Yucatan tours – Private circuits & excursions
Absolute Adventure offers the opportunity for travelers to visit the Yucatan, in a private tour, from 2 to 4 days as of 4 people.
The Yucatan tours begin wherever you may be staying in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
We quote based on demand and develop a personal itinerary for you.
Are you looking for an authentic Mexican experience?
Many of our customers wish to become immersed in the culture, and walk outside the typical touristy destinations. The Yucatan allows individuals to have a more real absolute adventure. The Yucatan was a substantial area of the Mayan civilization, equipped with eye-catching environments and natural parks. From haciendas to colonial cities, the Yucatan has a lot to offer those looking for fun!
Contact us for more information about our Yucatan tours and circuits!
Have a look at pictures and map of the Yucatan in the gallery below. (credit for the map: lonely planet)
Uxmal and the Ruta Puuc ruins
How would you like to experience the highest region in the Yucatan Peninsula? Well, the professionals of Absolute Adventure Mexico can make that happen! Only a few tens of meters in height, Ruta Puuc is an absolute “must see” when you visit Mexico. It is important to know that when you contract with Absolute Adventure for Ruta Puuc, you are not simply getting a simple one stop excursion. The Ruta Puuc is more commonly known as the Puuc Route.
The Puuc Route has it very own style of architecture which led to the emergence of its name. The vision of these original architects was second to none. The walls are as smooth as glass and flawless from floor to ceiling. The doors are the exact same! It is common to find reference to the Rain God, Chaac, small detailed columns, thrones of kings, and animals native to the area. If you are an architecture buff, you cannot miss our Yucatan tours.
After picking you up at your hotel, we have the opportunity to take you on a drive that will pass many Mayan sites. The most notable locations are Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, X-Lapak, and Labna. Details of these four locations are described below. We assure you that this tour is something you will not want to miss.
The first stop on the route is Uxmal. When you arrive, you will begin the experience of exploring one of the most pertinent archaeological sites of the Mayan Culture. The Mayans considered this a treasure. Uxmal has two meanings of translation, “Three-time built” and “What is to come, the future.” As a result of Uxmal being a traditional city, the second interpretation is widely regarded as true. An old tale is that the Rain God, Chaac, walks the whole Puuc area before the arrival of Xiues, due to how dependent the Puuc area is on rain.
The next stop is Labna. Once boasting 2,500 people in 750 AD, the city is an optimal exploration for enthusiasts. The alleged center of the city is the famous Mayan Arch which is also said to be the entrance to the old Mayan “highway” that headed to Uxmal!
Don’t come unglued at our next site, X-Lapak…because the name truly means “unglued walls.” This location is home to three restored pyramids and over ten historic mounds. As a result of weather, this site and Sayil are less manicured. This original characteristic allows our customers to view the two sites in such a way that they were once inhabited. Sayil means “The Place of the Ants,” and is home to a gorgeous palace of 90 bedrooms for 350 inhabitants.
Ending with a place named for a God is Kabah. The last stop on the route is named after Chaac, the Mayan Rain God. The origin of its name is “Palace of Chaac Masks.”
If you are looking for a city rich in history with a good story, then Merida is the place for you. Known as “The White City,” due to its clean environment and clear clothing fashion choices, Merida is the capital of the Yucatan State. This city allows modern style to intermingle with classic Mayan culture. It was founded in 1542 by “El Mozo” above the Mayan ruins of T’ho. The unique aspect of this location is that the many of the original stones from the ruins were used in the construction of the on-site cathedral and the home of its founder.
This city has played a major role in the growth of the Yucatan economy upon becoming a major hub for its exports, henequen and sisal. Due to this growth, new theaters, schools, and Paseo de Montejo Avenue were able to spring up in the area. The Canton Palace, made from Italian and French materials, lines the avenue and was once the home of the governor. The palace currently houses the Museum of Anthropology and History, attracting many visitors through the year.
Izamal was abandoned and brought back to life by the Spaniards. Originally founded in the 4th century by a Mayan priest, Izamal translates to “Dew of Heaven.” When the Spaniards came marching, all ruins were torn down and modern structures were built. One of the most prominent of the builds, Pyramid Kinich Kakmoo, is the biggest pyramid in the Yucatan. Izamal is famous for its craft workshops giving all visitors a chance to experience local craftsmanship.
