The Wonders of Mexico's Yucatan with Cancun (YYE)

11 Day Tour from Cancun to Cancun

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Home to one of the world’s most sophisticated ancient cultures, Mexico’s Yucatán offers fascinating archaeological sites, interesting colonial cities, and beautiful beaches. On this Yucatán tour, you’ll explore it all with overnights in Cancun, Uxmal, Campeche, Mérida, and Chichen Itza.

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, 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. 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. With three extra nights in Cancun, you’ll have time to soak on the beach, visit the ruins in Tulum, or just relax by the pool.

From the fun experiences to the fascinating sites, this Yucatán tour—with extra time in Cancun—is a perfect vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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

  • Maximum enjoyment of "The Wonders of Mexico's Yucatan" vacation requires walking on cobblestone streets, uneven pathways, and climbing stairs.

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; 4 three-course dinners, including a farewell dinner in Uxmal

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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.

Day 2 CANCUN–VALLADOLID–UXMAL

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. 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.

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Day 3 UXMAL

Today, we visit the most famous ruins of the Puuc region, UXMAL, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The existence of this city is a testament to the engineering abilities of the Maya who built reservoirs to provide water to it during the dry season. 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.

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Day 4 UXMAL–CAMPECHE

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 and how the food is prepared. 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. This afternoon’s city tour includes visits to the vibrant malecón (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. This evening is at leisure. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for shopping, dining, and additional sightseeing.

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Day 5 CAMPECHE–BÉCAL–MÉRIDA

Our first stop today is 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. Later, journey to Mérida, capital of the Yucatán state and its colonial heart. Visit the MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY, home to a collection of exclusive artifacts from the Maya civilization to present day. Your hotel this evening is a former colonial mansion that is within walking distance of shopping and the historic city center.

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Day 6 MÉRIDA–CHICHEN ITZA

This morning, enjoy a city tour including the cathedral, Governor’s Palace, and the tree-lined streets of Paseo de Montejo. 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. After dinner this evening, you are invited to attend the SOUND & LIGHT SHOW.

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.

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Day 7 CHICHEN ITZA. EXCURSION TO EK’ BALAM

Start the day with a visit to 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. Next, 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. Return to Chichen Itza, where your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner. The perfect ending to your time in the Yucatán.

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Day 8 CHICHEN ITZA–CANCUN

After breakfast this morning, return to Cancun and check in to the Westin Resort & Spa for the next three nights.

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Days 9-10 CANCUN

Spend two full days in Cancun, with a multitude of activities to enjoy. During your time here, you may want to swim with the dolphins, take a ferry to Cozumel, visit the nearby ruins of Tulum, relax on a dinner cruise to Isla Mujeres, enjoy a massage or facial at the spa, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax by the pool.

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Day 11 CANCUN

The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Cancun International Airport.

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 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
Uxmal
Campeche
Merida
Chichen Itza

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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