Enjoy a unique and exclusive, 11-day exploration of the Yucatan Peninsula. Span the area’s history as you and explore important Mayan archeological sites, including an exclusive, off-hours visit to Chichen Itza, and emblematic colonial cities of Yucatan built by the conquering Spaniards. Also, experience the modern eco-chic vibe and beaches of Tulum.
Stay in a stunning hacienda that will take you back in time, a luxurious oceanfront hotel for some beach time, and a holistic boutique hotel for a little rejuvenation. This itinerary is the perfect mix of adventure, history, and luxury for a Yucatan vacation.
Chichen Itza – Enjoy an off-hour, private visit to Chichen Itza, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World
Luxury Haciendas – Experience the old Mexico with a stay in an authentic, luxurious Yucatan Peninsula hacienda
Cenote – Visit and swim in one of the deepest cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Tulum – Relax on the crystal waters of the Mexican Caribbean
Day 1: Arrive in Cancun and Enjoy a Private Transfer to Chichen Itza
Welcome to Mexico! Your private driver will meet you after landing in Cancun. Be driven to the archeological site of Chichen Itzá to check in your hotel to relax and rejuvenate ahead of the next day’s adventure.
Overnight: Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin
Day 2: Chichen Itza Archaeological Zone Off-Hours & Private Tour to Izamal and Transfer to Merida
Rising at sunrise, enjoy an off-hours private visit to Chichen Itza, Explore and admire the ancient Maya city with your expert, private guide before it opens to the public for an unforgettable experience (Subject to permit).
The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichén-Itzá are over 1,500 years old and are located only 75 miles (120 km) from Mérida. This site is one of the most recognized Mayan sites in Mexico and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
After your morning experience, drive back to your hotel, to enjoy some free time to enjoy breakfast, relax and refresh before continuing to Izamal en route to Merida. Admire this large 16th-century Franciscan monastery that rests at the base of an ancient Maya pyramid and retains many of its original features.
The day continues to beautiful Merida. Upon your arrival, check-into your lovely, historic hacienda and feel the tranquility of the historical site and settle in for the next two nights.
Evening Dinner Suggestion: Hacienda Xcanatún’s Casa de Piedra restaurant features unique cuisine based on French techniques while using locally produced, fresh ingredients. Enjoy the cool and romantic terrace with views of the gardens and royal palms. (not included, not reserved).
Overnight: Hacienda Xcanatun by Agnsa
Day 3: Day at Leisure in Merida
Relax and take advantage of the property or take time to explore Media on your own and uncover its delights and spirit.
Merida has been named the “World’s Best Small City” by Conde Nast Traveler. This Colonial gem in the Yucatan Peninsula was praised by CN Traveler for its colorful streets of colonial architecture and rich Maya history.
Overnight: Hacienda Xcanatun by Agnsa
Day 4: Private Tour to Uxmal and Drop off at Hacienda Uayamon in Campeche
Explore the ancient Maya city of Uxmal, with its rounded architecture and intricate latticework. Your private guide will lead you in discovering the site and tell you of the Pyramid of the Magician myths and 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 success. The journey continues towards Campeche to end the day at a lovely new property.
Overnight: Hacienda Uayamon
Day 5: Guided Walking Experience in Campeche and Afternoon at Leisure with a Vehicle at Disposal
Enjoy this colorful walled city and discover the port city of yesteryear and the Campeche of today.
Campeche City lures visitors with its picture-perfect colonial town of Spanish Baroque architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, colorfully restored buildings, and majestic mansions. Many people describe it as they are walking through a fairytale! The walled-in historic center is a typical example of a harbor town from the Spanish colonial period, but beyond those barriers, travelers will find a genuine Mexican city where the people (known as campechanos) are incredibly friendly. The city’s central location makes it ideal for day trips to visit the archaeological sites of Calakmul and Edzná and the nearby Gulf beaches.
With a vehicle at disposal, you may like to explore the Malecón, stroll down the recently-renovated waterfront boardwalk known as the “malecón is always a great highlight when visiting Campeche. Here travelers and campechanos alike can enjoy local cuisine and catch incredible sunsets.
Or explore Edzná, a Maya archeological site that was one of the most important ceremonial centers in the pre-Classic Maya period. Various temples, including the Pyramid of the Five Floors, are remarkable structures that give insight into this mysterious era. This site is believed to have been used for agriculture products.
Overnight: Hacienda Uayamon
Day 6: Private transfer to Calakmul
Your private driver will meet you in your hotel lobby for the drive to your hotel in Calakmul.
Overnight: Puerta Calakmul
Day 7: Explore the archaeological site of Calakmul & Xpuhil with drop off Bacalar
The Calakmul archaeological site is located in the southeast of the state of Campeche, approximately 18 miles (30 km) from the Guatemalan border. The extensive pre-Hispanic city known as Calakmul, a Mayan name that means “Two Adjacent Hills” (ca-two, lak-adjacent, mul-hill), was discovered and named by North American explorer Cyrus Lundell at the end of 1931. Between the years 250 to 750 of our era, Calakmul was the center of the so-called “Kingdom of the Serpent’s Head” which comprised of diverse sites throughout the Mayan low-lands, like Peru, Dos Pilas and Naranjo among others, as well as Caracol, which, in the 500’s came to be the main ally of Calakmul in the constant confrontations with its rival: The great Tikal.
You will then continue to Xpuhil. The building is very famous internationally due to the presence of rare, in fact, the only cause of a Rio-style building with three towers Beech. The distribution of architectural spaces can be visited through trails eco archeological is time you can see the pre-Hispanic architecture, you can enjoy the surrounding natural environment.
The archaeological site is named after a close call Xpuhil watery, which in Mayan refers to a herbaceous plant of the family cipráceas abundant in the town and known for its form as “Panther.” The earliest evidence of human occupation at the site date from 400 BC, within the period known as the Late Preclassic period, its rise, mainly reflected in its architecture, seems to have been during the Late Classic (AD 600-800 years), and its decline was to the Early Postclassic in 1200 or so.
Then head to your hotel in Bacalar.
Day 8: Explore Bacalar & Cenote Azul / Dropp off Tulum
This morning, your exploration will begin by visiting Cenote Azul Bacalar, one of the region’s deepest cenotes. With a depth of 90 meters, it resembles a small lake in size. Surrounded by vegetation and the turquoise waters of the laguna beyond. It’s an excellent cenote for a swim, to kayak or just to relax around. Restaurants and amenities are on-site, making it great for a day out.
Later in the day, board a private boat and navigate the Bacalar Lagoon. Enjoy incredible landscapes and observe the lagoon in all its splendor with its different blue shades that make it so unique. Pass over cenotes inside the lagoon until you reach the pirates’ canal, where you can refresh in the crystal clear waters.
Return to Bacalar to enjoy time in town for lunch in a local restaurant (Not Included). You may also want to visit the Bacalar Fort, a colonial military building that served as a defense against pirates and rebel Maya and now houses a fascinating museum.
Having enjoyed a full day in Bacalar lagoon, the journey continues to your hotel in Tulum, your final destination.
Day 9 – 10: Day at Leisure
Enjoy the beauty of the Riviera Maya with two days at leisure. Relax in the lovely surroundings and take advantage of the many amenities and activities available in this tropical paradise.
Day 11: Tulum Private Transfer to Cancun
Your private driver will meet you in Tulum, and you will be driven to Cancun for your flight back home!
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