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This trip takes in three different areas of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is ideal for active travelers wanting to combine archaeological sites and colonial cities, with outdoors adventure, relaxing beaches and visits to local villages and colonial towns.

HIGHLIGHTS

Merida – Discover  the lively capital of the Yucatan, a charming colonial city filled with markets, squares, and a bustling commercial center

Mayan  Archaeological Sites- Locally guided visits to the amazing archeological sites of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Cobá, and Tulum

Ruta Puuc – Travel along the Puuc Route by car and by bike and stop at freshwater underground cenotes, the Loltun caves, and Acanceh

Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve and Punta Laguna- Explore these incredible natural reserves and experience the vibrant flora and fauna that live here

 

Day 1 : Arrive Cancun

Transfer from Cancun Airport to our hotel on the edge of Chichen Itza. Settle in, stroll the hacienda grounds, and acclimatize to the warm Yucatan climate.

Overnight Hacienda Chichen, breakfast included. 

Day 2 : Chichen Itza, Cenote Ikkil and Merida

Embark on an early morning exploration of Chichen Itza on a privately guided tour with your expert guide. This site is world renowned for the sophistication of its structures and the high level of astronomical and engineering accomplishments. The site comes alive with the expert interpretation of your guide adding color and contour to the sprawling site. As the mid-day heat descends,  head to Cenote Ikkil where you can opt for a refreshing swim. You will then continue on to Merida,  the colonial capital of the Yucatan Peninsula where you can settle into your hotel. 

Overnight Casa Lecanda, breakfast included.  

Day 3 : Biking Excursion to Homun/Acanceh and Merida City Tour

Meet your guide and be driven to Acanceh where your biking journey begins! Traveling 20 kilometers over 5-6 hours, you will have the opportunity to visit three cenotes and time to enjoy a traditional Yucatan meal. Arriving back to Acanceh, you will head to Merida and be led on a private tour of  the Historic Center viewing the colonial architecture, churches and monuments of this thriving Yucatan city ending with a short calesa ride.

Overnight Casa Lecanda, breakfast included. 

Day 4 : Loltun Caverns and Uxmal

Traverse the underground cave system at Loltún that shows evidence of the Maya civilization from the late pre-classic era (300 BCE-300 CE). A local guide will lead you through the cave, explaining the history and pointing out important stalagmites, stalactites, cave paintings, fossils and Maya hand-prints found there.

Afterwards, your guide will drive you to the ancient Maya city of Uxmal to view the amazing Palace of the Governors, considered by many to be the finest example of classic Mayan Architecture. 

Overnight Casa Lecanda, breakfast included. 

Day 5 : Mayan Archaeological Site of Cobá to Riviera Maya

Meet your driver and head eastward towards the magic Mexican Caribbean. En route, you will visit Valladolid, the former colonial capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. The charming city center has preserved its small plaza and fine architecture that reveal the glory of a bygone era. After some time for lunch your journey continues toward the archaeological site of Cobá. Cobá is amongst the largest Mayan city of the Yucatan region, surrounded by lush rain forests and teeming with wildlife. After the tour, your will have time to visit a nearby cenote for a refreshing swim.  

Overnight Ana y Jose, breakfast included. 

Day 6 : Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Meet your guide for an adventure to the Sian Kaán Biosphere Reserve. The reserve is made up of a large water system, marshes and mangroves as well as virgin tropical forest, making it home to a large variety of animals, including crocodiles, dolphins, turtles, and over 300 species of birds.

Arriving at Sian Kaán, you will start the tour on foot, taking a short hike through the jungle to the Muyil Maya temple, before walking along a wooden pathway by the water’s edge. The next part of the visit will be by boat where you will explore the reserve by water, discovering a cenote that lies underneath the surface, as well as looking out for animal life swimming past or up in the trees. There will also be a chance to swim in the clear waterways or float along the ‘lazy river’.

Afterwards you will head back to your charming accommodation for some free time to relax on the white sands and turquoise sea directly out front or to just laze in a hammock!  

Overnight Ana y Jose, breakfast included. 

Day 7 : Punta Laguna Mayan Village & Natural Reserve

Today you will head to Punta Laguna, a small Mayan community part of the Ma’ax Yetel Kooh 5,600-hectare nature reserve. In addition to the spider monkey that inhabits the area, the reserve is also home to howler monkeys, pumas, coatis and many birds. At arrival, you will enjoy a canoe ride in the lake where you may search for birds, epiphytes and howler monkeys. During your visit to this community you will have time for browsing artisanal crafts, including the local tradition of creating jewelry from forest seeds. The tour ends with a swim in a cenote.

Overnight Ana y Jose, breakfast included. 

Day 8 : Tulum Archaeological Site

Meet your guide for a private tour of the Archaeological Site of Tulum, located just 25 minutes away; you will enjoy the spectacular view over the Caribbean Sea and its temples honoring the gods of the wind and rain. As you traverse the archaeological site you will learn about Maya history and cosmology from your expert guide who will lead you in your exploration. You will also have a chance to swim in the Caribbean waters and look up at Tulum’s iconic “Castillo” from below.

Overnight Ana y Jose, breakfast included. 

Day 9 : Departure

Meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a private transfer to the Cancun International Airport for your departure flight home.

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