Classic: Yucatan, Chiapas & Mayan Riviera (MYP)
Countries Visited: Mexico Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 1 dinner
Accommodations: Hotels (9 nts).
Soak up true Mexican culture, marvel at the beauty of Palenque, relax on world-class beaches
If you're short on time but want to delve into the Yucatan, this wide-ranging itinerary in one of Mexico's most fascinating regions is an authentic alternative to the mainstream. Snorkel Caribbean reefs and laze on beautiful white-sand beaches. Enter the world of the ancient Maya at ChichEn ItzA and the incredible jungle ruins of Palenque. Your experienced CEO will reveal the region's hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on ancient ruins and vibrant sites - or revel in a tranquil sunset from Playa del Carmen beaches.
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|Day 1||Playa Del Carmen||Day 1 Playa del Carmen|
There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Merida||Day 2 Playa del Carmen/Merida|
After a guided tour of the fantastic ruins at ChichEn ItzA, continue on to Merida for an orientation walk to get acquainted with the city. With museums, plazas, beautiful architecture, open markets and outdoor cafEs, there is plenty to keep you busy here. Included Activities: ChichEn ItzA Guided Tour Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 196km) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 124km)
|Day 3||Merida||Day 3 Merida|
Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route, go bird-watching in CelestUn, hit the beach in Progreso, visit cenotes in the nearby town of CuzamA, or walk around town and soak in all of the history this city has to offer.
|Day 4||Palenque||Day 4 Merida/Palenque|
Travel day to Palenque in the lush dense jungle of Chiapas. Transport: First-class bus (9.00-10.00 hours, 540km)
|Day 5||Palenque||Day 5 Palenque|
Take a guided tour of the ruins of Palenque. Later, choose from one of the many optional activities in the area. Included Activities: Palenque Ruins Guided Tour
|Day 6||Bacalar||Day 6 Palenque/Bacalar|
Transfer to Bacalar and spend time on the beach looking out at the crystal-clear lake. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 487km)
|Day 7||Bacalar||Day 7 Bacalar|
Opt to kayak around the lagoon or explore the nearby fortress.
|Day 8||Playa Del Carmen||Day 8 Bacalar/Playa del Carmen (1D)|
Head to Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-min drive south of CancUn. Enjoy some nightlife, buy last minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean. There is the opportunity for snorkelling and diving, as well as long stretches of sandy beaches which are perfect for walking and relaxing after a hectic day. Just off the coast is the island of Cozumel, renowned for its world-class diving. Take the ferry from Playa del Carmen (30-75 minutes depending on the boat) across the turquoise waters and explore the town and the reefs of the island. For a final dose of ruins, TulUm is just a 45-min drive south of Playa. Included Activities: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program Transport: First-class bus (4.00-5.00 hours, 275km)
|Day 9||Playa Del Carmen||Day 9 Playa del Carmen|
Enjoy a free day to explore the Mayan ruins of TulUm, visit one of the many cenotes or the diving mecca of Cozumel.
|Day 10||Playa Del Carmen||Day 10 Playa del Carmen|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.