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Southern Campeche State with its ruins of Becan, Xpujil and the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve offers unrivaled opportunities for nature lovers to enjoy birds, orchids and mammals in an unspoiled corner of the planet.
Swing your hammock under the high canopy of the verdant tropical forest as you listen for the calls of some of the 354 species of birds found in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico`s largest protected area.
Along with the chorus of feathered creatures, Calakmul is host to 45 species of amphibians and reptiles, 95 different mammals including 5 of the 6 felines found in Mesoamerica, 36 kinds of orchids, and 8 bromeliads making the area a magnet for nature lovers who treasure the, as yet, unspoiled corners of our planet.
Day 1) MERIDA
Let us welcome you at your arrival at the Mérida airport and transfer to your hotel the Maison Lafitte.
Day 2) MERIDA - CALAKMUL
After an early breakfast departure from Merida, 6 hrs.driving toward Calakmul. We will spend the next 2 nights in a tented camp in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in hopes of seeing a Jaguar. Jaguar tracking is done at night so there will be a variety of activities offered during the day. Jaguars are one of the most elusive animals in the world so sightings in the wild are very rare, but our experienced trackers will do their best to provide an exciting experience. Our camp is set in the jungle. The facilities in the camp are quite comfortable given its remote location. This first day we stop at the village of Xpuhil for an introduction of the area and conduct to our camping where after arriving we will take you to meet some of the local flora and fauna of the area into paths in the jungle or to a bat cave. (B and At the camp: D)
Today´s excursion is to the archeological site of Calakmul. This site was declared a few months ago, a world heritage site by the Onu. Calakmul was one of the biggest Mayan capitals in the classical period, it rivaled Guatemala´s Tikal, located mere 100 kilometers south. After visiting this site we will return to camp and by night will participate on a night walk in the jungle. (At the camp: B,L,D)
Day 4) CALAKMUL
We will spend the morning birdwatching in the area near the camp. The rest of the day will be devoted to different walking in the jungle for the observation of the local flora & Fauna. Calakmul counts with 354 species of birds, 45 species of amphibians and reptiles, 95 different mammals, 36 kind of orchids and 8 bromeliad making the area a treasure for the nature lovers. Return to the camp for the chance to observe a jaguar in the night. At the camp: B,L,D)
Day 5)CALAKMUL -BECAN - CHICANNA - XPUHIL - UXMAL.
Visit to the archaeological site of Becan, Chicanna and Xpujil.
Becan represented an important political and military control place, and is the only one that was walled. One of the most important attractions in Chicanna is a Mayan building reconstructed on a platform characteristics of the Rio Bec Style. The style of the Chenes shows baroque characteristics in the facade of the buildings. The entrances of these resemble the mouth of a monster, the principal gate represents a great mouth of the Chac God with large canine teeth which project over the lintel. You will see also the main building in Xpuhil has three enormous towers constructed in the architectural style of Rio Bec, with twelve rooms and platforms in whose center is a recess surrounded by a head of a serpent. In addition, there is a beautiful mask like a tiger which faces Becan. Transfer back to to the civilization. After lunch transfer transport to archeological site of Uxmal overnight at Hotel Hacienda Uxmal. (At the camp: B) (Lunch at a basic restaurant in Xpujil)
Day 6. UXMAL
After breakfast visit the archeological site of Uxmal and afterwards transfer to Mérida to catch your flight back home (normally the itinerary ends here or with an extra overnight in Uxmal and transfer next morning to the Mérida airport). (B)
This Tour Includes:
Our guide with knowledge of archaeology and natural history for the sites,
*Biologist guide for exploration in the jungle
*Private transportation in A/C vehicles during all the tour.
*Meals as listed on the itinerary (5 Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners. Drinks not included in camping)
*All camping equipment.
Does Not Include:
B= American breakfast included.
L= lunch included.
D= Dinner included.
Rates apply with a minimum of 2 passengers traveling.