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Mexico and Yucatan haciendas

The haciendas used to be huge farms dedicated to different regional products. Unfortunately, nature has given Yucatan very unproductive soil, which is hardly ever useful to agriculture. Around the middle of the 19th century plantation owners progressively abandoned the harvest of corn and sugar cane to start growing the agave and henequen: the haciendas were born! Indigenous workforce was cheap and abundant, and often worked in conditions of slavery. There were around a hundred of these haciendas in Yucatan in the beginning of the 20th century, nowadays there are only about a dozen left intact. The only ones that survived are those that have been transformed and renovated to luxury hotels, restaurants and museums. During your visit you will be taken to luxurious hotels and immerse yourself with the rich history of Mexico. This trip is perfect for you if you need some peace and if you need to relax.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: México
  • Day 2: México - Xochimilco - National Museum of Anthropology - México
  • Day 3: México - Teotihuacan - Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe - México
  • Day 4: México - Chichen Itza - Tixkokob
  • Day 5: Tixkokob - Celestun - Mérida
  • Day 6: Mérida - Tour Cenote - Temozon
  • Day 7: Temozon - Uxmal - Temozon
  • Day 8: Temozon - Hacienda Sotuta de Peon - Valladolid - Cancún - Isla Mujeres
  • Day 9: Isla Mujeres
  • Day 10: Isla Mujeres

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: México

Arrival in the sprawling city of Mexico
Arrival to Mexico City Airport (flight ? at ?). Transfer to your hotel.



Overnight stay at hotel De Cortes. Executive room.
Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 2: México - Xochimilco - National Museum of Anthropology - México

Mexico City's Zocalo : the 3rd biggest square in the world
After breakfast, meeting in the hotel lobby. Departure for a city tour, mainly of the Zocalo, one of the largest squares in the world. There stands the largest Cathedral in the Americas, built on the site of the former grand Aztec temple «Teocalli». Its three naves shelter many chapels and altars adorned with gold, including the beautiful ‘Altar of Forgiveness’.
The Palacio Nacional (National Palace) was built on top of the Palace of Moctezuma and features frescos painted by famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Nowadays, it houses the President’s offices.

Mexico's colors on Xochimilco Lake
Then we head south of the city to have lunch on a boat on the Xochimilco Lake. There we can appreciate the festive colors and flavors of Mexico. A little group of mariachis comes along to play a few songs.

Visit of the National Museum of Anthropology
In the afternoon, visit of the National Museum of Anthropology (closed on Mondays) considered one of the most harmonious settings conceived to revive antiquities. Inaugurated in 1964, the museum is perfectly integrated in the scenery of the park. It contains a considerable amount of pre-Columbian archeological objects and presents the indigenous groups that lived (and still live) in Mexico in a lively and didactical manner.

Suggestions for the evening (contact us) :
- Show of lucha libre (wrestling), very popular sport in Mexico, in the great arena of the capital… great atmosphere guaranteed! (only Tuesday at 19:00, Friday at 20:00 and Sunday at 17:00).
- Ballet Folklórico (only Wednesday and Sunday - 20:30)



Option included : english speaking local guide.

Overnight stay at hotel De Cortes. Executive room.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast
Included opts : English speaking guide

Day 3: México - Teotihuacan - Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe - México

Meeting in the hotel lobby and departure for a visit of the surroundings of Mexico City. North of the city, visit of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, built in the 17th century. It is the most important religious site of Latin America and major pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics coming from all over the world. There we also see the Old Basilica that is slowly sinking into the ground. The Old Basilica shelters a reproduction of the Black Madonna, which can be seen behind the choir inside the modern basilica.

Then we head to the archeological site of Teotihuacan with the pyramids of the Moon and the Sun, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcóatl), the Temple of the Feathered Snails and the Palace of the Jaguars. The « City of the Gods» was built in the seventh century and was probably, with its 200,000 inhabitants, the most populated city in the world at that time.

Afterwards, possibility to visit an obsidian workshop. Obsidian is volcanic glass-stone produced when felsic lava cools so fast that it practically does not crystallize. Our host gives us tequila to taste.

