LDS Tour A. Tulum & Cenote

     
 

Tulum (meaning wall in Mayan) is located 128 km from the city of Cancun. It is believed that the original name was Zama (meaning sunrise), since it is in view of a daily dramatic sunrise due to its geographic location. Tulum is divided into three areas: the Mayan ruins of Tulum, the hotel zone and the village of Tulum. 
With Alma’s LDS Tours, all of our guides are gentle, warm and have a testifying spirit. They definitely have a similar speaking manner and demeanor. You are privileged to get a great touch of Mexico and the Nephite/Lamanite heritage from our guides. It is a pleasure to sense how very closely they are connected to the Mayan lands and committed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Perhaps at Tulum you’ll be surprised to see a Mayan, Book-of-Mormon-like setting perched as a light house on the shore. Tulum was built as a fortress city overlooking the Caribbean. The important structures here include the Castillo, a former temple and the Temple of the Frescoes with a 13th century wall painting.

This is the “Garden Tomb” of Book of Mormon lands for us. Here we find a depiction of a woman giving birth to an “upside-down” God. At the Temple of the Frescoes, we see a depiction of “laying on of hands” on one fresco“ hands that are symbolically giving a blessing.
The highlight of the tour is a three-panel series on the three-tiered temple. The center panel shows an upright God (which we interpret as God the Father). The left-hand side depicts an upside-down God (which we suggest as imagery of the Son of God, coming down to earth). The third panel is blank (which we propose might represent the Holy Ghost because He has no body).
As the sun begins to shine in the morning at Tulum site, we take a quiet moment to read 3rd Nephi and clearly visualize the Father announcing his Son, Jesus, whom he has sent down to minister and teach his gospel. It is a beautifully spiritual highpoint of our tour.

Tour includes:
• 7-8:00 am – Pick up at your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya 
• Admission fees to Tulum site, cenote and LDS tour guide
• Drinking water and light lunch
• 3:30 pm – Return to hotel

LDS Tours in Cancun awaits to see you soon!

 
 
 

LDS Tour B. Uxmal ruins in Yucatan

     
 

Uxmal Means “Thrice-built” in Mayan 
It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, artistically and architecturally. It has not required much restoration work, for the temples are in excellent condition and were built magnificently. Uxmal was built around 500 AD. 
The name thrice-built refers to the construction of its highest structure, the Pyramid of the Magician. The Maya would often build a new temple over an existing one, and in this case five stages of construction have actually been found. Uxmal was one of the largest cities of the Yucatn peninsula and at its height was home to about 25,000 Maya. Like the other Puuc sites, it flourished in the Late Classic period (around 600-900 AD). There are indications that its rulers also presided over the nearby settlements ofKabah, Labn¡ and Sayil, and there are several sacbeob (Mayan white road) connecting the sites. The area is known as the RutaPuuc, or Puuc route, due to the nearby Uxmal architecture.

Puuc architecture has several predominant features, most notably constructions with a plain lower section and a richly decorated upper section. The most commonly found carvings include serpents, lattice work and masks of the god Chaac. Chaac was the god of rain, greatly revered by the Maya at Uxmal because of the lack of natural water supplies in the city. Although Yucatan has few surface rivers, most Mayan cities (including Chichen Itza) usedcenotes to accessundergroundwater, there were no cenotes at Uxmal. Instead, it was necessary to collect water in chultunob(cisterns) built in the ground. 
The Pyramid of the Magician legend held that when a certain gong was sounded, the town of Uxmal would fall to a boy "not born of woman". One day, a dwarf boy, who had been raised from an egg by a witch, sounded the gong which struck fear into the ruler, who responded by ordering the boy to be executed. The ruler promised that the boy’s life would be saved if he could perform three impossible tasks, one of which was to build a giant pyramid in a single night. The boy achieved all the tasks and became the new ruler.

