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Yucatan - Chiapas

In Mexico, throughout your trip, you will be surrounded by water: sea, rivers, lagoons, cenotes, waterfalls… Over 12 days, this trip will take you through the whole Yucatan peninsula. From Tulum and its magnificent beaches to Bacalar lagoon and the state of Chiapas, let yourself be lulled by the flow of the water or by waves crashing onto the beach. We will cross colonial cities (Merida, Campeche), visit archaeological sites (Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque) and practice water sports. This tour is designed for families… Get on board and drift away.

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Cancún
  • Day 2: Cancún (Downtown) - Chichen Itza - Izamal - Mérida
  • Day 3: Mérida - Tour Cenote - Uxmal
  • Day 4: Uxmal - Bécal - Campeche
  • Day 5: Campeche - Sabancuy - Villahermosa
  • Day 6: Villahermosa - Canyon del Sumidero - San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Day 7: San Cristobal de las Casas - Zinacatan - San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Misol Ha - Palenque
  • Day 9: Palenque
  • Day 10: Palenque - Chicanna
  • Day 11: Chicanna - Chetumal - Bacalar
  • Day 12: Bacalar - Tulum - Playa del Carmen
  • Day 13: Playa del Carmen
  • Day 14: Playa del Carmen - Cancún

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Cancún

Cancun Arrival
Arrival at the airport (flight ? at ?) and delivery of your vehicle. They offer several insurance options, be careful as some of these are very expensive.


An English-speaking guide will meet you, help you with paperwork and provide you with a road map.



Rental car Chevrolet Aveo or equivalent. Insurance coverage: against theft and damage to third parties (property and people) up to 350.000 pesos. Liability limited to 10% of the commercial value of the vehicle in case of damage or collision.


Do not hesitate to contact us for an inclusive insurance.



Overnight stay at the Ramada hotel.
Included : car rental, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : guide arrival apt - hertz

Day 2: Cancún (Downtown) - Chichen Itza - Izamal - Mérida

Chichen Itza, merveille maya

Édifié par les Mayas puis remanié par les Toltèques, Chichen Itza symbolise l'unification des deux cultures religieuses. Le plus grand site archéologique du Yucatan fut à son apogée le principal centre religieux de la péninsule.


Nous continuons vers l'authentique village colonial de Izamal magnifique bourgade colorée de jaunes vifs, dont le couvent franciscain San Antonio de Padua, construit sur un centre cérémoniel maya, reste le plus grand ensemble monastique du continent. Nous rencontrerons à Izamal des artisans hauts en couleur qui ont fait la réputation du village.


Arrivée en fin de journée à Merida.


Mérida, la ville blanche

Capitale du Yucatan. En plein développement économique, elle a néanmoins conservé un charme colonial envoûtant et une personnalité forte. Les monuments historiques sont nombreux et bien mis en valeur, d'agréables petites places vous invitent à y prendre un verre au son d'un orchestre de marimba.


Son marché d'artisanat vous proposera de nombreux souvenirs : les fameux huipiles, tuniques de femme brodées et très colorées, un authentique "panama", un véritable hamac yucatèque en pur coton.




Option included : english speaking local guide in Chichen Itza.
Overnight stay at the hotel Casa Lucia.
Included : car rental, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Local guide

Day 3: Mérida - Tour Cenote - Uxmal

Tour cenote off the beaten tracks

Cenotes are natural pools of fresh and crystalline water, where the sunrays create spectacular lighting effects. On the way we cross a typical Mayan market where the colors of fruits and vegetables are matched only by those of the women’s traditional clothing. Then we explore 2 cenotes, and take a refreshing swim in the forest. One thing is certain, you will leave completely transformed.


Conquer the city of Uxmal

The site is peaceful and not widely visited by tourists… You will love it ! Uxmal, in Mayan language, means “Thrice Built”, but in reality the city was constructed five times. The water is really scarce in the region, this explains the omnipresence of representations of the rain god Chac-Mool.

We spend the night in Uxmal.




Option included : Lunch at Doña Ana home.
Option included : english speaking local guide in cenotes and Uxmal (meeting at 09:00 am in the hotel’s lobby).

Overnight stay at hotel Hacienda Uxmal.
Included : car rental, lunch, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Lunch with Dona Ana

Day 4: Uxmal - Bécal - Campeche

After breakfast we head to the village of Becal, where Don Alfredo opens his house to share with us the fabrication secrets of his panama hats, the typical hat of Yucatan.


