Project Description

Yucatan Adventure – Mexico

Cancun – Merida – Campeche – Chichen Itza – Tulum

10 Days

 

Day 1 – Arrive Cancun

Our at Cancun International Airport you will be met by our representative.  He will accompany you to your awaiting vehicle and introduce you to the driver who will transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Nizuc Resort & Spa.

 

Day 2 – Cancun – Merida

Early after breakfast, you will meet your bilingual guide in the hotel lobby for a tour of the beautiful Mayan archaeological site of Ek Balam (2:00 hrs drive approximately), which means black jaguar, was at the height of its importance as a city during the Late Classic period (600-900 A.C.). As with all of the Mayan pyramids, these were discovered when archaeologists and adventurers saw a group of hills with trees and brush growing out of them. Digging in the mounds, they uncovered treasures of buildings and artefacts hidden for hundreds of years.

After the site you may take the opportunity to refresh and swim into a Mayan Cenote, these are natural, enigmatic and unique in the world water holds,  that were once the only resource for fresh, sweet water in the local Yucatecan jungle. They were the sacred places of the Maya for that reason, but also because they represented the entrance to the underworld.

Next, we head to Valladolid (30 minutes’ drive approx.) for lunch (not included), Valladolid was the first capital city of the Yucatan, today a bustling Mayan city with a special colonial flavour.

Our journey continues (1:45 min drive), this evening we arrive to Hacienda San Jose and settle into our lovely hacienda to spend rest of evening at leisure.

Overnight at Casa Lecanda, Patio Room

 

Day 3 – Merida

After breakfast we take you for a privately Guided Excursion to Biosphere Reserve of Celestun and Merida City Tour.

Home to 2,000 or more pink flamingos, Celestún is a great place for nature lovers. Taking a boat ride down this salt-water lagoon, you will see the great variety of flora and fauna that naturally thrive there and have a chance to swim in the fresh waters.

Discover the historical centre of the city Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán.  You will learn about Merida’s history and contemporary importance, as you explore the Zócalo, the cathedral and the Monument of the Homeland, before heading down El Paseo de Montejo, with its grand, colonial buildings.

 

Overnight at Casa Lecanda, Patio Room

 

Day 4 – Merida – Campeche

Your private guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel for a private transfer to Campeche. En route (1:30), you will stop at a village named Becal – famous for producing some of the world’s best “Panama” Hats! With luck, you may even be able to enjoy seeing how these hats are made if the artisan family is making one at the time of your visit.

After your visit of Becal, you will be driven another 1:30 hrs to Campeche where you may have lunch (not included) at one of the local restaurants, before ending your journey at your lovely hacienda hotel.

At arrival, check in and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight at Hacienda Uayamon – Junior Suite.

 

Day 5 – Campeche

After breakfast you will be met by our guide for a short drive to Edzna, the Maya archaeological site outside of Campeche. Built on a platform of 40 meters high, Edzna’s major temple, Edificio de los Cinco Pisos (Five-Story Building) provides a great view of the plazas below as well as a panorama of the countryside.

Return to Campeche in the afternoon for a guided visit of the walled city center.  Campeche is a UNESCO World Heritage site with restored cobblestone streets, pastel-colored mansions, and impressive fortified walls that protected this former Spanish port from marauding pirates.  It is a perfect place for an afternoon stroll along the malecon, the waterfront promenade, or a visit to the scenic Plaza Principal.

 

Overnight at Hacienda Uayamon – Junior Suite.

 

 

Day 6 – Campeche – Chichen Itza

After breakfast and hotel check out, you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart from Campeche and drive two hours north to Uxmal. Along with your guide, you will explore the ancient Maya city of Uxmal, with its rounded architecture and intricate latticework. Your guide will lead you in discovering the site as you learn about the myth of the Pyramid of the Magician and about Maya cosmology in the Nun’s Quadrangle. Climb the Great Pyramid to get a birds-eye view of this extensive city that peeked in 700CE and whose downfall may have been a result of its own success.

