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Mexico Flavors of the Maya
The cooking delights of the traditional Yucatan cuisine are made of an exquisite mixture of ingredients used by ancient Mayas, with flavors brought by the Spaniards during the Colony, and later, with contributions of the Caribbean and the Middle East. All these constitute the base of one of the most recognized gastronomies of Mexico and the world. Let’s enjoy it!

Day 1 - Merida

Our guide will meet you after customs at the airport and by private car take you for check in at your deluxe hotel or Hacienda.  After this, in the afternoon we will drive you 78 kilometers south of Merida, to Uxmal, a Unesco heritage site. Uxmal is one of the most beautiful Mayan archaeological sites ever built; it’s the best example of the Puuc architectural style which is considered the finest among many archaeologists. At Uxmal, a different feeling comes through the air, a feeling of energy, mysticism or power. The includes the following: The magician pyramid, the nuns quadrangle, the parrots square, the ball court, the governors palace (with more than 20,000 sculptured stones, is considered the most beautiful structure in ancient América), the turtles temple, the great pyramid and more. Dinner will take place after the visit.

Day 2 - Merida

Today, our guide will pick you and will introduce you to the city of Merida by a city tour. In this tour will be visited the very historic places and the newer ones. The tour starts at downtown visiting the main square, the Governors Palace and “Montejo” House, the San Ildefonso Cathedral (the oldest in America’s mainland); continuing north through the 60th street and its important buildings: the “Tercera Orden” church, Hidalgo Park, Motherhood Park, José Peón Contreras Theater, Yucatán University, Santa Lucía Park and Church. Lets go by “Paseo Montejo” to appreciate the French style buildings like the “Cantón” Palace, the twin houses and more. At the end of “Paseo Montejo” we will visit the Motherland monument. After that, we will visit the modern residential zone of the city and continue to visit two XVII century haciendas located in Mérida. The first one to visit is “Hacienda Vista Alegre” which has the most important and prestigious production of traditional Rum and liquors from tropical fruits like Coconut, Guanabana or Nance. After the liquor tasting the tour proceeds to another old colonial palace called “Hacienda Teya”. This award winning hacienda was founded by Doña Ildefonsa Calderón y de la Helguera, wife of Conde (Earl) de Miraflores in 1683, has been transformed into a restaurant; it offers the best typical gastronomy of the Yucatán and has received visits from figures like Queen Sophie from Spain and Greece, Hilary Clinton, the Luxembourg Dukes and more. Yucatán is known for having the most prestigious, the finest and the most diverse culinary tradition of México and is famous worldwide. In this tour people will have the opportunity to try the best of the best from our proud cooking tradition. In the evening, we will be transferred to the downtown to enjoy dinner with live music and the lovely atmosphere of the Yucatan’s Capital.

Day 3 - Merida

Every traveler to Yucatán should include a visit to one of the many haciendas in the region, most of which at one time were part of the history of "green gold ", or henequén production. And because we want to you to live an unforgettable experience into the past, go to Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, the only henequén/sisal fiber hacienda in the area that continues to work as it did 100 years ago. More than 80 Mayan families work at the hacienda, living in adjacent communities. One of the workers in the finished goods plant is 82 years old, and has been working there for 67 years. After the tour of the Hacienda, a typical food  lunch will be served. Return to your hotel. In the evening, transfer to one of the best Haciendas in Yucatan for a gourmet selected dinner menu.  Return to your hotel on your own after you have enjoyed the night enough.

Day 4 - Merida

After breakfast today, we will experience the Traditional Maya Lifestyle taking  a look at the continuum between ancient and modern Maya. We will visit The villages of Ek Balam and Yaxunah, both close to Chichen Itza, which are using tourism to provide jobs locally. Each day a limited number of visitors are welcomed to take part in normal village life. Accompanied by our  local guide, you will be able to hike and bird around unexcavated Maya ruins and prepare lunch with the villagers in the traditional open-pit oven. Afterward there is time for a visit to the grand ceremonial city, Chichen Itza, or a swim in the local freshwater village cenote (deepwater sinkhole or cavern). After a full day, return to your hotel for a Spa treatment or just relax.

Day 5 - Merida

Relax at your hotel or hacienda until your driver comes to take you to the airport to flight back home or to continue into your next destination.

 

 

Fine Wine & GourmeTravel offer  personalized travel services and our itineraries are fully customizable to better suit our customers’ needs.  All these tours are available in the finest  hotels  and  accommodations in the area and available to be done guided or driving by yourself. Please check possible extensions in Mérida, Riviera Maya, Cancun or any other city in México.

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