Beach, Flamingos, Ruins, Natural Salt Deposit
Swimming, Cenotes, Beach, Eco, Flamingos, Ruins And A Natural Salt Deposit, Local Restaurant Lunch
Approx 8 Hour Tour
Choose your own tour package from 5 different areas to visit.
The beaches of Progreso are clean and the water a lovely emerald green (except at times during the winter months when the winds and tides of “nortes” stir up the water and toss seaweed on shore). There is also no undertow to speak of, which means it is a pleasure to swim there. Many of the restaurants on the seaside promenade, the “malecón”, have tables on the sand and will serve you there. What could be better than freshly grilled fish and a cold beer under a swaying palm tree…heavenly!
Located 60 miles southwest of Merida, Celestún is a quaint fishing village where the beaches are lovely and there are no crowds. There are several very good seafood restaurants, a few small shops and a harbor. There is also a long stretch of beach with lots of shells to explore. If you only have time for a day trip, the round-trip can be done in one day; however, it is highly recommended to spend a few nights in this peaceful, beautiful part of Yucatán.
Sisal's is 53 km away. to the northwest of Mérida, its communication route with the capital of the State is through the Mérida-Hunucmá-Sisal highway. It is one of the ports with great historical, cultural and natural heritage of the State of Yucatan. Sisal is a quiet and small place, it is a fishing port where its inhabitants are friendly and hospitable, making this place ideal to get away from and rest from the daily stress. The passage of history is still preserved in its buildings in the center of the port, such as the Aduana Marítima, the Fort of Santiago "El Castillo" and the Lighthouse, the house of the Empress Carlota Amalia and the cannons located in the central park that they are witnesses of the defense against pirates in antiquity.
X’tampu is what the signs say that guide you to the Mayan site of Xcambó. The “x” is pronounced “sh” (shtam-poo and shcam-bow). For many years, nearby villagers used the stones for their fences, homes, and churches. Today, this very large site is actually under reconstruction and renovation.
Xcambó was a salt and salted fish distribution center it its day, supplying Chichén Itza, Uxmal and Izamal with this protein source.
Located close to the coast and very near the road from Progreso to Telchac Puerto, it is actually just a stone’s throw and short bike ride from the Hotel Reef Club and Las Tunas in Telchac Puerto. As a matter of fact, you can see the hotel and coastline from the top of the main pyramid. A fine example of the use of the ruin’s stones for the other constructions is the Catholic church that is built right into the archaeological site. This makes for a unique combination of the two eras. May 19 and 20 are the Patron Saint days that are celebrated at this ruin.
Dzibilchaltún is the “place where there is writing on the stones,” referring to the many memorial stones found at the site. Dzibilchaltún is a great Maya city that is only 15 km. from Mérida.
There were settlements here from 500 BC until the Spanish conquest, around 1540 AD. It covers an area of about 19 square kilometers, with somewhere around 8400 structures in the round enclave. It is believed there may have been a population of as many as 40,000 inhabitants, making it one of the largest cities of Mesoamerica.
To reach the archaeological site, walk the winding path past ancient Maya stone sculptures. Enjoy the comprehensive and well-designed air-conditioned Museum of the Maya People, tracing the steps of the Maya from antiquity to the present. One of its highlights is a typical Maya house. Then follow the ecological path flanked by trees from the region, identified with their names. This will take you to the Temple of the Seven Dolls.
The Temple of the Seven Dolls is also known as the Temple of the Sun, a square structure which was the focal point of the city. This second name may come from the phenomenon which takes place twice yearly, at the spring and fall equinoxes, when the rising sun is visible through one window and out the other, a tribute to the incredible mathematical knowledge of the Maya. The temple is connected to the rest of the site by a sacbé, or “white road,” so called because they were originally coated with white limestone, built over stone and rubble fill.
The more well known name, Temple of the Seven Dolls, comes from the seven small coarsely made effigy dolls found in the interior of the temple. The one-story square building has a central chamber surrounded by a corridor. There are four entrances with windows alongside each one, facing east and west. It may have been used as an astronomical observatory. The roof was like a tower, which projected upwards from a vaulted ceiling. There are steps on all four sides of the building, which was built on a pyramid-shaped pedestal. There are eight stucco masks on the frieze of the temple, as well as serpents and glyphs, and beads, sea animals, and feathers, all made in carved stucco. It wasn’t until the 1950s that archaeologists discovered the temple buried under another building: for some reason around 800 AD, the temple was filled with rocks and then covered by another larger building. The remains of this second structure still partially cover it. Many other temples on the grounds have also been rebuilt and restored.
Dzibilchaltún is a great place to wander, enjoy the peaceful surroundings, climb the structures and imagine what life must have been like there hundreds of years ago. Dzibilchaltún is also a unique National Ecological Park with hundreds of species of fauna.
Last but not least, head for the Xlacah (which means “old village”) cenote for a refreshing swim. This cenote is open to the public until 4 PM. It tends to get a little busy on weekends. One end of the cenote is very shallow, while the other is over 140 feet deep and continues on into a tunnel. Many archaeological remains have been found in the cenote.
*Tour And Entry Fee To Parks
*Lunch Typical to the region
*Transportation with air conditioning in all tours with guide
Not included: Drinks at the Restaurant and Tips For Guides and your tour operator.
Bring With You:
*Swimsuit & Towel
*Sweater In Case You Are Cold In Van