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Yucatan Highlights

Cancun - Merida (7 days / 6 nts)  From $1020

The Pyramid of the Magician

Day 1: Arrival in Cancun (Monday or Thursday)
Arrival in Cancun International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Cancun - Tulum - Coba - Merida (Tuesday or Friday)
Tulum - Near Quintana RooBreakfast at hotel. This morning, we will start visiting Tulum. Get some magic culture in ancient Tulum, it is the only beachfront built Mayan city. It was a Mayan shopping commerce and politician center that remains independent of the big prehispanic centers of their time. The castle, the temple of the paints "El templo de los frescos" and the house of the columns "La casa de las columnas" are some of the attractive buildings. Then, depart to visit Coba. The most important and oldest (in the Yucatan Peninsula) Mayan treasures in the region, visiting its temples and the legendary ball game area. After a 1.5 km walk we arrive to the Nohoch Muul Pyramid (the tallest in Quintana Roo) from the top of which you may enjoy a wonderful view of the amazing sub-tropical jungle that surrounds the site. Continue to arrive in Merida. Also known as “The White City”, because of its white-houses and buildings, was founded in 1542, was an important city during Spanish colonial rule. It again rose to prominence at the turn of the 20th Century when it was said to have more millionaires per head of population than anywhere else in the world. This prosperity is reflected in its grand mansions, squares, parks and statues that are seen today.  Overnight.

Day 3: Merida / City with Uxmal (Wednesday - Saturday)
DiscoverUxmal - Sunset the White City on board of our panoramic bus and enjoy the most important and more representative places of this beautiful multicultural city. Discover colonial Merida with its mansions and historical buildings from the XVI century; its monuments as Government Palace and House of Montejo, the Cathedral and José Peon Contreras Theatre. The city of Merida has beautiful streets where a wide array of events for all ages takes place, like the regional theatre and the local dance “Jarana”. You can walk and enjoy a lovely day in a secure atmosphere. Return to your hotel.

In the afternoon, visit Uxmal. It is one of the greatest Mayan ceremonial centers; all the buildings are beautifully carved and decorated. You will admire the pyramid of the magician, quadrangle of the nuns, the Governor’s Palace. Uxmal is considered one of the most beautiful pre-Hispanic archaeological sites on the American Continent, due to the proportion of its majestic constructions decorated with fine relief’s, who’s precision and elegance astonish us today. After visiting the ruins you will have the opportunity to admire our fabulous light and sound show in Uxmal every night and discover the mysterious Mayan wonders, the unique and pioneer show in the Mayan world.  Return to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 4: Merida / Celestun (Thursday - Sunday)
TheCelestun - Flamengo´s in the lagoon beaches of Celestun offer a wide array of activities in addition to the truly attractive white beach, sun and sea. The unique wetlands of Celestun form part of a special biosphere reserve, patrimony of the world. Here visitors can observe the superb pink flamingo in its natural habitat as they tours the wetlands by boat.  A rest stop provides all services necessary to enjoy your stay.

Day 5: Merida / Hacienda Sotuta de Peon (Friday or Monday)  
A trip into the past, visiting the henequen-producing haciendas of Yucatan is an incredible experience. These plantations, once the bread and butter of the economy, are now the guardians of that auspicious life-style. The contrasting scenery and comfortable architecture make visitors feel right at home.

09:00 am Departure from your lobby in direction of the ecological reserve of Cuxtal, where the Hacienda Sotuta de Peon is located, at about 25 km south of Merida.

10:30 am the visit through the hacienda starts with one of the most important attractions: The machine house, where the henequen shredding were used to render fibres (Sisal) from the henequen plant. Then we continue the sightseeing to the sisal factory, where the plant is converted into distinct strands of what will become twine, rope or burlap bags.

11:30 am We board a wagon (truck) that is pulled by mules on narrow tracks through the henequen plantation to a Mayan hut, where you observe how the Mayan people used to live. Continuation to the cenote (well) Zhul-ha with safe installations, stairway and wood handle beautifully illuminated. Here you can swim in the clear, refreshing waters. Towels, goggles and safety jackets are provided.

01:00 pm Return to the Hacienda and time to enjoy the pool and the other installations of this marvelous building, such as the main house, restaurant and bar.

Time for lunch (not included in rate).
03:00 pm Departure back to Merida
04:00 pm Arrival at your hotel.
Schedule subject to change.

