Yucatan is one of Mexico’s most fascinating regions. By doing this cruise, you will have the chance to enjoy both archaeological tours and white-sand beaches. This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about Mayan culture, food, and people.
If you want to discover the origins and essence of Mayan Culture, The Yucatan Peninsula is the best place to visit. People, landscapes, food, history and architecture of Yucatan are unique. This cruise will take you on a journey through an incredible cultural and natural heritage.
Traveling 14 days throughout the Yucatan Peninsula will enable you to see the exceptional coexistence of three primary oxygen generators in the world, such as stromatolites, coral reefs and the world famous Calakmul Biosphere. This Mexican region is flanked by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, in addition to its vast expanses of fresh water.
You will get to know the roots of the Mayan world by visiting ancient archaeological sites dating from the Preclassic to the Postclassic (400 BC – 1450 AD). You will also have the chance to admire historic colonial buildings from the 1600s to the 1900s as well as the Sanctuary de la Cruz Parlante (center of the Mayan rebels during the war caste) which dates back to 1850 AD.
You will also have the opportunity to relax on white sand beaches, and admire stunning lagoons and turquoise cenotes. The region is filled with hundreds of species of flora and fauna (many of them endemic to the region), large areas of perfectly preserved medium forests , amazing and unique mythical caves, among many other aspects and features of great importance.
Your senses will enjoy the flavors of typical Yucatecan and abundant food, scents and sounds of the sea and jungle. You will be able to admire the landscape of the different natural ecosystems, and see how authentic the villages and colonial cities of this region are. You can feel that the ancient Mayan inhabitants are in direct contact with its architectural legacy. No doubt your spiritual side manages to connect with the environment during the voyage.
During each day of the trip you will have enough time to relax or explore and meet its inhabitants. This discovery of the Yucatan region will be the experience of a lifetime.
Duration: 14 Days
Start Location: Puerto Morelos
End Location: Puerto Morelos
Departure dates: September 17, October 18, November 17, December 6 (2019)
1st and 2nd Days
Arrival / Puerto Morelos / Playa del Carmen / Ruta de los Cenotes / Sun, Beach & Snorkeling Reefs
The journey begins with you arrival at Cancun International Airport, where you host staff will be waiting to welcome you and take you to the relaxed fishing port of Puerto Morelos. During the first day of your arrival you will have plenty of time to relax or explore the park and white sandy beaches or interact with people port; all pending a unique sunset.
Also if you wish you can visit the cosmopolitan city of Playa del Carmen (optional) *. At the end of the day you will be able to enjoy a good wine or any other beverage of your choice under the starry sky of the Caribbean Sea.
On the morning of your second day you will visit the exotic route of the cenotes, which are surrounded by lush forest and turquoise crystal clear water with green backgrounds. Then we return to our starting point at dusk to take a snorkel tour in the world’s second largest barrier reef, which is located just in front of Puerto Morelos. There you will have the chance to observe its vast marine biodiversity. During the afternoon you will have some time to rest and relax. At the end of this day we will spend the night for the second time in Puerto Morelos.
* Optional visit to Playa del Carmen (25 minutes from Puerto Morelos). Free taxi service can be provided.
Day 3: Go on a incredible Archaeological Tour
On this third day you will experience an exceptional tour to the archaeological sites of Tulum and Coba, with its architectural features and historical importance which dates from 200 BC to 1450 AD. After the tour you will be able to relax or walk by the white sandy beaches and admire the turquoise Caribbean. At night you will get to know the village of Tulum, where we will spend the night.
Day 4: Visit the beautiful Sanctuary de la Cruz Parlante
On the fourth day you will go to the town of Carrillo Puerto to meet the descendants of the historical legacy of “the Sanctuary of the Talking Cross”, which was the central meeting place for the Mayan rebels during the Caste War, 1850s. Then you will visit the fishing community of Majahual where you will go on a snorkeling tour in the majestic barrier reef located approximately 100 meters from the beach. For lunch you will taste delicious sea food on the white sand beach overlooking the coast of Majahual.