We head back to Mexico.


Option included : english speaking local guide

Overnight stay at hotel De Cortes. Executive room.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast
Included opts : English speaking guide

Day 4: México - Chichen Itza - Tixkokob

Departure from the hotel to Mexico City Airport in private transportation 4 hours before take-off. Flight ? at ?


Arrival and welcoming at the airport (flight ? at ?). Transfer to Chichen Itza.


Chichen Itza, mayan wonder

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.


At the end of the day, arrival to the hacienda San Jose where we will spend the night.




Option included : english speaking local guide in Chichen Itza

Overnight stay at hotel Hacienda San Jose. Superior room.
Included : transfer departure, private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Guide in Chichen Itza

Day 5: Tixkokob - Celestun - Mérida

After breakfast we head to Celestun.


Celestun’s pink flamingos

Celestun is a fishermen’s village that counts about 6000 inhabitants. We hop on a motorboat for a tour of the lagoon. We see the sanctuary of the flamingos as well as mangrove canals. We end this tour with a surprising swim in the middle of the tropical forest.


Then, we head back to the center of Celestun for lunch, and spend the rest of the afternoon feet in the sand. Treat yourself with delicious grilled fish !


At the end of the day, arrival in Merida where we will spend the night.


Merida, the capital city of Yucatan. While enjoying economical growth, Merida kept a captivating colonial charm and a strong personality. You will find many well set off historical monuments, and pleasant little squares are a great setting to have a drink while listening to a marimba-playing band.


The handicrafts market 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.





Overnight stay at hotel Hacienda Merida.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 6: Mérida - Tour Cenote - Temozon

Tour cenote off the beaten tracks

Cenotes are natural pools of fresh and crystalline water, where the sunrays create spectacular lighting effects. On the way we cross a typical Mayan market where the colors of fruits and vegetables are matched only by those of the women’s traditional clothing. Then we explore 2 cenotes, and take a refreshing swim in the forest. One thing is certain, you will leave completely transformed.


After lunch we head to the hacienda Temozon.




Option included : Lunch at Doña Ana home.
Option included : english speaking local guide for the cenotes tour. Meeting at 09:00 in the hotel lobby.

Overnight stay at hotel Hacienda Temozon.
Included : private transport, lunch (no drinks), local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Lunch included., English speaking local guide

Day 7: Temozon - Uxmal - Temozon

Morning at leisure at the hacienda.


Conquer the city of Uxmal

The site is peaceful and not widely visited by tourists… You will love it ! Uxmal, in Mayan language, means “Thrice Built”, but in reality the city was constructed five times. The water is really scarce in the region, this explains the omnipresence of representations of the rain god Chac-Mool.


Return to the hacienda Temozon at the end of the day.




Option included : english speaking local guide in Uxmal (meeting at 11:00 am in The Lodge hotel’s lobby in front of the main entrance).

Overnight stay at hotel Hacienda Temozon.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Guide in Uxmal.

Day 8: Temozon - Hacienda Sotuta de Peon - Valladolid - Cancún - Isla Mujeres

After breakfast we head to the hacienda Sotuta de Peon.


The Haciendas and Yucatan’s green gold

True living museum, Sotuta de Peon is the last Mexican hacienda where henequen (or Sisal) is still produced. During the seventeenth century, the fibers of this plant were used for many things : ropes for the Spanish caravels, baskets… Its production made Merida a grand and rich town. It was called Yucatan’s green gold.


Visit of the Hacienda and explanation of the production process from the 1900s. We will then visit the fields on a small trolley pulled by a horse. Finally, we go swimming in a cenote on the property of the Hacienda (don’t forget your towel and swimsuit).


Then we drive to Valladolid, a small and authentic Mexican town that is lovely to stroll around. This peaceful town, built in the sixteenth century by Francisco de Montejo, is dominated by the imposing sobriety of the Franciscan convent San Bernardino de Siena. You will appreciate the pretty pastel colored houses, while eating an ice cream.


