Yucatan and Campeche:
Land of the Maya

 

The Yucatan Peninsula is known as the epicentre of the Mayan culture, with much of the region’s inhabitants preserving the indigenous traditions and customs unique to the Southeast of Mexico.

From the city of Campeche, a World Heritage Site, you’ll visit the community of Pomuch to witness one of the most unbelievable rituals in the world: bone cleaning. The remains of loved ones are cleaned and placed in wooden boxes with fabrics with multicolored embroidered fabrics as offerings. On the eve of Day of the Dead this ceremony becomes even more special; house facades painted in white and lit with candles make up a path of light from the cemetery to the church, bringing together all the town’s residents.

 

We’ll also visit the ancient Mayan city of Edzná and Balakmú, where you’ll find the “Frieze of the Universe”, a unique archeological piece and one of the largest stucco friezes in the Mayan world. At Calakmul, Mixed World Heritage Site, you’ll see one of the highest pre-Hispanic stone foundations in all of Mexico, as well as more than one hundred commemorative stelae, tombs, pottery pieces, ceremonial masks and jewellery from the Mayan culture.

 

Campeche is the only fortified city in Mexico, where its boroughs, plazas, fortresses and bastions tell us its history of explorers and pirates through its ancient stone walls or the seafood in the local ports.

 

In the state of Yucatán, you will visit the community of Becal, home to expert artisans of Panama hats, under the cover of caves and cenotes where the humidity allows them to properly handle the dehydrated jipijapa palm.

 

In Yucatan we’ll visit the Magic Town of Izamal, whose yellow facades resemble the nation’s beloved corn. You will visit the San Antonio de Padua Convent, built on a Mayan settlement dedicated to the Mayan god of rain and climb the Kinich Kakmó pyramid, which has the largest stone foundation in the entire Mayan World.

 

A boat tour along the Celestun estuary awaits in a natural protected area home to thousands of flamingos and other seabird species. You can explore the mangrove and freshen up in the crystal clear waters of a cenote or visit nearby towns famed for their artisinal sea-salt extraction methods.. A tour through the Yucatan Peninsula wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the local delicacies.

 

On the way to Merida, after stopping in small communities and henequen haciendas, we’ll stop to see the oregano crops in Kinchil, and in Uman visit it’s grand church, a candidate for a second cathedral in Yucatan.

 

It would be impossible not to visit Mayapan, the last great Mayan capital before the arrival of the Spaniards. This archaeological site has everything to offer: an observatory, the Kukulkan temple, friezes and frescoes, and the benefit of being one of the less touristy sites but packing just as big of a punch. A stop in Acanceh, a town with a Mayan temple next to its main square will reveal an elaborate Mayan frieze.

 

The tour wouldn’t be complete without witnessing the unique underground rivers of the Yucatan peninsula, such as Nomozon, located outside of the busy city, it’s the perfect location to relax in its cool and crystal clear waters.

 

You will experience a sunrise like no other in the city of Chichen Itza, where you will get to see its majestic buildings and be surrounded by their mystical energy, followed by an exquisite breakfast next to a private and exclusive cenote just for you.