Mexico, Yucatan tour 2016/2017

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This tour is only about Yucatan, Mexico. Why? It’s a secure and beautiful place, full of really nice ruins of the Maya civilization, white sandy top-beaches and luxury hotels. This tour shows you the best of Yucatan in a 2 weeks journey throughout the ‘selva’, tasting the great foodies and experience the local culture. We start our journey, coming in from Cancun, at Punta Maroma. We relax a few days before starting our journey going west, direction Merida.

I made a selection of top hotels, where you find the most idyllic beaches in the world. Even the hotels in Merida, Campeche and near to Uxmal are exceptional, going from quietness in the jungle to colonial style architecture in the cities. We will experience extraordinary views, see wildlife and have the best local meals you can find.

We visit the ancient ruins of Mayan culture, an ancient civilization that goes back thousand of years. And why not have a swim in a local cenote? All tours are guided by a English speaking guide, who explains all you want to know about this culture.

So submerge yourself in this marvelous state of Mexico and enjoy your time with us to discover the hidden gems of Yucatan.

Flights.

Best way is to book your ticket to Cancun, wherever you are coming from. From there, your transport will be waiting for you. The driver will carry your name-tag at the exit of the airport.

Visa.

For Mexico it is not necessary to have a special visa to come in the country. Make sure you passport is valid at least six months before expiring.

Medication.

There are no special features for this country. But you always can bring some regular medication with you, such as Motilium, Imodium. There are plenty of pharmacies in the neighborhood. Medication is very cheap in Yucatan.

Food.

The Yucatán, which sits at the end of Mexico’s curling peninsula, is often described as Mayan, and it was a vital cog in the old empire. The state is home to a proudly defiant people, who, despite the devastation of disease, resisted the Spanish long after other Mesoamerican cultures collapsed. Many people in the countryside continue to live off the land, cooking pibil in earthen pits.

This resilience, and the region’s remoteness, helped to preserve Yucatán culture, though the people have been flexible enough to absorb influences from the Caribbean, the Dutch, the Lebanese, and the Spanish. In the centuries since, Yucatán cooks have learned to stuff peppers with Dutch Edam cheese and have taken to serving Lebanese kibbeh with salsa. Today, Yucatecos eat plenty of turkey, cook with a variety of recados or spice mixes (more on these in a moment), and make tamales that I say, put the rest of Mexico’s to shame.

Achiote, citrus, habaneros, and smoke. These are four defining pillars of Mayan cooking. While habaneros (spicy chilli) are often trumpeted as the stars of Yucateno cooking, their blazing, fruity heat plays second fiddle to the puckering acidity of Seville oranges. The fruit is found in every nook and cranny of the cuisine, from tamales colados to chile tamulado (a purée of raw habanero and sour orange juice) to pibil. It’s used, often, like vinegar, its acidity both to liven a dish up and for preservative qualities.

You can see the Yucatecan commitment to marinades in all manner of dishes: ceviche, pulpo en escabeche (octopus first cooked in olive oil, then marinated in acid overnight, and marinated beef that’s then grilled, chopped up, and fried. Acid has no limits here; the local love of citrus is so strong that it gave birth to sopa de lima, a chicken soup spiked heavily with fragrant local lime juice.

So about food over there, you don’t have to worry : simply said, it’s exquisite.

Climate.

The Yucatan Peninsula is hot year-round.  The two distinguishable seasons are the wet season and the dry season.  The wet season usually starts in June and ends in October, making the dry season generally from November through May.

The weather here in the dry season is much more desirable and pleasant for most tourists.  The dry season is still hot, but much more tolerable than the wet season.  Although the average temperatures throughout the year don’t vary by much . It usually gets about 74°F (23.5°C) in January and  82°F (28°C) in July. The humidity in the summer months makes it feel excruciatingly hot most days, especially to those who aren’t used to a humid climate.  In the wet summer, it actually rains most days.   This rain comes in heavy, short spurts usually towards late afternoon.  There is also a strong threat of hurricanes during the wet season (which is why the wet season is often referred to as hurricane season), which have been getting stronger over the past few years.  If the low prices of the summer attract you enough, make sure you completely understand your risks weather-wise before you plan your trip.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Cancun Airport, and pick up by private transport to the hotel Amarte, Maroma.

AMARTE Hotel

A tropical oasis in the heart of the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, between the jungle and sea, the sun and the moon, the past and the present.

