the real Mexico you must leave the town and traffic far behind and join us for
an expedition into the heart of the Yucatan jungle where we will show you a
Mexico that most tourists, and many Mexicans, never see.
You will be picked
up at your hotel and taken on an historical journey that spans 1500 years of
Mayan culture. Our first stop is the recently-opened ancestral city of
archaeological site hidden deep inside the rain forest of the south-eastern
Yucatan, where we will guide you through the history that pertains to this
site in particular and to the region in general.
these verdant green vegetation-covered ruins one literally feels the ancient
rhythms of this once strong city-state, and climbing the Nohoch Muul temple
(the highest in the state) one can truly appreciate the pristine beauty and
immeasurable vastness of the surrounding sub-tropical rain forest. Leaving
here we penetrate deeper into the jungle to the authentic Mayan village of
Pac Chen, a self-sufficient community of approximately 100 indigenous
people living next to an integral part of the region's lagoon system.
Together with the locals we walk through their forest, learning of the local
fauna and flora, enjoy a zip-line crossing over one of their incredibly
beautiful open cenotes (sinkholes), rappel 45 ft down into and swim in the
sacred cenote Balaam Kin, canoe and swim on their lagoon, and next to the same
lagoon enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the local women.
Entering their homes in
the jungle one is able to truly appreciate how these people live and survive far
from the "civilised" lifestyles that we are accustomed to. Mayan Encounter
therefore offers a great combination of history, adventure and culture all in
one adventure-filled day.
7:00 - 8:00 AM
Pick up in the different hotels.
9:00 - 9:30 AM
Arrival at Pac Chen or Coba (depending on daily logistics).
1) Pac Chen (5 to 6 hours):
Visitors will have the opportunity to both see how the Mayans live and
experience with these wonderful people an adventure in their natural world.
Rappel in cenote (Duration 1:15 hrs):
After a 20 minute walk through the jungles of the Mayan World we arrive at "Balam
Kin" cenote where the visitor rappels 45 ft. into the crystal clear waters of
this spectacular cave.
Z-line crossing: (Duration 45 min)
After a 5 min walk from the rappel station we arrive at "Cenote del Caiman".
Here we fly 100 m over an open air cenote to head back to the village.
Canoe in Laguna Mojarras (Duration 40 min.):
From this beautiful lagoon we can appreciate the Mayan community of Pac Chen
and explore the natural surroundings of the area.
Visit the community (Duration 45 min.):
At this point we take some time to walk through the village to experience
something of the social and cultural aspects of this Mayan village.
Mayan Feast: (Duration 45 min)
With a wonderful view of the lagoon we take time to enjoy an authentic
culinary experience. The menu includes: chicken cooked with the traditional
Mayan ingredients, rice, beans, potatoes and hand made tortillas.
2) Coba (XI Century)(2
In this majestic archeological site we take a two hour tour of one of the most
important Mayan treasures visiting the most important temples and the
legendary ball game. After a 1.5 km walk we arrive at the Nohoch Muul pyramid
(the tallest in Quintana Roo) where visitors can enjoy a wonderful view of the
5:00 - 6:00 PM End of the Expedition. Transported back to your hotels.