Hone in on the history of Mexico on a Yucatan Peninsula holiday. There are over 29,000 archaeological sites in Mexico, and new discoveries being made every day. This saturation of Mexico’s landscape offers modern travelers the opportunity to step back in time and marvel at the grand civilizations that once were. Whether exploring the earliest Mexican culture of the Olmecs, the first urban center in Mesoamerica built by the Zapotecs, marveling at the astrological prowess of the Maya in Chichén Itzá, or walking the Avenue of Death at Teotihuacán, prepare to be awed.

Suggested journey at a glance: 8 days/7 nights along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula including Campeche, Yucatan, Izamal, and Riviera Maya

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This Yucatan Peninsula holiday is just one way to see Mexico on your own customized Ker & Downey journey. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible on a handcrafted trip.


Your quest to dive into the rich history of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula region starts in Campeche at the Hacienda Uayamon. Located near an ancient Mayan archaeological site in a home built in 1700, a stay here is the perfect way to start your immersion into Yucatan’s past. Explore the colonial walled city and its cobblestone streets, and visit the Mayan sites at Edzna. You will soon find that Mexico is an archaeology and history lover’s delight. Its past collides with natural wonders and affords plenty of excitement, adventure, and beauty along the way.

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Next make your way to the restored Mayan ruins and ancient pyramid at Uxmal. From there carry on to Chable Resort, offering uncompromising luxury in the heart of the Yucatan. Visit the local colony of pink flamingos on a private boat tour through the World Biosphere Reserve of Celestun. Continue with your private guide to admire the colonial architecture of Merida. Sisal fiber was once an important source of wealth to this region. Learn about how it is made and tour the fields before taking a refreshing dip in a cenote, a natural pool common to this area.

Chichen Itza

Pass through the town of Izamal, known for its golden buildings and horse carriages, before getting to eco-friendly Hacienda Chichen Resort. You will stay right next to the ruins of Chichen Itza, making it easy to explore the site privately at sunrise. With Mayan pyramids that are over 1,500 years old, this site is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It’s long been an important monument in the history of Mexico.

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Riviera Maya

Unwind at the end of the Yucatan Peninsula holiday on Mexico’s splendid Riviera Maya. This part of the Yucatan Peninsula is known for its turquoise waters, and a stay at Hotel Esencia will give you access to the beach in a historical home once owned by an Italian duchess. Enjoy a privately-guided tour of the site of Tulum and see an archaeological site in the Sian Ka’an Natural Reserve, home to monkeys, jaguars, and birds. You’ll also have plenty of time to spare for relaxing on the beach and swimming in the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

Custom Trips to Mexico

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