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Main attractions:
Playa del Carmen:
5ta Avenida Playa del Carmen 5th Avenue Playa del Carmen Playa del Carmen is the largest and most visited city of the Mayan Riviera. His famous and popular Fifth Avenue 4 kilometers long, concentrated craft shops and souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Playa del Carmen is famous for its nightlife. There are bars on the beach and in the village with music, drinks and live entertainment too. Unlike Cancun, you can walk from one bar to the next without getting into a car or bus, and then walk to your hotel when the night is over.

Famous restaurants of Playa del Carmen:
Restaurantes Playa del Carmen - Maíz de Mar.
- Oh Lala International Cuisine by George.
- La Casa del Agua.
- Kaxapa Factory.
- La Fisheria.
- La Peñita de Jaltemba.
- Chez Céline.
- La Famiglia.
- La Caña.
- La Cueva del Chango.
- Almirante Pech.

Famous discos and nightclubs of Playa del Carmen:
Discoteca Coco Bongo en Playa del Carmen- Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen.
- Playacrawl.
- Playa del Carmen Bachelorette.
- La Santanera.
- Mandala.
- Party Playa.
- Alux Caverna Restaurant Lounge.
- Palazzo Disco.
- Captain Dan's Bar.
- Señor Frog's Playa del Carmen entre otras.

Ecotourism attractions:
Parque ecoturístico XCARETXcaret ecological park: Eco-archaeological park 6 km south of Playa del Carmen.

Xplor: Natural adventure park Xcaret aside.

Cozumel: Cozumel Island located in front of Playa del Carmen, 45 minutes away by ferry.

Xel-Ha: Ecological Park consists of a large cove where the water of a river meets the Caribbean Sea for its abundant rich flora and fauna.

Sian Ka'an reseve: In Mayan means Gate of Heaven, protected biosphere, World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Recommended beaches in the Riviera Maya:
Playas de CancúnCancun: Ofrece Beaches of Cancun offers beautiful white sand beaches, fabulous views of the Caribbean Sea, turquoise clear waters, waves and romantic sunrises. This is a very touristy town, with all the styles and choices of restaurants, shopping centers and nightclubs.

Playa del Carmen: It has a more European style and atmosphere, offers visitors hotels of different categories, shops, silver shops, international restaurants, clubs, discos along the Fifth Avenue that is pedestrian and beautiful beaches. In the hotel area called Playacar, are the higher rated hotels, commercial areas, residential areas, aviary and the golf course, from there you can travel to the island of Cozumel, famous ferris addressing.

Akumal: Akumal is a charming little beachfront town with some hotels, perfect for travelers who want to avoid the crowds and busy tourist sites. Yalkú lagoon is located north of the town and is an option for the practice of snorkeling and beach nearby reefs.

Cozumel: With a relaxed, tropical atmosphere along the coast of the island you can find sandy beaches and turquoise sea of great beauty, ideal for swimming, diving and water sports. Cozumel offers the best diving experience in Mexico.

Other attractions:
Yaxkin SpaYaxkin Spa: In Yaxkin Spa, Maya healers offer their ritual purification, custom wellness therapies and traditional Mayan healing arts to create a body-mind-spirit harmony, based on the Maya worldview and holistic healing traditions. Yaxkin Spa is located in the Hacienda Chichen Resort, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.

Toh BoutiqueToh Boutique: This boutique offers exquisite pieces of Mayan art, Mayan pottery, textiles, gifts, Mayan reproductions, jewelry and replicas. Toh Boutique is located in the Hacienda Chichen Resort.
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Large private luxury tour "Sacred Sites of the Maya"

Sitios Arqueológicos Mayas en México

Private luxury tour 14 days / 13 nights where you can visit the main settlements of "Mundo Maya" in Mexico, starting and finishing the tour in Playa del Carmen. The program includes visits to the archaeological sites of Chichen Itza, the Mayan sacred city of Uxmal, Cave Loltun, the Museum of La Venta, Palenque, Yaxchilan, Bonampak, Cenote Ik Kil Cenote Xul-Ha, reserve Ria Celestun, Sumidero Canyon among other attractions of the Mayan worldview.

During the course you will have the opportunity to know the cities: Playa del Carmen, Valladolid, the magical town of Izamal, Merida, Campeche, Villahermosa, San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque and Chetumal.

