Following the footsteps of the Mayan civilization
Trek to Mexico

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Travelling through Yucatán's dense jungle, you'll discover ancestral lands of a fascinating civilization with ruins proudly testifying to its greatness.

This riveting challenge will lead you to the very heart of a rich and fascinating history that dates back to 2600 BC. You'll discover Ek' Balam, a recently restored Mayan city whose name means "black jaguar", the sacred animal of the Mayans. This archaeological site's buildings feature one of impressive construction projects in Yucatán. From there, your challenge will lead you to Chichen Itza, a Mayan city that was the religious hub of 10th century Yucatán. It has been chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site and, in 2007, selected as a candidate for the New7Wonders of the World. It is in this mythical setting that you will meet a welcoming people, eager to share a thousand-year-old culture that has survived the test of time.

Details

Where

Mexico

When

March, 13 to 18, 2020

Duration of the trip

6 days

Level of difficulty

Intermediate

Accommodation

hotel and bungalow

Fundraising goal

$5,000

YOUR JOURNEY

Participants meet at Montreal Airport and fly to Cancun. Welcome by your local French guide and transfer to your seaside hotel about 2h30 drive from Cancun. Installation in your room.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

After lunch, departure of the trek. Hiking through the jungle trails. Dinner at the ranch. In the afternoon return to the hotel in El Cuyo Puerto.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Lunch, dinner and supper included.
Distance: 15 km

Very early in the morning, transfer of the group to Las Coloradas. Lunch at Las Coloradas and departure from the trek to Rio Lagartos. Group transfer in Ek Balam cabins in the heart of the Mayan ruins.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Lunch, dinner and supper included.
Distance: 10 to 15 km

After lunch, departure for a hike to the cenote Dzalbay, through the jungle and by road. Dinner at Dzalbay, then in the afternoon, return to the cabins of Ek Balam.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Lunch, dinner and supper included.
Distance: 15 km

Early breakfast and departure for Chichen Itza. The most famous Mayan archeological site of Yucatán is registered since 1988 in World Heritage of the Humanity by UNESCO. It is classified as one of the "Seven New Wonders of the World". This sacred city was the center of Mayan activity in the peninsula. Guided tour of the site: the Castillo, the Caracol, the Jaguar temple, the Juego de Pelota ... Dinner during the visit.

Visit the Mayan site of Chichen Itza by night.
Dinner and overnight near Chichen Itza
Lunch, dinner supper included

Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for Cancun for the return flight to Montreal

BE READY TO FACE YOUR CHALLENGE

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Equipment

In order to be comfortable throughout your adventure, it is essential to bring the right equipment. The secret is to protect the most vulnerable parts of your body against heat, cold and moisture. Always pack warm clothing and waterproof hiking shoes. You may even want to consider bringing along a toque and even a walking stick. Choose a light backpack and carry nothing but the essentials for your journey. Check out our tool box section for more tips and tricks.

Logistics

Even though the CRS Challenge is a personal experience about surpassing oneself, it is also a group adventure. Our team of experts will provide you with useful advice and the answers to all of your questions from the moment you register to the moment you return. We have mastered the art of logistics, thanks to our knowledge of the destinations we offer and the fact that we organize several challenges every year, making your overall experience all the more enjoyable.

Yucatán, an adventure into the heart of the Mayan people's history.

Yucatán's reputation is well established. This famous Mexican region attracts many tourists in search of an experience where sunshine, exoticism and authentic cuisine await. The sea meets the sky in a simply idyllic environment where the lush richness of the jungle shelters the many ruins of the Mayan civilization found within. During a 45km trek through the jungle, you'll discover why this people became one of the most important Mesoamerican civilizations. Renowned for their mastery of astronomy, with sophisticated calendars that still astonish to this day, they are also the inventors of a type of hieroglyphic writing that was unique in America in that period. The Mayans were also great builders and have left behind impressive constructions with ceremonial architecture that features breathtaking details and ornaments that aptly describe their culture and their lifestyle. During your journey, you'll notice their skills on the pyramid temples, palaces and observatories. Located at the heart of the jungle, the Mayans cleared a vast stretch of land and built immense underground rainwater reservoirs for an irrigation system. Also in the jungle, a complex network of roads is proof that Mayans maintained close ties with other villages of the Peninsula. This fascinating trip with leave you with discoveries, amazing moments and unforgettable memories. Don't hesitate any longer; register and set off on this adventure of a lifetime!

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