Ek ‘Balam is located in the central-eastern part of Yucatan, about 190 km from Mérida and it is easy to reach the area, since the access is clearly signposted. The name of the ancient city, in the Yucatec Mayan language, literally translates into Spanish as “dark or black jaguar” (Barrera V. 1980: 1950) although the people of the Ek’Balam region who speak Mayan also interpret it as ” Lucero-Jaguar. ”
When the Spanish arrived in the Yucatan Peninsula in 1517, Chichén Itzá was already abandoned, which means that while Europe lived in the Middle Ages, Chichen Itza had already created an even more precise calendar than the Gregorian one, its knowledge of Astronomy was much more advanced and they handled the concept of the number zero. Chichén Itzá differed from other Mayan cities by introducing the cult to the god Kukulcán, the feathered serpent.
The main pyramid, better known as the Kukulcán pyramid or El Castillo, is an exact three-dimensional calendar, with the number of days, weeks, months and years that we use today, represented perfectly throughout its structure. It is the most representative vestige of the Mayan culture.
In Chichén Itzá a few meters from the Kukulcán pyramid, there is a cenote, which was called “The Sacred Cenote” for the remains and jewels discovered inside, which confirm the theory that it was used for religious ceremonies in honor to Chaac, god of rain.
Several buildings in Chichén Itzá have truly amazing acoustic effects, which you can discover during your guided tour, in any of our Xichén Tours.
The play of light and shadows that resemble the descent of Kukulcan by the pyramid of the castle during the equinox (on March 20 or 21 and September 22 or 23), and its perfectly symmetrical distribution with the location of the constellations, are some of the phenomena that are part of the mystery of their advanced astronomical knowledge.
Merida is the capital and most populous city of the state of Yucatan, Mexico. It is located in the homonymous municipality that is in the Metropolitan Influence Zone or Region VI of the entity. It is located 1318 km from the capital of the country, Mexico City.
The city was founded on January 6, 1542 on the vestiges of the Mayan city called T’Ho, which was virtually uninhabited when the Europeans conquered the Yucatan Peninsula.
Uxmal, surrounded by legends, myths and anecdotes; poetic in its name and its history, is located in the valley of Santa Elena next to a series of hills that are known by the name of Puuc, which in the Mayan language means “mountain range”, and which was the name that later received the architectural style that the sites of that region have. The occupation dates back to 500 a.C., however, during the 9th and 12th centuries AD. It was the seat of peninsular Mayan political and economic power in the Puuc region.
It is estimated that it had a population of close to 25 thousand inhabitants, distributed in a territory of 37.5 km2 with enormous agricultural potential, but lacking permanent sources for the use of water, which is why the Mayans built Chultunes, or water tanks, and a complex system of aguadas and bukteoobob, to take advantage of rainwater.
Coba: These ruins are approximately two and a half hours from Cancun and are very different from other archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, first of all because they are located next to 4 natural lakes, something very rare in the peninsula, these lakes it is believed that they gave origin to his name that means “Waved waters by the wind”. Later because they are not as explored and restored as Chichen Itza or Tulum. Coba still has many structures and constructions still covered by the jungle which make these ruins a magical place that triggers our imagination.
Rivera Maya: If you want to enjoy the sun, the waves, the reefs and cenotes on the Caribbean coast, Rivera Maya awaits you. Here you will also find first class restaurants, spaces to live the nightlife, exclusive spas, shopping centers and golf courses. The Riviera Maya is one of the best destinations for diving and snorkeling.
- What Will You DoDay 1: Arrival: At the Cancun Airport, our staff will be glad to welcome you. Transfer to the Oasis Smart hotel (or similar) for the first night.
Day 2: Ek Balam - Chichen Itza - Merida: Departure early in the morning towards Ek Balam, archaeological site which in the Mayan language means "Black Jaguar". Recent studies have shown the importance of this city of a century before Christ. We will continue towards Chichen Itza, one of the most important archaeological sites of Mexico, example of Mayan splendor and Seventh Wonder of the World. In the afternoon you will reach Merida, capital of the State of Yucatan, and overnight in Hotel Panamericana Mission (or similar).
Day 3: Uxmal - Merida: The third day will be dedicated to the visit of an archaeological site, imposing and fascinating of the Puuc Route: Uxmal, its beauty is characterized by its low palaces and horizontals rich in decoration and sculptures, in the afternoon return to Merida and tour the "White City". Overnight at the hotel Misión Panamericana (or similar).
Day 4: Coba - Riviera Maya: Departure to Coba, archaeological site in the middle of the nature which has the highest pyramid of the Yucatan peninsula: Nohoch Mul. We continue towards the Riviera Maya or Cancun, to continue your stay by the sea. End of our services.
- What Is Included- Overnight in the mentioned hotels or similar with breakfast
- 1 Food (Chichen)
- Guided excursions
- Entries in the mentioned sites
- Private transportation with a/c
- What Is Not Included- Meals and dinners not specified
- Personal tips and extras
- Everything that is not expressly mentioned in "includes"
- TransfersPlease be in the lobby of your hotel 10 minutes before the indicated time, our staff will call you by your name when approaching, the staff will reconfirm the destination of the route and include them requested, then will adress the transportation.
To pick them up at the airport, you need to provide your flight information.