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Discover the Yucatan

3 Days
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US$ 869

MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH: Let the remnants of the Mayan empire intrigue you on this short Yucatan Peninsula tour, which takes in the famous sights of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Ekbalam, and Coba, before returning you to the sundrenched shores of Cancun.

This 3-day stay on the Yucatan is all about the fascinating ruins of the Maya.

Set out from Cancun bound for the Chichen Itza archaeological site. This was the Mayan capital of Yucatan between the 5th and 10th centuries, and is now one the most famous Mayan sites. You’ll tour the Kukulcan Temple, the Observatory, the Convent of the Nuns and other important structures, before going on to Merida, your base for the next two nights. Spend the afternoon exploring gorgeous colonial architecture, including its main cathedral and government buildings.

Your Mayan adventure continues at Uxmal, highlighted by the famous Pyramid of the Magician. With design more typical of the Mayan period, this was a dominant city in the region for much of the late 9th and early 10th centuries, though it dates back to about 500AD. That long history offers some explanation for its name, which means ‘built in three stages.’ Return to Merida in the afternoon.

On your final day, you’ll explore Ekbalam, a city whose name means ‘Black Jaguar.’ Its central pyramid, La Torre, is thought by many to compare with the famous Tikal pyramid, and all the structures date back to between 700 and 1000AD. The last archaeological site on your itinerary is Coba, which actually contains the tallest Mayan pyramids in Mexico, the Nohoch Mul. Your final destination is Cancun, where you can depart, or transfer to your chosen hotel for a few days in the sun.

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3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 869

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Day 1

Cancun - Ek Balam - Coba - Merida

Embark on a journey from Four Points by Sheraton Cancun Centro. En route, explore the lesser-known Coba archaeological site, untouched by Spanish influence. Marvel at the towering "Nohoch Mul," Mexico's tallest Mayan pyramids.

Continue your adventure to Ekbalam, with lunch at restaurant Selva Maya and a refreshing cenote swim. Discover Ekbalam's archaeological wonders, a site built between 700 to 1000 AD, highlighted by the central plaza and "La Torre," a pyramid comparable in size to other remarkable Mayan constructions.

The day concludes with a trip to Mérida and a transfer to your accommodation where you will stay for the next 2 nights. Approximate distance: 390 km (242 miles).

Accommodation: NH Collection Merida Paseo Montejo

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Day 2

Uxmal & Merida

Explore the Uxmal archaeological site, meaning "built in three stages," highlighting the classic and post-classic Mayan era. Uxmal features iconic structures like the Piramide del Adivino (Fortuneteller's Pyramid), Palacio de los Gobernadores (Governor's Palace), and Cuadrangulo de las Monjas (Quadrangle of the Nuns).

Enjoy lunch at a restaurant before returning to Merida. Embark on a panoramic tour of the "White City," boasting Colonial and distinct Arabic, French, and Italian style houses that reflect its sisal-generated wealth. Pause at Merida's Zocalo to admire significant monuments like the Cathedral, Government's Palace, Municipal Palace, and Francisco Montejo's House. Approximate distance: 162 km (101 miles).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Merida - Chichen Itza - Riviera Maya

Embark on a journey to Riviera Maya, with a fascinating stop at the Chichen Itza archaeological site en route. Chichen Itza, the Mayan capital of Yucatan, thrived from the 5th to 10th centuries AD. Marvel at the grand structures within the northern and central archaeological zones, including the Kukulcán Temple, Ball Game, Observatory, Warrior's Temple, Convent of the Nuns, and Sacred Cenote. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant before continuing your journey to Riviera Maya.

Upon arrival, transfer to the Barcelo Maya Riviera Maya. Approximate distance: 310 km (193 miles).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information


2024: Tuesday and Friday - 2 January to 20 December


  • Arrival and departure transfer from designated hotels
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Merida
  • Escorted coach tour (max 47 guests) including:
    • Transportation
    • Entry to archaeological sites and museums as listed
    • English-speaking guide
    • Porter service in airports and hotels
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 3 lunches


  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not listed and drinks
  • International airfare & taxes
  • Tips to drivers and guides
  • Taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Spending money
  • Accommodation before or after the trip in Cancun


Children (0-12 years) share a double room with their parents. Maximum of 2 children per room. Please note that a pre-night in Cancun on Monday is required (tour departs on select Tuesday mornings). It is highly recommended to book the pre-night at the hotel from which the tour departs; this pre-night is not included in the trip price though can be added. Please speak to your Destination Specialist for more information. 


This tour is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 people. Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share accommodations, and is subject to availability.

13 Dec 2024
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