During this awesome 15-day journey through Mayan Treasures, you will visit the Mayan World. Mexico, Guatemala and Belize have the most representative sites of Mayan culture and history.
In Mexico, you will have guided tours to explore the Mayan ruins likewise Chichen Itza or Ek Balam. As well as, the Mayan ruins of the Puuc Route and Palenque. In Guatemala, you will visit the world famous Mayan City of Tikal. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit El Mirador, home of one of the largest pyramids in the world in terms of volume.
Further, you will explore famous sites in Belize, known for their beauty and history, like Xunantunich and Lamanai. Finally, you will end up returning to Mexico to finish your Mayan cultural discovery trip by visiting sites like Chetumal, Tulum and Coba. This awesome multi-country tour package through the Mayan History is waiting for you.
❂ Mayan Treasures Highlights
- Mayan ruins in Mexico such as Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Palenque, Tulum, Uxmal and Coba
- Guatemala Mayan ruins such as Tikal and the great Mayan City of El Mirador
- Xunantunich and Lamanai Mayan ruins in Belize
- Mexican Cenotes
- City of Merida
- Colonial city of Campeche, Mexico
- Flores Island and Lake Peten, Guatemala
- San Ignacio, Belize
- Bacalar Lagoon, Mexico
- Island of Cozumel, Mexico
Day 1: Arrival to Cancun airport
During your arrival, a driver will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to Chichen Itza. Here, starts your Central America Mayan ruins vacation package through the ancient Mayan World.
Day 2: Chichen Itza, Ek-Balam, Cenote & Merida
Firstly, today you will visit the Mayan City of Chichen Itza to see the huge Pyramid of The Castle. Chichen Itza was one of the great Mesoamerican cities. Still today, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in Mexico.
Secondly, you will visit the archaeological site of Ek Balam to see their uncovered startling and amazingly well-preserved sculptures. Further, yo will have the wonderful opportunity to swim & snorkel in a Cenote. It is a sinkhole in limestone, which is a natural wonder with beautiful rock formations – referred to as the Mayan underworld. After that, your driver will take you to your hotel in the city of Merida.
Day 3: Fascinating Mayan ruins - Campeche
Today you will explore Mayan sites of the Puuc Route ruins. It will be an adventure into the ancient Mayan world that can make you feel like a true explorer. The Route connects various ancient ruins: Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, Labna, and Xlapak.
Take an interesting look into the ancient Mayan culture. Short forested trails, in which ultimately expose some fascinating ruins, and can give off a real sense of discovery.
Part of the appeal of touring these ruins is the ability to enjoy the peaceful environments of these mystical and intriguing structures that have been here for over a millennium. After your adventure through these five Mayan sites, you will move to your hotel in Campeche.
Day 4: Colonial City - Palenque
You will have a walking city tour of Campeche, the walled city. It was a fortress city designed to protect against pirate attacks during colonial times. Visit the Fort of San Miguel to admire the largest fortress in Campeche. It is now an archaeological museum of Mayan artifacts from Calakmul. After that, your private transportation will take you to the ruins of Palenque.
Day 5: Mayan ruins of Palenque
Today you will visit Palenque archaeological site with the Temple of the Inscriptions, the site’s most impressive structure. The forest around these temples is still home to howler monkeys, toucans, and ocelots.
Then, you will visit the Blue Water Waterfalls, where you can walk through the walkways or swim in one of the designated areas. Their incredible color is, in fact, due to the high mineral content of the water which deposits itself on the rock. Next, visit the beautiful Misol-Ha Waterfalls, an impressive single cascade about 115 feet high. Enjoy the sight of water falling dramatically off a cliff into a wide pool far below and swim surrounded by tropical jungle.
Day 6: Flores Island, Guatemala
Today you will leave Mexico and continue to the island of Flores, Guatemala. Flores is an unusually picturesque and beautiful little city situated on a small island in the middle of Lake Peten. This island is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.
Day 7: Tikal, the city of the voices
Today you will visit one of the most iconic and impressive Mayan ruins in the world. Tikal is one of the oldest and most powerful city-states of the ancient Mayan civilization. The enormous buildings, royal palaces, pyramids, ball courts, hundreds of smaller buildings, stele and a network of elevated causeways are the main attractions of Tikal today.
The sturdy public buildings of this once-great metropolis have resisted the encroaching nature. Most strikingly, many of the monuments are so large that they rise up above the canopy of the jungle, similarly ancient stone skyscrapers reaching up into the sky.
Day 8: Helicopter tour to El Mirador
Today you will have the opportunity to discover the oldest and largest Maya archaeological site in Mesoamerica, El Mirador. It is the home of one of the world’s largest pyramids, La Danta. It stands a staggering 236 feet tall and has nearly a 99 million cubic feet volume.
Despite its importance, the “Lost City of the Maya” is not swamped with tourists because of its inaccessibility. We offer you an optional helicopter tour to El Mirador.
