Yucatán
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  • Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    1. Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or apartment in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Temozón. Stop for a coffee and to taste some delicious antojitos (street food) before going to Cenote Hubiku to explore one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya civilization. Get some free time to explore the archaeological site at your own expense. Encounter crocodiles in their natural habitat with a visit to a crocodile sanctuary, and look for flamingoes in the salt ponds of Las Coloradas. Marvel at the different shades of pink in the lagoons of Rio Lagartos during a boat ride through the mangroves. Keep a look out for different birdlife, including cormorants, ospreys, herons and pelicans. Stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks and a main course of your choice from fresh fish, chicken or a vegetarian option. Get dropped off at your hotel at t...

    Very professionally organized, tours started and left on time. Be aware as other reviewers have said, we left the hotel at 7:15 Am and got back around 10:15 pm so it's a very long day, but a very fun way to spend it.

  • From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

    2. From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

    Start the tour with pickup from your hotel in Mérida, journey to the amazing Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve to discover a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula declared a wildlife refuge in 1979. Explore the primary site for pink flamingos wintering in the northern hemisphere and get up close to the magnificent birds in their natural habitat. Look for some of the other 300 species of native and migratory birds, along with reptiles, mammals and different plants. See large colonies of brilliantly colored flamingos feeding in the estuary, and take a boat ride through the mangrove forest that provides food and shelter for shrimp and other creatures. End with a delicious meal at a beach before the return journey to Mérida to get dropped off at your hotel.

    This was an outstanding trip. Our driver and guide Wilbur was excellent. The time for the journey from Merida to Celestun was only about 1 hour and 20 minutes, although we were a little late getting going. The wildlife tour was truly sensational. We saw hundreds of flamingos, many other bird species (our guide pointed out we were especially lucky to see so many), and even two crocodiles. The tour goes through a narrow mangrove forest - quite stunning - insect repellant is important. There is a short hike also and a chance to swim in a spring fed pond. After the wildlife tour, we went to the beach where we had a perfectly reasonable lunch at a restaurant. The beach is very nice and we had plenty of time for a walk and a swim. Mainly due to the wildlife part, this is a great tour. It was pretty expensive compared to other tours we have done in Yucatan but definitely worth it.

  • Yucatán: Loltun Cave and Puuc Route Full-Day Tour

    3. Yucatán: Loltun Cave and Puuc Route Full-Day Tour

    This 8-hour sightseeing tour of the Puuc Route in the Mexico's Yucatán peninsula will take you to the ruins of Sayil, Xlapac, and Labná, where the architecture is reminiscent of the Roman and Greek archaeological sites in Europe. The Loltun caves (Mayan for "Stone Flower") are part of the extensive cave system located in the southern state of Yucatan, Mexico, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of Oxkutzcab and 66 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Mérida. Among the most important findings in Loltun is evidence of settlements dating from the Pleistocene cave paintings, including negative human hands, faces, animals, and stepped frets. Mayan sculptures and tools, and even the bones of bison, mammoths, and saber-toothed tigers have also been discovered, which gives evidence of climate change that the area has endured. The remains of the Maya cities reveal an architectural style that is ...

  • From Mérida: Land Rover Expedition to Hacienda Uxmal

    4. From Mérida: Land Rover Expedition to Hacienda Uxmal

    Enjoy the drive through the Mayan jungle. Stop for incredible views and breath-taking landscapes and take some pictures to capture unforgettable memories. Drive through the grounds and remains of the historic Hacienda Uxmal and explore the surrounding plantations with their organic fruits and vegetables. The Hacienda was established in 1673. Learn about the history of the Hacienda from an expert guide. Taste some hand-picked seasonal fruits freshly harvested at the end of the tour.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 34 reviews

This was an outstanding trip. Our driver and guide Wilbur was excellent. The time for the journey from Merida to Celestun was only about 1 hour and 20 minutes, although we were a little late getting going. The wildlife tour was truly sensational. We saw hundreds of flamingos, many other bird species (our guide pointed out we were especially lucky to see so many), and even two crocodiles. The tour goes through a narrow mangrove forest - quite stunning - insect repellant is important. There is a short hike also and a chance to swim in a spring fed pond. After the wildlife tour, we went to the beach where we had a perfectly reasonable lunch at a restaurant. The beach is very nice and we had plenty of time for a walk and a swim. Mainly due to the wildlife part, this is a great tour. It was pretty expensive compared to other tours we have done in Yucatan but definitely worth it.

Guil was our driver and guide for this tour. We were picked up at our designated location on time and a total of 6 passengers were in the van. Guil explained what the day would entail then he drove to Celestun. After a bano stop, we boarded a boat to explore the rio, see flamingos, glide through a mangrove tunnel, see a nearby cenote and enjoy many varieties of shore birds. After the boat ride, a short drive brought us to a very nice restaurant at the Celestun shore for lunch. Time allowed for a nice walk on the beach before boarding the van for the return to Merida. Guil was like having a personal naturalist as a guide. Very knowledgeable, versed in English and an excellent driver. The van was comfortable and clean. Highly recommend this tour.

The guide was very knowledgeable and approachable, setting people at ease of the start. The gentleman who drove the boat through the waters had an excellent knowledge of birds, which also made the afternoon great. The mangroves were the best. I wish there was a tour that took you into them in the evening hours, and then cut the engine on the boat. That would reveal some wildlife! Of course, the flamingos were stunning.

Very professionally organized, tours started and left on time. Be aware as other reviewers have said, we left the hotel at 7:15 Am and got back around 10:15 pm so it's a very long day, but a very fun way to spend it.

I really enjoyed this tour, everything went as I expected from the itinerary.