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

Cancun, Mexico
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From USD 518.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover ancient temples, colonial architecture and a cacao plantation on a full-day, private trip to Uxmal and Merida from Cancun. Get a personal introduction to these highlights of the Yucatan Peninsula, with the flexibility to customize the day to your interests. Learn about local history, climb to the top of Maya pyramids, stroll through colorful historic neighborhoods and find out how local cacao goes from bean to chocolate bar.
  • Full-day private tour of the Yucatan from Cancun
  • Visit a UNESCO-listed Maya city
  • See colonial architecture in Merida
  • Explore a cacao farm
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Professional certificated private guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Sweet snack, soft drinks & 2 cans of beer/per person
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

06:00 am

Pickup details

Pick up from any accommodation (hotel, apartment, AirBnb, hostal, etc) in Cancun, on Riviera Maya, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Akumal or Tulum is included in the price. For some hotels in the Tulum Hotel zone a meeting point in Starbucks Tulum is provided.

What To Expect

Meet your private guide at your Cancun hotel and make the 4-hour trip to Uxmal in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Explore the Classical Period temples that make UNESCO-listed Uxmal one of the most important sites in the Maya world. Climb to the top of the ‘Pyramid of the Soothsayer’ for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, then take in a series of sculptures dedicated to the rain god Chaac. See the grand stone ball court where ancient Maya athletes competed for great crowds, visit the ‘House of the Tortoises’ and stroll the broad ‘Quadrangle of the Nuns,’ an enclosed court surrounded by elegant arcades. 

Continue to the picturesque colonial city of Merida, where you’ll find colorful historic buildings clustered around a central square. Take a walking tour of the vibrant downtown and visit the 16th-century Merida cathedral, one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas. Follow narrow streets to hidden parks then browse local shops filled with hand-woven hammocks and huipiles.

Learn how the ancient Maya cultivated and used cacao on a nearby plantation, where you can see cacao trees growing and watch the preparation of cacao into natural chocolate, and make a final stop at a traditional Yucatan hacienda before returning to your Cancun hotel.

Zona Arqueologica Uxmal

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Cathedral de Merida

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.


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SARAH_L, Mar 2023
This was one of thee best excursions I have ever had. We were able to climb and touch portions of the site. The guide did an excellent job of informing us of each structure and the role that each one played in the Mayan lifestyle. Showed amazing hospitality of what Mexico has to offer definitely don’t miss out
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear Travelers, It's great to hear that you had such a wonderful time on our excursion. We take pride in providing our customers with an unforgettable experience, and it sounds like we succeeded in doing just that. Our knowledgeable guides are truly passionate about the Mayan culture and history, and it's fantastic to hear that they were able to share that enthusiasm with you. Thank you for choosing our tour company, and we hope to have the opportunity to show you more of what Mexico has to offer in the future! Best regards, OlMar Travel Mexico Team
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Sarah L, Sept 2017
Viator: your advertisement needs updating urgently.The tour company that was contracted for this tour was great, however the Viator advertisement is misleading. Viator's advertisement stated: Climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Soothsayer for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside - you cannot climb this particular temple at Uxmal.We did climb the stairs of a much smaller temple which was still wonderful, but it was not what I paid for, I wanted to climb the temple of the Soothsayer. Viator's advertisement also stated: Explore a cacao farm - I soon discovered that there are no cacao farms in this part of the Yucatan so we could not go and see one. We did however see the cacao being prepared into the traditional drink at Chocostory and experience a traditional ceremony to Chaak - this was great. The tour operator did their best to satisfy our desires and was very knowledgeable and patient when we wanted to explore Uxmal.

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