Best of Yucatan Peninsula and Riviera Maya with Chable Resorts

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Enjoy the best of Yucatan Peninsula and Riviera Maya with Journey Mexico and Chablé resorts.

Unplug from the world with an unforgettable stay in the heart of the Mayan jungle at Chablé Resort & Spa and swim in the crystal water of the Mexican Caribbean at Chablé Maroma, the newest luxury resort in Mexico.

Explore ancient Mayan cities and uncover the culture hidden in their walls. Gain rich and fascinating insights into each archeological site that you will visit with an expert guide. Admire hundreds of pink flamingos by visiting the Celestun biosphere reserve. Complete this journey by exploring Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve near Tulum, and experience its marshes, mangroves, and tropical forest.

HIGHLIGHTS

Chablé Maroma – Stay at the newest luxury resort in Mexico and relax in crystal water of the Mexican Caribbean.

Chablé Resort & Spa – Awarded as the best hotel in the world, enjoy a unique stay in the heart of the Mayan forest.

Celestun – – Venture this 146,000-acre park known for its Pink Flamingos and other wildlife..

Mayan Archeological Sites – Explore the hidden Mayan mysteries of the Yucatán Peninsula by visiting the Mayan Archaeological Zones of Uxmal, Kabah, Chichen Itza and Tulum.

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

Day 1: Arrival to Merida / Private transfer to Chablé Resort & Spa

You will be greeted at the airport and privately transferred to Chablé Resort & Spa.

Overnight: Chablé Resort & Spa

Day 2: Private tour of Celestun Biosphere Reserve and Merida City

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

After some time in nature, tour the historical center of Media city, 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.

Please note: The flamingo watching experience is subject to weather conditions; very few can be seen during the rainy season.

Overnight: Chablé Resort & Spa

Day 3: Privately guided tour to Uxmal and Kabah Archaeological Sites

Your personal guide will meet you at your hotel at 9:00 am and take you to Uxmal. This Mayan city, whose name is believed to mean ‘thrice built’ or ‘three harvests,’ was built in 700CE and had around 25,000 inhabitants. As you traverse the site, your guide will help you get a feel for how, at its peak, Uxmal would have been entirely paved and painted in reds, blues, and greens.

Next, head to Kabah, thought to mean ‘strong hand’ in ancient Maya. While the area was inhabited from the 3rd-century BCE, many of the structures date from the 7th-11th centuries CE. The most unique and striking structure at Kabah is the Palace of the Masks, with its intricately detailed facade made up of 260 masks of Chaac, the rain god, —his long nose protruding prominently. The building’s design is unusual for the area, but since there are no cenotes (sinkholes) around Kabah, the inhabitants relied solely on the rain that they collected in underground wells and therefore Chaac was highly revered.

At the conclusion of your visit, you will be driven back to your hotel in Mérida

Overnight: Chablé Resort & Spa

Day 4: Day at leisure

This day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You may like to relax by the pool and enjoy the activities offered by the hotel such as gardening with Chable’s resident horticulturist, bicycling the resorts’ many trails, cooking lessons of Mayan techniques, or morning yoga by the cenote.

Overnight: Chablé Resort & Spa

Day 5: Private tour of Chichen Itza archaeological site & drop off Chablé Maroma in Riviera Maya

Your personal, expert guide will meet you at your hotel lobby before departing to Chichen Itzá, Mexico’s most visited archeological site (160 km or 100 mi, 2 hours). One of the first structures you will see is the “Castillo” or Pyramid of Kukulkan, classed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World due to its ingenious architecture that results in a figure of a snake descending and ascending the steps during the equinox. Your guide will help you to see just how the shadowy serpent appears.

Exploring the site, you will learn how duality played a huge role in Mayan cosmology. Visiting the platform of the skulls, which was a monument to both life and death, you will see how each is represented, before heading to the ball court where archeologists are still undecided as to whether the winner or the loser was sacrificed. Observing the carvings there, you can make your own guess. Clap in the ball court and the sound will echo eight times, a testament to Maya architectural prowess.

Just outside of the walls of the city you will find the cenote where sacrificial drownings took place. Here you will learn about the type of rituals involved and what was uncovered when attempts were made to drain this deep sinkhole. At the conclusion of your visit, you will be driven on to hotel Chable Maroma in Riviera Maya.

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

Overnight: Chablé Maroma

Day 6: Private tour to Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve and Tulum archaeological site

Your personal, expert guide will pick you up at your hotel at 8 am to drive to Muyil from where you will enter Sian Kaán Biosphere Reserve. Sian Kaán in Maya means ‘origin of the sky’. The reserve is made up of a large water system, marshes, and mangroves as well as virgin tropical forest. 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. Along with your expert guide, you will explore the reserve by water, discovering a cenote (sinkhole) that lies underneath the surface. There will also be a chance to swim in the clear waterways or float along the ‘lazy river’, so don’t forget your bathing suit!

Arriving back on dry land, depart for Tulum archeological site (25 km or 16 mi, 30 minutes). The only Maya city located right on the Caribbean Sea. Tulum was a Maya fortress city that peaked between the 13th and 15th centuries. Your expert guide will lead you in exploring this small site that was an important place of trade in jade and turquoise, and, despite its size, displays many styles of Maya architecture.

Possibly the most photographed of Tulum’s structures is the “Castillo” or Castle Temple, from where you can look across the Caribbean Sea and watch the sun rising from the horizon and coming up from the underworld. There will also be time for you to take a swim and look up at Tulum’s iconic structure from below.

As part of its conservation efforts, SEMARNAT (Mexico’s environment secretariat) has reduced the number of boats allowed on the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. The boating cooperative, in turn, has increased the price of each boat ride. Be aware that these new regulations may lead to wait times of 45-60 minutes for an available boat. If guests are late, they forfeit their boat ride, which is non-refundable.

Please be aware that, although the reserve is rich in wildlife, many of the species in Sian Ka’an have varied day cycles and other behavioral patterns that may result in less visibility than some visitors expect.

Overnight: Chablé Maroma

Day 7: Private Sailing Catamaran Snorkelling Experience

Explore the open sea in this full-day, private sailing trip that will take you around the bay of Cancun and Isla Mujeres on a 41-foot catamaran. Swim along the second largest coral reef in the world or simply enjoy the ride with a cold drink in hand.

Overnight: Chablé Maroma

Day 8 & 9: Day at leisure

These last couple of days are yours to enjoy at your leisure. You may relax in your lovely surroundings and take advantage of the many activities available at the resort, such as lunch at the Seafood Bar on the beach, unwind by the pool or enjoy a spa treatment. Or you can hit the beach and just lay back in the white sands and swim in the turquoise sea.

Optional suggested activities (not included):
• Rio Secreto Expedition
• Snorkeling or Scuba diving in Mayan Cenote
• Private 1 hr Snorkeling tour to Akumal

Overnight: Chablé Maroma

Day 10: Departure Day

After breakfast and hotel check out, your private driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and drive you to the Cancun International airport for your departure flight.

Dates

Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.

Prices

Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Please note, our pricing guideline is a starting from price and is not necessarily applicable to the suggested hotels contained within the suggested itineraries on this web site. Itineraries are customized prior to final pricing.