trip.me Payment Plus
Activities & Transport
- City Tour
- Meet the Locals
- Rental Car
Main travel focus
10 Day Haciendas Discovery in Mexico
- Romantic dinner at Hacienda Chichen close to the Mayan archeological site
- Exclusive VIP Cenotes experience
- Luxurious stay at Hacienda Xcanatun
- Relaxing on the white beaches of beautiful Tulum
Discover the treasures of the Yucatán Peninsula on this 10 days self-driving trip taking you from Cancún to Chichen Itza, the White city of Mérida, and the mystical Cenotes untill you reach the crystalline waters of the Caribbean at Tulum.
Embark on a unique journey across the Yucatán Peninsula in which you will visit and stay in some of the most beautiful Haciendas in the region. Haciendas are large estates in which locals used to work to produce cotton and crops. Now, many of these estates have been transformed into magnificent luxury hotels with stunning surroundings.
Travel at your own pace from the Riviera Maya to Merida, the capital of the Yucatán, staying in some of the best Hacienda hotel options such as the enchanting Hacienda Xcanatun and gorgeous Hacienda Chichen. Spend your final few days relaxing on the white beaches of Tulum.
- 9x nights accommodation in luxury hotels
- 9x breakfast
- Romantic dinner on day of arrival at Hacienda Chichen
- 10x days of rental car (includes taxes, unlimited km, Dodge Attitude or equivalent with partially-included insurance)
- English speaking guide for tours and excursions
- Entrance fees when stated in the itinerary
- International flight and airport taxes
- Entrance fees not stated in the itinerary
- Available on request
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Cancún!
Upon your arrive at the airport you can directly pick-up your rental car. An English-speaking guide will meet you, help you with the paperwork and provide you with a road map for the coming days.
Take the straight road towards Chichen Itza. Check-in to your hotel and spend your evening relaxing before exploring the ruins in the morning.
Depending on the time of your arrival you will have the afternoon and evening to explore the area surrounding your hotel.
Visit Ancient Chichen Itza
After a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast you will head to Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Built by the Maya, and then reorganized by the Toltecs, Chichen Itza symbolizes the unification of both religious cultures. The site, which at its height was the most important religious center of the peninsula, is the largest archaeological site in Yucatan.
After the visit you will travel to the gorgeous colonial town of Izamal, entirely painted in bright yellow. The Franciscan convent San Antonio de Padua was built on top of a Mayan ceremonial center, and is the continent’s largest cloister.
Later you will arrive in the village of Tixkokob, known worldwide for its production of hammocks. Check in to your hotel and take a stroll through the village where you can watch the local weavers creating their hammocks in the shade of the afternoon sun.
Take a Trip To a Working Hacienda
This morning you will change your type of transportation and leave in a motorcycle taxi with a local guide. Visit one of the last working Mexican haciendas where you can see how hennequen (or sisal) is produced. Providing nearby Merida with grandeur and wealth, this hacienda has been nicknamed the Green Gold of the Yucatan.
From there you will continue to the archeological site of Maya Aké which is rarely visited by tourists or the general public. Enjoy this small site in peace and quiet and try to imagine what life as a Mayan civilian must have felt like.
You will return to the village of Tixkokob where you can have lunch. Take the opportunity to meet local weavers who create outstanding hammocks before returning to the hotel in the middle of the afternoon.
Travel to the White City of Mérida
Today you will spend the morning at your own pace in Tixkokob, before traveling to Mérida, the capital city of Yucatan.
The White City of Mérida has maintained its captivating colonial charm and strong personality while enjoying great economical growth in recent years. You will find many historical monuments, churches and restaurants with both local and international food. The city is dotted with pleasant little squares which are perfect to relax in, have a drink and listen to a marimba-playing band.
Spend the evening exploring the handicrafts market which offers numerous souvenirs like the renowned huipils (very colorful embroidered woman tunics), the authentic "Panama" hats, the true Yucatecan all-cotton hammocks and many more.
Enjoy Kayaking and Bathing near Flamingoes
After all this city life it is time for an escape into nature. This morning you will drive along the incredible coastline to a small fishing port. Here, you will explore the beautiful, peaceful lagoons by kayak. Observe the local flora and fauna and try to spot the beautifully graceful flamingos that live here in the mangroves. On the boat and kayaking tour a local English speaking guide will point out the most important sights to take in.
You will cross the lagoon to refresh yourselves in an ojo de agua, a small source of fresh water. Who is not hungry after bathing? You will have lunch on a boat and taste some of the locally caught fish.
In the late afternoon you will return to Mérida.
Visit Uxmal and Learn About Cocoa
Uxmal, the peaceful and not widely visited Mayan archaeological site you will visit today has been constructed five times. Of this massive complex you will see The Great Pyramid, House of the Turtles, a vast ballgame court and the Governor's Palace. Keep your eyes open for Chac-Mool: As water is really scarce in this region representation of the rain god are omnipresent.
On the way to Uxmal you will stop to visit the Yaxcopoil Hacienda and later on you will visit the Cocoa Museum, where you will learn about the history of chocolate and how it is closely linked with Mayan history. See how the cacao from the tree is transformed into the final product you dearly cherish and prepare your own beverage with a choice of ingredients.
At the end of the day you will arrive at Hacienda Temozon where you will spend the night.
Enter the Mystical Cenotes
This morning you will visit the archaeological site of Mayapan, nicknamed the mini Chichen Itza. It is said that the city was built by Kukulcan himself. Mayapan is not widely visited by tourists so it might feel like you have the site to yourself.
Afterwards you will enter an extraordinary world on this VIP Tour exploring 2 unique cenotes. Cenotes are natural pools of fresh and crystalline water, where the sun's rays create spectacular lighting effects. First you will head to Rancho Sotuta (1h15). Your host will take you on foot (15 min) or by bike to a private cenote for a swim in the wilderness (mask and snorkel provided).
When you come out of the water, a picnic will be waiting for you with wine and champagne to toast. Next you will head to a second private cenote to refresh yourself during the hottest part of the day. After this spectacular experience you will return to the Hacienda Temozon.
Visit the Ruins of Coba
You will depart early and continue your trip towards the Caribbean Coast with its endless beaches and turquoise waters which host the 2nd largest coral reef in the world.
On the way you will explore the ruins of Coba, one of the largest Mayan cities on the peninsula. Its ruins have remained essentially intact in the middle of the tropical jungle. The archaeologists excavated a 42 meter (138 feet) high pyramid, a 9-storey high palace, a ball court and the most extended network of large calk cobbled roads ("sacbé") you will be able to see for yourself today.
You will spend the night in Tulum.
Relax In Gorgeous Tulum
Today you will spend the day in the magic town of Tulum, either relaxing on the white sand, swimming in the crystal clear Caribbean waters, shopping in the small boutiques, strolling through the central street or sampling some local seafood.
Don't forget to visit the archeaological site to the north of the main beach. This World Heritage Site sits on a cliff edge facing the Caribbean sea and witnessed the arrival of the first colonists.
In 1518, the Spanish conquistador Juan de Grijalva set foot on the beach, under the stunned eye of Batab (Mayan governor of the time). Visit this ancient harbor built in 1200 and which disappeared at the end of the sixteenth century.