Yucatán with Jorge Guzmán
One Exclusive Departure | September 3 - 8, 2022Book Now
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
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.
Slow-cooked cochinita pibil, traditional street foods, specially prepared Yucatecan feasts
Ancient Mayan temples, underground cenotes, colonial towns and tropical forests
Traditional makers and local craftspeople, and modern artists in home studios
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.
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.
Ya’ax Boutique HotelMérida
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).