A special place where the rhythm of the tides and the whisper of the breeze connect you to what was and what could be.

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On arrival you will be checked in, and have a nice relaxing moment at the pool. The evening-meal is served at the Burgerstop at the entrance of the hotel, where you can taste real homemade hamburgers (included home made bread) or taste the local specialties.

Day 2.

It’s time to explore. We visit Parque Crococun in the mornning, where we can see the crocodiles and other exotic animals. Lunch will be provided in Puerto Morelos.

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Puerto Morelos has historically been the main port between the mainland of Yucatan and the Island of Cozumel. One hundred meters of the shore lies the Puerto Morelos portion of the National Marine Park, the barrier reef, which stretches out for 800 km along the coastline.

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After lunch we drive to Coba, situated at a lake and go on top of the pyramid to have a fantastic panoramic view over the jungle.

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Coming back from Coba, we visit the ruins of Tulum near by the seaside. Tulum is the site of a Pre-Colombian Maya walled city. The ruins are situated on 20 meter tall cliffs, along the coastline on the Caribbean Sea. They date back from the 13th and 15th century. It’s a must see on this trip.

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We drive back to Maroma for an exquisite meal in Pavo Real, a top restaurant in Kin Sol Soleil.

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Day 3

We have a very early breakfast at the Burgerstop, and after that, we make our way to Chichen Itza in Tinum. This is one of the major archaeological sites in Mexico, and also a very spiritual place.

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After the visit , we drive to Izamal, the Yellow Village, where we have lunch in the famous Kinich restaurant. We taste the local food and relax a bit before we drive further to Merida.

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Check in hotel and diner at Cubaro.

Day 4

After breakfast we hop on the tourist bus to explore Merida, a city of one and a half million people. We have lunch at Rosas y Chocolates, a very special restaurant with French owner. We admire the beautiful view on Montejo Avenue.

After lunch, you have free time to explore the city, and why not do some shopping.

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In the evening, we go to a very typical Yucateca restaurant in town.

Day 5

In the morning we drive to Dzibilchaltun, an old isolated ruin from the Maya’s. We have lunch at Hacienda Xcanatun, an idyllic place in the middle of nowhere. From there, we drive back to Merida to relax. We have diner at a place of your choice.

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Day 6

Day excursion to Celestun. We are going to visit the Flamencos at Celestun, which is hidden away in a National Park. It’s a day trip, where we have lunch at the beach side. We can spot all kind of bird life and see the pink Flamencos nearby. We also take a look in the mangroves, where we discover a natural well, you have never seen before.

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Day 7

After breakfast, we leave Merida and head out for Campeche, capital of the state Campeche and World Heritage since 1997. It’s a 2 hour drive. Campeche is also known for the pirates. The canons to protect the city are still there at the long promenade at the seaside. A good tip is to have lunch at the seaside, where you find the nicest restaurants with a panoramic view over the sea. Here you have a day free time and free diner at a place at choice. We stay in the colonial hotel Castelmar.

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Day 8

In the morning we visit the pyramids of Edzna, a hidden gem and no tourists at all. That makes it a special place.

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After this visit, we drive through the jungle-selva, seeing some typical villages, and go to Santa Helena, near to Uxmal. We check in at the Pickled Onion resort in the jungle. We relax at the swimming pool and have diner at the hotel. The rooms in this hotel are build in real Mayan style… with a roof of palapal.

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Uxmal

Day 9

After breakfast we visit Uxmal, one of the most beautiful archaeological places in Yucatan. It’s not overwhelmed by tourists as in Chichen Itza. Later we explore the history of chocolate in the nearby Museum of Chocolates.

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We drive back to Merida for one more time, to check in at the hotel and have diner in a typical Yucateca restaurant.

Day 10

We drive back to the La Riviera Maya, where we check in to Kin Sol Soleil, a top 5* hotel at he most beautiful beach on the riviera, right in the middle of the jungle. Here you can enjoy your last days before going home, with a personal service of the hotel. There are only 10 suites here and is very private. You get a full private service of the staff to enjoy everything you want.

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Day 11

Beach

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Day 12

Beach

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Day 13

More beach time, but in the afternoon you can learn how to dance the Mexican way. This class is specially designed for you, friends and family. In the evening the musicians will perform privately at your diner at the seaside.

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Day 14

We drop you of at the airport at the time your flight is designated.

 

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