Seven nights; seven days of cycling on flat paved and unpaved roads. Walks through ruins and along jungle paths. Explore Mayan archaeological sites with guides. Snorkel and swim in clear freshwater grottoes and warm beaches.
“The inns were beautiful – 3 of the 4 were “honeymoon-worthy”… The other was perfect because of its proximity to the cathedral and town square.” – Janet L.
Start: Merida, Hotel Luz en Yucatan, 16:00, day one. Transfers are possible from Cancun, departing at noon ($95pp). Please contact us to arrange alternate plans.
Finish: Cancun, noon, day eight.
Meet in Merida at 16:00 for a transfer to your opulent hacienda located between Merida and Izamal. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Hacienda San Jose, Tixkokob
99km or 125km of cycling
A nice long ride today takes you first to Izamal - a beautifully restored colonial town, with a miraculous restored monastery in its centre. See www.sacredsites.com for information about the relic with miraculous power there. A late morning ride through the villages of Tunkas and Dzitas takes you toward the profoundly fascinating Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. BLD
Hacienda Chichen, Chichen Itza
Walking the Chichen Itza ruins
Start your visit to Chichen-Itza early in the day, while it is quiet and peaceful. Your guide will reveal fascinating details of the Mayan culture as you tour the entire ruin area. Walking through these ruins can fill much of your day. You may also choose to awake extra early for a beautiful bird watching tour before visiting the ruins. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent relaxing poolside at your hacienda, exploring nearby cenotes, or perhaps a trip to the ruins at Ek Balam. B
62km or 100km of cycling
Ride to Valladolid, via Balankanchen caves, and Cenote Dzitnup. A mid afternoon arrival at Valladolid will allow you to enjoy the small shops, the zocalo (central plaza) and the ambience of this quintessentially colonial Mexican town. You might also visit the huge grotto at Cenote Zaci. BD
El Meson del Marques, or
Upgrade to Kaan Ac; Vallodolid ($350pp)
Cycling 70km and walking 4-8km at Coba ruins
No hills. An early start allows a beautiful morning ride through Mayan jungle villages to Coba. Jungle wildlife and traditional Mayan farmsteads are abundant along this route, and your guide’s insight is a treat. Stop for lunch and a swim at Cenote Tamcach-Ha. An early afternoon arrival will allow you to enjoy the ruins at Coba, and the sleepy mood in this jungle village, before transferring to the beach at Tulum. BLD
Las Ranitas, or
Ocho Tulum, or
Cabanas La Conchita; Tulum
Cycling 10-20km and swimming at cenotes
No hills. Morning exploration of Tulum ruins, followed by easy rides to swim or snorkel at several limestone cenotes, including Gran Cenote. These sun-dappled jungle grottoes are full of tiny colourful fish which nibble at your skin. Windows to a fascinating underwater river system, the cenotes lure divers to dangerous exploration. Fortunately, the swimmers and snorkellers stay in the sun and enjoy the crystal clear waters in a more leisurely way! Finish with a ride through Tulum pueblo, and a siesta at your palapa on the beach near Tulum. BL
20km or cycling and sea kayaking (optional on self-guided trips)
A short flat ride on a rugged road takes you into the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, to paddle sit-on kayaks through the channels and mangrove-lined passages of a tidal lagoon. Look for exotic birds like spoonbills, ibis, frigate birds, flamingoes, wood storks, herons, egrets and osprey. Reptiles also call this biosphere home. You can also spend part of the day walking the beach, which is uninterrupted for many miles, and rivals the finest beaches in the world. The reef just offshore is the second longest barrier reef in the world. BLD
Relaxed breakfast, followed by late morning transfer to Playa del Carmen or Cancun. Transfers to other parts of Mexico can be arranged by bus, collectivo (shared taxi), or private taxi. B
Note about the route:
Cycling is on paved roads, with a few sections on hard-pack bumpy roads suitable only for fatter tires. The landscape is very flat, and hills are almost non-existent. Walks through ruins are easy and interesting. Swimming, snorkeling and diving are optional.
The Yucatan Peninsula is populated with the gentle, friendly descendants of a fascinating Mayan culture. On this exotic adventure you will explore jungle swimming holes, ruins, and idyllic stretches of coast, discovering remnants of ancient Mayan civilization and wonders of the natural world, and meeting modern Mayan descendants in their traditional farming villages. As well as some of the well-known ruins, such as Chichen-Itza and Tulum, you will visit lesser known but no less significant ones in the jungle and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve. You will have opportunities to snorkel or dive on the world’s second longest barrier reef, and in incredibly clear inland rivers when they surface from their subterranean labyrinth. You will marvel at tropical wildlife, and will enjoy solitude and camaraderie beneath the palms on exotic white sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. You will bike along smooth jungle roads to tiny villages rarely visited by tourists, while absorbing the interesting history and relaxing culture of the Yucatan. This is a fun-filled, multi-faceted exploration, with sensually invigorating days and comfortable tropical nights.
Begin near Izamal – a colonial town whose monastery has been restored to its original splendor. You will then visit the ruins of Chichen-Itza and Coba, with long rides on jungle roads to tiny villages where children will surround you as you stop for refrescos. You will drink fresh-squeezed orange juice and swim in shady jungle grottoes where tiny fish nibble the salt off your skin, and the underwater view is so clear you can see your friend’s bikini from 100 feet away! Finish on the beach just south of Tulum, where bare feet are far more appropriate than shoes, and we challenge you to resist staying for longer! In Tulum, you will explore the ruins, bask and walk on the beach by sunlight and moonlight, and venture into the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to explore vestiges of Mayan civilization and their waterways through the jungle. On the last day, you can enjoy a relaxed morning on the beach, or a cenote swim if time allows, before your transfer to Playa del Carmen or Cancun.
Maps & Elevations
Merida, Hotel Luz en Yucatan, 16:00, day one. Transfer from Cancun available, departing at noon ($95pp). Please contact us to arrange alternate plans.
Cancun, 12:00 noon, day eight.
US 3385 C 3995(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 5 dinners, seakayaking (sit on top kayaks), luggage handling, support van and local guide)
US 3045 C 3595(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, luggage transfers, transfers at the start from Merida to first inn and at the finish from Tulum to Cancun)
US 925 C 1095
Hybrids recommended. Rentals not normally available. Please plan to bring your own.
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.