 
     
 

ITINERARY:

 
 

DAY 01, CANCUN - PLAYA DEL CARMEN

  • Arrive at Cancun International Airport.
  • Meet & greet at the airport, private transfer by minibus Minivan luxury hotel in Playa del Carmen.
  • Overnight at Rosewood Mayakoba 5 *****, in room Lagoon Suite with MAP Plan (Breakfast and Dinner) with all local and hotel taxes included.
  • Free day.

DAY 02, PLAYA DEL CARMEN - CHICHEN ITZA - CENOTE IKIL - VALLADOLID CITY - IZAMAL - MERIDA

  • 6:00: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 6:45: Check out of the hotel.
  • 7:00: Sunrise tour to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza in truck luxury SUV in private.
  • 10:00: Arrive at the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, sacred city of the Maya, which means (Chichen) Mouth of the well; of (Itza) witches of water, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Time to visit and admire the Pyramid of Kukulkan (Feathered Serpent), recognized as one of the new seven wonders of the modern world.
  • 13:00: Lunch at local restaurant with cultural show (price not included); Suggested: Restaurant Oxtun, Hacienda Chichen Resort, Chilam Balam Hotel and restaurant Oakan among others.
  • 14:00: Departure to the Cenote IK-KIL, about 3 kms from Chichen Itza in SUV luxury SUV.
  • Visit to Cenote IK-KIL, this cenote is open sky, with the water level to 26 meters below the ground surface and surrounded by greenery. To get there, go down a staircase made of stone with small balconies where you can admire its beauty from different points. Arriving there is a platform that provides access to its fresh and clear waters, where you can see small catfish that inhabit it. The Cenote Ik Kil was a sacred place for the Mayans, who used to rest and to provide ritual services.
  • 16:00: Continuation of the program, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, located halfway between Merida and Cancun and second largest of Yucatan. Known as "The Sultan of the East", the protagonist of two momentous events in the history of Mexico, The Caste War in 1847 and the first spark of the Mexican Revolution or Dzelkoop Plan in 1910.
  • 18:00: The tour continues to the Magic City of Izamal, considered by many today as the "Heart of the Yucatan Cultural Heritage". Here His Holiness Pope John Paul II celebrated a memorable Mass in the large atrium above the Temple of the Immaculate Conception and the first Convent of San Francisco de Padua, sites will have the opportunity to visit. Since then, most of the buildings surrounding the house and historic center are painted yellow and white, the colors of the Vatican.
  • 20:00: Check in at hotel in Merida.
  • Accommodation Casa Azul Hotel Historic Landmark in Plan B & B (breakfast buffet) with all local and hotel taxes included.
  • Free night, if you want to dine Apoala Mexican Cuisine, Kuuk or Nectar restaurants are suggested.

DAY 03 MERIDA - CELESTUN PARK - MERIDA

  • 8:00: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00: Departure to Celestun Park located west of the city of Merida, guided boat tour through the reserve Ria Celestun, considered "Natural Biosphere Reserve". To the west coast of the Gulf of Mexico we found the estuary "La Esperanza", an area of 21 kms extension with shallow waters inhabited by the pink flamingo and other 300 species of local and migratory birds.
  • 14:00: Return to Merida for lunch are suggested: Apoala Mexican Cuisine, Restaurant Kuuk, Nectar or House Stone (price not included).
  • Accommodation Casa Azul Hotel Historic Landmark in Plan B & B (breakfast buffet) with all local and hotel taxes included.
  • Free night.

DAY 04 MERIDA - UXMAL - CAVE LOLTUN - CAMPECHE

  • 7:30: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The tour starts at the archaeological site of Uxmal in luxury minivan in private. Uxmal is a spectacular example of Classic Maya architecture, its name means "three times built" a phrase that seems to refer to their age and often had to rebuild itself this town in the hills of Puuc, a set of hills that breaks the monotony of the Yucatan plain where several Maya cities were established. These ruins today described an ancient city that has a distinctive architectural style accentuated by facades decorated with friezes carefully crafted with thousands of small stones polished and adjusted to form perfect mosaics never matched anywhere in the Maya area. You will appreciate the buildings: The Pyramid of the Magician, the Nunnery Quadrangle, Governor's Palace, the House of the Turtles, the Ball among others.
  • Visit and entrance to the Cave Loltun (Stone Flower), a place where the Maya performed their sacred ceremonies in their magnificent galleries covered with stalactites and stalagmites, which will print the place a magical and mysterious character.
  • 13:00: Lunch in the area, suggested: Restaurant Bar Cana Nah, Halach Huinic or Ppapp Hol Chac of Uxmal.
  • 14:00: Departure to the city of Campeche luxury SUV Minivan private.
  • 16:00: Arrive at Campeche.
  • Overnight at Casa Don Gustavo Boutique Hotel 5 ***** with Plan B & B (breakfast buffet) with all local and hotel taxes included.
  • Free evening (dinner suggestions: The Pigua, Old Arches House, Chac-Pel or Marganzo; price not included).

