Tour to “Day of the Dead” in Mexico
Every year in the last days of October – the first of November, Mexico celebrates the “Day of the Dead”. This holiday reflected the centuries-old beliefs of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, who believed that death is just a transition from one life to another, much happier. They beleved:on this day relatives and friends meet with the living. So, the Mexicans Day of the Dead – a big holiday, which is accompanied by entertainment, candle lights and sweets in the form of skulls and skeletons.
Day 1 – November 1. Cancun – Chichen-Itza – Cenote Ik-Kil – Merida
Breakfast at the hotel.
Chichen-Itza (chee-chehn eet-sah) in Maya, was a sacred city of the Itza and the name literally means: “Mouth of the well of the Itza”. Located 75 miles east of Merida, the capital of the State of Yucatan, Mexico; this archaeological site is rated among the most important of the Maya culture and covers an area of approximately six square miles where hundreds of buildings once stood. Now most are mounds but more than thirty may still be seen by tourists.
You will see the Observatory, Kukulkan’s Pyramid, the Temple of the Warriors, The Ball Court, and The Group of the Thousand Columns. Possibly the best known construction on the site is Kukulkan’s Pyramid. El Castillo (Kukulkan-Quetzalcoatl), a square-based, stepped pyramid that is approximately 75 feet tall. This pyramid was built for astronomical purposes and during the vernal equinox (March 20) and the autumnal equinox (September 21) at about 3pm the sunlight bathes the western balustrade of the pyramid’s main stairway. This causes seven isosceles triangles to form imitating the body of a serpent 37 yards long that creeps downwards until it joins the huge serpent’s head carved in stone at the bottom of the stairway. Mexican researcher Luis El Arochi calls it “the symbolic descent of Kukulkan” (the feathered serpent), and believes it could have been connected with agricultural rituals.
Departure to Merida. On the way you will have the opportunity to swim in the most beautiful and largest sink hole – cenote Ik Kil.
Lunch (drinks are not included)
Arriving at the hotel in Merida.
Day 2 – November 2. Merida – Izamal – Merida
Breakfast at the hotel.
A sightseeing tour of the Cathedral Square of Mérida, whose architectural ensemble consists of the dazzling beauty of colonial buildings. Like hundreds of years ago, this city is the cultural capital of the entire Yucatan peninsula.
Departure to Izamal – “yellow city”. In the center is the Franciscan monastery of Antonio Padunsky, considered one of the oldest Catholic structures of this kind in the whole of America. You will fell this incredible combination of Indian beliefs and the Catholic Church.
Tour to a small archaeological zone Kinich-Kakmo.
Return to Merida.
Celebrating the Day of the Dead in the main square of Merida – “Sokalo”, decorated on all canons in this important night for the local people – it is today that the deceased visit their families.
We will go to the city’s cemetery, where the main celebrations take place – people sings their favorite songs and dances. Here you can try classic treats from sweet bread “pan-de-muerto”, and to see interesting decoration with bright flowers “sempuschil” and candles.
Late at night, return to the hotel.
Day 3 – November 3. Merida – Uxmal – Сelestun – Cancun
Late breakfast. Check-in and departure from the hotel.
Arrived to Uxmal – incredible representative of Puuc architecture. You cannot miss the oval-shaped foundations of Pyramid of the Wizard, or the Governor’s temple adorned with 365 masks of Chaak, the rain god. Roam through Nuns’ Square, the Temple of Turtles. Since 1996, Uxmal has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Arrived to Celectun – amaizing Pink Framingo reserve.
From the side of the motor boat you will see hundreds of flamingos resting in mangroves or hovering over the water.
Later arrival in Cancun, transfer to the hotel.
- two nights in a 4 star hotel in Merida
- Individual transport along the route, including transfers airport – hotel – airport
- Professional Russian-speaking guide
- Entrance tickets to all attractions that are included in the tour plan: museums, archaeological sites, etc.
Hotel in Cancun / Riviera Maya before and after the tour