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Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, and Valladolid Day Trip

1. Cancun: Chichen Itza, Ik Kil Cenote, and Valladolid Day Trip

Travel back in time with a guided tour of the Mayan Chichen Itza ruins. Swim thorugh the azure waters of the Ik Kil Cenote and have some free time to explore the charming town of Valladolid. Watch a live Mayan cooking demonstration and sit down to a delicious buffet lunch.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cancun. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to Chichen Itza to experience one of the 7 wonders of the world. Pay the local tax and follow your guide on a tour of ancient Mayan sacred sites.  Engage your senses with a live cooking demonstration. Be amazed as a chef whips up delightful Mayan dishes with local vegetables and fauna. Transcend frontiers and experience the culinary diversity of Mexico.  Savor a buffet lunch packed with mouth-watering flavors. Head to the Ik Kil Cenote and descend a staircase carved in stone to enter the deep pool. Immerse yourself in the cool waters of this site that was once sacred to the Mayans.  Continue the town of Valladolid and have some free time to take a stroll through the streets to soak up the colonial architecture. Return to your accommodation in Cancun at the end of your excursion. 

From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

2. From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

Explore the rich culture and heritage of Mexico on a day trip to Uxmal, Yaxcopoil, and Cenote Peba. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Mérida, and enjoy a delicious lunch during the tour. After pickup from selected hotels, head to Hacienda Yaxcopoil, a colonial estate. Admire the arched buildings of this country house, wander through the large halls, and see the original furnishings. Stroll in the lush gardens and learn about the hacienda’s history, from its origins to the henequen industry. Continue back in time to the pre-Hispanic era, with a guided tour of Uxmal. Discover the features and architectural style that make this Mayan archaeological site unique. Climb the Pyramid of the Fortune Teller, see the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and enter the Governor’s Palace. Stop to enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, before continuing to Cenote Peba. Cool down with a swim in the beautiful cenote, soak in the natural beauty, and feel the benefits of this mineral-filled water on your skin. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

3. 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. 

En Río Lagartos: Tour de Naturaleza en la Reserva Natural

4. En Río Lagartos: Tour de Naturaleza en la Reserva Natural

Rio lagartos es un poblado de pescadores de aproximadamente 4500 habitantes y forma parte de la Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Lagartos. La Reserva natural se localiza en el oriente Yucatán con una superficie de 60,347.82 hectáreas y presenta una gran diversidad de ambientes y escenarios naturales como los humedales, manglares y duna costera que alberga una rica diversidad de fauna silvestre. La actividad inicia en el poblado de Rio lagartos; el punto de encuentro es un establecimiento de información turística que se ubica en el malecón por lo que es necesario llegar por su cuenta a Rio lagartos para realizar el tour La actividad consiste en un recorrido en bote privado por el estuario de la Reserva de la Biosfera Ria lagartos, navegando por los canales de manglares para explorar y maravillarse de la diversidad de fauna en su habitad natural. La Reserva natural tiene mas de 320 especies de aves identificadas por mencionar algunas: garzas, pelicanos, colmoranes, águilas y fragatas etc. En este recorrido se visita el área de alimentación de las colonias de flamencos que es la atracción principal; se han elegido sitios especiales y de belleza natural para la observación de las colonias de flamencos. También en el recorrido hay la posibilidad de observar al cocodrilo moreletti en los manglares y Para finalizar la actividad se visita una playa virgen de color verde esmeralda de aguas cristalinas. El tour es realizado por un guía de naturaleza local que vive en Rio lagartos; el guía local les ayudara para identificar las especies de aves y les compartirá sus conocimientos sobre ecología de la Reserva natural La actividad esta desarrollada y dirigida para aquellas personas que desean saber mas sobre la vida silvestre y el entorno natural, la actividad esta enfocada al segmento de turismo de naturaleza y la interpretación ambiental

From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

5. From Playa del Carmen: Tulum, Coba, and Cenotes Day Trip

The first stop is Tulum, the ancient Maya city perched on a cliff overlooking the Mexican Caribbean sea. Your expert bilingual guide will share fascinating information about the archaeological site, its importance in history, and the day-to-day life of its inhabitants at its peak. Hear all about the past cultures and the theories of their demise. Next up is a visit to Cenote Kuxtal for a swim. Cenotes are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula, natural sinkholes in limestone caves that were sacred to the ancient Maya people. You will then savor an authentic regional lunch buffet to recharge for the last stop of the day. The last part of this incredible journey is a guided tour of the Coba Mayan ruins. Still mostly hidden beneath the jungle foliage, Coba is the site of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, climb to the top for out of this world views. Hear from your guide about the discovery of this site. Admire the boundaries between nature and man-made structures and the jungle bonds with the ruins.

