Merida Yucatan Mexico min

Yucatan Peninsula Tour: Mexican Culture and Beach

10 days from £2,540pp (excl. international flights)

Merida  – Chichen Itza  – Riviera Maya

Exploring Mexico's Timeless Allure

An immersive trip through Mexico's ancient Mayan wonders, colonial gems, lush biospheres, and sun-drenched Riviera Maya.

In this meticulously crafted 13-day itinerary, you'll embark on an extraordinary adventure that unveils the rich tapestry of Mexico's ancient Mayan civilizations, colonial heritage, and breath-taking landscapes. From the moment you arrive in Cancun, a once-humble sand bar transformed into a vibrant beach destination, you'll be immersed in a world of contrasts and captivating experiences.

Your journey begins in the cultural capital of Yucatan, Merida, where you'll delve into the region's culinary delights on a street food tour and uncover the city's colonial splendour through guided explorations of iconic landmarks like the San Ildefonso Cathedral and the tree-shaded Plaza Principal. Venture into the past at the archaeological sites of Coba, Uxmal, and the awe-inspiring Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, marvelling at the intricate Puuc architecture and ancient temples hidden within lush jungles.

Embrace nature's grandeur at the tranquil Celestun Biosphere Reserve, where you'll embark on a peaceful boat ride through estuaries, observing stunning flamingo colonies and diverse wildlife, before taking a rejuvenating dip in the region's sacred cenotes. Your adventure culminates in the Riviera Maya, a stunning coastline dotted with tropical parks, snorkelling havens, and luxurious resorts. Here, you'll indulge in the laid-back luxury of the beachfront Mahekal Beach Resort, with ample opportunities to explore the region's natural wonders, ancient Mayan ruins, and vibrant local culture.

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Day 1: Cancun Arrival

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Your Mexican adventure begins with your arrival in Cancun, once a mere sand bar but now a vibrant beach destination and gateway to the captivating Mayan world. After a seamless private airport transfer, you'll check into the luxurious Presidente Intercontinental Resort, where you can unwind and savour your first evening in this tropical paradise.

Day 2: Onto Merida



Today, you'll embark on a journey to Merida, the cultural capital of Yucatan, built over 450 years ago atop the ancient Mayan city of T'ho. Along the way, you'll explore the unrestored temples of Coba, hidden within the lush jungle, and climb the towering Nohoch Mul pyramid. Continue to the colonial "Magic Town" of Valladolid, renowned for its charming central plaza and 16th-century Ex Covent of San Bernardino de Siena. Your day concludes with arriving at Casa Lecanda in Merida, where you will be staying for the next four nights.

Day 3: Merida Tour



Immerse yourself in Merida's culinary delights with a morning street food tour, savouring local specialties like empanadas, panuchos, and cochinita pibil tacos. In the afternoon, uncover the city's rich colonial tapestry on a guided walking tour, marvelling at landmarks like the San Ildefonso Cathedral, Casa Montejo, and the tree-shaded Plaza Principal.

Day 4: Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Uxmal



Venture into the Yucatan's past on a full-day excursion. Begin at the 17th-century Hacienda Yaxcopoil, a beautifully restored estate that once processed henequen. Then, explore the magnificent Uxmal archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage marvel showcasing the finest examples of intricate Puuc architecture. After a local lunch, take a refreshing dip in the sacred Cenote Sambulá, revered by the ancient Maya.

Day 5: Celestun Biosphere

Celestun Nature Reserve

Flamingos in Celestun

Escape to the tranquil Celestun Biosphere Reserve, a nature lover's paradise teeming with diverse flora and fauna. Embark on a peaceful boat ride through the estuaries, observing stunning pink flamingo colonies and other avian residents in their natural habitat, before enjoying a rejuvenating swim in the freshwater springs.

Day 6: Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza

Bid farewell to Merida as you make your way to the breath-taking Riviera Maya, a stunning coastline dotted with tropical parks, snorkelling havens, and luxurious resorts. En route, visit the charming "Yellow City" of Izamal, with its iconic Convento de San Antonio de Padua monastery and colonial buildings. After an overnight stay at Hacienda Chichen, embark on a guided tour of the iconic Chichen Itza archaeological site, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Day 7 - 9: Riviera Maya

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Riviera Maya

Check into the beachfront Mahekal Beach Resort for a 3-night stay in the Riviera Maya. Indulge in the resort's amenities, including a garden view palapa, American breakfast, and dinner daily. With your base along the pristine white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, you'll have ample opportunities to explore the region's natural wonders, ancient Mayan ruins, and vibrant culture.

Day 10: Departure Time

Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya

As your unforgettable Mexican adventure draws to a close, bid farewell to the idyllic Riviera Maya. A private transfer service will transfer you from Playa del Carmen, providing English-speaking assistance en route to Cancun Airport.