Day 9: San Ignacio, Belize
Firstly, today you will leave the island of Flores to enjoy a horseback riding tour to Xunantunich. These are Belize’s most popular Mayan ruins. One of the treasures discovered at Xunantunich includes a colossal plaster frieze, running around the outside of the building, known as The Castle.
This is the most iconic building at the site and raises some 130 feet above the plaza below. As a result, it is the second-tallest man-made structure in Belize, even today. Secondly, we will be drive to your hotel in San Ignacio, Belize. Have the rest of the evening to rest and relax.
Day 10: Boat trip to Lamanai
Boat tour to the Mayan site of Lamanai. This site is one of the oldest continuously occupied Mayan sites in Belize. During this tour, you will see ruins built in 200 BC and some built in the last century. Most noteworthy is the iconic, 13-foot-high stylized mask of a half-man and half-crocodile carved in rock. One of the sections you must see is the ancient residential complex believed to be the quarters of Mayan elite.
Day 11: Bacalar Lagoon
During our Central America Mayan ruins vacation package, we will drive back to Mexico. Explore the stunning beauty of Bacalar Lagoon, which is called “Lagoon of seven Colors”. It boasts an ever-changing scene of blue and turquoise shades. The colors of the water and sky appear to combine as one. After this enchanting visit, your driver will take you to your hotel in Tulum.
Day 12: Tulum and Coba
Explore the ancient Mayan site of Coba. It is different from the other archaeological big sites in Yucatan. First of all, it is situated within four natural lakes. These are believed to have given the city its name, which means “water stirred by wind”.
Coba is not as excavated, nor reconstructed, as Tulum, so all along the paths you will see mounds overgrown with vines, trees, and flowers. The fact that the jungle hasn’t been cleared away here, nor all the mounds uncovered, as a result it adds a feeling of discovery to your visit. You will have the option to explore the jungle of Coba by bike.
Tulum has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The greatest attraction of the ruins is its location. It is small but exquisitely poised on the fifteen-meter-high cliffs above the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. So, the views are nothing less than spectacular.
Day 13: Island of Cozumel
Your day starts with a transfer to Playa del Carmen where you will take a ferry to Cozumel, the biggest island in Mexico. Certainly, the island of Cozumel is one of the most beautiful scuba diving areas of the world.
The underwater wildlife at this island is absolutely amazing due to the clarity of the water, with 100 to 200 feet visibility. You do not have to be a diver to enjoy it! Simply put on a mask & snorkel and jump in. In other words, you will feel like you have been dropped into a tropical fish tank.
Day 14: Self-Discovery
A free day in the island. You can practice many water sports such as diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and more.
Among the several attractions available to visit, Chankanaab National Park has the only inland coral reef formation in the world. It is also home to the world-renowned ecosystem and natural aquarium.
Day 15: Departure from Cancun
This trip has been absolutely a journey through Mayan treasures, and sadly it comes to an end today and you will be transported to Cancun International Airport for your departure flight. If you would like to customize this itinerary based on your interests and budget, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to assist you.
Helicopter expedition to El Mirador
Discover the biggest pyramid in the world volume-wise, La Danta, fly over the gigantic Mayan Biosphere, spot the first roads of mankind history and visit the biggest city of the Mayan world. Only a few tourists have had the chance to see this fascinating site in one of the most isolated locations on the earth, be one of them. The Helicopter excursion to El Mirador is a one and only experience, like no other. An unimaginable site with Mayan treasures.
Duration: one day. Price per person from: $390
See the dawn over the amazing ruins of Tikal
It is one of the best tours to discover the greatness of the jungle canopy and the vast antique Mayan culture, a splendid mix of nature and archaeology. From the highest temple in the complex, you will contemplate the awakening of the jungle… howler monkeys, and birds make together a sublime symphonie. Later, your guide will make stops to tell you about some of the antique Mayan art works and temples along the way.
One of them is an enormous slab illustrating the Mayan calendar. Your guide will go into detail interpreting the slab and how the Mayans used the calendar.
Duration: 6 – 7 hours. Price per guest from: $80
Sunset tour to the Mayan City of Yaxha
Guests will be escorted through the ruins and learn about the culture of the civilization who built it. The ruins have nine seats and approximately 500 structures, along with temples, palaces, and ball games. Go up to the top of the main temple and get unbelievable views of the ruins, the jungle and lakes. The ruins are surrounded by a thick jungle. A big variety of animals, counting multi colored birds, spider and howler monkeys, live in the lush forest here, and guests may be able to spot some of them.
An extraordinary experience in the Mayan Biosphere Reservoir… see the sundown at the top of an Mayan Temple!
Duration: half day. Price per guest from: $80
Cozumel island, tailor-made tour
Choose between a small local chocolate factory to learn how chocolate was produced and used by the Mayan people, enjoy a tequila tasting, see the west side of the island with time for lunch, visit the historic San Gervasio Mayan ruins, shop and finish your day on the beach, where you can snorkel, swim or snooze in a hammock between the coconut trees.
Duration: 1 day. Price per guest from: $50