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  • From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

    1. From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

    Discover the landscapes and cenotes of Hacienda Mucuyché, a former estate and plantation. Wander through the partially-restored buildings, and admire the Arabic and French-style architecture. Soak up the atmosphere in the dining room, the stables, the chapel, and the engine room. Change into your swimwear experience swimming in clear waters of this hacienda's cenotes. Jump into Cenote Carlota, surrounded by lush vegetation. Cool off in the Blue Cenote, a pool within a cave covered in stalactites. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back in Mérida.

    Everything went like clockwork with the transportation. We waited a short amount of time to get a bilingual guided group. The tour was great and we learned a lot about Hacienda culture from Guil. This particular place has Cenotes that are connected (I was pleasantly surprised that it was more than a quick dip in the pool) and we traversed from the initial Cenote where we entered, through a cave passage, through a canal, into another Cenote which also had a very large, completely underground area with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. After spending some time in the underground area we returned to the second Cenote and went back to the start via a pathway. This was an incredible experience, much more than we initially expected. Our guide Guil was excellent, full of information about the Haciendas and Cenotes.

  • Uxmal & Kabah Full-Day Tour from Merida

    2. Uxmal & Kabah Full-Day Tour from Merida

    Discover some of the highest representations of Mayan art and architecture on this 6-hour tour from Merida to the ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal, and the large archaeological site of Kabah. First, drive 65 miles south to the pre-Hispanic town of Uxmal, which dates from between 700 and 1000 AD. Built on a layout revealing the Mayans knowledge of astronomy, tour the Pyramid of the Magician, Quadrangle of the Nuns, and Palace of the Governor to see why many consider Uxmal to be the high point of Mayan art. Continue to the ruins of Kabah, a Mayan archaeological site connected to the ruins of Uxmal by an 11-mile (18 kilometer) raised pedestrian causeway. The largest archaeological site in Puuc, after Uxmal, admire the hundreds of stone masks of the long-nosed rain god Chaac on the façade of the Palace of the Masks. The name "Kabah" or "Kabaah" is thought to come from the ...

    Spent an incredibly informative and in-depth visit to Uxmal. The guide certainly knows his stuff and taught our small group a lot about the Mayan cultures through the amazing constructions. We had a perfect tour, everything was great!

  • From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

    3. 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...

  • Campeche: A World Heritage Journey from Merida

    4. Campeche: A World Heritage Journey from Merida

    Travel to the small village of Becal on the borders of Yucatan and Campeche states. Upon arrival, go to a 17th-century colonial church. Then see the Parque de los Sombreros, known for its monument to big hats! Learn how Panama hats are made using jipi-japa fiber. Watch a demonstration by artisans who have worked inside caves for generations in order to preserve the quality of the palm fronds.  Next, transfer to Campeche. Located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the walled city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During colonial times, it was a fortress city designed to protect against pirate attacks. Stop at Fuerte San Miguel to admire the largest fortress in Campeche. Dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, the fortress is now an archaeological museum of Mayan artifacts from Calakmul. Explore the historic district of Campeche and enjoy a tasty lunch with local dishes. You are ...

    Great history and I wanna go back with my husband. I know he’ll love the scenery, ppl and architecture.

  • 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....

  • Merida: City Tour in a Gua Gua Bus

    6. Merida: City Tour in a Gua Gua Bus

    Enjoy the beautiful city of Merida, also known as "The White City" while riding in a local "Gua Gua" bus, a colorful buses with no windows that are typical in Latin America. The Gua Gua will take you on a city tour where you will learn about Merida's history. You'll see the prettiest avenues of the city and famous landmarks such as the Paseo Montejo, the Cathedral, Casa Montejo, downtown, the government palace and the City Hall of Merida.  This unique tour has a duration of 1.5 hours, and you will be accompanied by a tour guide who will tell you all the fun facts and interesting stories of Merida.

    Our family of 8 enjoyed the tour. Learning the history of Merida. The tour guide spoke english and spanish. That allowed us to practice hearing our spanish and understand the tour. Great time!

  • From Mérida: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Tsukán Guided Tour

    7. 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.

  • Uxmal with Private Guide and Transportation from Merida

    8. Uxmal with Private Guide and Transportation from Merida

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Merida at the time of your preference aboard a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle. Go directly from your hotel to Uxmal’s Archaeological Site, known by many as place of legend and myth. It is situated within a series of hills known as the Puuc or “mountainous area” in the Mayan language.  In this amazing archaeological site a private bilingual guide will take you to explore colossal constructions like the Magicians Pyramid, the Governors Palace, the Dove’s Temple and the Nuns Quadrangle. The archaeological structures and buildings located throughout Uxmal are ornamented with geometrical figures and masks of the rain god, Chaac. The rain god was considered by the Maya people as one of the most important of their deities. After your visit you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch at the restaurants of either the beautiful Hacienda Uxmal o...

