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5 Days Yucatan Culinary Delicacies, Drinks, Chocolate, and a Bit of Adventure in Merida, Mexico

Gran Real Yucatan, Calle 56 474, Parque Santa Lucia, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico

Gastronomic Culinary Holiday in Mexico

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Discover the duality of a city where the modernity of a cosmopolitan destination meets the tradition and history of a colonial city. Mérida, also known as “The White City”, is capital of the Yucatan state and gateway to the Mayan culture. Yucatan cuisine is also the result of a mixture of influences. Its peculiar combination of influences, results in an incredible variety of flavors, aromas, and colors that provide an unforgettable culinary experience. The warmth, hospitality, and kindness of the people undoubtedly distinguishes Yucatan. They will make you feel like you are part of a whole legacy of traditions. Come and experience your culinary adventure of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Go on a walking street food tour to sample traditional dishes
  • Walk to three different cantinas, and enjoy snacks and beer there
  • Visit Uxmal archeological site, declared a "Cultural Heritage of Humanity"
  • Have lunch and learn about cacao in the Mayan culture at the Chocolate Museum
  • Take a refreshing dip at the cenote Kankirixche in Abalá
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel and two lunches provided
  • Private round-trip airport transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation

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3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot

During this vacation, you will stay at Hotel Gran Real Yucatan or similar, on a double occupancy basis.

Gran Real Yucatan

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace, Gran Real Yucatan is set in the Centro de Merida district in Mérida. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. The rooms include a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Gran Real Yucatan features free Wi-Fi throughout the property. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Merida

Welcome to Merida City! Today, after your arrival at Merida International Airport, your driver will be waiting for you at the airport, he will drive you to the hotel. After the check in, you will have the rest of the day to discover the nearby places by your own.

Day 2: Walking street food tour

This day, you will have the opportunity to sample traditional dishes, explore the city’s main market, eat at a seafood restaurant, and visit a shop that sells homemade ice cream. You will be able to enjoy fruit, juices, and the famous roasted suckling pig and pork along with local tamales, panuchos, polcanes, and salbutes. You willl also have the chance to savor fresh seafood tacos from Yucatan’s coast.

Day 3: Cantinas walking tour

During this tour, you will visit three completely different cantinas. Each cantina is close from each other, so you get there by walking while admiring downtown Merida and its attractions. These cantinas could be the equivalent to the old western saloons! Some of the oldest cantinas in Merida even have the saloon type doors! In each cantina, you will have a glass of beer, some snacks, share tons of stories, and have a blast.

Day 4: Visit to Uxmal, lunch, visit to the Chocolate Museum, and cenote

This tour will take you on a unique experience! Visit Uxmal archaeological site, one of the most important pre-Hispanic capitals, declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Have lunch and learn about the importance of cacao in the Mayan culture in the Chocolate Museum. Enjoy a delicious swim in the cenote Kankirixche in Abalá.

Please note that your tour today will include private transportation.

Day 5: Depart from Merida

This is your last day in Merida City. By the morning, your driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby to take you to the international airport of Merida, this is where the trip ends. Goodbye Merida!

Transportation details

You will enjoy private roundtrip airport transfers as well as private transportation on day 4 for the Uxmal tour.

The guides

You will have guides during tours only. This includes guide during the street food tour, cantinas tour, and also on day 4 during the Uxmal tour.

Location

Merida

Merida is the capital and largest city in Yucatan State and the cultural and financial capital of the region. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city with museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops, and boutiques. A major center of commerce, Merida Yucatan is considered the crossroads of the region perfect place to start any excursion to witness firsthand the Mayan Heritage.

The Yucatan

The Yucatan is in one word, breathtaking. Its rich culture, its fantastic food, its kind and gentle people, everything about the Yucatan is great. The Yucatan is considered the whole Yucatan Peninsula, which is divided in three states: Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán. The three of them share a common history and were separated during the 1800’s, so most traditions and customs are shared.

The common ancestors were the Mayas, and ancient civilization that built Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and several other majestic sites. They were wonderful mathematicians and architects. There are some towns scattered all around the Yucatan were there are still some true Mayas.

Distances

  • Merida Cathedral, 400 meters
  • Main Square, 500 meters
  • Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID), 6 kilometers

Food

Yucatan cuisine is the result of a mixture of influences. The essence of the ancient Mayas is combined with the European to create delicacies. The geographical location of the state, its isolation for many years from the rest of the country, the commercial exchange, and the immigration of people from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, make their gastronomy really stand out from the rest of Mexican food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The state of Yucatan has great cultural and natural heritage. You might be interested in any of the following:

  • Come and visit important archaeological sites such as Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, and Ek Balam
  • Visit the colonial cities and magical towns like Izamal and Valladolid
  • Discover the henequen haciendas, remembrance of the “Oro Verde” days
  • Explore the beautiful beaches, cenotes, and reserves such as the Biosphere of Celestún, Ría Lagartos, to name a few, that provide a sanctuary for a great diversity of flora and fauna

What's included

  • Private roundtrip airport transfers
  • Tour with private transportation on day 4
  • Entrance fee tickets to street food tour, cantinas tour, Uxmal, cenote, and Chocolate Museum
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • 2 lunches (on day 2 and 4)
  • Snacks and 1 beer per person per cantina during tour on day 3
  • All local taxes

What's not included

  • Air fares
  • Meals not specified
  • Beverages at meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to driver and guide
  • Other entrances

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Adventures Mexico will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport Airport transfer included: Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 34% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of two participants. Single travelers may request price and availability, however, the price will increase considerably. Starting with two travelers is recommended.

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