Yucatán with Jorge Guzmán

One Exclusive Departure | September 3 - 8, 2022

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Culinary & Cultural Adventure

Experience Yucatán's rich traditions and culinary heritage with Chef Jorge Guzmán

September 3 - 8, 2022

6 Days, 5 Nights

Best of the Yucatán

Including Mérida, Chichén Ítza, Uxmal, Vallodolid

Price from

$4,800

per person, based on double occupancy

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You’re navigating a labyrinth of market stalls overflowing with bright vegetables and earthy spices, the smoky aroma of pit-roasted pork perfuming the air. Next, you’re traveling through a jungle of trees by traditional horse cart to a cavernous cenote, for an unforgettable swim in its surreal crystal-clear waters. You’ve explored ancient Mayan ruins, met local artists in their home studios, and explored the region’s vibrant colonial towns. Now you’re savoring it all under a sky filled with stars at your 17th-century hacienda, a symphony of colors and sounds pulsing from the tropical forest. The Yucatán is simply the best.

Along with you is Chef Jorge Guzmán, born in Mexico City and raised in Mérida before his family relocated to the States, with memories of so many summers spent here surrounded by his grandmother and aunts around the big family table. Jorge has a visceral connection to the Yucatán; even though he’s now an award-winning chef with one of Minneapolis’ most buzzy new restaurants, the Yucatán is home, a place of deep and personal connections and at the heart of who he is.

If your idea of the perfect adventure involves slowing down and experiencing a place deeply, join us for a dose of Mexico few outsiders experience. Learn the meaning and tradition behind every bite, and experience the Yucatán at its most timeless and delicious.

Savor

Slow-cooked cochinita pibil, traditional street foods, specially prepared Yucatecan feasts

Explore

Ancient Mayan temples, underground cenotes, colonial towns and tropical forests

Meet

Traditional makers and local craftspeople, and modern artists in home studios

Connect

With Yucatán's culture and cuisine, and with like-minded travelers alongside Chef Jorge Guzmán

3 Reasons to Travel with Jorge Guzmán

Fresh, unique and a little spicy; those aren’t just the flavors of the Yucatán. They also describe Jorge Guzmán, one of the Twin Cities’ most exciting chefs. Jorge was raised in Mérida and the Yucatán, giving him a deeply personal connection to the region and its culinary traditions.

Home, Sweet Home

From summers at his grandma’s beach house to days spent at his uncle’s antique store in Mérida, Jorge knows the Yucatán like a true and passionate insider.

Family Matters

For Jorge, food and family are synonymous. His fondest memories revolve around the kitchen table at his grandmother’s house in Mérida.

All the Accolades

Jorge is a James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef, and his tasting menu at Brewer’s Table was a Top 10 of the year by Food & Wine. Nowadays he mixes the food of his childhood with fine-dining flare at Minneapolis' Petit León and Dayton's Sueño.

Your Experience

“This trip is coming home for me. I have such a longing for it and such a connection to it.”
Jorge Guzmán

Mérida, Chichén Ítza, Uxmal, Temozón

“You have to know how to eat habanero to be a Yucateco. It's just the way it is.”
Jorge Guzmán

Day by Day

Day 1

Bienvenidos a Mérida! This is the glorious heart of the Yucatán, with its French-inspired colonial homes and wrought-iron balconies overlooking streets bursting with open-air music. Mérida is often called the New Orleans of Mexico; and like the Big Easy, it’s not hard to fall in love with Mérida’s historic central district.

We’ll dive into the city with Jorge, weaving through traditional markets and finishing with a lunch of local street-food favorites: salbutes topped with shredded meat, cabbage and pickled onions; cochinita pibil marinated in citrus and spiced with achiote paste, wrapped in a banana leaf; and pavo en relleno negro, simmering in a rich sauce of black recado and cabbage with a hardboiled egg.

In the afternoon we’ll get a Mayan history lesson at the city’s epic Gran Museum, followed by cocktails at our hotel, a luxurious spot built in an old artist’s gallery. Dinner tonight is at one of Mérida’s culinary highlights, in the historic center, where we’ll toast our time together over a meal of the finest Yucatecan dishes.

Day 1 Highlights

  • Arrive in Mérida
  • Market tour & lunch, Mayan Gran museum
  • Welcome dinner
  • Stay at Ya’ax in Mérida

Day 2

After breakfast, we go back in time at Mexico’s most famous Mayan site: Chichén Itzá. The 5th-century, jungle-clad expanse of mighty pyramids, temples and ball courts connected by ancient roads is a World Heritage Site. We’ll explore and learn about the recent discovery of a hidden pyramid within the iconic Kukulkan, the step-pyramid that dominates the center of the Chichén Itzá.

In the afternoon we’ll explore colonial Valladolid, a flaneur’s dream town brimming with cafes, shops and leafy parks. Over cocktails we’ll sample an array of botanas, the small-plate snacks that Valladolid is noted for—everything from beets with lime juice and cilantro, to pigs knuckles and pureed pumpkin seeds—before heading back to Mérida to relax back at the hotel, or maybe to dive into Mérida’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 2 Highlights

  • Chichén Itzá
  • Valladolid botanas & cocktails
  • Stay at Ya’ax in Mérida

Day 3

Our final morning in Mérida begins with a breakfast to remember, at a ‘morning only’ taqueria. Papadzules sauced with pumpkin seeds and chiltomate, panuchos and salbutes, and polcanes bursting with the flavors of suckling pig, relleno negro and huevos motuleños, all bringing the essence of traditional Mayan cuisine to our lips.

