LDS Tour 1. Tulum, Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik kil

     
 

Evidence of Christ in Tulum 
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. Luke 24:36-40
Tulum is one of the most intriguing and mysterious of all Mayan cities. In fact, it is not a city at all but a temple complex devoted to the teaching and worship of the Descending God. Within the walls of Tulum, artifacts have been found dating back to the first century AD, a stele exists which dates to the fifth century AD, while much of the architecture dates to the 12th century AD. In addition, the surrounding areas clearly show occupation from as early as the 3rd Century BC (or what we call the Preclassic period of the Maya). 

Tulum and the Descending God 
Tulum is the home of the Descending God. The Descending God has been so named by the archaeological community because he is always shown with his feet in the air as if he is descending from the sky. Many people, including anthropologists, archaeologists and guides have erroneously stated that the Descending God is only found in Tulum. This has been done out of ignorance – or in some cases, a simple desire to skirt the entire issue of the Descending God and what he potentially represents. 
If Christ, having been resurrected, descended from heaven to visit the Maya, He would have come in great glory, and the event would have been so singular that its depiction would have been repeated over and over throughout the Mayan world. This is what we see with the Descending God. Rather than being a God only seen in Tulum, we have found that there is no other Mayan deity as prevalent throughout the width and breadth of the Mayan world as the Descending God. Over and over again he is shown in the attitude of descending from the heavens. 
In Tulum, we find that the Temple of the Inscriptions was built to teach all people that the Descending God was and is the supreme God of all gods and that all things are subject to him. The murals inside the temple tell the story of three men who may have been responsible for the building of the temple complex. In these murals, the three are portrayed as seers, possibly living in a physical state between life and death. The outside of the Temple of the Descending God bears symbolism that represents the Descending God as the light and life of the world and that he is the living water and light of the sun. The murals inside the temple, which have great need of restoration, show scenes that depict both heaven and earth – and perhaps creation. 

Chichen Itza a Wonder of the World 
The City of Kukulkan, the God of the Feathered Serpent 

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. The ancient city of Chichen Itza, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was founded in the year 514 BC and was considered the capital of the Mayan civilization. You shouldn’t miss this tour when coming to Mexico!

Tour includes:
Hotel pick up 7:00 am and drop off around 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Transportation A/C VAN 
• Admission fees to both archaeological site
and cenote park
Professional certified LDS tour guide 
• Liability road insurance, parking and toll road fees
• Bottle of purified water (unlimited)  & lunch mexican traditional food..

*Enjoy a folkloric dancing performances show of Yucatan peninsula while you eating at Chichen Itza

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LDS Tour 2. Tulum, Coba and Cenote Tamcach-ha

     
 

Tulum (meaning wall in Mayan) is located 62 km from the city of Playa del Carmen. 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. 
The archaeological zone of Tulum is perhaps one of the most beautiful places on the Riviera Maya, combining the mystery of the ancient civilization which inhabited this area with the singular beauty of the Caribbean Sea which bathes its shores. The city of Tulum is the only known archaeological site located by the sea and belongs to the region known as Tankah-Tulum which comprises the zone of Tahkah, Tulum and Xel-Ha. It was constructed at the top of a cliff facing the blue sea and has and an underwater coral reef that is the world’s second-largest.

With Alma’s LDS 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 some quiet time 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 Beautiful Spiritual Highpoint of our tour.

We’ll explore the Mayan ruins of Coba by riding bikes or hiking at the Nohoch Muul temple (the tallest temple in Yucatan peninsula after tikal), you will be able admire the pristine beauty and immeasurable vastness of the surrounding subtropical rain forest. We will explore the grounds of Coba on wheels. Trollie bikes will be provided for eldery people and mothers with small children all grown-ups will have mountain bikes.
This is one of the greatest family tours that Alma LDS Tours in Cancun offers. At Coba, you can climb all of the structures.

This journey then leads you to an authentic Mayan village, a self-sufficient community living next to an integral part of the region’s lagoon system, you will see crocodiles and you’ll be able to see their Lifestyle and wildlife. You will walk through the Mayan community’s forest, learning the mysteries of their local fauna and flora.

Tour includes:
Hotel pick up 7:00 am and drop off around 6:30 pm
Transportation A/C VAN 
• Admission fees to both archaeological site
and cenote park
Professional certified LDS tour guide 
• Liability road insurance, parking and toll road fees
• Bottle of purified water (unlimited)  & lunch mexican traditional food..

*Enjoy a visit to an authentic mayan village

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LDS Tour 3. Chichen Itza, Ek Balam & Cenote Ik kil

     
 

Chichen Itza was founded in the year 525 AD and experienced several stages in its development as a result of cultural fusion with other Mexican groups that conquered the city during its existence. Although its architecture presents variations, its style is unique and impressive. 
The archaeological site of Chichen Itza features many stone buildings which exhibit very fine architectural styles and some brightly colored interior frescoes. At the end of the Late Classic period (between the years 600 and 900 AD), Chichen Itza became one of the major political centers of the Mayan region and rose to regional prominence as one of the most powerful Mayan kingdoms of the Yucatan Peninsula. The Maya extended their domain through a unified culture and made Chichen Itza their capital. However, by the year 1,250 AD, the city was mysteriously abandoned for reasons unknown. In 1988, the archaeological site of Chichen Itza was declared World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). After a worldwide vote in 2007, it was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 
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.

