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Surrounded by cenotes and bordered by Chichén Itzá, this is the place to kickstart your Yucatán adventure.

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From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

1. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

Spend a day full of culture, history, and cuisine on a multi-stop guided tour from Mérida to Izamal, Valladolid, Cenote Chichikan, and Chichén Itzá, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Discover traditional cooking during a live demonstration. Enjoy breakfast, a buffet lunch, and entry tickets. After meeting your guide in Mérida, head to the archeological site of Chichén Itzá. Walk through the center of this thousand-year-old place and see highlights like the Temple of the Warriors. Later, transport your senses to the root of regional cuisine, one of the greatest legacies of the Mayan culture, during a demonstration of the region’s unique gastronomy. Learn about tradition and innovation in the use of plants, vegetables, and wild fauna. Enjoy a buffet lunch of local products, then let yourself be enchanted by the story and cultural richness of two magical towns of Yucatan during the next stops. Explore Valladolid, known for its natural beauty, cobbled streets, coffee shops, restaurants, and delicious food. Stop at the main plaza for some free time to wander before moving on to Izamal. Learn why the town's houses are all painted yellow and fall in love with its colonial architecture, dating back to the 16th century. Spend time at the main landmark: the Convento de San Antonio de Padua. In between the Valladolid and Izamal stops, seize the chance to take a dip in the cool waters of Chichikan Cenote. 

Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and 2 Cenotes Half-Day Tour

2. Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins and 2 Cenotes Half-Day Tour

Set off on an excursion to Tulum, a picturesque, must-see Maya archeological site located next to the turquoise sea. Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off in the Riviera Maya and visit two breathtaking cenotes. Be picked up from your hotel and make your way to the Tulum archaeological zone on the picturesque Caribbean coast. Embark on a comprehensive guided walk. Have some free time to explore the ancient solar observatory in the Temple of the Frescoes and the seaside Temple of the God of Wind. Snap once-in-a-lifetime photos of the Pyramid El Castillo and pristine white-sand beaches. Stop at the cenote Mariposa and immerse yourself in the cave's crystal-clear waters. Look up to admire the lush jungle canopy as you swim, and try to spot the wildlife that lives among the branches. Make a stop at the Chen-Ha cenote before returning to your accommodation.

Mérida: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour Bus Ticket with 2 Routes

3. Mérida: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour Bus Ticket with 2 Routes

Discover Méridaand in a flexible and relaxing way with this sightseeing bus ticket. Enjoy 2 routes taking you to the city's main avenues, its Cathedral, the historic center, its beautiful parks, and much more, with the ability to join and leave the bus as you wish. Board one of the distinctive red double-decker buses to uncover the city's Mayan and Colonial heritage. Absorb the atmosphere of a place where colonial residences and beautiful architecture rub up against the vibes and movement of a modern city. Hit the top deck and take in the great views throughout your journey. Learn about the city's ancient past, its traditions, and the ongoing Mayan influence on the present from your audio guide as you go. Board the North Circuit to see sights like the Cathedral, Peon Contreras Theater, Santa Ana Park, G. Canton Palace, Flag Monument, Itzimna Church, Las Americas Park, and Plaza Paseo 60. Alternatively, hop on board the Barrios Circuit to see the Cathedral, the San Juan neighborhood, Ermita, San Sebastian, the Merida Zoo, the Santiago neighborhood, Paseo Montejo Avenue, and the Flag Monument.

From Mérida: Chichén Itzá and Cenote Tour with Buffet Lunch

4. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá and Cenote Tour with Buffet Lunch

Experience the mysticism of the historic city of Chichen Itzá with a visit to its archaeological site, named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Take a detour during your trip to Yucatán and join an excursion from Mérida to learn about history, swim in a sacred cenote, and taste authentic food. Head directly to Chichén Itzá on a bus ride from Mérida. Make the most of your travel time by hearing about the Mayan civilization and its history from your expert guide. Reach Chichén Itzá while it's still early before the crowds arrive and the heat sets in. Admire the perfection of El Castillo, recognized as the masterpiece of the complex. Visit the old field where the pre-Hispanic ball game was played, the Mayan astronomical observatory known as El Caracol, and the Temple of the Warriors. Take some time to explore at your own pace. Up next, taste a delicious Mexican buffet lunch with vegetarian options and recharge energies before heading to your next stop. Discover a beautiful cenote, a natural freshwater pool, where you can swim in its cool waters, sacred to the Mayans. Hop back on the bus and return safely to Mérida.

From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Cenote Ik Kil, and Izamal Tour

5. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Cenote Ik Kil, and Izamal Tour

Meet your guide at one of the designated starting points in Mérida, then climb aboard a van to begin your journey. Make your first stop of the day at the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá. Enter the great Mayan city to see El Castillo, built to honor the god Kukulcán. Immerse yourself in Mayan culture on a guided tour and enjoy free time to explore the ancient buildings on your own. Afterward, head over to a pristine cenote. Admire Ik Kil, Mayan for “The Place of the Winds”, a park surrounded by exotic plants and old large trees. Gaze at a variety of birds, such as toucans, parrots, mockingbirds, cardinals, and the local 'tho' species. Take a dip in the gorgeous cenote at the center of the park to freshen up before moving on. Finally, arrive in the magical town of Izamal for a guided stroll. Notice how all homes and buildings are painted yellow and snap some amazing photos of this picturesque location. Taste a delicious buffet meal before driving back to Mérida.