Then we head Campeche, one of the first landing place of the conquerors in 1517. This magnificient colonial town conserved its city walls and fortification and was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Many canons still recall the assaults the pirates of the Caribbean did on the town during colonization. We spend the night in Campeche.





Overnight stay at hotel Socaire.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 5: Campeche - Sabancuy - Villahermosa

Departure to reach the state of Chiapas. We first head to Sabancuy on the seaside, where we go for a swim.

Then, we head west, driving through the Laguna de Terminos, home of a great amount of wildlife, especially “grand dolphins", pelicans, manatees, crocodiles, sea turtles and hundreds of bird species. Arrival in the late afternoon in Villahermosa.



Overnight stay at hotel Plaza Independencia.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 6: Villahermosa - Canyon del Sumidero - San Cristobal de las Casas

After breakfast, departure for the village of Chiapa de Corzo, where we catch a boat to cross the Canyon del Sumidero on the Rio Chiapas. The "Christmas tree falls" is a rock wall eroded by a 800 m (2625 ft) high waterfall. The Canyon is home to a great variety of wildlife including herons, vultures, crocodiles…

Note : If you chose a self-drive tour option, the boat has to be paid on the spot, it cannot be included in our services.

Afterwards we drive to San Cristobal de las Casas. End of the day at leisure to visit the indigenous town and its traditionnal market.



Overnight stay at the Parador Margarita hotel.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 7: San Cristobal de las Casas - Zinacatan - San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas is located at the center of an indigenous population area, and is the birthplace of the Zapatist movement, developed under the leadership of Subcomandante Marcos for the protection of the indigenous rights. Every morning, the Tzotzil people sell their products at the market.


Syncretism in Tzotzil community 

After breakfast we head to the village of San Juan de Chamula where the inhabitants practice a form of syncretism: a mixture of Christian beliefs and ancestral rituals. Then we head to Zinacantan where a Tzotzil family invites us into their house and shares with us their customs and traditions (weaving), as well as a glass of pox (corn-based liquor) and handmade tortillas.


We head back to San Cristobal at the end of the day.





Overnight stay at the Parador Margarita hotel.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Misol Ha - Palenque

After breakfast we head to Palenque. We leave behind the cool and foggy highlands and head towards the warm and humid lowlands.


All year long, water comes down from the mountains and eventually creates magnificent waterfalls like Misol-Ha or Agua Azul.


For lunch (non-included), we can have grilled fish near the water while enjoying a beautiful panorama. We also take the time to go swimming in one of the many pools shaped by the waterfalls.


We then continue to Palenque.





Overnight stay at hotel Chan Kah.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 9: Palenque

Explore the city of Palenque

After breakfast we visit the archaeological site of Palenque. It might well be the most magical site of Mexico. It gives the impression to penetrate a deep, mysterious and secret place, of a light and delicate architecture. At the heart of the Inscriptions Temple stands the crypt of King Pakal, discovered in 1952. It still contained the remains of the powerful monarch, covered with jewels and a mortuary mask made of jade mosaic. The surrounding jungle and the buried ruins create a fascinating scenery and we can easily imagine the magnificence of the place, back when the temples and the palace were still covered with polychrmes paints and a richly adorned crowd animated the esplanades.




Option included : english speaking local guide in Palenque

Overnight stay at hotel Chan Kah.
Included : car rental, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Local guide Palenque

Day 10: Palenque - Chicanna

Today we head to the site of Chicanna, beautiful mayan site still not widely visited by tourists. Chicanna means "House of the Serpent Mouth". Renamed in 1966 during its exploration, its original name remains unknown.





Overnight stay at the Chicanna Ecovillage hotel.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 11: Chicanna - Chetumal - Bacalar

Departure in the morning for Chetumal, bordertown with Belize. We go on a discovery walk of the town and visit the superb Museum of Mayan Culture (closed on Mondays) where we learn how to count and read in Mayan. It's very easy !

Arrival at the end of the day in Bacalar, where we will spend the night.



Overnight stay at hotel Rancho Encantado. Garden view casita with a/c.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 12: Bacalar - Tulum - Playa del Carmen

Morning at leisure at the lagoon.
Optional boat tour, water ski or wake board available (non-included). Then we drive north with a stop at Tulum’s archeological site which witnessed the arrival of the first colons in 1518. Visit of this ancient harbor (and the only one known) built in 1200 and which disappeared at the end of the sixteenth century. Relaxing afternoon on the beach.

