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Secluded Adventure in the Yucatan Peninsula - Unique Hotels Retreat (11 days)

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Journey Mexico

Chichen Itza, Mexico to Cancún, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 23 Apr 2025
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Enjoy a unique and exclusive, 11-days exploration in the Yucatan Peninsula. Span the area’s history as you and explore important Mayan archeological sites, including a visit to Chichen Itza, and emblematic colonial cities of Yucatan built by the conquering Spaniards. Also, experience the incredible atmosphere of Bacalar and Tulum.

Stay in a stunning hacienda that will take you back in time, a luxurious oceanfront hotel for some beach time, and a holistic boutique hotel for a little rejuvenation. This itinerary is the perfect mix of adventure, history, and luxury for a Yucatan vacation.

Itinerary

Day 1
Cancún, Mexico

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Hotel: Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa
Meals: None

Cancun Private Transfer to Chichen Itza

Your private driver will meet you in Cancun and you will be driven the 200km (2 hours 15 minutes) to your hotel in Chichen Itza Area

Day 2
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Merida, Mexico

Hotel: Hacienda Xcanatun, Angsana Heritage Collection
Meals: None

Chichen Itza Archaeological Zone & Private tour to Izamal, with drop off Merida.

Your personal, expert guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and you will be driven to Chichen Itzá, Mexico’s most visited archaeological site. Learning about the cosmology, religion and everyday life of the Maya, your guide will help you get a feel for what Chichen Itzá was like before the Spanish arrived.

Exploring the site, you will learn how duality played a huge role in Mayan cosmology. Visiting the platform of the skulls, which was a monument to both life and death, you will see how each are represented, before heading to the ball court where archaeologists are still undecided as to whether the winner or the loser was sacrificed. Observing the carvings there, you can make your own guess. Clap in the ball court and the sound will echo eight times, a testament to Maya architectural prowess.

Just outside of the walls of the city you will find the cenote where sacrificial drownings took place. Here you will learn about the type of rituals involved and what was uncovered when attempts were made to drain this deep sinkhole.

Having explored pre-Hispanic Mexico, be driven to Izamal (75km, 1hour), to discover more about the colonial period in the region.

Izamal, once a Maya settlement meaning ‘Place of the God of Medicine,’ is now a pueblo mágico or magic town. The town, in which every building is painted yellow and white, is known for the 16th Century Franciscan monastery that was built upon the base of a huge Maya pyramid. Izamal likely had a pyramid much larger than the Castillo at Chichen Itzá. Your expert guide will lead you around the grounds, pointing out Maya stones and the original wooden roof work that has survived to this day, along with some murals and tombs. You will see the gold and dark wood altar of Conception, and later see the place behind the altar where the idol of the saint sleeps.

Upon conclusion of your visit you will be driven to your hotel in Mérida

Day 3
Merida, Mexico

Hotel: Hacienda Xcanatun, Angsana Heritage Collection
Meals: None

Day at leisure in Merida

Take advantage of the property or take time to explore town on your own and discover the local traditions our suggested experiences are:

· Celestun Biosphere Reserve Private Experience

· Mangrove Kayaking Adventure & Hidden Beach Experience

Day 4
Merida, Mexico

Campeche, Mexico

Hotel: Casa Don Gustavo
Meals: None

Private Tour to Uxmal, drop off in Campeche

Uxmal, which means “Built three times”, is the gateway to the Puuc Route. It has one of the most impressive buildings throughout Yucatan, the main pyramid called “Casa Del Adivino” which means

House of the Prophet. This pyramid is 115 feet high and was constructed so that during summer, the main entrance is facing the sunset. Due to the dryness of the soil, Uxmal is a very hot place to visit, so be sure to wear light clothing. The journey continues towards Campeche where you will spend the night.

Day 5
Campeche, Mexico

Hotel: Casa Don Gustavo
Meals: None

Guided Walking Experience in Campeche and Afternoon at Leisure with vehicle at Disposal.

Enjoy this colorful walled city and discover the port city of yesteryear and the Campeche of today.

Campeche City, lures visitors with its picture-perfect colonial town of Baroque Spanish architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, colourfully restored buildings, and majestic mansions. Many people describe it as they are walking through a fairy-tale! The walled-in historic center is a typical example of a harbour town from the Spanish colonial period but beyond those barriers travelers will find a genuine Mexican city where the people (known as campechanos) are incredibly friendly. The city’s central location makes it ideal for day trips to visit the archaeological sites of Calakmul and Edzná and the nearby Gulf beaches.

With vehicle at disposal, you may like to explore the Malecón, stroll down the recently renovated waterfront boardwalk known as the “malecón is always a great highlight when visiting Campeche. Here travelers and campechanos alike can can enjoy local cuisine and catch incredible sunsets.

