Visit the Maya paintings in the Loltun Caves; a vast underground world which provided water and clay to ancient people as far back as 5,000 B.C. On this day tour of the Puuc Route, you'll also see Maya decorations at the ruins of Sayil, Xlapac, and Labna.
What to Expect
This 8-hour sightseeing tour of the Puuc Route in the Mexico's Yucatán peninsula will take you to the ruins of Sayil, Xlapac, and Labná, where the architecture is reminiscent of the Roman and Greek archaeological sites in Europe.
The Loltun caves (Mayan for "Stone Flower") are part of the extensive cave system located in the southern state of Yucatan, Mexico, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of Oxkutzcab and 66 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Mérida.
Among the most important findings in Loltun is evidence of settlements dating from the Pleistocene cave paintings, including negative human hands, faces, animals, and stepped frets. Mayan sculptures and tools, and even the bones of bison, mammoths, and saber-toothed tigers have also been discovered, which gives evidence of climate change that the area has endured.
The remains of the Maya cities reveal an architectural style that is now known as the Puuc style, one of 5 architectural styles of the Maya culture which is rich in decoration and columns.
The Puuc route includes a beautiful palace at Sayil that featured 90 bedrooms for some 350 people. You will also see carved stones and restored pyramids at Xlapac, and a much-photographed arch at Labná that is thought to be the entrance to the Maya highway that went all the way to Uxmal.
What's Not Included
- Admission tickets
- Optional gratuities
Know Before You Go
• Please contact a Mexitours representative to confirm your hotel pick-up time at least 24 hours in advance using the phone number listed on your voucher, or send an e-mail including your hotel name and any special requests.