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From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

1. From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

Visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and the Archaeological Zone of Kabah on this guided tour starting from Mérida. Spend the day getting to know Mayan culture at these historic sites and enjoy a traditional Mexican meal for lunch. Experience two of the most legendary archeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and gain insight into the rich legacy left by the Mayan civilization with the help of an expert guide. Stop first in Uxmal, known to many by way of legend, myth, or anecdote. Visit the pyramid of the Magician and the Governer’s Palace before seeing the Kabah archeological site and its iconic arch.  After sightseeing, finish your cultural day recharging with a traditional Mexican lunch before drop-off back in Mérida.

Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

2. Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

Depart Merida in the morning to visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Admire the pyramid of Kukulcan and the surrounding buildings, such as the ball game court and the Observatory. Then, travel to the community of Yokdzonot, and discover it's amazing and unique cenote, which is operated by a cooperative made up of mostly local women. Take a refreshing swim in the blue waters of the cenote and opt to add on activities like zip-lining or rappelling between its vertical walls. After cooling down, participate in a cooking lesson with locals. Prepare delicious Yucatecan dishes like salbutes (deep fried tortillas) and panuchos (stuffed tortillas). Finish your visit with a delicious, traditional meal in the restaurant of the cooperative. Transfer from Yokdzonot back to Merida, arriving at around 5:00 PM.

From Merida: Uxmal Light and Sound Night Experience Tour

3. From Merida: Uxmal Light and Sound Night Experience Tour

Watch the ancient city of Uxmal come back to life at night on this tour experience with lunch. Take off from Merida to discover the Uxmal archaeological zone through Echoes of Uxmal, a light and sound show that uses video mapping to give you a new perspective of Uxmal. Uxmal is undoubtedly one of the most important archaeological zones in the state of Yucatan. On this tour, meet majestic buildings such as the Great Ball Court, the Pyramid of the Fortune Teller, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and many more. Come night, witness the story of Uxmal through a magical show of lights and sounds. See a play of light shadows projecting to illuminate the city ruins as the narrative of the ancient city comes to life right before your eyes.

From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

4. From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

Explore the rich culture and heritage of Mexico on a day trip to Uxmal, Yaxcopoil, and Cenote Peba. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Mérida, and enjoy a delicious lunch during the tour. After pickup from selected hotels, head to Hacienda Yaxcopoil, a colonial estate. Admire the arched buildings of this country house, wander through the large halls, and see the original furnishings. Stroll in the lush gardens and learn about the hacienda’s history, from its origins to the henequen industry. Continue back in time to the pre-Hispanic era, with a guided tour of Uxmal. Discover the features and architectural style that make this Mayan archaeological site unique. Climb the Pyramid of the Fortune Teller, see the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and enter the Governor’s Palace. Stop to enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, before continuing to Cenote Peba. Cool down with a swim in the beautiful cenote, soak in the natural beauty, and feel the benefits of this mineral-filled water on your skin. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

5. From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

Discover the culture and heritage of Yucatecan on a day trip from Mérida to the cities of Izamal and Valladolid. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers, and savor a delicious buffet meal during the tour. After pickup at your hotel, the experience begins with a panoramic visit to the colonial city of Valladolid. Pass through beautiful neighborhoods, and admire the architecture of monuments such as the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, and the Cathedral of San Gervasio. Following the tour, you'll enjoy some free time to explore these sites at your own pace. Continue to a buffet restaurant for a delicious lunch of local Yucatecan dishes. After your meal, take a dip in the cool waters of a cenote by the restaurant. Head towards Izamal, and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque place. Admire the yellow-painted houses, and learn why this city is known the city of the three cultures. See its pyramids and visit the Franciscan convent, before returning to your hotel in Mérida.

From Mérida: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Tsukán Guided Tour

6. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Tsukán Guided Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Mérida. Travel to the ancient capital of the Mayan empire, Chichén Itzá, with your certified expert guide. Explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and learn more about the fascinating history of the site. Afterward, travel to the nearby Cenote Tsukán which is located amongst beautiful natural surroundings, including many plants and trees endemic to the region. Swim in crystal-clear waters of the cenote and learn more about the Mayan people who lived in the area, as well as their customs and traditions. Enjoy a traditional local lunch and have the chance to meet some of the locals. Then, return to Mérida with drop-off at your accommodation.