DAY 05, CAMPECHE CITY TOUR - CHAMPOTON - VILLAHERMOSA

  • 8:00: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00: City Tour of the city of Campeche with specialized private guide. Campeche is located on the west coast of Yucatan port in the Gulf of Mexico. It was founded in 1540, and was the subject during the Spanish domination of frequent raids by pirates, which is reflected in its architecture. Colonial houses, forts, churches, the walled town with its central square or socket: its main attractions are visited. Visited sites: Fort of San Miguel, Cathedral of St. Joseph, Plaza de la Independencia, Baluarte de San Carlos, Puerta de Tierra, Iglesia de San Roman. (Approximate tour of 5 hours).
  • 13:00: Time for lunch at a restaurant in town, suggestions: The Pigua, Old Arches House, Chac-Pel or Marganzo (price not included).
  • 14:30: Continuation of the tour with a stop at the Rio Champoton, where you will have time to swim in its waters.
  • The program continues with a transfer in Minivan luxury van to the city of Villahermosa in Tabasco (estimated travel time 5:30 hours).
  • Overnight at the Hotel Camino Real Villahermosa 5 **** in Plan B & B, with all local and hotel taxes included in the City of Villahermosa, also known as "La Esmeralda del Sureste".
  • Free night.

DAY 06, VILLAHERMOSA - MUSEO DE LA VENTA - SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

  • 7:00: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:30: Departure to the "Museo de La Venta". In this area there are archaeological remains of the Olmec culture, whose distinctive features are the use of jade, its megalithic altars and representations of human figures carved in stone and mud.
  • 10:00: The program continues with a transfer in Minivan luxury van to the city of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas (estimated travel time 6:00).
  • 15:00: Arrival in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas.
  • 15:30: Time for lunch at a restaurant in the area (price not included). Suggested: Earth and Sky Restaurant, The Chalet French, or Lum Restaurant.
  • 16:30: City Tour of San Cristobal de las Casas.
  • 17:00: Transfer to hotel accommodation at the Hotel Parador de San Juan de Dios 5 ***** Luxury Suite with Plan B & B, with all local and hotel taxes included in the City of San Cristobal de las Casas.
  • Free night.

DAY 07, SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS - SUMIDERO CANYON - SAN JUAN CHAMULA - SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

  • 7:00: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00: Departure to the Sumidero Canyon. This tour offers a unique experience where you can see the Sumidero Canyon from a boat in the waters of the Rio Grijalva. Subsequently, the tour continues by road climbing to the observation points "The Roblar" and "Chiapas", which offer incredible views of the Sumidero Canyon from above.
  • 14:00: Time for lunch at a local restaurant; Campanario and las Pichanchas are suggested (price not included).
  • 16:00: Visit to the Church of San Juan Chamula, where the guide will explain the uses and customs of the locals, walk through native crafts market.
  • 17:00: Transfer to hotel accommodation at the Hotel Parador de San Juan de Dios 5 ***** Luxury Suite with Plan B & B, with all local and hotel taxes included in the City of San Cristobal de houses.
  • Free night.

DAy 08, SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS - MISOL HA - PALENQUE

  • 7:00: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00: Departure to the waterfall MISOL HA, where you can see the diversity of vegetation that has this lovely place, the waterfall has a height of 40 meters and its waters fall into a pool of 25 meters deep, where you can swim cautiously.
  • 13:00: Time for lunch at a restaurant in the area, the restaurant MISOL HA (price not included) is suggested.
  • 15:00: The tour continues to the archaeological site of Palenque, one of the most important classic Maya World, where you can enjoy its beauty and location in the jungle, its name means "fence" or "fencing enclosure" and was taken from the small town founded by the Spanish in the sixteenth century.
  • 19:00: Transfer to the hotel in Palenque.
  • Overnight at Hotel Villa Mercedes Palenque 5 ***** in Plan B & B, with all local and hotel taxes included in Palenque.
  • Free night.

