A journey to the great Mayan ruins

By Sheridan Sansegundo

If there is one place that exemplifies Mexico and its illustrious and mysterious past, it is the Yucatán Peninsula, center of the Mayan civilization and site of the epic ruins of Chichen Itza, Uxmal and the Puuc region.

Trip to Yucatán
Audubon Eco Journeys
Jan 16-23
US$1690 (US$1665 members)
Colleen Besman viajesconaudubon@gmail.com or 415-101-9175

This will be the next destination for Audubon Eco Journeys, which will lead a small group to the State of Yucatan from January 16 through 23. There will be an overnight stay right next to Chichen Itza, allowing the group to get a head start the next morning before the crowds arrive (nearby there is an inviting swimmable cenote), and one day will be spent at the Puuc sites.

Three nights in Merida will allow plenty of time to explore this enchanting colonial city and will include a side trip to Celestún to take a boat tour of the Flamingo Biosphere Reserve and swim and eat on the beach. Merida, whose five ancient Mayan pyramids were dismantled to build the churches and mansions of the Spanish, has the largest colonial district in Mexico.

A night spent in Uxmal will include a private guided tour and the evening sound and light show at the ruins. Thanks to its good state of preservation, it is one of the few Mayan cities where the casual visitor can get a good idea of how the entire ceremonial center looked in ancient times.

The price of US$1,665 for Audubon members (a little more for non-members or if you pay with a credit card) does not include the airfare from León to Cancun, but a shuttle service to and from the airports can be provided. Full information on the trip can be found at: http://www.travelian.com.mx/yucatan/.

Reservations should be made by November 22 with Colleen Besman at viajesconaudubon@gmail.com or by phone at 415-101-9175.


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