Visiting Mexico’s collection of astonishing Mayan ruins is the best way to understand the culture and social customs of this fascinating civilisation.

Mexico’s star-studded collection of majestic archaeological sites draws visitors from near and far to admire the astonishing and remarkably well-preserved structures from the Mayan period, and to understand the culture and social customs of this fascinating civilisation.

The world-renowned Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá on the Yucatán Peninsula ranks as one of the very best archaeological sites in the world and a genuine must-see for anyone visiting Mexico. The park spreads out around the immense El Castillo pyramid, the most recognisable structure in the ancient city that was once the centre of the Mayan empire. It features 365 steps, one for each day of the year, and on both the spring and autumn equinoxes, a shadowy snake slowly emerges as the sun sets, slithering down the steps to connect perfectly with the serpent's head, carved in stone at the foot of the great staircase. Other highlights include the Temple of the Warriors, the Caracol staircase and the observatory, as well as the beautiful Sacred Cenote. We stay close-by to avoid the daytrippers and the midday heat.

Around two hours away from Chichén Itzá are the ruins of the ancient Mayan town of Uxmal. Dating as far back as 700 AD, the site enjoys a spectacular location in the heart of dense jungle and is generally less crowded than its more famous counterpart. With its intricate stone lattice work and mosaics, the ruins are considered to represent the pinnacle of Mayan architecture, as well as demonstrating their mastery of astronomy and the clear social class system. The focal point is the 30 metre high Pyramid of the Magician, though there are many other beautifully preserved structures to admire throughout the site.

The 13th century seaport Tulum enjoys a unique location for a Mayan archaeological site; overlooking the Caribbean sea and its white sandy beaches on the Yucatán Peninsula. The most famous structure is El Castillo, perched above the turquoise waters below in a perfect postcard setting. But it is also noted for a pair of impressive temples; the Temple of the Frescoes and the Temple of the Descending God.

Other notable and less crowded Mayan archaeological sites include Palenque, Chicanná and Calakmul.

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The Cenote Tour - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Cenote Tour

14 Nights from £2,430 €2,016 $2,159

Explore the austere and palatial pyramids of ancient Mayan civilisations, discover colonial cities, isolated Haciendas and unwind on beaches lapped by the …

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  1. Day 1 - Cancun

    Day 2-3 Valladolid

    Day 4-6 Merida 

  2. Day 7-8 - Uxmal & Campeche

  3. Day 9 - Chichen Itza

  4. Day 10-14 - Beach resort

    Day 15- Return home

The Palapa Tour - Tulum - Holidays to Mexico

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Palapa Tour

10 Nights from £1,562 €974 $1,030

Explore the Aztec remnants of the past, stepping back in time at Calakmul for the pyramids of mighty civilisations, small villages, the walled city of Camp…

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  1. Day 1 - Departure from UK

    Day 2 - Tulum

  2. Day 3 - Kohunlich

    Day 4 - Chicanná & Calakmul

  3. Day 5 - Campeche

    Day 6 - Edzná

    Day 7 - Labná, Kabah and Uxmal

  4. Day 8 - Oxkutzcab

    Day 9 - Merida

  5. Day 10 - Chichén Itzá

    Day 11 - Depart to UK

The Sisal Tour - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Sisal Tour

14 Nights from £4,711 €4,753 $5,124

The wealth of producing sisal is visible in the opulent country Haciendas, now converted into small luxury hotels for you to experience. Visit massive Maya…

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  1. Day 1 - Fly to Cancun

    Day 2-4 - Hacienda San Jose, Merida

  2. Day 5 - Transport to Hacienda Temozon, visit Uxmal, continue to Campeche

    Day 6-7 - At leisure in Campeche

  3. Day 8 - Transport to Merida

    Day 9 - At leisure in Merida

  4. Day 10 - Chichén Itzá

  5. Day 11-14 - At leisure at your beach resort

    Day 15 - Flight back home

The Ninos Mayas Tour - Holidays to Mexico

Mexico

Ninos Mayas Tour

13 Nights from £2,429 €2,014 $2,157

Experience the achievements of the ancient civilisation of the Mayas who built fortress cities with huge pyramids and were pioneers in the observation of t…

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13 Nights from £2,429 €2,014 $2,157

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  1. Day 1-2 - Cancun

    Day 3-4 - Chichen Itza

  2. Day 5-6 - Uxmal

  3. Days 7-9 - Merida

  4. Day 10-15 - Beach Resort

    Day 16 - Return home

The Balam Tour - Holidays to Mexico

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Balam Tour

14 Nights from £2,562 €2,174 $2,330

Journey the backroads to discover seldom visited corners of the Yucatan. History unfolds in the colonial splendour of the cities and the half-forgotten py…

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  1. Day 1 - Arrive to Cancun

    Day 2-4 - Explore rural Mayan towns and surrounds

  2. Day 5-8 Drive along the coast

  3. Day 9-10 - Celestun Nature Reservere

  4. Day 11-12 - Visit ancient pyramids

  5. Day 13-14 - Visit Tulum

    Day 15 - Transfer for flight back to UK

The Mirador Tour - Holidays to Mexico

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Mirador Tour

14 Nights from £3,414 €3,196 $3,438

A land steeped in ancient history, colonial past and scattered with Mayan and Aztec pyramids. We include the stunning Chiapas region with villages nestled …

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  1. Day 1 - Departure from UK

    Day 2 - Anthropological Museum & Pyramids of Teotihuacan

    Day 3 - Mexico City at leisure

  2. Day 4 - Puebla

    Day 5 - Monte Albán

    Day 6 - Oaxaca at leisure

  3. Day 7 - Sumidero Canyon

    Day 8 - San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

    Day 9 - San Cristobal at leisure

  4. Day 10 - Transfer to Palenque

    Day 11 - Tour of Palenque site

  5. Day 12 - Tour of Merida

    Day 13 - Uxmal excursion

  6. Day 14 - Chichén Itzá

    Day 15 - Return home