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Best time to go: January to April, November to December
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- Zip line through the jungle and eat with a Mayan family.
- Ride horses along the white sands and turquoise waters of Mexico's Caribbean.
- Swim with Whale Sharks (May-Sept) or snorkel with Sea Turtles.
- Quad bike through the jungle to hidden fresh water sink holes.
- Visit markets and learn to cook Mayan cuisine.
Arrive in Merida, where you will be met by a member of the A&K team and transferred by private car to your lovely lodging in an historic hacienda home for the next three nights.
Today you will have plenty of time to explore the famed Maya ball courts and temples of Uxmal, one of the finest restored and maintained sites in the Yucatan.
This morning you will meet a local Mayan family and learn about their daily life in which age-old traditions are still maintained. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Your lodgings are nestled in the garden of the New Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Heritage site at Chichen Itza for this one night stay. You may find yourselves walking in the footsteps of civilisations past when you visit the Mayan village of Tixkokob to see the artisanal weaving techniques used by local families and Izamal to explore the mysterious Yellow City.
Today head for the sparkling coast of the Riviera Maya, characterised by its azure waters, its cenotes and mangroves. Stay for three nights at the idyllic Rosewood Mayakoba, which has a fabulous pool and beach side area for kid's activities. The Rosebuds Kids' Club has thought of everything for even the smallest babies, including an organic baby food daily menu. Even the smallest tots are welcome here.
Spend these two days on the pure white shores of the Riviera Maya, surrounded by the emerald embrace of the jungle. All suites have rooftop sundecks, over-sized terraces, plunge pools and boat docks but whilst you are relaxing the Riviera Maya is home to the world's second largest reef, so for older children the snorkeling is a real treat.
Return to Cancun to connect with your flight back to the UK.
Pricing includes 3 nights in Merdia a night at Chichen Itza and 3 nights on the Riviera Maya costs from £3,985pp based on a family of four including international flights.
Swim With Whale Sharks - June through September
The Riviera Maya is one of the hottest spots to enjoy the amazing experience of swimming with the whale sharks. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants. Every year the destination welcomes visitors to take part in this unique experience from June until the beginning of September. As many as 1,400 whale sharks may make their way through the waters north of Isla Mujeres every summer.
Whale sharks are rare species and they are the largest fish in the world measuring up to 59 feet and weighing 15 tons. Its ample mouth extends to almost five feet when opened. In the 80's there had been less than 350 confirmed in the entire world. Since then, consistent sightings have been recorded and its migration is now a magical experience that you can enjoy in few places throughout the world.
The waters surrounding Isla Mujeres and Contoy Island boast one of the densest populations of migrating whale sharks in the world. The presence of these creatures in the warm waters of the Yucatan Peninsula is thanks to the nutrient filled water, which generates a large quantity of available food.
Experiencing the wonder of swimming with them accompanied by experts who provide all the necessary information to better understand their behavior. Once familiarized with the animal, you can jump off the boat accompanied by a guide and snorkel to see it up close. There is no need to fear, since this shark feeds exclusively on tiny organisms known as plankton; therefore they are completely harmless towards humans
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Best time to be there
October to April as the rainy season works its way up from the south beginning in May and running until September. Hurricanes may occur from July to October. December to February are the coolest months, when northerly winds can sometimes take inland northern Mexico temperatures down to freezing.
Mexico City Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun (onward connections to the coast)
12 hours (plus one hour for onward connections)
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required