Tour includes:
Hotel pick up 7:00 am and drop off around 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Transportation A/C VAN 
• Admission fees to both archaeological site
and cenote park
Professional certified LDS tour guide 
• Liability road insurance, parking and toll road fees
• Bottle of purified water (unlimited)  & lunch mexican traditional food..

• Enjoy a folkloric dancing performances show of Yucatan peninsula
• As a plus we will visit an authentic colonial town from the 1500's Valladolid Yucatan

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LDS Tour 4. Dizibanche, Kohunlich ruins & Blue Lagoon of Bacalar

     
 

Dzibanche (Land of bountiful in the Book of Mormom) is possibly the largest and most important Mayan settlement in the southern state of Quintana Roo, sitting gently between sloping hillsides. In this landscape there are no rivers or cenotes, but a lot of natural depressions that hold water all year round. Dzibanche, is a clear example of majestic architecture and urban organization. Inscriptions found there demonstrate a formal style, show episodes from the life of a society focused on the fullness of its power; Dzibanche is undoubtedly the best way toexplore the wonders of pre-Hispanic Mexico. 

Dzibanche (Land of bountiful in the Book of Mormom) is a complex of four architectural groups that probably worked simultaneously and may have had different functions. Dzibanche is the most widely explored, and in it are examples of monumental architecture of the Early Classic period: the Temple VI or lintels, Xibalba Square, Temple I (of the owl), Temple II (of the cormorants) and Temple XIII (of the captives).
Kohunlich was discovered in 1967 by a local Maya who stumbled upon looters who had uncovered and were preparing to remove a six-foot stucco mask from one of the temples. Kohunlich possibly dates to the Preclassic period. It appears to have been a major city from 300 to 900AD, when this area was one of the heaviest populated areas of the entire Yucatan Peninsula. This is a city that provides beautiful forest walks with toucans, monkeys and flowers. Its architectural style is similar to both northern Belize and the Rio Bec areas.
Named after the cohune palm tree (which is abundant), Kohunlich is a moated city with walls. It has sophisticated drainage and plumbing. It also has a high number of solid stone residential complexes suggesting great prosperity and a democratic distribution of wealth. Many of these residential complexes have unusually large interiors. There is some indication that it was lived in by master artists, potters and scribes. Unfortunately, because the steles are in poor condition, it has been difficult to determine dynastic history.
There are two major structures of particular interest: the Temple of the Masks and the Temple of the 27 Steps. The Temple of the Masks is an excellent example of building on top of preexisting buildings, a process that sometimes preserved and sometimes destroyed what was buried underneath. In this case it preserved the masks which date to the Early Classic period. These masks are some of the greatest treasures in the Mayan world and are representations of the Sun God, KinichAhau. They face west so that the setting sun can light their faces at the end of each day.

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:
Hotel pick up 7:00 am and drop off around 8:30 pm
Transportation A/C VAN 
• Admission fees to both archaeological site
and cenote park
Professional certified LDS tour guide 
• Liability road insurance, parking and toll road fees
• Bottle of purified water (unlimited)  & lunch mexican traditional food (two meals)

LDS Tours in Cancun awaits to see you soon!

 
     
 
 

Merida Yucatan LDS Temple

     
 

“The temple was a place of learning for the Savior when He was on the earth; it was very much a part of His life. Temple blessings are available once again in our day.” – James E. Faust  

The Merida, Mexico Temple is located in the Mexican state of Yucatan on the north end of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. This historically rich area is the heart of Mesoamerica, being in the midst of some of the world’s most renowned archaeological ruins including the famous Uxmal and Chichen Itza Mayan ruins. 
See the House of Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo. Merida is located in the northwest part of the state of Yucatan, which occupies the northern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula. To the east is the state of Quintana Roo; to the west is the state of Campeche; to the north is the Gulf of Mexico; and far to the south is the state of Chiapas. The city is also located in the Chicxulub Crater. It has a very flat topography and is only 30 feet (9 m) above sea level. The land outside of Merida is covered with smaller scrub trees and former henequen (also known as agave) fields. Almost no surface water exists, but several cenotes (underground springs and rivers) are found across the state. 
Mérida has a centro histórico typical of colonial Spanish cities. The street grid is based on odd-numbered streets running east/west and even-numbered streets running north/south, with Calles 60 and 61 bounding the Plaza Grande in the heart of the city. The more affluent neighborhoods are located to the north and the most densely populated areas are to the south. The centrohistórico area is becoming increasingly popular with American and other expatriats who are rescuing and restoring the classic colonial structures. The Los Angeles Times recently noted this surge of interest in rescuing Merida’s historic downtown.
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Tour includes:
• Hotel pick up 7:00 am and return around 9:30 pm
• Transportation equipped A/C VAN
• Temple session and Merida's downtown sightseeing with carriage
• Professional certified LDS tour guide
• Liability road insurance, parking and toll road fees
• Bottle of purified water (unlimited), lunch and dinner

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