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3 Days Southern Yucatan LDS Circuit Tour - Ask for price and Details


THIS IS FOR SURE ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCES SINCE ALONG IT, WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT SOME OF THE OLDEST MAYAN CITIES IN THE REGION, MANY OF THEM DATE BACK TO BOOK OF MORMON TIMES AND THE INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF TANGIBLE EVIDENCES THAT WE CAN SEE IN THIS 3 DAY TOUR IS DOUBTLESSLY THE HIGHLIGHT OF IT.
Day 1

THE LOST WORLD OF CALAKMUL

Calakmul was a major Maya power within the northern Peten Basin

A region of the Yucatan Peninsula of southern Mexico.

Calakmul administered a large domain marked by the extensive distribution of their emblem glyph of the snake head sign, to be read "Kaan". Calakmul was the seat of what has been dubbed the Kingdom of the Snake or Snake Kingdom. This Snake Kingdom reigned during most of the Classic Period Calakmul itself is estimated to have had a population of 50,000 people and had governance, at times, over places as far away as 150 kilometers. There are 6,750 ancient structures identified at Calakmul; the largest of which is the great pyramid at the site. Structure 2 is over 45 metres (148 ft) high, making it one of the tallest of the Maya Pyramids.

Four tombs have been located within the pyramid. Like many temples or pyramids within Mesoamerica the pyramid at Calakmul increased in size by building upon the existing temple to reach its current size. The size of the central monumental Architecture is approximately 2 square kilometres (0.77 sq mi) and the whole of the site, mostly covered with dense residential structures, is about 20 square kilometres (7.7 sq mi).

Throughout the Classic period, Calakmul maintained an intense rivalry with the major city of Tikal to the south, and the political manoeuvrings of these two cities have been likened to a struggle between two Maya superpowers.

Don't miss the opportunity to relive the past of this marvelous site that we are sure will blow your mind like no other.

Day 2

BECAN THE CITY OF THE GREAT DITCH AND KOHUNLICH

Becan is a Mayan archeological site located in the Mexican state of Campeche.It is noteworthy for being surrounded by a moat mentioned in Alma 53:4,it is the only one in the Mayan region. For some investigators it is testimony to the continuous war activities between Becan and other cities in the region. For others it represents a clear division between social clases, since the inner area is made up of structures built as architectural monuments reserved for the elite. Becan could be entered through seven different entrances: three to the north, one to the west, two to the south and one to the east, the latter of which is the current entrance to the site. Outside the area surrounded by the moat there are a great deal of minor structures that served as residences, grain storage, anctuaries, farming terraces, etc., which were used by the bulk of the population in order to sustain the ruling dynasty of Becan.

The site is academically classified by researchers as the regional capital of one of the most important architectural areas of Campeche state, which is the region known as Rio Bec.

The archeological site called Kohunlich relatively extensive, covering some 21 acres and surrounded by dense tropical forest. Traces of buildings and the remains of a water canal and reservoir system leads to the conjecture that Kohunlich was an important city in its day. This site holds nearly 200 hillocks, or mounds of vegetation-covered earth covering and concealing ruins, many of them still unexcavated.

Available archeological information theorizes that Kohunlich received its first inhabitants around the year 200 AD, even though the majority of the most important structures were built between 250 and 600 AD. It is also thought that Kohunlich represented an important trade link between the cities dotting the Yucatan Peninsula and various Mayan cities found in Central America.

Building A-1, or the Temple of the Figureheads, is one of the most frequently visited because it houses stucco-molded figureheads that still retain the original red paint that once covered the entire temple. It is likely this building was constructed between 250 and 300 AD, and that the figureheads are very interesting symbols of Kinich Ahau, the “God Who Shines Like the Sun”.

The original name of the site is unknown, but the word Kohunlich, as it is called today, is not of Mayan origen; rather the name comes from a phonetic transcription of its original name given in English, “Cohoon Ridge”. To date, the site’s ancient name is unknown.

Day 3

BOUNTIFUL TOUR KINICH NA AND DZIBANCHE

Considered by a great number of LDS Researchers as the well-known Bountiful City, Dzibanche is one the places that is most relevant to the Book of Mormon, and around which events of great importance took place. The city was founded just before 200 BC.

Dzibanche forms part of a group of Mayan cities found in southern Quintana Roo state that are crucial for understanding the development of the Mayan culture in the región. It is an enormous settlement known for its rivalry with the great city of Calakmul insofar as size and religious-political power is concerned.

It is made up of a three-tiered acropolis which was the most important in the area due to its religious roots. Kinich Na, a temple located just outside the great city of Dzibanche, has a unique, imposing and at the same time simple architecture. This site’s name can be translated as “The House of Our Lord Who Shines Like the Sun”.

Dzibanche is not a very well-known site or one that is often visited since it is nestled deep inside the jungles in the southernmost part of the Yucatan Peninsula, right along the Mexican border with Belice. Despite that, the professional guides from LDS Tours Cancun by Mormon Encounter have carried out studies of the area and analyzed the different theories that have existed to date. They know the importance of the information they possess, and they are ready to share it with all their beloved brothers who visit the area.

A visit to these two sites, guided by the experienced, professional guides from Mormon Encounter LDS Tours,is fundamental to understanding more about the Mayan religious-political system and the urban, architectural and demographic development that this civilization reached even in very early eras.