|5 days and 4 nights|
Mexico (Cancun, Merida, Valladolid, Nuevo Durango)
Arrival at Cancun airport and private transfer to the Hacienda Adhara hotel or similar. Free time depending on the flight arrival time and overnight stay.
CANCUN - RIO LAGARTOS - LAS COLORADAS - IZAMAL - MERIDA
Breakfast at the hotel, meeting with our guide and departure towards Rio Lagartos, a nature reserve where we will take an excursion in a private little boat. Here we could admire numerous birds including pelicans and pink flamingos and with some luck a few crocodiles among the mangroves that line the entire lagoon.
During the boat ride we will have the opportunity to put on our skin the natural muds, rich in clay, present in Rio Lagartos and we will finish with a refreshing bath in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We will continue towards the pink salt pans of Las Coloradas, famous for their tubs that vary from a light pink to a very deep pink.
In the afternoon we will leave for Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan, stopping in Izamal, a picturesque colonial town all painted in yellow where we could admire the convent of San Antonio de Padua. Overnight at the hotel La Misión de Fray Diego or similar, in Merida.
MERIDA - UXMAL - MERIDA
Breakfast at hotel. Today we will dedicate the morning to visit one of the most beautiful and interesting archaeological sites in the whole Yucatan: Uxmal. We will visit the remains of Uxmal, one of the most important Mayan cities of the "ruta puuc", with its Pyramid of the Soothsayer and the governor's palace and then we will return to Merida to visit the city, also known as the "white city" thanks to the its elegant colonial architecture. We will visit the Zocalo (the main square), the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Town Hall and Casa de Montejo. Overnight at the hotel La Misión de Fray Diego or similar, in Merida.
MERIDA - CHICHEN ITZA - CENOTE - VALLADOLID
Departure from Merida towards Chichen Itza, a Mayan archaeological site declared a UNESCO heritage site and one of the seven wonders of the modern world. We will visit the site with its famous pyramid of Kukulkan, the god of the feathered serpent, the temple of a thousand columns, the astronomical observatory, the sagrado cenote and the huge pelota field. At the end of the visit, we will continue for a refreshing bath in a cenote. The cenotes are pools of fresh and clear water that exist only in the Yucatan peninsula and that can be open-air in the middle of the jungle or underground similar to caves. Arrival in Valladolid in the afternoon, short city tour of this characteristic colonial town and overnight stay at the Mesón del Marques hotel or similar.
VALLADOLID - COMUNITÀ MAYA - PUNTA LAGUNA - TULUM
Today we will learn more about the Mayan culture and traditions of the present day Yucatan. The Maya are people who continue to be very attached to their ancient traditions and beliefs and who continue to live strongly connected with nature.
On this day of “Mayan immersion”, Enrique and his family will welcome us to their home in the community of Nuevo Durango to share with us some of the gastronomic tradition of Yucatan. We will visit their organic garden, collect together everything needed for the preparation of a traditional Mayan meal and cook some typical Yucatecas dishes, all together at Enrique's house.
During the morning we will know the project of another family in the community with their meliponas bees. Meliponas bees, endemic bees of the Yucatan, are famous for not having sting and for being considered since ancient times as the "sacred Mayan bees" for the healing properties of their sweet honey. We will then return to Enrique's house to have lunch and taste the typical Mayan dishes prepared together during the morning, exclusively with local ingredients. In the afternoon we will say goodbye to the community of Nuevo Durango and we will make a stop in Punta Laguna to take a walk in the “Santuario de los monos” where we could admire numerous monkeys in their natural habitat. Continue to the Riviera Maya, leave with the guide and accommodation at the chosen hotel (not included in the tour).
Arrival transfer from Cancun Airport to Cancun hotel
Hotel mentioned in the program or similar category (4*)
Private Guide/driver English speaking
All the entrances of the visits mentioned in the program
Private boat in Rio Lagartos
Lunch at the mayan community
Last nigh lodging
Extra ambiental fee if the hotels may apply it
Meals and drinks (exemption lunch at the mayan community)
Personal extra and tip