Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the archaeological area of Edzna, where we look at another major station of our cruise. Edzna's name means "The House of Itza", which allowed the archeologists to infer that they were under the influence of the Itzá family who established Chichen Itzá. Approximately 25,000 people lived in the 25 km2 area, almost half as much as in Coba. Edzna deepens our knowledge about the Mayas, raising further questions about this intelligent society. Its advanced water supply system consisted of 13 main channels, 31 sub-channels and 84 reservoirs and secured the city's uninterrupted water supply. Edzna was inhabited from 600 BC to 1450 AD. It maintained strong commercial relations with the landowners of salt, cotton and sea products, which explains the similarity of style found on carved decorations. In 1450 it suddenly depopulated. Until today, its an undiscovered mystery how and where its inhabitants disappeared. In the center of Edzna, you can see the "Great Acropolis", which means Sun Point, Five Level Castle, which rises with its 5 levels up to a height of 40 meters, the "Knife Platform", the "Masquerade Temple". We also get convinced by the excellent acoustics of the place.
Then we continue our journey to Uxmal in State Yucatan which is one of the most cherished Maya towns famous for its rounded pyramids. Its name means "built three times". UNESCO World Heritage Site Uxmal is a beautiful blend of jungle and wide open spaces. As fewer tourists come all the way here, we can admire the unique creation of Maya architecture in a gentle way. Most Maya cities are usually blended with architectural styles but Uxmal is an exception. There is only one style that appears here, the Mayan Puce architecture, which can be easily perceived. The bottom of the buildings is smooth and rounded. The upper parts, however, are richly decorated. In Uxmal, Chac rain god had a major importance because this city did not have cenotes with fresh water supplies. So the rainwater collection had to be solved with cisterns. We will see the most important sights of Uxmal, the "Pyramid of the Wizard", the "Nunnery", the "Governor's Palace", the "Turtle's House" and the "Great Pyramid", where you can climb the ruins and admire the panoramic view. Thanks to the ruins we will start an interactive program. We visit the Chocolate Museum where we get acquainted with the traditional way of making chocolates, freshly made hot chocolate, and then go through the various exhibitions of the museum to learn how the life of a Maya family looked like. We close our visit with a Mayan ritual. After this attraction-rich and fulfilling program, we go to Merida, the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula.
In the evening we check in to our hotel. Evening at leisure. Meal plan: breakfast at the hotel, optional lunch during our trip and dinner in the hotel’s A’la carte restaurant. (Not included in the package!).