Acaceh ruins, Cenotes of Homun and Cuzama
Once home to over 400 structures in 300 AD, the city of Acaneh has become a “must visit” site for travelers and history lovers alike. With only three of the original building restored, the public is able to relive this glorious civilization that was once prominent in the Yucatan. At the center, a three-level step Pyramid, extending over 36 feet into the sky. As decoration, unique Mayan masks have been carved into the original stone walls and more are being found every day by archeologists.
Partner a trip to Acaceh with swimming in the cenotes of Cuzama or Homun. Cuzama is an extremely popular tour in the Yucatan as the cenotes are only accessible by a specialized truck. The truck was used as a middle man between the henequen arrival and the processing house. Homun is home to various cenotes of all sizes and shapes. In addition to swimming, you can visit the church and convent of Homun to experience the original culture that was once thriving in the Yucatan.
Walk through the walls of the last prominent Mayan capital. Sporting the name that translates to “The Forgiveness of Maya,” Mayapan is one of the oldest occupied cities before the Christian era, and was a thriving community between 1200 and 1450 B.C. Though not having large buildings, over 4,000 structures have been found through excavation.
Visit of Haciendas
Have you ever heard of a Hacienda? They were the center of the Mexican economy in the 16th Century. Started by the Spaniards, Haciendas were establishments used for farming and manufacturing. Over time, they became a stigma of wealth and class equipped with furnishings and art from across the globe. In the 19th century haciendas, henquen was manufactured into rope to utilize in the shipping industry.
Unfortunately, what goes up must come down. In the 1940’s, the henequen industry flat-lined and the hacienda owners followed suit. Slowly, one after another, the haciendas were abandoned leaving them to decay. Some have been renovated as hotels and museums, while others remain unrestored.
Exemple of Circuits
- 2 days
- 3 days
- 3 days
- 4 days
- 4 days
Day 1: Playa del Carmen – Visit of Chichen Itza ruins – Visit of Valladolid - Hotel Rio Lagartos
Day 2: Rio Lagartos boat tour – Visit of Ek Balam ruins - Playa del Carmen
Day 1: Playa del Carmen – Izamal - Visit of Acaceh ruins - Cenote at Homun or Cuzama – Hotel Uxmal
Day 2: Visit of Uxmal ruins – Visit of Ruta Puuc ruins – Hotel Uxmal
Day 3: Visit of Haciendas - Visit of Merida - Playa del Carmen
Day 1: Playa del Carmen – Visit of Izamal – Visit of Merida - Hotel Merida
Day 2: Visit of Haciendas - Visit of Uxmal ruins - Hotel Uxmal
Day 3: Visit of Ruta Puuc ruins - Visit of Acaceh ruins – Cenote at Homun or Cuzama - Playa del Carmen
Day 1: Playa del Carmen – (Tulum/Coba/Chichen) - visit of Izamal – Hotel Merida
Day 2: Visit of Merida - Visit of Haciendas - Hotel Uxmal
Day 3: Visit of Uxmal ruins – Visit of Ruta Puuc ruins - Hotel Uxmal
Day 4: Visit of Mayapan ruins - Visit of Acaceh ruins – Cenote at Homun or Cuzama – Playa del Carmen
Day 1: Playa del Carmen – Visit of Acaceh ruins - Cenote at Homun or Cuzama - Hotel Uxmal
Day 2: Visit of Uxmal ruins - Visit of Ruta Puuc ruins - Hotel Uxmal
Day 3: Visit of Haciendas - Visit of Merida - Hotel Merida
Day 4: Visit of Izamal – Visit of Chichen Itza or Ek Balam - Playa del Carmen
- Private and flexible service
- Experienced certified guide
- Pick up and drop off at your hotel
- Air conditioned transportation
- 3* hotel accommodation
- Lunch/Diner in Mexican restaurants
- Cool drinks (water, soda, beer)
- All entrances of the itinerary
- Snorkeling equipment
- Any extra stops/visits in the circuit
- Alcohol drinks (apart from beers)
- Professional Photography service
What to bring:
- Light luggage
- Swimming suit & towels
- Comfortable shoes + flip flop
- Sunglasses, cap or hat
- Biodegradable sunblock
- Biodegradable mosquito repellent
- Money for souvenirs, tips, extras