In this four day and three night Yucatan Discovery Tour we first visit the Rio Lagartos Biosphere home of the flamingos, crocodiles and other sea life. Stay the night at Valladolid then explore the Yucatan Peninsula and Quintana Roo first The Archaeological wonder of Chichen Itza a modern world wonder and capital of a great civilization then Ek Balam the city of the Black Jaguar. Merida the capital city of the Yucatan state also known as the white city, Uxmal the city three times built with its magnificent mayan baroque style architecture and we visit a Beautiful hidden Cenote of crystalline waters. Then onto Coba a classic mayan site and Tulum the city by the sea. (Minimum 2 people private tour)
|DEPARTURE TIME||Prompt departure 8:00 Am|
We recommend that you bring comfortable clothes and walking shoes (flipflops, sandals ok, ), bathing suit, sun glasses, towel, camera, binoculars, sun protection (biodegradable, or clothes to aid with sun protection), some cash. The guides, drivers and waitress appreciate tips for their excellent service. Its also thanks to them that you will leave with many great memories!
Day 1: Rio Lagartos - Valladolid
Rio Lagartos Biosphere to catch a boat and see the diverse species of birds like Herons, fishing Eagle, pelicans and of course the flamingos. Also along the way we may see other inhabitants of the coastal ecosystem within the mangrove forests such as the mighty crocodiles and Raccoons. We arrive at the world famous Coloradas or “magenta waters” these are pink lakes that cover the landscape and contrast beautifully with the blue skies. The amazing pink color of these lakes is due to red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp that thrive in the salty environment and the flamingos are pink because they eat these pink shrimp. This is all part of the protected wetlands areas. This was used by the Mayas for the production of precious salt and is till today a salt mine. In this area we take a Mayan mud bath . After that we return towards the Sea to a private beach to rinse of the mud and enjoy the waters. After this we return to lunch at the Ria Lagartos restaurant for a great seafood meal.
Lodging in hotel of Valladolid.
Day 2: Ek Balam - Chichen Itza -Merida
In the morning at the scheduled time (08:00 am) pick up at your hotel to enjoy a full day tour through the most important archaeological sites of the peninsula. The first stop will be in the archaeological zone of Ek Balam (“Star Jaguar or Dark Jaguar” in Maya), with wonderful architecture including “The Acropolis”, which contains the tomb of the ruler Ukit Kan Le’k Tok ‘. Continuing with the visit to one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, Chichén Itzá (“Boca del Pozo de los brujos del agua” in Mayan) admiring, among other buildings, the Pyramid of Kukulcan and the sacred cenote, used by the Mayans to make offerings and sacrifices to their gods. Lodging in hotel of Merida.
Day 3: Yaxcopoil Hacienda- Cenote - Uxmal - Merida City Tour
We leave early to visit a beautiful colonial Hacienda Where the Henequen Fiber was produced, then the most important archaeological site of the Pooc Route, Uxmal (“Three times built” in Maya) special for having the “Adivino” pyramid, the only known temple with an oval plant in the Mayan Culture.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a guided tour of the city, where you will visit the historic center, the main square and the paseo montejo. Lodging in hotel of Merida. Alternately you can do Chocolate Museum and Uxmal Light Show instead of city tour.
Day 4: Tulum & Coba
Meeting with our guide to go to Coba (“Water with moss or chopped water” in Maya), located next to four natural lakes, highlights a pyramid known as “The Church” of almost 25 meters high, same that is enabled to climb to the top.
Then we will move to Tulum (“Walled City” in Maya) declared a World Heritage Site, located on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea.
Transfer to your selected hotel in the Riviera Maya area.