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Mexico is famous for its rich culture, its ancient sacred sites, its masterful culinary scene, and its indescribably beautiful beaches, among many other things. And, with its proximity to the United States, and its relative affordability, Mexico has become one of the most sought after vacation destinations, especially for Americans.
In addition, Mexico seems to have embraced the tourism it attracts, and has cultivated an impressive collection of all types of resorts, from luxury and All-Inclusive resorts to boutique hotels focused on wellness, nature, and cultural immersion, as well as a myriad of other themes.
With the variety of experiences Mexico offers, you can hand-pick the perfect vacation for whatever kind of journey you’re looking for, from a family vacation to a romantic escape to an epic adventure. Looking for a completely All-Inclusive, relaxing and rejuvenating getaway? Mexico has an incredible array of All-Inclusive resorts to choose from. Need to keep the kiddos and teens busy with thrilling activities, such as zip-lining and waterfall chasing? Mexico has tons of adventurous excursions whatever level of thrill you’re seeking. Got a history buff on your hands? Mexico is rich with historical sites and ruins of ancient civilizations with stories that will tickle the brain of even the most knowledgeable history buff!
Or, why choose just one type of vacation, when you can experience a little bit of everything on your Perfect Myriad of Mexico Vacation? The myriad of experiences in Mexico is exactly what you’ll get on this month’s Inspiring Itinerary: some adventure, some relaxation, some cultural immersion, and some captivating history, all with the most fabulous cuisine and luxurious accommodations along the way!
As mentioned, one of the perks of choosing a trip to Mexico is its proximity to the United States, so (depending where in the country you’re coming from, of course) you shouldn’t have too long of a travel day to make it to the Yucatan Peninsula, where your Mexican journey will begin!
You’ll arrive in Merida, where you’ll be greeted by your private driver, who will seamlessly bring you from the airport to your hotel. After settling in to your accommodations and freshening up after your travels, you’ll have some time to explore the area around your hotel, and consult your knowledgeable concierge for a fantastic dinner reservation suggestion.
Get ready for the first experience of your Myriad of Mexico Journey: exploring Merida, the capital of Yucatan, with your own private driver-guide for the day. Merida, an ancient Mayan city, founded in 1542, has a unique blend of Spanish Colonial and Mayan influences in its architecture, with a delightful city center full of narrow streets, grand plazas, and buildings with colorful facades and ornate details.
Your day will begin with a visit to the stunning Paseo de Montejo, a grand boulevard lined with impressive mansions showcasing Italian and French architectural styles. After that, you’ll head to the city’s main cathedral, a beautiful neoclassical gem dating back to the 16th century (and also one of the first cathedrals in the Americas, boasting intricate religious artwork and a rich history).
Next, you’ll stop by the elegant Palacio de Gobierno, a 19th-century structure with a green arcaded exterior, which currently serves as the seat of the state government of Yucatan. From there, you’ll visit the historic Palacio Municipal, Merida’s city hall, which is a striking example of colonial architecture featuring a grand entrance and a beautiful courtyard.
After your full day city tour, you’ll surely be looking forward to tucking into the latest restaurant recommendation of your concierge before resting up for tomorrow’s adventure.
History Buffs, rejoice! Today you’ll be traveling back in time by exploring some of the famed ancient Mayan ruins! Once again under the direction of your expert driver and guide, who will unveil the sophistication of this once-thriving civilization, you’ll head out on a full day tour of Uxmal, the ancient Mayan city. To get there, you’ll begin your day with a scenic one-hour drive through the captivating Yucatan countryside, during which you can take in the natural beauty of the Mexican landscape.
Upon reaching the archaeological site, you’ll be captivated by towering walls and formidable structures, which serve as a testament to the grandeur of Mayan culture. Here, your guide will take you on a Deep Dive into the history of the 130-foot Adivino Pyramid, rumored to have been built in a single night by a dwarf and a witch around 560 AD. You won’t believe how the myths come to life before you, and how the religious significance becomes clear while you discover the history of this imposing structure.
Your day’s journey will continue to Cuadrilatero de las Monjas, an architectural complex featuring four interconnected buildings and courtyards. Here, your guide will draw your attention to the intricate stone carvings and stucco reliefs depicting gods and mythological creatures on the walls, giving you a thorough understanding of the historical and mythological foundations that shaped Mayan life.
