Drive to Campeche (2hrs if driven direct along route 18) via the Mayan ‘Puuc Route’ fringed with dry scrub embracing four Mayan sites in a hilly region south of Mérida and the region's most captivating centre, Uxmal.
A 90min drive south of Merida, the Puuc Valley is a fertile territory where you can visit Loltun (Stone Flower) caves with magnificent galleries featuring stalagmites and stalactites. or Labna with its beautiful arch and Sayil, dominated by a three-storey great palace.
The ruined ceremonial temples of Uxmal constitute what is for many the most dramatic forest-clad Mayan site. It’s just over an hour’s drive from Mérida, but you enter a different world. The site is dominated by the majestic Pyramid of the Magician, inhabited by birds and bats, alongside which is an elegant nunnery quadrangle with Puuc-style complex stonework pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. The rain god Chac is represented by grotesque stone masks. This is the site with the most mystical ambience.
You might also visit the site Kabah, where Chac also features in mosaic stone, with 250 masks on the Palace of Masks.
Campeche is a Spanish colonial walled city listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site – you’ll find pastel-painted mansions built by aristocratic Spanish families, pristine white churches and the shady zócalo (main square); all of which combine to evoke the city's former era of glory. There's a lovely seaside promenade, perfect for a stroll at sunset.
You'll be staying at another luxury hacienda in the countryside, about 30mins' drive from Campeche.