Mexico City, Mexico
Explore Yucatán Peninsula: Stunning Caribbean waters, Mayan culture, and colonial architecture await.
Experience Merida's Charm: A blend of Maya and Spanish traditions in a booming colonial city.
Delve into History: Learn about Hacienda Mucuyché and henequen fiber. Visit Chichen Itza, a Wonder of the World.
Few Mexican destinations can dazzle you with colonial architecture, azure Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico waters, and colonial cities all in one fell swoop. Actually, there’s only one: The Yucatán Peninsula. The peninsula comprises parts of Belize and Guatemala, as well as three separate Mexican states: Yucatán, Quintana Roo, and Campeche. On this trip, you’ll be visiting the state of Yucatán. Enjoy a full weekend in one of México's most beautiful and trendy territories, The Yucatan Peninsula. This amazing place will dazzle you with ancient Mayan culture, colonial architecture, magic towns, underground water sinkholes, and gorgeous sunny beaches with white sand, all in one fell swoop.
You will stay in the booming colonial city of Merida, the capital of the state and two times named the American Capital of Culture. It was founded on top of an ancient Maya city called T’ho whose stonework was repurposed by the Spaniards as foundations to erect the building we see today such as lofty catholic churches and colonial mansions. Merida’s culture is a distinctive blend of traditions inherited from the ancient Maya civilization and customs brought by Spaniards with a vibrant cultural identity that continues to shape this dynamic city and one of the best Mexican cuisine.
During this side trip, you will be able to visit one of the new seven wonders of the world, Chichen Itza. The pre-Columbian Mayan city was one of the largest and most diverse and features a mix of architectural styles. It’s also popular for equinoxes when the Castillo (castle) temple forms a shadow evoking the appearance of a serpent slithering down the pyramid's steps. On both days, you will enjoy the fresh and crystal waters of the cenotes. These natural formations were created by a deadly asteroid that slammed into the seafloor off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, 66 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs and creating freshwater sinkholes and caves called cenotes.
If you are looking to experience things for the first time again, and visit places you’ve never seen before, this is the side trip for you.
Who Is This Good For
Anyone who is interested in exploring a new area, learning more about the Mayas, and likes adventure! Good for a foodie and people who enjoy outdoor activities and nature.
Meet Our Local Host
Rodolfo Santos was born and raised in CDMX, Mexico. He's 30 years old and has been working with Remote Year and in the tourism industry for about 7 years. He's passionate about Merida city where he now lives and loves to share his city with visitors from all parts of the world. He's a big fan of sunsets in Merida and spending a day by the beach. Foodie, and a tequila lover!
Day 1 - Friday
Arrival and check in to the hotel
Free evening (a list of recommendations will be provided)
Day 2 - Saturday
Today you will discover two fantastic gems of the Yucatan, Haciendas, and Cenotes.
We will be visiting “Hacienda Mucuyché” a site that dates back to the XVIIth Century.
At the hacienda, we will have a guided tour to learn about the “henequen” a fiber that was used in the world before plastic existed.
After that, you will swim in the majesty of the cenotes (water sinkholes) and their crystalline water to refresh, one of them half open and the other completely closed, with an open sealing river that connects both of them. Wrap up in nature and live an experience in total harmony.
Breakfast at the hotel
Departure from the hotel
Visit Hacienda Mucuyche and Cenotes
Pool time to relax
Go back to Merida
Day 3 - Sunday
You will visit the famous site of Chichen Itza, recently declared one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. A guide will explain the splendid Castle and share with you the vast knowledge the Mayas used to have about the cosmos, math, and science. There, you will find the biggest ball game court in the Mayan world. To finish the day we will head to a cenote, a refreshing treat to swim in its crystalline waters and relax. A delicious Yucatecan menu will be served for the group to enjoy.
Breakfast at the hotel
Departure from the hotel
Visit Chichen Itza archaeological site
Visit Cenote and complimentary lunch at the cenote
Go back to Merida
Day 4 - Monday
Breakfast at the hotel
Free day to work, we recommend booking a late flight so you can visit playa Progreso.
