The Wonders of Mexico's Yucatan

  • 11 Days

  • Mexico

  • Steady pace

Discover the secrets of a lost civilisation on this Yucatan adventure through jungle canopies to the top of a Mayan pyramid in Ek' Balam, across the mangrove waters of Rio Lagartos, and down the elegant boulevards of Paseo de Montejo.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 22nd September 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Overview

Discover the secrets of a lost civilisation on this Yucatan adventure through jungle canopies to the top of a Mayan pyramid in Ek' Balam, across the mangrove waters of Rio Lagartos, and down the elegant boulevards of Paseo de Montejo.

At a glance

  • Campeche Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this UNESCO-listed fortified city. 
  • Uxmal Discover Mayan cooking traditions in a special demonstration.
  • Mérida Explore the cathedral, Governor Palace and the tree-lined streets of Paseo de Montejo.
  • Ek' Balam Climb to the top of the acropolis and survey this impressive Mayan settlement.
  • Chichen Itza Explore the Yucatan's grandest and most famous archaeological site.

Extensions

  • 5 night Cancun beach stay

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Cancun

Fly to Cancun where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Cancun

Free day at leisure to explore the Cancun area or relax at your hotel. At 6pm meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Cancun – Valladolid – Chichen Itza

This morning, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, known for its charming streets and sun-splashed walls. After a short orientation tour, there’s time to explore on your own. Next, continue to Chichen Itza for a two night stay. Evening at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Ek’ Balam & Rio Lagartos.

Visit the enormous and elaborate pyramid inside the Mayan site of Ek’ Balam. Meaning “black jaguar,” Ek’ Balam was at the height of its importance as a Mayan city during the Late Classic Period (600-900 AD). When the Mayas abandoned the site, it went undercover as the dense low-lying jungle of the Yucatán engulfed it. Found by archaeologists and adventurers, its restoration has been ongoing since 1997. Continue to the Biosphere Reserve of Rio Lagartos, home to nearly 90,000 pink flamingos and 400 other bird species. Learn about the preservation of this area and what is being done to protect the wildlife of the region. Enjoy a cruise through the mangroves, the feeding ground of the beautiful flamingos. Return to Chichen Itza, where this evening, you are invited to attend the sound and light show.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Chichen Itza – Mérida

This morning, explore Chichen Itza, built by the Maya between 600 and 900 AD. It was abandoned by the end of the 10th century and re-established in the 11th and 12th centuries, possibly by the Toltecs. Visit the ball court, site of sacrifices; el castillo, a formidable building dedicated to the high priest; and the cenote sagrado, the sacred well once filled with priceless treasure offered to the gods. Later, journey to Mérida, capital of the Yucatán state and its colonial heart. Enjoy a city tour including the cathedral, Governor Palace, and the tree-lined streets of Paseo de Montejo.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Mérida – Bécal – Campeche

There’s more time this morning to explore Mérida. Then continue to the village of Bécal. For more than a century, the skilled hat weavers of Bécal have been weaving Panama Hats using ancient Mayan techniques. Visit a hat maker to learn about the history and the hat-making process. Continue to the coastal town of Campeche, once a fortified pirate haven and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll find a captivating port filled with history, baroque Spanish architecture, and natural beauty.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Campeche – Uxmal

This morning’s city tour includes visits to the vibrant malecon (waterfront) area, the historic fort of San Franciso de Campeche, and the historic downtown area. Have your camera handy, as Campeche has spent the last few years restoring hundreds of downtown buildings, making it one of the most photogenic colonial cities in all of Mexico. Arrive later this afternoon in Uxmal. Tickets are included tonight for the exciting sound and light show, full of magic and mystery.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Uxmal

This morning, a experience a unique cooking demostration. Here you will learn the traditions still practiced in most of the rural Mayan communities. Learn about the special ingredients and spices used, how the food is prepared, and then enjoy a delicious meal with new friends. Then, visit the most famous ruins of the Puuc region, Uxmal. Its architecture is considered one of the masterpieces of the old civilizations. Later, visit the Choco-Story Museum, where you’ll learn the history of coca, its importance to the Mayans, and see how chocolate was prepared using an ancestral recipe. You’ll even have the chance to make your own beverage with ingredients you choose. Tonight, enjoy a festive farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Uxmal - Cancun.

Today transfer from Uxmal to Cancun for one night.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Cancun - UK

Today you will be transferred to Cancun airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Cancun: Beachscape Kin Ha Hotel;
  • Chichen Itza: Hotel Mayaland;
  • Merida: Casa del Balam;
  • Campeche: Plaza Campeche;
  • Uxmal: Hacienda Uxmal.

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar.

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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