Explore Mayan Culture With Grand Velas Riviera Maya

a Mayan temple in Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza

Grand Velas Riviera Maya is offering guests the chance to explore some of the best cultural sites in the area. The luxury resort has two experiences available, one to Chichén Itzá and the other to Uxmal and the colonial city of Merida, with transportation in private planes included.

Guests opting to go to Chichén Itzá, one of the most famous Mayan ruins, will be lead by a private tour guide around the complex. The site is the largest pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people and was first developed between 750 and 900 A.D. A three-course lunch menu of regional favorites will be provided at the site as well as a swim in a cenote, a large natural sink hole. 

For the second option, guests can explore the ruins of Uxmal and Merida, the largest city on the Yucatan peninsula. The city is a look into the late Mayan art and architecture in its design, layout and ornamentation.

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Guests will be led by a private guide around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the towering Pyramid of the Magician and the Governor's Palace. After Uxmal, guests will head to Merida in private transportation for a lunch and city tour complete with carriage ride down the Paseo de Montejo (Montejo Avenue) for a look at the elaborate homes that still line the main street.

The three-night Insider Microadventure to Chichen Itza starts at $3,960 and the Insider Microadventure for Uxmal & Merida begins at $4,545, per person based on double occupancy. Rates include luxury suite accommodations, à la carte meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more.

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