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From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

1. From Mérida: Chichén Itzá, Izamal, Valladolid, & Cenote Trip

Spend a day full of culture, history, and cuisine on a multi-stop guided tour from Mérida to Izamal, Valladolid, Cenote Chichikan, and Chichén Itzá, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Discover traditional cooking during a live demonstration. Enjoy breakfast, a buffet lunch, and entry tickets. After meeting your guide in Mérida, head to the archeological site of Chichén Itzá. Walk through the center of this thousand-year-old place and see highlights like the Temple of the Warriors. For breakfast, enjoy a packed meal. Later, transport your senses to the root of regional cuisine, one of the greatest legacies of the Mayan culture, during a demonstration of the region’s unique gastronomy. Learn about tradition and innovation in the use of plants, vegetables, and wild fauna. Enjoy a buffet lunch of local products, then let yourself be enchanted by the story and cultural richness of two magical towns of Yucatan during the next stops. Explore Valladolid, known for its natural beauty, cobbled streets, coffee shops, restaurants, and delicious food. Stop at the main plaza for some free time to wander before moving on to Izamal. Learn why the town's houses are all painted yellow and fall in love with its colonial architecture, dating back to the 16th century. Spend time at the main landmark: the Convento de San Antonio de Padua. In between the Valladolid and Izamal stops, seize the chance to take a dip in the cool waters of Chichikan Cenote. 

From Mérida: Chichen Itza & Izamal Guided Day Trip

2. From Mérida: Chichen Itza & Izamal Guided Day Trip

Experience the beauty and history of Chichen Itza and explore on a guided day trip leaving from Merida. Learn more about the ancient civilization who built Chichen Itza, take a refreshing swim in a cenote, visit the Temple of Kukulcan, and wander through Izamal. Leave Merida with the guide and travel to the beautiful and historical site of Chichen Itza. Enjoy a two-hour guided tour where you will learn about the history and significance of the site and its most important buildings, such as the Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo), the ball game court, the Observatory, and its adjacent Temple of the 1000 columns. Take some time to discover the site at your own pace, and admire the monuments and take pictures as you explore. Continue the tour by moving on to the Xcajum Cenote and learn more about the sinkholes that are part of the world's largest network of underground rivers. Indulge in a delicious meal next, and enjoy a variety of local foods. Move on to one of Mexico's most beautiful towns, Izamal. Learn more about the city, known as the "city of three cultures" for its multiple cultural influences. Stroll through the streets and admire the yellow and white buildings for which the town is famous. Finish the tour in Izamal before returning to pickup points in Merida, and relax and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Izamal: 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. Izamal: 2-Hour Walking Tour

Wander through this colorful city while a local guide brings its stories to life. Visit Parque Itzamna in the historic center and marvel at the San Antonio de Padua Convent. View the city from atop the Kinich Kak Moo Pyramid and learn why this city was dubbed the "City of Three Cultures."

From Merida: Chichén Itzá and Izamal Guided Tour

4. From Merida: Chichén Itzá and Izamal Guided Tour

We start the tour when our guide arrives for you at the lobby of your hotel, we will go to see one of the new wonders of the World. Our first stop will be at Z A Chichén Itzá named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered one of the "Seven New Wonders of the World" The archaeological site covers an area of 6 5 square kilometers, shows the fusion of Puuc architectural styles and the central highlands of Mexico. The most impressive structures of Chichén Itzá are located in the central zone. There you will find the ball game, temples, the spectacular castle (Kukulkan pyramid), the temple of the warriors, the observatory and the sacred cenote. We delighted in a delicious Yucatecan meal at the Zamná restaurant. Subsequently, the city tour of Izamal (magical town) located right in the center of the peninsula, 72 km east of Mérida, will take place. The City of the Three Cultures is known because three historical periods coexist in it, its pyramids witness to the greatness of the Mayans, its convent whose charm derives from the silence of the majestic walls that forever marked the mark of Spanish influence, and its streets , buildings, squares, houses and churches, all in a harmonious visual rhythm of a single yellow color.

From Mérida: Maní and Tekit Day Trip with Lunch

5. From Mérida: Maní and Tekit Day Trip with Lunch

We start the tour when our guide arrives for you at the lobby of your hotel, we will go to see one of the magical towns of the State. We will begin by visiting the capital of the guayabera; Tekit belongs to the route of the churches for having the former convent of San Antonio de Padua and the chapel of San Cristóbal. Our second stop will be the magical town of Maní "place where everything happened". We will visit the convent of San Miguel Arcángel founded in 1549, it is made up of a large rectangular atrium, a posa chapel, an open chapel, the main church with four chapels, a cloister, the convent area, an orchard, a waterwheel and the remains of the old school. Later we will move to the U Naajil Yuum K'iin meliponaria to learn about the melipona bee native to the state and its great value within the Mayan culture. Then we will delight ourselves with regional Yucatecan food at the El Príncipe Tutul Xiu restaurant, where we will enjoy delicious Poc-chuc, and then we will return to Mérida.

