The Mayan Trail

  • 9 Days

  • Central and South America

Marvel at the majestic Mayan sites of the Yucatan Peninsula, rich with a history spanning centuries and civilisations. Follow a fascinating trail from colonial cities to quaint villages and colourful markets to gorgeous beaches, taking in forests, mangroves and the pretty Puuc Route on the way.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

Accommodation on tour
Flights
Meals on tour - 7 breakfasts
6 lunches and 7 dinners
Porterage
Services of a tour director
All airport taxes/service charges excluding locally paid departure tax where applicable
Transfers
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

of 9 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 30th October 2017

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

Marvel at the majestic Mayan sites of the Yucatan Peninsula, rich with a history spanning centuries and civilisations. Follow a fascinating trail from colonial cities to quaint villages and colourful markets to gorgeous beaches, taking in forests, mangroves and the pretty Puuc Route on the way.

At a glance

  • Ek Balam
  • Chichen Itza
  • Merida
  • Uxmal Sound and light show
  • Puuc
  • Route Celestun Biosphere Reserve

Day 1

UK - Cancun

Fly to Cancun where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Cancun - Ek Balam - Valladolid

Head for the north coast of the peninsula to visit Ek Balam, where exceptional stuccoes have been uncovered and preserved. Travel onto San Bernardino Monastery, one of the most beautiful buildings of the colonial Yucatan which was constructed in 1552. Journey on to Valladolid for an afternoon at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Valladolid - Chichen Itza - Merida

The most famous Mayan masterpiece on the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is a fascinating archaeological site dating back over 1500 years. This morning's visit takes in highlights such as the spectacular step-pyramid El Castillo - dedicated to the god Kukulkan and constructed in nine tiers to represent the Mayan calendar. Also see the Toltec plaza, the elaborately carved Temple of the Warriors and the legendary ball court. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Merida - Uxmal

Renowned for its laid-back, friendly atmosphere, charming Merida is the largest city on the peninsula and capital of the Yucatan State. Explore this lovely city on an included sightseeing tour taking in the elegant Paseo de Montejo - a broad, tree-lined boulevard edged by elaborate grand mansions. You will also see the magnificent 16th-century colonial architecture of Plaza de la Constitucion, such as the Cathedral de San Ildefonso and Casa de Montejo Palace. Admire the many cosmopolitan plazas, quaint churches, colourful markets and lush, spacious parks before completing your trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Uxmal

Nestled amidst the Puuc hills, Uxmal archaeological site is a World Heritage Site rich in finely carved stonework and spectacular geometric-patterned mosaics. Today, marvel at the legendary Pyramid of the Magician, the former teaching arena - later renamed The Nunnery Quadrangle by conquistadors who believed it looked European. Admire the serenely beautiful House of Turtles, named after its finely honed sculptures of turtles, the reptile thought to represent rain. This afternoon, why not join the optional trip to the remote village of Santa Elena to admire spectacular views from its hilltop church. This evening, enjoy a sound and light show, staged inside the Nunnery Quadrangle. NOTE: Headset audio commentary in English is included.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Uxmal - Puuc Route - Uxmal

Follow the delightful Puuc Route on a trail amongst some of the most important archaeological sites on the Yucatan. Start with the former city of Labna and its fantastic archway, before viewing the tranquil Great Palace in Sayil and end at the famous Palace of Masks in Kabah, one of the most striking Mayan buildings adorned with multiple carvings of the Mayan rain god Chac. Return to Uxmal.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Uxmal - Celestun - Chichen Itza

After breakfast leave Uxmal and journey to Celestún, a town in Yucatán. Surrounding the town is the 147,500-acre Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano (also known as the Celestun Biosphere Reserve), a wetland reserve that is the winter home to vast flocks of flamingos, as well as many herons and other bird species. It is also known as a hatching ground for endangered sea turtles. Afterwards, journey on to Chichen Itza for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Chichen Itza - Cancun - UK

Transfer to Cancun airport for your overnight flight to the UK, or extend your stay on the Mayan Riviera.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Land home in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Cancun: Cancun Marriot Courtyard;
  • Valladolid: Ecotel Quinta Regia;
  • Merida: Yucatan Real Hotel;
  • Uxmal: Hacienda Uxmal Hotel;
  • Chichen Itza: Chichen Itza Mayaland.

Notes

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

Latest customer reviews

05/05/2017

Excellent tour interesting and well thought out,pace good and hotels selected all of good standard

28/04/2017

Very interesting and we learned a lot through Emanuel Cortas, he was very knowledgeable and could answer any questions asked.

05/04/2017

Excellent value for money tour of the principal Mayan sites in the North Yucatan and along the Puuc Hills trail, with excellent choice of hotels for location and comfort. Hard to get any better than this......

31/03/2017

Excellent value for money

11/03/2017

Tour was what we expected. Guide was very good. Hotels good and meals mostly buffets excellent.

03/03/2017

Very good itinerary and local guide. I enjoyed every day. Good Heritage hotels with pools and gardens for relaxing. Having meals included aided the cohesion of the group.

05/11/2016

very interesting and enjoyable with nice companions

11/10/2016

Mayan trail experience was very good. Lot of history of Mayan culture and lots of ruins but all of them were similar type and after a while one looses the interest and curiosity.

16/09/2016

David the guide was good although I think suffering a bit from the humidity and heat towards the end as we all were. hotels good especially the Hacienda Uxmal. However, caves were dangerous and we should have been warned beforehand. The guide was horrible and went like a bat out of hell with his torch leaving us in dark. The floor was very slippery as it was recently flooded. At end we had to tip him, then he let us out of padlocked door but to get to minibus the gate was also padlocked and we had to climb through barbed wire fence with help of David and Alessios (?) our driver. Our driver was excellent always cheerful, helpful and on time. The hotel Occidental was okay but very isolated, you could not walk anywhere., had a lot of building work going on and was literally half closed. No entertainment at all everybody going to bed by 10. Very disappointing. Park next door was good so had one show there. Would not recommend and perhaps you should have kept us in loop.

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