2018: Mysteries of the Mayan World (IMX)
5 days from Cancun to Cancun
The end of the world?some say the Mayan calendar depicted the end of the world in December 2012. But guess what? To the dismay and excitement of some, we-along with all of the ancient Mayan ruins-are still here! And with Monograms, now is your chance to visit the most famous of the Mayan ruins-Chichen Itza and Uxmal-in Mexico. On this 5-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, two lunches, three dinners, sightseeing, and transportation. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host, someone there for you throughout your vacation to guide you, answer questions, offer suggestions, and generally help you get the most out of your trip.Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Cancun, where your Local Host will greet you at the airport with a warm welcome and transfer you to Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your hotel in Chichen Itza has its own entrance to the archaeological site. The next day, after included breakfast, we will take you on a tour of this ancient Mayan city, which dates back to 800 AD. You'll hear the stories behind the Temple of Kukulcan, also known as El Castillo, which is a pyramid with 365 steps, one for each day of the year-a great example of the Maya's supremacy in astronomy. You'll also see the Ball Court, where the teams' captains were decapitated after the games; the Sacred Cenote, the sacrificial well where humans (mostly girls) were tossed into the waters as sacrifices to the gods; the Temple of Jaguars; and more. While in Chichen Itza, we've also arranged for you to attend a Mayan cooking or language class, as well as the nighttime Light & Sound show, which tells the story of this ancient Mayan civilization.Then we will transfer you to Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan. We've arranged for a tour that includes the Magician's Pyramid, the Nuns Quadrangle, the Palace of the Governor, and the Great Pyramid. We've also arranged for you to attend the Light & Sound show, which tells the history of the Mayans in a magnificent setting. We will also take you to nearby Kabah, where you will see the Codz Pop, a palace famous for its facade of 250 Chac masks and statues of ancient rulers. It is believed this building was used for religious rituals and state ceremonies. Just wait until you see it!And did we mention that we've included transportation back to Cancun's airport as well as a walking tour of Merida, capital of the Yucatan and its colonial heart? You'll see the must-see attractions, such as the main square, and visit the Museum of Anthropology with its excellent displays of Mayan artifacts. In fact, between the sightseeing and guides we've arranged, the attractions and transportation we've included, the hotels we've booked, and the meals we've included, we've taken care of all of the details for you. Your only job is to show up ready to learn and have fun!
- Tour Operator
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 5 Days
- Escorted - No
|Day 1||Chichen Itza||Arrive in Cancun and meet your Local Host, who will also act as your guide during your vacation. Enjoy a transfer to Chichen Itza. Your hotel for the next two nights has its own entrance to the archaeological site, offering a mystical atmosphere that will take you back to ancient times.|
|Day 2||Chichen Itza||Begin your day with a guided TOUR of Chichen Itza, designated one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the Ball Court, the Temple of Jaguars, the famous pyramid of Kukulcan, and the Sacred Cenote (Well of Sacrifice). Your Local Guide is on hand to explain the history of this incredible site, share in its ancient stories, and answer all your questions. This afternoon, you may wish to spend more time exploring the ruins on your own, enjoy a dip in the hotel's pool, shop for souvenirs from local artisans, or perhaps join an optional horseback-riding excursion. You are also invited to attend an included MAYAN COOKING or LANGUAGE CLASS during your free time. Later tonight, let the play of lights on the ancient buildings and tales of warlike rulers, priests, and Mayan gods weave their spell on you when you attend the LIGHT & SOUND SHOW at Chichen Itza. (B,L,D)NOTE:At various times of the year, the Light & Sound Show may not be available; if this should happen, a visit to the Mayan Planetarium will be substituted. |
|Day 3||Uxmal||This morning, we visit Merida, capital of the Yucatan and its colonial heart. Enjoy a walking TOUR that visits the Zocalo (main square), the stately cathedral, City Hall, and a city market, where you can shop for authentic arts and crafts. You'll also visit the MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY with its excellent displays of Mayan artifacts from various Yucatan sites. We continue to Uxmal, located in the dense jungle, for a 2-night stay. (B,D)|
|Day 4||Uxmal||On your morning guided TOUR, explore Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan. Its dramatic architecture includes the oval-shaped Magician's Pyramid, the Nun's Quadrangle with its magnificent friezes depicting the Mayan rain god, the magnificent Palace of the Governor, and the impressive Great Pyramid. After exploring Uxmal, continue to KABAH, where you will see Codz Pop, a palace famous for its facade of 250 Chac masks and statues of ancient rulers. In the evening, you are invited to attend the Uxmal LIGHT & SOUND SHOW, where the music and dialog take place in a magnificent setting. (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Cancun||After breakfast, depart for Cancun International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.