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
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
Xcanatun just outside of Merida,
Yucatan's vibrant capital, which lies hidden amid lush jungles and
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.
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.
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".
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
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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