Trace the trade routes of the Mayan civilization through the lush tropical jungle and white sand beaches, experiencing the very best of Mexico. Home to historic ruins and UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as buzzing nightlife, the Yucatán state has something for everyone. Venture to the Temple of the Inscriptions on a guided walking tour, discover the beauty of the ‘Lagoon of Seven Colours' on a scenic boat trip, visit vibrant waterfalls, shop in local markets, or sample the famous Mexican cuisine and buzzing nightlife on a night out in Mahahual and Playa del Carmen. Snorkel or dive, sunbathe or salsa on this amazing 9 day adventure through Mexico.
- Chichén Itza’s El Castillo pyramid, Great Ball Court & Temple of Kukulkan
- Uxmal’s intricately carved ruins & Pyramid of the Magician
- Jungle tour & visit to the Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque
- Boat cruise on Bacalar's ‘Lagoon of Seven Colours’ & visit to Cenote Azul
- Walking tour of Mérida, capital of the Yucatan province
- Explore the only coastal walled city of the 'New World' in Campeche
- Visit the beautiful Misol Ha Waterfall in the jungle of Palenque
- Sugar white Caribbean beaches of Mahahual & Playa del Carmen
Accommodation & Transportation
Food & Meals
- All meals to be paid locally
- Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
- Private transportation
- All accommodation
- Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best overnight stops, highlights and included experiences, with plenty of optional activities to choose from. No two Trek trips are the same, with stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary, so get ready for one awesome adventure!
As this tour departs at 07:30 hrs we recommend that you book pre tour accommodation. Please request further details at time of booking.
Head on out of Cancun to begin your journey of adventure and discovery with a visit to Chichén Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved of all the archaeological sites in Mexico; the perfect start to your Mexican odyssey! Be awed by the iconic El Castillo pyramid and take a glimpse into the Mayan past as you learn about the Great Ball Court and its bloody history. Next you'll make your way to the beautiful city of Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán. Explore the many shops and museums of this charming city, hang out in the Zócalo (Main Square) and eat local food such as Cochinita Pibil (slow-roasted marinated pork). Head out for your first night with your new amigos and mingle with the locals - descendants of the Maya whose culture is laced with Spanish influence.
Please note: it is possible that you will overnight in Itzamal during busy periods.
Travel to the UNESCO ruins of Uxmal for an included visit, where intricately carved temple facades pay homage to Chac, the Mayan rain god. The Uxmal archaeological site is a wonderful balance of jungle and wide open spaces and is an absolute gem, with fewer travellers than other ruins in Mexico. Drive on to the city of Campeche, the only coastal walled city in the ‘New World’, and explore the remnants of its colourful past. Why not start your visit with a walk along the Malecón, a path along the sea facing the sparkling Gulf of Mexico? On your walk you'll find rusty cannons which once defended the city, see some of the old colonial buildings and have the opportunity to try one of Campeche's many seafood specialities caught directly from the surrounding seas - perfect!
Continue down the ancient Mayan trade route to the ruins of Palenque. See temples lost in the jungle for hundreds of years and marvel at the magnificent pyramid known as the Temple of the Inscriptions. Enjoy an included guided jungle tour to learn about this unique ecosystem, its rare plant life, tropical birds and animals. After such an adventurous day, end with a visit to the Misol Ha waterfall and cool off with a heavy misting from the pounding water.
Cross the Yucatán peninsula for a night on the shores of the beautiful 'Lagoon of Seven Colours' at Bacalar, which appears to change colour at sunrise and sunset. Enjoy an included scenic cruise to take in the views, before a refreshing swim in the Cenote Azul (blue cave). Laguna Bacalar is one of the most unique freshwater lakes on earth, with its varying shades of turquoise and blue, and its beautiful setting surrounded by jungle and loads of wildlife.
Head to Mahahual on Mexico's Caribbean Coast, a small but popular beach town. Mahahual boasts white powdery beaches, great bars and an awesome atmosphere. Because it’s still a little out of the way, Mahahual retains a more authentic feel than the larger beach hotspots and has less big commercial development. Nearby is Banco Chinchorro, Mexico’s largest coral atoll and underwater paradise, where you can take to the water, swim around and check out the sea life. The warm coastal breezes make for hot days and even hotter nights dancing at the many bars and beach clubs.
En route to Playa del Carmen, explore the coastal ruins of Tulum, the only Mayan city built by the coast, before continuing to the beach resort of Playa del Carmen. Enjoy some downtime in one of the trendiest places on the Yucatán peninsula, or depending on the time of season you could take a boat trip to see whale sharks. Make the most of the warm nights and dance the night away in the many bars and beach clubs. For something a little more relaxing, find a quiet bar and watch a fire dance show or just enjoy a refreshing drink with your group.
After a final morning relaxing on palm fringed sugar white beaches, and squeezing in some last minute souvenir shopping or people watching on the Mayan Riviera, it’s time to say adios to your new amigos as you arrive in Cancun for the end of your tour.
This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.
Our tours usually depart at 07:30am and finish around 5:00pm at designated hotels in our gateway cities, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. It's also worth staying extra nights to explore the city more. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.
CANCUN - RAMADA CANCUN CITY
Av Yaxchilan 41, SM 12, 77500 Cancun
A newly renovated property boasts a gym, outdoor pool, restaurant, bar and complimentary shuttle service to the beach.
Twin share (With a trekker of the same sex)
From £42 | US$60 | Eur50 | AU$75 | NZ$78
Price per person per night
Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £72 | US$103 | Eur87 | AU$130 | NZ$136
Price per room per night
AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION
The local Taxi Union operates a "shared taxi" or "collectivo" shuttle from the airport to the hotel for approx. MP $70 (US $15-20). Purchase a taxi voucher at the desk just outside the main terminal. Do not pay the taxi driver directly. Transfer takes approx. 45 minutes.
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If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel.
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There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.
Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!
As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.