If you already have seen the known hightlights of
the Yucatan Peninsula, or just want to enjoy a holiday "off the
beaten track" here is our favorite itenary. All recomended hotels
are small, personal, "owner managed" hotels. Once there they can
advise you on a lot of things and help you plan your activities.
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Arriving in Cancun you might want to stay overnight there
if your plane arrives after sunset (hotel: Xbalamque, in the center of Cancun)
Your first destination can be Ek Balam, a small mayan village. Main attraction: the mayan temples of Ek Balam, they recently discovered a well conserved facade with original colors.
Other things to do: Visit old colonial town of Valladolid, Cenote Dzitnup, admire flamingos at Rio Lagartos.
Recomended hotel: Genesis Retreat.
Beautiful "magical town" also know as the "Yellow city". Originally a Mayan Village, after conquering it the Spanish built a colonial city on top of it, including a large Franciscan Monastery. In 1992 the Pope Juan Paul II visited Izamal. Among the many interesting places to visit we recomend a swim in the Cenotes Chihuan and Yokdzodnot and not to be missed: Hacienda Sotuta de Peon. Recomended hotel : Macan ché
Sweet town, excelent starting point to visit one of the many archeological sites in Puuc style (Labna, Kabah, Sayil)
Other things to do: Take a tour throught the Loltun Caverns, visit old haciendas. Visit Uxmal (in my top 3 of favorite archeological sites), shop for ceramics in Ticul
Recomended hotel: Fly catcher Inn
The small town itself has very little to offer to tourists, but its a paradise for those who want to be in the center of some archeological highlights. Please reserve a full day to visit Calakmul (my number 1 favorite) and 1 or more days to visit the nearby like Chicanna, Becan, Dzibanche or one of the many others in the region.
Recomended hotel: Rio Bec Dreams (the owners, Rick and Diane are both very knowledgable guides)
Yaxchilán and Bonampak
Continue to the south for a unique experience in the Lacandon jungle. You will discover two very little known archeological sites situated near the border with Guatemala. You can visit Yaxchilán only after a beautiful boat ride on the Usumacinta River. Bonampak’s ruins are situated nearby in the Lacandon Forest Reserve.
Recomended hotel: Valle Escondida
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Another Magical Village is Bacalar, also nicknamed "Lake of the seven colors"for its incredible variety of blue shadows. Visit the Cenote Azul or take a Mayan Zipline Canopy Tour. You can visit Bacalar as a daytrip from Maya Luna, but you can also stay a few days at Villas Ecotucan (recomended)
End of your trip and enjoy a well deserved relaxing time, reading in a hammock at our beautiful quiet, relaxing beach and tell us all about your experiences.
Recomended hotel: Maya Luna :-)
If necesary stay your last night in Puerto Morelos, some 18 kilometers south of the airport of Cancun. A growing town, but the plaze still gives you a feeling as if the "forgot" to develop this part of the coastline. Our Travel agency, Maya Moon Tours, can make a reservation for your in good quality hotel for a reasonable price.
Please note that depending on how much time you have, you can include Palenque and San Christobal or leave them for a next vacation.