9-Day Mexico Adventure Tour: Merida, Palenque, Chichen Itza, & Playa Del Carmen
(7 Reviews)
Product Code: 3480-196720
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Age Restriction

This is a very active tour that only accepts travelers between the age of 18 to 38.

OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Chichen Itza's Great Ball Court & Temple of Kukulkan
  • • Uxmal's Pyramid of the Magician
  • • Boat trip on Bacalar 'Lagoon of Seven Colours'
  • • Jungle tour & visit the Temple of Inscriptions at Palenque
  • • Coastal ruins of Tulum
  • • Playa del Carmen's sugar white Caribbean beaches
  • • Walking tour of Merida & Playa del Carmen
  • • Visit Misol Ha Waterfall
  • • Coastal walled city of Campeche
Tour Code
3480-196720
Duration
9 days
Departure City
Cancun
End City
Cancun
Tour Type:
Adventure/Activities
Language:
English, Spanish
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Historical, UNESCO, Nature, Adventure, Backpacker

Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; 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: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary
Day 01
Merida

Cancun - Chichen Itza - Merida

Hotel: Hotel in Merida or similar

After meeting your guide at the departure hotel in the morning, we'll head inland to begin your Mexico adventure with one of the most popular destinations in the country: Chichen Itza, one of the best preserved of all the archaeological sites in Mexico and an incredible start to your Mexican odyssey. Here we'll view El Castillo pyramid and take a glimpse into the Maya past as you learn about the Great Ball Court and its bloody history.

From here we'll journey to one of the rich cultural cities of Mexico, the beautiful Merida, the capital of the Yucatan. Explore the many shops and museums of this charming city, hang out in the Zocalo (Main Square) and eat local Yucatecan food such as Cochinita Pibil (slow-roasted marinated pork). Head out and mingle with descendants of the Maya whose culture is laced with Spanish influence.

Tips:
It is possible that you will overnight in Itzamal during busy periods.

Visiting Attractions

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Cenotes visit $5/person
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 02
Campeche

Merida - Uxmal - Campeche

Hotel: Hotel in Campeche or similar

Say farewell to Merida as we continue along the coast to the UNESCO ruins of Uxmal, home to intricately carved temple facades that 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 travelers than other ruins in Mexico.

Next, we'll head to the city of Campeche, the only coastal walled city in the 'New World,' and explore the remnants of its colorful 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 specialties caught directly from the surrounding seas - perfect!

Visiting Attractions

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Bike rental $15/person
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 03
Palenque

Campeche - Palenque

Hotel: Cabin near Palenque or similar

Today we'll 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. Take a guided jungle tour to learn about this unique ecosystem, its rare plant life, tropical birds and animals. After such an adventurous day, we'll visit the Misol Ha waterfall and cool off with a heavy misting from the pounding water.

Visiting Attractions

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Guided nocturnal jungle tour $65/person
Eco Park $10/person
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 04
Palenque

Palenque

Hotel: Cabin near Palenque or similar

Your exploration of Palenque continues.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Bacalar

Palenque - Bacalar

Hotel: Cabin near Bacalar or similar

Today we'll 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.

Visiting Attractions

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Kayak tour $35/person
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 06
Mahahual

Bacalar - Mahahual

Hotel: Hotel in Mahahual or similar

From Bacalar we'll head to Mahahual on Mexico's Caribbean Coast, a small but popular, up-and-coming beach town. Mahahual boasts white powdery beaches, great bars and a great atmosphere, but it's still a little out of the way, so has not been hit by big commercial development.

Nearby is Banco Chinchorro, Mexico's largest coral atoll and underwater paradise. 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Mahahual

Mahahual

Hotel: Hotel in Mahahual or similar

Your exploration of Mahahual continues.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Playa del Carmen

Mahahual - Tulum - Playa del Carmen

Hotel: Hotel in Playa del Carmen or similar

En route to Playa del Carmen, we'll explore the coastal ruins of Tulum, the only Mayan city built by the coast, before continuing to the idyllic beach resort of Playa del Carmen.

Enjoy some downtime in one of the trendiest places on the Yucatan 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.

Visiting Attractions

Admission Fees

Activity Price Additional Information
Guided cenote snorkeling trip $85/person
Whale shark boat trip $160-$200/person
Xel-Ha & Xcaret aqua park activities $90-$100/person
Scuba diving - Xcaret aqua park $60-$200/person
  • All mandatory fees must be paid in cash to the tour guide and tickets cannot be pre-purchased separatedly.
  • Any optional activities you wish to join must be paid to your tour guide in cash.
Day 09
Cancun

Playa del Carmen - Cancun

After a final morning relaxing on palm fringed sugar white beaches, and squeezing in some last minute souvenir shopping or people watching on the Maya Riviera, it's time to say adios to your new amigos as you arrive in Cancun for the end of your tour.

Tips:
This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 5:00pm. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9:00pm unless you are prepared to take your own private transport from Playa del Carmen at an earlier hour.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
The tour begins and ends at Ramada Cancun City in Cancun, starting at around 7:30am and finishing at around 5:00pm.

We recommend you book pre and post accommodation with us; please contact our Customer Service Team for further assistance.

Arrival:

The local Taxi Union operates a "shared taxi" or "collectivo" shuttle from the airport to the hotel for approx. MP 70.00 (USD 15.00-20.00). Purchase a taxi voucher at the desk just outside the main terminal. Do not pay the taxi driver directly. Transfer takes approx. 45 minutes.

