On this 3 day Yucatan Round-Trip you’ll see the southern part of Yucatan. You’ll visit Maya ruins almost untouched from tourism, like Dzibanche, Kohunlich (the valley of the masks), Calakmul and also one of Mexico's magic city's Bacalar. In Bacalar you will visit the old Fort San Felipe and go on a boat trip on Bacalar lagoon (the lagoon of 7 colors)
Dzibanche (Maya for "writing on wood") & Kinichna
The name Dzibanche means "writing on wood" in the Mayan language; taking its name from the sculpted wooden lintels of the Temple of the Lintels. During the Early Classic period of Mesoamerican chronology, the city may have been the seat of the Kan ("snake") dynasty that later ruled from Calakmul to the southwest; Dzibanche appears to have been the Kan capital in the 5th and 6th centuries. The City center for the two sites (Kinichna & Dzibanche) is found in Dzibanché . Government buildings indicate this was the center of social and economic activities for the local population. The city's most important architectural complex is made up of a number of plazas ringed by large palaces and platforms from which temples rose
Kohunlich is a large archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization The site covers about 21 acres (85,000 m2), surrounded by dense sub-tropical rainforest, and it contains almost 200 mounds that remain largely unexcavated. The city was elaborately planned and engineered, with raised platforms and pyramids, citadels, courtyards and plazas surrounded with palace platforms, all laid out to channel drainage into a system of cisterns and an enormous reservoir to collect rainwater. The site was settled by 200 BC, but most of the structures were built in the Early Classic period from about 250 to 600 AD. The city appears to have functioned as a regional center and stop along the trade routes through the southern Yucatán from Campeche and Rio Bec area to the west, and the cities along the east coast and to the south, in the el Petén region of Guatemala and neighboring Belize. The site is best known for its Temple of the Masks, an Early Classic pyramid whose central stairway is flanked by huge humanized stucco masks. The Temple was built around 500 A.D. and is one of the oldest structures at Kohunlich.
Calakmul is a Maya archaeological site in the state of Campeche, deep in the jungles of the greater Petén Basin region, only 35 kilometres (22 mi) from the Guatemalan border and completely untouched from tourism. Calakmul was one of the largest and most powerful ancient cities ever uncovered in the Maya lowlands and the rival city of Tikal. Calakmul was a major Maya power and administered a large domain marked by the extensive distribution of their emblem glyph of the snakehead sign and was the seat of the Snake Kingdom that reigned during most of the Classic period, it had its heyday in the classic period 500 A.D. to 800 A.D. Calakmul itself is estimated to have had a population of 50,000 people and had governance, at times, over places as far away as 150 kilometers. There are 6,750 ancient structures identified at Calakmul; the largest is over 45 metres (148 ft) high, making it one of the tallest of the Maya pyramids. Four tombs have been located within the pyramid. The city existed for twelve centuries from (550 B.C. – 900 A.D.). Calakmul is remote and very beautiful, has vast jungle, lots of monkeys, wild bor and over 230 species of birds and is one of the most structure-rich sites within the Maya region. The site contains 117 stelae in paired sets representing both rulers and their wives.
After the visit of Calacmul you'll have a delicious lunch at a typical Mexican Restaurant before you go to Bacalar to check in to your hotel. At night you can explore Bacalar downtown or have lunch at a restaurant at the lagoon.
The lagoon Bacalar is a 55 km long and 2 km wide lagoon which is fed by many cenotes with fresh water flowing through a narrow canal into the Caribbean Sea. The lagoon has a water depth of only 1-2 meters, but on shore, around the lagoon, there are different cenotes where it is suddenly up to 70 meters deep. The white sandy bottom gives the lagoon the effect of having 7 different shades of blue. The lagoon is one of the most unique freshwater lakes on the planet because in the lagoon live the stromatolites, with 3.5 million years the oldest life forms on earth, which exist only in 3 places on the planet, in Africa, in Australia and here in Bacalar. They are probably also the largest living fossils with a length of 10 km and a height of more than 3 meters. On the stromatolites grow many hectares of mangroves and the stromatolites produce more oxygen than a 10-hectare forest. You will embark on a 2-hour boat trip over the lagoon, go swimming and snorkeling in different Cenotes and floting down the channel of the pirates.
The fort was built in 1723 to protect the village from pirates who attacked several times and robbed the women. Bacalar was also a safe haven for the merchant ships to build convoys before crossing the Atlantic to the old world. At the Fort, your guide will explain all about the history of Bacalar and the Fort.
Restaurant Kay Pez
After your boat trip and the visit of the Fort, you'll have a delicious Mexican lunch in a restaurant with a beautiful view over the lagoon, before you head back to the Riviera Maya and your hotel.
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What is included?
- entrance fees
- boat ride
- 1 night at hotel in Xpujil and 1 night at a hotel in Bacalar
What is not included?
- beverages at lunch
What to bring?
- bathing suit
- sun lotion
- bug spray
- closed shoes
- pocket money
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