Magical Summer in the Yucatan Peninsula with Nizuc

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Experience the magic of the Yucatan Peninsula with Journey Mexico and Nizuc Resort & Spa.

This sample itinerary has been designed for those who seek to experience everything the Yucatan Peninsula has to offer: its rich historical heritage, from the ancient Mayan past to the colonial era; its natural wonders, including lush jungles and stunning beaches; and a rejuvenation sanctuary, with unique spa treatments and wellness retreats. Staying at Nizuc Resort & Spa is the perfect way to enjoy all of this.

Explore ancient, mysterious Maya cities like Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Kabah; walk the charming streets of Merida; and swim alongside whale sharks. Enjoy a stay at the world-class Nizuc Resort & Spa, with its six culinary offerings, an indulgent beauty and wellness program, and much more. Be inspired and design your dream holiday with Journey Mexico and Nizuc.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Stay at Nizuc Resort & Spa – Enjoy Nizuc’s six world-class culinary offers. Let the little ones have a fabulous time at Winik’s Kids Club. Escape from it all at Nizuc’s Spa by ESPA.

Whale Sharks – Traverse the Caribbean Sea near Isla Mujeres to swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the ocean.

Uxmal – This archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uxmal offers some of the most impressive architecture in the Mayan World. Its mythology is embodied in the design of its temples like the Temple of the Sorcerer.

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

Day 1: Arrival to Mérida

You will be welcomed by Journey Mexico’s Airport representative upon arrival and will be privately transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure.

 

Overnight: Chablé Resort

Day 2: Guided Excursion to Dzibilchaltún / Mérida City Tour

In the company of your expert guide, today you will explore the Mayan archaeological site of Dzibilchaltún, a site partially destructed by nature that gives visitors a unique perspective of how the Maya built their pyramids. There you’ll learn about the Temple of the Seven Dolls and the theories explaining why physically-deformed dolls were buried there.

Afterward, head on to the historic center of the city of Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán. Learn about Mérida’s history and contemporary importance, as you explore the main square, the cathedral and the Monument to the Homeland, before heading down El Paseo de Montejo, with its grand, colonial buildings.

Upon completion, you will be driven to your hotel where you may spend the rest of the evening on your own at leisure.

Overnight: Chablé Resort

Day 3: Private Day Tour of Uxmal & Kabah / Lunch at Hacienda Ochil

Your personal guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00 am and drive you to Uxmal. As you enter the site you will come upon one of the most iconic structures at Uxmal, the round-edged Pyramid of the Magician. Towards the end of the visit you will have the chance to climb one of Uxmal’s impressive pyramids. At the top you will find intricate carvings and be rewarded with an impressive vista over the ancient city that peeks out through the trees.

Next you will head to Kabah. This small archeological site set deep in the jungle is roughly 200 square meters. Kabah is thought to mean ‘strong hand’ in ancient Maya. Your guide will lead you in exploring the palaces, temples and other residential structures at the site.

At the end of your visit, you will be treated to a traditional Yucatecan lunch (meal cost not included) at the nearby hacienda San Pedro Ochil before being driven back to your hotel.

Overnight: Chablé Resort

Day 4: Private Tour of Hacienda Sotuta de Peón / Transfer to Chichen Itza

Meet your driver at 9:00 am and head to Hacienda Sotuta de Peón. Set amongst vast acres of gardens and agave plantations, this “live”  hacienda dates back to 1858. Your private guide will take you on a journey through the history of Mérida’s haciendas and the production of henequen, a strong fiber derived from the agave plant, known at the time as green gold since it was so lucrative.

Walk around the rooms of the hacienda and its Italian-tiled floors and imported period furniture. The hacienda was only lived in during weekends by the owners, who would spend their weekdays in Mérida city. You will walk through various stages of history and see how henequen was produced through arduous manual work before the industrial revolution in Europe, when machines were imported to Mexico, making the work much easier. You will also learn about the dark history of the haciendas and their entanglements with slavery.

Enjoy a private ride on a mule-drawn ‘truck’ and journey through the acres of agave plantation towards the cenote (an ancient sinkhole) that sits within the hacienda grounds—making it your private cenote for the day, far from the crowds. You’ll have a chance to swim in the easily accessible cenote, which is 20-meters deep and has lights underwater, making it safer for swimmers.

Afterwards, you may enjoy lunch at the hacienda’s restaurant (meal not included) before heading towards Chichen Itza. Settle into your charming hotel for rest of evening at leisure.

Overnight: The Lodge at Chichen

Day 5: Private Tour to Chichen Itza & Mayan Cenote / Drop Off in Cancun

Visit Chichen Itza, Mexico’s best known archeological site, on this full-day experience. 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 and religion from your expert guide.

You’ll see the ‘Castillo’ or Pyramid of Kukulkan, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Discover the ingenious architecture that results in the figure of a snake descending and ascending its steps during the equinox.

After time to swim and relax in a Mayan cenote, you will head east to the Riviera Maya. Enjoy a tranquil evening as you transition to the Mexican Caribbean. At arrival you will settle into your lovely hotel to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Suggested dinner experience at Ramona.
A contemporary interpretation of traditional Mexican cuisine served in a spectacular setting, overlooking the beach. Ramona explores Mexico’s varied culinary tradition and stimulates your tastebuds with local produce and spices. The result is a modern version of authentic regional cuisine. (Cost not included and needs to be booked directly with the resort)

Overnight: Nizuc Resort & Spa

Day 6: Private Whale Shark Expedition

This is your chance to swim with the majestic whale shark, the largest fish in the world. In this private trip you will snorkel alongside these gentle creatures for two hours, taking in their size and beauty.

Early in the morning you will be met at your hotel (time confirmed the evening before), and will head to the marina from where you will take a one-hour boat ride to the natural migration route of the whale shark.

You will swim alongside the whale sharks that pass by this area yearly between June and September. Despite their size, whale sharks are totally harmless to humans, consuming only large quantities of plankton.

Overnight: Nizuc Resort & Spa

Day 7: Day at Leisure in Nizuc

This day is yours to enjoy at leisure. You may relax in your lovely surroundings and take advantage of the many amenities and activities available at your hotel such as a sea side yoga class or a spa treatment. Explore the beautiful beach as you paddle along the coast, or just spend the day sipping and splashing near the pool bar.

Our suggestion for this afternoon is to enjoy a Sushi Making Class and master the art of rolling superb sushi. And later on at the property, enjoy the Live Cuban Jazz and let the rhythm and soul set the mood for your evening.

Overnight: Nizuc Resort & Spa

Day 8: Departure Day

You will be driven to the Cancun Airport for your homeward bound flight according to your flight schedule.

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.