The weekend escape to the Yucatan is a great on its own or add-on to any beach stay in Cancun, Riviera Maya, or Tulum.
Perfect for travelers looking to immerse themselves in Mexico’s rich local culture after having spent some time relaxing at the beach. This trip starts in Cancun or Riviera Maya and weaves its way through magical towns (Pueblos Magicos), cities, and Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. We also have a variation specifically designed for families that includes a visit to learn about haciendas, which functioned like the plantations in the Southern US.
Merida – Discover the lively capital of the Yucatan, a charming colonial city filled with markets, squares, and a bustling commercial center
Mayan Ruins – Locally guided visits to the amazing archeological sites of Ek Balam, Chichen Itza, and Uxmal.
Valladolid – Stroll the streets of this enchanting colonial town
Celestun – Discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve
Day 1: Cancun to Merida, Ek Balam
Early today you will meet your guide at the hotel lobby for a private transfer to Merida. Our first stop en route is to visit the enormous acropolis pyramid, located inside the Mayan site of Ek Balam. Ek Balam, which means black jaguar, was at the height of its importance as a city during the Late Classic period (600-900 A.C.). After spending time at Ek Balam, you will continue to refresh and swim in a Mayan Cenote. Cenotes were once the only resource for fresh, sweet water in the Yucatecan jungle and they were the sacred places of the Maya because they represented the entrance to the underworld.
Our journey then continues to Valladolid, a Mexican Magical Town, for lunch. Valladolid is aa bustling Mayan city with a special colonial flavour. Here, you you will see the majority of the townspeople still using the typical dress of the Maya while the buildings around the Main Plaza painted pastel colors. After free time for lunch we continue to Merida City your home for following 2 nights. At arrival settle into your lovely hotel and enjoy rest of evening at leisure.
Overnight:Rosas & Xocolate
Day 2: Uxmal
Early today you will be picked up in the hotel lobby for a private tour of delightful archaeological site of Uxmal. Uxmal (OOSH-mahl) means “‘built three times” in the Mayan language, and though its name is a mystery, its beauty is not. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan, and certainly one of the most magnificent. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (not included) and try some traditional Yucatecan famous dishes such as Cochinita Pibil.
This afternoon back in Merida City you will enjoy a free time to relax and prepare for your priately guided Historic Center tour to admire the colonial architecture, churches, and monuments of this thriving Yucatan city ending with a short calesa ride (carriage ride). Dinner on your own at leisure. Includes 2 adult entrances for Uxmal and calesa ride.
Overnight: Rosas & Xocolate
Day 3: Celestun Biosphere Reserve
After a hearty breakfast, we will head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve of Celestun. Our speedy boat will navigate the winding canals of this vast mangrove and wet lands complex arriving to visit the permanent colony of Pink Flamingos that make their home here. We return to the boat dock and the town of Celestun for a delicious treat of local seafood delights (not included) under the shade of our thatched roof palapa restaurant on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Afterwards your journey continues towards Chichen Itza. At arrival settle into your charming hotel and enjoy rest of evening at leisure. Includes 2 adult entrance fees for Celestun and boat.
Overnight: The Lodge at Chichen Itza
Day 4: Chichen Itza Archaeological Site
Your guide will meet you early this morning to beat the crowds and tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site Chichen Itza. Under the expert knowledge of our guide, the ball courts, temples, and plazas come alive. Continue on to Cancun Airport (2 hrs approximately) for departure flight back home. Includes 2 adult entrance fees for Chichen Itza.
Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.
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.