Yucatan ~ A Remarkable Region of Mexico Mayan Ruins and Natural Splendor

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Introduction

Embrace the beauty and remarkable Mayan history of the Estado de Yucatan; a peaceful place with friendly people in the northwestern part of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Absorb the epic ruins of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and the Puuc region. We’ll overnight at Chichen Itza and Uxmal next to the sites, allowing us to enter early before the crowds arrive. We’ll spend one day visiting the Puuc sites south of Uxmal. Nearby Chichen Itza there is an inviting swimmable cenote for those of you who would like to take a dip in its refreshing waters.

Bird watch each morning in the jungles surrounding our lodges. Relax and enjoy the other flora and fauna and experience peaceful beauty and delicious local cuisines. Spend the day with expert naturalists at Celestun to witness flamingos and other tropical species of water birds. 

We’ll take in the essence of Merida, the capital and largest city in the state of Yucatan and the cultural and financial capital of the region. Today it’s a modern, cosmopolitan city with museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops and boutiques.

Mérida was founded in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo “el Mozo” (the son), and built on the site of the ancient Maya city T’ho, meaning “City of five hills.” T’ho was the center of Mayan culture and activity in the Yucatan region. After the arrival of the Spanish, the ancient city’s five main pyramids were destroyed and their ruins used to construct Merida’s cathedral and other important colonial buildings. The town was originally built as a walled city and boasts the second-largest historic center in Mexico.

The region has a strong Mayan influence to this day. Mayans live both in small villages as well as in the city of Merida. They are welcoming and proud of their heritage.

We invite you to travel with us to another of the remarkable regions of Mexico!




Itinerary


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Day one

• TRAVEL DAY
Fly to Cancun ~ You will need to make your own air reservations. We recommend Flying from Leon airport on Volaris

If you would like to share a shuttle to Leon, our guides will be departing at ___. from San Miguel de Allende. They will fly on Volaris flight ___ at ___ to Cancun. They will arrive in Cancun at ___ pick up baggage and have a light dinner at the aiport. From there they will take a shuttle to our hotel in Chichen Itza, where our tour begins.

Shuttles cost per person from San Miguel to Chichen: ___

Day two

Breakfast will be served at our hotel at 7:00 a.m. giving us time to visit Chichen Itza archeological site early before the crowds arrive. Later we'll visit Ik-Kil Cenote to swim and refresh, then get back to our hotel, pack and have lunch*, before we leave for our next destination. Once we arrive in Merida, and check into our hotel, there will be time to relax, and meet that evening in the lobby of our hotel to leave for drinks* and enjoy traditional Yucatecan food* at a beautiful nearby hacienda.


Day three

6:45 am After having early coffee in our hotel, we'll depart for Celestun, (a sack breakfasts will be provided enroute). Once in Celestun we'll take a boat tour of the Flamingo Biosphere Reserve. After the tour, we'll have lunch* at a beach restaurant and have time to relax and swim. Once we are back in Merida we'll have time to relax and freshen up before meeting for drinks* and dinner* at our hotel, then enjoy the Noche Mexicana performance right across from our hotel.


Day four

Breakfast will be at 8:00 a.m. at our hotel. Then we'll have time to explore downtown Merida. Suggested attractions: - Casa Montejo (museum) - Zocalo - Governor's Palace (important murals by Pacheco) - Cathedral of Merida - Market (Lucas Galvez) At noon we'll meet in front of the Cathedral and leave for lunch*. Afterwards, we'll visit the new Gran Museo de la Cultura Maya. Later, after returning to our hotel to rest, we'll leave for drinks* and dinner* at a gourmet restaurant.


Day five

After breakfast at our hotel, we'll check out and leave for Uxmal. Where we'll have a guided tour of the archeological site, then, leave for lunch* at Muna and visit local folk art shops. Go to our hotel, have free time to rest and relax. Later we'll meet in the lobby of our hotel for drinks and dinner. After dinner*, we'll leave for the sound and light show at Uxmal.


Day six

Breakfast will be served at 6:30 a.m. Then, we'll spend the morning exploring and birding the Puuc route archeological sites (Labna, Xlapac, Sayil and Kabah). Then we'll have lunch* at Santa Elena. Afterwards, we'll return to the hotel for relaxation and swimming. That evening we'll meet in the lobby of our hotel for drinks* and dinner*.


Day six

Breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m. After breakfast, we'll check out of our hotel, and leave for a tour of one of the most remarkable haciendas in the area, then leave for lunch* at an upscale nearby hacienda. After lunch, we'll visit a folk art workshop at Hacienda Ochil, then head back to Merida, where we'll check in to our hotel and have free time. Dinner* will be at our hotel or you may choose to a different restaurant on your own.


Day six

If you wish to return to San Miguel with our guides, they will leave Merida at ___, and take a shuttle to the Cancun airport. They will fly on Volaris flight ___ at ___ A van will pick them up at the Leon airport to take them to San Miguel de Allende.

