Honduras-and-Mexico:-Travelling-with-a-Mayan-backdrop

1-3,Copan

Stroll around Copan, perhaps the most interesting Mayan ruins to be found in Honduras, and you’ll discover what was once an important centre in the Mayan civilization more than a thousand years ago. Keep your eyes peeled for the scarlet macaws that make a racket above your head. Head back into the sleepy town of Copan Ruinas where you can rent a horse for a ride up into the surrounding hills or take a tour of a nearby coffee plantation., Bogota Stroll through the old heart of Colombia’s capital city and you’ll see plenty of evidence that the Spanish were once here. Focused on the cobbled streets of La Candelaria, there are enough landmarks to hold your attention for the whole of your stay. But head out into the grittier barrios and discover a vibrant, colourful and welcoming modern city that will make a visit to Bogota a stand out.

8h13m to Flores

4-7,Flores

Located on an island on Lago Petén Itzá, Flores might draw the crowds keen to visit the nearby ruins at Tikal but it’s a worthy destination in its own right. The cobbled streets are lined with red-roofed homes and businesses, churches and restaurants. Things to see near Flores include La Cueva de la Serpiente in Ak’tun Kan, the wildlife rescue centre, Asociaciòn de Rescate y Conservaciòn de Vida Silvestre and the Petencito Zoo, which is home to raccoons, monkeys and jaguars.

6h20m to Palenque

8-10,Palenque

Dating from the 7th Century, Palenque was once known as Lakamha, “Big Water”. Visit the Temple of the Inscriptions, the site’s most impressive structure. In its inner sanctum the crypt of Mayan ruler Pacal lies in an ornate vaulted chamber. Palenque has been a mine of information for archaeologists in learning more about the Mayan culture.

6h16m to Merida

4h40m to Merida

11-14,Merida

Influenced by the Mayans, British, French, Spanish and even Dutch, this historic town located to the north of the Yucatan peninsula is about as far removed from the bright lights of Cancun as you can get. It’s a delight to explore; begin with the stunningly beautiful art murals of Fernando Pacheco, the Palacio de Gobierno on the Plaza Grande or the city’s contemporary arts museum, the MACAY. Chichen Itza- Towering above the jungle, the Kukulkan pyramid of the sun at the ruins of Chichen Itza is one of the most impressive sights in the Mayan world. The site is vast. Take your time as you explore ancient ball courts, the beautifully carved El Caracol observatory and Tzompantli, the wall of skulls.

1h23m to Chichen Itza

4h40m to Merida

15-18,Chichen Itza

Towering above the jungle, the Kukulkan pyramid of the sun at the ruins of Chichen Itza is one of the most impressive sights in the Mayan world. The site is vast. Take your time as you explore ancient ball courts, the beautifully carved El Caracol observatory and Tzompantli, the wall of skulls.

1h54m to Tulum

4h40m to Merida

19-21,Tulum

Base yourself in the resort of Tulum, strung out behind the white sands of the stunning Mayan Riviera. Its cliff top ruins are just about the most atmospheric in the area, overlooking a quiet beach that doubles as the nesting ground for turtles. Further south, explore the remote ruins of Coba surrounded by jungle or visit the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.