Looking for a vacation that keeps the youngsters entertained? Hacienda Petac introduces a kids’ activity program designed to entertain and enlighten our younger travelers. Located near Merida, Yucatán, Hacienda Petac is a private resort full of family activities, but this season adds creative children’s cooking and adventure activities measured for fun and sprinkled with a healthy pinch of Mayan spice. The children’s adventure package is available for a supplement of $150 per child/per week.
The fun begins with 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. Exploring with our chef, children and parents help to collect the local ingredients needed for an iconic Yucatécan dish. Hint: it’s harder than you think! What’s pah-ch’uhuk? Ibes? Espalone? We’ll help you find them all. Then, it’s off for a sightseeing excursion around Mérida’s central square with a refreshing stop at the sorbet shop where tasty tropical flavors abound.
Back at the hacienda, our big and little chefs strap on aprons and go to work in the professional teaching kitchen. Age appropriate tasks include hands on preparation of a small meal, rolling out tortillas, whipping up a smoothie, paleta, sorbet or other tasty desserts. A “Smash-Fest” of seeds, fruits or vegetables is an essential part of a junior cook’s fun. Warning: a cleansing dip in the swimming pool may be required!
But cooking is only part of the fun. Do what the Yucatecans do, learn to make kites and a piñatas! And, for the junior Archaeologists, their job is to find the buried Mayan treasures, scattered about the grounds. Children are provided colorful hand drawn maps with clues to help discover the treasures. While our younger guests are working on fun, the folks might want to work on a tan at the pool, have a Mayan massage in the Hacienda’s private spa, or enjoy their own cooking class.
Although there is plenty to occupy the family around the Hacienda: heated swimming pool Jacuzzi, full game room and media center, don’t forget the many diversions of the region like swimming in cenotes, climbing the Maya ruins at Uxmal, or taking a boat ride in search of Flamingos. All within easy reach.
Hacienda Petac is a luxuriously restored estate on 250 acres in the heart of the Mayan World. There are 7 elegant bedrooms, and a full staff of 23 to attend to all household needs. Rates for 5-14 guests from $1500 to $2000 a night, includes all meals, soft beverages, staff, and airport transfers. 16% percent tax and alcohol not included. A 4 night minimum is required.
For information, please contact: toll free (800) 783-6904 or 203-274-7375 outside of U.S.