Mayan Route – 11 days
Day 1| MON – Cancún – Ek Balam – Chichén Itzá – Mérida
In the morning, we will leave towards the archaeological zone of Ek Balam, which, judging by the size and quality of its constructions was a political entity of great wealth and prosperity. At the end of the visit, we can have a refreshing bath in one of the cenotes of the area. We will continue towards the colonial city of Valladolid, panoramic visit to reach the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, an enigmatic place, declared Patrimony of Humanity and recognized as one of the new seven wonders of the modern world. After lunch, we will continue to Merida, capital of the state of Yucatan, known as “White City”, we will have a tour of the Paseo de Montejo, the monument to the homeland, the Main Square, the Cathedral and Government Palaces. Lodging.
Day 2| TUE – Mérida – Uxmal – Campeche
Breakfast. Today we will visit the archaeological center of Uxmal, one of the most beautiful archaeological zones of the Puuc Route. The greatness of the Pyramid of the Diviner, the magnificent friezes of the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the shells of the Building of the Turtles, the ball game and the panoramic views from the Temple of the Governor, speak to us of the importance of this Mayan architectural set. In the afternoon, we will take the road to Campeche and have the rest of the afternoon free. Lodging.
Day 3| WED – Campeche – Palenque
Breakfast. In the morning, we will have a panoramic tour of this beautiful historic city, passing through the heart of the picturesque old town, with its pastel colonial houses, gabled bell churches, fortresses and museums. We will be able to appreciate the walls of the old city with its square, fortress and traditional neighborhoods. At the end, we will go to Palenque, a Mayan town located in the state of Chiapas. Lodging.
Day 4| THU – Palenque
Breakfast. Today we will visit the archaeological site of Palenque, one of the most important sites of the Mayan World, we will know the famous Pyramid of the Inscriptions where the sarcophagus of King Pakal was found, with a gravestone engraved in relief, the temple of the Foliated Cross, the temple of the Sun and the Palace. Return to the hotel. Lodging.
Day 5| FRI – Palenque – Yaxchilan – Petén
Breakfast. Very early in the morning, departure to the border Corozal, to take a boat and visit Yaxchilan, known for its large number of architectural structures and inscriptions, return to Corozal for lunch and then the immigration formalities continue to the Petén jungle. Lodging.
Day 6| SAT – Petén – Tikal – Guatemala
Breakfast. Today we will visit the Mayan city of Tikal, the jewel of the classic Mayan World. Lunch in the archaeological site. Transfer to Petén Airport to take flight back to Guatemala City. Transfer to the hotel. Lodging.
Day 7| SUN – Guatemala – Chichicastenango – Lake Atitlan
Breakfast. Departure to the Guatemalan highlands with destination to the village of Chichicastenango, where we will visit one of the most famous indigenous markets in all Latin America. That day, we will enjoy a living experience, where will have a corn workshop with local women. Corn is the most important staple food in Guatemala. After the visit, we will continue to Lake Atitlán, as Aldous Huxley once said, “one of the most beautiful lakes in the world”. Lodging.
Day 8| MON – Lake Atitlán – San Juan La Laguna – Santiago Atitlán – Lake Atitlán
Breakfast. Today we will take a boat to visit two of the twelve villages that surround this beautiful lake. We will visit the Tzutuhil village of San Juan La Laguna characterized by the harmony in which its inhabitants live with nature and culture. We will continue to Santiago Atitlán, a town inhabited by indigenous Tzutuhiles who live from fishing and handcrafts, although they are better known as worshippers of a Mayan-Catholic deity they call Maximón. Lodging.
Day 9| TUE – Lake Atitlán – Iximché – La Antigua
Breakfast. Departure to La Antigua Guatemala. On route, we will visit the archaeological site of Iximché, the ancient Mayan capital of the Cakchiquel kingdom. Upon our arrival in La Antigua, we will visit this colonial city declared a World Heritage Site, we will visit the Cathedral, La Merced Church, the Central Plaza and its main streets and monuments. Lodging.
Day 10| WED – La Antigua
Breakfast. We have day at leisure to enjoy La Antigua, strolling through its cobbled streets, appreciating their architectural style of yesteryear or relaxing in the hotel facilities. As an optional activity, during morning, we recommend taking an excursion to Pacaya Volcano. Lodging.
Day 11|THU – La Antigua – Guatemala Airport
Breakfast. Transfer to the International Airport of Guatemala City. End of our service.
|Option “A”||Option “B”|
|Mérida||Hyatt Regency||Holiday Inn Express|
|Campeche||Gamma Campeche||Misión Campeche|
|Palenque||Villa Mercedes||Tulija Express|
|Petén||Camino Real Tikal||Villa Maya|
|Guatemala City||Westin Camino Real||Barceló|
|Lake Atitlán||Porta Del Lago||Villa Santa Catarina|
|La Antigua||Camino Real Antigua||Villa Colonial|
Effective: Year 2021. **Not Effective for Holy Week (28th March – 4th April) New Year’s Eve (20th Dec. to 2nd January, 2022).
A route with the most important attractions offered by the enigmatic Mayan World starting in Mexico, passing through Peten and ending with the living culture of the towns and markets of the Guatemalan highlands.
Service: Regular. Minimum. 2 Pax.
Languages: Spanish & English.