Next stop: tranquility. Just an hour away, our jungle-clad hacienda sits behind brilliant coral walls, the perfect retreat for our souls. The afternoon is ours to wander the pristine grounds, take a dip in its on-site cenote or grab a drink poolside. This evening, we’ll meet back up with Jorge for a full-on Mayan cooking workshop and private dinner. After rolling fresh tortillas in our hands and learning ancient culinary traditions, we’ll truly appreciate every bite and toast to an incredible night.

Day 3 Highlights

  • Traditional taco breakfast
  • Transfer to hacienda
  • Hands-on cooking & dinner led by Jorge
  • Stay at Hacienda Temozón

Day 4

Today we experience Yucatán culture through an artist’s eye. We start in the village of Maní, exploring its magnificent 16th-century Church of San Michael Arcangel, and meet local weavers who hand-embroidered blouses synonymous with Mayan style. Next we’ll meet, and learn alongside, master potter Roger Juárez at his home and studio, where he produces his highly prized works rooted in ancient Mayan techniques.

Lunch today is a serious treat. We dine at humble, legendary El Príncipe Tutul Xiu in Maní, one of the region’s most storied kitchens, for their signature poc chuc: charcoal fired with grill-roasted onions, a sharp marinade, a dash of roasted habanero salsa. After lunch, we’ll take a dip in a pristine cenote, where ancient tree roots and imposing stalactites hang like an upside-down world. When we return to our hacienda, we’ll be full of inspiration and ready to relax for the evening.

Day 4 Highlights

  • Maní village and weavers
  • Meet local potter Roger Juarez
  • Cenote swim
  • Stay at Hacienda Temozón

Day 5

The beauty is in the details. And today we’re going up close on Mayan and traditional artistry of the Yucatán, beginning with arguably the region’s best Mayan site, Uxmal. Here we see the ornate Puuc-style carvings adorning the gated temple walkways and bulbous pyramids that inspired Frank Lloyd Wright. Afterwards, we have a feast we won’t soon forget—the local cochinita pibil—pit-roasted, smoky and succulent, prepared just for us.

We return for a peaceful afternoon at our hacienda, but hopefully not too full! This evening, dinner is an equal treat: a farewell feast prepared by Jorge to celebrate his love of Yucatán and Mexico, and of our time together.

Day 5 Highlights

  • Uxmal Mayan site
  • Traditional Mayan pit-roasted pork
  • Farewell dinner by Jorge
  • Stay at Hacienda Temozón

Day 6

Alas, our time together is done. After a final breakfast we pack up and say K’a’ak’ate to the wonderful hacienda, our new friends, and especially Jorge. We’ll transfer you to the Mérida Airport for flights home. Till next time!

Please note: For guests who have booked the optional beach extension, we will organize private transfers from Hacienda Temozón to our beachfront villas at Chablé Maroma on the Riviera Maya.

Day 6 Highlights

  • Breakfast
  • Transfers to Mérida Airport (MID)

Where We Sleep

Footsteps from colonial city scenes, or lost amidst tropical forest, our boutique hotels make you feel right at home in the Yucatán's most stunning locations.

Ya’ax Boutique Hotel

Mérida

The perfect set-up in colonial Mérida is this intimate, award-winning boutique hotel, lovingly restored from a former painter’s studio with beamed ceilings and endless charm. Chocum trees line pathways, and their resin adds a pinkish hue to the walls in the same timeless manner Mayan architects favored. Contemporary comfort floods unique designs of all 11 rooms, and the spa, pool and on-site Ch’ooj restaurant, which offers original recipes mixing Yucatán and Caribbean dishes.

Hacienda Temozón

Temozón

Arriving to this forested hacienda wonderland will stop you in your tracks. Green gardens and candle-lit walkways lead to this stunning, sophisticated hotel refashioned from a hacienda built in the 1600s. Dark-wood furnishings and century-old black-and-white tile floors adorn the high-ceiling rooms. Sitting areas look through shuttered doorways into a sea of tropical forest and a row of stray pillars jutting from the expansive pool. Is this real? Yes, and it’s the ideal base for our Yucatán adventures.

I loved eating goat just after it was lifted from the pit, sipping on a mezcal.
Diana C.
This is more than just a trip. It’s authentic and joyful, and a powerful reminder of why we travel.
Scott M.
The meals made for us in local homes were just heavenly.
Andrew B.

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$4,800

per person, based on double occupancy

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  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at luxury boutique accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, lunches and most dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; activities, food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. Where does this trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins at the Ya’ax Boutique Hotel in Mérida, Mexico. The closest airport is the Mérida International Airport (MID). Our trip ends at our hacienda in Temozón; on our last day, we’ll organize an airport transfer to Mérida’s MID airport. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 1pm or later.

  4. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.

  5. Who is leading this trip?

    This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.

  6. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens are not required to have a visa for tourist visits to Mexico, but are required to show a valid US passport. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months after your travels are over. On arrival in the airport, you will be issued a visitor’s permit, known as a FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple). For citizens of other countries, please check with the Mexico Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

  7. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $1,500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate of the same gender, that option may be available upon checkout: these ‘Single – Willing to Share’ spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  8. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

  9. What is the cancelation policy?

    You may cancel before May 6, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 7, 2022, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 5, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being cancelled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

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