Mexico Yucatan Tours - Globus®

The Wonders of Mexico's Yucatan (YY)

8 Day Tour from Cancun to Cancun

2017 Tour Details

Home to one of the world’s most sophisticated ancient cultures, Mexico’s Yucatán offers fascinating archaeological sites and interesting colonial cities. On this Yucatán tour, you’ll explore many of these archaeological ruins and discover its fun cities with overnights in Cancun, Chichen Itza, Mérida, Campeche, and Uxmal.

In ancient times, the Maya built complex cities, developed an accurate calendar, aligned their buildings for astronomical purposes, and learned to effectively farm. On this Yucatán tour, you’ll learn about this intriguing culture and visit some of its greatest ruins. Stay at the renowned Hotel Mayaland steps away from Chichen Itza and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Maya between 600 and 900 AD. Here, visit the Ball Court, site of sacrifices; El Castillo, a pyramid dedicated to the high priest; and Cenote Sagrado, a sacred underwater sinkhole used for sacrifices to the gods. You’ll also explore Ek’ Balam, at the height of its importance from 600-900 AD, and Uxmal, one of the Maya’s ancient masterpieces and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On this tour through Mexico’s Yucatán, you’ll also explore the colonial cities of Valladolid, with its charming streets and interesting churches; Mérida, where you’ll stay in a former colonial mansion; and the coastal town of Campeche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with baroque Spanish architecture. You’ll cruise through the mangroves at Rio Lagartos, a Biosphere Reserve where you’ll see pink flamingos, and you’ll enjoy some out-of-the-ordinary experiences offered by Globus, including a visit to a Panama hat maker in Bécal and a cooking demonstration in Uxmal.

From the fun experiences to the fascinating sites, this Yucatán tour is a perfect vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

VALLADOLID
Orientation tour
CHICHEN ITZA
Sound & Light Show; sightseeing; visit Ball Court, El Castillo, and Cenote Sagrado
EK’ BALAM
Sightseeing
RIO LAGARTOS
Visit the Biosphere Reserve with cruise
MÉRIDA
City sightseeing
BÉCAL
Visit a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Panama Hat maker
CAMPECHE
City sightseeing; visit to San Francisco de Campeche
UXMAL
Sound & Light Show; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mayan cooking demonstration; sightseeing; visit Choco-Story Museum; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite make your own chocolate drink; farewell dinner

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza
  • Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal
  • Historic Fortified Town of Campeche

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners, including a farewell dinner in Uxmal

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive In Cancun, Mexico

Welcome to Cancun! At 6 pm, meet your fellow traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

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Day 2 Cancun–Valladolid–Chichen Itza

This morning, visit the colonial city of Valladolid, known for its charming streets and sun-splashed walls. After a short orientation tour, there’s time to explore on your own. Next, on to Chichen Itza, where the renowned Hotel Mayaland is your home for the next two nights. You may wish to take a dip in the pool, stroll through the beautiful gardens, or just enjoy a cool drink.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Located in the heart of Chichen Itza Archaeology Park, the Hotel Mayaland is set on 100 acres of tropical gardens and maintains its own private entrance to the park. Built in 1923, it’s the world’s oldest hotel inside an archaeological site, and has been named a “must see” by Condé Nast Traveler.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 3 Chichen Itza. Excursion To Ek’ Balam & Rio Lagartos

Today we visit the enormous and elaborate pyramid inside the Mayan site of EK’ BALAM. Meaning “black jaguar,” Ek’ Balam was at the height of its importance as a Mayan city during the Late Classic Period (600-900 AD). When the Mayas abandoned the site, it went undercover as the dense low-lying jungle of the Yucatán engulfed it. Found by archaeologists and adventurers, its restoration has been ongoing since 1997. We then continue to the Biosphere Reserve of RIO LAGARTOS, home to nearly 90,000 pink flamingos and 400 other bird species. Learn about the preservation of this area and what is being done to protect the wildlife of the region. Enjoy a CRUISE through the mangroves, the feeding ground of the beautiful flamingos. Return to Chichen Itza, where this evening, you are invited to attend the SOUND & LIGHT SHOW.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 4 Chichen Itza–Mérida

This morning, explore CHICHEN ITZA, built by the Maya between 600 and 900 AD. It was abandoned by the end of the 10th century and re-established in the 11th and 12th centuries, possibly by the Toltecs. Visit the BALL COURT, site of sacrifices; EL CASTILLO, a formidable building dedicated to the high priest; and the CENOTE SAGRADO, the sacred well once filled with priceless treasure offered to the gods. Later, journey to Mérida, capital of the Yucatán state and its colonial heart. Enjoy a city tour including the cathedral, Governor Palace, and the tree-lined streets of Paseo de Montejo. Your hotel this evening is a former colonial mansion that is within walking distance of shopping and the historic city center.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Mérida–Bécal–Campeche

