MEXICAN BLT 2015

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DEPARTS CANCUN to CANCUN
Trek Code:
MDB
Destination:
Mexico
Departs:
Jan-Dec
Accommodation:
Budget Lodging
Age Range:
18-38
Best of Trek:
  • > Explore ancient Mayan ruins
  • > Boat trip to Bacalar 'Lagoon of Seven Colours'
  • > Snorkel in underground cenotes
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Tour Overview

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 World Heritage sites and exciting nightlife, the Yucatan and Chiapas Mexican states have 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 Playa del Carmen. Snorkel or dive, sunbathe or salsa to your heart's content on this amazing holiday to Mexico.

Included Highlights
  • Chichen Itza's Great Ball Court and Temple of Kukulkan
  • Uxmal's Pyramid of the Magician
  • Boat trip on Bacalar 'Lagoon of Seven Colours'
  • Jungle tour and visit the Temple of Inscriptions at Palenque
  • Coastal ruins of Tulum
  • Agua Azul Waterfalls
  • Playa del Carmen's sugar white Caribbean beaches
  • Walking tour of Merida, San Cristobal & Playa del Carmen
  • Informal Spanish lessons
  • Hidden Cenotes
  • Misol-Ha waterfalls
  • Coastal walled city of Campeche
Plus you get...
  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • Private transportation
  • All accommodation - 11 hotel / guesthouse nights on a twin or triple share basis.
BLT Accommodation

We use comfortable hostels on the Mexican BLT. Accommodation will be in multi-share rooms with either en-suite or shared facilities and are generally arranged on a single sex basis, subject to availability. Where possible we will keep the group together and try to accommodate couples; however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed.

Who travels with TrekAmerica?
Who travels with TrekAmerica

Our tours are aimed at young international travellers from around the world, aged 18 to 38, all with a sense of fun and a keen desire to explore. If you're travelling alone, don't worry... over 70% of our passengers are solo travellers and you'll soon be surrounded with like-minded people of a similar age who will quickly become your new best mates. Plus there are no single supplements.

Our tour price includes your own tour leader plus all transport and accommodation, so all you have to pay for are food, drinks and optional activities. Take a moment to add up all the costs of doing it yourself, and it soon becomes clear that a TrekAmerica trip offers fantastic value for money!

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, but with lots of optional activities to choose from, stops at some of your leaders favourite places and occasional changes in local conditions no two Trek trips are ever the same so come ready for a unique adventure.

Optional Activities (paid locally)

There are loads of exciting optional activities 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. Below are the main optional activities for this trip, these can be arranged once you are on tour via your Tour Leader and are paid for locally.

  • > SCUBA diving at Xcaret aqua park US$60-$200
  • > Playa del Carman guided cenote snorkeling trip US$85
  • > Swim with dolphins at Playa Del Carmen US$90-$160
  • > Whale shark boat trip US$160-$200
  • > Cenotes visit at Chichen Itza US$5
  • > Bike rental in Campeche US$15
  • > Guided nocturnal jungle tour near Palenque US$65
  • > Spot animals & birds at Palenque Eco Park US$10
  • > Xel-Ha & Xcaret aqua park activities, Playa Del Carmen US$90-$100 each
  • > Kayak tour in Bacalar US$35
  • > Quad biking at Campeche US$15
  • > Casa de la Bolom Museum, San Cristobal US$12
  • > Museum of Mayan Medicine US$8
  • > Temple and the Convent of Santa Domingo US$FREE
  • > The Amber Museum of Chiapas US$5
Tour Itinerary

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

  • Day 1: Cancun, Chichen Itza & Merida

    Head on out of Cancun to begin your journey of adventure and discovery with a visit to Chichen Itza, one of the best preserved of all the archaeological sites in Mexico and an incredible start to your Mexican odyssey. View El Castillo pyramid and 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 Merida, the capital of the Yucatan. Explore the many shops and museums of this charming city, eat local Yucatecan food such as Cochinita Pibil (marinated pork) and hang out in the Zocalo (Main Square). Head out and mingle with descendants of the Maya whose culture is laced with Spanish influence.
    Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse included