Next, your guide will drive you to a local restaurant for lunch (not included) to enjoy a traditional Yucatecan meal. Afterwards, you will be dropped off at your hotel for the rest of the evening at leisure. Your journey will continue toward Izamal, about 2 hours down the road where every building is painted yellow and white. Izamal was once a Maya settlement, it is now known for the 16th century Franciscan monastery that sits atop of the old pyramid base. Explore the monastery that retains many original features and learn about the site’s rather complex history.

Optional Add-on (not included)

 

Family Scavenger Hunt

Includes: set up of treasure at the site prior to arrival & treasure (toys)

During your exploration of Uxmal, you will have a fun scavenger hunt and set out to search for a variety of clues that will draw on all that we have learned so far of this magical region. You will need a combination of intellectual acuity, mental fortitude, physical prowess and creativity!

Please note a supplement cost will apply to add the Family Scavenger Hunt experience to the excursion of Uxmal, as follows:

Upon completion, your journey continues 1hr to your hotel in Chichen Itza. At arrival, you may spend the rest of the evening on your own at leisure.

Overnight at The Lodge at Chichen, Royal Mayan Bungalow

 

 

Day 7 – Chichen Itza – Tulum

Today after breakfast and hotel check out, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for a private tour to Chichen Itza (122kms, 1.5 hrs). As you traverse the site, visiting the Temple of the Warriors, the ball court and the sacred cenote (sinkhole), you will learn all about Maya cosmology, religion and the dualism of life and death from your expert guide. Visiting the ‘Castillo’ or Pyramid of Kukulkan, you will discover the ingenious architecture that results in a figure of a snake descending and ascending its steps during the equinox, making it one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Upon completion, you will be driven to your hotel in Tulum (160kms, 2:15mins).

Upon arrival at Tulum check in and enjoy the rest of the evening on your own at leisure.

Overnight at Ana y Jose Hotel & Spa, Garden View

 

Day 8 – Tulum

After Breakfast rest of the day is at leisure to relax in your lovely surroundings and take advantage of the many amenities and activities available in Riviera Maya or just lay back at the white sands and turquoise seas.

Optional suggested activities (not included):

  • Private Full Day Excursion to Tulum archaeological site & Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve
  • Rio Secreto Expedition
  • Private Snorkelling sailing Catamaran to Isla Mujeres
  • Snorkelling or Scuba diving in Mayan Cenote

 

Overnight at Ana y Jose Hotel & Spa, Garden View

 

Day 9 – Tulum

After Breakfast rest of the day is at leisure to relax in your lovely surroundings and take advantage of the many amenities and activities available in Riviera Maya or just lay back at the white sands and turquoise seas.

Optional suggested activities (not included):

  • Private Full Day Excursion to Tulum archaeological site & Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve
  • Rio Secreto Expedition
  • Private Snorkelling sailing Catamaran to Isla Mujeres
  • Snorkelling or Scuba diving in Mayan Cenote

Overnight at Ana y Jose Hotel & Spa, Garden View

 

Day 10 – Tulum – Departure

Today after breakfast and hotel check out, you will be privately transferred to the Cancun International airport (approx. 2 hrs) for your departure flight home.

 

Tour Price per person on Twin Sharing            On Request

Tour price includes

  1. 1 Night at Nizuc Resort & Spa, Garden Suite or similar with breakfast, Cancun.
  2. 2 Nights at Casa Lecanda, Patio Room or similar with breakfast, Merida
  3. 2 Nights at Hacienda Uayamon – Junior Suite or simlar with breakfast, Campeche.
  4. 1 Nights at The Lodge at Chichen, Royal Mayan Bungalow or similar with breakfast, Chichen.
  5. 3 Night(s) at Ana y Jose Hotel & Spa, Garden View or similar with breakfast, Tulum.
  6. All transfers and ground transportation in private or shared basis as indicated using sedan for 1-3 people
  7. All accommodation or equivalent as mentioned above.
  8. All guided services and tours in private or shared basis as indicated  unless noted as “optional at extra cost”.
  9. All meals as indicated.

 

Tour price does not include.

  1. Airfare
  2. Visa Fee
  3. Maid services
  4. Any Meals not mentioned above
  5. Portage and tips.
  6. 5% GST is applicable on the Tour Cost.
  7. Anything not mentioned above.

 

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