Tour includes:
• 7:00 am – Pickup at your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya 
• Admission fees to Uxmal site and LDS tour guide
• Drinking bottleled water and lunch (2 meals)
• Toll road and parking fees
• 7:30 pm – Return to hotel
• As a plus we will visit Merida's historic downtown

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LDS Tour C. Chacchoben ruins & Blue lagoon of Bacalar

 

     
 
Chacchoben ruins & The Place of Red Corn 
Roughly 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Tulum, Mexico, are the seldom seen Mayan ruins of Chacchoben. It is an excellent (but somewhat distant) day trip to see a high, broad-leaf jungle ruin site. These majestic, mostly restored temple pyramids take on a mystical quality surrounded by towering mahogany trees and enormous cohune palms. The Place of Red Corn Roughly 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Tulum, Mexico, are the seldom seen Mayan ruins of Chacchoben. It is an excellent (but somewhat distant) day trip to see a high, broad-leaf jungle ruin site. These majestic, mostly restored temple pyramids take on a mystical quality surrounded by towering mahogany trees, enormous cohune palms, strangler figs and the hanging tentacles of banyan trees. 
Chacchoben means the place of red corn (in Spanish, lugar de maízcolorado). Visitors to the site today walk a circular path that includes three excavated and restored pyramids, as well as many walls and staircases. Excavation is continuing on several mounds which are known to contain additional buildings. Some structures still bear traces of the red paint with which they were originally coated, and INAH has set up shaded areas to prevent further degradation of this pigment by the sun. 
 
 

Chacchoben was settled about 200 BC, but the buildings excavated thus far date from around 700 AD. Chacchoben has a wonderful primal feel surrounded by tall palms and trees, many with long beards of Spanish moss waving in the gentle breeze.
Climbing on the ruins is prohibited, but just walking around this site is well worth the trip. If you’re into remote ruins, this is a nice one. Chacchoben is one of the more popular ruin sites in southern Quintana Roo, with regular tourist trips from the port of Costa Maya. The surrounding jungle is characterized by abundant species of fauna such as deer, peccaries, armadillos, gray foxes, spider monkeys and howler monkeys.
Deeper in the jungle, more dangerous animals like jaguars, ocelots, pumas and tapirs can be found. The Place of Red Corn Roughly 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Tulum, Mexico, are the seldom seen Mayan ruins of Chacchoben. It is an excellent (but somewhat distant) day trip to see a high, broad-leaf jungle ruin site. These majestic, mostly restored temple pyramids take on a mystical quality surrounded by towering mahogany trees, enormous cohune palms, strangler figs and the hanging tentacles of banyan trees.

Bring your swimsuit! On the way back, most people have time for a refreshing swim in the natural freshwater Cenote Azul in Bacalar and visit the old Spanish fort San Felipe on the shores of the Lake of Seven Colors.

Tour includes:
• 7:00 am – Pickup at your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya 
• Admission fees to Chacchoben site, cenote and LDS tour guide
• Drinking water and lunch (two meals)
• 7:30 pm – Return to hotel

LDS Tours in Cancun awaits to see you soon!

 
 


 
     
 
 

LDS Tour D. Labna ruins in Yucatan

     
 

Labna Means “Old House” 
Labna is part of an archaeological site with Kana and Sayil. Labna is south of these sites and is characterized by its castle and triumphal arch, whose architectural style contrasts with that found in other Mayan cities. The name Labna means old house. Puuc influence is manifested in its architecture, and the remains indicate that it was a large complex. The site is datedto the Late Classic period and has evidence of settlements from the Early Classic period, giving a date range from 300 to 1000 AD.The buildings have columns that adorn the entrances, continuing with underground rooms. This style of the columns is evident mainly in the building’s primary entrance. 
Among the buildings of the complex, there still exists a half-buried pyramid whose crest is seen in good restoration. This pyramid is called Labna Castle and is located a few meters from the Arch Maya at the end of the SACBE. It has a sacbe that connects the complex. This is a colored stone pathway. However, the architectural element that is striking in it, is the LabnaArch , called by many as Arch de Triomphe Maya. It is a solid horizontal bar with two ornate ends, with a sober contrast to the center arch.

