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12 day tour


Degree of difficulty: easy to moderate/ Type of accommodations: 3-5 star hotels and ecolodges/ Focus: Maya Archaeology exploring sites in:/ Peten- Guatemala, Belize and Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Chiapas- Mexico

Visit over 19 archaeological sites in 3 countries... TIKAL- YAXHA- HOLTUN- TOPOXTE- EL KUCH -XUNANTUNICH-CUELLO- LAMANAI- CERROS- SANTA RITA- CHETUMAL-TULUM- COBA- CHICHEN ITZA- UXMAL- KABAH- LABNA-PALENQUE- MOTUL DE SAN JOSE

DAY 1

  • Flight to Tikal National
  • Guided visit to the archaeological site

DAY 2 (B)

  • Visit the Sylvannus G. Morley Museum
  • Transfer to the Yaxha Lagoon and visit a hidden Maya face en route
  • Visit the sites of Yaxha and Topoxte by boat
  • Overnight at Ecolodge

DAY 3 (B/L)

  • Visit the site of El Kuch
  • Transfer to the Belizean border
  • Visit the ruins of Xunantunich
  • Proceed to resort on the banks of the Macal River for overnight

DAY 4

  • Transfer to Orange Walk District and visit the site of Cuello
  • Visit Lamanai, the most impressive archaeological site in Belize
  • Night spot light boat tour to appreciate wildlife

DAY 5 (L)

  • Transfer to Corozal District to visit the sites of Santa Rita and Cerros, longest lasting occupations in Maya history
  • Proceed to the mexican border
  • Visit the Maya Museum in Chetumal.
  • Charter flight over the Caribbean Coast of Quintana Roo to the fortified site of Tulum and overnight

DAY 6 (L)

  • Visit the archaeological site of Tulum
  • Proceed to Coba and marvel at its ancient roads
  • Visit the Dzitnup cave and reach village of Valladolid by the end of the day

DAY 7 (L)

  • Transfer to Chichen Itza, hybrid city of Puuc Mayan and Toltec styles
  • Shuttle to Merida in Yucatan for overnight

DAY 8 (L/D)

  • Transfer to the impressive sites of Kabah and Labna and Sayil
  • Proceed to Uxmal, place of great pomp and splendor
  • At night transfer back to your hotel in Merida

DAY 9

  • DUE TO FLIGHT SCHEDULES TODAY MUST BE THURSDAY
  • Optional city tour around Merida
  • Flight to Palenque

DAY 10

  • Visit the archaeological site of Palenque, the Westernmost Maya City State
  • Flight back to Flores, Peten in Guatemala
  • Transfer to the island city of Flores and boat across Lake Peten Itza for overnight

DAY 11

  • Discuss the plight of Mayan artifacts
  • Visit the unexcavated Motul de San Jose, of which very little is known
  • Relaxing afternoon

DAY 12

  • Transfer to Santa Elena International Airport for flight back to Guatemala City Farewell at your hotel.