Day 6: Merida - Chichen Itza (Saturday - Tuesday)
For many, today´s guided excursion will be the highlight of the tour. Recently declared one Chichen Itza - 7th world wonderof the New Seven Wonders of the modern world, Chichen Itza is undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site on the peninsula. Its extraordinary beauty and convenient geographic location makes Chichen Itza one of the most visited archaeological sites on the Yucatan peninsula. The ruins were built with such knowledge of cosmology and mathematics that astound scholars from around the world. Among its main buildings is the large ball game court, where the eco is impressive. Walk thru the temple of the thousand columns, the castle pyramids and be amazed by the round constructions of the Observatory and The Castle pyramid, site of the astronomical phenomenon that occurs every equinox, symbolizing the descent to earth of the god Kukulcan, the feathered serpent.

Afternoon at leisure. Overnight.

Optional:
You may attend the performance of the Sound and Light show at the archaeological site, short walking distance from your hotel. If you want, you can present the Chichen itza ticket at night to presence the Chichen lights and sound show.

Day 7: Chichen Itza - Cancun (Sunday or Wednesday)
Morning free.

Optional (not included):
We suggest to visit the Cenote Ik Kil located approximately 2 kilometers from your hotel (cost of admission fee approximately USD $8.00 per person).

3:30 PM Pick up at hotel to continue the trip to arrive in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, with wonderful talcum powdered turquoise beaches. Drop off at your hotel around 7 pm.

Key: B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner / BL: Box Lunch

Guide speaking English/Spanish
Quality Hotels Single Double Triple
4* Flamingo Cancun Resort (Cancun)
El Castellano (Merida)
Mayaland Chichen (Chichen Itza)
$1,472 $1,077 $1,020
5* Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun (Cancun)
Hyatt Regency Merida (Merida)
Hacienda Chichen (Chichen Itza)
$1,831 $1,312 $1,221

Valid 23-Dec-13 to 15-Dec-14
Shared service unless indicated otherwise
Prices per person in USD $, subject to change without notice

Includes:
Welcome and transfer from airport upon arrival. Accommodations, meals, transfers and tours as noted in day-by-day itinerary. Entrance fees on sightseeing, tours. Official English / Spanish speaking local guide on tours.  Services in group basis.
 
Does not include:
International and domestic flights. International and domestic airport departure taxes. Meals not mentioned in the itinerary. Optional activities. Personal expenses (laundry, beverages, communications, etc).

Important:
A supplement will apply from April 13-27, 2014 & from July 1 - August 14, 2014.

Notes:
- Prices in USDollars, minimum 2 passenger/s.
- A supplement will apply for solo travellers.
- Official English / Spanish speaking local guide on tours.
- Triple rooms with 2 beds only, hotels don´t guarantee 3 beds.
- Specific properties may be replaced for others of same quality.
- Check in at hotels is normally at 3pm. Check out at 12.00 (noon) .
- The order of the itinerary may be altered according to flight schedules.
- All prices may vary on special holidays, Easter week and/or long Weekends.
- If there are people staying in Tulum, Playa del Carmen or nearby beaches, the transfer from Chichen Itza to Cancun won`t be direct and may take longer. If prefer, ask us about private alternatives.
- Services in shared basis (SIB) are only available from 7 am to 8 pm. Arrivals and departures out of this schedule will require private services.
- The itineraries are planned with great care, although, for operational and/or weather reasons, it may be necessary to change the sequence of activities in the itinerary or the specified route and visits, and though such cases are exceptional, in general the itinerary should be treated only as a basic guideline.
- Category of hotels is based on standards of the country (only to be used as a guide). One star being the most limited of services and, five stars having superior amenities and closer to international standards.
- Depending on the number of passengers, transport will be provided in shared service, based on a van (up to 9 pax) or a sprinter (up to 12 pax ) or a bus (up to 40 pax). For operational reasons the Chichen Itza tour (with drop off in Cancun) might be operated in a bus.
- Remember to contact  directly the embassy or nearest consulate to reconfirm this and if there is any other special requirement to enter the country.
- We strongly recommend that prior to travel you purchase an appropriate travel insurance policy to cover delays, cancellation charges, cancellation of services, loss or theft of luggage or personal effects, medical expenses, accident and others.