Guide: No guide
Your driver will bring you to incredible Izamal—where almost every structure is egg-yolk yellow! Izamal is a living Maya town and art colony.
Uayma, Xocempich cenote and Chichen Itza
Guide: Licensed guide Hotel: Casa de los Artistas
AM: We travel to Uayma. The former convent of Uayma was recently refurbished in impeccable detail, this buildings features a distinctively matchless art work.
LUNCH: We head to Xocempich, a private cenote on the ruins of an historic ranch, a refreshing treat open only to us. Swim or snorkel in the cenote’s crystalline waters and relax for hours in total privacy. A delicious fête champêtre-style lunch is served beneath the magnificent old trees.
PM: Our journey continues at Chichen Itza, the pre-Hispanic world’s most celebrated archaeological site. Originally built by the Maya, later conquered by Itzás, and Toltecs, and ultimately defeated by princes of Mayapán. You’ll visit the world famous Castillo, a pyramid recently declared one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. We also visit the site’s other principal constructions and then the Sacred Cenote, where sacrificial offerings have been found.
Tekanto, Tepakan, Sitilpech and the city of Izamal
AM: Visit Tekanto and Tepakan: genuine Maya villages that conserve an impeccable vernacular architecture, with traditional patios and cottages as well as rural streets. We suggest to walk to experience the ancestral daily life. Continue to Sitilpech and visit the the venerated “Black Christ” of Sitilpech. Last, explore Kimbila famous for its guayaberas and huipiles – traditional clothing – shops.
LUNCH: Pause for lunch in a restaurant in Izamal (not included in tuition).
PM: This afternoon is about incredible Izamal—where almost every structure is egg-yolk yellow! But Izamal is no mere tourist trap—it’s a living Maya town and art colony. Catherwood’s expert guides lead you to all of Izamal’s principal sites and explain its intriguing blend of Maya, Spanish and modern cultures. We will also visit Maya artisans’ homes and workshops and witness the creation of their magnificent crafts.
AM: This morning we will explore Rio Lagartos, a fabulous nature reserve located on the north coast of Yucatan. A boat will take us into the estuary where we will have a close view — according to the season of the year — of the flamingos, as well as other species of birds, crocodiles, and other fauna. Rio Lagartos is home to the largest population of flamingos in Mexico. We will also pause at the “Charcas de Sal” for an unforgettable experience.
LUNCH: We pause to enjoy lunch in a restaurant in Rio Lagartos.
Ake and Hacienda San Jose Cholul
AM: We’ll start with a visit to Ake, a less visited archaeological site, now known as the ruins of Ake because of the hacienda of San Lorenzo Aké which stands on the ancient Mayan ruins
LUNCH: Lunch today will be at Hacienda San José Cholul.
PM: At leisure to explore the gardens of Hacienda San Jose Cholul
Ek Balam and tour of Valladolid
AM: Today we will explore Ek Balam, a lesser known, but magnificent walled city and ascend to the extraordinary structure, covered in stucco sculpture, that crowns its pyramid. Its magnificent artistry was preserved for eternity when the ancient Maya buried it to protect the tomb hidden within. Ek Balam’s rich mixture of architectural styles highlights its long trade relationships with other regions in the Yucatán peninsula, and abundant avian life is another great part of your visit.
LUNCH: Pause for a delicious lunch in a restaurant in Valladolid (not included in tuition) .
PM: Our journey continues with a visit to Valladolid, a colonial city that was developed in one of the few Maya religious and political centers where the conquistadors found a pyramid with its temple still in use. We will immerse ourselves in the provincial atmosphere of the region, spectacularly represented in Valladolid’s streets and plazas.
we will review together the group images and hang out!
Driver will take us back to the Cancun Airport.Izamal
Guide: No guide
Your driver will bring you to incredible Izamal—where almost every structure is egg-yolk yellow! But Izamal is no mere tourist trap—it’s a living Maya town and art colony.