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Mayan Life and Culture Experience: Chichen Itza Ruins, Cooking Class and Maya Traditions

Cancun, Mexico
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Experience multiple aspects of Mayan life with a cooking class, cultural workshop and visit to UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza. Start your day from either Cancun or Merida and delve right in with a Mayan ritual, followed by a hands-on lesson in preparing pibil—a traditional dish of slow-roasted chicken. Learn various Mayan phrases over lunch, test your numerology skills and stop by a planetarium to learn about Mayan contributions to astronomy. Afterward, explore the world-famous archaeological site Chichen Itza on a guided tour, followed by some pool time at Mayaland Resort.
  • Mayan cultural tour with cooking class from Cancun
  • Participate in an authentic Mayan ceremony and see a show at the planetarium
  • Tour UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chichen Itza with an experienced guide
  • Relax at Mayaland Resort’s swimming pool, botanical gardens and Xtoloc Cenote
  • Enjoy cooking traditional Mayan cuisine for lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by Mercedes Benz van with complimentary bottled water, soft drinks and beer on board
  • Small-group tour limited to 25 ensures a more personalized experience

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This culture-infused tour includes a bit of everything – Mayan language, history and cooking – topped off with relaxation at Mayaland Resort.
Following pickup in the morning from your Mérida or Cancun hotel, climb into a plush Mercedes Benz minivan and dig into a light breakfast on your way to Chichen Itza. Unlimited water, beer and soft drinks are available on the van at all times. 

Upon arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, take in an authentic Mayan ritual and learn about rituals that the Mayan priests, known as H'Men, made to the gods. Learn to prepare pibil, a traditional chicken dish, in a small-group cooking class. Dig in to your creation, as well as traditional Mayan appetizers and fresh aqua fresca for a satisfying lunch. Then, listen to a Mayan language lesson and get a chance to practice with some Mayan-speaking locals. 

Learn how the Mayans calculated time during a lesson in numerology, which will highlight the contributions the Mayan people made to the fields of mathematics, astronomy and time measurement. Head for the planetarium to see a show that will transport you back to the Mayan jungle in the Yucatan.

With this background information fresh in your mind, begin your exploration of Chichen Itza. Visit Mesoamerica’s largest Ball Court in addition to the Observatory, La Iglesia and the Nunnery. Marvel at the Pyramid of Kukulcán, the Temple of the Jaguars and the Temple of the Warriors while your guide details the history and the culture of the Mayan people in their engaging, informative commentary. 

At the Mayaland Resort, take advantage of the swimming pools and lush botanical gardens to relax and explore in your free time. Bring your camera for a visit to the sacred Xtoloc Cenote, located on the resort grounds.

Climb back on board your comfortable tour vehicle for the trip back to your Cancun or Mérida accommodation.

Product code: 5811MAYA

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