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From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

1. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

Spend a day full of culture, history, and cuisine on a multi-stop guided tour from Mérida to Izamal, Valladolid, Cenote Ik Kil, and Chichén Itzá, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Discover traditional cooking during a live demonstration. Enjoy breakfast, a buffet lunch, and entry tickets. After meeting your guide in Mérida, head to the archeological site of Chichén Itzá. Walk through the center of this thousand-year-old place and see highlights like the Temple of the Warriors. For breakfast, enjoy a packed meal. Later, transport your senses to the root of regional cuisine, one of the greatest legacies of the Mayan culture, during a demonstration of the region’s unique gastronomy. Learn about tradition and innovation in the use of plants, vegetables, and wild fauna. Enjoy a buffet lunch of local products, then let yourself be enchanted by the story and cultural richness of two magical towns of Yucatan during the next stops in Valladolid and Izamal. Valladolid is located in the Yucatan state of Mexico, which is known for its natural beauty,cobbled streets, cute coffee shops, restaurants and delicious food! We will stop at the main plaza with a unique atmosphere to spend free time and explore the surroundings Next we have Izamal town. You will learn why is better known as the yellow city of Mexico. You’ll fall in love with its colourful colonial architecture going back to the 16th century. We will have free time at the most famous building: Convento de Sant Antonio de Padua. One of the first monasteries in the Western Hemisphere. In between, you can also take a dip in the cool waters of the Ik Kil Cenote. 

From Mérida: Chichén Itzá and Cenote Tour with Buffet Lunch

2. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá and Cenote Tour with Buffet Lunch

Experience the mysticism of the historic city of Chichen Itzá with a visit to its archaeological site, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Take a detour during your trip to Yucatán and join an excursion from Mérida to learn about history, swim in a sacred cenote, and taste authentic food. Head directly to Chichén Itzá on a bus ride from Mérida. Make the most of your travel time by hearing about the Mayan civilization and its history from your expert guide. Reach Chichén Itzá while it's still early before the crowds arrive and the heat sets in. Admire the perfection of El Castillo, recognized as the masterpiece of the complex. Visit the old field where the pre-Hispanic ball game was played, the Mayan astronomical observatory known as El Caracol, and the Temple of the Warriors. Take some time to explore at your own pace. Up next, taste a delicious Mexican buffet lunch with vegetarian options and recharge energies before heading to your next stop. Discover a beautiful cenote, a natural freshwater pool, where you can swim in its cool waters, sacred to the Mayans. Hop back on the bus and return safely to Mérida.

From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoi, Cenote Tour

3. From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoi, Cenote Tour

Discover the ancient mysteries of Uxmal, one of the most legendary archeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, on a full-day tour from Merida; as you gain insight from your knowledgeable guide, and discover the rich legacy left by the Mayan civilization. Your first stop will be Yaxcopoil Hacienda where you can visit the interior of the hacienda, it has its origin in the parcels on the arrival of the Spaniards, it is usually included houses of important value architecture and other minor buildings focused on the works of the field, built in the age of splendor of green gold. Next visit Uxmal, known to many by way of legend, myth, or anecdote, and visit the pyramid of the Magician, and the Governer’s Palace. Afterward, you will visit a cenote which is an underground type of water deposit, where you can enjoy its crystalline waters.

From Mérida: Uxmal and Sotuta de Peon Hacienda Trip w/Lunch

4. From Mérida: Uxmal and Sotuta de Peon Hacienda Trip w/Lunch

We will begin our trip along the Puuc Route, in the ancient city of Uxmal, declared World Heritage. It is one of the most important cities of the Mayan world together with Chichen Itza. Next, we'll take a virtual tour of the classic Mayan cities in the planetarium, and let us pamper you with an exquisite food. We will move to Sotuta de Peón, where we will tour the hacienda, you can swim in its underground cenote and you will learn about the soda production process based on Henequen.

From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

5. From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

Explore the rich culture and heritage of Mexico on a day trip to Uxmal, Yaxcopoil, and Cenote Peba. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Mérida, and enjoy a delicious lunch during the tour. After pickup from selected hotels, head to Hacienda Yaxcopoil, a colonial estate. Admire the arched buildings of this country house, wander through the large halls, and see the original furnishings. Stroll in the lush gardens and learn about the hacienda’s history, from its origins to the henequen industry. Continue back in time to the pre-Hispanic era, with a guided tour of Uxmal. Discover the features and architectural style that make this Mayan archaeological site unique. Climb the Pyramid of the Fortune Teller, see the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and enter the Governor’s Palace. Stop to enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, before continuing to Cenote Peba. Cool down with a swim in the beautiful cenote, soak in the natural beauty, and feel the benefits of this mineral-filled water on your skin. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

6. From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

Discover the landscapes and cenotes of Hacienda Mucuyché, a former estate and plantation. Wander through the partially-restored buildings, and admire the Arabic and French-style architecture. Soak up the atmosphere in the dining room, the stables, the chapel, and the engine room. Change into your swimwear experience swimming in clear waters of this hacienda's cenotes. Jump into Cenote Carlota, surrounded by lush vegetation. Cool off in the Blue Cenote, a pool within a cave covered in stalactites. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back in Mérida.

