Out of Hours Privately Guided tour of Chichen Itza
As one of the most famous Mexican Maya sites and now one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' Chichen Itza has become one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world, receiving thousands of visitors each day. To visit Chichen Itza before it opens to the public, is one of the most magical experiences.
With our special permits (subject to availability) you will be collected from your hotel at 6am and enter Chichen Itza at sunrise for an unforgettable tour of this very special site. In its time Chichen Itza was one of the largest cities with the most diverse population in the Maya world. Your guide will introduce you to the daily lives of the Mayans and the history and diversity of these pyramids, some over 1500 years old.
Chichen Itza to Uxmal
Journey from Chichen Itza to Uxmal archaeological site, approximately 1 hour.
Explore the city of Uxmal, located in the Puuc region of the Yucatan Peninsula. These temples were beautifully constructed by the Maya people and became some of the most influential and important urban centres of the time, where wealth, culture, science and religion converged and were highly praised by their societies.
Privately guided tour of the Maya archaeological site of Uxmal, located in the Puuc region of the Yucatan Peninsula, The temples at Uxmal were beautifully constructed by the Maya people and became one of the most influential and important urban centres of the time, valuing wealth, culture, science and religion.
Uxmal was founded around AD700 and had some 25000 inhabitants at its peak. The layout of the buildings, which date from between AD700 – 1000, reveal an in-depth knowledge of astronomy. The Pyramid of the Soothsayer dominates the ceremonial centre, which is replete with buildings decorated with symbolic motifs and sculptures depicting Chaac, the God of rain.
Four hundred kilometres from Cancún, Uxmal does not see the numbers of the other sites and this is the beauty of the site: that you can move around the complex with the only noise being the industrious tapping of woodpeckers and the scuttling run of iguanas. Climb the Pyramid of the Fire Macaw and gaze out over Uxmal and the surrounding jungle.
Uxmal to Campeche
Travel by road approximately 2 hours to Campeche.
Plagued for 200 years by pirate attacks from the Gulf of Mexico, Campeche became walled in to protect itself from such unwanted attention. Today this pretty colonial fort town is a UNESCO site and hosts ornate churches, baroque architecture, narrow cobblestone streets and a selection of excellent seafood dishes in the many specialist restaurants.
You will be staying at Hacienda Puerta Campeche, bed and breakfast