The waterfront town closest to Mérida, Progreso is not particularly historic. It's also not terribly picturesque; still, it provokes a certain sentimental fondness for those who know it well. On weekdays during most of the year the beaches are deserted When the sun is shining, the water looks translucent green and feels bathtub-warm, and the fine sand makes for lovely long walks. When the wind blows during one of Yucatán's winter nortes, the water churns with whitecaps and looks gray and unappealing. View more
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Journey into the heart of the Mayan world for a visit to Mexico's most famous archeological site; one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - Chichen Itza, during this full-day tour.
Depart the pier in an air-conditioned coach for the 2.5 hour journey north to this amazing Mayan ruins site. Named for the large cenotes (natural wells fed by underground rivers) on the site that provided the otherwise dry landscape with life-giving water, Chichen Itza is an iconic example of the elaborate Mayan architecture. An important city in the Mayan region between 600CE and about 900CE, Chichen Itza reflects different periods of architecture as well as different regional influences.
Notable Sites Visited
Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a journey through time as he explains the most famous structures, including the pyramid shaped "el Castillo", which was built in accordance with the Mayan calendar with their extensive knowledge of astronomy. Visit the Temple of the Warriors with hundreds of carved columns depicting different warriors, the Great Ball Court where the reward for winning was being sacrificed to the gods, the Mural of Skulls depicting the winners of the ball-game, the Sacred Cenote where human and material sacrifices may have been made to the gods, and the Caracol Observatory where the art and science of astronomy were nearly perfected.
Discover why Chichen Itza has held its place in the imagination of visitors for hundreds of years, helping to answer questions about the life of the ancient Mayans, but also how it has confounded historians for centuries with its seemingly endless mysteries. The walk through the spectacular ruins is approximately 1.5 hours, led by a professional guide sharing all the facts of the buildings and their significance to the larger Mayan way of life and the legacy of their ingenious culture.
Following your guided walking tour, some free time is available to re-visit your favorite sites within the ruins for further investigation and photos.
Leaving Chichen Itza, proceed to Mayaland Hotel and Restaurant for a buffet lunch before re-boarding your coach for the 2.5 hour return drive back to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking over uneven terrain in high humidity and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear light-weight comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent. Guests must sign a waiver to participate in this tour programme. A video camera fee of $5USD is charged at all Mexico archaeological parks, payable to your guide.
The most famous archaeological site in Mexico is yours to discover during this immersive, full-day excursion to Chichén Itzá.
Progreso, Mayala, Chichén Itzá
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Mayala, and a visit to Mexico's most famous archaeological site, Chichen Itza. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, the amazing archaeological treasure trove of Chichén Itzá is the best and most popular cultural tourist attraction in Mexico. The main pyramid of this ancient Mayan city, the Castle of Kukulkan, was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Named for the large cenotes (natural wells fed by underground rivers) on the site that provided the dry landscape with life-sustaining water, Chichén Itzá reflects different periods of architecture and diverse regional influences.
Guided Walking Tour, El Castillo, Temple of the Warriors, Columns, Caraco Observatory
Upon arrival at Chichén Itzá, take a guided walking tour of this must-see ancient Mayan city. Along the way, see and learn about the site's most famous structures, and their significance to the larger Mayan way of life. Included are El Castillo, built in accordance with the Mayan calendar, and the Temple of the Warriors. Here, see hundreds of carved columns depicting different warriors, a ball court, mural of skulls depicting the winners of the ball game, the sacred cenote where human and material sacrifices may have been made to the gods, and the Caraco Observatory.
Mayaland Resort, Mexican Lunch, Free Time, Chichén Itzá, Kukulkan Pyramid, Light Show
Following your tour, proceed for a Mexican lunch at the Mayaland Resort. Located just minutes from Chichén Itzá, this resort has an exclusive private entrance to the Mayan temples. Enjoy your lunch amidst the tranquillity of your surrounds. After lunch, some free time is made available to explore the resort at your leisure. Leaving Mayaland, transfer back to Chichén Itzá. Upon arrival, you are seated in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid for the highlight of your tour, an evening light show projected on its façade. Marvel at the light show, and discover more about the amazing history of Chichén Itzá. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 2.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Discover the ancient treasures of the Mayan world and Colonial city of Mérida during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion with lunch.
