Immerse yourself in ancient cultures, World Heritage Sites, and delicious cuisine. Discover the history of the Mayan people with guided tours of Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum. Since the Spanish conquest, the Yucatan has been the cultural & culinary capital of the entire Mexican Peninsula. It's steeped in colonial history, with narrow streets, broad central plazas, and some of the country's best cuisine. Learn about the music, art, and cuisine of Mexico’s Modern Yucatan state - and even have some spare time to pamper yourself on palm-fringed beaches of Tulum.


Trip Summary: Mayan Mexico | 7 Days

Trip Dates: Year Round

Group Size: Max 16 Participants

Price From: $3200 per person


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Prices from: $3200

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Extension to Guatemala: By Inquiry

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, 2 meals per day, and all activities 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:

  • Dine on traditional Mayan dishes, learning about the techniques that go into preparing such delicious traditional dishes
  • Tour the Mayan cities of Chichén Itzá, one of the 7 Wonders of the world
  • Stay at a beautiful Boutique Hotels, marveling at the beautiful architecture
  • Visit local markets and participate in hands-on cooking classes
  • Explore the visually stunning Tulum ruins and spend a day at the beach
  • Travel to the Yucatan's otherworldly cenotes 
  • Snorkel in the ocean, and enjoy some of the best beaches in the Yucatan

Itinerary

Arrival: Merida International Airport

Day 1 | USA to Mérida: Hola Mexico! After arriving at the airport and checking into the hotel, we’ll adjust to the time change with an introductory lesson on Yucatan Mexico, it's culture, and it's delicious cuisine. In the evening we will come together to dine on a traditional welcome dinner. With stomachs’ full of tasty food, we’ll be prepared to really begin our adventure! Accommodation: Hacienda Teya or similar

Day 2 | Mérida City: After a delicious buffet breakfast, we’ll walk to the city center along Paseo de Montejo, a famous tree-lined boulevard that aimed to rival Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma. We’ll admire the many beautiful houses, museums, and landmarks on the way, stopping at the iconic Monumento a la Patria. Mérida is known as “The White City,” a title derived from the stately homes and mansions adorning the street, standing opulently in gleaming white stone. After a busy day of sightseeing, we’ll end the evening with a cooking demo, dining on classic Yucatán dishes at the hotel. Accommodation: Hacienda Teya or similar

Day 3 | Mérida City: We’ll start our day with a culinary class and early morning stroll downtown. Our guide will point out the significant buildings overlooking the main square as we head towards one of the city’s main markets, Lucas de Galvez. Our guide will speak in-depth about the regional fruits and vegetables, as well as the popular spices, including recado rojo and habanero and xcatic chili peppers. We’ll buy fresh produce to cook with, and after a hard day’s work, we’ll gather round the table are share our creations. Accommodation: Hacienda Teya or similar

Day 4 | Merida & Chichén Itzá: We’ll venture on an exciting day trip to Chichén Itzá, one of Yucatán's most important pre-Hispanic towns. It’s Mexico's largest and best-restored archaeological site, and for centuries it served as the political and religious capital of the Maya empire. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s one of the region's most-visited attractions and, given its size, can take the better part of a day to explore. Highlights include El Castillo, a step-pyramid reaching almost 100 feet in height, and the impressive Temple of the Warriors. After an exciting day wandering through the ruins, we’ll unwind with our last dinner in Mérida before visiting Tulum the next morning. Accommodation: Hacienda Teya or similar

Day 5 | Tulum: The Yucatán is a place of adventure, and Tulum is at the heart of it! We’ll stay in a luxurious accommodation, dine on traditional Riviera cuisine, and immerse ourselves in the town’s lifestyle. Today we’ll snorkel in crystal clear waters, keeping an eye out for the diverse marine life. We’ll see an abundance of colorful, tropical fish and hopefully a sting ray or sea turtle, too! After a day spent splashing in the sea, we’ll return to the hotel for a savory dinner. Accommodation: Hacienda Teya or similar

Day 6 | Tulum & Ceynotes: On our final day in paradise, we’ll explore gorgeous cenotes and tour ancient Mayan ruins. We’ll start at the cenotes—secluded underground caves formed from caved in limestone. They possess an ethereal quality, with sparkling turquoise waters sheltered by lush greenery. Next, it’s on to the famous Tulum ruin—considered by many to be the area’s most beautiful. The site is small but exquisitely poised on a 50-foot cliff overlooking vibrant azure waters and a blinding white sand beach. Facing the rising sun, the ruins offers unparalleled views of the Caribbean that are nothing less than spectacular. Tulum means "wall" in Mayan, and the city was named for the stone walls protecting it on all sides. With so much beauty to see, we’ll spend the day on a guided tour of this magical place.  Accommodation: Hacienda Teya or similar

Day 7 | Merida: Adiós Mexico! Our Yucatán adventure has come to an end, but the memories of our wondrous experience will last a lifetime. We’ll return to the airport for our flights back home.

Departure: Merida International Airport

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