Discovering Campeche

Discovering  Campeche
Discovering  Campeche
Discovering  Campeche
Discovering  Campeche
Discovering  Campeche
Discovering  Campeche
Discovering  Campeche
Discovering  Campeche
Discovering  Campeche
Discovering  Campeche

Discovering Campeche


10 Days / 9 Nights

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The mystical dense forests of Campeche offer a natural protection for the Mayan Archaeological sites such as Calakmul, Chicanna, Becán, Edzná, Xpujil, Hormiguero, and Balamkú among others. As the years have gone by, these magical and mystical temples and ruins continue to leave its visitors awe inspired with their beauty. We will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Campeche, enjoy an encounter with dolphins at Isla Aguada, visit the magical town of Candelaria and be amazed at the remote Mayan archaeological sites along the way! 

Special features of our 10 Day Discovering Campeche Tour: 

Type of Tourism:   Adventure, Culture, History, Archaeology, bird watching.

Places to Visit:  Campeche, Isla Aguata, Candelaria, El Tigre, Pedro Baranda Springs, Balamku, Calakmul, Chicanna, Xpujil, Oxpemul, Nadzcaan 

Duration:  10 Days and 9 Nights.  

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation:  3 star hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


Today, is arrival day at Campeche International airport. We will be waiting for your arrival and will take you to the hotel in Campeche.

    Today we will head out on a cultural city tour of Campeche, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Our first visit will be at the Museo de Estelas Mayas, exhibiting Mayan stelae and regional art. We will then continue on our way to visit the Puerta de Tierra. An 18th century bronze cannon with the royal insignia welcomes you to Puerta de Tierra. SWe will climb to the top of the ramparts, where we can observe the domes of the Campeche churches. We will then head to the Bastion of San Francisco and the Bastion of San Juan, loca...

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      After breakfast, we will continue to the Isla Aguada beach a hidden gem in the state of Campeche. This is not really an island as the name suggests, but a bar that separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Laguna de Terminos. Its privileged location adds to its charm, with sandy beach areas on one side and the beaches of the lagoon on the other. 

      This small fishing town has an ocean of different shades of blue, that create a visual spectacle that must be seen! We will then have a boat trip on the Laguna de Terminos to spot d...

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        Today, we will head to the El Tigre Archaeological site on the banks of the Candelaria River. El Tigre is thought to be from the Itzamkana. In the ceremonial centre today, the templesare thought to be in honour to deities of chontal origin such as Ixchel and Itzamná. The latter was the god most adored by the ruling classes, who may have attempted to establish monotheism. The site of El Tigre sits on a hill next to the Candelaria River, and is comprised of 6 architectural groups. One of the squares is surrounded by pyramidal fo...

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          Today, we will head to Balamku, where there is a stucco made between 550 and 600 AD. The frieze displays 4 ascension scenarios alternating with 3 jaguars. Every stage  includes an animal having its head flipped back. Along with showing in depth complementary facets of the underworld, the set reveals that the dynastic period is related to the solar cycle. The access throne is represented by the king, emerging from the jaws of a terrestrial monster The king’s death is seen as a sunset, when it falls into the mouth of th...

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            Today we will enjoy a full day at the Calakmul Archaeological site, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Calakmul means “Two Adjacent Mounds” in Mayan and dominate the jungle. Calakmul was discovered in the early 30’s but in the 80s, systematic research discoverd the essence of the town among the most significant in the Classic Maya period along with Tikal and Palenque.. Hieroglyphic studies have revealed a history of wars between Calakmul and Tikal for almost a century, which speaks to the political rivalry of these...

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              Today we can enjoy another full day of archaeological adventure, visiting 3 cities along the Rio Bec The first is Chicanna, or the  “House of the serpents’ mouth” referring to the huge  figure head at the centre. According to archeologists, figurehead represents “Itzamna” a reptile personification of their deity. Due to its elegance and decorative richness it is thought that Chicanna was a place for the “privileged”. The earliest sign of occupation of the site goes back to the pre-c...

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                Today we will enjoy a  4X4 adventure to the archaeological site of Oxpemul. Its geographical location makes it a strategic site, as it is close to the limits of two regional states from the Classic period, Río Bec to the north and Calakmul to the south. 