Arrival in the late afternoon in Playa del Carmen.



Overnight stay at the Mahekal hotel. Garden view pueblito room.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 13: Playa del Carmen

Day at leisure. The beach town invites to rest under the Caribbean sun on the warm white sand and at night to celebrate with a margarita on a terrace.
Snorkel and dive opportunities with a team of professional divers (snorkeling, discovery dive, cenote dive, dive in Cozumel, PADI certifications, for beginners and confirmed divers).



Overnight stay at the Mahekal hotel. Garden view pueblito room.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 14: Playa del Carmen - Cancún

Hasta luego México
Departure from the hotel to Cancun Airport 3 hours before take-off.
Return of the rented car to the Hertz desk.


Included : car rental

Ramada Cancun   Cancún

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Ramada Cancun City is ideally located in downtown Cancun close to shops, restaurants and beaches. It opened its doors in February 26, 2010 after a deep renovation program, equipped with new furniture, all rooms with 32' LCD TV, bright vibrant colors, new bathrooms and redesigned and refitted lobby, restaurant and bar.

Casa Lucia   Mérida

Level : boutique hotel
Included : room & breakfast

This boutique hotel is located in central Mérida, just 5 minutes’ walk from the cathedral. It offers an outdoor pool and elegant, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. The rooms at the Casa Lucia Hotel Boutique feature wooden furniture and ceiling beams. Each one comes with a private bathroom.

hacienda uxmal   Uxmal

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Located in the woodlands of Yucatan´s Puuc county is Hacienda Uxmal, an enclave of old-fashioned hospitality and quiet good taste. Sharing pride of place with the ancient ceremonial center for which it is named, Hacienda Uxmal offers the comforts of home in a setting as lovely as it is historic. The hotel generates an air of understated luxury inspired by the hacienda nobility of a century past. Hand-painted tile, masonry sculpted by artists and the generous use of the regional hardwoods set the tone. The grounds are impeccably kept and perfumed with the flora of tropical Yucatan.

Socaire   Campeche

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Plaza Independencia   Villahermosa

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Hotel Plaza Independencia in Villahermosa is located in the heart of the city only one block away from the Governor’s Palace and close to malls and museums. The hotel also boasts a spectacular panoramic view of the river Grijalva. The hotel reflects the historical and architectural values of the city, showcasing the bright and cheery colors that mirror the tropical environment.

Parador Margarita   San Cristobal de las Casas

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Chan Kah   Palenque

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The hotel is located just 5 minutes away from downtown Palenque and about 10 minutes from the archaeological site. Surrounded by magnificent gardens the resort also contains a lagoon and a stream that flows past the Casitas (small house accommodations) and through the gardens. The comfortable bungalows nestle in approximately 20 hectares of jungle that are home to one hundred or so species of tropical birds. In total the hotel has 79 Casitas, 2 bar/restaurants, a convention center with 6 conference rooms and a capacity of 1000 people, internet facilities, a tobacco and handicraft store.

Chicanna Ecovillage   Chicanna

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Chicanna Ecovillage Resort, in Xpujil, is an ecological, self-sufficient resort, where nature remains untouched. On the route to the Calakmul archeological site, Chicanna Ecovillage is at a strategic point to reach out for other ancient Mayan cities, such as Chicanna, Becan and Xpuhil with their characteristic architectural style known as Rio Bec. Chicanna Ecovillage offers rustic yet very comfortable rooms and bungalows as part of an exciting jungle and cultural experience

rancho encantado   Bacalar

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The rustic-style bungalows will provide you with a minibar and a coffee maker. The private bathrooms come with a shower. Some units have a lake view. The restaurant at Hotel Rancho Encantado opens from 08:00 until 21:30 hours.

mahekal   Playa del Carmen

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

This hotel has held on to its natural legacy of sea and jungle, and offers a vast array of treasures and amenities to guests looking for secluded Playa del Carmen accommodations. This hotel includes breakfast and dinner, or lunch daily. Our guests can indulge in our delicious food, practice the most exciting aquatic sports or rest in a hammock observing how the palms rock to the rhythm of the Caribbean breezes.

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