  • Chichen Itza with Private Guide & Transportation from Merida

    9. 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 ...

    The experience was excellent in terms of the transportation and tour. Here is some information to make it even better. Call the company to get pick up confirmation time, I did not receive notification automatically. Be prepared to pay at least US $25 per person at the gate for entrance (2021) and it goes much quicker if you use pesos not card. Stop to buy water as soon as you get in the gate (yes, everything is more expensive than you may expect inside). The tour is extensive and covers a lot of ground in the heat, so be prepared. Our guide, Balam, was of Mayan heritage, and gave a uniquely Mayan perspective, including background facts on an iPad. He was more prepared compared to some of the other guides I overheard speaking in the same areas. I am grateful we got Balam as a guide. His explanations and detail on each area were far superior to others. You can leave at any time, and cold water is provided for the ride back to your start location, but not on the way to Chichen-Itza.

  • From Merida: Private Tour, Mayas from Yesterday & Today

    10. 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...

    If I could give this ten stars, I would. Our guide, Alejandro, was excellent. I appreciate the cultural immersion this experience provides and the wonderful people we met; Marcos, Jose, and Lorenzo at the Bakery, Manuel and Ana at their house to learn Mayan life, balance with nature and bee keeping/honey tasting, Gloria at her house for an authentic lunch and great conversation, and Alonzo at the Guayabera Factory (you will know how the shirts are made and buy at a much better price than in the city). All of these people were kind, gracious, and genuinely interested in sharing their lives and culture. We are grateful for this incredible experience and the opportunity to learn more about life in this region of Mexico. The visit to Mayapan Archeological Site, in our opinion, was better than visiting Chichen-Itza. The site is well kept, well preserved, and less crowded, absolutely stunning.

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The experience was excellent in terms of the transportation and tour. Here is some information to make it even better. Call the company to get pick up confirmation time, I did not receive notification automatically. Be prepared to pay at least US $25 per person at the gate for entrance (2021) and it goes much quicker if you use pesos not card. Stop to buy water as soon as you get in the gate (yes, everything is more expensive than you may expect inside). The tour is extensive and covers a lot of ground in the heat, so be prepared. Our guide, Balam, was of Mayan heritage, and gave a uniquely Mayan perspective, including background facts on an iPad. He was more prepared compared to some of the other guides I overheard speaking in the same areas. I am grateful we got Balam as a guide. His explanations and detail on each area were far superior to others. You can leave at any time, and cold water is provided for the ride back to your start location, but not on the way to Chichen-Itza.

The experience exceeded all our expectations !!! It was incredible from start to finish ... from knowing the chef's house, meeting the family and all the people involved in the project, learning about the history, seeing the whole process involved in cooking this food, learning about their ancestral traditions and understanding why These dishes are so delicious with unique ingredients and a top chef… we really enjoyed it very much. Claudia was the best taking us by the hand of the Chef and her culture throughout this gastronomic experience… it was also incredible to participate in the preparation of the collection and making our own omelette that we later ate delicious hahaha! And well, eat the ready-made dishes that I can say ... the most delicious I've ever tasted hahaha, I don't even know how many cochinita tacos and black stuffing I ate but without a doubt each one was worth it. We thank everyone who welcomed us at the chef's house and made us feel at home.

If I could give this ten stars, I would. Our guide, Alejandro, was excellent. I appreciate the cultural immersion this experience provides and the wonderful people we met; Marcos, Jose, and Lorenzo at the Bakery, Manuel and Ana at their house to learn Mayan life, balance with nature and bee keeping/honey tasting, Gloria at her house for an authentic lunch and great conversation, and Alonzo at the Guayabera Factory (you will know how the shirts are made and buy at a much better price than in the city). All of these people were kind, gracious, and genuinely interested in sharing their lives and culture. We are grateful for this incredible experience and the opportunity to learn more about life in this region of Mexico. The visit to Mayapan Archeological Site, in our opinion, was better than visiting Chichen-Itza. The site is well kept, well preserved, and less crowded, absolutely stunning.

Everything went like clockwork with the transportation. We waited a short amount of time to get a bilingual guided group. The tour was great and we learned a lot about Hacienda culture from Guil. This particular place has Cenotes that are connected (I was pleasantly surprised that it was more than a quick dip in the pool) and we traversed from the initial Cenote where we entered, through a cave passage, through a canal, into another Cenote which also had a very large, completely underground area with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. After spending some time in the underground area we returned to the second Cenote and went back to the start via a pathway. This was an incredible experience, much more than we initially expected. Our guide Guil was excellent, full of information about the Haciendas and Cenotes.

Our family of 8 enjoyed the tour. Learning the history of Merida. The tour guide spoke english and spanish. That allowed us to practice hearing our spanish and understand the tour. Great time!