Meet your private guide at your Cancun hotel and make the 4-hour trip to Uxmal in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Explore the Classical Period temples that make UNESCO-listed Uxmal one of the most important sites in the Maya world. Climb to the top of the ‘Pyramid of the Soothsayer’ for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, then take in a series of sculptures dedicated to the rain god Chaac. See the grand stone ball court where ancient Maya athletes competed for great crowds, visit the ‘House of the Tortoises’ and stroll the broad ‘Quadrangle of the Nuns,’ an enclosed court surrounded by elegant arcades.
Continue to the picturesque colonial city of Merida, where you’ll find colorful historic buildings clustered around a central square. Take a walking tour of the vibrant downtown and visit the 16th-century Merida cathedral, one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas. Follow narrow streets to hidden parks then browse local shops filled with hand-woven hammocks and huipiles.
Learn how the ancient Maya cultivated and used cacao on a nearby plantation, where you can see cacao trees growing and watch the preparation of cacao into natural chocolate, and make a final stop at a traditional Yucatan hacienda before returning to your Cancun hotel.