We’ll pick you up at the meeting point, hitting the road with your expert local guide in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz. During the drive you’ll learn all about the sacred ancient Maya archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, which is widely recognized as one of Earth’s most prized possessions.
The first stop of the day is at a beautiful cenote, where crystal blue waters lead you underground, revealing otherworldly landscapes deep in the underworld; you will get to imagine the power that this place held for the ancient Maya people.
From the cenote, you’ll travel to the Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows, nestled between the stone temples of Chichén Itzá. You’ll have the opportunity to feast on a buffet of local delicacies and international favorites, everything from soups and salads to panuchos and poc-chuc! Savor a freshly squeezed local juice or throw back a pair of cold beers.
The hotel hosts a private entrance to the site, allowing you to skip lines, and discover the magic from a unique perspective. Your expert guide (equipped with ice-cold water) will lead you on a two-hour tour of the site, offering wisdom which will bring the stone temples to life in your mind’s eye. After the guided tour, wander the ancient roadways. Admire the site’s key features like the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Court, the Observatory, the Nunnery and the Pyramid of Kukulkán, one of the 7 modern Wonders of the World.
Return to the Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows for a tropical afternoon by the pool, sipping margaritas at the bar, or peering into the dark blue waters of the cenote Xtolok - all of the Hotel’s accommodations are at your service.
By 7:30 pm, you’ll need to be ready to re-enter the site for your day’s most spectacular experience: the Light and Sound Spectacle at Chichén Itzá. This incredible show animates the ancient architecture with different renditions of the incredible stories left to us in the sacred Maya text called the “Popol Vuh.” International artists worked together to create this unbelievable world-class artwork, which allows us to understand the great cosmological and ideological advancements made by the Maya culture. In the show, you’ll see how the stone serpent comes to life and slithers down the steps of the pyramid, a visual effect that can be seen naturally only during the Equinox.
After the show, fuel up with a light snack, including fresh fruit, soda, and sandwiches. Refreshments will also be available on your comfy ride back home, where you’ll rest soundly knowing that you spent the day revealing the many facets of Yucatán’s natural and manmade wonders.