On this day trip from Merida, visit the Mayan archaeological sites at Acaneh and Mayapan. Explore intricate Mayan palaces and pyramids, visit a 16th century colonial church, discover the fascinating political history of the “Leage of the Mayapan,” and explore a stunning cenote in the Yucatan’s breathtaking tropical countryside.
On this day tour across the Yucatan, visit the Mayan archaeological sites at Acaneh and Mayapan, and an iconic Mexican cenote limestone sinkhole. Explore intricate Mayan palaces and pyramids, visit a 16th century colonial church dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, discover the fascinating political history of the “Leage of the Mayapan,” and explore a stunning cenote in the Yucatan’s breathtaking tropical countryside. Discover the Yucatan’s outstanding Mayan history and natural beauty on this Merida day trip to Acanceh and Mayapan.
Duration: 9:00 am – 16:00 pm
Start/End Location: Hotel lobby in Merida
Available Languages: Spanish and English
Booking Requirements: Minimum 2 travelers
Located 33km from Merida, Acanceh means in the Mayan language “bellow of deer” it is an archaeological site located in the center of the town of the same name just next to the catholic church. It has a surface of approximately 3 square km. In Acanceh still preserved two architectural complexes:
The Pyramid (center of the town) and the Palace of the stuccos (behind the market) that suggest the existence of a relationship with other places such as; Uaxactun, Guatemala and eotihuacan from central México. One of the uncover levels of the pyramid has 8 masks adorning both sides of the stairway.
The Palace of stuccos is decorated with a frieze with figures representing supernatural entities or deities, perhaps supporting the ruling linage. A special synergy in the main square is the archeological zone close to the colonial church from the 16th century where the people worship the Virgin of Guadalupe and it is one of the few existing examples of the guadalupan worship in the peninsula and México.
Mayapan is known as the Flag of the Mayas. According to the indigenous and Spanish chronicles is considered one of the last Mayan cities from the postclassical period. It is located in the south of the state of Yucatan; only 40km from Merida. During its apogee there was a population of 12,000 inhabitants.
Mayapan was the seat of the League of Mayapan, a confederation that brought together the headmen of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá in the time of splendor of the Maya civilization. It covers an area of 4 square km, in which almost 4,000 buildings can be found. It consists of a central area in which the main civic plaza, administrative and religious buildings and the residences of the rulers were located. The city was built similar to Chichen Itza. One of Its buildings is a small copy of The Castle from Chichen Itza. Visit to a sinkhole.
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