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Covering three states, Yucatan, Campeche, and Quintana Roo, the Yucatan Peninsula is among the most diverse in the hemisphere. With its eastern border complimented by the Caribbean Sea, the Yucatan possesses ancient ruins, intact rain forests and underground caves, colonial cities, offshore islands with luxury resorts, and natural wonders that will satisfy even the most seasoned travelers. Bordering Belize and Guatemala, the region maintains its close Maya ties, observed in its inhabitants dress, language, religion and cuisine.
The major colonial establishment on the peninsula, known as T'hó to the ancient Maya, Merida offers a stark contrast to the seemingly untamed heartland of several ancient civilizations. The narrow streets and shady parks provide a feeling of the old-world, as horses and cars traverse the cobblestone streets. On weekends, the streets in the city's center are cordoned off and are dominated by pedestrians and street vendors.
Also the capital of the state of Campeche, the city itself boasts many restored buildings and colonial structures that helped it to become a designated UNESCO world heritage site in 1999. Located on the Gulf of México, Campeche is an ideal location to stroll the boardwalk or visit the pair of forts that still have cannons aimed toward the open seas.
Uxmal, Chichen Itza and further Maya ruins
Housing some of the most finely restored ruins in world, the Yucatan Peninsula contains ruins still covered in dense jungle, waiting to reveal new hidden mysteries. Those unearthed offer a glimpse into the ancient Maya world as you walk in the footsteps of civilizations past. Chichén Itza, Calakmul, Uxmal and others are accessible from either Cancun or Merida.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
Nights: 11 | from £3,480pp
Immerse yourself in the big city thrills of Miami with hotel stays before or after this Caribbean cruise, where you can explore the world of ancient Mayan... Find out more
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Stay a minimum three nights at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa and receive a 25% discount. Valid for travel between 1st June 2017 and 31st October 2017. Must be booked by the 31st May 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
One Complimentary Night
Stay seven nights at Esencia on a B&B basis and one free night will be free. Seven nights from £2,875pp including international flights and private transfers. Valid for travel between May 20th 2017 and October 15th 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
Every Third Night is Free
Enjoy a stay at the Nizuc Resort and Spa and every third night is free, the free nights are cumulative.
Valid for travel from the 23rd April to the 19th December 2017. Must be booked by the 30th November 2017.
Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
Resort Credit Offer
Enjoy a stay at One&Only Palmilla and receive a resort credit between USD200 to USD400, depending on the room type booked.
In addition choose one of the following activities on a complimentary basis:
- Two rounds of golf
- One hour tennis lesson
- One hour surf lesson
Valid for travel until the 18th December 2017. Must be booked by the 15th December 2017.
Subject to availability. (Black out dates apply and this offer is not combinable with other promotions). Terms and conditions apply.
Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
To find out more about our Latin America team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 701 or enquire online
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Mexico City Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun (onward connections to the coast)
12 hours (plus one hour for onward connections)
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