Explore and learn about the regional capital of one of the most important architectural areas in the state of Campeche!
Tour length: 3 – 5 days
Sites of interest: Uxmal, Ek Balam, Kabah, Chichen Itza, Edzna
Public Tours: Minimum 4 people required for tour.
Private Tours: Minimum 2 adults required to book.
See the best of the Maya ruins in three days
This tour is geared toward LDS travelers staying in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya, Cozumel, or Tulum who would like to learn a great deal more about the spectacular Maya ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula. This is a three to five-day (optional) journey through the peninsula, visiting the sites of most interest to LDS travelers due to their close connection with the events described in the Book of Mormon.
EDZNA (THE HOUSE OF THE WISE MEN)
This impressive archeological zone is interesting because of the many technological advances that have been discovered on the site in the last few years, created by the Maya who inhabited the site during ancient times. These include an advanced water transport system where a network of canals ran through the valley and the water was conducted toward a lagoon that had been made into a dam using retaining walls. Other canals were used for crop irrigation. This canal system created an optimum degree of moisture in the earth for intensive cultivation. The canals also provided abundant fishing aside from being used as a means of boat transportation.
Edzna is one of the few cities found in the Yucatan Peninsula that dates back to the year 400 B.C., an era that is certainly interesting for all LDS visitors to learn about. Let yourself be guided by the experience of the professional guides from LDS Tours Cancun by Mormon Encounter. These well-informed guides know the site and its history, as well as archeological details that provide such a deep vision that it recaptures a glorious era from the Book of Mormon.
Our second stop is the beautiful Maya ruins of Uxmal, a place as lovely as it is exceptional. Its name means “constructed three times.” The oval-shaped buildings give the site a unique style, and its Puuc-style decoration provides valuable information on religious symbolism, its uses, and customs, which our professional guides thoroughly know how to interpret.
On the second day, we also visit the stately ruins of Kabah, which in the Mayan language means “the Lord of the strong and mighty hand.” It is a place that was first inhabited in the third century B.C., even though the majority of what is visible in Kabah today was built between the seventh and 11th centuries A.D. The Maya tradition to build on top of what has already been constructed carries us back to a past that is closely connected to many of the main events occurring in the Book of Mormon.
We invite you to come and visit the best religious archeology found in Uxmal and Kabah, brought to life by the main experts on the Book of Mormon archaeology of the Yucatan Peninsula.
CHICHEN ITZA AND EK BALAM
Named one of the seven new wonders of the modern world, Chichen Itza is one of those enigmatic cities where the veil of the apostasy still covers the vestiges that have been found on the site.
Only our specialized guides can show you the secrets and mysteries surrounding this city in ruins that was occupied from A.D. 450 to 1200. It is one of the most telling testimonies of the spiritual fall of a once just and noble people, at the same time that it is one of the best sites to display the visible splendor of what is today called the Maya culture.
In contrast to Chichen Itza, the Maya city of Ek Balam was occupied from the year 300 B.C. Located just 30 kilometers from the colonial city of Valladolid, it is one of the few ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula that originated during the Pre-Classic period.
Find out about its history, tombs, temples, and famous rulers from the perspective of an LDS guide who is sure to awaken your interest in the study of the Book of Mormon and its relation to Mesoamerica.