Discover the region's intriguing history and abundant natural beauty.
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula offers a fascinating blend of ancient civilizations and spectacular nature. MTS invites you to discover the very best of the region, from famously evocative archaeological sites to tropical mangrove forests rich in wildlife. With opportunities to bike, snorkel, and swim, this trip is ideal for active travelers who want to combine history and culture with outdoor adventures. You’ll take private guided tours of the ancient ruins at Uxmal, Edzna, Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum, including a sound and light show at Uxmal and a guided bike excursion at Coba. You’ll explore the romantic and beautifully preserved colonial town of Campeche, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and learn about traditional crafts at Izamal’s artisan workshops. You’ll enjoy a private boat tour of the stunning Sian Kaan biosphere reserve, one of the largest protected areas of Mexico and home to a diverse population of birds and mammals. And you’ll have plenty of leisure time to relax on the white-sand beaches or discover the local marine life on a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion.
- Private guided tours of Uxmal, Edzna, Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum archaeological sites
- Enjoy a sound and light show at Uxmal and a bike excursion at Coba
- Explore the fortified colonial town of Campeche, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Visit the sustainable community development projects at Merida City and Izamal
- Take an excursion to Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve by private boat
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Campeche End Location: CancunDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Campeche
You will meet your guide for a group transfer from Campeche Airport to our hotel downtown. You'll have plenty of time to settle in, stroll the hotel grounds, and acclimatize to the warm Campeche climate.
Day 2 : Excursion to Edzna & Campeche City
After breakfast, your guide will meet you for a privately guided excursion to Edzná, the Maya archaeological site in Campeche.
Edzná was already inhabited in 400 BC, and was it abandoned round 1500 AD. Built on a platform 131 feet high, it provides a wide overview of the surroundings. After lunch you will be back to Campeche City and enjoy an afternoon city tour.
Day 3 : Campeche/Uxmal/Uxmal & Sound and Light Show
After breakfast today, we'll drive for two hours to reach the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal (pronounced "OOSH-mahl"), meaning "built three times." Founded in 700 A.D., this UNESCO World Heritage Site was once home to 25,000 inhabitants and it one of the finest examples of classic Mayan architecture left standing. We'll be sure to see the Palace of the Governors and the mystical Pyramid of the Magician, which consists of five super-imposed temples. After exploring the ruins, we'll check into our hotel. Tonight, you may choose an optional excursion back at the ruins to experience a sound and light show and learn more about the Mayan civilization.
Day 4 : Visit Hacienda Sotuta de Peon / Merida City & Izamal with the Sustainable Community Development Projects.
After breakfast, we'll kick off the day with a visit to the living museum of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon. Haciendas functioned like the plantations in the southern United States and were known for their production of Henequen (sisal fiber), which was the source of the Yucatan's wealth during the Colonial Era. We'll tour the processing plant, which is still in action, and visit the beautiful main house. We will also have the opportunity of experience a Mayan cenote--enigmatic and unique sinkholes that were once the only resource for fresh, sweet water in the Yucatan jungle, so don't forget your swim suit!
We will continue on to the city of Merida, where you can enjoy a traditional lunch (not included). We'll then depart for the city of Izamal to visit the magical Franciscan monastery and crafts cooperative, where we will learn about Mayan World and their Sustainable tourism project.
“The Haciendas Foundation” is working to eradicate the extreme poverty of rural Mayan communities today. Working to promote recognition and the the revival of Mayan culture and artistic expresssion, the foundation also tries to create opportunities and bring awareness to education, health, sustainable development and the environment. They work with 242 artisans from 33 workshops in 13 Mayan communities. Started by entrepeneurial artisans, these cottage handicraft industries create unique pieces that merge ancient Mayan techniques and materials with avant-garde design. They work with pre -hispanic and local materials that have been used for more than 1,000 years by the Mayans.
After visiting the cooperative, we'll head to our hotel nestled beside Chicen Itza, the most famous Mayan archeological icon and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 5 : Chichen Itza / Coba & Bike / Tulum
We'll get started early this morning to visit Chichen Itza, one of the newest Seven Wonders of the World! Our expert guide, will explain everything from the ball courts to the temples and plazas, bringing this settlement "at the mouth of the well of Itza" come alive. We will then continue our journey to Coba, where we will enjoy a privately guided bike excursion in one of the most intriguing and grander Mayan city Cobá, ( or "water stirred by wind").
It will be a tranquil evening as we transition into the magical Mexican Caribbean.
Day 6 : Exploring Sian Kaan
Today we will visit the fascinating Sian Kaan biosphere reserve by boat to explore the channels, mangroves and estuaries that harbor a unique marine habitat. Sian Kaan is one of the largest protected areas in Mexico and home to a diverse population of birds and mammals. We will also visit a small archeological site that illustrates the extensive Mayan trading routes. After the visit, we will take in lunch at a local restaurant before returning back to our charming hotel for some free time to either relax on the white sands and turquoise sea directly out front or to just laze in a hammock--Yucatan style!
Day 7 : Tulum / Afternoon at Leisure
Today you will visit Tulum archeological site, considered to be one of the most beautiful Mayan archaeological sites. The only was this Mayan site being used at the time of the Spanish conquest, but its ceremonial architecture and hieroglyphics remain as mysterious as ever. Tulum means "wall" in Mayan. Also known as Zama, or "city of dawn", this beautiful site sits on 50-foot-high cliffs above the sea.
Day 8 : Cancun - depart
We will transfer you to the Cancun airport for your flight home.
DATES: Best time to go: January - April, November - December Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.
Hacienda Puerta CampecheCampeche
A palette of richly chosen colors and an assortment of textures characterize the Hacienda Puerta Campeche. This luxurious hotel is a gem flawlessly displaying a collection of restored 17th century historical houses. Wander through corners of deeply colored yellows and oranges, exploring traditional lifestyle with modern luxuries. Discover the beauty of a Mexican hacienda along with attentive, personal service. Meander throughout our one-of-a-kind pool, with secret alcoves and open windows offering views of an outside world of beauty. Stroll through our luxurious gardens, with stunning arrays of vibrant colors set against 17th century stone walls. After the sun has set, wander to a romantic rooftop setting and indulge in the finest traditional cuisine while overlooking cool tones of blues reflected by the midnight sky at La Guardia Restaurant.
The Lodge at UxmalUxmal
The Lodge at Uxmal is a step beyond the Mayaland concept of upscale accommodations in a traditional setting. The Lodge offers total immersion in the Yucatan Maya experience: an enclave of untamed nature in the shadow of ancient Uxmal, thatch-roofed villas that seem an extension of the landscape and archaeologists excavating on the grounds.
The Lodge at ChichenitzaChichen Itza
The Lodge at Chichen Itza sits on 100 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of the archaeological park, with its own entrance to the Mayan temples. Clustered around secluded swimming pools, the 39 bungalows seem an extension of the gardens in which they are located. Built in traditional Mayan style with wood, stone, native marble and thatch, they were created for guests who wish to commune with nature and with the culture that rose to greatness here 1,000 years before.
Be Tulum HotelTulum
The hotel Be Tulum has been created with all the charm and the quiet of nature captured in 20 exclusive suites between the tropical forest, white sand and the sea. Made with native materials that blend into the environment, with spacious terraces and private pools giving you the freedom and privacy you need. Comfortable and sophisticated interiors, designer furniture, a space that where every glance falls onbeauty, luminosity and natural detail.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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