Code: HSMex
Duration: 8 Days
Base Price: 1150 CAD
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Yucatan Science Study Program

Science teachers will find in the Yucatan the possibility of doing geological, biological, archaeological and agricultural visits with their students.

Bat caves at Calcehtok, spider monkeys at Punta Laguna,
Mayan history at Chichen Itza; watching first hand the Mexican Melipona bee and learning about the Sisal plantations. All this combined with a visit to Xel-Ha Water Park to have fun, snorkel and relax.

 


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Itinerary

Day1: Departure to Mexico
Arrival at the International Airport of Cancun in the afternoon. Meet with your Adventures Mexico guide and a transfer to your Merida hotel. This will usually be a full day of travel and we have many adventures tomorrow so a good night of rest is essential.

Day2: Cuzama Underground Rivers
Today we visit two marvellous Cenotes located in the small village of Cuzama. The cenotes are sinkholes where underground rivers break through the limestone crust of the earth. For Mayas, they represent the doorway to the spiritual underworld.

After one and a half hours in our motorcoach, we get on a truck leaded by horses, which take us 9 kilometres into the jungle to visit and swim into the beautiful and clear cenotes. We return to the hotel in the afternoon. Night is free to optionally wander the beautiful Paseo de Montejo Avenue.

Day 3: Celestun / Downtown Merida
Celestun is home of the biggest settlement of the Pink Flamingo in the continent. To visit them, we take a boat tour leaded by a knowledgeable ornithologist who will also talk about the importance of mangroves in the region.

In the afternoon we will have a walking tour of “El Centro” of Merida to visit the Cathedral, the “Casa de Montejo” and the beautiful “Plaza Grande”. At night we watch the traditional dance of the Yucatan, the “Jarana”, at the spectacle “La Vaqueria”. We return to the hotel at night.

Day 4: Calcektok caves / Bee Colony / Plantation
We'll learn today about the Melipona, a Mexican bee with no sting. When we visit the colony, a professional apiculturist will interpret all the functions that this bee has into the ecosystem. After the bee visit, we will go to a Sisal plantation to see how this fiber is cultivated and will have a traditional lunch in a local community.

After lunch we go to the marvelous caves of Calcehtok, the biggest cave system of the Yucatan. Into the caves, we see a vampire bath nest among the astonishing stalactites and stalagmites structures. Mr. Cuy will explain us how Mayan people used the cave as a refuge from the Spaniards during the Colony.

We return to the hotel late afternoon.

Day 5: Chichen Itza
We leave Merida very early to go to Chichen Itzá., It's a big place and we have to walk a lot. This important centre combines majesty and nature. A step-on guide will explain us about the splendid Castle, an imposing example of the immense depth of the Mayas' knowledge of the cosmos. We will visit the biggest Ball game court of the Mayan world. We'll have some time to buy souvenirs. Overnight in Merida.

Day 6: Tixcocob Mayan town / Punta Laguna
We will head off to the town of Tixcocob. We'll learn about the art of making hammocks and will experience Mayan living first hand. After lunch, we head off to Punta Laguna Reserve where a naturalist guide will lead us into to jungle to watch and learn about the spider monkey and the diverse flora and fauna of the reserve. We'll have the opportunity to swim in the lagoon.

We'll overnight in the small village of Tulum or Playa del Carmen.

Day 7: Tulum / Xel-ha water park
Today is our Caribbean experience at Tulum and Xel-Ha. After breakfast we visit Tulum, the only known ocean front Mayan archaeological site. Then we will spend most part of the day in the fantastic water park of Xel-Ha. This will be an all inclusive park, so snacks, beverages and meals will be available day long. We leave the park in the afternoon and will spend the night at Tulum or Playa del Carmen.

Day 8: Departure
We return home very early in the morning. Adios MEXICO!