Amanecer en Kukulkán, Tsukán e Izamal

6. Amanecer en Kukulkán, Tsukán e Izamal

Nuestra guía llega por ti al lobby de tu hotel, nos dirigiremos a conocer una de las nuevas maravillas del Mundo de una manera única Se visita la Z A Chichén Itzá donde viviremos las experiencias del amanecer con muy poca gente en la zona arqueológica, y veremos la salida del K'IIN (el sol) en las estructuras más impresionantes de Chichén Itzá el espectacular Castillo (Pirámide de Kukulkán). Se podrá disfrutar del templo de los guerreros, el juego de pelota, templos el observatorio y el cenote sagrado Nos deleitamos de una rica comida tipo buffet en un restaurante Hacienda Xaybeh del pueblo de Pisté, Yucatán. Recorremos el cenote TSUKÁN Santuario de Vida, donde nuestra misión es la de preservar la naturaleza, las tradiciones y la cultura a través de experiencias que conectan a nuestros visitantes con nuestro bello estado de Yucatán. Te ofrece a ti amante del turismo enfocado a la naturaleza y cultura maya, vivencias únicas en un entorno natural donde resalta la arquitectura que combina con la esencia, la flora y la fauna local Izamal (pueblo mágico) ubicado justo al centro de la península, a 72 km al oriente de Mérida. Es conocida la Ciudad de las Tres Culturas pues en ella conviven tres periodos históricos sus pirámides testigo de la grandeza de los mayas, su convento cuyo encanto deriva del silencio de los muros majestuosos que marcaron por siempre la huella de la influencia española, sus calles, edificios, plazoletas, casas e iglesias todos en un ritmo visual armonioso de un solo color amarillo.

From Merida: guided tour to Chichen Itza, Izamal & Cenote

7. From Merida: guided tour to Chichen Itza, Izamal & Cenote

Venture on an unforgettable journey to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá, and witness the ancient splendor of this once-thriving city. Discover the intricate architectural masterpieces that define Chichén Itzá, including the iconic Temple of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo. Marvel at the Temple of the Warriors, the Ball Game, the Astronomical Observatory, and the Complex of the Nuns, each showcasing the city's grand ceremonial character and rich history. As the day unfolds, escape the heat and take a refreshing dip in a crystalline cenote, immersing yourself in the enchanting beauty of this natural wonder. Continue your journey to the Magic Town of Izamal, a captivating blend of three distinct cultures. Experience the harmony of pre-Hispanic heritage as you explore Mayan temples and palaces, with Kinich Kakmó standing tall as a testament to the city's ancient splendor. Discover the indelible mark of Spanish heritage through the colonial-era Franciscan convent, a symbol of the city's colonial past. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, ceremonies, and traditions of Izamal's proud inhabitants, who embody the spirit of the present. With convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel in Mérida, entrance fees, a knowledgeable professional guide, and a satisfying lunch included, this tour ensures a seamless and immersive experience. From the awe-inspiring ruins of Chichén Itzá to the rejuvenating waters of a cenote and the vibrant cultural tapestry of Izamal, this journey offers an enchanting exploration of Yucatan's history, nature, and traditions. As the tour concludes, relax and reflect on your captivating experiences as you return to your hotel in Mérida.

Chichen , Cenote & Yellow Town

8. Chichen , Cenote & Yellow Town

We will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to yellow town in Yucatan called Izamal , then we will drive to Chichen Itza were you can expirence a wonder world . At the end we will finish swimming in a Santuary cenote were we will eat tipical mexican food .

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Hermoso Lugar

One of the best guided tour experiences ever! The tour was very good organized: we got breakfast and water, the group was not big, the bus was comfortable, with air condition, our driver, Pablo, was good and professional. Our guide Hector made our day really perfect: he is very knowledgeable, polite and professional, we learned a lot about Mayan culture, colonial culture, Mexican traditions and food, he answered all of our questions and gave a lot of recommendations. All locations we’ve visited were amazing! We arrived to Chichén Itzá at the right time in the morning and it was not crowded, the lunch was delicious, cenot was beautiful and not very touristic, with a very nice chill zone. Highly recommend!

I spent a very good day! Hector is an excellent guide, you can see since the beginning that he is very prepared and that he puts a lot of energies in his job. I really enjoyed the typical buffet lunch with cochinita pibil. The only thing: there a nicer cenote in the area, the one we saw was not really nice, pity. Please be aware that you will have to pay 30 US dollars more in order to enter in Chichen Itza. I would recommend this experience!

Chichen is closed at the moment and they offered us the tour to Ek Balam, it is an Archaeological zone where one can climb the buildings, very beautiful, the cenote is beautiful and the buffet is very complete and rich, the visits to the cities are short, but very informative, our Guide Carlos is highly recommended

Great tour. Carlos - the guide - made sure we understand. Good English from him and driver.

Great tour- well organised , great tour guide, good driver. A very full day.