Progreso, Dzibilchaltún, Mayan Ruins, Guided Walking Tour, Temple of the Seven Dolls
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the ruins of Dzibilchaltún, inhabited by the Maya from around 1500 B.C. until the European conquest in the mid-16th century. Archaeologists have since discovered more than 8,000 structures, although few have been excavated. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the Mayan ruins. The highlight of your visit is the Temple of the Seven Dolls, named for the seven effigies found at the site when archaeologists discovered the temple in the 1950s. Every equinox (around March 20 and September 20), something extraordinary happens; as the sun rises, the temple doors begin to glow and then appear lit up as the sun passes behind. Some say this event is even more spectacular than a similar occurrence at Chichén Itza.
Mérida City, Monument of the Flag, Cathedral, Montejo's House, 58th Street, Spanish Architecture
Next, re-board your coach and head to Mérida, the heart of the Mayan world and capital city of the state of Yucatan. The economic and social centre of southeast México, Mérida was founded by the Spanish in 1542 and is known as the 'White City' for its clean, neat streets and buildings. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour. Along the way, pass by major sites and points of interest that include the Monument of the Flag, Cathedral and Montejo's House, original home to one of the Spanish conquistadors who founded Mérida. In addition, see the magnificent houses on 58th Street; stunning examples of old Spanish architecture.
Local Restaurant, Mayan Lunch
Following your tour, experience the flavours of the Mayan culture during an authentic Mayan lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Indulge your senses with the lush, natural flora and fauna of the Celustun Biosphere during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion with lunch.
Progreso, Celestun Village, Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Boat-Ride, Mangroves
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Celestun Village, and the Celestun Biosphere Reserve. En route, learn about the history, culture and species that comprise this protected area of Celustun. Upon arrival, embark a six-person vessel for a picturesque, approximately two-hour boat-ride along the mangroves of La Ria, part of the Celestun Biosphere Reserve.
Pink Flamingo Colony, Abundant Bird Species, Marine Life, Tropical Flora and Fauna
Along the way, take in the natural beauty of this delicate ecosystem. Marvel at the home of a pink flamingo colony, a uniquely-beautiful natural phenomenon, as well as abundant bird species, marine life, and the lush, tropical flora and fauna endemic to this protected area of Celestun. Following your mangrove adventure, re-board your coach and transfer to the exclusive Xixim Resort.
Xixim Resort, White-Sand Beaches, Lunch, Free Time
The Xixim Resort is a unique Mayan hotel located on the endless, white-sand beaches of the Celestun Biosphere Reserve. Upon arrival at the resort, proceed to its restaurant for a regional lunch. After lunch, some free time is made available to relax and/or explore your surrounds. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 2.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Enjoy a half-day excursion to an historical hacienda with panoramic views of some of Mérida's highlights en route.
Mérida Panoramic Drive
Depart the pier in your air-conditioned coach for the approximate 90-minute drive to the beautiful city of Mérida. In the late 19th century and early 20th centuries, Mérida prospered from the production of henequén (sisal) and it is said that during this time Mérida had more millionaires than any other city in the world. Your guide shares his knowledge of the historic city of Mérida during your scenic bus ride along Montejo Boulevard, which was inspired by the Champs Elysee and features mansions from this period. Your drive will also take you pass The Monument to the Country, an immense stone carving depicting the history of Mexico.
The production of henequen also gave rise to hundreds of haciendas (large estates) outside the city. Visit one of these historic haciendas that now produce Xtabentun (Ex-shta-ben-toon), Mayan liquor made exclusively in the Yucatan Peninsula from rum, honey and anise. The family-owned business also uses local fruits such as coconut & mango to make fruit-flavored rum liquors. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the beautiful hacienda grounds to see where the liquors are produced, barreled and aged, where the bottles are crafted and hand-painted, the fruit trees used in the production, and finally the tasting room where you may taste the final products.
Following this visit, re-join your coach for the 1-hour return drive to Progreso and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking over some uneven surfaces on the hacienda grounds and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat-soled walking shoes, insect repellent and sun protection.
Relax and unwind amidst the exquisite surrounds of an elegant beach resort during this leisurely, full-day excursion to the idyllic Hotel Reef Yucatán.
