Paradise Beaches & Mayan Heritage: Yucatán Tour

CANCUN / VALLADOLID / MERIDA / CAMPECHE / XPUJIL / CHETUMAL / TULUM

10 days

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9 nights
Classic Programs
Mexico
10

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9
Classic Programs
Mexico
  • Day 1 Cancun IN
  • Day 2 Cancun / Valladolid / Chichen Itza / Merida
  • Day 3 Merida
  • Day 4 Merida / Uxmal / Campeche
  • Day 5 Campeche / Calakmul / Xpujil
  • Day 6 Xpujil / Balacar / Chetumal
  • Day 7 Chetumal / Tulum / Cancun
  • Day 8 Cancun
  • Day 9 Cancun
  • Day 10 Cancun OUT

Useful Information

Day 1: Cancun IN

Day 2: Cancun / Valladolid / Chichen Itza / Merida (2h30 drive)

Day 3: Merida

Day 4: Merida / Uxmal / Campeche (1 hour 15 minutes drive)

Day 5: Campeche / Calakmul / Xpujil (3h45 drive)

Day 6: Xpujil / Bacalar / Chetumal (4h00 drive)

Day 7: Chetumal / Tulum / Cancun (3h30 drive)

Day 8: Cancun

Day 9: Cancun

Day 10: Cancun OUT (Return flight not included)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Cancun IN

Meet and greet at CANCUN airport by our local English-speaking guide

Transfer and check-in at the hotel

Dinner not included

Overnight at the FAIRFIELD CANCUN *** or SIMILAR hotel

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Day 2 Cancun / Valladolid / Chichen Itza / Merida

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure to Valladolid and visit of the city.

Valladolid is built on the ancient Mayan ceremonial center of Zací. Valladolid is a small city that has managed to preserve its colonial aspect and its gentle way of life. The majority of the inhabitants have retained the traditional dress of the Yucatán Peninsula and the houses that line the Zócalo are pastel in color.

Continue to Chichen Itza and visit the archaeological site.

This sacred city was one of the largest Mayan centers on the Yucatan Peninsula. Mayans and Toltecs left monuments and artistic works on stone with the imprint of their vision of the world and the universe.

Swimming in the ek-kil cenote

Lunch at a local restaurant

Then, depart for Merida

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the hotel GAMMA MERIDA EL CASTELLANO **** or SIMILAR

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Day 3 Merida

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure for the visit to the Celestun Biosphere Reserve. Celestún is a city in the Yucatán region. It is located in the northwest corner of the state, just north of the border with the state of Campeche, on the Gulf Coast. Surrounding the city is the 147,500 acres (600 km²) of the Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano
(also known as the "Celestun Biosphere Reserve").

A wetland reserve that is the winter home of vast flocks of flamingos, as well as many herons and other bird species. In addition, about 300 species of birds cross into the Reserve, which migrates. The ecosystem of Celestun is unique because of the combination of fresh water from the estuary and salt water from the Gulf of Mexico. The reserve also has two types of pelicans - great Canadian whites and small grey Mexicans.

Lunch at a local restaurant

Return in the afternoon to Merida and visit the Zocalo de Merida.

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the hotel

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Day 4 Merida / Uxmal / Campeche

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure to Campeche.

Exploration of the archaeological site of Uxmal, classified by UNESCO. The architectural style called Puuc is of great finesse and elegance. Horizontal buildings decorated with mosaics, such as the governor's palace, are complemented by imposing, rounded pyramids such as the Diviner's pyramid.

Lunch at a local restaurant

Continue to Campeche

Dinner at a local restaurant

Overnight at the hotel FRANCIS DRAKE *** or SIMILAR

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Day 5 Campeche / Calakmul / Xpujil

04:00 Early departure to Puerta Calakmul

Arrival and American breakfast at the Puerta Calakmul Hotel

Transfer by van to the archaeological site of Calakmul

This site was only discovered in 1930 and is one of the most recent Mayan sites open to the public. It sits in the middle of the largest tropical reserve in the entire country, this reserve is the second lung of all of America.

You'll feel like you're on an Indiana Jones adventure because this site is still very wild! There are about 6,000 buildings, only a few of which have been searched. This site is still very uncrowded, which will allow you to enjoy the peace and nature.

Get ready to spot monkeys, birds, and other animals that call this beautiful place home!

Return to Hotel Puerta Calakmul

15:30 Late lunch at Puerta Calakmul Hotel

Continue to Xpujil

This afternoon, take advantage of your hotel to relax by the pool.

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the hotel DEBLIZ X'PUJIL*** or SIMILAR

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Day 6 Xpujil / Balacar / Chetumal

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure to Bacalar.

There are various wooden crafts as well as typical handmade clothes: huipiles. Bacalar also has a fortification that protected it from pirate attacks due to its importance in the
the trade in goods from Central America increased due to its large production of "palo de Tinte", an indelible black dye that was used as a dye for textiles by the British. You will learn the history of these attacks and you will enjoy the view of the lagoon that the Fort offers.

Lunch by the lagoon

Departure by boat for a 03:00 cruise

You will discover the 7 shades of blue of this lagoon and its many cenotes.

Then, continue to Chetumal

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the hotel LOS COCOS CHETUMAL *** or SIMILAR

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Day 7 Chetumal / Tulum / Cancun

American breakfast at the hotel

Depart for the archaeological site of Tulum.

Tulum, the maritime gateway of the Mayan Empire to the world of the Caribbean. Founded around 900 CE, when the great Mayan sites were already abandoned, Tulum reached its peak between 1200 and 1400. It was probably a large port where traders from all parts of Mexico flocked, which explains the
heterogeneous nature of its architecture.

Lunch at a local restaurant

Continue to Cancun

All-inclusive dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the hotel IBEROSTAR SELECTION CANCUN **** or SIMILAR

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Day 8 Cancun

Breakfast at the hotel

Free day with full board and all-inclusive formula.

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Day 9 Cancun

Breakfast at the hotel

Free day with full board and all-inclusive formula.

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Day 10 Cancun OUT

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning at leisure

Lunch (depending on flight schedule)

Transfer to the airport.

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