Yucatan Peninsula Explorer

This relatively flat peninsula draws travellers in with its sunny climes, laid-back vibes and traces of the ancient Mayan civilization at every corner.

Yucatan Peninsula Explorer

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.

UK – Cancun – Chichen Itza
    DAY 01

    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. 

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    Chichen Itza, Meixco
      DAY 02

      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.

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      Chichen Itza - Merida, Mexico
        DAY 03

        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. 

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        Merida, Mexico
          DAY 04

          Merida



          Today is at leisure. Western & Oriental recommends 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.

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          Merida – Mayan Riviera, Mexico
            DAY 05

            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.

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            Mayan Riviera, Mexico
              DAY 06

              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. 

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              Mayan Riviera, Mexico
                DAY 07

                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. 

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                Mayan Riviera, Mexico
                  DAY 08

                  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.

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                  Mayan Riviera – UK
                    DAY 09

                    Mayan Riviera – UK



                    This morning is at leisure, before taking an afternoon transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight back to the UK.

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