The Mayan Riviera, Yucatan, Mexico

What I like about this itinerary is to have found a perfect combination of stays that are split between jungle lodges, luxury haciendas and beachfront boutiques. Plunge pool at your hotel in Playa del Carmen!

WHAT’S INCLUDED

7 nights accommodation in the listed accommodations
Guided tour of Chichen Itza Archeological site and Cenote ik-Ill
Privately guided excursion to Uxmal & Kabah
Celestun with private boat tour and Merida city tour
Biking tour of Coba
1/2 day Tulum trip
Private transportation in deluxe vehicle with driver as mentioned

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
International or Domestic Flights
Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
Tips or personal expenses
Travel insurance
Any items not mentioned

Day 1 – Arrive in Cancun

Meet your bilingual driver at Cancun airport for a 2.5 hour drive to the lodge at Chichen Itza.

Overnight at Lodge at Chichen – Royal Mayan Bungalow

Day 2 – Chichen Itza & Cenote
Early today after breakfast you will explore Chichen Itza in a privately guided excursion to the most famous Mayan temple city, which served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization.

After visiting this archeological site, you will stop for swim and refresh in one of the Mayan Cenotes, natural underground rivers that were once the only resource for fresh, sweet water in the local Yucatecan jungle. After a refreshment and lunch in a local restaurant, you will continue for a 2.5 hour transfer to your beautiful and romantic Hacienda Santa Rosa located 45 minutes south of Merida, and your home for the following 2 nights.

Overnight at Hacienda Santa Rosa – Superior Room with Breakfast

Day 3 – Day Trip to Uxmal & Kabah
You will be met by your guide in the hotel lobby this morning for a full day excursion to Uxmal & Kabah. A World Heritage site, Uxmal is one of the most magnificent and best restored ruins in Yucatan. Kabah is a city known as the second greatest religious center of the Puuc style. It connects with Uxmal via a sacbé (Mayan road) that originates in El Arco, main door to the city.

Return to your hacienda and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight at Hacienda Santa Rosa – Superior Room with Breakfast

Day 4 – Excursion to Celestun & Merida City
Today after breakfast and check out, you will be picked up for a privately guided tour of wonderful wildlife sanctuary, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve. Celestun is home to one of the largest migratory flamingo populations in the world. Continue your Journey with an afternoon City tour of Merida. Founded in 1542 by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo over the ruins of the Mayan city T’ho and receiving its name to evoke the conquerors the city of Merida in Spain. Merida is known as the White City, her remote Mayan roots, superb colonial monuments and the splendor of her turn to the XIX century architecture, has made Merida a captivating and charming mixture of cultural influences.

Overnight at Hacienda Xcanatun – Superior Room with Breakfast
Lush gardens surround Hacienda Xcanatun, an exclusive small hotel converted from a traditional hacienda

Day 5 – Merida/ Coba / Riviera Maya
Early this morning after breakfast and hotel check out, you’ll continue towards the Riviera Maya, visiting the Coba archeological site in route. Here you’ll get to enjoy one of the greatest archeological sites on a private guided bike trip.

After departing Coba, you’l enjoy a tranquil evening along as you transition into the magical Mexican Rivera.

Overnight at Playa Del Carmen: Hotel Esencia – Garden suite with plunge pool and Breakfast

Day 6 – Day at leisure
Enjoy a beach day at leisure in the Mexican Riviera

Overnight at Playa Del Carmen: Hotel Esencia – Garden suite with plunge pool and Breakfast

Day 7 – Half Day Tulum Visit
Today you will visit Tulum Arqueological site, considered to be one of the most beautiful Mayan archaeological sites. The only Mayan archaeological site to be in use at the time of the Spanish conquest, Tulum, means wall in Mayan. Also known as Zama, or city of dawn, this beautiful site sits on 50-foot high cliffs above the sea.

Then head back to your hotel for an afternoon on your own.

Overnight at Playa Del Carmen: Hotel Esencia – Garden suite with plunge pool and Breakfast

Day 8 – Departure from Cancun
Today is departure day. At the appropriate time, you’ll be transfered back to the Cancun airport for your flight home.

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