Progreso, Hotel Reef Yucatán, All-Inclusive, Secluded Beach Resort, Gulf of Mexico
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Hotel Reef Yucatán, a secluded beach resort where you can indulge your senses in an all-inclusive VIP lifestyle that comprised of luxury resort amenities, water activities, an open domestic bar and tasty Mexican buffet lunch. Upon arrival, spend approximately 3.5 hours at this sun-splashed tropical oasis on the Gulf of Mexico.
Sunbathing, Swimming, Beachcombing, Beach Volleyball, Kayaking, Open Bar, Mexican Buffet
Whether you seek relaxation or beachside fun, there's something here for everyone at the Hotel Reef Yucatán; even the little ones have a club of their own packed with a mini-theatre, wading pool and crafting station. During your visit, soak up the tropical sun on a lounge chair with umbrella under a beachfront palapa, nap on a hammock, take a dip in the sparkling pool or inviting blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, stroll about the white-sand beach, play a fun-filled game of beach volleyball, and/or take a scenic and invigorating kayak-ride around the crystal-clear waters. Once you have built up an appetite, sip margaritas and local beer from the poolside bar, then enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet meal of Mexican specialties, including nachos, chilaquiles, tacos, fajitas, empanadas, and more.
Optional Drop-Off for Shopping in the Downtown Area
At the conclusion of your picturesque and relaxing day, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier. En route, you may opt to be dropped off in the downtown area to shop for Mexican handicrafts and souvenirs, and return to the ship at your own expense.
Embark on an off-road adventure into the Mayan frontier and find the perfect combination of exploration and relaxation during this half-day tour.
Depart the pier for a 10 -minute transfer from the ship to the end of the pier where your Dune Buggy vehicle awaits for your adventure (Embark your vehicle with your fellow guests (4 per vehicle) and follow in caravan -style behind your professional guide.
Make the 45-minute drive to the 2,000 year old ruins of Xcambo, once an important city in the ancient Maya trade route. Built to control the production of salt, today Xcambo is a fascinating example of archaeology's gift as it contains untouched sites, fully restored pyramids and buildings still under reconstruction.
Xtampu Salt mines
Re-board your vehicle for the approximate 10 min drive to your next stop, Xtampu; an village where a local community harvest sea salt, your guide will teach you bout the process of the recollection of this precious mineral
SILCER Beach Club
Re-board your vehicle for the approximate 15 miniutes drive to SILCER Beach Club for some fun in the Mexican sun. Escape the pressures of life as you lounge by the wading pool, walk along the ocean or relax in a hammock. The beach stop includes lounge chairs, umbrellas, wading pool, volleyball, basketbaL and activities. Sip a complimentary beverage (A non -alcoholic drink will be served for the designated driver, who may not consume alcoholic beverages during the tour) and unwind at this 1.5 hour beach break. Additional beverages and snacks are available for purchase.
Following this beach break, re -board your vehicle for the drive back through the town of Progreso. Park the vehicle and walk 2 blocks to the Progreso Market where local handicrafts and other souvenirs await. You may choose to remain here to do some shopping or take the next shuttle bus back to the end of the pier where your ship awaits
Experience historic Mérida City with an authentic Mexican fiesta and rodeo show during this fun-filled, half-day sightseeing excursion with lunch.
Mérida City, Monument of the Flag, Cathedral, Montejo's House, 58th Street, Free Time, Shopping
Depart the pier for the scenic drive to Mérida, the heart of the Mayan world and capital city of the state of Yucatan. The economic and social centre of southeast México, Mérida was founded by the Spanish in 1542 and is known as the 'White City' for its clean, neat streets and buildings. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour. Along the way, pass by major sites and points of interest such as the Monument of the Flag, Cathedral and Montejo's House, original home to one of the Spanish conquistadors who founded Mérida. In addition, stunning examples of old Spanish architecture can be seen on the houses on 58th Street. Following your tour, some free time is made available to browse for Mexican handicrafts and souvenirs at your leisure.