Duration: 10 Days

Location: Mexico Holidays, South and Central America Holidays

Price: £3190pp

This trip includes:

  • Transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • Hotel accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts according to the itinerary
  • Transfers and excursions: from 1-2 persons sedan type vehicle.
  • All excursions include authorised professional driver guide and all entrance fees to archaeological sites and museums according to the itinerary.
  • 24/7 telephone assistance

This trip excludes:

  • International flights
  • Any transfers, visits, excursions, activities, hotels or services not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any personal expenses or consumptions
  • International travel insurance
  • Tips to drivers and guides
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When to go to Mexico

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In January, Mexico experiences pleasant weather with mild temperatures across many regions. It's an excellent time to explore historical sites such as Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan, enjoy water sports along the coastlines, and partake in cultural festivities like the Day of the Three Kings. Be sure to visit Mexico City's museums and savour Mexican cuisine.



February brings delightful weather to Mexico, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities. Enjoy sunny days with comfortable temperatures perfect for exploring archaeological sites like Tulum and Palenque. Experience the vibrant festivities of Carnaval in Mazatlán or Veracruz. Head to the stunning beaches of Riviera Maya or Baja California for snorkelling, diving, or simply relaxing.



Like January and February, March in Mexico offers pleasant weather and abundant opportunities for exploration. Still a great time to visit the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza or Monte Albán, bask in the sunshine along the pristine beaches of Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, and immerse yourself in the lively celebrations of Semana Santa (Holy Week). March is also an excellent time for outdoor activities like hiking, zip-lining, and exploring Mexico's diverse ecosystems, from the thriving jungles to the crystal-clear cenotes.



The beautiful sunny weather continues in April in Mexico. Explore the impressive Mayan ruins of Tulum or Coba and soak up the sun on the beaches of Playa del Carmen or Los Cabos. It's an ideal time for snorkelling or diving in the stunning coral reefs of Cozumel or exploring the natural wonders of Copper Canyon.



Explore the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza or venture into the deep jungles of Palenque. Relax on the pristine beaches of Playa del Carmen or Tulum and enjoy water activities like snorkelling or surfing. Join in with the vibrant Cinco de Mayo celebrations, highlighting Mexican culture and history. May is also a great time for eco-adventures and exploring biosphere reserves.



In June, Mexico experiences warm weather with regional variations. Coastal areas such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta boast balmy temperatures perfect for beach activities and water sports. June marks the beginning of the rainy season in many parts of Mexico, including the Yucatan Peninsula and Pacific Coast. Expect occasional showers and increased humidity. In contrast, central and northern regions, like Mexico City and Guadalajara, enjoy milder temperatures and lower chances of rain.



July is part of Mexico’s rainy season. Beaches are humid and muggy so if you choose to travel at this time, make sure to plan ways to escape the humidity. However, there is a silver lining to visiting Mexico in July. Due to the less-than-perfect weather, you may find that prices for accommodations and other travel-related services tend to be more affordable. Visit Oaxaca to attend the Guelaguetza festival in July.



The hottest month of the year in some parts of Mexico, if you’re visiting at this time, plan water sports and beach activities to cool off. The Yucatan Peninsula and Pacific Coast have warm temperatures with occasional showers and high humidity. Central Mexico encounters warm temperatures with intermittent rainfall. Northern Mexico has hot and dry weather, while the Baja California Peninsula enjoys warm and dry conditions.



In September, expect wet weather in Mexico. Pack a rain jacket and water-resistant shoes. It's the slowest month for tourism, resulting in reduced hotel and travel prices. Take advantage of deals from high-end resorts. Maximize your time with city exploration, beach getaways, ruins tours, and museum visits. Maybe celebrate Mexican Independence Day in September in one of the major cities. Embrace the varied experiences Mexico offers during this time of the year.



: In October, Mexico's weather varies, with some regions still experiencing rain as the rainy season continues. However, temperatures gradually decrease, making it more comfortable to explore. October is ideal for city visits and major attractions due to milder weather. Enjoy sightseeing, whether it's natural or cultural attractions, as rain becomes less frequent and humidity drops, allowing for easier exploration and participation in activities.



November is highly recommended for visiting Mexico, as it coincides with the vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations (Nov 1-2). Witness ancestral tributes, picnics, and all-night vigils honoring the souls. The festivities blend a macabre touch with candy and skeleton figurines. Enjoy pleasant weather and exciting celebrations. Look for affordable flights and explore popular cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Cancun during the off-season.



In December, Mexico's climate varies across regions. The north enjoys mild temperatures, while the south experiences higher temperatures. Additionally, there is little to no rainfall between December and April, making it an ideal time to visit. Take advantage of the fine weather to explore vibrant cities and spend a weekend in a beach town. Remember to pack a jacket or scarf as cool evenings are common throughout the country during this time of year.


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