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.