Merida Uxmal and Cacao Plantation Day Trip from Cancun and Riviera Maya

Explore ancient Maya architecture, colonial towns, and a cacao plantation during this private, full-day tour of Uxmal and Merida from Cancun. Customize the day to suit your interests — your personal introduction of these highlights has a flexible itinerary. Hear about local history, climb to the top of Maya pyramids, wander through vibrant historic neighborhoods, and learn how local cacao goes from bean to chocolate bar. All transport and entrance fees are included.



At 7:30am, meet your private guide in the lobby of your Cancun hotel and board a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan for the 4-hour drive to Uxmal. Arrive at the UNESCO-listed archaeological site, and spend time exploring what's considered to be one of the most important sites in the Maya world in the company of your guide. Climb to the top of the Mayan Pyramid and visit the "temple of the turtle," where the female religious leaders lived. 

After visiting Uxmal, continue your tour to Merida; the capital of the Yucatan peninsula. Constructed by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, the colonial town has colorful historic buildings around a central plaza. Walk along the main street, visit the main square, and see a historic church. 

At a nearby cacao museum, learn how the ancient Maya people used cacao beans, and see the preparation of cacao into natural chocolate. Before returning to your Cancun hotel, enjoy a final stop at a traditional Yucatan hacienda; the former house of rich conquistadors and their slaves.

Say goodbye to your guide around 7:30pm to conclude the tour.

Price includes

  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • Professional historian guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Tour in English language

Price does not include

  • Drinks
  • Tips


  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat


  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
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