Wondering why Cancun has become one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations? Well, not only does it offer the most incredible beaches, entertainment, dining options, and shopping facilities, it is also the gateway to discover the mysterious Mayan World. Discover one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, travel through colonial history in Merida and learn about the traditional henequen industry in an authentic hacienda. Explore the wetlands of Celestun and watch flamingos in their natural habitat. Finish your adventurous journey where you started it: at the paradisiacal Caribbean beaches of Cancun. And all this while enjoying the hospitality of the Maya people who still inhabit the region!
Welcome to Mexico! From the sky, you will enjoy the first views of the turquoise colors of the Caribbean Sea. Upon arrival at Cancun International Airport, you'll meet a representative who will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend as you like.
Overnight in Cancún.
Cancún - Mérida
On this day, head to Tulum, the only place where you can find beachfront Mayan ruins. It was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the ancient Maya and it even managed to survive for another 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Today it is one of the most popular Mayan sites to visit, certainly also because of its magnificent white sandy beaches with the beautiful turquoise waters, rivaling the best of the Caribbean. At the archaeological site, don't miss the Castle, The Temple of the Frescoes, and The House of the Columns. After this, pay a short visit to Coba, one of the most important and oldest Mayan treasures in the region. Climb the Nohoch Mul Pyramid, from the top of which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the amazing subtropical jungle that surrounds Coba. You then travel to Mérida, also known as “The White City”. It features a fascinating combination of art, history and culture, with cobbled streets, stunning architecture, lovely parks, and delicious food.
Overnight in Merida (Breakfast).
Discover the White City on a panoramic city tour and enjoy the most important places of this beautiful multicultural city. Discover colonial Mérida with its mansions and historical buildings, its monuments such as Government Palace, House of Montejo, the Cathedral and the José Peon Contreras Theatre. In the afternoon, visit Uxmal, one of the greatest ceremonial centers of the ancient Maya. Uxmal is the most prominent archaeological site of the Puuc Route, a series of ancient Mayan cities that share the same architectural patterns. Admire the Pyramid of the Magician, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and the Governor’s Palace, among many other structures. After visiting the ruins, before returning to Mérida, you will have the opportunity to attend the interesting light and sound show in Uxmal, to discover more mysterious Mayan legends.
Overnight in Mérida (Breakfast).
Today, you can choose between two optional day trips:
- Visit Celestun: Located 96 km west from Mérida, it is a tranquil fishing town with some nice pristine beaches. The greatest attraction in this ecological reserve is, without doubt, the flamingo colony, a unique natural spectacle. During this tour, you will explore the wetlands of Celestun by boat. You will be amazed by the local flora and fauna in this tropical paradise, with the unique opportunity to observe the superb pink flamingo in its natural habitat, an unforgettable experience!
- The best season to see flamingos is from 1 November until 31 March.
- Make a trip into the past and visit the Hacienda Sotuta de Peon. This tour gives you a true glimpse of what was once a fully operational henequen hacienda, in the grand style and tradition of the nineteenth century. Travel to the ecological reserve of Cuxtal, where the Hacienda Sotuta de Peon is located, about 25 km south of Merida. Start the visit with one of the haciendaґs most important attractions: the machine house, where the henequen shredder was used to generate fibers (Sisal) from the henequen plant. Continue with the sisal factory, where the plant was converted into distinct strands of what would become twine, rope or burlap bags. You will then ride a wagon, pulled by mules on narrow tracks, through the henequen plantation to a Mayan house, where you can experience how the local Mayan people used to live. Refresh at the cenote (sinkhole) Zhul-Ha, where you can swim in the clear waters. Finally, return to the Hacienda where you have the chance to taste some delicious Yucatec specialties.
- Towels, goggles, and safety jackets are provided.
Overnight in Mérida (Breakfast).
Mérida - Cancún
Its extraordinary beauty and convenient geographic location make Chichen Itza one of the most visited archaeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula. Nowadays, Chichen Itza is undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site in the region. It is not only recognized as UNESCO World Heritage, it was also recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It's definitely one of the most iconic places in the country, a site that can't be missed on a trip to Mexico. Most famous landmarks are the Temple of Kukulkan (“El Castillo”), the Ballgame Court, the Platform of the Skulls, the Temple of the Jaguar, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns, and the Sacred Cenote. After this guided visit, continue to Cancún, where you'll be dropped off at the hotel.