                In the evening, we will visit Nadzca’an for a nighttime experience inside a Mayan site including the star’s garden. 

                  Today, we head back to Campeche for beach extension, we recommend Mahahual in Quintana Roo. 

                    Today is the final day of this incredible tour and we will take you to the Campeche International airport for your flight back home  or onto your next exciting destination!

                      WHAT'S INCLUDED

                      • All private ground transportation during your trip for tours and transfers mentioned according to the program
                      • 9 nights of lodging in Mexico
                      • 9 breakfasts (American and continental)
                      • 2 picnic lunches
                      • Professional English guide for tours
                      • Entrances fees and activities to the sites of visit mentioned in the itinerary
                      • Hotel Taxes

                      WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                      • Extra charges for payments with credit card
                      • Travel insurance for trip cancellation, medical services, or evacuation
                      • Meals not described
                      • Departure tax
                      • Domestic or International flights
                      • Alcoholic and no alcoholic beverages
                      • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, etc
                      • Gratuities for drivers and guides
                      • Services not described

                      Trip Preparation & FAQS

                      Guides & Drivers:

                      2.2. Protective Measures and Equipment to consider:

                      2.2.1. Mandatory Equipment:


                      • Face mask

                      • Tied Hair (in case of having long hair)

                      • Closed Shoes (not sandals)

                      • Constant use of Hand Sanitizer

                      • Use pants with the uniform (not shorts)

                      • Sanitize your backpack and equipment constantly when providing services

                      • Limit the use of accessories (wallets, fanny packs, watches, etc.)

                      • Avoid sharing glasses, spoons, bottles, etc.

                      • Avoid the use of reusable tissues, make use of disposable towels or napkins

                      • Make use of the digital thermometer

                      • Avoid wearing a tie or scarf




                      3.1. Tourist Guide Service


                      • Maximum 1 Guide for every 14 visitors

                      3.2. Tourist Reception

                      • Welcome: greet without physical contact and maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters.


                      3.3. Delivery of Preventive Utensils

                      • Take the temperature of Each Visitor

                      • Hand Sanitizer

                      • Masks, if necessary.

                      • Gloves

                       Physical distancy and wear masks in public spaces are mandatory for clients, guides and drivers.

                      We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                      We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

                      We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                      As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                      We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                      Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                      VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                      Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                      Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                      Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                      Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                      We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                      We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                      We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                      The official currency in Mexico is the mexican peso (MXN). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                      Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                      As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations.  An example of our sustainable projects:

                      Sustainable Tourism Policy

                      Our partner, Martsam Travel, organizes trips focused on sustainability while respecting the natural environment, the communities, and their traditions, trying as much as possible to use suppliers committed to sustainability practices, and collaborating with them in the implementation of these practices that lead us to raise the quality of the services offered.

                      Environmental Friendliness (Eco-Friendly):

                      All the activities of the company are analyzed, and it considered in order to avoid, mitigate, reverse or compensate any kind of environmental impact, since the natural environment is an essential part of our product and therefore is vital for our daily survival.

                      Social and Cultural Responsibility

                      It implies that the company analyzes and takes into account the social and cultural background of the sites and their areas of influence, in which it develops activities, so that these result benefits the local inhabitants as much as possible. The cultural environment is the most charismatic part of our product and therefore conserving it is conserving our way of life.

                      Financial Sustainability

                      We make sure that our operation generates profits for the local communities and make sure the benefits are real, we also ensure that the payments to the services they provide are fair.

                      Our partner, Martsam Travel, cooperates with different service providers such as hotels, restaurants, community projects, leaders, and local guides, relying on the “Best Practices Agreement in Sustainable Tourism”, established with the Rainforest Alliance in 2006.

                      Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                      Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

                      The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                      This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                      For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: + (502) 5417-5517

                      At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. An example of our sustainable projects: Conservation in Ria Lagartos,

                      Conservation in Selestun, Merida Yucatan

                       Conservation at Sian Kan Reserve and Muyil Archaeological Site,

                      Visit local families, markets, etc

                      Visit communiarian projects at Señor and Tihosuco in Quinta Roo,

                      Projects at Oaxaca with artisanal agave production.

                      All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: + (502) 5417-5517. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                      This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                      This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                      The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                      Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                      Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                      For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                      In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                      In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                      It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your  program.

                      We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. Depending on your destination, at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.

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