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Would you like to explore Yucatan, but you don’t think you have enough time to do so in a smart, effective and exciting way? This Short City Break Tour for 3 days will be the right way to see it all, its main highlights, and the best locations to catch the most authentic and beautiful areas of Yucatan. The tour will have three days and two nights of both exploration and relaxation. The itinerary offers all you need to learn about the colonial history in Merida and about the traditional henequen industry in an authentic hacienda. Finish your adventurous journey at the paradisiacal Caribbean beaches of Cancun. And all this while enjoying the hospitality of the Maya people who still inhabit the region. This tour is all you need to catch a glimpse into both history and beauty, two main elements of amazing astonishing Yucatan!
Merida City Package
9 AM in Merida
Meet and greet with a local representative and transfer to your hotel for check-in in Merida and to leave your belongings. Once you are ready, we start our sightseeing city tour of the main sights—the city of Merida was founded by the Spanish military explorer Francisco de Montejo in 1526. In the central plaza, we will visit the Cathedral, Casa de Los Montejo (Museum & Cultural Center – entry not included), pass by the Government Palace, and see the Town Hall. Today, we will learn all about the White City of Merida. We will drive through its main avenue Paseo de Montejo, which has some beautiful Colonial buildings, like the Palace and Canton, an authentic National Monument. This trip is for sure a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the ‘White City’
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation to/from the airport in Mexico City & Merida, Panoramic Tour with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Overnight Hotel in Merida.
City tour in Merida – 2 hrs of activity
Uxmal is the most prominent archaeological site of the Puuc Route, a series of ancient Mayan cities that share the same architectural patterns. Once upon a time, Uxmal was one of the most important ceremonial centers of the ancient Maya civilization. It can still be considered one of the most beautiful pre-Hispanic archaeological sites on the American continent, thanks to the proportion of its majestic constructions. The precision and elegance of the decorations are astonishing. Visit the Pyramid of the Magician, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and the Governor’s Palace. Later, we’ll go south to explore Kabah. This site is located close to Uxmal and belongs to the Puuc route as well. In Kabah, we will see the famous Arch that connects the city with Uxmal, the Great Pyramid, and the stunning Temple of the Masks.
At night and with a colder climate, you will enjoy the most important places of this beautiful city (on your own), also known as “The White City.” Mérida was founded in 1542 by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo. Nowadays, Merida is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatan, with still a strong influence of Mayan cultural heritage. It features a fascinating combination of art, history, and culture, with cobbled streets, stunning architecture, lovely parks, and delicious gastronomy.
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Local Guided visit to Archeological Site of Uxmal and Kabah with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Entry to Archeological Site of Uxmal and Kabah, Overnight at Hotel in Merida.
Merida – Uxmal – 1 hr
Uxmal – Kabah – 25 min
Kabah – Mérida – 1 hr 30 min
At the end of the Early Classic Period, around 600 AD, Chichen Itza was one of the largest and most prominent Maya cities. Nowadays, Chichen Itza is undoubtedly the best-preserved Maya site on the Yucatan peninsula, and it was recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Various architectural styles are seen in Chichen Itza. The most famous landmarks are the Temple of Kukulkan (“El Castillo”), the Ballgame Court, the Platform of the Skulls, the Temple of the Jaguar, the Observatory, the One Thousand Columns, and the Sacred Cenote. Then take a refreshing swim in the cenote of Ik Kil, have lunch, and continue to Cancun. Drop off at your hotel (beach extension available upon request).
Included: Breakfast in Hotel, Shared Transportation, Guided visit to Archeological Site of Chichen Itza with Bilingual Speaking Guide (English-Spanish Language), Lunch in a local Restaurant, Entry Archeological Site of Chichen Itza and Cenote Ik-Kil, Drop off at Hotel in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. (Drop Off in Riviera Maya or Tulum with extra supplement of USD 25 per person).
Merida – Chichen – 2 Hrs
Chichen – Cancun – 3 hrs