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COPA Mayan Adventure, Mexico

by on Mar.30, 2019, under Flying

Wednesday morning we bid farewell to Los Lagunas, after another great breakfast overlooking Quexil lagoon. Our handlers have us through departure quickly, flight plans in hand for our first leg to Cozumel where we will clear Mexican customs. Its a beautiful flight along the coast on the route we were supposed to take coming in. We see the inlets where fresh water from underground rivers mixes with salt water that was used by pirates as a hiding place during the Spanish period. Cozumel turn around is uneventful and we are on to Campeche, where no ATIS, gusty quartering winds, plus low-level wind shear make for an interesting landing. We are quickly off to the Hacienda Puerta Campeche which is inside the old walled city and very quaint. We meet for dinner after settling in and cocktails in the hotel bar.

Thursday after breakfast we meet our guide Felix who starts his description at the city land gate across the street from our hotel. We then take the one hour trip to the Edzna Mayan archeological site which dates back to 600 BC and was a center for ceremony and trading for the area. Unlike Tikal, this site was built in an arid region and did not have to be excavated from the jungle so it is better preserved. We make a brief stop to taste local cornbread made in a charcoal oven, very tasty. The Edzna ruins are very impressive and Felix educates us about all aspects of Mayan history. After the ruins, we stop for lunch at the Hacienda Uayamon an estate dating back to 1700. After we return we have time to explore Campeche on our own or relax at our hotel, before dinner on our own. In our case, we dined at an excellent local restaurant, Marganzo, serving traditional regional cuisine and Mayan dishes.

Friday after breakfast we do a walking tour of Campeche, walking through the local market, not necessarily your supermarket at home. We also visit churches, the square, and both history and archeological museums. We have lunch at a local street restaurant and then relax, pack, before the briefing for our flight back and our final dinner together. –

This was a great group of COPA pilots and partners from all over the united states including Oregon, California, Texas, Washington DC, South Carolina, and Florida. We had a great time, saw some amazing things and beautiful places. The first group departed for Brownsville, Texas and beyond and the second to Key West back across the Gulf of Mexico. In our case, after clearing customs, we overnighted in Fort Lauderdale to celebrate our older daughters birthday before returning home on Sunday. Really an outstanding trip thanks to COPA, Caribbean Sky Tours, a great group of COPA people plus the excellent warm hospitality of Las Lagunas in Guatemala and Hacienda Puerta Campeche in Mexico.

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