Yucatan Escape Tour
A journey through the Classic period of the Maya in a private tour
In Mesoamerica, the Mayas flourished as one of the most important civilizations in the world. The Maya were worldly in developing architecture techniques, creating medical advancements and well studied literature readings. As well, the Maya culture was spirituality motivated, even in a complex society ruled by powerful kings, heirs from Gods of Earth. This tour will take us through the remains of their magnificent temples, palaces and cities among the jungle in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Once landed at the Cancun International Airport, walk towards the exit on the left to meet up with your guide. Once all settled in the van, we can begin our way to Valladolid. En route, we will visit Tulum Archaeological site with a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Ocean and Coba, the home to the tallest Mayan structure in the Yucatan. The evening at your leisure in Valladolid. Overnight in Valladolid.
In the morning, we will head towards Ek Balam Archaeological site, where we will admire the façade built by Ukit Kan Lek’tok for his mausoleum. Afterwards, we will continue towards Rio Lagartos for a boat ride through the estuary to admire various species of birds, featuring the Pink Flamingoes. Overnight in Valladolid.
Today, we will transfer to Merida, a beautiful colonial city founded by Francisco de Montejo in the XVI century. En route, we will visit Chichen Itza, one of the most important cities in the Maya world at the Classic period. To cool down a bit after visiting Chichen Itza, nothing is better than immersing oneself in the calming turquoise waters of a cenote. Overnight in Merida.
Uxmal and the Puuc: The Puuc is one of the finest architectural achievements of the ancient Maya. In its heyday, Uxmal was the main city of the region. The temples, palaces and magnificent sculptures reflect the architectural richness of this time. Afterwards for something different, we will visit the Chocolate Museum, as chocolate is gift of MesoAmerica to the world. Overnight in Merida.
On our Merida City tour, we will visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, Montejo House, Plaza Grande, Lucas de Galvez Market and can enjoy a beer at a cantina with the locals. Overnight in Merida.
On route towards Playa del Carmen, we will visit Izamal, known as the “Yellow City.” First, we will visit the convent of San Antonio de Padua. Later, we will enjoy the city tour on a horse-buggy to learn about the life of the modern and ancient Maya people. End of Services.
Ready for TRAVEL?
- Great gastronomy
- Prepaid entrance fees to all the proposed activities
- Birdwatching Boat ride at Rio Lagartos
- Entrance fee to the cenote
- Entrance fee to the Chocolate Museum
- Bilingual licensed tour guide by SECTUR (Mexican Tourism Bureau)
- Knowledgeable explanation of the history, legends and traditions of the
- Guided service, commitment to your needs and interests, attention to any
situation, you may require orientation
- Professional driver
- Insurance onboard the van (Travelers should arrange their own medical and
- Unlimited purified water refills
- Onboard fruit snacks
- COVID protocols
WHAT´S NOT INCLUDED
- Airborne transportation before, during or after the tour
- Optional activities
- Souvenirs, meals or drinks
- Personal expenses
- Room service, drinks or beverages, telephone calls, gratuities, etcetera
- Airport transfers other than the included
- Visas or entry / departure taxes.
- Any other expenses not specified on the tour description
Using Pesos is a good idea. Most restaurants take credit cards. ATMs are easily accessible. Some things you will need money for are some dinners, beverages, tips, souvenirs and other items of a personal nature.
Light, short walks on level ground, with some stairs to climb. There will be a few activities, which could present a physical challenge. These events are optional, if you prefer.
The itinerary is a minimum guideline for the places to visit and activities,but we will have endless opportunities to learn, enjoy and admire thecountry. We will make every effort to provide the hotels and experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change according to availability, events or seasonal dates, weather conditions or the discretion of our guides.
INSURANCE & OTHER DOCUMENTS:
You must have travel health insurance and provide a copy. You may wish to consider trip cancellation insurance. You must have a valid passport and provide a copy. In addition, we kindly request you provide us with emergency contact, just in case.
For an additional fee, extra services such as additional ground transportation and early or extended stays can be arranged, directly through One Percent Travel, Rare & Unique Experiences. If you prefer to explore more of this region, we are open to requests to create a personalized tour of your liking.
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