Fly back to Mexico City
3 nights in shared double rooms (2 full beds and a private bathroom per room)
Breakfast at the hotel every day
Pool, high-speed internet, and workspace in the hotel
Visit Cenotes: transportation, entrance, cooler, cenotes, lunch.
Visit Chichen Itza: transport, entrance, cooler, and lunch
Local Host during day trips
What's Not Included
Flights from/ to Mexico City
Shuttle to and from airports (but we can help arrange it)
Any extras that were not mentioned above
Lunches not specified and Dinner every day
Extra drinks and snacks during activities
Other tours, museum entrances, etc
Know Before You Go
Minimum Needed: 2 people
Maximum Capacity: 10 people
Booking Deadline: 7 days before start date
Dinner is not included on any day
3 Breakfast at the hotel included
Lunches are included on just the days of the experiences (2 lunches: Sat / Sun)
There is WIFI at the accommodations
Great biodiversity and unique landscapes
This is a tropical region
Yellow fever vaccine is recommended but not obligatory
Plastic bags are not allowed inside the Cenotes
Please bring: Sneakers and comfortable shoes for water areas, Clothes for 30ºC-34ºC (86ºF-94ºF) May can get hotter, Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, and Repellent (sensitive to mosquitoes), A swimsuit, most of the activities will be water-related, Identity documents and medical insurance proof.
Duration | From Friday to Monday
Time | We recommend booking a late flight on Monday so you visit Progreso Beach.
fREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This Yucatan weekend has been one of my highlights of the year so far! Rodo is an absolute gem, going above and beyond to ensure we all had an absolute blast. This is an experience not to be missed - visiting one of the wonders of the world, the magic of several cenotes, being in the crater of the meteor that took out the dinosaurs, and to top it off a stunning beach to spend the afternoon! Don't sleep on this one
This is a great experience and definitely worth the price. The boutique hotel was really cute and had the biggest and most comfortable bed. It is close to a great mall, restaurant, and shops. Just open your maps app on your phone and you can find everything. Having a chance to visit 3-4 different cenotes was amazing and there were so many photo and video worthy moments. The same with chichen itza. The process was so easy and relaxing, having two hosts to take us everywhere and then great guides onsite. I made several videos about my experience here and a provided a review for the hotel on my Youtube channel, ANOVA Travels.
I don't know how to put everything I experienced into words, but I will try here. First off, Rodolfo was the perfect and best guide to the Merida experience we could ever have. He listened to what our hopes and goals were for our time in the Yucatan and helped make those dreams a reality. This included aranging our rides to and from the airport, walking us past lines and into salsa dance bars, arranging reservations at a rooftop bar for the lunar eclipse, scheduling a workspace at a restaurant in Progreso so we could work from the beach, and taking us to unscheduled Cenotes so we could do some cliff jumping. I do not think I would ever visit Merida again without reaching out to Rodo first. He truly made the experience worth while.
As for the scheduled experience, I would call it nothing but first class. The Cenotes we visited first with the Hacienda, then with the retreat centre were so clean, well built and truly made the experience feel like one designed to recharge and relax while learning about the importance of cenotes to the Maya, the Spanish and now modern Mexico. As for the food at these places (included and excluded) it was unreal. It made me want to bring my family back to these places to give them this kind of soul re-filling experience. The tour of Chitin was amazing. Not only did Rodo choose the best guide out of the lot, but he was humorous, fun and made the history come alive without bogging us down with history book facts. He also was very realistic about the belief systems, political systems and technology that the elite used to control the masses with during the Peak of the Mayan Civilization.
If you are looking to spiritually connect with a place that has been a hub for spiritual activity for Millenia, swim underground in underwater rivers, eat amazing food, tan on the beach and have a local experience in the Yucatan that is not over touristy Tulum or Cancun - I highly recommend this escape from the city for the weekend. It was possibly my favourite experience my whole month in Mexico.
Thanks RY and Thanks Rodolfo!
Great experience! Marvelous guide!
Ahhsum time ckn out the cenotes and Chichen Itza!