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Explore one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and discover the Mayan mysteries of the Balankanche Caves during a two-day trip to Chichen Itza from Merida. With a knowledgeable guide, uncover the secrets of Mexico’s most impressive archeological site as you visit significant structures like the Pyramid of Kukulcan. Explore subterranean caverns then awaken your sense to the spectacular sights and sounds of a light show that tells the story of secretive caves. An intimate experience is guaranteed on this small group tour, where numbers are limited to 25 people.
  • 2-day tour of Chichen Itza with Balankanche Caves
  • Tour the pyramids and plazas of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the Mayan civilization via El Castillo, El Caracol and the Pyramid of Kukulcán
  • See a light and sound show at Balankanche Caves
  • Relax at the Mayaland Resort swimming pool or stroll through the botanical garden
  • Small-group tour limited to 25 people ensures personal attention from your expert guide
Explore Chichen Itza the ideal way on a 2-day tour from Merida. Immerse yourself in the most renowned sites of Mayan civilization as you enrich your knowledge with an exceptional guide. Luxuriate in the facilities of Mayaland Resort, choosing either single or double accommodation, and feast upon two complimentary meals during your sojourn.


Day 1: Merida – Chichen Itza (L)Upon pickup from your Merida hotel by comfortable minivan, meet your guide and small group. Then, relax on the drive to Chichen Itza, named one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.
When you arrive at the archeological park, follow your guide on a tour of the impressive pyramids, plazas and ancient temples of the Itzae Maya. While you explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot, your guide will tell you anecdotes about this archaeologically significant capital of the Mayan Empire.
Visit the ball court and the nunnery, and gaze in awe at the 78-foot (24-meter) Pyramid of Kukulcán. You’ll begin to understand the mystical power of the Maya as you peer at El Castillo, the Temple of the Warriors and the circular observatory known as El Caracol.
After your small-group tour, check in at Mayaland Resort, where a delicious buffet lunch will be served. Enjoy a refreshing dip in any of the swimming pools, stroll through the lovely gardens or simply watch the tropical birds of the Yucatan.
In the evening, you are free to relax at the hotel, walk the paths in the middle of the jungle or take another delightful swim.
Overnight: Mayaland Resort in Chichen Itza
Day 2: Chichen Itza – Merida (B)After breakfast at the hotel, board the minivan for a transfer to the Balankanche Caves, once the site of important Mayan ceremonies, located just three miles (six km) from Chichen Itza. A stone’s throw from the cave entrance is the Balam Throne, a type of ceremonial altar. Check out the museum exhibit nearby, including documents and photographs of sacred objects found within.
Then tour the caves, where you’ll find impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations inside. View evidence of Mayan ceremonial offerings left by priests more than 1,000 years ago, including jade jaguars and ceramic figurines of the rain god, Chaac. Follow your guide into the second cavern to watch a light and sound show recounting the history of the Balankanche Caves.
After returning to the hotel, enjoy some free time to explore Chichen Itza on your own or simply relax by the pool. If you’d like, you can take a horseback riding tour (at your own expense), ready to return to Merida at 2:30 pm.


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, Jan 2016

We had an excellent trip. The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 5 is because we were the only people signed up for the 2 day tour. So the first day was perfect but the second day they did not have anything planned for us. We scheduled for a Sunday/Monday and apparently the caves are closed on Monday so we couldn't do that part of the scheduled trip. They didn't offer us any other options for Monday so we paid to go back into Chichen Itza. I was upset that they didn't offer to pay for us. Also we never got a clear answer as to how we were going to get back to Merida from Mayaland on Monday but they ended up sending a private vehicle for us. I just wish they had been upfront with us that the tour was going to be different than what was advertised and what we paid for.

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