10-Day Yucatan Panorama Tour: Playa del Carmen to Playa del Carmen
Product Code: 1113-113077
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Chichen Itza guided tour
  • • Merida orientation walk
  • • Palenque guided tour
  • • Beach time in Bacalar and Playa del Carmen
Tour Code
1113-113077
Duration
10 days
Departure City
Playa del Carmen
End City
Playa del Carmen
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: UNESCO, Nature, Backpacker

Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

Hotel: Ko'ox Caribbean Paradise Hotel or similar

Today arrive at any time.

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Tips:
If you've booked airport pick-up service, your driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall. Please refer to your voucher for detailed pick-up information.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Merida

Playa del Carmen - Merida

Hotel: Hotel Caribe or similar

Today, spend the day with a local expert and learn about the history of Chichen Itza and the beliefs and rituals that defined this ancient Mayan civilization. This dramatic site includes a 30m (98 ft) high temple, known as the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for its balustrade of 91 stairs up each of the four sides, a ball court with a grandstand, and towering walls. Visit the highlights of the site including the famous Castillo, the ball court, the cenote, and the Nunnery.

Next up, we'll head to Merida for an orientation walk with your CEO. Afterwards, you'll be free to explore on your own. With museums, plazas, beautiful architecture, open markets and outdoor cafes, there is plenty to keep you busy here.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Celestun

Merida

Hotel: Hotel Caribe or similar

Today you'll be free to explore Merida on your own or join one of our optional tours.

*Optional Activities*

Uxmal Ruins Visit

Founded in 700 AD, magical Uxmal was once home to as many as 25,000 Mayans. Located 62km (38 mi) south of Merida, in Yucatan’s Puuc ("hill" or "chain of low mountains") region, this UNESCO World Heritage Center represents the pinnacle of late Maya art and architecture. Wander the site, see the Pyramid of the Magician, and visit nearby Kabah, one of three neighboring sites.

Cuzama Cenote Visit

Hop into a horsecart to ride old rails to the entrance of an underground sinkhole. Swim in crystal-blue mineral water inside this limestone cave. Come prepared with your swimsuit so you can dive in and enjoy. The clarity of the water and depth of cenotes makes swimming a unique experience.

Celestun Bird Watching

Drive approx 2 hrs to Celestun and take a boat ride in search of pink flamingos and other birds in the Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano (or Celestun Biosphere Reserve). This wetland is the winter home to flocks of thousands of flamingos, as well as herons, ducks, and pelicans; more than 200 species migrate or live here year-round. Celestun is also a hatching ground for endangered sea turtles.

Day Trip to Progreso Beach

Roughly an hour drive from Merida, Progreso is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach or strolling along the boardwalk. Stop along the way at the Dzibichaltun archaeological site.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Palenque

Merida - Palenque

Hotel: Mayabell or similar

Today we'll travel Palenque in the lush dense jungle of Chiapas.

Tips:
We recommend to bring a sweater for the bus as they can be overly air-conditioned. There are toilets on the bus and the occasional stop to stretch your legs or pick up snacks.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Palenque

Palenque

Hotel: Mayabell or similar

First up, we'll experience the elegant jungle site of Palenque on a guided tour. See the highlights - the Temple of the Cross Group, Temple of Inscriptions and the Grand Palace. Howler monkeys sound in the distance as the fog rolls in and out of this mystical site, one of the most important centers for trade and culture during the end of the Classic Maya period.

Later, choose from one of the many optional activities in the area.

**Optional Activities**

Jungle Trail Hike

Only two percent of the ruins in the Mayan capital of Palenque are out in the open. Follow a local guide into the jungle along a trail, visit ruins that are now overgrown with moss and vines. Learn about the wildlife and different medicinal trees and plants that grow in and around the Usumancinta River of this mountainous forest area of Chiapas.

Roberto Barrios Waterfalls and Barbecue

Visit the Zapatista community of Roberto Barrios, Chiapas and have an optional local barbecue. After chowing down, have a swim and explore the cascading waterfall. If it hasn’t rained for a few days, you will be astonished how bright the light blue water can get.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06

Palenque - Bacalar

We'll transfer to Bacalar and spend time on the beach looking out at the crystal-clear lake.

**Optional Activities**

Fortress Exploration

Built in 1729, the San Felipe Bacalar fort was built by the Spanish hoping to fend off further pirate attacks. See the original stone walls, with canons facing out to the sea. The fort is built in the form of a four-pointed star and is surrounded by a moat.

Kayaking

Throw on a life jacket and paddle the pale blue waters of Laguna Bacalar. Bring a camera to capture the surreal beauty of the mineral-infused lake.

Tips:
The van is air-conditioned and will make stops along the way.
Day 07

Bacalar

Today you'll be free to enjoy the lovely waters of the Bacalar lagoon. Feel free to kayak around the lagoon or explore the nearby fortress.

**Optional Activities**

Fortress Exploration

Built in 1729, the San Felipe Bacalar fort was built by the Spanish hoping to fend off further pirate attacks. See the original stone walls, with canons facing out to the sea. The fort is built in the form of a four-pointed star and is surrounded by a moat.

Kayaking

Throw on a life jacket and paddle the pale blue waters of Laguna Bacalar. Bring a camera to capture the surreal beauty of the mineral-infused lake.