Labna is a Mesoamerican archaeological site and ceremonial center of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization, located in the Puuc hills region of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is situated to the south of the large Mayan site Uxmal in the southwest of the present-day state of Yucatan, Mexico. It was incorporated with Uxmal as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. 
The site is a comparatively small and compact one. Among its notable structures is a large two-story palace (El Palacio), which is one of the longest contiguous structures in the Puuc region at approximately 120 m (393.7 ft) in length. From the palace, a ceremonial road (sacbe) extends to an elaborately decorated gateway arch (El Arco). This structure is 3 m (9.8 ft) wide and 6 m high, with well-preserved bas-reliefs. The arch is not an entrance to the city, but rather is a passageway between public areas. Next to this gateway stands El Mirador, a pyramid-like structure surrounded by a temple. Also on the site is the Temple of the Columns. The structural design and motifs of the site’s buildings are in the Mayan architectural style known as Puuc. This makes extensive use of well-cut stone forming patterns and depictions, including masks of the long-nosed raingod Chaac. The site was built in the Late and Terminal Classic eras. A date corresponding to 862 AD is inscribed in the palace.

Tour includes:
• 7:00 am – Pickup at your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya 
• Admission fees to Labna site and LDS tour guide
• Drinking water and lunch (two meals)
• Toll road and parking fees included
• 7:30 pm – Return to hotel

LDS Tours in Cancun awaits to see you soon!

 
     
 
 

LDS Tour E. Ek Balam & Cenote

     
 

Ek’ Balam shares characteristics common to the most important ancient Mayan cities, including monuments, architecture, walls, steles (beautiful sculptures carved of blocks of stone), a ball court, a network of roads as well as texts written in glyphs. Many buildings feature extraordinary sculptures carved in stone or modeled stucco, either polychromatic or a mixture. Visitors today are astonished by the craftsmanship of the ancient artists (shown in objects of luxury marks) and the large number of people necessary to produce projects of this magnitude. 

The Acropolis with its truly extraordinary facade is worth a special mention. Measuring 160 meters long by almost 70 wide and 31 high, it is listed among the largest edifices in Yucatan. The most important discovery on the site was the discovery of the tomb of the ruler UkitKanLekTok. Here was found the only glyphic emblem found to date in the northern area of this state, giving the name of the ruler for whom the tomb was built. It dates back to 300 BC, before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.

Tour includes:
• 7:00 am – Pickup at your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya 
• Admission fees to Ek Balam site, cenote and LDS tour guide
• Drinking water and lunch
• 5:30 pm – Return to hotel

LDS Tours in Cancun awaits to see you soon!

 
 
 

 
 
 

LDS Tour F. Chichen Itza & Cenote

     
 

If you come to Mexico, add an incredible touch of culture. Take some time to visit one of the most amazing archaeological sites in Mexico: Chichen Itza (at the mouth of the well of the Itza). It is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. At the ruins of Chichen Itza, you can visit magnificent temples such as the Kukulcan Pyramid and the Ball Game. Chichen Itza is an ancient city built by the Mayan civilization. Dominating the center of Chichen Itza is the pyramid commonly known as El Castillo (the castle).
This step pyramid was dedicated to Kukulkan (the Mayan name for Quetzalcoatl, the Mesoamerican deity whose name means feathered serpent). It is a square-based pyramid that has stairs going up each of the four sides, leading to Kukulkan’s temple on the top. It was designed so that at the equinoxes, the rising and setting sun casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent that slithers down the northern side of the pyramid to the serpent’s head at the base.