Day 5 and 6. Laguna Bacalar / Fort Bacalar / Cenote Azul / Sun and Swim
Continuing the journey will depart from the fishing village of Majahual, to the incredible lagoon of Bacalar, also called “Lagoon of Seven Colors” (for its different shades of blue). There you will take a boat trip to see the different types of mangrove trees or shrubs that exist in the region, knowing the cenotes and stromatolites, the latter are one of the oldest evidence of life on earth (3500 million years ago). You will then have enough free time to relax on the shore of the lagoon. At the end of this day we will spend the night our first night out of two two in Bacalar.
During our second day in the town of Bacalar you will tour the “Fort of San Felipe de Bacalar” site dating from 1725, which was built as a defensive strtucture to preserve the region against the constant attacks of English pirates among others. Later that day you will discover the enigmatic Cenote Azul with blue waters and more than 90 meters deep. You will then have free time to rest in your hotel, before enjoying an exceptional sunset on the edge of the lagoon.
Day 7 and 8. Archaeological Tour / Bat Cave / Wildlife Observation / Rest
You will begin the day by leaving the state of Quintana Roo to go to the state of Campeche. You will then start archaeological day tour and visit three sites of historical significance from the Late Preclassic (300 BC) to the Late Post Classic (1500 AD) times.
On the same archaeological route you will head towards the world famous Calakmul Biosphere to witness an unusual event with a visit to the bat cave, in which you will see a flurry of more than 3 million copies of 7 different species. To conclude the day you will have dinner in Calakmul; your lodging will be in the heart of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve.
Your second day in the Mexican province of Campeche will have a very special meaning. This day begins with a tour in the nature of Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, which has 723,185 hectares of perfectly preserved forest; and where you can find more than 80% of the plant species of the Yucatan, plus 350 species of birds and nearly 100 species of mammals, among other ecosystems.
Later you will reach the monumental Mayan city of Calakmul. Specialists declared the site of Calakmul, as the most important for the Classic Maya period (250 AD); rival for nearly a century of Tikal in Guatemala.
Days 9-10-11: Caving / Archeology / Cenotes
Your ninth day of crossing the Yucatan Peninsula will be dedicated to exploring caves or caverns. Through this activity you will learn the true meaning of the caves to the ancient Maya people. The cenotes, caves or caverns were known by the ancient Maya inhabitants as the gateway to the valley of the dead to the underworld (Chibalba).
During all these in the state of Yucatan you will have plenty of time to explore the streets and markets of different peoples and meet the real owners of all this natural and cultural, the people of Mayan communities. Also on this day you will taste the varied and international Yucatecan food. This will be our first day in Yucatecan lands.
Continuing your journey, on your tenth day Yucatecan lands you will visit archaeological sites in the Puuc Route, through which we can see other pieces of the outstanding architectural Mayan style (500 BC to 900 AD). This will complete your fourth day of archaeological sites and then you will have plenty of time to rest and relax. During this day you will also continue your gastronomic Yucatan tour.
During your cruise’s eleventh day you will have an incredible tour of cenotes and their crystal clear water, colors between green and turquoise. The cenotes are characteristic of the Yucatan Peninsula. There you can swim, relax and enjoy rich and varied typical food served by the friendly people of Yucatan.
Days 12 and 13: Convents and Haciendas Coloniales / Discover the green gold of Yucatan
During your twelfth day on this cruise, you will learn more about current Maya and the history of the Yucatan Peninsula since the arrival of the Franciscans in 1524. They began building temples, monasteries , chapels and convents. Through this tour you will get to know the habits and customs of the inhabitants of this region by visiting markets, parks and convents of the major Mayan cities. They represent a big range of visual and culinary experiences for our senses.
This cruise would be incomplete without this day of great experiences. There are two aspects of great importance to the regional history of the Yucatan Peninsula from the 1600s to the 1900s. One will be the henequen extraction process which was formerly known as the green gold of Yucatan, and the other aspect is the majestic haciendas. We will witness the renovation of the old haciendas of Yucatan, the same that were abandoned after the fall of the henequen manufacturing.
This tour will enable us to see the economic recovery in several of the areas of the Yucatan Peninsula. Through the rescue of these old colonial buildings, it is getting out of poverty and provide economic alternatives to the people of these regions. At the end of our fifth day in Yucatecan lands you will go back to Puerto Morelos, to rest before going back home.
Day 14.- Departure
Transfer and farewell at Cancun International Airport.
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