Activities

In the Heart of the Mayan World

Before arrival, your preferences for dining and touring will be collected so that our talented concierge can prepare the details for a care-free vacation. Days of guided tours are interspersed with days of lounging in Mayan hammocks at the magnificently restored hacienda. A typical week goes something like this:

 

Relax at the Hacienda

Enjoy a traditional massage or Mayan Massage and beauty treatments at our Casas Maya Spa

Swim & lounge in the pool and surrounding hammocks

Learn to cook a Yucatecan meal with our talented staff

Listen to the music of the Trova trio while dining on the outdoor terrace

 

The Yucatan is home to 442 bird species. Count along with a guided walk of the Hacienda.

 

Children also enjoy scavenger hunts and finding Mayan treasures on a junior archeology dig

 

Sign up for an outdoor Yoga class on our grounds

 

Learn how to make beautiful, hand-made piñatas with our staff

Explore the Region

Visit one of the many Mayan archaeological sites that surround Hacienda Petac. Uxmal is the closest large-scale site in the Puuc region but visitors also enjoy taking the day trip to Chichen Itza.

Swim in the underwater caves of the Yucatán known as cenotes. Dozens surround the Hacienda that tourists often visit, but there are several hidden cenotes that our guide can lead you to.

Take a trip into town and see what Mérida has to offer. Experience the culture of the Yucatán when you visit its museums, mansions of the Paseo de Montejo and the colorful dances in the square.

West of the Hacienda is the village of Celestun. Good for a beach day, it is even better for a boat trip to the colonies of flamingos that can be found along the river, springs and beaches.

 

Hacienda Petac will arrange for a private car and guide service for outside explorations.


Welcome to Hacienda Petac’s Kitchen

Take the art of tropical dining home with you. Learn it from locals and enjoy it while luxuriating in Hacienda style.

Cooking Class 6-Night Itinerary

Emphasizing local ingredients and menus, the itinerary combines workshops in full meal preparation and table decorating with excursions to some of Yucatan’s notable highlights. There will be 4 days of cooking classes offered with a wide variety of snacks, salsas, drinks, side dishes, soups and main courses covered. Locally produced honey, quail, fruits and produce will be incorporated with traditional recipes. Classes are offered with participation optional, not required.
  • Day 1: Arrival at Merida Airport and Transport to Hacienda Petac
    • o Welcome cocktails and botanas on the veranda. Short Introduction to Hacienda
  • Day 2: Leisurely day at hacienda. Full breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    • Morning cooking class
    • Afternoon Class
  • Day 3: Full Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Merida Tour: Walking tour of Merida Central Plaza, Lucas de Galvez Market, Sorbeteria Colon, local chocolates shop.
    • Return to Hacienda for late lunch and afternoon relaxation.
    • Brief demonstration on lunch preparation.
    • Evening preparation of dinner.
  • Day 4: Full breakfast, picnic lunch, full dinner.
    • Excursion to Uxmal and cenote. Return for lunch.
    • Afternoon workshop on tropical fruit drinks (non-alcoholic)
    • Afternoon class on entree
  • Day 5: Full breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    • Morning Cooking Class
  • Day 6: Free Day. Full breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
    • Relax at the Hacienda with a spa day. Or, go off to see more sights.
    • Morning Workshop: table decorating. Lessons from the Hacienda’s talented staff on making a table colorful, elegant and above all, inspired by what you see around you.
    • Afternoon invitation to watch or participate in preparation of farewell dinner
    • Evening cocktails with music by Los Tres Yucatecos
  • Day 7: Breakfast or brunch.
    • Departure to Merida Airport.
The 6-night package includes luxurious accommodations, all workshops demonstrations, all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages; Ground transportation; 16 %Government taxes.
Does not include: alcohol, gratuities, spa treatments, other excursions, or airfare.

COOKING, CRAFTS AND ADVENTURE FOR CHILDREN

Looking for a vacation that keeps the youngsters entertained? Hacienda Petac’s Children’s Activity Program is designed to entertain and enlighten our younger travelers. This creative Children’s Cooking and Crafts Adventure is measured for fun and sprinkled with a healthy pinch of Mayan spice.

The package includes the following:
  • A scavenger hunt in the Mérida food market where the whole family is guided through the colorful fruits, vegetables and spices of the vibrant market. A tour of Merida’s central square follows with a refreshing stop at a sorbet shop where tasty tropical flavors abound.
  • Age appropriate “cooking” lessons. Tasks include hands on preparation of small meals, rolling out tortillas, whipping up smoothies, making popsicles, sorbet and other tasty desserts. A “Smash-Fest” of seeds, fruits and vegetables is an essential part of a junior cook’s fun. Warning: a cleansing dip in the swimming pool may be required!
  • Crafts:
    • Kite making and flying.
    • Piñata construction; and, piñata party.
    • Art/Photogram class. Children collect leaves, flower petals, or other found articles to design permanent photograms on special sun-sensitive paper. Coloring and painting their works follows. Suitable for framing!
  • Junior Archaeologists’ Treasure Hunt
    • Using a colorful map of special hiding places scattered across the hacienda, children follow clues to dig for buried Mayan treasures.
The children’s adventure camp is available as a supplement of $125 per child/per week.