Or explore Edzná, a Maya archaeological site that was one of the most important ceremonial centers in the pre-Classic Maya period. Various temples, including the Pyramid of the Five Floors, are remarkable structures that give in sight to this mysterious era. This site is believed to to have been used for agriculture products.

Day 6
Campeche, Mexico

Hotel: Puerta Calakmul
Meals: None

Private transfer to Calakmul

Your private driver will meet you in your hotel lobby and you will be driven to your hotel in Calakmul

This ecological retreat located in the middle of the jungle offers a unique opportunity to be with nature without limiting comfort.

The rustic-looking cabins have thatched roofs and wood and adobe walls that house either one king size bed or up to three doubles. All beds have a canopy to sleep under to help keep you protected from mosquitos. The cabins have either an exterior deck or an inside living room and all come complete with hammocks and ceiling fans. Due to the fresh weather in the jungle, air conditioning is not required.

The jungle echoes all around you, with howler monkeys roaring and exotic birds-crossing your path as you walk around the grounds. Take a dip in a the pool, cleverly carved out of the rocks to give the feel of a safari watering hole, that offers a refreshing break after a day exploring the nearby archaeological sites.

The restaurant, surrounded by jungle, is closed on three sides by floor to ceiling windows so that you can observe the birds and other wildlife while enjoying your meal. The food offered is Mexican and International faire with many locally sourced ingredients.

For those who prefer their adventures not to end at the archaeological sites, this is the perfect spot.

Day 7
Calakmul, Mexico

Bacalar, Mexico

Hotel: Our Habitas Bacalar
Meals: None

Explore the archaeological site of Calakmul & Xpuhil, with drop off Bacalar.

The Calakmul archaeological site is located in the southeast of the state of Campeche, approximately 30 km (17 mi.) from the Guatemalan border. The extensive pre-Hispanic city known as Calakmul, a Mayan name that means "Two Adjacent Hills" (ca-two, lak-adjacent, mul-hill), was discovered and named by North American explorer Cyrus Lundell at the end of 1931. Between the years 250 to 750 of our era, Calakmul was the center of the so-called "Kingdom of the Serpent’s Head" which comprised of diverse sites throughout the Mayan low-lands, like Peru, Dos Pilas and Naranjo among others, as well as Caracol which, in the 500’s came to be the main ally of Calakmul in the constant confrontations with its rival: The great Tikal.

You will then continue to Xpuhil, the building is very famous internationally due to the presence of rare, in fact the only case of a Rio-style building with 3 towers Beec. The distribution of spaces can be visited through trails, you can see pre-Hispanic architecture, you can enjoy the surrounding natural environment.

The archaeological site is named after a close call Xpuhil watery, which in Mayan refers to a herbaceous plant of the family cipráceas abundant in the town and known for its form as "Panther." The earliest evidence of human occupation at the site date from 400 BC, within the period known as Late Preclassic period, its rise, mainly reflected in its architecture, seems to have been during the Late Classic (AD 600-800 years), and its decline was to the Early Postclassic in 1200 or so.

Then head to your hotel in Bacalar (114km – 2 hours approx.)

Overnight in Habitas Bacalar. This oasis of a hotel rests by the crystalline waters of Bacalar Lagoon, situated in the southern reaches of Quintana Roo. Enjoy a calming and restorative stay, gazing out to the mesmerizing blue hues of the laguna or wandering through tropical jungle palms.

Day 8
Bacalar, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Hotel: Jashita
Meals: None

Explore Bacalar & Cenote Azul, Drop off Tulum

Your morning of exploration will begin by visiting Cenote Azul Bacalar, one of the deepest cenotes in the region. With a depth of 90 meters, it resembles a small lake in size. Surrounded by vegetation and the turquoise waters of the Laguna beyond. As an open type of cenote, it’s a great cenote to visit to swim, kayak or relax. Restaurants and amenities on site making it great for a family day out, enjoy time to discover

Later today you may like to board your private boat to navigate the Bacalar Lagoon, you will enjoy incredible landscapes and observe the lagoon in all its splendor with its different shades of blue that make it so unique, you will pass over cenotes inside the lagoon until you reach the canal of the pirates where you will have time to refresh in the crystal clear waters.

You will return to Bacalar dock enjoy time in town for lunch in a local restaurant (Not Included) and you may also want to visit the Bacalar Fort, a military colonial building that served as a defense against pirates and rebel Maya and now houses an interesting museum.

Having enjoyed a full day in Bacalar lagoon the journey continue the 223 km (2 hours 35 minutes) to your hotel in Tulum, your final destination.

Day 9
Tulum, Mexico

Hotel: Jashita
Meals: None

Day at leisure in Tulum

Day 10
Tulum, Mexico

Hotel: Jashita
Meals: None

Day at leisure in Tulum

Day 11
Cancún, Mexico

Hotel: None
Meals: None

Tulum Private Transfer to Cancun

Your private driver will meet you in Tulum and you will be driven to Cancun.

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