes, learn everything about the history and production of Maya chocolate, have a taste of the different flavors and if you want you can even buy some of the chocolate.
Leaving the chocolate factory you will have a round-trip of the famous Paseo de Montejo and you will see the monumento de la patria (homeland monument) bevor you check in to your hotel!!!
After your city tour, you’ll go to the Zocalo to see one of the daily events, f.e.saturday a reenactment of the Mayan ball game played with a fireball After the ball game you'll have free time for dinner, strolling around downtown or visiting a bar.
Day 2 Saturday
Chichen Itza is located about 400 km west of Cancun and is probably the most famous Mayan ruin city in the Yucatan. Chichen Itza, founded around 400 A.D, had its heyday from 800 to 1200 AD and was the center of political, religious and military power in the Yucatan. In its architecture is a gradual change of the architectural style, starting with the one in the Puuc style in Uxmal ruins and other cities in Yucatan and reached its peak with the Maya - Toltec style, recognizable by their similarity to the style in Tula, the ancient capital of the Toltecs, Oaxaca and other Toltec ruins cities along the Gulf Coast. Chichen Itza was a very large Mayan city with many inhabitants, who lived scattered around the religious zone that we now know as the ruins. Despite the large population, there was plenty of drinking water by many leading water caves and cenotes in the region. On a tour of the city, you will learn about the history of the Maya and Chichen Itza.
After your visit to Chichen Itza you'll visit a beautiful Cenote to refresh yourself and go swimming. Then you'll have lunch at the restaurant close to the cenote.
Established in 1543 by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Montejo and named by him after the former capital of Spain. In 1545 Valladolid was built in its current location over a city of the Maya named Saki 'or Zaci-Val, where the buildings were torn down in order to use the stones for the Spanish buildings. Visit the square, the old Monastery; build in the 15 hundreds, learn how the monks used to live there and see the old weapons found in the Monastery’s Cenote , from the Monastery. Your last stop will be at the Zocalo before you drive back to your hotel in the Riviera Maya.
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What is included?
- entrance fees
- Gua Gua ride
- 1 nights at hotel in Merida
What is not included?
- beverages at lunch
What to bring?
- bathing suit
- sun lotion
- bug spray
- closed shoes
- pocket money
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