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Route of the Maya

Mexico

9 days

Summary

A tour for those with a keen interest in Mayan history! Explore Chiapas & the Yucatan’s most famous sites as well as some lesser known ruins on this tour of Mexican’s ancient civilisation. From the jungle cities of Yaxchilan and Palenque, to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed ruins of Uxmal, this tour shows off the best of the ancient Mayan archaeology.

Highlights

  • Explore the mysterious ruins of Yaxchilan & Bonampak
  • Visit the world famous ruins of Palenque
  • See the little-visited ruins of Edzna and explore the Great Plaza
  • World Heritage Listed site of Calakmul
  • Explore the Temple of the Jaguar in Balamku
  • UNESCO World Heritage Listed site of Uxmal
  • Visit the only coastal Mayan city of Tulum

ITINERARY

Day 1 Villa Hermosa/Palenque

Arrive Villa Hermosa airport this morning & transfer overland to the town of Palenque.

Day 2 Palenque

Full day tour visiting two mysterious Mayan sites, Yaxchilán and Bonampak. Famous for their sculpture and steles, these cities are located in the Lacandon Jungle and surrounded by lush foliage.

Day 3 Palenque/Campeche

Half day tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque, built on the fringe of the Chiapas Jungle. Transfer overland to Campeche this afternoon and overnight.

Day 4 Campeche

Early morning departure to Calakmul, set deep in the tropical forest of the Tierras Bajas. Continue to Balamku, the Temple of the Jaguar, one of the most important sites in Mexico.

Day 5 Campeche/Merida

Tour of Uxmal, one of the best maintained ruins in the Yucatan, for an exploratory tour of the site. Continue to Merida and stay overnight.

Day 6 Merida

Free day to explore Merida.

Day 7 Merida/Playa Del Carmen

Full day tour travelling across the Yucatán Peninsula from Mérida to Playa del Carmen, with a tour of the spectacular ruins of Chichén Itzá along the way. Lunch is included in today’s tour.

Day 8 Playa Del Carmen

Half day tour Tulum ruins, the only Mayan site built on the coast, a spectacular setting. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9 Playa Del Carmen

Transfer to the airport for your onwards flight.

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