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Tailor Made Mexico: The Maya and More (2016)
Days: 9 | From: $6,225
Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Day 1: Arrive Mexico City, Mexico
Arrive in Mexico City, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Mexico City | A Sense of Place
Embark on a private city tour, beginning in the historic city center, Zocalo. See the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Palace of Fine Arts. Visit the National Anthropology Museum, taking note of the fascinating Aztec and Maya rooms.
Four Seasons Mexico City | Meals: B
Days 3-5: Campeche | Spanish Splendor
Fly to Campeche, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the morning, discover Campeche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with restored cobblestone streets, pastel-colored mansions and impressive fortified walls that protected this former Spanish port. Stroll along the malecón (waterfront promenade), or visit the scenic Plaza Principal. Enjoy a privately guided visit of the walled city center. The next day, drive to Edzna, a Mayan archaeological site featuring the Edificio de los Cinco Pisos (Five-Story Building); from atop, see the plazas below and take in the panorama of the countryside.
Hacienda Uayamon | Meals: B
Days 6-7: Merida | Seeing Uxmal
Drive to Uxmal, which means “built three times” in the Mayan language. It is one of the best-preserved ruins in the Yucatan, characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards that are decorated with rich sculptural elements and details. Proceed to the city of Merida and check in to your hotel. In the morning, set out on a privately guided excursion to the biosphere reserve of Celestun, famous for its river with beautiful flamingo colonies, fresh-water springs and calm beaches. More than 350 flamingo species have been identified in this reserve; keep watch for them when you take a boat ride. Return to Merida, where you set out on a historic city tour, seeing the colonial architecture, churches and monuments of this thriving Yucatan city. End the day with a short calesa (horse-drawn carriage) ride.
Rosas and Xocolate Boutique Hotel & Spa | Meals: B
Day 8: Izamal | Magnificent Ruins
Travel to Izamal. One of the oldest cities in Yucatan, it was founded in the 4th century by Itzamna, leader and patriarch of the Mayan people. Known as the “city of three cultures,” Izamal brings together elements of the pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary eras. Continue to the vast Ek Balam archeological site, with its elaborate acropolis pyramid. When the Mayan people abandoned the site, the dense low-lying jungle of the Yucatan engulfed it. After exploring, you may opt to swim and relax in one the region’s most significant cenotes (underwater caves).
The Lodge at Chichen Itza | Meals: B
Day 9: Depart Cancun
Pay a guided, early morning visit to the famous Mayan site of Chichen Itza before crowds arrive. Witness its iconic temple, El Castillo (the Pyramid of Kukulcan), and visit the great ball court, plazas, observatory and other temples, while learning about its troubled history as a settlement. Then, transfer to the airport in Cancun and board your homebound flight.