Guests staying at Grand Velas Riviera Maya this summer and beyond can embark on a journey back in time by exploring a historic Yucatan landmark with the resort’s new Henequen Experience.

The adventure begins with a private helicopter ride to the Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, a revived hacienda built in the late 1800s located just outside of the Yucatan’s vibrant capital, Merida. Over the course of three and a half hours, guests will dive into the deep-rooted history behind the henequen plant, known for transforming the Yucatan economy and cultural landscape in the 19th century. While on property, guests will also tour the hacienda’s surrounding plantation on a carriage pulled by mules, stop and swim in the Dzul Ha, a Yucatan freshwater cenote, and more.

Upon return to Grand Velas Riviera Maya, travelers will partake in the resort’s signature ancestral beverage tasting featuring Mexico’s ancient liquors like bacanora, sotol, tuxca, and pox. Following, guests will enjoy a private dinner in the resort’s Mayan restaurant, Chaka, which offers modern Yucatecan dishes inspired by the region’s traditional cuisine.

Accommodations are offered in the resort’s tranquil Zen Grand Suites, which boast private terraces and overlook the sacred jungle landscape. They come with fully stocked mini-bars, jacuzzi tubs, Nespresso coffee makers, 24-hour concierge service, and more.

The 4-night Henequen Tour Experience costs $3,488 per person for two people. Rates are per person based on double occupancy and include luxury suite accommodations, à la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. The experience is available from April 26 until Dec. 18, 2020. Blackout dates are from Nov. 21 to 28, 2020.

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