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From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

1. From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

Visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and the Archaeological Zone of Kabah on this guided tour starting from Mérida. Spend the day getting to know Mayan culture at these historic sites and enjoy a traditional Mexican meal for lunch. Experience two of the most legendary archeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and gain insight into the rich legacy left by the Mayan civilization with the help of an expert guide. Stop first in Uxmal, known to many by way of legend, myth, or anecdote. Visit the pyramid of the Magician and the Governer’s Palace before seeing the Kabah archeological site and its iconic arch.  After sightseeing, finish your cultural day recharging with a traditional Mexican lunch before drop-off back in Mérida.

From Merida to Cancun: Chichen Itza, Valladolid & Cenote

2. 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 Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

3. 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 Mérida: Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, Henequen & Cenote Tour

4. From Mérida: Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, Henequen & Cenote Tour

Discover the charming and historical Hacienda Sotuta de Peón on a tour from Mérida by van. Visit the hacienda's grounds, henequen agave fields on a mule drawn cart and learn about its production before seeing and swimming in a cenote with turquoise waters. Leave Mérida behind and immerse yourself in Mexican culture with a visit to the Hacienda Sotuta de Peón. Surrounded by lush gardens, steeped in culture and history, a visit to this hacienda will transport you to back the 19th century. Meet locals at the hacienda and learn why henequen — a form of agave — was called the "green gold" in olden times. Thanks to this green plant, the region of Yucatan became a very rich state. Next, explore the surroundings of the henequen fields with a visit to the hacienda's main house and machine room. Learn about the process of henequen scraping, manual corking, and the laying of fibre. Finally, take a ride in a cart pulled by mules, passing through La Casa Maya and the henequen fields. The cherry on top of this tour is a visit to one of Mexico's natural underground oases — a cenote. Swim in its crystal clear waters to cool off or merely soak up the natural cave formation from the platform. Tuck into local regional snacks at the main restaurant and enjoy some free time to discover parts of the hacienda at your own pace before heading back to Mérida.

Full-Day Cuzama Cenote Tour from Mérida

5. Full-Day Cuzama Cenote Tour from Mérida

Visit 3 cenotes on this 8-hour tour: Cascabel, Chaksikin and Pool Cocom. You’ll arrive at the cenotes on board a truck that is typically used to transport agave leaves. The first stop will be at the Cascabel cenote, where you’ll enjoy a swim and admire the natural formations around you. Next is the Chaksikin cenote, known for its deep waters. Enjoy some free time to swim in the underground cave pool. Continue on to the Pool Cocom cenote, which is an open pool that provides the opportunity to take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. The tour ends with lunch at a local restaurant.

From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

6. 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 Merida: Uxmal Light and Sound Night Experience Tour

7. 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: Day Trip to Valladolid and Izamal

8. 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.

Chichen Itza with Private Guide & Transportation from Merida

9. Chichen Itza with Private Guide & Transportation from Merida

You will be picked up from your hotel in Merida at a time of your choice aboard a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle. Go directly from your hotel to the private entrance of Chichen Itza Archaeological Site located at the Mayaland Resort. From there you will have the chance to customize your itinerary. Discover the treasures of one of the main places of the Mayan World in Yucatan with your private bilingual guide.  Explore the most important temples of this ancient city, admire and take pictures of majestic constructions such as the Pyramid of Kukulcán, the Temple of the Warriors, The Ball Court, The Observatory, The Nunnery and beautifully conserved smaller temples in their vicinity. Inside the hotel you will also have the chance to learn more about the indigenous culture of the ancient Maya Civilization, admiring the Tales of the Mayan Skies at the Mayan Planetarium.  The resort facilities also include a buffet and a la carte restaurants (not included in tour price), a swimming pool, sun loungers, gift shops, and much more.

Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

10. Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

Depart Merida in the morning to visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Admire the pyramid of Kukulcan and the surrounding buildings, such as the ball game court and the Observatory. Then, travel to the community of Yokdzonot, and discover it's amazing and unique cenote, which is operated by a cooperative made up of mostly local women. Take a refreshing swim in the blue waters of the cenote and opt to add on activities like zip-lining or rappelling between its vertical walls. After cooling down, participate in a cooking lesson with locals. Prepare delicious Yucatecan dishes like salbutes (deep fried tortillas) and panuchos (stuffed tortillas). Finish your visit with a delicious, traditional meal in the restaurant of the cooperative. Transfer from Yokdzonot back to Merida, arriving at around 5:00 PM.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 118 reviews

Our tour guide Eyder was fantastic and we really had a great time with him. Chichen Itza is full of tourists and we had to get an audio book before we arrived to get us round the site, but it was great to see. The best part of the trip was the cenote as it was one of the less visited ones by travel companies and the food there by the corporative was delicious!

This tour is just perfect if you want to cover the most important sites around Mérida. Especially less crowded Uzmal was spectecular. Our tour guide Israel had a lot of interesting stories to tell. It was fantastic!

Entrance to Uxmal is a bit expensive (~ 20 €) but the site is magnificent! Our guide Israel was excellent and showed us the beautiful Merida cemetery as we left town.

It was a really easy day, it went so smoothly and was quite enjoyable!

It was a great day. Very smooth. Israel was a great guide.