Day 1 :
Fly to Mexico
- Arrive in Merida:
Welcome to Merida! Meet your Tour Director and start exploring!
Day 2 :
- Santa Elena:
Visit the Mayan town of Santa Elena and spend time with a local family in their home.
- LEAP Mexican School Visit:
- Uxmal :
Explore Uxmal, one of the most impressive archaeological sites on the continent. Hidden deep in the jungle is the great Cuadrangulo de las Monjas, the Palace of the Governor, and the Templo del Adivino.
- Sound and Light Show:
Under the stars this evening, enjoy a spectacular sound and light show.
LEAP Activity | Mexican School Visit!
Journey to a Mexican school; learn about the culture and teach them about yours, as you practice your Spanish with the local students and teachers.
Day 3 :
- Mérida tour director-led sightseeing tour:
A licensed, local guide will take you to the Cathedral of San Il defonso, located on the central Plaza de Armas. Begun in 1563, the Cathedral is the oldest on the American mainland, with the oldest true dome in Mexico. See what many consider Mexico's most "dignified" church interior, complete with thick Tuscan columns, a coffered nave and high altar. Step back outside and walk across the sunny plaza to the Government Palace to see huge murals depicting scenes of the Spanish conquest of the Yucatán Peninsula and aspects of the Mayan culture that still flourish. Continue to Progreso Beach, a favorite seaside resort lined with turn-of-the-century mansions.
Day 4 :
Merida - Chichen Itza
- Cenote Ik Kil:
Visit the Cenote Ik Kil to see a sacred Mayan sinkhole.
- LEAP Baila Jarana:
LEAP Activity | Baila Jarana
Dance the Jarana! Local folk dancers teach you this regional Yucatecan dance and explain its culture significance.
Day 5 :
Chichen Itza - Cancun
- Discover Chichen Itza:
Chichen Itza is the largest archaeological zone of the Mayan world. Visit the Temple of Kukulkan, the Mayan all game court, the Sacred Cenote, and the Temple of the Warriors.
- Cancún beach day:
Known for its soft white sand lining the Caribbean, Cancún has some of the world's most famous beaches!
Day 6 :
Return to the beautiful resort of Cancun. The fine white sand of Cancun's beaches is said to resemble white talc. Spend free time on the beach or enjoy an optional excursion to Tulum and Xel-ha.
- Add on: Tulum and Xel-ha Excursion:
A walled Mayan "City of the Dawn," the ceremonial center of Tulum boasts a temple, a funeral platform, and a castle. Continue to Xel-ha, a beautiful pool located over a cave connected to the sea. Enjoy viewing sea life in this natural aquarium, which is almost 6 feet deep.
Day 7 :
Return Home to the United States OR Extend Your Trip
- Depart from Cancun:
Board your flight home or extend your travel with a 2 night extension in Cozumel.
Extend your stay | 2 Nights in Cozumel
Head off to the island of Cozumel, known for its snorkeling and scuba diving. Spend your time exploring the main town of San Miguel de Cozumel or relaxing on the beach.