The countdown has begun… Are you ready?
We’ll be boarding the bus in exactly four months’ time…
Southern Campeche & Quintana Roo Adventure
Thursday February 20th – Tuesday February 25th, 2020
We took this trip a few years ago. The thrill of seeing these Maya sites deep in the forest, without all the tourist trappings, and swimming in gorgeous blue Lake Bacalar are among our best travel memories.– Edith Wilson, Washington, DC
“A visit to Calakmul and Kohunlich was on the top of my bucket list for years; I went there two years ago, and I know I have to go again!” – Suzanne Lewis, Mexico City, CDMX
DAY ONE, Thursday February 20: 7:30 am
This morning, we’ll board our chartered bus and drive from Merida to EDZNA, Campeche’s great city of the Itzaes. At this site there are more than twenty monumental buildings and an ingenious canal system that allowed for extensive farming. Many different birds can be seen, especially hawks. After our visit we’ll continue on to the city of CAMPECHE, the capital of the state, and check into the Hotel Baluartes for one night. The hotel is close to the colonial city center and the seaside boardwalk; where you’ll find many restaurants, pubs, shops.
DAY TWO, Friday February 21: 9:00 am
Today our bus we’ll travel deeper into the Campeche countryside. Our destination is the Chicanna Eco-lodge, where we’ll stay for two nights. Along the way, we’ll visit four archaeological sites: BALAMKU, famous for its spectacular high relief stucco works; majestic BECAN, known for its fortified city walls, a moat and stunning stuccoes; XPUJIL, great for seeing birds; and finally, CHICANNA, with its Rio Bec style “monster of the earth” facades. At the end of the day, we’ll settle into our comfortable cabañas, perhaps have a drink before dinner, and then call it a night; we need to be up early the next day.
DAY THREE, Saturday February 22: Before sunrise
Yes, we’ll be on the road before sunrise and will travel directly to CALAKMUL. This site is one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in the Maya world, and the early start will maximize our chances of spotting interesting birds such as toucans, toucanettes and wild turkeys; as well as mammals like tapirs, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, ocelots. If we are VERY LUCKY, maybe even a jaguar. In Calakmul, 6,750 ancient structures have been identified; the largest of which is the Great Pyramid. Called, Structure 2, it is more than 45 metres (148 ft) high, making it one of the tallest of the Maya pyramids. If you miss climbing pyramids in Yucatan, you’ll be happy to know you can do so in Calakmul.
DAY FOUR, Sunday February 23: 9:00 am
We’ll leave the eco-village after breakfast, and on the way to Bacalar, we will visit KOHUNLICH, a beautiful Maya city set amongst exotic palms. Larger-than-lifesize stucco masks adorning the balustrades are indeed impressive. Following our time in Kohunlich, we’ll see DZIBANCHE and KINICHNA. It is likely that we’ll encounter some interesting birds and animals as these two archaeological sites receive few visitors. Arriving in BACALAR, we’ll check into our accommodation and have the rest of the afternoon and evening to rest and explore the town. There are good restaurants in town and along the shore of the lagoon.
DAY FIVE, Monday February 24: Sleep in…
You can sleep in this morning because we’ll be spending the entire day in Bacalar, relaxing and enjoying the location. We’ll take a boat ride on the lagoon and those who want to could have lunch and a swim at the CENOTE AZUL, a very large surface cenote. The rest of the afternoon will be leisure time to enjoy the area at your own pace.
DAY SIX: Tuesday February 25: 11 am, bags ready to load
We’ll check out of our hotel at approximately noon, giving us time to have a morning swim and full breakfast before we travel to Merida, arriving back at Mejorada Plaza about 6:00pm.
The tour includes:
5 nights of accommodation at tourism class hotels
5 full hotel breakfasts
Transportation by private coach with a professional driver
2 bilingual tour escorts, 1 bilingual guide
Entrance fees at all sites included in the itinerary
No meals except breakfast are included. As well, it should be mentioned that many of the locations we’ll visit are remote, and our choices will be limited to simple regional fare. However, in Campeche and Bacalar we’ll find some interesting restaurants. At the pre-departure get-together in January, we’ll advise group participants what they should bring in terms of food and drink.
Personal services such as laundry, hotel phone calls, room service, and tips are not included.