Departure:

Please arrange a transfer/taxi to the airport with the hotel reception.

Please book your flight departing after 9:00pm.

Departure Tax

Please allow USD 25.00 for international departure tax from Mexico, although this is typically included in your international airfare.

Meeting Point
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7:30AM Cancun Ramada Cancun City Av Yaxchilan 41, SM 12, 77500 Cancun, Q.R., Mexico
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 8-night hotel/cabin accommodation
  • Professional bilingual tour leader
  • Private transportation

Package Excludes

  • Airfares or related transportation between your home and departure location
  • Tips for your tour guide or driver (USD 5.00-7.00 per person per day)
  • All personal expenses
  • Meals - We recommend you take at least USD 15.00 per day for drinks, snacks, tips and other incidentals, plus USD 35.00 per day for meals in restaurants in Mexico.
  • Optional activities (paid locally; availability and prices are subject to change):
Special Notes
  • Cancellation Policy
    - 59 or more days prior to the departure date, loss of deposit (USD 160.00 per person or 10% - whichever is greater)
    - 45-58 days prior to the departure date, 50% of tour cost
    - 33-44 days prior to the departure date, 75% of tour cost
    - Within 32 days prior to the departure date, non-refundable
  • Luggage Allowance & Storage
    One suitcase, soft holdall or rucksack (23kg maximum) per person, plus a sleeping bag. A small daypack and camera can also be carried in the van.
  • Spending Money
    We recommend you take at least USD 15.00 per day for drinks, snacks, tips and other incidentals, plus USD 35.00 per day for meals in restaurants in Mexico. You should also budget for the optional activities that you would like to do. We suggest you bring USD 150.00 with you in cash.
  • Vaccinations
    We recommend that you contact your doctor or travel medicine clinic at least two months before travel in order to allow enough time for any immunisations that may be required to be completed.
  • Health Requirements
    If you have any medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, take prescribed medicines, or have a condition that will affect your participation in the trek, you must tell us at the time of booking.
  • Travel Insurance
    It is a condition of joining this tour that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance, and helicopter rescue service). We can offer an insurance policy that is designed specifically to cover the potential risks on this tour - particularly the any optional adventurous activities you plan to take part in, and covers those residing in the EU. Contact us for more information or please see our Insurance Tips for more details.
  • 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.

* Group size: max 15
* The display price is per person on a twin/multi share basis. Single travelers would be paired with other travelers of the same sex.

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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  • Melissa Cradock

    Melissa Cradock

    07/21/2016
    Tequila, jungle, waterfall, fun, cocktails, adventure, social, sweat, singing

    It was amazing we saw loads of incredible sites. Our guide Dalai was really knowledgeable about not only the sites we went to but also Mexico in general. He worked so hard to try and make sure everyone was having fun. The day activities tha...t were organised for us were great - especially if you love water. We had a slight alteration due to safety concerns in San cristobel but it was good to know they put our safety first. Read full review

  • Jay

    Jay

    04/09/2016
    hot hot hot

    " am writing this as I Wait to leave for the airport, so sad to say goodbye to Mexico. I had a great time and that was partly down to the great group of people itravelled with but mainly our amazing guide fernando, he couldn't help enough a...nd was always enthusiastic and making sure we were all having a great time. sadly we were he's last group but the guide replacing him is also lovely, moises was on the trip being trained and he was so helpful and kind, anyone who gets him as a guide will not be disappointed :) Loved all the ruins and waterfalls!" Read full review

  • Sgrillo

    Sgrillo

    06/30/2015
    Memorable experience

    "Great concept , good itinerary , excellent use of the time available. Accommodation better then expected , safe travel. Mexico is safe ( parts we visited )and locals are superfriendly. Tour guide ok but lacking in breadth of knowledge and ...professionalism and quite possibly a passion for the job! The local guides at areas of interest were on par with expectation" Read full review

  • ScaredyCat

    ScaredyCat

    04/06/2015
    One of the most incredible things I've ever done!

    "Where do I even start? As you can tell from my username I was a bit nervous about travelling on my own but I wouldn't swap the experience for the world now. We had an amazing group and our tour leader Fernando was incredible - well-organis...ed, knowledgeable and lots of fun. There are so many experiences that I can take from this Trek - ziplining, snorkelling with turtles and stingrays, the Temazcal, seeing monkeys in the wild... I could go on and on and on. The tour is a good mix of culture, wildlife and beaches to relax, and we learnt so many little things about Mexico too because you do get off the mega-touristy trail. We were deterred by a protest on the road to San Cristobal but Fernando and the tour group quickly arranged an alternative and we weren't left without anything to do - in fact, some really great experiences came out of the change (we saw crocodiles/went to some beautiful waterfalls etc). I just wish it had been longer and I've been pining for Mexico ever since I got back!" Read full review

  • RobH

    RobH

    04/03/2015
    Best trip away I have ever had by far.

    Easily the best trip away I have ever had. The trek is a mixture of sightseeing, adventure activities and city visits, with enough lounging in the sun and partying to keep anyone happy. Our guide, Fernando quickly became more of a friend th...an just a tour guide and when unforseen circumstances meant that the itinerary had to change (no fault of the tour operator or guide) alternative activities and accomodation were quickly arranged so that everything continued smoothly. Nearly everything about the trek was top notch, The scenery, the food, the activities, the stunning Mayan sites, all fantastic. if this tour has any downside it is that it does not last long enough. Read full review

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