From there, you’ll visit the Casa de las Tortugas, an elegant building adorned with carved turtles, which served as a residence for the Mayan elite. After discovering the building’s distinctive features, like the astronomical alignments and other intriguing decorations, you’ll have time to take a leisurely stroll through the gardens and courtyards, absorbing the tranquil atmosphere while reflecting on the history you just learned of this once-mighty civilization.
Later in the afternoon, you’ll be treated to lunch at a local restaurant, before heading back to your hotel in Merida. Upon returning to the city, your concierge will be able to recommend a fantastic spot for dinner, where you can recount your day’s enriching journey into the heart of Mayan history. And you will probably want to pack up a bit in the evening, since you’ll be transferring to a new hotel tomorrow!
Today you’ll be treated to the best of both worlds: a visit to one of the most famous historical sites in Mexico, and a luxurious stay at one of Mexico’s premier beach destinations. Although by the end of the day, you’ll have reached the beautiful Playa Del Carmen, where you’ll be staying for the remainder of your nights in Mexico, the highlight of the day will surely be the journey to get there, since you’ll be spending much of the day in UNESCO-listed Chichen Itza.
As usual, you’ll be picked up by your private drive and guide, and you’ll begin the day with a scenic ninety-minute drive through the picturesque Yucatan countryside. Once you reach Chichen Itza, you’ll be treated to a midday feast at a local restaurant before delving into famous historical sites that await. Reenergized and ready for exploration, your guide will immerse you in the wonders of Chichen Itza, a pre-Columbian settlement crafted by the Aztecs around 600 AD.
Here, you’ll uncover the secrets of iconic landmarks, like the Kukulkan Pyramid, a breathtaking example of ancient Mesoamerican architecture (the Pyramid stands at approximately 100 feet tall, with each of the four sides featuring a staircase of 91 steps). As you stand in awe, you’ll be transported back to the Aztec era of 1,500 years ago, during which the Aztecs had a highly ritualistic way of life.
While in Chichen Itza, you’ll also have time to explore the Ball Court, the grandest arena for ancient sports in Mesoamerica, before proceeding to the Warriors’ Temple, where carved warriors stand guard in front of a sacred shrine. Lastly, you may (or may not) want to visit the Cenote Sagrado, a sacred sinkhole once utilized for solemn human sacrifices.
Once your visit to Chichen Itza has ended, your drive to Playa Del Carmen will give you time to reflect on the extraordinary experiences of today’s adventure before reaching your new accommodations.
With a few days of historical exploration under your belt, it’s time to switch gears into relaxation now that you’ve made it to the gorgeous beach destination of Playa Del Carmen. Here, you can take some time to unwind and bask in the splendor of one of Mexico’s top-tier luxury resorts. Renowned for its world-class dining and wellness offerings, your chosen resort stands as a true haven for the senses, and a retreat for relaxation, rejuvenation, and romance. Nestled within a private gated community connected by scenic canal waterways, the resort provides an exclusive and secluded escape.
Instead of heading out with a private guide, today you’ll be able to explore your own immediate surroundings. The unique tropical landscape of your resort, featuring lush mangroves, serene waterways, and pristine coastlines, this grand sanctuary invites you to connect with nature in the lap of luxury.
In addition to slipping into some relaxation time, you’ll also be invited to indulge your palate with an array of culinary delights. The resort’s diverse restaurants each offer a distinct setting and concept for unforgettable dining experiences throughout your stay. Whether you decide to savor local, national, or international dishes, the options cater to all tastes and preferences.
Your day will be a leisurely exploration of the various pools, beaches and relaxation spots throughout your resort, punctuated only by your choice of cuisine for meals and snacks throughout the day. Word of the day: Indulge!
Though you may not want to leave your resort, today, you’ll be back on the road to exploration with your private driver and guide (don’t worry, you’ll be back to your resort with plenty of time to enjoy its offerings this evening, and you won’t want to miss today’s amazing destination). After breakfast at your resort, you’ll begin your day’s journey to uncover the ancient Mayan jewel of Tulum, where you’ll explore the 13th-century archaeological site formerly known as Zama.
