Adventures in The Yucatan Peninsula

Days: 9

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Visit the Yucatan Peninsula on this complete adventure, experience charming colorful markets, taste delicious regional cuisine, climb Mayan ruins and relax on the Caribbean Sea.

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This trip takes in three different areas of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is ideal for active travelers wanting to combine archaeological sites and colonial cities, with outdoors adventure, relaxing beaches and visits to local villages and colonial towns.





Merida – Discover  the lively capital of the Yucatan, a charming colonial city filled with markets, squares, and a bustling commercial center

Local Mayan families –  Visit local artisans and their famous hand-woven Yucatan Hammocks and sample regional cuisine

Mayan  Ruins – Locally guided visits to the amazing archeological sites of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Tulum, and Calakmul

Ruta Puuc – Enjoy a ½ day bike ride on the Ruta Puuc to seldom visited ruins, freshwater underground cenotes, and centuries old haciendas where we will learn about the historic Henequen empire that thrived during the colonial era

Mayan Villages – Explore small Mayan villages and marketplaces where Maya is still the native language

Caribbean Sea – Kayak in the mangroves of Sian Ka’an is a fantastic way to explore this incredible biosphere reserve and experience the vibrant flora and fauna of this unique protected area

Riviera Maya – Enjoy strolls along the powdery white sand beaches and the spectacular Caribbean with ample time to swim, snorkel, and optional SCUBA dives

Dates & Prices


Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.


Our custom-tailored journeys start from $600 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Customizable Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day to Cancun
Transfer from Cancun Airport to our hotel on the edge of Chichen Itza. Settle in, stroll the hacienda grounds, and acclimatize to the warm Yucatan climate. Meet with the other members of the group and your guide for dinner and an orientation at 7:00 pm in the hotel lobby. Please note, if arriving later than 2:00 pm, transfers will be arranged at extra cost. Overnight Hacienda Chichén Itzá or equivalent.

Day 2

Chichen Itza and Merida
After breakfast, embark on a morning exploration of the impressive ruins of Chichen Itza in a private tour with your expert guide. This site is world renowned for the sophistication of its structures and the high level of astronomical and engineering accomplishments on exhibit as well as the variety of temples, ball courts, and ritual centers. The site comes alive with the expert interpretation of your guide adding color and contour to the sprawling site. As the mid-day heat descends, you will head to Cenote Ikkil one of Yucatan’s most enchanting fresh water underground pools where you can opt for a refreshing swim before enjoying an excellent buffet lunch. You will continue on to Merida, the colonial capital of the Yucatan Peninsula, for local fare and optional night out on the town. Overnight Casa Lucia or equivalent.

Day 3

Mérida/½ Day Bike Tour/Historic Center After breakfast, be prepared to enjoy a bike ride tour (2:00 hrs.; 20 miles) north of the city including two Mayan communities with free time to swim in the cenote of Dzibilchaltun. After the bike tour, you will have a delicious Yucatan meal before we continue on a historic city tour including the colonial architecture, churches, and monuments of this thriving Yucatan city ending with a short calesa ride. Overnight Casa Lucia or equivalent.

Day 4

Loltun Caverns and Uxmal
After breakfast, we explore deep into the Loltun Cavern, where evidence has been found of human use dating back 7,000 years and mammoth bones have been found. The Yucatan Peninsula is a porous limestone shelf full of underground rivers, lakes, sinkholes, and caves that were sacred places for the Mayan and are impressive geological formations to explore. We leave the caverns and head to the ancient ruins of Uxmal to view the amazing Palace of the Governors (considered by many to be the finest example of classic Mayan Architecture) and the mystical Pyramid of the Magician, which consists of 5 super-imposed temples. After the tour, a typical Mayan lunch awaits us. Enjoy an optional evening sound and light show presented in the ruins of Uxmal and learn more about the Mayan civilization. Overnight The Lodge at Uxmal or equivalent.

Day 5

Mayan Ruins to Riviera Maya
After breakfast, you will head eastward towards the magic Mexican Caribbean. En route, you will stop at Valladolid , the former colonial capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. The charming city center has preserved its small plaza and fine architecture that reveal the glory of a bygone era. After a tasty lunch of local fare, our journey towards the Riviera Maya takes us to the ruins of Coba, buried in lush rainforest habitat where monkeys abound.  Coba is among the largest Mayan city-ruins of the Yucatan region and maybe the most beautiful. Restored ruins and stone-paved avenues surrounded by lush rain forests teeming with wildlife stimulate the mind to imagine ancient times. Coba’s architecture remains a mystery because its pyramidal temples and stelae resemble those of Tikal rather than Chichen Itza or Tulum, both much closer in proximity. We continue on to Tulum and the Riviera Maya but not before an impromptu stop at one of the Yucatan’s newest discovered cenotes  (underground fresh water sink hole) deep in the Yucatan Jungle! You will enjoy the opportunity to swim and relax around the refreshing waters before continuing on to your oceanfront accommodation. Enjoy a tranquil evening as we transition into the magical Mexican Caribbean. Overnight Ana y Jose or equivalent

Day 6

Sian Ka’an
Today, we will visit the fascinating Sian Kaan biosphere reserve, where we set off in our boat to explore the channels, mangroves and estuaries that harbor a unique marine wilderness. Sian Kaan is one of the largest protected areas in Mexico and home to a diverse population of birds and mammals. You will also visit a small archeological site that illustrates the extensive Mayan Trading routes. After the visit, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your charming accommodation for some free time to relax on the white sands and turquoise sea directly out front or to just laze in a hammock Yucatan style! Overnight Ana y Jose or equivalent

Day 7

Mayan Village
After breakfast, you will be transported to Mayan community about 1 hour south of Tulum. We will be welcomed into the community to learn about everyday life, traditional medicine, workshops of musical instruments, artisan processing of henequen (sisal), and how they raise honeybees. You will also be treated to a traditional Maya lunch in the village. You will then return to your beachfront hotel. Overnight Ana y Jose or equivalent

Day 8

Tulum Ruins/Free Day After breakfast, you will be transported to the spectacularly situated Maya ruins of Tulum. Maya temples with the Turquoise Caribbean in the background offer excellent photo opportunities. The afternoon is free to relax on the sparkling Caribbean, wander the local markets, or sit by the sea. Optional cave diving / snorkeling excursion at a cenote (natural sinkhole) is available upon request. Farewell dinner at your lodge. Overnight Ana y Jose or equivalent

Day 9

Departure Day: Cancun/Home Early A.M. transfer to Cancun (2:00) for onward flights home or other trip extensions in the Mayan Riviera, Cancun, or beyond. Please consult with Journey Mexico before booking your departure flight from Cancun.


Cenote Ikkil

Chichen Itza

Merida Park


Sian Kaan



Tulum Ruins

Whale Sharke Adventure Cancun
Cenote Ikkil at Chichen
Site of Chichen Itza in Yucatan
Park in Merida
City tour Merida
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Cavern of Loltun Yucatan
Yucatan Uxmal Culture
Famous ruins at Tulum archaeological site
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