8-day Best of Yucatan Peninsula Adventure

Take a once-in-lifetime trip to Mexico’s most famous ancient Maya sites and natural wonders

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Days: 8

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Discover the best of the Yucatan Peninsula on this unforgettable adventure, experiencing charming markets, tasting delicious regional cuisine, climbing Maya ruins, and relaxing by the Caribbean Sea.

With something for everyone, this Yucatan adventure captures the true essence of this famed Mexican region. Explore one of the New Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza, swim in a sacred cenote, tour underground cave systems, and visit the Sian Ka’an — one of Mexico’s most important protected biosphere reserves.

As with all Journey Mexico tours, this Best of Yucatan Peninsula vacation can be fully customized to your specific desires.

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HIGHLIGHTS

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

Maya archeological sites – Take guided tours of the amazing archeological sites of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Cobá, and Tulum

The Puuc Route – Travel along the Puuc Route by car and by bike and stop at freshwater underground cenotes, the Loltún caves, and Acanceh

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve – Explore these incredible natural reserve and experience the vibrant flora and fauna that live here

Tulum archeological site – Marvel at the gorgeous beach-side ruins at Tulum and look up at this ancient castle from the Caribbean Sea

Day 1: Arrive in Cancun, transfer to Chichen Itza

When you arrive at Cancun International Airport, you will be greeted by a Journey Mexico guide and privately transferred to your hacienda. Settle in, stroll the grounds, and acclimatize to the warm Yucatan climate.

Overnight Hacienda Chichen

 

Day 2: Visit Chichen Itza, Cenote Ik-Kil, Merida

Embark on an early morning exploration of Chichen Itza taking a privately guided tour with an expert guide. This site is world renowned for the sophistication of its structures and the high level of astronomical and engineering accomplishments. The site comes alive with the expert interpretation of your guide, adding color and contour to the sprawling site.

As the mid-day heat comes in, head to Cenote Ik-Kil where you can opt for a refreshing swim. After, continue to Merida, the colonial capital of the Yucatan Peninsula, where you can settle into your hotel.

Overnight: Casa Lecanda

 

Day 3: Biking excursion to Homun, visit Acanceh

Head to Acanceh village for an off-the-beaten-path biking expedition, away from the typical tourist route. Your adventure begins with a two-hour bike ride towards Homun village.

On arrival, you will explore this rustic setting and discover the natural beauty of Homun’s cenotes, enjoying a refreshing swim and time to relax.

After, ride your bike back to Acanceh where a private car will be waiting to take you on to Merida.

Overnight: Casa Lecanda

 

Day 4: Loltún Caverns and Uxmal

Traverse the underground cave system at Loltún where a local guide will take the lead, explaining the history and pointing out the important stalagmites, stalactites, cave paintings, fossils and Maya hand-prints found there.

After, your guide will drive you to the ancient Maya city of Uxmal to view the amazing Palace of the Governors, considered by many to be the finest example of classic Maya architecture. Uxmal is also home to the Pyramid of the Magician, a towering pyramid wrapped in mystery. Listen to your guide as they reveal the myth behind this stunning ancient ruin.

Overnight: Casa Lecanda

 

Day 5: Coba archeological site and Maya cenote, transfer to Tulum

On your way to the magical Mexican Caribbean, visit Valladolid, the former colonial capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. Explore its charming city center which has a wonderfully preserved small plaza and fine architecture.

After, your journey continues toward Coba, an archeological site in the Riviera Maya. Coba is amongst the largest Maya city ruins in the Yucatan region, surrounded by lush rain forests teeming with wildlife.

After, your day’s adventure continues at Coba, one of the largest archeological sites in the Rivera Maya. Take a guided tour of the site, stopping to climb its great pyramid and discovering more about its rich history from your expert guide.

The next stop is one of the Yucatan’s recently discovered cenotes (underground fresh-water sink holes) deep in the jungle. Enjoy the chance to swim and relax around the refreshing waters before continuing to your ocean-front accommodation. Enjoy a tranquil evening back at your hotel at leisure.

Overnight Ana y Jose

 

Day 6: Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Today, explore the incredible Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, one of Mexico’s most important protected area and home to a large variety of animals including crocodiles, dolphins, turtles, and more than 300 species of birds.

Arriving at Sian Kaán, start the tour on foot, taking a short hike through the jungle to the Muyil Maya temple, before walking along a wooden pathway by the water’s edge. The next part of the adventure will be by boat. Along with your expert guide, explore the reserve by water, discovering a cenote that lies underneath the surface, as well as looking out for animal life swimming past or hiding in the trees. There will be a chance to swim in the clear waterways or float along the ‘lazy river’.

After, head back to your charming accommodation for some free time to relax on the white sands of the Caribbean Sea.

Overnight Ana y Jose

 

Day 7: Tulum archeological site

Meet your guide for a private tour of Tulum’s famous beach-side ruins.  Enjoy the spectacular views over the Caribbean Sea and explore the temples honoring the gods of the wind and rain. As you traverse the archeological site, learn about Maya history and cosmology from your expert guide who will lead you in your exploration. You will also have a chance to swim in the Caribbean waters and look up at Tulum’s iconic “Castillo” from below.

Overnight Ana y Jose

 

Day 8: Departure day

As your adventure comes to an end, you will be privately transported to Cancun International Airport from where you will catch your flight home.

Dates

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

Prices

Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.

Please note, our pricing guideline is a starting from price and is not necessarily applicable to the suggested hotels contained within the suggested itineraries on this web site. Itineraries are customized prior to final pricing.