Cenote Azul

Cenote Azul is south of Puerto Aventuras in the Mayan Riviera. It's a great place to swim and people watch. Test your cliff diving skills as you leap into the main cenote (natural pool) - it's 91m (300 ft) deep and 183m (600 ft) wide - so there's no fear of hitting your head. Enjoy the clear clean water, it's 100% pure rainwater that's been filtered through limestone.

Day 08
Playa del Carmen

Bacalar - Playa del Carmen

Hotel: Ko'ox Caribbean Paradise Hotel or similar

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 snorkeling 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.

**Optional Activities**

Snorkelling

Slather on the sunscreen and head out into the tantalizing waters. Float effortlessly in the clear warm water and look for schools of fish, coral, sponges and more. Spot a sea turtle in the sea grass.

Tips:
The air-conditioning remains on for the duration of the ride so bring something warm to wear. There is a toilet on the bus.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

Hotel: Ko'ox Caribbean Paradise Hotel or similar

Enjoy a free day to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum, visit one of the many cenotes or the diving mecca of Cozumel.

**Optional Activities

Cozumel Diving (Certified Divers)

Take the ferry to Cozumel Island and discover one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations. See schools of tropical fish (over 250 species) swimming in and amongst colorful coral, look for sponges and other aquatic marine life. Two main coral reefs provide plateaus beginning in less than 9m (30 ft) of water. All this, plus clear, warm water. Every diver’s dream!

Tulum Ruins Visit

The Maya built the ancient seaport of Tulum in the late 13th century. Located some 130 km (80 mi) south of Cancun, this picturesque site features a number of limestone structures protected on three sides by a 7m (23 ft) thick wall. Visit “El Castillo” (the castle), overlooking the Caribbean coast, and the Temple of Frescoes, then head down to the beach. Dive into the warm aquamarine waters and imagine spotting ancient vessels laden with turquoise and jade.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Visit

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is one of Mexico’s most important protected areas due to its diversity in bird and animal species. The Reserve uses ecologically responsible technologies, including systems for wetland waste management, rainwater collection, and solar and wind energy generation to protect the environment.

Visit the reserve and take a boat ride across the lagoon before hopping into the crystal clear water of one of the canals. Next, enjoy nature's lazy river as you float past Mayan ruins and mangrove forests, letting the current slowly bring you down stream. It's just you, the sound of chirping birds, and the fish swimming around your feet - pure paradise!

Cenote Visit

Pack your swimsuit, hail a shared van (colectivo) and ask for directions to one of Yucatan’s many cenotes. These natural swimming holes were formed thousands of years ago, when the peninsula's porous limestone collapsed to reveal fresh water pools fed by underground systems of canals and rivers. Dive into the turquoise waters surrounded by cave walls or tropical foliage, watch fish dart in and out of the shafts of sunlight and realize why the Maya called cenotes “sacred wells”.

Coco Bongo Disco and Show

Coco Bongo lives up to its name. Visitors describe it as “insane”, “exciting” and “amazing”. This Vegas-style disco and show features a range of high energy acts including Elvis, Lady Gaga, Moulin Rouge and more. The price includes all your drinks and the show is cheaper on weekdays. Go wild!

Visiting Attractions

Day 10

Playa del Carmen

Today you can depart at anytime.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Chichen Itza guided tour
  • Merida orientation walk
  • Palenque guided tour
  • Beach time in Bacalar and Playa del Carmen
  • 9-night tourist-class accommodations
  • Professional Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Service fee to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    - Merida City tour: USD 10.00
    - Celestun Bird Sanctuary: USD 45.00 (includes transport, guide, lunch and entrance)
    - Dzibilchaltun Ruins tour: USD 25.00 (includes transport, guide and entrance)
    - Cenotes Tour: USD 18.00 (via public transport), USD 30.00 (via private transport includes transport, entrance, guide and trolleys)
    - Uxmal and Kabah guided tour: USD 30.00 (includes transport, guide, lunch, entrance)
    - Uxmal light and sound tour: USD 30.00 (includes transport and dinner)
    - Yaxchilan/Bonampak tour (includes entrance, transport guide and lunch): USD 70.00
    - Palenque 2.5 hours jungle walk (includes guide): USD 20.00
    - Riverside BBQ (includes transport, entrance to private property, BBQ lunch, BYOD): USD 20.00
    - Playa del Carmen Snorkel rental: USD 15.00
    - Ferry to Cozumel (roundtrip): USD 25.00
    - Tulum transport and ruins entrance: USD 10.00-40.00
    - Playa del Carmen Diving course: USD 350.00
    - Playa del Carmen Scuba diving (for already certified divers): USD 50.00-120.00
    - Playa del Carmen Bicycle rental: USD 25.00
    - Playa del Carmen Horseback riding: USD 50.00
    - Dos Ojos Cenote Snorkeling Tour: USD 50.00
Special Notes
  • Travel style: classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I can't-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Physical rating: light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Also, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
  • We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry). You must be able to carry your luggage to our accommodations and should be prepared to load it on and off of transportation, as porters are usually not on hand. A good size daypack is also essential.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Age requirement: 12+. All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Trip type: small group with max 16, avg 12.
* Single occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
* Please note that availability and prices of optional services including airport transfers, pre and post accommodations are subject to final confirmation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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