Chichen Itza with Private Guide & Transportation from Merida

7. Chichen Itza with Private Guide & Transportation from Merida

You will be picked up from your hotel in Merida at a time of your choice aboard a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle. Go directly from your hotel to the private entrance of Chichen Itza Archaeological Site located at the Mayaland Resort. From there you will have the chance to customize your itinerary. Discover the treasures of one of the main places of the Mayan World in Yucatan with your private bilingual guide.  Explore the most important temples of this ancient city, admire and take pictures of majestic constructions such as the Pyramid of Kukulcán, the Temple of the Warriors, The Ball Court, The Observatory, The Nunnery and beautifully conserved smaller temples in their vicinity. Inside the hotel you will also have the chance to learn more about the indigenous culture of the ancient Maya Civilization, admiring the Tales of the Mayan Skies at the Mayan Planetarium.  The resort facilities also include a buffet and a la carte restaurants (not included in tour price), a swimming pool, sun loungers, gift shops, and much more.

From Merida: Private Tour, Mayas from Yesterday & Today

8. From Merida: Private Tour, Mayas from Yesterday & Today

Tekit is a traditional Yucatecan town whose everyday life revolves around the beautiful church, the market, and some small businesses. Join this tour to spend the day with a local cooperative there and discover their daily activities. Enjoy a private tour with a local guide exclusive to your group, and benefit from included hotel pickup and drop-off.  After pickup at your hotel in Merida at 8 AM, drive for approximately 1 hour to Tekit. Once there, make your first stop at a local bakery where you'll prepare and try local bread in a stone oven. Then, walk to a Mayan household where Ana and Manuel will introduce you to the Mayan agroecological systems. Learn about the production of Melipona bees, taste different varieties of honey, and end your visit to Ana's house with a Yucatecan meal. After lunch, visit a guayaberas factory to find out about the manufacturing process, and explore some local stores where it's possible to buy typical clothing and quality garments directly from the producers. Finally, head to the archaeological site of Mayapan, one of the last capitals of the pre-Hispanic Mayan era. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel around 6:30 PM.

From Merida to Cancun: Chichen Itza, Valladolid & Cenote

9. From Merida to Cancun: Chichen Itza, Valladolid & Cenote

You will start the day tour from a convenient pickup from your hotel in Merida to journey to one of the most important Mayan monuments. The first stop will be at Chichén Itzá, where you will see the pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo), known for the play of light from the equinox that casts shadows on each step to create an image of a serpent descending, here, you will be accompanied by an expert certified bilingual guide, who will explain the historical significance of all the most important temples of this ancient city before leaving you to enjoy Chichen Itza at your own. After your walking tour, we set off at an ancient cenote, one of the sinkholes that form part of a network of underground rivers sacred to the Maya people; there same, you will enjoy a delicious Yucatecan buffet meal, then take a stroll around the colonial city of Valladolid to complete your experience; Valladolid is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of Yucatan and is known for the majesty of its temples and the ancestry of its old neighbourhoods; today, it is a peaceful city where you can admire beautiful old houses. Then we will proceed to drop you off at Cancun or Playa del Carmen city so that you can relax and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Mérida: Chichén Itzá & Outdoor Sports in Cenote Spring

10. Mérida: Chichén Itzá & Outdoor Sports in Cenote Spring

Enjoy ancient sites and diving or zip-lining in a single day. Benefit from this inclusive trip from Mérida, all topped off with a delicious regional meal. Start your day by meeting your certified guide at your hotel or meeting point. Travel to the ancient capital of the Mayan empire: Chichén Itzá. Explore one of the new seven wonders of the world and learn more about the fascinating history of Kukulcan Pyramid. Next, make the journey to the Yokdzonot Cenote, a spring which is 40 metres wide and deep. Descend the wooden stairs to a small platform where you can dive, swim, or snorkel. Enjoy a choice of activities including zip-lining and abseiling, or just kick back in a hammock. After all this fun, relax and enjoy a delicious regional meal. Then its time to head back to Mérida, and drop-off back at your hotel or meeting point.

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What people are saying about Mérida

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 75 reviews

Our tour guide Eyder was fantastic and we really had a great time with him. Chichen Itza is full of tourists and we had to get an audio book before we arrived to get us round the site, but it was great to see. The best part of the trip was the cenote as it was one of the less visited ones by travel companies and the food there by the corporative was delicious!

This tour is just perfect if you want to cover the most important sites around Mérida. Especially less crowded Uzmal was spectecular. Our tour guide Israel had a lot of interesting stories to tell. It was fantastic!

Entrance to Uxmal is a bit expensive (~ 20 €) but the site is magnificent! Our guide Israel was excellent and showed us the beautiful Merida cemetery as we left town.

It was a really easy day, it went so smoothly and was quite enjoyable!

It was a great day. Very smooth. Israel was a great guide.