Day 1: Welcome to Merida!
Welcome to Mexico! Upon your arrival at Merida City International Airport (MID) you will meet your tour leader and you will be transferred to your local homestay to meet your host family and have dinner. You will have a free night to rest. Get ready, your journey is about to begin!
Day 2: Uxmal – Chocolate Museum
The bus will wait for you early to go to the Mayan archaeological site of Uxmal, the "three times-built city". In Uxmal you will visit the 115 feet height "Pyramid of the Magician", the impressive "Governor's house", a wonder of the ancient world for its precision and architectonic beauty. Then you will head off to the Chocolate Museum where you will learn about the story of chocolate. We return to Merida in the afternoon.
Day 3: Spanish lessons – Merida Walking City Tour
You will begin your Spanish immersion lessons in the morning followed by a wonderful walking city tour between the streets of Merida. You'll experience first-hand the wonderful city of Mérida!
Day 4: Spanish lessons – Progreso Beach
Spanish immersion lessons in the morning. In the afternoon, you will go to Progreso to enjoy the beach. You will have time to swim and walk around. After some fun you will be transferred back to Merida.
Day 5: Spanish lessons – Tixkokob Mayan Village
Spanish lessons in the morning. After school, you have to be prepared for an excursion at The Mayan Village of Tixkokob, famous for the art of making hammocks. Once there, be ready to be part of a scavenger hunt with the locals. You will also have the opportunity to practice your Spanish at the panadería, tortillería, and the carnicería inside the local market.
Day 6: Spanish lessons – Santa Barbara Cenotes
Spanish lessons in the morning. Afterwards, you will visit the Cenotes of Santa Barbara. The cenotes are sinkholes where underground rivers break through the limestone crust of the earth. For Mayas, they represent the doorway to the spiritual underworld. You will get on a horse drawn wagon, to visit and swim the beautiful and clear cenotes.
Day 7: Spanish Lessons – Merida Markets
Spanish lessons in the morning. You will continue practicing your Spanish while enjoying delicious Yucatecan food. You will visit the main local Markets: Lucas de Galvez Market and San Benito Market, while you walk around you will sample local fruits and some traditional dishes such as tamales, panuchos, salbutes and the representative cochinita pibil.
Day 8: Celestun
Today you will visit Celestun, home of the biggest settlement of the Pink Flamingo in the continent. Today you will go to the Natural Reserve and take a boat ride to learn about the local wildlife and the importance of mangroves in the region. You will have time to swim and relax at the beach after lunch. In the afternoon you will return to Merida.
Day 9: Chichen Itza
This morning, you will visit the famous site of Chichen Itza. This important center combines majesty and nature. A guide will explain the splendid Castle and share with you the vast knowledge the Mayas used to have about the cosmos, math and science. There, you will find the biggest ball game court of the Mayan world. After your visit, you will be transferred back to Merida to have a goodbye dinner with your host family.
Day 10: Hasta pronto México!
Today, you will be transferred to Mérida International Airport (MID) to board your flight back home. You will return with last memories of exotic landscapes, a new language experience, ancient cultures, and a wealth of new friends! Hasta pronto Mexico!