Join Travelian for an in-depth tour of Estado de Yucatan, a peaceful place with friendly people in the northwestern part of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Absorb the beauty and grandeur of the remarkable, ruins of Uxmal, the Puucs, Dzibilchaltun, Chichen Itza, and other lesser known, yet important sites with an expert local guide. Yucatan’s strong Mayan influence permeates every aspect of daily life. Mayans live both in small villages as well as in the city of Merida. They are welcoming and proud of their heritage. Enjoy getting to know their remarkable culture personally. Yucatecan food has its own unique style, and is different from what most people consider “Mexican” food. It includes influences from the local Mayan culture, as well as Caribbean, Mexican, European and Middle Eastern cultures.
Take in the essence of Merida, the capital and largest city in the state of Yucatan. Today it’s a modern, cosmopolitan city with museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops and boutiques. Merida was founded in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo. The Spaniards built Merida on the site of the ancient Maya city T’ho, meaning “City of five hills,” a center of Mayan culture and activity in the northwestern Yucatan region. After the arrival of the Spanish, the ancient city’s five main pyramids were destroyed, and their ruins used to construct Merida’s cathedral and other colonial buildings.
Explore a rich example of one of the area’s 19th century sisal haciendas and learn about the economic boom of this natural, regional agave plant. The hacienda/sisal factories were immensely important, and due to the high demand for this product, brought abundant wealth for its owners. The era of the henequen boom from the late 1800s into the early 1900s was known as the time of "green gold." However, sisal prices declined after the stock market crash of 1929 and never recovered.
The historical dichotomy between Yucatan’s ancient Mayan ruins and its 19th century haciendas and urban mansions will be presented by our expert guide during a stimulating journey, offering first hand encounters and expansive information.
Travel in comfort and safety and delve into Yucatan’s rich history and natural beauty with Travelian’s expert friendly guides on this comprehensive adventure!