A luxury 8-day itinerary around the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico full of archaeology, wildlife, beach and adventure – with some luxurious relaxation time at the end of the trip. Explore and Enjoy!

For more information do also check out our Mexico Destination Guide and our Top 10 Things to do in Mexico.

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Day 1 Arrive into Cancun and Transfer to Merida.

You will be greeted at the airport and privately transferred to your lovely lodging in Merida and will have the afternoon on your own at leisure. 3 Night(s) at Chable Resort & Spa. (Casita Room)

Additional activities include gardening with Chable’s resident horticulturist, bicycling the resorts’ many trails, cooking lessons in Mayan cooking techniques, and morning yoga by the cenote.

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Day 2 Private Tour to Uxmal & Kabah archaeological sites (B)

Explore the ancient Maya city of Uxmal, with its rounded architecture and intricate latticework before heading to the archaeological zone of Kabah to see the Palace of the Masks. Your guide will lead you in your exploration as you learn that the importance of the rain was a common feature for both cities. Learn about the myth of the Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal and learn the identifying features of Chaac, the rain god in Kabah during this full day of Maya archaeology.

Uxmal Site, Yucatan. Mexico with Curious Travel

The Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal – Image by Eddy Galeotti

Day 3 Privately Guided Excursion to Biosphere Reserve of Celestun and Merida City Tour (B)

 Home to 2,000 or more pink flamingos, Celestún is a great place for nature lovers. Taking a boat ride down this salt-water lagoon, you will see the great variety of flora and fauna that naturally thrive there and have a chance to swim in the fresh waters.

Discover the historical centre of the city Mérida, the capital of the state of Yucatán. You will learn about Merida’s history and contemporary importance, as you explore the Zócalo, the cathedral and the Monument of the Homeland, before heading down El Paseo de Montejo, with its grand, colonial buildings.

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Celestun Flamingos in Mexico with Curious Travel

Celestun Flamingos – Image by M B Photography

Day 4 Visit a Hammocks Artisan’s Home workshop in Tixkokob & Izamal / Drop off Chichen Itza (B)

Today we will start with a visit to the traditional Maya village of Tixkokob to see how local families still practice the age-old tradition of hammock weaving. One of the most valued handcrafts made by the indigenous communities in the Yucatan Peninsula is the hammock, they represent more than 700 families in the area. Most of the hammocks for sale in Yucatan are handmade in family workshops. En route to Izamal and Chichen Itza, you will stop at Tixkokob, a rural community located 30 minutes east of Merida. This is a town famous for its high-quality hammock waving; you are here to meet a local artisan at his family’s workshop. Today you will discover from the expert the secrets and “techniques” to best lie in a hammock and mostly you will experience a close encounter with the artisan culture while you observe, learn and optionally participate in a demonstration of their craft.

Afterwards, you will continue on to the Magic Town of Izamal to have lunch (not included) and explore the mysterious Yellow City before continuing on to your charming Lodge nestled in the garden on the UNESCO Heritage Site of Chichen Itza. Overnight at the Lodge at Chichen in a Royal Mayan Bungalow.

Hammocks in Mexico

Hammocks in Mexico – Image by David S April

Day 5 Private tour to Chichen Itza & Mayan Cenote / Drop off in Cancun (B)

Today we will enter the famed archaeological site of Chichen Itza upon its opening to learn about its impressive plazas, imposing ball courts, and temples as well as the Maya’s engineering, agricultural, and astronomical achievements. The Yucatan Peninsula is a limestone shelf; due to the lack of elevation and the incredible porosity of the soil, there are no rivers in the Yucatan! As water drains easily through the limestone, it forms a vast network of underground rivers and sinkholes that feature crystal clear water, eye-less fish, and interesting stalagmites and stalactites and offers an unusual swimming adventure in the distilled light of these underground caves! After our refreshing swim and lunch (not included) we will continue on to your stunning luxury hotel located on the idyllic Caribbean Coast with its crystalline blue waters. 3 Night(s) at Nizuc Resort & Spa in a Garden Suite

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Chichenitza in Yucatan Mexico with Curious Travel

El Castilla Temple at Chichen Itza – Image by Jose Ignacio Soto

Day 6 Private Half Day Catamaran Sailing to Isla Mujeres (B)

Explore the open sea in this half-day, private catamaran sailing trip that will take you around the bay of Cancun and Isla Mujeres. You can swim or snorkel around the second largest coral reef in the world or simply enjoy the ride with a cold drink in hand. We return for lunch (not included) and rest of evening on your own at leisure.

North Beach Isla Mujeres Mexico with Curious Travel

North Beach Isla Mujeres Mexico – Image by Sven Hansche

Day 7 Day at Leisure (B)

This day is yours to enjoy at leisure. You may relax in your lovely surroundings and take advantage of the many amenities and activities available in Riviera Maya or just lay back in the white sands and turquoise seas.

Optional suggested Activities (not included):

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Nizuc Resort and Spa with Curious Travel

Nizuc Resort and Spa – Image Copyright of Nizuc Resort

Day 8 Departure from Cancun (B)After breakfast and hotel check out, you will be privately transferred to the Cancun airport for your homeward bound flight.

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