Mérida: 3-Hour Walking Food Tour

6. Mérida: 3-Hour Walking Food Tour

Start the tour by meeting on Plaza Grande, the heart of the city of Mérida. Enjoy a small-group tour of no more than ten people with an expert local guide. Discover the traditional cuisine of the city away from the main tourism hotspots. Start by enjoying some traditional refreshing drinks with your first dish of the day, gorditas. Then, try some grilled poc chuc, a dish of grilled meats prepared in citrus marinade. Next, visit one of the main food markets in town. Taste salbutes, tamales and also try some local fruit. Finish the tour by trying some tacos al pastor and carnitas.

Tour a Uxmal, Cenote y Kabah from Merida

7. Tour a Uxmal, Cenote y Kabah from Merida

The starting point of our tour. In the morning we will pick up our travelers, who will enjoy a short and pleasant trip to Uxmal, where they will learn about this Mayan city while they enjoy and explore with free time. Then we will visit the majestic site of Kabah. While Kabah’s archaeological zone isn’t as grand or extensive as Uxmal's, it has a few unique features that make it well worth visiting. What has been excavated and restored includes some very unusual elements. Kabah is particularly important because is considered as being the last great Mayan city. Then we will go to the cenote Peba where you will enjoy, swim and relax in the crystal waters. Upon returning we will take you to Santa Lucia's Park, one of the city's most iconic and central places where you can find restaurants, bars, and shops.

Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

8. Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

You start your activity by having a walk through Merida’s Downtown. Your guide will give a quick briefing on the most important buildings overlooking the Main Square, and then walk with you to one of the main markets of Merida, Lucas de Galvez. Your guide will talk in depth about the regional fruits and vegetables, as well as the recados, the achiote, the peppers in general and especially the chile habanero and xcatic. All of this while shopping for everything you need for your traditional family lunch. Once you have everything, take a public bus with your guide to the local hostess’s home for the cooking class. Yucatecan cuisine has one of the most varied arrays of delicious dishes amongst the 32 states of Mexico. Some of them are unique to the Yucatan and very hard to find outside of the peninsula, while others are eaten throughout the country. The influence of ancient Mayans, Spaniards, French and Lebanese are specially noted in the cuisine. While you cook, chop, fry, and get the dishes ready, your hostess and guide will explain some of the local traditions, the influence of other cultures in Yucatan and the differences between the Yucatecos and the people from other parts of Mexico. You will also learn some Spanish and Mayan words while tasting the delicious dishes prepared by yourself! You will enjoy a three course meal, including appetizers, main course and dessert. Beer and soft drinks like hibiscus flower tea, or chaya water are included. Please advise in advance if you are vegan or vegetarian, because there are many dishes you will enjoy! Your experience with Yucatecan cuisine comes to an end after a long chat with your host, and its time to say good bye to your new friends. Your guide will take you in a cab back to Downtown. 

From Riviera Maya: Cenotes & Akumal Turtle Swim Trip

9. From Riviera Maya: Cenotes & Akumal Turtle Swim Trip

Explore the striking natural wonders of Tulum and Akumal from Riviera Maya on a tour that takes you swimming in cenotes and with sea turtles. Begin your journey with a visit to Cenote Mariposa, an open cenote that beckons you to its crystalline waters glistening under the sun. Here, bask in the untouched beauty of this geological marvel and marvel at the intricate rock formations and vibrant aquatic life that call it home. Continue your exploration to the enchanting Chen Ha cenote. This semi-cavern cenote promises an otherworldly experience, where shafts of sunlight pierce through the openings above, casting an ethereal glow upon the water below. Immerse yourself in the cool embrace of the cenote's emerald waters, surrounded by captivating stalactites and stalagmites that bear witness to the passage of time. But the true highlight of this adventure awaits you in Akumal's azure waters – a magical encounter with gentle sea turtles. Slip into the turquoise ocean, guided by experienced instructors, and find yourself swimming alongside these graceful creatures in their natural habitat. Head back to Riviera Maya, having experienced nature at its best in Mexico.

Mexico: eSIM Mobile Roaming Data Plan

10. Mexico: eSIM Mobile Roaming Data Plan

Choose the data plan and validity period that suits your travel needs, then purchase it. Download a QR code, and print or scan it to another device. Next, connect to the internet on your smartphone, via WiFi or mobile data, and scan the QR code to install the eSIM package to your device. Following this, connect to the local data network in Mexico and start using your favorite apps. Browse the web, update your social media, and more. Buy another plan if you use up all the data and need to top up. Also, follow the troubleshooting guide if you have any problems using it.

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4.5 / 5

based on 260 reviews

The guide, Gleny was so well informed! She answered all our guestions and had excellent rapport with the group. The van was comfortable and driver professional

I like this experience. The guide is very friendly and introduced everything clearly. Learned a lot about Chichén Itzá and mayan culture. Recommend.

Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide! We had a wonderful time with Ivan and learned a lot about Merida.

Really great day! The tour was very well planned out and our guide made the experience even better!

Really enjoyed it, concise and well planned. Our guide Michelle was fantastic. Thank you