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Essential Yucatan (5 days)
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General Information
Discover the most spectacular places in the state of Yucatan for 5 days; including Mayan archaeological sites, colonial cities and nature reserves. Some activities will be climbing mayan pyramids, swimming in refreshing cenotes, walking through mangroves, colonial streets and enjoying the exquisite local cuisine as well as friendly people.
Day Destination Type Overnight
  1 Merida Colonial Merida
  2 Uxmal & Museum of the Chocolate Archaeology & Eco-Museum Merida
  3 Celestun Nature Merida
  4 Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid Archaeology, Nature & Colonial Valladolid
  5 Ek Balam & Cenote Archaeology & Nature NA
Program
Day 1: Arrival and City of Merida
Welcome and presentation of your driver-guide in Merida. Later we will visit the city, knowing the colonial beauty with elegant European style mansions, as well as parks, squares and restaurants to feel the warmth of its people.
Merida. Colonial city with more than 450 years of history and one of the cultural capitals of Mexico; its architecture is European style, also has many cultural and artistic activities and is recognized as one of the country's gastronomic destinations. Mérida is also famous for its tranquility and kindness of its people.
The great variety of hotels, haciendas, restaurants, cultural activities and places to visit around the city, make Mérida a unique destination in Mexico.
Start: Merida - Overnight: Merida
Day 2: Uxmal & Eco-Museum of the Chocolate
We will visit the archaeological zone of Uxmal, where we will discover some of the most beautiful structures of the Mayan world and climb pyramids with spectacular views; Later we will visit the cocoa museum, to meet animals of the region, Mayan ceremonies and to drink and eat the Mayan style chocolate.
Uxmal. One of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan culture and considered an architectural treasure for the remarkable decoration in its structures. It is located in the area Puuc (hill in Maya), south of Yucatan and is a world heritage place.

Eco-Museum of Chocolate. Unique museum of its kind, where we can see the close relationship of the Mayas and the cocoa, the flora and fauna of the region and the preparation and tasting of Maya-style chocolate, as well as the historical and current importance of chocolate.
Start: 8:00 AM / Merida - Overnight: Merida
Day 3: Celestun
We will take a boat tour of the nature reserve to observe the famous pink flamingos, many types of birds, a surreal mangrove tunnel and some fresh water sources; finally we will enjoy the beaches of Celestun.
Celestun. One of the most important nature reserves in Mexico, home to one of the largest colonies of pink flamingos and a wide variety of herons, ducks and mammals, as well as various types of mangrove trees. Celestun also has beautiful beaches for swimming and a great variety of seafood and fish dishes.
Start: 8:00 AM / Merida - Overnight: Merida
Day 4: Chichen Itza, Cenote & Valladolid
We will discover the fascinating history of Chichén Itzá, we will walk among its immense ball game, we will discover the secrets of the famous pyramid to Kukulcán and its always sacred mystic cenote; Later we will swim in one of the most beautiful cenotes of Yucatan and finally we will know the beautiful colonial city of Valladolid.
Chichen Itza. The most famous of the mayan archaeological sites and a reflection of the greatness of this civilization. It is also a world heritage site and one of the new wonders of the world.

Cenote. Word from the Maya dzonot (well with fresh water). It is a natural swimming pool in the middle of the jungle, perfect for a refreshing swim. Cenotes were considered by the Mayas as sacred places.

Valladolid. Colonial city with more than 450 years of history, place of production of handicrafts, excellent gastronomy and elegant Spanish architecture, as well as an impressive convent.
Start: 8:00 AM / Merida - Overnight: Valladolid
Day 5: Ek Balam & Cenote
Ek Balam is considered one of the most mysterious mayan sites, where we will climb one of the largest pyramids, discover one of the most decorated structures in the Mayan world and where its most important ruler was buried. Later we will swim in an exotic and refreshing cenote.
Ek Balam. Conceived as an artistic fortress. This city had 3 walls as protection and inside it flourished a great amount of art in painting and decorated on stone and stucco. In the main structure, the acropolis, a real mayan tomb was found.

Cenote. Word from the Maya dzonot (well with fresh water). It is a natural swimming pool in the middle of the jungle, perfect for a refreshing swim. Cenotes were considered by the Mayas as sacred places and entrances to the underground world.
Start: 8:00 AM / Valladolid - Overnight: NA
What is included?
Included
-Accommodation for 4 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel with american breakfast
-Private service of an official guide-driver throughout the service
-Transfer from the airport or terminal upon arrival in Mérida
-Entrance feee to the sites specified in the program
-Lunches (in previously established places)
Not Included
-Entrance fees not specified in the program
-Dinners, drinks
-Tips
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to travel to Mexico?
Throughout the year. Mexico is a very large country and the climate is not the same in all the territory. From November to March the country is cool and very cold in some places and it is not rainy season; however, the rainy season is not a bad time to travel, since it only rains during the afternoon and for a short time, making the climate cooler and a greener and more exuberant territory.
Are there specific dates for the circuit?
There is not. You can choose the date that best suits you.
Can you start the circuit from another city, for example Cancun?
Yes. You can start from Cancun or another city of the Mexican Caribbean, Playa del Carmen or Tulum.
Can we modify the circuit to have more or less days or visit more or less places?
Yes you can. The circuits are private and may have modifications according to your needs.
Can I decide not to include the food and eat on my own?
Yes you can. We include the food for ease and tranquility but you can eliminate this service and eat where you decide.
What extra expenses can I have?
The service does not include drinks, tips and personal expenses. Mexico is a cheap country compared to US or Europe. However, wine and/or cocktails could be expensive because in Mexico, wine is not common.
Is there vegetarian and/or vegan food in Mexico?
We have vegetarian dishes; However, due to the nature of vegan food it is more difficult to obtain, but there are always at least 1 or 2 dishes.
Are the services accredited by the Department of Tourism of Mexico?
Yes we are. All the services we offer (transport, driver and guide) are official and registered by the Department of Tourism of Mexico.
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