Rancho Tierra Bonita, Mexican Fiesta & Rodeo Show, Mexican Cuisine, Drinks, Dancing & Singing
Next, re-board your coach and head to Rancho Tierra Bonita. Upon arrival, proceed for an authentic Mexican fiesta and rodeo show. Savour the delicious flavours of pobo, pibil and pork in green cilantro sauce, and quench your thirst with famous Ajua margaritas and other refreshing beverages. Afterward, marvel at the skills of the charros of Rancho Tierra Bonita doing lucks and stamps during a Mexican Rodeo Show. Finally, learn how to dance the Jarana and Jarabe, and sing along with the romantic songs of a live singer. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Explore the Mayan history, culture and flavours of Mérida during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion with lunch.
Mérida City, Montejo Boulevard, Cathedral, House of Montejo, Government Palace
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Mérida, the heart of the Mayan world and capital city of the state of Yucatan. The economic and social centre of southeast México, Mérida was founded by the Spanish in 1542 and is known as the 'White City' for its clean, neat streets and buildings. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through downtown Mérida. Along the way, learn about the history of this beautiful city, and pass by major sites and points of interest such as Montejo Boulevard, inspired by France's Champs Elysees. See the Cathedral, built in 1774 from stones that once belonged to the pyramid of Xbacluum, Chaan, and took 11 years to complete. Other sites to be seen include the 16th-century House of Montejo, and 19th-century Government Palace.
Mundo Maya Museum, Guided Walking Tour, Well-Preserved Artefacts
Next, re-board your coach and continue on for a guided tour of Mundo Maya, a world-class museum celebrating Mayan culture. The Gran Museo houses a permanent collection of more than 1,100 remarkably well-preserved artefacts, including a reclining chac-mool sculpture from Chichen Itza, and an underworld figure unearthed at Ek Balam. Opened in 2012, this contemporary building was designed in the form of the ceiba, a sacred tree believed by the Mayans to connect the living with the underworld and heavens above.
Hacienda Teya, Guided Tour, Mexican Buffet Lunch
Leaving the Mundo Maya Museum, re-board your coach and head to the Hacienda Teya. During the 17th century, Teya was one of the largest and most profitable cattle ranches on the Yucatan. It was then converted for agricultural use, and, during the 19th century, was part of the henequen boom. Hacienda Teya has been restored, and converted into a hotel and renowned restaurant. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the hacienda, then proceed for a Mexican-style buffet lunch surrounded by years of history encased on the walls of this beautiful building and its gardens. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Explore Merida's historic central plaza, learn to make authentic Mexican s alsas and guacamole, drink margaritas and learn how to dance salsa on this half-day excursion.
Merida Square Walking Tour
Depart the pier in your air-conditioned coach for the 45 -minute drive to Merida's main square. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour to view the 16 th-century cathedral as well as the government palace, museums and the central park.
Mexican Salsa Cooking Class
Stop to a downtown restaurant with a beautiful courtyard for a hand's-on cooking class. Your guide will take you through the steps of making authentic Mexican salsas and guacamole from the freshest ingredients. Plenty of tortilla chips are on hand to taste your creations made from the recipes you may want to take home. Quench your thirst with complimentary margaritas, Mexican beer, or flavored waters.
Following your cooking class, your guide will show you how to step, sway and get into the groove of Latin America's most famous dance- the Salsa. Follow step -by step instructions and soon you are ready for the dance floor. Following your dance class, free time is available to browse the near-by stores for local artisan products or just sit and relax at the restaurant.
Explore the amazing underground world of two of the biggest cenotes in the Yucatan during this unforgettable, full-day snorkelling and Mayan outback excursion.
Progreso, Cenote Station, Mayan Outback, Lush Jungle Paths, Cenotes
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive through the lush jungle paths of the Mayan outback en route to the Cenote Station. Upon arrival, receive your gear and ride through the lush jungle paths of the Mayan outback to an ancient underground world. Here, enjoy an unforgettable snorkelling experience in two river caverns and cenotes (natural wells), some of the biggest in the Yucatan.
Biking or Riding a Donkey-Drawn Rail Cart, Mayan Shaman, Purification Ritual
The journey to each cenote is part of the adventure, as you have the choice of biking through the fields or riding along in a donkey-drawn rail cart, just as the Mayans did. Adding to the authentic experience, a genuine Mayan shaman conducts a brief purification ceremony before entering the first cenote, as Mayans consider these environs sacred places.
