Breakfast near the accommodation, then we will head towards the first stop of our tour, to the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula, to Rio Lagartos in Tizimín province, or "Holkoben" as it was called in the ancient Maya. Rio Lagartos got its name from the Spanish conquistadors who came here in search of fresh water, who, finding this surface river (which is very rare on the Yucatan Peninsula) was short of drinking water, wanted to explore the entire area. When they got inside the river, they only noticed that it was full of crocodiles, which is why they named it "crocodile river" or "Rio Lagartos". This nature reserve is currently one of the most significant and beautiful eco-tourism attractions. Our first day is dedicated to the natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula. The area of Rio Lagartos is famous not only for crocodiles, but also for the pink miracle, "Las Coloradas". A traditional salt mine, where salt is still extracted according to traditional Mayan traditions and then dried in the sun. The coastline, located next to huge salt mountains, paints the water a beautiful pink color thanks to the small creatures that feed on the minerals dissolved from the salt. The pink color of the flamingo colony of hundreds of members living here is also due to the same small creatures, who feed on them. The view is simply gorgeous. We travel from Rio Lagartos to Las Colorados by motorboat, admiring the local flora and fauna along the way and spotting some of the hundreds of endemic bird species nesting here. Bathing in the river is possible, while we learn about the ancient Mayan beauty ritual, which we can try. The mud is an excellent exfoliator, after body exfoliation, we smear ourselves with the mud found in the river, which fills our skin with a lot of minerals, smoothing out our wrinkles and making our skin velvety. After the pampering, we will head back, followed by an optional lunch at a local restaurant, where you can taste delicious seafood. After lunch, continue to Chichen Itza. On the way, we stop in Valladolid, a beautiful colonial city on the Yucatan Peninsula, founded in 1552 by Franciscan monks. Here we will go on a short city tour, seeing the main sights of the city, the Parroquial Church and the colonial style Main Square. Then we continue our journey towards Chichen Itza. Arrival in the early evening. Chichen Itza, the most famous of the Yucatan Peninsula, is the second most visited historical site in Mexico by tourists. The ruins of Chichen Itza are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, but in 2006 they were also awarded the title of one of the 7 Newest Wonders of the World. His world fame and popularity are no accident. Excavated on an area of more than 30 km2, the former huge city reached its heyday in AD 950. At this time, Chichen Itza became the largest mythical city that ever existed in Central America and at the same time one of the most important centers of the Kukulkan cult. Most of the monuments appear as Kukulkan, the "Feather Serpent" or "Queztalcoatl" in the Aztec language. The main attraction of Chichen Itza is the Kukulkan pyramid, which can optionally be viewed not during the day, but also in the darkness of the night. When night falls and the pitch-black sky is lit only by stars, we will sit at the impressive Kukulkan Pyramid and learn about the mystical and mysterious Mayan culture in the form of light and sound projected on the pyramid. The program is optional! The sight is astonishingly beautiful, the history of the Mayans comes to life before our eyes, bringing the former city to life. Then departure, arrival at our accommodation. Booking accommodation. Free program in the evening.
Meal plan: Not included in the package. Optional meals individually.
Chichen Itzá Luz y Sonido - Night visit and laser show at Kukulkan Pyramid
Price: $65 usd/person