Haciendas, Beaches and the Wildlife of the Yucatan
Swim with whale sharks and turtles, explore Mayan ruins and the natural wonders of the Yucatan, with relaxing beach time and charming haciendas stays
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- 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
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
Meet and greet at Cancun airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Tulum
Accommodation in Tulum
- 20 rooms
- WiFi, iPod docks, private pool & terrace
- Beach club
- Lounge bar
- Swimming pool
- Surf and body boards
- Snorkelling gear
- Books, games and cards
- Golf buggy rental
A lovely little shoreline boutique hotel that blends its contemporary luxury into the lush folds of this coastal jungle, BE Tulum is more of a surfer-chic option with spades of rustic intimacy and romance. The Mayan Riviera coastline has a spectacular collection of luxury resorts catering to all tastes, but BE Tulum is a refreshing option for those looking for something a bit trendier, a bit different, and a little more relaxed. Twenty stylish and contemporarily dressed rooms are concealed into tropical coastal jungle, lying only 700 metres from the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, and enjoying the sultry Caribbean sand and sea of the beach out in front. Spend your days lounging on one of the beds in the beach club, sipping cocktails at the lounge, taking a dip in the pool or simply hanging out in the hammock on your room’s private patio. Alternatively, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained: from surfing and body boarding to bicycling, trips to local Mayan ruins such as Tulum (15-minutes drive north), and yoga classes.
Tulum is an idyllic and charming place to relax and enjoy sparkling warm ocean waters, bounty white beaches and Mayan archaeological ruins.
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.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Chiquila and Holbox Island
Private transfer to your hotel in Chiquila and Holbox Island
Accommodation in Holbox Island
- 20 suites
- Art Gallery
- Snack Bar
- Lounge Bar and Grill
- Palapa and beds on the beach
- In room spa treatments can be arranged
Seated on the beachfront on the more populated western tip of the island, this lovely little boutique hotel is possibly the best place to stay on Holbox thanks to its owner’s (Sandra) passion for the details, a team of caring and attentive staff, and a fantastic fresh seafood restaurant (undoubtedly the best place to dine on the island). Combining natural materials, simple luxury and splashes of vibrant colours, the hotel’s twenty suites make you feel immediately at home. Choose to relax around the pool or on one of the hotel’s beach beds when not exploring the island by golf cart, soaking up some reggae, fishing, kayaking or perhaps in a yoga pose.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Chiquila
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.
Hacienda San Jose
Haciendas around Merida
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.
Your guide will drop you off at the charming Hacienda Chichen for a gourmet lunch.
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.
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 (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.
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.
You will be brought to the glamorous and historical Hacienda Xcanatun for a gourmet lunch at the Casa de Piedra restaurant.
Private Transfer to Your Hacienda in the Merida Area
Haciendas around Merida
- 28 rooms
- Swimming Pool
- Two cenotes (One with a Spa)
- Tennis Courts
- Gift Shop
- Pool / backgammon tables
A beautifully preserved and bright red belle époque hacienda emerging from the vivid green jungle, Temozon is one of the most authentically inspirational places to stay in the whole of the Yucatan. Once one of the largest estates producing sisal, the hotel enjoys a roomy 36 hectares of peaceful grounds strewn with vibrant flowers, organic kitchen gardens, cenotes (one housing the hotel’s spa), swimming pool, tennis courts and some Mayan archaeological remains, all about 40 minutes outside of Merida. Again remaining true to the original architecture and style of ranch life, there is even a gallery exhibiting photographs of the hacienda over the years and the spacious and fairly sparse rooms possess original Hispanic and Indian antiques, sisal hammocks, handmade cotton textiles and woolen throws. The food from the restaurant is delicious, where many of its regional and international dishes have been created from the organic produce grown in the gardens. The chef will teach you how to make Cochinita Pibil (pulled-pork stew) if you like and many of the staff have worked there their entire lives and know the area well. What’s more there is the most fantastic spa housed in a natural cenote (bore hole).
- 11 guest rooms
- Lounge Bar
- Complimentary WiFi
- Cable TV
- iPod docking stations
This is a wonderfully vibrant property that overflows with regional Yucatan character and history. Previously a nobleman’s private estate, it has since been carefully renovated into a luxury boutique hotel of just eleven rooms. Twisted tropical trees and manicured lawns sit around undulating sky blue columns with arches framing its traditional patios, which are filled with antique furniture and door frames that lead into the main areas and guest rooms. These are all decorated with both contemporary and period touches including exposed beams and iron bedsteads. Modern amenities such as complimentary WiFi access, cable TV and iPod docking stations will ensure your stay here is still connected to present times. One of the hotel’s best assets is its restaurant which is excellent, and serves a fusion of local and international cuisines, best enjoyed al fresco either on the cosy patio or the elegant terrace. A creative outdoor pool incorporates part of the property so you can swim in between its columns and arches. There is a relaxing and stylish Lounge Bar, beautiful botanical gardens and grounds around which to stroll (or take one of the hotel’s bicycles and explore it that way), and there are massages on offer too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arrive into Quito International Airport where you will be met by your Jacada Private Guide and taken to your hotel for check-in.
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.
Private transfer to Merida Airport
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Haciendas, Beaches and the Wildlife of the Yucatan
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We create fully personalised trips from start to finish, working with you to pick locations, accommodation and guides that suit you.
Each time you travel with us, you preserve an acre of precious rainforest through our partnerships.
From in-depth private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your journey.