Stalactites and Stalagmites, Underground Rivers, Snorkelling, Marine Life, Mayan Lunch
Full of cave-like stalactite and stalagmite formations, these cenotes offer plenty of stunning visuals and an opportunity to snorkel in their amazingly transparent waters. The marine life in these underground rivers is rare and quite unusual; some don't even have eyes. Enjoy guided snorkelling sessions of approximately 40 minutes at each cenote to explore this amazing world. Leaving the second cenote, ride back to the Cenote Station, return your gear and proceed for a typical Mayan lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Journey back in time thousands of years to when the Mayan civilization thrived in the arid jungles and plains of the Yucatan Peninsula during this full-day excursion to Uxmal.
Depart the pier in your air-conditioned coach for the approximately 2.5-hour drive to Uxmal, once an important city centre that had its peak between the 7th and 10th centuries CE. Upon arrival, discover one of the most spectacular, well - restored Mayan sites with highly decorated architecture including elaborate palaces.
Pyramid of the Magician
The name Uxmal means 'thrice -built' in Mayan, referring to the construction of its highest stru cture, the Pyramid of the Magician. The Maya would often build a new temple over an existing one, and in this case five stages of construction have actually been found. This impressive pyramid stands 100-foot (30.4-metres) high.
Guided Walking Tour
Your professional guide leads you on a 1.5-hour walking tour of the ruins sharing the history of the buildings as well as the incredible accomplishments and seemingly strange customs of the ancient Mayan civilization. See the Nunnery, a complex of buildings probably used to teach scholars, healers and astronomers; the Governor's Palace that contains hundreds of sculptures and intricate stone mosaic work; as well as many other buildings, sculptors and courtyards to explore. Visit the ball court where the traditional Meso-American ball game was played using a rubber ball and only the player's hips to move it around the court.
Step back into another world as you explore this historical site and soak in its powerful surroundings.
Following your guided walking tour, free time is available to further explore on your own or re-visit your favorite locations for photos.
Departing the site, travel a short distance by coach to a traditional Yucatecan Hacienda restaurant for a lunch before starting the 1.5-hour return drive to Progreso and your awaiting ship.
Welcome to a trip back in time. In this experience you will visit the ancient Maya City of the Magician, Uxmal. You will learn about the unique architectural style of the site, as well as the history and legends that surround it. Entwined snakes and in many cases two headed snakes and masks of the Maya rain god decorate its walls. After the site visit it is time to enjoy a Maya sacred beverage, the chocolate and learn about its ancient Maya roots, but not only that, also enjoy a freshly made chocolate prepared the ancient way.
Partake in a Maya ceremony lead by a local Shaman and see how this beverage made it from the Americas to Europe and from there, conquer the whole world. After the chocolate story you just lived, it is time for a delicious Mexican lunch at the old Hacienda Ochil before heading back to the ship's pier after a day filled with new experiences and learning about the old Maya culture and sutoms.
Experience a journey into the Maya's ancient past to its present, which may leave you surprised, fascinated and with a newfound respect for this long-lived culture and the legacy they leave in the Yucatan Peninsula during this half-day excursion.
Depart the pier in an air -conditioned coach to the 2,000-year-old ruins of Xcambo, once an important city in the ancient Maya trade route. Built to control the production of salt, today Xcambo is a fascinating example of archaeology's gift as it contains untouched sites, fully restored pyramids and buildings still under reconstruction.
Dzemul Mayan Village
Your next stop is the town of Dzemul; a modern-day Mayan village where traditional Mayan palapas sit next to Spanish influenced buildings. Many visitors think of the Mayans as an ancient civilization that disappeared long ago, but in fact the Mayan culture, customs, language and beliefs remain strong on the Yucatan Peninsula today. The visit to this village will both educate and delight you as you witness the reality that faces these remarkable people. Follow your guide through town to the Catholic cathedral in the main square to rest in the gardens, watch the town's people pass by, take in the colorful surroundings and witness how history has shaped every aspect of the current lives of the Mayan people.
SILCER Beach and Lunch
Re-join your coach for an approximate 30 -minute drive passing by a location with two natural lagoons where countless flamingos dive and play against the backdrop of the clear blue sky. Your drive ends at a private beach, where you have approximately one hour to relax in the sun, swim, play games and enjoy a Mexican lun ch buffet and refreshment. When time is up, you may return directly to the ship with the tour.