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Swim with whale sharks and turtles, explore Mayan ruins and the natural wonders of the Yucatan, with relaxing beach time and charming haciendas stays

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What's Included

  • Private tours of Tulum, Gran Cenote, Chichen Itza, Merida and the Puuc Route
  • Private boats tours of Yalku-ito, Akumal Bay, Holibox Island and Rio Lagartos biosphere reserve
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

This is a luxury trip designed around you seeing the very best of the Yucatan in depth.

That means superb marine wildlife  encounters;  snorkel with turtles and schools of tropical fish off Tulum, swim with Whale Sharks while staying in the rustic, tropical surrounds of Holbox Island. Privately guided tours of the more renowned to lesser-known ancient Mayan sites,  time on the beach for proper relaxation, exclusive cultural excursions, and enchanting haciendas handpicked for you along the way.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4

Tulum

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Cancun airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Tulum

Accommodation in Tulum

Three nights relaxing in Tulum Three nights relaxing in Tulum

Tulum is an idyllic and charming place to relax and enjoy sparkling warm ocean waters, bounty white beaches and Mayan archaeological ruins.

Snorkelling and swimming with turtles in Yalku-ito and Akumal Bay Snorkelling and swimming with turtles in Yalku-ito and Akumal Bay

You will be collected from your hotel to catch a boat with your guide to a secluded area known as Yalku-ito; a place where the freshwater that runs underneath the ground of the Yucatan Peninsula exits towards the ocean. Here, fresh and saltwater mixes creating a rare visual effect called the halocline and the temperature and combination of waters are known to attract fish in large schools.

This inlet has an important role for marine life because it acts as a nursery for fish, so lots of juveniles, new born fish and turtles hang around this area before adventuring to the outer reefs.

After spending some time here, the crew will take you to Akumal Bay to observe the sea life there and show you the difference between the two ecosystems which despite being so near they are quite different from each other.

Private Half Day Tour of Tulum Ruins Private Half Day Tour of Tulum Ruins

Begin the day with a visit to the archaeological site of Tulum. This walled Maya city was occupied during the Postclassic period, late in the history of the Mayas, and is famous for its unique architectural style and its beautiful setting overlooking the turquoise Caribbean sea. Admire the sculpture on the buildings as you wander through this lovely site.

Swim in the Gran Cenote Swim in the Gran Cenote

With a circumference area of 202 meters, this is cenote (natural sinkhole that's very common in the Yucatan) popular with families and first time cenote swimmers. You pass through well kept gardens before descending a natural rock and wooden plank stairway to the wooden platforms and gardens below.

At the bottom of the stairs, first timers tend to veer to the right where you´ll find a shallow snorkeling area with a soft white sand bottom. With a snorkel mask you can see the large stalactites up close.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Chiquila and Holbox Island

Days 4-6

Holbox Island

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Chiquila and Holbox Island

Accommodation in Holbox Island

Two days exploring Holbox Island Two days exploring Holbox Island

Spend your days here relaxing in the Caribbean castaway setting of Holbox Island - you can rent a golf buggy to explore, do some birdwatching (as the island is a proven sanctuary for migrating birds), fishing, kayaking, kitesurfing or sailing to simply unwinding at your hotel.

Up close with whale sharks
Snorkel with whale sharks Snorkel with whale sharks

Enjoy one of the best marine wildlife experiences in Mexico. A private boat and crew will be waiting to take you to the location where the whale sharks have been spotted. Once you arrive you will be given a safety briefing and rules for swimming with these amazing creatures, before getting into the water to swim with them.

The tour can last three to five hours and the whale shark season is from May to September.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Chiquila

 
Private boat safari to the Rio Lagartos biosphere reserve Private boat safari to the Rio Lagartos biosphere reserve

The Rio Lagartos biosphere reserve covers an area of 60,347 hectares and is home to 580 different species: 58 species of mammals, 356 species of birds, 95 species of amphibians and reptiles and a record of 71 species of fish. Some are specially protected species to be endangered, and some are endemic to the Yucatan Peninsula. Here you will embark on a boat safari to spot the wildlife with expert guides, before your transfer to your chosen hotel or hacienda.

Days 6-8

Hacienda San Jose

Haciendas around Merida

Privately guided tour of Chichen Itza Privately guided tour of Chichen Itza

Possibly the most famous Mayan ruin in all of Mexico, your expert local guide will bring the pre-Colombian history of the country to life and Mayan heritage of sites such as this.

Lunch at Hacienda Chichen Lunch at Hacienda Chichen

Your guide will drop you off at the charming Hacienda Chichen for a gourmet lunch.

Swimming in a cenote Swimming in a cenote

Your guide will bring you to a local cenote (a naturally occurring, fresh water borehole that is quite common on the Yucatan Peninsula) for a refreshing dip in the waters.

Dzibilchaltun tour Dzibilchaltun tour

Your guide will make a stop at the lesser known Mayan ruins of Dzibilchaltun. Though small in comparison to sites like Chichen Itza, it holds a certain charm thanks to its compact size and crystal clear cenote for swimming. Your guide will show you around the complex, detailing its ancient and colonial history, stopping at the Temple Of The Seven Dolls (Templo de las Siete Muñecas), and there is an air conditioned museum on the premises that houses Mayan and Catholic artifacts from the site.

Tixkokob tour Tixkokob tour

Tixkokob (meaning place of poisonous snakes in Mayan) is famous within the Yucatan area for high quality hammock weaving. Your private tour will stop here and your guide will point out the best shops for a purchase, should you like.

Cultural tour of Merida Cultural tour of Merida

Your expert local guide will escort you around the city to see the cultural landmarks and historical heritage which has shaped Merida. Bringing history and architecture to life, your guide will help you explore the city's past to present in a comprehensive tour.

Lunch at Hacienda Xcanatun Lunch at Hacienda Xcanatun

You will be brought to the glamorous and historical Hacienda Xcanatun for a gourmet lunch at the Casa de Piedra restaurant.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private Transfer to Your Hacienda in the Merida Area

Days 8-10

Around Merida

Haciendas around Merida

Uxmal tour Uxmal tour

Today your private guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you to some of the region’s best ancient Mayan sites and archaeological ruins of Uxmal.

Kabah tour Kabah tour

Explore the archaeological ruins of Kabah, just to the south of the Uxmal complex. They will fill you in on all the history behind each site, helping to bring alive the legends, myths and theories, whilst you enjoy their spectacular jungle setting and marvel at the wonders of Mexico’s sophisticated pre-Colombian civilisation.

Kabah is famous for its ornate Temple to Chaac, the Rain God of the Maya, whose facade is covered with repetitious masks of Chaac. The site also has a number of other palaces, low stone buildings, and step-pyramid temples.

Sayil tour Sayil tour

This is just further south of Kabah, and a complex that stands on a causeway. Its most famous feature is the Great Palace with 90 bedrooms, and the El Mirador pyramid.

X-Lapak X-Lapak

Greeting in arrivals at the airport and private transfer to your hotel in Lima. Your guide will orientate you to the city during the journey.

Labna Labna

Arrive into Quito International Airport where you will be met by your Jacada Private Guide and taken to your hotel for check-in.

Loltún Caves Loltún Caves

Next stop will be the Loltún Caves just south of the town of Oxkutzcab, which contains paintings from the Maya civilization's late pre-classic era. An extensive cave that goes on for two kilometers, evidence of human habitation has been found in the form of tools, engravings, paintings and even mammoth bones.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Merida Airport

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