From Merida to Cancun: Chichen Itza, Valladolid & Cenote

7. From Merida to Cancun: Chichen Itza, Valladolid & Cenote

You will start the day tour from a convenient pickup from your hotel in Merida to journey to one of the most important Mayan monuments. The first stop will be at Chichén Itzá, where you will see the pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo), known for the play of light from the equinox that casts shadows on each step to create an image of a serpent descending, here, you will be accompanied by an expert certified bilingual guide, who will explain the historical significance of all the most important temples of this ancient city before leaving you to enjoy Chichen Itza at your own. After your walking tour, we set off at an ancient cenote, one of the sinkholes that form part of a network of underground rivers sacred to the Maya people; there same, you will enjoy a delicious Yucatecan buffet meal, then take a stroll around the colonial city of Valladolid to complete your experience; Valladolid is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of Yucatan and is known for the majesty of its temples and the ancestry of its old neighbourhoods; today, it is a peaceful city where you can admire beautiful old houses. Then we will proceed to drop you off at Cancun or Playa del Carmen city so that you can relax and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

From Merida: Uxmal Light and Sound Night Experience Tour

8. From Merida: Uxmal Light and Sound Night Experience Tour

Watch the ancient city of Uxmal come back to life at night on this tour experience with lunch. Take off from Merida to discover the Uxmal archaeological zone through Echoes of Uxmal, a light and sound show that uses video mapping to give you a new perspective of Uxmal. Uxmal is undoubtedly one of the most important archaeological zones in the state of Yucatan. On this tour, meet majestic buildings such as the Great Ball Court, the Pyramid of the Fortune Teller, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and many more. Come night, witness the story of Uxmal through a magical show of lights and sounds. See a play of light shadows projecting to illuminate the city ruins as the narrative of the ancient city comes to life right before your eyes.

From Mérida: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Tsukán Guided Tour

9. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá & Cenote Tsukán Guided Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Mérida. Travel to the ancient capital of the Mayan empire, Chichén Itzá, with your certified expert guide. Explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and learn more about the fascinating history of the site. Afterward, travel to the nearby Cenote Tsukán which is located amongst beautiful natural surroundings, including many plants and trees endemic to the region. Swim in crystal-clear waters of the cenote and learn more about the Mayan people who lived in the area, as well as their customs and traditions. Enjoy a traditional local lunch and have the chance to meet some of the locals. Then, return to Mérida with drop-off at your accommodation.

From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

10. From Mérida: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

Discover the culture and heritage of Yucatecan on a day trip from Mérida to the cities of Izamal and Valladolid. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers, and savor a delicious buffet meal during the tour. After pickup at your hotel, the experience begins with a panoramic visit to the colonial city of Valladolid. Pass through beautiful neighborhoods, and admire the architecture of monuments such as the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, and the Cathedral of San Gervasio. Following the tour, you'll enjoy some free time to explore these sites at your own pace. Continue to a buffet restaurant for a delicious lunch of local Yucatecan dishes. After your meal, take a dip in the cool waters of a cenote by the restaurant. Head towards Izamal, and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque place. Admire the yellow-painted houses, and learn why this city is known the city of the three cultures. See its pyramids and visit the Franciscan convent, before returning to your hotel in Mérida.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 78 reviews

It was my favourite day so far travelling Mexico. Our guide Rodrigo was a fountain of knowledge on this trip. He was attentive, knew so much about chichen Izta, answered all our questions and was just a very sound bloke. I was the only English person amongst a trip of Mexican people and he took the time to relay everything he said to the Mexicans but in English. If you’re thinking ‘I’m not sure’ questioning if it is worth it… it is! The trip is jaw dropping and gorgeous, so so so cool! Thank you Rodrigo! Legend!

It was a great day with many impressions. The tour guide himself was Maya and was able to explain a lot to us about the culture, history and language. Uxmal is beautiful and should definitely be at the top of your Mexico itinerary.

We enjoyed a tour with a great guide, all experiences impeccable and well organized.

Incredible tour with a really knowledgeable guide who made the trip a ton of fun!

Charming the guide and the group that made the ride enjoyable even in the rain.