THE YUCATAN PENINSULA:
The door to the Franciscan Evangelization in the Mayan Territory!
Spiritual Tour with Father Salvador Ramirez
8 days tour. $1,190 per person. Sept 3-10, 2022 (double occupancy)
This morning begins our visit to the Mexican lands! We will meet at Saint Helen Parish, in Rio Hondo, TX and from there we will depart for Reynosa and proceed to the international bridge to Miguel Alemán where a bus will be waiting for us to take us to the international airport of Monterrey. Our flight will take two hours and we will arrive in the city of Mérida. From there we will be transported to the ancient Zaci, currently known as the city of Valladolid, Capital of the Eastern Maya of Yucatán! After checking in at the hotel, we will stroll through one of the most quintessential streets of this city: Calzada de los Frailes!
Overnight in Valladolid.
After breakfast, we will go out to celebrate mass in the Parish of San Servacio, a building originally built in 1545. In 1706, a great architectural intervention was made to change the orientation of its facade: your guide will reveal all the details! Thereafter we will visit an extraordinary famous house known as the Casa de los Venados, which has an incredible display of Mexican crafts throughout its interior. Continuing the tour we will eat at the Selva Maya restaurant and visit the Saamal, an open cenote. We will return to Valladolid and enjoy the rest of the day in its square and visit its craft shops, among them the “Zaci” Craft Center and the Craft Market stand out! Tonight we can attend the video mapping projection at the former convent of San Bernardino de Siena, at the Sisal Park!
We will stay in Valladolid. Included: breakfast, entrance to Casa de los Venados, lunch at the Selva Maya restaurant and entrance for swimming in the Saamal cenote.
Overnight in Valladolid.
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience: the Xel-Há water park! A legend indicates that the Mayan Gods decided to create the most beautiful place ever thought and they called it Xel-Há: “Where the water is born”. They were so delighted with their creation that they decided to share it with all mortals, with the only condition that they take care of this place forever! The free activities included (because there are other additional ones, with extra cost) in this park are innumerable: snorkeling, river tour floating on an inner tube, Stone of Valor (jump into the water), Trepachanga (walk over river between two ropes), Salpichinga (zip-lines), walk around the cove, Bay of Caprices, Jungle Trails, Chacah’s Garden, Cenotes, etc! Remember to bring your swimsuit, beach clothing and a change of clothes!
We will stay in Valladolid. Included: breakfast, entrance to Tulum, entrance to Xel-Há natural water park (with buffet food and drinks with access to many activities).
Overnight in Valladolid.
Our journey in Yucatán continues in one of the new wonders of the modern world: the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá. We will learn about its impressive ball game, the sacred cenote, the Venus platform, the Observatory, the ossuary, and the most famous calendar construction of the Maya people: the Kukulkán Castle. We will then head to the city where the white limestones used in building its traditional houses gave it the name with which we all know as La Blanca Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatán. In this city, we can experience everything: incredible gastronomy, beautiful photographs in every corner, and horse carriage rides. We can visit antique elegant homes, listen to Yucatecán troubadours at night, observe the weavers and hammock sellers, and much more.
Overnight in Merida. Included: breakfast and entrance to Chichén Itzá.
This morning, after breakfast we will embark on an archaeological adventure to discover a world heritage site: Uxmal “the three times built Maya city”. We will have the opportunity to see some of its most representative buildings, such as the Nuns quadrangular, Pyramid of the Magician, and the house of the turtles. We will be fascinated by the blue skies in this region of Mexico.
After this visit, we will arrive at the Hacienda Sotuta de Péon to learn about the process of the famous “Yucatecan green gold”: the henequén. We will see the crops of this noble agave and its transformation into ropes for all kinds of imaginable use; a visit that will leave us fascinated. Sotuta de Péon.
Overnight in Merida.Included: breakfast and entrance to Uxmal, entrance, and food at Hacienda
Izamal is the name of the town that we will visit this day! It is known as the city of the Three Cultures because you can see traces of pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary cultures. It is also known as the “City of the Hills” due to the existence of the Mayan pyramids within the city! The entire town of Izamal is painted with only two colors! In the month of August 1993, Pope John Paul II visited this municipality and officiated mass in the atrium of the former Franciscan convent of San Antonio de Padua! You have the option to take tours in the horse carriages and climb up the archaeological buildings!
Overnight in Mérida. Included: breakfast
Today is the day to enjoy Mérida early in the morning. After breakfast we will take a panoramic tour of the city to enjoy some of its very famous places, including the exquisite Paseo Montejo, the Monumento a la Patria, and if it is open, we will visit the extraordinary Quinta Montes Molina. Of course, there will also be the opportunity to visit the Lucas de Gálvez market, the city museum, the State Government Palace, Casa Montejo, the main square, the colonial buildings of the historic center, and Santa Lucía plaza, among others! Tonight around 8 o’clock there will be a presentation of the Pok Tah Pok in front of the Cathedral. Do not miss it!
Overnight in Merida. Included: breakfast
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the International Airport of the City of Mérida (or Cancún) to take our flight to Monterrey (or Reynosa). From there, our bus will be ready to take us to McAllen. In McAllen, the transportation is up to each of the participants to get home!
The tour does not include Tips for bellboys or chambermaids. Does not include tips for waiters in any of the included foods. Nor does it include tips to the transport operator or the tour guide, for whom it is suggested to consider $6-8 USD per day per person.
THIS TOUR INCLUDES transfers McAllen – Reynosa’s or Monterrey´s airport – McAllen, airfare Reynosa or Monterrey – Merida - Reynosa or Monterrey, complimentary bottled water available on a ground transportation vehicle, 7 breakfasts, 1lunch, air-conditioned chartered motorcoach or minibus, 7 nights of lodging, 7 breakfasts, entrance to the archaeological zones of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, visit to the Hacienda Sotuta de Péon (includes food), entrances to the Saamal cenote (includes food), Casa de Los Venados, and Xel-Há water park (unlimited food and drinks), bottled water and a certified bilingual tour guide.
NOT INCLUDED: admissions to attractions or museums (other than the ones clearly described as included in the above paragraph), tips to waiters at any meal. Tips for maids at hotels. Gratuities to tour guide are not included. We strongly recommend setting aside a minimum of $6-8 dollars per person, per day, for him.Gratuities to bus driver are not included either.
NOTE: The cost of the Mexican Immigration Permit to travel into Mexico (charged by Mexican authorities and obtainable at the air or land port of entry), beyond the 20 mile allowed distance, is about $35 USD, and it is not included in the tour price!