One hour away from the hacienda, you can visit mangroves where flocks of flamingoes live at the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve. At an equal distance, but southwards, is Uxmal, one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site. At mid-distance to Chichen Itza (which is less than two hours away), you can visit Izamal, a beautiful colonial town with buildings harmoniously painted in yellow ochre and white to conserve light and keep the interiors fresh. If you desire to see the ocean, Puerto Progreso is only a 20 minute drive away from the hacienda. With its iconic pier and old lighthouse, there is nothing more inspiring than a stroll on the boardwalk followed by a regional meal at one of the many outdoor restaurants with thatched roofs. The options are infinite. Our Guest Services team will help you create a customized itinerary depending on your needs and preferences, to explore what’s inside and outside the resort.
Merida has twice been named the Cultural Capital of the Americas. The city is the ideal spot to visit the majestic mansions on the Paseo Montejo, the city museums and the streets of the Historic District, with its gastronomical treasures and architectural monuments, plazas and churches, the Mayan Museum, as well as several cultural venues of artistic and popular expressions.
In Merida, most of the thousands of cenotes can be found along the Chicxulub Crater. It is believed that the giant asteroid that created this crater also caused most of the cenotes. You can swim and explore these sinkholes that are minutes away from Hacienda Xcanatun by car.
Uxmal, together with Sayil and Labna, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the largest, most elegant, and most important ruin site in the Puuc area.
Izamal is a magical and peaceful town located about 70 km east of Merida, where cobblestone streets are lined with historic colonial buildings painted in a beautiful and eye-catching yellow colour. There is a handicrafts route you can take to see the workshops where miniatures are made, where hammocks are woven, where papier maché butterflies and dragonflies are crafted, and where wooden jaguars, crucifixes, boxes and more are carved.
"The Place Where there is Written in the Stones" is a historic settlement located only 5 minutes away from the Hotel. A great place to wander, enjoy the peaceful surroundings, climb the structures and imagine what life must have been like there hundreds of years ago. Visit The Temple of the Seven Dolls where the spring and fall equinoxes take place. During this event, the rising of the sun is visible through the window of the temple.