MAYAN ANNULAR ECLIPSE TOUR – Oct. 9 to 15, 2023
OPTIONAL- Pretour Extension– 2 nights/ 3 days stay at a Beach resort in Riviera Maya
DAY 1: Oct 9, MON: ARRIVAL IN CANCUN/ CHICHEN ITZA- BIENVENIDOS A MÉXICO!- Dinner
Meeting assistance upon arrival and board bus to travel to Chichen Itza approx. 2.30hrs drive. Chichén Itzá is a complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. A massive step pyramid, known as El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan, dominates the ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Check in at hotel. Attend a tour briefing and welcome Dinner this evening. HOTEL CHICHEN- ITZA
DAY 2: Oct 10, TUE: TOUR RIO LAGARTOS & LAS COLORADOS- Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast we head towards Rio Lagartos, a small fishing community on the coast where we will observe the multitude of sea birds and flamingoes as they take flight and begin their day. Enjoy a boat ride through the lagoon and mangroves to get a closer look at the unique flora and fauna with around 320 different species. Afterwards, we stop at the salt ponds of Las Coloradas which have a unique pink hue due to the high content of marine microorganisms rich in beta carotene. After lunch, the tour continues to the secluded archeological site of Ek Balam, which translates as “shiny jaguar”. The facade of the main pyramid is especially impressive with beautiful artful stucco. Return to our hotel in Chichen Itza. HOTEL CHICHEN- ITZA – Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 3: Oct. 11, WED: CHICHEN ITZA – CENOTE YOKDZONOT – IZAMAL – MERIDA- Breakfast & Lunch
We start early today for a private sunrise tour of Chichén Itzá before it opens to the public. In 1988, this ancient Mayan city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 2007 declared one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Let yourself be fascinated by the imposing, architecturally impressive buildings of the Maya and admire, among other things, the famous pyramid of Kukulcán, which is an enormous calendar made of stone as well as the huge ball court. Chichén Itzá has another astronomical structure – El Caracol, also known as the Observatory. Built sometime in the 7th century El Castillo, had an astronomical purpose! In fact, it is a solar calendar. The windows and doors in the El Caracol Observatory are specifically aligned with the movements of the Sun, stars, and planets, particularly Venus. Afterwards, continue to the Cenote Yokdzonot where you can take a refreshing dip in the bright blue water. Around the Cenote we will visit a small Yucatecan Mayan village which with the support of the government, maintains the cenote and looks after a small restaurant and thus ensures the income of the inhabitants. We will continue travel to Mérida, visiting enroute Izamal the small colonial town, known for its yellow painted colonial buildings and the beautiful old Franciscan monastery. Upon arrival in Merida, check-in at hotel. HOTEL GAMA CASTELLANO
DAY 4: Oct. 12, THU. – TOUR UXMAL AND BECAL + LOCAL HAT PRODUCTION/ CAMPECHE- Breakfast & Lunch
After Breakfast, travel to the archeological site of Uxmal, the most important of “Ruta Puuc”, to discover its most famous temple “La Casa del Adivino” and learn about another Mayan era, their culture and traditions and the way they used to live. A Mayan linguist will join us who teaches us to read and understand the glyphs, symbols and pictograms found on Mayan stelae. Continue to Becal, center of the Yucatan Panama hat trade where we will have lunch and visit a local Mayan hat production unit. HOTEL GAMMA MALECON CAMPECHE
DAY 5: Oct. 13, FRI. –CAMPECHE & EDZNA TOUR- Breakfast & Lunch
After Breakfast. Tour of Campeche the only walled city in Mexico. Walk through calle 59, this pedestrian walkway runs all the way from Puerta de la Tierra (the Land Gate) to Puerta del Mar (the Sea Gate), two of the four entrance gates to this walled city. Travel next to visit the archaeological site of Edzná & our exclusive site to view the Annular Eclipse. Visit our exclusive eclipse viewing site to prepare for tomorrow’s eclipse. Admire the diversity of the architecture of this ancient Mayan city. The name Edzná means the House of the Itzá, which indicates a possible connection between Edzná and Chichen Itzá. The archaeologically interesting area covers approximately 25 kms. After the tour watch (weather permitting) a beautiful sunset at the Malecon. Return to Campeche and time free to walk through Campeche’s colorful buildings, Dinner at local restaurants on own. HOTEL GAMMA MALECON CAMPECHE
DAY 6: Oct. 14, SAT. – EDZNA & ANNULAR ECLIPSE – Breakfast & Lunch.
We start early to the sacred site of Edzna which will give us plenty time to set up. Post eclipse tour several exceptionally large buildings which date back to the classic period of Mayan history. Afterwards return to our hotel in Campeche. HOTEL GAMMA MALECON CAMPECHE
|Event||Universal Time||Local time||Sun’s alt.||Sun’s az.|
|Start of partial eclipse (C1)||15:45:52||10:45:52 a.m.||49°||130°|
|Start of annular eclipse (C2)||17:23:01||12:23:01 p.m.||61°||167°|
|Eclipse midpoint||17:25:16||12:25:16 p.m.||62°||168°|
|End of annular eclipse (C3)||17:27:31||12:27:31 p.m.||62°||169°|
|End of partial eclipse (C4)||19:10:03||2:10:03 p.m.||56°||218°|
Data courtesy Fred Espenak
DAY 7: Oct. 15, SUN. BYE BYE MEXICO- ADIOS Y HASTA PRONTO EN MEXICO!
It is time to say “Adiós” to this beautiful, colorful and friendly country with its welcoming people. We hope you had a wonderful trip and we look forward to welcoming you back! Your transfer will take you to the airport in Campeche where your return flight is waiting for you. Breakfast
LAND TOUR PRICE:
Per person sharing room- $3,250.00
Single Room: $3,490.00
Cash, Check or bank WT payment discount:
Per person sharing room- $3,090.00
Single Room: $3,330.00
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