“Hidden Treasures of the Yucatan”
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One of the most exciting travel opportunities in our hemisphere lies nearby to our south on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The constellations are so clear at night that the ancient Mayans chose this corner of the jungle to build an observatory to track the heavenly progress of the gods. We are based in the unique Hacienda Xcanatun just outside of Merida, Yucatan’s vibrant capital, which lies hidden amid lush jungles and tropical gardens.
Although the much-acclaimed cuisine is a major reason to stay at our hacienda, we do not linger too long at table. On one day there are Mayan ruins to climb, birds to follow, and gardens to experience. Another day takes us along a Convent Route through villages and countryside to view 16th century Spanish-built monasteries and churches meant to compete with the more ancient and imposing Mayan sites. Cenotes with crystalline water beckon, as do walking tours of working haciendas and nature reserves, and luncheon by the sea. Merida itself is a shopper’s mecca and cultural capital. We return to our luxurious home base in the jungle to rest and prepare to venture out again another day.
Immerse yourselves in the stuff of legend. Join me this winter in discovering the hidden treasures of the Yucatan.
Our first full day of sightseeing begins after breakfast with a visit to the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, among the most renowned archeological sites of the Yucatan. After a refreshing dip in the crystalline waters of the Cenote Ik-kil we return to the Hacienda for a rest before our Welcome Dinner.
The next day on to Merida for the traditional Sunday festivities. We visit the Museum of Anthropology and History, Dzibilchaltun and its Cenote, then enjoy a seafood lunch at the Port of Progresso. After returning to our Hacienda we have time for a rest before dinner.
We have a morning at leisure to enjoy the Hacienda, take the sun, or generally relax. After lunch we take off for Uman, the Hacienda Yaxcopoil with its museum and the Mayan site of Uxmal where we stay for the Sound and Light Show. Dinner back at the “ranch”.
An early breakfast and then we head for a boat tour of the Celestun Nature Reserve along the Gulf Cost – home to flamingos, among other species. Here we enjoy a sea side lunch. This evening we celebrate with a gala Farewell Dinner on the Hacienda grounds.
Early breakfast is followed by a visit to the Hacienda San Antonio Millet and the picturesque painted town of Tixkokob. We move on to the ruins of Ake and the legendary church of Izamal. After lunch back at the ranch, we transfer to the airport for our return or onward flights.
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