- Visit the world renowned archaeological site of Chichen Itza
- Learn the rich Mayan and colonial heritage in Merida
- Enjoy the crystal clear waters on the beaches of the Mayan Riviera
- Accommodation Throughout
- International Flights
Densely forested in thick tropical jungle, the limestone peninsula of the Yucatan is home to some of the ancient Mayans’ most mighty cities, Spanish colonial towns, exotic cuisine and stunning beaches. Made up of three Mexican states; Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan, this relatively flat peninsula draws travellers in with its sunny climes, laid-back vibes and traces of the ancient Mayan civilization at every corner.
Starting the adventure at the world renowned archaeological site of Chichen Itza, this wonderfully preserved archaeological site is unmissable. Discover the Yucatan’s capital of Merida, a centre of rich Mayan and colonial heritage. With cobblestoned streets, colourful painted buildings and picturesque plazas, the city is best explored on foot. Home to some of the best regional cuisine, many ingredients found in this area are unique to the peninsula. Nearby archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah are well worth a visit when in Merida. Dotted with mystical cenotes, pools of crystal clear water within deep caves or surrounded by lush jungle, are the perfect place to cool off.
End this Mexican adventure on the Caribbean beaches of the Mayan Riviera, famed for their dazzling white sands and crystal-clear waters. At the Zoetry Paraiso, unwind and enjoy the tranquillity and romance of this luxurious hideaway.
Our Travel Specialists can advise you on the many different excursions options available in the Yucatan, its highlights, offer insiders tips and help create an ideal itinerary suited to your needs.
Day 1 UK – Cancun – Chichen Itza
Board your flight from the UK bound for Cancun. Arriving in the afternoon, you will be met and driven (approximately two hours) to your hotel next to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. With an inviting swimming pool, lush tropical gardens and traditional Mayan style bungalows, this will be your base to relax and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chichen Itza.
Day 2 Chichen Itza
Today enter the Chichen Itza archaeological site from the hotel’s private entrance. We recommend visiting either at sunrise or sunset, avoiding the heat of the sun and the crowds. Considered one of the most important ancient cities of the Mayan Culture, the 1500-year-old site is made up of towering pyramids, enormous ball courts, temples and sculptures.
Day 3 Chichen Itza - Merida
Today you will be driven to the Spanish colonial city of Merida, which carries a small-town vibe that boasts rich culture, art, history and traditions. Enjoy a tour to discover the historic centre dotted with brightly painted walls, picturesque plazas and leafy parks. Famed for regional cuisine, don’t forget to try the cochinita pibil, escabeche and poc chuuc in one of Merida’s many restaurants or street food markets.
Day 4 Merida
Today is at leisure. We recommend a visit to the ancient site of Uxmal, the most important representative of the ancient Puuc architectural style, characterised by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards and decorated with symbolic motifs and sculptures depicting the rain god Chaac. Marvel at the Pyramid of the Magician standing at approximately 38 metres, where once many human sacrifices took place.
Day 5 Merida – Mayan Riviera
Transfer by road to the Mayan Riviera and spend the next four nights at the Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita. This luxurious, adults only resort sits on its own private beach and is considered one of Mexico’s most exceptional boutique resorts. The next few days are at leisure. For adventure seekers, popular day trips include visits to the clifftop Mayan ruins of Tulum or the jungle-clad ruins of Coba.
Day 6 Mayan Riviera
A unique experience is snorkelling or diving in a cenote (underground sink hole). This limestone peninsula sits upon an enormous network of turquoise pools of mineral-rich waters in magical caves or under a jungle-framed sky. Formed by the collapse of porous rock, a subterranean world is revealed. They were used as water wells by the Mayans, who also considered them to be portals to speak with the gods.
Day 7 Mayan Riviera
For those keen on wildlife, the nearby Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve makes for a fantastic full day. Abundant with wildlife, its inhabitants include monkeys, tapir, ocelots, jaguar and many bird species. The area embraces a mangrove, tropical forest and an offshore marine reserve. Also, visits to Playa Akumal allow for those lucky snorkelers to share the water with many sea turtles.
Day 8 Mayan Riviera
At the resort, there is a variety of activities on offer, including yoga, tai-chi, sailing, snorkelling and windsurfing to keep you busy. Alternatively, for the sun worshippers, relax by the stunning pool or on the isolated stretch of white sand overlooking the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. A luxurious haven for relaxation and wellbeing, the Zoetry Paraiso boasts an award winning Thalasso Spa.
1/21 - UK – Cancun – Chichen Itza
2/21 - The Lodge at Chichen Itza
3/21 - Buffet restaurant at The Lodge at Chichen Itza
4/21 - Sarah Brightman Suite at The Lodge at Chichen Itza
5/21 - Mayan Temple Gardens at The Lodge at Chichen Itza
6/21 - Chichen Itza, Meixco
7/21 - Chichen Itza - Merida, Mexico
8/21 - Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel
9/21 - Patio at Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel
10/21 - Bedroom at Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel
11/21 - Interior of Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel
12/21 - Merida, Mexico
13/21 - Merida – Mayan Riviera, Mexico
14/21 - Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita
15/21 - Ocean Front One Bedroom Suite with Terrace at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, Riviera Maya, Mexico
16/21 - Romance Ocean Front One Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, Riviera Maya, Mexico
17/21 - Chiringuito Restaurant at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, Riviera Maya, Mexico
18/21 - Mayan Riviera, Mexico
19/21 - Mayan Riviera, Mexico
20/21 - Mayan Riviera, Mexico
21/21 - Mayan Riviera – UK