Mayan Culture & Natural Wonders
Explore “lost” Mayan cities and breathtaking nature reserves on this 10-day journey to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, including a 7-night cruise aboard the Ponant yacht Le Champlain. Visit Tulum, a Mayan trading port guarded by high walls and sea cliffs overlooking the Caribbean. Discover the jungle city of Copán, with its complex of ruined temples, sculptures, pyramids, and towering hieroglyphic stairway… Tikal, one of the grandest ruins in Mesoamerica, a Mayan city-state of massive pyramids that flourished between 600 BC and 900 AD… Lamanai, the “Submerged Crocodile,” a Mayan complex of huge stone temples and “masks” in Belize, where crocodiles and brilliantly colored birds inhabit the surrounding rainforest… and Altun Ha, a Mayan enclave of exquisite jade sculptures and artifacts. Sail to Half Moon Caye, a protected island in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, where the waters are crystal clear and eagle rays and sea turtles abound, for exciting snorkeling and kayaking. Take your choice of shore excursions, including guided jungle river-cruises… a visit to a howler monkey sanctuary… and a spectacular cave-walk at Aktun-Chen, an ecopark in Belize… cooking lessons and tequila-tasting in Cancún… or beach-combing and jungle walks in Guatemala’s wildlife-rich Biosphere with a naturalist guide. The Explorer-class yacht Le Champlain offers the best in small-ship cruising, with sophisticated styling, spacious accommodations, and large windows.