After morning pickup from your Cancun or Merida hotel by luxurious Mercedes Benz van, relax in your plush reclining seat and enjoy a light breakfast on board. During your small-group tour, your guide will shed light on the culture of both ancient and modern-day Mayans as you take part in spiritual ceremonies, culinary delights and astronomical observations before a visit to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza.
First, witness an authentic Mayan ritual and learn about offerings that only the H’ men, or Mayan priests, can make to the gods. Next, discover the secrets of regional Mayan cuisine as you prepare pibil – one of the most traditional chicken dishes – during a small-group cooking class. For lunch, enjoy delicious Mayan appetizers with your creation, along with agua fresca, a fresh drink made of seasonal fruits. Your guide will offer a Mayan language lesson with the opportunity to speak with local Mayan people.
Afterward, receive a lesson in numerology and learn how the ancient Mayas calculated time. You’ll appreciate the contribution of the Mayan civilization to the fields of astronomy, time measurement and mathematics before a trip to the planetarium. Here, watch a digital show produced by the Chabot Space and Science Center, and be transported back in time to the Mayan jungle of the Yucatan.
Once you’ve learned about this important scientific and cultural heritage, you’ll be ready for Chichen Itza, considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World! As you tour the sacred city with your small group, your guide will explain the archeological significance of its most important temples and pyramids.
Admire the Temple of the Warriors and its adjacent Temple of the 1,000 Columns, as well as the Temple of the Jaguars and the Pyramid of Kukulcán (the large central pyramid also known as El Castillo – The Castle). You’ll visit Mesoamerica’s largest Ball Court in addition to the Observatory, La Iglesia and the Nunnery before heading to the nearby Mayaland Resort.
During your free time, enjoy the resort's swimming pools, lounge chairs and botanical gardens, or visit to the sacred Xtoloc Cenote (no swimming permitted). With bottled water, beer and soft drinks available aboard the van at all times, you can relax on your return to your hotel.