Full-Day Cuzama Cenote Tour from Mérida

6. Full-Day Cuzama Cenote Tour from Mérida

Visit 3 cenotes on this 8-hour tour: Cascabel, Chaksikin and Pool Cocom. You’ll arrive at the cenotes on board a truck that is typically used to transport agave leaves. The first stop will be at the Cascabel cenote, where you’ll enjoy a swim and admire the natural formations around you. Next is the Chaksikin cenote, known for its deep waters. Enjoy some free time to swim in the underground cave pool. Continue on to the Pool Cocom cenote, which is an open pool that provides the opportunity to take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. The tour ends with lunch at a local restaurant.

Chichen Itza Full-Day Extended Tour from Cancun

7. Chichen Itza Full-Day Extended Tour from Cancun

Discover one of the "New Wonders of the Modern World" on a full-day trip back in time to the unique Mayan temples of Chichen Itza. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you will drive down the coast of the Maya Riviera, enjoying a breakfast en route. Upon arrival, a local guide will lead you on a fascinating tour of the archaeological remains to reveal the vision of the world as viewed by the Mayans. Learn about Mexico’s pre-Hispanic history at landmark monuments, such as the Kukulcan Pyramid and Temple of a Thousand Columns. You will have some free time to explore this magical place on your own, before heading to the cenote (sinkhole) of Saamal. Swim in the cold and mysterious underground waters, and learn why they were sacred to the Mayans. Taste the flavors of the Yucatan and Mexico at a local restaurant. Then, re-board the coach to drive back to Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Complimentary water, soda, and beer will be served on board throughout the tour, and before your drop off you will take a panoramic circuit of the colonial city of Valladolid, built over the Maya town of Zaci-Val in 1545.

Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

8. Chichén Itzá: Hubiku Cenote & Valladolid Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Yucatán on a full-day tour from Playa del Carmen. Visit the breathtaking Mayan city of Chichén Itzá and the colorful city of Valladolid. Explore the Yucatán jungles, swim in the Hubiku cenote, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Head into the dense jungles of the Yucatán and stop at the Hubiku cenote, a cavernous freshwater pool in a light-filled limestone cave and enjoy a swim. Dry off over a buffet lunch of typical Mayan dishes and then hop back on the bus for the last leg of the drive to Chichén Itzá. This dense and sprawling archaeological site features excavated ruins and well-preserved temples. The final stop is the quiet colonial city of Valladolid, where the pastel walls of shops and restaurants provide a colorful backdrop for photos.

Mérida: 3-Hour Walking Food Tour

9. 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.

Chichen Itza with Private Guide & Transportation

10. Chichen Itza with Private Guide & Transportation

You will be picked up from your hotel aboard a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle. Go directly from your hotel to the private entrance of Chichen Itza Archaeological Site located at the Mayaland Resort. From there you will have the chance to customize your itinerary. Discover the treasures of one of the main places of the Mayan World in Yucatan with your private bilingual guide.  Explore the most important temples of this ancient city, admire and take pictures of majestic constructions such as the Pyramid of Kukulcán, the Temple of the Warriors, The Ball Court, The Observatory, The Nunnery and beautifully conserved smaller temples in their vicinity. At the Mayaland Resort you will have the chance to learn more about the ingenious culture of the ancient Maya Civilization, admiring the Tales of the Mayan Skies at the Mayan Planetarium, at a nominal fee. The resort facilities also include buffet and a la carte restaurants (not included in the tour price), a swimming pool, sun loungers, gift shops, and much more.

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4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We’ve had a lot of fun on the trip. It’s a long day, we were picked up at around 7:45am and were driven to the rest of the group, we’ve then headed to Chichen Itza followed by lunch in a Mayan community, a swim in the Cenote and a final trip to the town Valladolid. We were back at our hotel at 9pm which was very late, but the tour also covered a lot. Niza our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful whenever we needed something. I can recommend if you want to visit Chichen Itza hassle free.

Really enjoyed this activity. First, I had to change the date less than 24hrs and they were very flexible. Our tour guide (Carlos) is of Mayan descent so his knowledge is A+. He shared some amazing info. Transportation was clean and comfortable. Tour well run and stop in Valladolid was beautiful. The cenote was the most beautiful one I've seen. Long day but worth it!

The cooking class with Chef Claudia was awesome. She answered every question, explaining the meal and all the different stuff at the market. We bought all the food at the local market and created a wonderful meal together. Very funny and tasty day, 100% recommended.

Mina our guide was so kind and helpful. Very well organised trip. We had the chance to enjoy both Ek-Balam and Chichen Itza. Our guide to Chichen Itza was also fantastic.

Amazing trip!! Chichen itza was brilliant and the mayan cenote experience was incredible! 100% recommend. A lot of driving to and from areas so be prepared