Daypass

Daypass

A day out of time

Transformative experiences open up new paths.

The experiences that we offer in our Haciendas, as well as the expeditions and adventures that we design, are inspired by explorers like Catherwood and Stephens, we invite you to discover and enjoy natural refuges and the unique cultural mysteries in Yucatán. Feel and discover Yucatán in a different way.

Experiences that caress our senses with the sound of birds, the melody of the jungle, that bring wellness, freshness and harmony of the natural and cultural beauty of these Maya lands.

Experiences designed to enjoy, relax, entertain, discover….

The Wayeb is a Maya concept that means the days out of time, 5 days that were considered out of time, their objective was to adjust the 365-day solar calendar, in which people had a break of their daily work.

Venture to live a day out of time!

Haciendas: A sublime architecture

Description

Spaces with an undertone diffuse through the Cuzumal, Tixnuc and Tamchen haciendas. An endless pond reflects the unequaled dialogue among Maya ruins about a latent past and contemporary interventions, amidst an immersion in the jungle. Their sublime architecture is an invitation to plunge into private and meaningful ecosystems.

Experience layout

A 45-minute drive from Mérida, in the towns of Kinchil and Samahil, the guided architectural tour includes three captivating haciendas, acclaimed with the international award at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial. The restoration and intervention of these spaces was designed by five Yucatecan architects: Mario Peniche, Augusto Quijano, Jorge Carlos Zoreda, Javier Muñoz and Alejandro Vales, who completed the project in 2010.

Across its different spots, the tour encompasses an encounter with a water source, a Mayan pyramid, trees inside habitable spaces, water lily ponds, ruins of earlier buildings and old vestiges, Zen-style villas, henequen fields, as well as engine houses and chimneys, among others.

Includes

  • A tour of the three haciendas
  • A swim in the pool
  • A room at the hacienda, equipped for your comfort
  • A three-course meal
  • Fresh fruit water and complimentary drinks
  • The tour of these properties is subject to availability

Duration
5 hours

Price
From $500.00 USD


Amidst nature and design

Description

A revealing encounter of nature and design, this “day out of time” experience creates cyclic connections interweaving our senses. In one spot, Celestún, a wildlife refuge with fresh and salt groundwater reserves, is home to 27,000 flamingos and other bird species. In another spot, living one of Catherwood’s haciendas, the restoration of which won the Venice Architecture Biennial award.

Experience layout

  • Start the day in Celestún, with a boat tour on its mangrove.
  • Take a plunge in a water source and go for a stroll around this fishing village, with its unparalleled lighthouse.
  • Visit the only historic monument in town: the Catholic temple.
  • Continue your journey at one of Catherwood’s neighboring haciendas and learn about the history and restoration of henequen estates in the area.
  • Enjoy yourself in the comfort of the hacienda, and freshen up in the swimming pool.
  • Delight your senses with the flavors of Yucatecan gastronomy.

Includes

  • Transportation by car, van, Sprinter or SUV
  • Fishing boat trip
  • A tour guided by a nature expert
  • Observation of migratory birds and flamingo populations throughout the tour
  • A guided tour of Catherwood’s hacienda
  • A splash in the pool / “Cambay” water source / at the sea
  • A room in the hacienda, equipped for your comfort
  • A three-course meal
  • Fresh fruit water and complimentary drinks

Duration
8 hours

Price
From $970.00 USD


Tekik: Circular art and gastronomy

Description

The architecture of one of the most iconic haciendas in Yucatan encompasses different ages, colors and textures in an unequaled experience for the senses. Visitors can enjoy our circular gastronomy: natural, traditional and sustainable. Yet another expression of the Maya’s cultural richness.

Experience layout

  • Guided tour around the Tekik de Regil Hacienda
  • Visit the old engine house, its chapel inspired by the Madeleine Church in Paris and a traditional Maya house, among other remarkable spots.
  • Get acquainted with the iconic wall painting by Calocho Millet, a vivid representation of Yucatan’s soul.
  • Taste the circular gastronomy with a delicious three-course meal including original recipes inspired in traditional dishes and ingredients from this region.