There’s more time this morning to explore Mérida. We then continue to the village of Bécal. For more than a century, the skilled hat weavers of Bécal have been weaving Panama Hats using ancient Mayan techniques. We’ll visit a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HAT MAKER to learn about the history and the hat-making process. Continue to the coastal town of Campeche, once a fortified pirate haven and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll find a captivating port filled with history, baroque Spanish architecture, and natural beauty.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Campeche–Uxmal

This morning’s city tour includes visits to the vibrant malecon (waterfront) area, the historic fort of SAN FRANCISCO DE CAMPECHE, and the historic downtown area. Have your camera handy, as Campeche has spent the last few years restoring hundreds of downtown buildings, making it one of the most photogenic colonial cities in all of Mexico. Arrive later this afternoon in Uxmal. Tickets are included tonight for the exciting SOUND & LIGHT SHOW, full of magic and mystery.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Your home for the next two nights is the Hacienda Uxmal. Set on lush tropical grounds and just a short walk from the Uxmal Archaeological Park, the Hacienda Uxmal has hosted royalty and celebrities, including Queen Elizabeth, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Henry Kissinger.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 Uxmal

This morning, a unique Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite COOKING DEMONSTRATION is in store for you. Here you will learn the traditions still practiced in most of the rural Mayan communities. Learn about the special ingredients and spices used, how the food is prepared, and then enjoy a delicious meal with new friends. Then, visit the most famous ruins of the Puuc region, UXMAL. Its architecture is considered one of the masterpieces of the old civilizations. Later, visit the CHOCO-STORY MUSEUM, where you’ll learn the history of coca, its importance to the Mayans, and see how chocolate was prepared using an ancestral recipe. You’ll even have the chance to Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite make your own BEVERAGE with ingredients you choose. Tonight, enjoy a festive farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 8 Uxmal–Cancun

After breakfast this morning, depart for Cancun. Please schedule flights from Cancun International Airport after 2 pm. The tour ends at the Beachscape Cancun Kin Ha Hotel for those guests extending their stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LUIS CÁCERES

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Born in Mexico City, Luis Mauricio Cáceres, has been in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. He is a certified guide from the Universidad Autónoma de Quintana Roo. Luis Maurico enjoys meeting people from different countries and sharing his knowledge of Mexico and its rich culture. His favorite day of the year is March 21st, when the afternoon sun creates the illusion of a serpent.

Tour Director - LUIS CÁCERES

 Accommodations

Cancun
Chichen Itza
Merida
Campeche
Uxmal

Cancun

Beachscape Kin Ha Hotel

Moderate First-Class

Beachscape Kin Ha Hotel Blvd Kukulkan Km 8.5, Cancun, QTR Mexico

Blvd Kukulkan Km 8.5
Cancun, QTR Mexico

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Beachscape Kin Ha Hotel offers the perfect balance between rest and relaxation and entertainment and excitement. With on-site activities including beach access, snorkeling, outdoor pool, and spa services, the hotel is equipped with tropical gardens, two restaurants, bar, coffee shop, and fitness room.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television

Chichen Itza

Hotel Mayaland

Hotel Mayaland Carretera Merida-Cancun Km. 120, Chichen Itza, QTR Mexico

Carretera Merida-Cancun Km. 120
Chichen Itza, QTR Mexico

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Mayaland Hotel is an experience in itself; one that will enrich your stay at Chichen Itza. The Mayaland is a creation of Old Yucatan, built and operated by its original owners and their descendents in a style reminiscent of the hacienda nobility of a century ago.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Hair Dryer

Merida

Hotel Casa del Balam

First-Class

Hotel Casa del Balam Calle 60, No 488, Merida, YUC Mexico

Calle 60, No 488
Merida, YUC Mexico

Casa del Balam, Mayan for "House of the Jaguar," sits in the heart of the bustling town of Mérida. With colonial style décor and a central patio lined with Moorish arches, the hotel creates a warm and inviting atmosphere with sophisticated Mexican charm.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail

Campeche

Hotel Plaza Campeche

Moderate First-Class

Hotel Plaza Campeche Calle 10, 126 Esq Circuito Balluartes, Campeche,  Mexico

Calle 10, 126 Esq Circuito Balluartes
Campeche, Mexico

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Located next to San Martin Park in Central Campeche, this elegant hotel offers a beautiful outdoor pool with lounge chairs, restaurant serving Mexican and international cuisine, bar, and café.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board

Uxmal

Hacienda Uxmal

Hacienda Uxmal Zona Arqueologica Uxmal, Uxmal, YUC Mexico

Zona Arqueologica Uxmal
Uxmal, YUC Mexico

This historic hotel is located in the Puuc Country of the Yucatan. It offers 2 pools, a tennis court, full service spa and spacious rooms. The Hacienda features a walking and jogging trail which allows guests to explore the botanical garden. The hotel also offers guided tours of the nearby ruins.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Room Service
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Coffee Maker

 Optional Excursions

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