Since the Spanish conquest, Mérida has been the cultural capital of the entire Yucatán Peninsula. At times provincial, at others ‘muy cosmopolitano,’ it is a town steeped in colonial history, with narrow streets, broad central plazas and the region’s best museums. It’s also a perfect place from which to kick off your adventure into the rest of Yucatan state. There are cheap eats, good hostels and hotels, thriving markets and events happening just about every night somewhere in the downtown area. Long popular with European travelers looking to go beyond the hubbub of Quintana Roo’s resort towns, Mérida is not an ‘undiscovered Mexican gem’ like some of the tourist brochures claim. Simply put, it’s a tourist town, but a tourist town too big to feel like a tourist trap. And as the capital of Yucatan state, Mérida is also the cultural crossroads of the region, and there’s something just a smidge elitist about Mérida: the people who live here have a beautiful town, and they know it.

Trip Summary: Yucaton Mexico | 7 Days

Trip Dates: Year Round

Group Size: Max 16 Participants

Price From: $2900 per person

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All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.

This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.

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Trip Highlights:

  • Traditional Yucatan cooking class.
  • Tour of Chichen Itza Ruins and Mayan Ruins
  • Explore Plaza de la Independencia
  • Traditional salsa classes
  • Tour of the City Center and Paseo de Montejo
  • Snorkeling excursion in Tulum


Day 1: Cancun:  Arriving in Cancun, we will take the time to adjust to the time change by having an introductory lesson of Mexico.  We will check into our hotel and be on our way to explore some parts of the city and eat a traditional Mexican meal for our welcome dinner.  We will then transfer to Merida, Mexico for our next adventure! 

Day 2: Merida: After a delicious buffet breakfast, we will start in the city centre and walk along this precious street. There are beautiful houses to admire on each side as well as some museums along the way. Go at least until the Monumento de la Patria on the northern end of the street. The “White City” title that Merida has derives from the stately homes and mansions that adorn the sides of Paseo Montejo, about 10 blocks north of the center, standing opulently in gleaming white stone. The Paseo de Montejo is a tree-lined boulevard, which was supposed to be as grand as Mexico City’s “Reforma Avenue”.  We will end the evening with a traditional Yucatan dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Merida:  After a delicious buffet breakfast, you will start your Merida Cooking Class by having a walk through Merida’s Downtown. Your Adventurous Mexico guide will give a quick briefing on the most important buildings overlooking the Main Square, and then walk with you to one of the main markets of Merida, Lucas de Galvez.  Your guide will talk in depth about the regional fruits and vegetables, as well as the recados, the achiote, the peppers in general and especially the chile habanero and xcatic.   You will bring your fresh produce back with you to cook a traditional meal.

Day 4: Mayan Ruins: After a delicious breakfast buffet, you will take a day trip from Mérida to Chichén Itzá, one of Yucatan's most important pre-Columbian sites.  Chichén Itzá is Mexico's largest and best-restored archaeological site and for centuries served as the political and religious capital of the Maya empire. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the region's most-visited attractions and, given its size, can take the best part of a day to explore. Highlights include visiting the 30-meter-tall El Castillo - also known as the Pyramid of Kukulkán - the site's largest and most important building, as well as the majestic Temple of the Warriors with its columned halls. After an exciting day at the ruins, you will have a lovely traditional Yucatan dinner before departing to Tulum.

Day 5: Tulum:  Today you arrive in Tulum, Mexico!  The Yucatan is a place of adventure, and Tulum is at the heart of it. Stay in a beautiful luxury accommodation, dine on traditional Riviera dishes, and immerse yourself in adventure activities like snorkeling, visiting cenotes, and touring ancient Mayan Ruins. Staying on a beach adjacent to the ancient Tulum ruins is an experience never to be forgotten. After your exciting snorkeling excursion, we will have a traditional welcome dinner at your hotel. 

Day 6: Tulum: Today we will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and set out for our Ceynote and Mayan Ruins tour.  Tulum ruins are located 130 km south of Cancun and is considered by many as the most beautiful of the Mayan Ruins sites around Cancun, is small but exquisitely poised on the fifteen-meter-high cliffs above the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. Tulum has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.  Tulum's greatest attraction is its location. It stands on a bluff facing the rising sun looking out on views of the Caribbean that are nothing less than spectacular. In Maya, Tulum means "Wall", and the city was christened thus because it is a walled city; one of the very few the ancients ever built. Research suggests it was formerly called Zama or "to dawn" in its day, which is appropriate given the location.  You will have a guided tour of these amazing ruins for a full-day tour.  

Day 7: Cancun: We will travel back to Cancun and end our journey and make our way to the airport to go back home.