Includes

  • Guided tour around the hacienda
  • A plunge in the swimming pool
  • A room in the hacienda, fully equipped for your comfort
  • Circular gastronomy menu
  • Fresh fruit water and complimentary drinks

Duration
5 hours

Price
From $500.00 USD


Another Chichén: A gateway to two Mayan worlds

Description

Go through the gateway to the past to connect to the Maya sensitivity. Delve into the cult of deities and ancestral cosmology: Kukulcán, a creating god, at the top of the monumental Chichén Itzá pyramid, and the lords of Xibalbá, gods of the underworld, deep in the waters of the Xocempich cenote.

Experience layout

  • Explore Chichén Itzá’s monuments: the Caracol (Snail) Observatory, the ball game court, the Sacred Cenote, the Chaac god’s sculptures, the embossments of the Casa de las Monjas (Nuns’ House) or the plumed serpent’s heads.
  • See one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and listen attentively to the acoustic effect of quetzals.
  • Live an introspective experience by immersing in the waters of the Xocempich cenote and dive into the magic of the underworld.
  • Take part in a culinary celebration with local cooks who will show you a traditional way of preparing typical dishes and hand-made tortillas and be prepared to eat by the roots of majestic trees.

Includes

  • A tour around the archeological site guided by an expert
  • Transportation by car, van, Sprinter or SUV
  • A three-course meal under a tree or in the open air
  • Fresh fruit water and complimentary drinks
  • 2 bathrooms at the site, with dressing rooms and hammocks
  • A bath in the cenote
  • Hiking and bird watching at the site

Duration
9 hours

Price
From $910.00 USD


Izamal: Rhythms of time

Description

Three private villas in the magic town of Izamal safeguard the intriguing mixture of three cultures too. Beyond their respective doorways, the site reflects the architectural and interior design vision that characterizes each of them, leading to a conversation between colonial and modern México. Outdoors, vestiges of an ancient civilization live together with a syncretic architecture and craftsmanship that is visible in the manual artworks created in the “yellow town”.

Experience layout

  • In the company of a certified historian, stroll through the rhythms of this town: its famous convent, the four archeological cardinal points and the artisan workshops.
  • Visit our villas next, including their most intimate corners.
  • The day ends in a magnificent scenery, with an authentic Maya meal.

Includes

  • Tour guided by an expert
  • Transportation by car, van, Sprinter or SUV
  • Guided tour of the three villas: Casa Azul (Blue House), Casa de los Artistas (Artists’ House) and Casa de Madera (Wooden House)
  • A swim in the pool
  • A room at one of the three villas, equipped for you comfort
  • A three-course meal
  • Fresh fruit water and complimentary drinks
  • Visits to these properties are subject to availability

Duration
6 hours

Price
From $600.00 USD


La Carbonera: A transformation point

Description

Welcome to a unique meeting point amidst the sea, mangroves and a water source. This crystalline water site astonishes its visitors with a natural work of art created by Hurricane Gilberto in 1988. A profound energy encounter surrounded by the local flora and fauna.

Experience layout

  • Navigate on a fishing boat from the port of Chuburná –among mangroves and the beach– until you reach La Carbonera.
  • An exchange of knowledge and experiences about this place’s relevance to local fishermen, together with information about flamingos and migratory birds that may be watched along the way: white herons, toucans, diving ducks and seagulls.
  • A guided kayak experience
  • Passing through a 200-meter channel that flows into the water source
  • A picnic on the beach including fresh seafood.

Includes

  • Tour guided by a nature expert
  • Transportation by car, van, Sprinter or SUV
  • A fishing boat
  • A mangrove kayak
  • A bath in the water source or the sea
  • A three-course meal on the beach
  • Fresh fruit water and complimentary drinks

Duration
7 hours

Price
From $950.00 USD


Itzincab: Mystique in the Maya jungle

Description

Built on the vestiges of a pre-Hispanic site, visitors to the Itzincab de Cámara Hacienda can hear the song of birds inhabiting the jungle and look at the landscape from the top of its pyramid. The Hacienda lies, beyond the passing of time, among mystical elements that envelop their gardens, ruins and corridors. Itzincab’s ancestral gastronomy comes from the sacred cornfield.

Experience layout

Itzincab makes part of an endeavor to restore a system to take care for different species in this region. Furthermore, when we ‘live this hacienda’, we can observe its eclectic architecture. After comprehensive historical research studies, the hacienda was restored by Salvador Reyes Rios from 1996 to 2000. He assessed the historical and patrimonial value of the property, taking into account both formal concerns and composite and typological elements.