  • Day 2: Uxmal & Campeche

    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 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, where you can explore the remnants of its colourful past. Why not start your visit with a walk along the Malecon, 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.
    Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse included

  • Day 3: Chiapas

    Jungle gives way to the lush mountain highlands of Chiapas, passing quaint Indian villages and bountiful coffee plantations en route. You'll cover a lot of ground today but are rewarded with views of a changing landscape which paints a richer picture of Mexico. Chiapas is a pretty compact state that packs plenty in for the interested traveller; from pristine lakes, rivers and national parks, to fascinating and friendly Mexican pueblos.
    Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse included

  • Day 4-6: Agua Azul & San Cristobal de las Casas

    This morning you'll enjoy a visit to the incredible Agua Azul waterfalls. The Cascadas de Agua Azul (Spanish for "Blue Water Waterfall") are found in the middle of the Chiapas rainforest, and are made up of mineral-filled turquoise falls following one after another in the Cascadas de Agua Azul Natural Park.

    Next, head for San Cristobal, a town which deceives the senses. At first glance, it looks like a colonial settlement but on closer inspection it reveals itself as distinctly indigenous. The traditional costumes and ancient dialects of the local Maya collide in a mosaic of colour and sound. There is plenty to fill your time here including The Maya Medicine Museum, Laguna Miramar (a must see) or shop for local produce at the Mercado Municipal which is one of the biggest markets in San Cristobal. It is here the locals shop for their fruit, meat, vegetables, chillies and medicinal plants so makes for interesting people viewing, colourful photos and excellent bargains.
    Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse included

  • Day 7-8: Palenque

    Continue down the ancient Mayan trade route to the ruins of Palenque, the temples lost in the jungle for hundreds of years, to marvel at the magnificent pyramid known as the Temple of the Inscriptions. Take a guided jungle tour to learn about this unique ecosystem, its rare plant life, tropical birds and animals. After such an adventurous day, relax and cool off in the inviting waters of Misol Ha waterfall.
    Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse included

  • Day 9: Bacalar

    Cross the Yucatan peninsula for a night on the shores of the beautiful 'Lagoon of Seven Colours' at Bacalar. Enjoy an included scenic cruise to take in the views, before a refreshing swim in the Cenote Azul (blue pool). Laguna Bacalar is one of the most unique freshwater lakes on earth, with its varying shades of turquoise and blue.
    Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse included

  • Day 10-11: Tulum & Caribbean Coast/Playa del Carmen

    En route to Playa del Carmen, explore the coastal ruins of Tulum, the only Mayan city built along the sea before continuing to the idyllic beach resort of Playa del Carmen. Enjoy some downtime relaxing on miles of palm fringed sugar white beaches. Join in a scuba lesson for a closer look at this underwater paradise, or head off in search of hidden underground cenotes. The warm coastal breezes make for hot days and even hotter nights dancing at the many bars and beach clubs on offer. For something a bit more relaxing, find a quiet bar and watch a fire dance show or just enjoy a refreshing drink with your new friends.
    Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse included

  • Day 12: Playa del Carmen & Cancun

    After a final day enjoying yourself, relaxing and last minute shopping or people-watching on the Mayan Riviera, say adios to your new amigos as you arrive in Cancun at the end of your tour.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel 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 unless you are prepared to take your own private transport from Playa del Carmen at an earlier hour.

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Private Departures

For 8 or more travellers, we can organise a totally private departure just for you and your group. We can offer you a departure date of your choice on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic 'Trek' style of travel. Can't find a trip that suits your needs exactly? Let us tailor one of our traditional trips, or even create a bespoke itinerary. We will work with you to plan your adventure and with the benefit of our in depth knowledge we can build you a unique experience within your budgets and bucket lists!

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Hotel Ramada Cancun City

CANCUN - RAMADA CANCUN CITY
A newly renovated property boasts a gym, outdoor pool, restaurant, bar and complimentary shuttle service to the beach.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

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TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

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We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

Travel insurance

TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

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