Although Tulum is a sought-after destination among tourists, many visitors are unprepared for the remote seclusion that makes Tulum what it is; however, with your private guide, you’ll be in for the perfect curated experience of this once-vibrant coastal city. You’ll visit the towering Castle, a 98-foot-tall structure that once guided friendly navigators, and still stands as the focal point of the ancient city. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to understand the historical significance of the walled city, once a bustling center of political and economic activities.
As your guide leads you through Tulum, you’ll discover ancient shrines and terraces, including the Temple of the God of Wind, and the ruins of the Great Palace, where your imagination can transport you to Tulum’s heyday at the pinnacle of the Mayan Empire. Don’t forget to pause at the beach to bask in the sun, or even take a refreshing dip in the inviting turquoise waters, where you’ll be surrounded by an enchanting ambiance that seamlessly bridges the past and the present.
Once you’ve concluded your time in Tulum, you’ll head back to your resort, where luxury and fine dining await you for the evening!
Today will be your last full day in Mexico, so it’s the perfect day to choose an experience at your resort that you don’t want to miss! Besides relaxing by the pool or beach, here are a few options for making your last vacation day just as memorable as the adventures of each day so far:
Take a traditional boat dining adventure, savoring a splendid fusion of local and international cuisines while exploring the enchanting canals and mangroves of Mayakoba. This exceptional experience, available for both breakfast and dinner departures, can be booked in advance and is a fabulous choice for proposals (if you’re in the market for ideas on that front).
Discover the art of gourmet cuisine through hands-on lessons with the resort’s experienced chefs.
Enjoy a round at El Camaleon, a course crafted by the legendary Greg Norman. Situated near the lively downtown of Playa del Carmen, this 18-hole course winds through lush greenery, across freshwater canals embraced by mangrove and limestone walls, and along the seaside, offering challenging terrains and breathtaking views.
Experience ‘The Rainforest,” blending the best of European spa and hydrothermal therapy with the essence of Asian wellness philosophy. This oasis of serenity, warmth, and comfort invites you to indulge in a complete hydrothermal journey.
In the summer months, children can partake in a variety of activities, including treasure hunts, cooking classes, sleepovers, movie nights, board games, and more.
Navigate the canals of Mayakoba, setting off from the El Camaleon dock and venturing into the wild.
Join a guided class lasting 45 minutes, with a maximum of 4 participants. This activity unfolds at the end of the driving range of the El Camaleon Golf Course.
This life-changing experience occurs only twice a year, and allows children and their parents to release baby turtles, ensuring their safe journey to the sea.
Of course, if more than one of these options appeals to you, any activity can be added to your first day at the resort instead of all the downtime planned for that day on the itinerary. And, if any if you do love any of these options, be sure to let your favorite Love of the Magic Vacations Travel Advisor know so she can add it to your itinerary!
With the Myriad experiences you’ve had along your week-long journey, from city exploration to ancient ruin discovery, and from luxurious resort beaches to the turquoise waters of Tulum, and with authentic cuisine and unique cultural immersion all along the way, hopefully your Myriad of Mexico vacation has given you a bit of everything! Although even with an Itinerary covering cities, ruins and beaches, there is still so much of Mexico to see, so instead of being sad to leave on your last day in Mexico, just think about where you’ll go on your next Mexican vacation!
As you head from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun for your flight home, start thinking about the other parts of Mexico you want to see: maybe a trip to the beautiful Baja Peninsula next time, or to family-friendly Puerto Vallarta? Wherever you choose, another Myriad of Mexican experiences awaits!
Ready to Plan?
If you are ready to experience everything Mexico has to offer for yourself, and would like to plan your Perfect Myriad of Mexico Vacation, contact your Love of the Magic Travel Agent today, or email hello@LOTMV.com. And of course, whether you want to journey to the beaches, ruins and cities of Mexico, or plan your next adventure somewhere totally different, your LOTMV Travel Advisor will work with you to create the unique experience you’re looking for.
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Ready to plan The Perfect Myriad of Mexico Vacation? Contact your Love of the Magic Vacations Travel Advisor today or email hello@LOTMV.com