  • Take a walk around the hacienda’s history and spots: its gardens, chapel, pyramid, rooms, engine house from the henequen era and a magnificent view.
  • Visit the orchard to get acquainted with the season’s harvest in this region.
  • Enjoy a three-course meal prepared by our cooks with local ingredients and orchard delicacies.
  • Take a freshening bath in the pool to delight in a moment of relax.

Includes

  • A guided tour around the hacienda
  • A room in the hacienda, equipped for your comfort
  • A three-course meal
  • Fresh fruit water and complimentary drinks
  • A swim in the pool at the main house

Duration
5 hours

Price
From $500.00 USD


Uxmal and Xocnaceh: Among ruins and temples

Description

Puuc-style Maya architecture and colonial structures and frescoes converge as vestiges that complement each other on this “day out of time”. Sites worthy of research, these monuments tell stories of old ages, revealing critical elements in the evolution/development of Maya culture.

Experience layout

  • Explore Uxmal guided by an expert and go inside its main buildings: the Piramide del Adivino (Soothsayer’s Pyramid), the Palacio del Gobernador (Governor’s Palace), the Cuadrángulo de las Monjas (Nun’s Square) and the Casa de las Tortugas (Tortoise House).
  • Continue your trip around the national citric production zone that accommodates the Xocnaceh Hacienda, with one of the oldest pyramids in this region and the ruins of the 17th Century cattle raising and sugar hacienda.
  • From the top of the pyramid, be a witness of the excavation works by the archeologists that are currently doing research at this site.
  • Take a bath in the old irrigation tank, now a modern swimming pool.
  • In the open air and amidst the vestiges of the hacienda church —surrounded by frescoes and paintings— we will serve a meal prepared with local products and authentic regional dishes.

Includes

  • A tour guided by an expert
  • Transportation by car, van, Sprinter or SUV
  • A three-meal course inside the church in ruins
  • Fresh fruit waters and complimentary drinks
  • A swim in the old tank
  • A guided tour of the property-owned pyramid

Duration
7 hours

Price
From $880.00 USD


Uxmal and Ochil: Echoes from the past

Description

The past reveals itself and echoes in an experience from different eras. On one side, a beautiful town, a magical town, aligned according to the stars. On the other, a living site that started as a cattle and mining hacienda and today manifests itself as a large sculpture that welcomes various protagonists.

Experience layout

  • Visit stunning pre-Hispanic buildings in Uxmal: the Piramide del Adivino (Soothsayer’s Pyramid), the Palacio del Gobernador (Governor’s Palace), the Cuadrangulo de las Monjas (Nuns’ Square) and the Casa de las Tortugas (Tortoises’ House).
  • Stroll through components and spaces where Moorish and Neoclassical styles come together with Mayan platforms remains in the Abalá zone, with a contemporary amphitheater that leads to a cenote, at the San Pedro Ochil Hacienda.
  • The tour starts at the “truc” (a means of transportation in henequen hacienda times), where we will see a road of palm trees, the hacienda’s chimney and a henequen field.
  • Surrounded by nature, history and culture, enjoy a meal of Yucatecan delicacies: lime soup, cochinita pibil (slow roasted pork) and relleno negro (black stuffing).

Includes

  • A tour guided by an expert
  • Transportation by car, van, Sprinter or SUV
  • A three-meal course with a view to the amphitheater
  • Fresh fruit water and complimentary drinks
  • A tour around the property on board a “truc”

Duration
7 hours

Price
From $880.00 USD


Enrich your Day Pass with:

Learn and enjoy with personal classes of:

  • Maya cuisine­
  • Flora of the Maya jungle
  • Yucatan bird watching
  • History and Maya civilization
  • Legendary haciendas of Yucatán

Special menus:

  • Circular gastronomy directly from our orchards and the Maya milpa.
  • Cochinita pibil (buried pork)
  • Creole corn tasting from the Maya milpas (Five types of corn)

Our commitment with the Maya communities and culture, as well as to the conservation of nature, is an essential pillar of our vision.

Through our foundations -Taller Maya, Traspatio Maya and Baktún- we connect with the region’s communities to co-create social development projects and promote the activation of local economies: production of handicrafts, orchards, traditional milpas and the training of young cultural promoters.

Furthermore, we develop and support projects focused on the conservation of nature, such as Sal a pajarear Yucatán (a bird watching program) for the conservation of birds and The voice of the jungle for the conservation and the restoration of biodiversity.

Our guides and operations team, that serve our travelers with an infinite care and love, take part of our educational and cultural projects.

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