In the afternoon we head to Cancun. An exceptional area is now ahead of us: the Caribbean Coast with its endless beaches and its turquoise waters hosting the 2nd largest coral reef in the world. Arrival at Puerto Juarez pier to take a ferry (not included) to Isla Mujeres (30 minutes). Transfer to your hotel (not included).





Overnight stay at hotel Na Balam.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 9: Isla Mujeres

Day at leisure to enjoy the beach and the sun on Isla Mujeres.



Overnight stay at hotel Na Balam.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 10: Isla Mujeres

Transfer at leisure from the hotel to Isla Mujeres pier. Ferry to Puerto Juarez (Cancun) then transfer to Cancun Airport. International flight? to?.

Note : Ferry and taxi on the island not included.


Included : private transport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 2:

Option included : Boat in Xochimilco.
Option included : Entrance fee to the national museum of anthropology.
Option included : mariachi Xochimilco (6 songs)
Option included : Lunch on board of the Xochimilco boat.
Included : entrance fees, lunch (no drinks)
Included opts : Museo nacional de antropologia, mariachi Xochimilco, Lunch included.

Day 3:

Option included : Entrance fees to Teotihuacan.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : entrance fee teotihuacan

Day 4:

Option included : Entrance fees to Chichen Itza.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrance fees Chichen Itza.

Day 5:

Option included : boat in Celestun.
Included : entrance fees, boat ticket
Included opts : boat celestun

Day 7:

Option included : Entrance fees to Uxmal.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrance fees Uxmal

Day 8:

Option included : Entrance fees to Sotuta de Peon.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrance fees Sotuta de Peon

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 6:

Option included : Junior suite.

Included opts : junior suite (upgrade 1)

Day 7:

Option included : Junior suite.

Included opts : junior suite (upgrade 1)

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 8:

Overnight stay at hotel Na Balam. Deluxe beach view.
Included : room & breakfast
Included opts : deluxe beach view

Day 9:

Overnight stay at hotel Na Balam. Deluxe beach view.
Included : room & breakfast
Included opts : deluxe beach view

de Cortes   México

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Boutique Hotel de Cortes is one of the first hotels in the Americas, a jewel of Mexican baroque, converted into a modern boutique hotel. In the heart of remarkable Mexico City, history, design and luxury come together in this iconic house to offer the most exquisite sensations.

Hacienda San José   Tixkokob

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Located in the northern Yucatan peninsula, this historical plantation house is close to the Chichen Itza archaeological site and exudes an atmosphere of the past. Your stay at Hacienda San Jose will embrace historical aspects of our culture while maintaining world-class luxury of the finest facilities. Spend a morning by our elegantly constructed outdoor swimming pool, amongst tropical greenery and flora, and rest under the lustrous sun in one of our native hammocks. Be pampered at our outdoor spa cabin or share a massage with a special someone under ceiling-high wood beams. After, enjoy gourmet regional and international cuisine overlooking the main gardens or a romantic dinner set amongst natural dirt paths, exotic tree roots, and candlelight.

Hacienda Mérida   Mérida

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Located in the heart of the charming colonial center of the city, The Hotel Hacienda Mérida Yucatan is the ultimate high-class boutique hotel and self-contained destination. It is an amazing haven of relaxation in the middle of one of Mexico’s most vibrant cities. Discover exceptional history, great entertainment, rich culture, while enjoying the peacefulness of this colonial historical monument dating back to 1840.

Hacienda Temozón   Temozon

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

A hacienda of coral walls and white moldings awaits you in the tropical rainforest ambience of the Yucatan peninsula, Hacienda Temozon recreates the belle époque of the Mexican southeast. Special details, like weathered wooden doors and rose petals, reflect the natural display of our Mayan cultural surroundings. Delight in the fine service this superb residence offers and discover the beauty of ancient Mayan architectural sites.

Na Balam   Isla Mujeres

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Surrounded by tropical gardens, this hotel is located on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Na Balan, Mayan for The House of the Jaguar, features an outdoor pool and shady palm trees with hammocks. Guests can attend the hotel's yoga classes, then relax with a massage.

Option : junior suite (upgrade 1)

Option : deluxe beach view

Included :
room & breakfast

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