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Merida, Cultural Vacation

6 Days 5 Nights

Yucatan is the home to millenary archaeological sites, historical colonial cities, natural attractive like cenotes, caves and a wealthy culture expressed in music, folkloric dances, gastronomy, and also the value that is given to the customs and traditions of the Maya People all of this comes together as one to give unique and authentic experiences.

A peculiar characteristic of Yucatan is its architecture of the cities like Merida, Izmal and Valladolid. The Greatness of the Mayan legacy is present everywhere from its majestic ceremonial center like Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Ek Balam, Dzibilchaltun, Mayapán amogos others that are heritage of one of the biggest civilizations in the world.

The colorful crafts, natural reserves, an extraordinary gastronomy is the perfect mixture of ingredients coming from the Mayas, Spanish, Caribbean and Middle East origins giving an incomparable taste of spices and condiments that has given them fame at an international level.

Resume

  • PDay 1: Arrival – Chetumal
  • PDay 2: Oxtankah
  • PDay 3: Rio Bec
  • PDay 4: Konhunlich & Dzibanche
  • PDay 5: Bacalar
  • PDay 6: Transfer Out

Highlights

  • PMerida
  • PUxmal
  • PUman
  • POxkintok
  • PCelestun

Difficulty

  • PModerate

Pick up / Drop off locations

  • PMerida International Airport

Activities

  • PHistory
  • PCulture
  • PArchaeology
  • PNature

Group size

  • PMinimum 2

You will visit

  • PMexico

Holiday Type

  • PTailor-made

Trip Style

  • PCouples
  • PSmall Groups
  • PFamilies

Comfort level

  • PStandard to Luxury

Transportation

  • PMinibus
  • PSUV

Physical demand

  • PTrip may include activities like walks and 4×4 vehicles

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Merida International Airport

Our team will greet you at Merida International airport and will transfer you to your hotel in the city,

5 nights of lodging in Merida

Day 2: Uxmal & Uman

After breakfast you will begin your trip towards Uman (30 Minutes), this village has a 16th century church, San Francisco de Asis Church, it is a domed structure built of stone, with columns adorning the gothic-looking entry, also visit the local market and try some exotic fruits.

Afterwards continue the trip to Uxmal (45 minutes) This archaeological site has palaces of majestic architecture. The city has 15 groups of buildings, including the Adivino Pyramid, an impressive structure that is 35 meters (115 feet) tall, and the Palacio del Gobernador (Governor’s Palace), considered one of the most beautiful constructions of Mesoamerica.

Then visit Hacienda San Pedro Ochil, this is one of the seven haciendas that at the end of the 19th century gave prosperity to the region with the production of henequen fiber, beautifully restored, the main gate stands out specially, with a Moorish style arch and neoclassical influence.

Here you can see henequen, the original clotheslines, machinery, fireplace and chapel of the hacienda, visit the cenote and observe how artisans work inside the workshops, or visit a small museum of folk art. Jewelers work the filigree, women weave hammocks and embroider the white cotton dresses known as huipiles, and men carve wood and stone.

Afternoon return to your hotel in Merida

Day 3: Oxkintok Archaeological Site, Maxcanu Village & Becal

After breakfast depart to Oxkintok (1 hour), the Mayan word Oxkintok, for a long time and by a literal interpretation, was customary to translate it as “three days of burning,” since it is made up of the words Ox: three; Kin: day or sun; and Tok: flint; that is, “three days flint” or “three cutting suns.” Currently, it is handled as a possible meaning “the city of the three flint suns.”

Oxkintok is considered one of the most important settlements in northern Yucatan and, perhaps, the oldest city in the central Puuc region. His position allowed him to control the flow of commercial goods from the south of the peninsula and connect with other contemporary cultures. Its main chronology is Upper Preclassic and extends until the Early Postclassic, from 300 BC. C., approximately 1200 AD. C.

Continue with the trip you will stop at Maxcanu village located just 15 minutes outside of Oxkintok, visit the main square and the church dedicated to Saint Michael Archangel, here you will be amazed with the altarpiece made by Miguel Cabrera who was a novohispano painter, characterized by being one of the greatest exponents of the Viceroyalty’s Baroque painting.

Visit Hacienda Santa Rosa for lunch and then transfer to Becal, this village is famous for the Panama hats made of jipi-japa fiber in an artisanal way,

Afternoon return to your hotel in Merida.

Day 4: Celestun Boat Tour

After breakfast you will begin the trip to Celestun Reserve located 95 km west of Merida, this reserve has 51,139 hectares and a 20-km-long estuary, which empties into the Gulf of Mexico in the state of Campeche. At this biosphere reserve, you can witness the spectacular sight of pink flamingos in flight and you can admire more than 170 resident and migratory bird species that inhabit the area. You’ll also spot crocodiles in the marshes and you may have the pleasant surprise of watching green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles laying their eggs (seasonal)

Time to relax in a secluded beach,

Afternoon return to Merida,

Day 5: Merida Cultural City Tour

Today you will enjoy a cultural City tour in Merida, this is a journey through time and history

In the old paved streets of the “White City”, among the beautiful buildings that your will visit are: Merida main Cathedral built in 1561, Casa de Montejo, government palace, municipal palace, theaters, cultural center, parks and markets, also enjoy the authentic Yucatecan Food,

Day 6: Transfer Out

At your convenience transfer to Merida airport or continue to other destination for an extension trip,

End of our services.

Oxkintok

Oxkintok

Celestun

Celestun

Merida

Merida

Handicraft

Handicraft

Mexican Hats

Mexican Hats

Uxmal

Uxmal

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