Mayan Mysteries & the Caribbean Coast
Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula
- 12 nights
- from $4700 per person
Explore the colonial splendour of high-octane Mexico City, discover off-the-beaten track Mexico at hidden haciendas and tour ancient Mayan ruins, before heading to the Caribbean coast for ocean adventures and some serious relaxation and pampering.
At a Glance
Perfect for couples or honeymooners interested in exploring authentic Mexico with some beach relaxation
Culinary tours in Mexico City to in-depth archaeologist guided trips to Mayan ruins can be organized at time of booking
Explore renowned Mayan ruins from Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Tulum
Best to avoid the hurricane season between September and November
Try something different in Mexico City and visit a local Mexican wrestling contest - it's huge fun!Maudie Tomlinson
If your a wildlife enthusiast, visit to Rio Celestun Reserve, a mangrove rich reserve, flocks of bright pink flamingos are the star attraction. The best time to see them is December to mid-March, though they are there all year round!Maudie Tomlinson
If you enjoy the buzz of a city, I would extend your stay in Mexico City by a day or two - visit Frida Kahlo's 'Blue House', explore and lunch al fresco in colonial Coyocan, visit the Anthropology Museum and nearby Chapultepec Park and if it's on, catch the fantastic Folkloric ballet!Maudie Tomlinson
The Mayan Mysteries itinerary will take you from the colonial splendour of Mexico City, into the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula, where you will spend time exploring some of the most exciting and fascinating historical sites in Central America before relaxing on the Caribbean coast. Ancient Mayan ruins are scattered throughout the state, from majestic Chichen Itza to virtually unexcavated sites and blissfully unfrequented sites like Edzna hidden in the jungle. This itinerary is a perfect introduction to authentic Mexico, from ancient civilizations to natural wonders, at an easy pace.
Begin with two nights in Mexico City with its intriguing museums, parks, old-school cantinas and restaurants and shops, and within easy striking distance of the Aztec pyramid of Teotihuacan or the floating gardens of Xochimilco. Stay at the stylish and contemporary St Regis, right on the Paseo de la Reforma within walking distance of Chapultepec Park and the fascinating museum of Anthropology.
Then head down to the Yucatan to spend time at two exquisitely restored haciendas set amongst beautiful tropical landscapes near the colonial towns of Campeche and Merida respectively. Both properties offer large sunlit spaces, romantic archways, beautiful patios, lush gardens and glorious swimming pools. Artefacts from the hacienda’s working days have been incorporated into the restoration.
They are also within easy reach of the most beguiling Maya archaeological sites. In Depth archaeological tours of the renowned ancient ruins of Chichen Itza to lesser known ruins such as Edzna can be organized with expert archaeologists. Mayan culture and contemporary living can be explored on city tours, or a cooking courses are one of our favorite ways to really experience local flavors and the culinary traditions of the Yucatan. For nature lovers, the Rio Celestun Reserve can be reached on a day trip from Merida, flocks of bright pink flamingos steal the show, although other migratory birds and resident caiman make this wildlife rich reserve and small fishing village well worth a visit.
Finish with some serious relaxation on the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Riviera Maya, staying at magical Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa. Located on what we think is the best beach on the peninsula, Belmond Maroma offers an intimate, rustic escape where guests truly switch off and enjoy the peacefulness of this 200-acre jungle and plantation preserve. With the second largest barrier reef in the world to explore, snorkel and dive over tropical coral or get out on the water sailing, sport fishing and kayaking. If more Mayan ruins are on the list, then we can organize fantastic guided tours from cycling around the ruins at Coba to a historical tour of Tulum majestically nestled on the Caribbean coast. Back at resort, enjoy dining inspired by the Yucatan from fresh seafood barbecues on the beach to El Restaurante fine dining and give in to a little pampering at Kinan Spa to recover from all of the exploring on this exploratory itinerary worthy of an Indiana Jones movie.
|Fly to Mexico City|
Mexico City, Mexico
|St Regis Mexico City|
|Mexico City - Campeche||Day Flight 2-hours|
San Jose Cholul, Mexico
|Hacienda San Jose|
Riviera Maya, Mexico
|Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa|
|Fly home from Cancun|
Location & Directions
Mexico City & Yucatan Peninsula
St Regis Mexico City is located on the Paseo de la Reforma, in the heart of Mexico City. Then a short 2-hour flight to the Yucatan Peninsula to Campeche, Hacienda Uayamon is a 20-minute drive south of Campeche and the Edzna ruins, and a 90-minute drive to the Uxmal ruins. Hacienda San Jose is located in the heart of the northern Yucatan Peninsula, east of Mérida, the state capital. Belmond Maroma is located on a 25-acre jungle preserve, 20 minute north of the town of Playa del Carmen.
When to go
The best time to visit is typically during the drier, slightly milder months between November and April. The ‘rainy’ season begins in the south around June and runs until November. Although it can be hotter and more humid at this time of year, usually it only rains for a couple of hours before the weather clears. The Caribbean coast can be affected by the hurricane season, which officially is from June to November but the wettest months we recommend avoiding are September and October.