During this awesome 15-day Central America Mayan ruins vacation, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Your Central America Mayan ruins vacation across the ancient Mayan World and History 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.