Estimated Arrival time to SMA ___

Shuttles cost per person from Merida to San Miguel: ___


asterisk Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the trip's fee.
    This Itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.




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What's included

 Accommodation (7 nights)
 Breakfast daily
 Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary
 Comfortable private transportation with driver
 Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
 Professional bird watching guide
 Travelian Tour leaders
 Small group experience: Average 10 travelers

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Booking and cancellation policies

We accept payments by:

   Credit Card (Paypal) through our Online Booking System    

   USD Wire Transfers Read More

   Checks (No US Bank Checks please) Read More

   MXN Cash (Mexican Pesos) Read More

Please remember that each traveler must turn in a signed Trip Form
(Except if you are using our Online Booking System)

Instructions for Trip Form:
 bullet Download this link: Trip form
 bullet Fill it out
 bullet Print it and sign it
 bullet Put your Trip Form, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope
 bullet Seal the envelope and address it to:     Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB 214-B
 bullet If you are in San Miguel de Allende, deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
 bullet If you are in United States or in Canada or another country outside Mexico, mail it to:
    Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
    220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
    Laredo, TX 78043-4464


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Payment with credit card
    To pay with credit card, please use our Online Booking System it's very simple.




Payment by wire transfer
    To pay by wire transfer from a U.S. Bank in U.S. Dollars, please use this information:

    bullet Beneficiary: Intercam Casa de Bolsa, S.A. de C.V.
    bullet Address of beneficiary:  Rio Tiber No. 67   Col. Cuauhtemoc   06500 Mexico, D.F.
    bullet Account No. 8900720557
    bullet ABA (Routing): 021 000 018 (for domestic transfers, within the USA)
    bullet Bank: Bank of New York Mellon
    bullet Branch address:  1 Wall Street 19th floor   New York, N.Y.   10015 U.S.A.
    bullet For further credit to: Rodrigo Lopez

       Please notify Rodrigo Lopez, of the expecting wire transfers so that we can
       identify them immediately.

       For any questions regarding this matter, please contact directly Rodrigo Lopez
       Email: rodrigo@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 100 2798

       To to download or print this information about Wire Transfers, please click here.




Payment with check (don't send US checks please)
     If using a bank account from Canada or another country (except USA),
     please make your checks payable to: Rodrigo Lopez

    bullet Put your check, Trip Form, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope
    bullet Seal the envelope and address it to:     Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB 214-B
    bullet If you are in San Miguel de Allende, deliver the envelope to: La Conexion on Aldama #3
    bullet If you are in United States or in Canada or another country outside Mexico, mail it to:
       Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
       220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
       Laredo, TX 78043-4464






Payment with cash (only mxn pesos)
    At the moment we can only accept cash payments in pesos.
    All cash payments must be delivered to Carmen Silva personally:
    bullet Tel. 415 152 1662, Cel. 415 100 2081  reservations@travelian.com.mx




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Booking and cancellation policies

bullet Reservations will be confirmed once the full payment
   has been received
bullet Due to the cancellation policies of our providers, we must
   retain 30% of your payment if you cancel your reservation.
bullet If you cancel less than 15 days prior to departure 100% of
   your payment becomes nonrefundable. If you or we are able
   to find a traveler to fill your space we'll refund 100% of your
   payment.
bullet If Travelian does not have the minumum number of travelers
   necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and
   you will receive a full refund of your payment

Travel Insurance
    We recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance in case
    you need to cancel.

    Here are links for providers we recommend:
    www.allianztravelinsurance.com
    www.travelguard.com


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What to take

We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry.
A good size daypack is also essential.


Check list

bullet Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID
   (copies are fine)
bullet Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
bullet Water Bottle
bullet Binoculars
bullet Camera
bullet Bathing suit
bullet Water shoes
bullet Snorkeling gear (optional)
bullet Flashlight
bullet Hat
bullet Sunblock
bullet Sunglasses
bullet Hiking sticks
bullet Insect repellent
bullet Day pack
bullet Light-weight walking/hiking shoes
bullet A fleece garment can be useful in case of chilly mornings
bullet Pack your binoculars, toiletries and travel documents in your
   day pack A supply of resealable plastic storage bags can be
   handy for storing food items from the breakfast, to be used
   as mid-morning snacks
bullet Be sure to bring your own kleenex and small change for
   bathroom fees
bullet Money belt
bullet First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar
   tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be
   taking)
bullet Bring $2000 to $3000 Mexican Pesos for meals not included



Duration
8 days

Travel style
Nature, Birding, Archeology

Trip type
Small Group

Physical demands

Start/Finish City
Cancun

Trip Highlights
Explore the epic Mayan ruins
Swim in the cool Cenotes
Visit the Flamingo Reserve of Celestun
Enjoy the beautiful Merida

Trip Cost
Please request a quote by sending an email to: reservations@travelian.com.mx

or please give us a call:

+52 (415) 100 2798
+52 (415) 100 9175
+52 (415) 152 3644
+52 (415) 152 1662