Tour includes:
• 7:00 am – Pickup at your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya 
• Admission fees to Chichen Itza site, cenote and LDS tour guide
• Drinking bottled water and lunch
• 5:30 pm – return to hotel
• As a plus we will visit a colonial twon from the 1500's Valladolid, Yucatan

LDS Tours in Cancun awaits to see you soon!

 
 
   
 
 

 

LDS Tour G. Coba, Mayan Village & Cenote

     
 

A Fantastic Day Of Adventure, Education and Fun “ You'll Love This Tour! 
Mounting bikes are provided in Coba. A pedicab is available for mom and babies. At times, there are also smaller bikes available for children ages 7-11 (otherwise, there are taxi tricycles for them too). This is one of the greatest family tours we offer. It is informative and safe. At Coba you can climb all of the buildings, see crocodiles and visit an authentic Mayan village, seeing their lifestyle and wildlife. 
Your encounter with the Maya culture starts with a 1,500 year old historical journey to the ancestral city of Coba, an archaeological site hidden deep inside the rain forest of the southeastern end of the Yucatan Peninsula. Climbing the Nohoch Muul temple (the tallest pyramid of the state), you will be able admire the pristine beauty and immeasurable vastness of the surrounding subtropical rain forest. This journey then leads you to an authentic Mayan village, a self-sufficient Mayan community living next to an integral part of the region’s lagoon system. You will walk through the forest, learning the mysteries of their local fauna and flora. You’ll be able to see their lifestyle and wildlife. 

We’ll explore the Mayan ruins of Coba riding bikes or hiking. Coba is one of the most important sites of the Mayan culture, and is unique in that it has been restored. This quiet and peaceful archaeological site dates from 600-900 AD. Coba was the heart of a large metropolis composed of many cities within the eastern Yucatan Peninsula. It was one of the most important cities for Mayan culture because it is both a city and a religious center at the same time. No other Mayan city had this privilege.
We’ll spend the day exploring the lost empire of the Maya, climbing the great temple of Nohoch Muul, and witnessing the once grand city of Coba. These are the biggest ruins near Cancun, Mexico. They are also the most recently uncovered, and restoration is still taking place. Afterwards you’ll swim in a fresh water underground cave cenote.

Tour includes:
• 7:00 am – Pickup at your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya 
• Admission fees to Coba site, bike rental, cenote and LDS tour guide
• Drinking bottled water and lunch
• 5:30 pm – Return to hotel

LDS Tours in Cancun awaits to see you soon!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Express LDS Tour H. Chichen Itza & Cenote via Airplane

 
     
 

Enjoy one of the seven wonders of the world, the enigmatic Chichen Itza ruins at just 40 min. Flight from Playa del Carmen. Dare to know the best pyramids and ruins of the fascinating Mayan culture, such as: The famous Castle (the Temple of Kukulkan), the Temple of the Warriors, the Observatory, the Temple of the Thousand Columns, then we'll take you to enjoy the beauty and freshness of the majestic and impressive Cenote Ik-Kil, a place where you can swim and relax, surrounded by a completely natural environment.
With our express service via airplane you will save the 3 to 4 hour drive thus enjoy the scenery at a much calmer pace.

The advantages of our express tour via airplane are:
1. You won't have to go by a dozen hotels to pick other people up.
2. Arrive at the ruins early (9:00 am) before the crowds arrived and heat.
3. A qualified LDS tour guide will lead your small group only (not a full bus load)
4. Spend about 3 hours at Chichen Itza, 45 mins luch and 30 mins swim cenote [sink hole].
5. Depart at 7:00 am and be back by 2:30 pm (enjoy the afternoon at the beach).

Chichen Itza ruins tour includes:
1. Round trip flight and ground transportation to from hotel in Cancun area / Riviera maya
2. Entrance fees to the ruins , bottled water and snacks
3. Entrance to cenote Ik-kil and lunch buffet mexican food all you can eat
4. LDS tour guide church member in your own language.
5. Approximate duration of tour is about 6 - 7 hours once takeoff
6. Airport taxes included

 
     
 
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