DAY 09, YAXCHILAN - BONAMPAK - RETURN TO PALENQUE

  • 7:00: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00: Sunrise tour to Yaxchilan and Bonampak. Boat trip for two hours through the Usumacinta River, which divides Mexico and Guatemala, to visit the archaeological site of Yaxchilan, city name in Maya means "Piedras Verdes" This Mayan site is notable for the large number of sculptures quality found during excavations.
  • Next they visit the archaeological site of Bonampak located in the Lacandon Jungle, in the municipality of Ocosingo the current state of Chiapas, whose discovery was attributed to two Lacandon Indians tribe: Jose Pepe Chambor and Acasio. This site is known for its murals, which were painted in the classic Maya period.
  • 15:00: Time for lunch at a local restaurant, are suggested: Bajlum, La Selva or Maya Cañada (price not included).
  • 17:00: Return to hotel in Palenque.
  • Overnight at Hotel Villa Mercedes Palenque 5 ***** in Plan B & B, with all local and hotel taxes included in Palenque.
  • Free night.

DAY 10, PALENQUE - CHETUMAL

  • 7:00: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00: Sunrise tour to Chetumal, whose name comes from the Mayan word Chactemal, meaning "where the red trees grow."
  • 15:00: Arrival in Chetumal (estimated travel time 6:40 hours).
  • Lunch at a restaurant in the area, suggested: Seafood El Taco Loco, La Palma, Faro Wine Steak House or San Remo (price not included).
  • Free time to explore Chetumal on their own.
  • Overnight at Hotel Holiday Inn Chetumal Puerta Maya 4**** European Plan B & B, with all local and hotel taxes included in Chetumal.
  • Free night.

DAY 11, CHETUMAL - BACALAR - PLAYA DEL CARMEN

  • 7:00: Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00: Sunrise tour to the Lake Bacalar, where you can enjoy crystal clear waters (your name in Maya means lagoon of 7 colors). Kayak tour continues along its mangrove full of amazing wildlife and colored water until the Xul-Ha Cenote, which you can explore.
  • Time for lunch, are suggested: Los Aluxes Bacalar Restaurant, the Mulato Bacalar Palapa and La Playita (price not included).
  • 16:00: Transfer by Minivan luxury private van to the city of Playa del Carmen (estimated travel time 3:50 hours).
  • Arrival in Playa del Carmen to enjoy several days of its climate, beaches and restaurants.
  • Overnight at Rosewood Mayakoba 5 *****, in room Lagoon Suite with Plan EP, with all local and hotel taxes included.
  • Free night.

DAY 12, FREE DAY IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

  • Free day to enjoy the incredible scenery and beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen, restaurants, shops and nightlife.
  • Hospedaje en el Hotel Rosewood Mayakoba 5*****, en habitación Lagoon Suite, con Plan EP, con todos los impuestos locales y hoteleros incluidos.

DAY 13, FREE DAY IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

  • Free day to enjoy the incredible scenery and beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen, restaurants, shops and nightlife.
  • Overnight at Rosewood Mayakoba 5 *****, in room Lagoon Suite with Plan EP, with all local and hotel taxes included.

DAY 14, PLAYA DEL CARMEN - CANCUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer by luxury SUV Minivan privately to the Cancun International Airport to take flight back to home country.

END OF SERVICES


 
 

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

 
 
  • Meet & greet at the Cancun International Airport and transfer to Hotel in Playa del Carmen.
  • Private transportation throughout the program Minivan luxury air conditioning (A/C).
  • Accommodation at the hotels mentioned in the itinerary with all local and hotel taxes included.
  • All breakfasts included.
  • All tours are private, with a guide certified by the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico (SECTUR), fluent in languages throughout the program.
  • Entrance to all archaeological sites described in the program.
  • All travel expenses of the guide and the driver.
  • Private transfer out of the hotel in Playa del Carmen to Cancun International Airport.
 
     
 

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

 
 
  • Air ticket in and out of Mexico.
  • Health insurance or traveler.
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips to maids and porters.
  • Tips for guide or driver.
 
   
   
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