The name of BÉCAL is possibly the Castilianization of the Mayan word BEL-KAH, that is to say, “Path that leads to the people”. However, there is another version that defends the origin of Bécal from the word BEL-HA, which in Spanish means “Way of water”, since according to comments from the old settlers, there was a stream of water that crossed the center of the town, -in what is currently the subsoil of the Municipal Palace-, being stored in a small cenote.
As time went on, the water mantle was reduced until it completely disappeared, then, the name of the village becomes BEL-CAN, “Camino de culebras”.
When the Spaniards arrived in these Mayan lands, they changed the phonetic and prosodic sense of many populations, which is why BEL-CAN is transformed into Bécal, the name by which it is known today.
08:00 hrs: Departure at your hotel in Mérida, Yucatán.
10:00 hrs: We will arrive 17-century colonial church and the parque de los sombreros, We will learn about the process of making Panama hats of jipi-japa fiber, watch a demonstration by local artisans who have been working inside caves for several generations to preserve the quality of the palm fronds.
12:00 hrs. We will visit Campeche, the ancient walled city, located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and, once a fortress against the pirates’ attacks during the colonial times. Your first stop will be at Fuerte San Miguel, the biggest 17-century fortress of Campeche, now converted into Mayan Archaeological Museum.
14:00 hrs: will visit the historic district of the city and enjoy a local lunch. After lunch, you will have free time to explore on your own, walk and take pictures of the cathedral and old city gates Puerta de Mar y Puerta de Tierra, before returning to your hotel in Merida.
17:30 hrs: Arrival to Mérida City.
* This itinerary is approximate
- Driver/Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Entrance fee
- Drinks (available to purchase)
- Souvenirs (available to purchase)
Infant meals not included
Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes
*Price per person: $ 65.00 USD
*Minimum reservation: 4 people