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Mexico Mayan Wonders in Two Weeks

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Would you love to explore the highlights of Mexico, stumble through the jungles, wander around the colonial cities and relax on the white beaches of Mexico? During this 12-day tour, discover the best that the Yucatán Peninsula has to offer plus a slice of Chiapas history on the side. Packed with excursions to archaeological sites, evenings in colonial towns and free time on the Caribbean coast, th...

Would you love to explore the highlights of Mexico, stumble through the jungles, wander around the colonial cities and relax on the white beaches of Mexico? During this 12-day tour, discover the best that the Yucatán Peninsula has to offer plus a slice of Chiapas history on the side. Packed with excursions to archaeological sites, evenings in colonial towns and free time on the Caribbean coast, this trip is perfect for those looking for a 2-week adventure.

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This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Bienvenidos a Cancun!

Arrive in sunny Cancun ready to start your Mexican adventure! You will meet your guide at the airport who will assist you with everything you need. Head to your hotel and take some time to relax before your journey through the Mayan Wonders begins! 

Visited:
Cancún
Accomodation
Night at Ramada (Cancún)

Day 2: Explore Colourful Valladolid

This morning visit the beautiful colonial town of Valladolid. This peaceful town, built in the sixteenth century by Francisco de Montejo, is dominated by the imposing sobriety of the Franciscan convent San Bernardino de Siena. Appreciate the pretty pastel coloured houses, while eating an ice cream. Spend the evening at your hotel close to Chichén Itzá where you can relax by the pool or make the most of their excellent spa facilities.

Option to include Mayan massage.

Visited:
Cancún Valladolid
Accomodation
Oka'an (Chichén-Itzá)

Day 3: Marvel at Chichén Itzá

Spend your morning exploring one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World. Built by the Maya, and then reorganised by the Toltecs, Chichén Itzá symbolises the unification of both religious cultures. It is the largest archaeological site in Yucatan and a must-see on your trip. In the afternoon, travel to the beautiful colonial town of Izamal, which is entirely painted in yellow. Spend your evening relaxing in your hotel.

Accomodation
Hacienda Santo Domingo (Izamal)

Day 4: Swim in Crystal Clear Cenotes

Travel through the forest to swim in cenotes, pools of water unique to this part of the world. Stop at a typical Mayan market where the colours of fruits and vegetables are matched with those of the women’s clothing. Explore two cenotes and have a refreshing swim. Have lunch with a Mayan family and eat some typical, local food (included). After, journey to the colonial city of Mérida where you will have the opportunity to stroll the colourful streets. There are many historical monuments and delightful little plazas. This is perfect for an evening of listening to local music and sampling some Yucatan food.

Visited:
Chichén-Itzá Mérida Cenotes
Accomodation
Casa Lucia (Mérida)

Day 5: Unearth the History of Uxmal

Explore the archaeological site of Uxmal which is peaceful and not widely visited by tourists… Uxmal, in the Mayan language, means “Thrice Built”, but in reality the city was constructed five times. Later, visit the village of Becal where you will learn about how the locals make panama hats, a garment typical of the Yucatan Peninsular. Afterwards, continue on to Campeche, where you will check into your hotel.

Visited:
Mérida Uxmal Becal Campeche
Accomodation
Socaire (Campeche)

Day 6: Journey to the State of Chiapas

Depart Campeche for the hilly landscape of Chiapas. Stop in Sabancuy on the way, a small town on the coast where you can cool off in the sea. Arrive in Palenque in the late afternoon where you can feel the difference in climate due to the surrounding tropical forests. Spend the evening relaxing in the delightful town of Palenque. 

Visited:
Campeche Sabancuy Palenque Chiapas
Accomodation
La Aldea (Palenque/Temp)

Day 7: Discover the Magic of Palenque

Head to the incredible archeological site of Palenque, one of the most magical sites in Mexico. Discover amazing Mayan architecture surrounded by pure jungle and listen out for the sound of monkeys and jaguars! After lunch, take a walk amongst gigantic trees in the rainforest and learn about the wildlife that live here. Return to your hotel in Palenque!

Visited:
Palenque
Accomodation
La Aldea (Palenque/Temp)

Day 8: Get Back to Nature at Calakmul

Visit another Mayan archeological site, this time located at the heart of a biosphere reserve. This lesser known site used to to be the direct rival of the Tikal in modern-day Guatemala. Wildlife roams the ruins freely, prepare yourself to encounter toucans, monkeys, oco pheasants, and other animals. Spend the night in a hotel not far from the ruins of Calakmul. 

Visited:
Palenque Calakmul
Accomodation
Puerta de Calakmul (Calakmul)

Day 9: Gaze Upon the Lagoon of Seven Colours

Spend the morning exploring more parts of Calakmul and enjoy the magical atmosphere. In the afternoon, travel to Bacalar, the lagoon of seven colours. Take a kayak tour of the lagoon and explore the cenotes and islands. Spend the evening admiring the many shades of blue of the enchanting lagoon waters and try some local food for dinner. Relax on the shores of the lagoon until bedtime. 

Visited:
Calakmul Bacalar
Accomodation
Aires Bacalar (Bacalar)

Day 10: Swim with Turtles

Get your snorkel gear on to go swimming with theses amazing creatures. These turtles come to the bay at Akumal to feed on the abundant sponges and breed on the white beaches. Get up close and personal with the turtles as they glide through the water. In the evening, travel to the beautiful beach town of Tulum and spend the night enjoying a cocktail on the beach. 

Visited:
Bacalar Akumal Tulum
Accomodation
Hip (Tulum)

Day 11: Relax on the Caribbean Beaches of Tulum

Spend your day relaxing on the white, sandy beach. Sunbathe in the Caribbean sun or take a dip in the crystal, blue waters. If you still have some energy, explore the archeaological site to the north of the main beach. This World Heritage Site sits on a cliff edge facing the Caribbean sea and witnessed the arrival of the first colonists in 1518. Spend your final evening dipping your toes in the warm Caribbean sea. 

Visited:
Tulum
Accomodation
Hip (Tulum)

Day 12: Hasta Luego Mexico

It's time to say goodbye to Mexico. Depart from your hotel with more than enough time to get to the airport. Have a safe flight home! We’ll see you again soon!

Visited:
Tulum Cancún

Cancún Valladolid Chichén-Itzá Izamal Mérida Cenotes Uxmal Becal Campeche Sabancuy Palenque Chiapas Calakmul Bacalar Akumal Tulum

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,440 / 12 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax 4 pax 6 pax
Price per person £2,010 £1,420 £1,200

Included in price:

  • Airport transfers
  • 12 nights accommodation in double rooms in 4-5* hotels
  • Breakfast in hotels
  • Lunch when stated
  • Private transport with driver in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Excursions - unless stated otherwise
  • Entrance fees to sites and private English-speaking guides

Not included in price:

  • Additional meals and beverages (unless otherwise stated)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • International flights
  • Insurance

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