If you’re short on time but want to delve into the Yucatán, this wide-ranging itinerary in one of Mexico’s most fascinating regions is a worthwhile alternative to the mainstream. Snorkel Caribbean reefs and laze on beautiful white-sand beaches. Enter the world of the ancient Maya at Chichén Itzá and the incredible jungle ruins of Palenque. Your experienced Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on ancient ruins and vibrant sites, or revel in a tranquil sunset from Playa del Carmen beaches.
Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and an orientation walk in Mérida.
After a guided tour of the fantastic ruins at Chichén Itzá, continue on to Mérida for an orientation walk to get acquainted with the city.
With museums, plazas, beautiful architecture, open markets and outdoor cafés, there is plenty to keep you busy here.
Opt to visit the ruins of Uxmal or swim in cenotes (underground pools) in the Yucatán.
Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route, go bird-watching in Celestún, hit the beach in Progreso, visit cenotes in the nearby town of Cuzamá, or walk around town and soak in all of the history this city has to offer.
Travel day to Palenque in the lush dense jungle of Chiapas.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque.
Take a guided tour of the ruins of Palenque. Later, choose from one of the many optional activities in the area.
Transfer to Bacalar and spend time on the beach looking out at the crystal-clear lake.
Opt to kayak around the lagoon or explore the nearby fortress.
Travel to Playa del Carmen to lounge on Mayan Riviera beaches. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.
Head to Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-min drive south of Cancún. Enjoy some nightlife, buy last minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean.
There is the opportunity for snorkelling 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, Tulúm is just a 45-min drive south of Playa.
Depart at any time.
We recommend booking post-tour accommodation to fully explore the Playa del Carmen area. Ask your sales agent for help.
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Very good trip and well-balanced contents: enough culture and then relaxing beach vacation..Overall Rating
Great trip! The ruins were amazing, the water was warm & beautiful, helpful guide, friendly group.Overall Rating
Yucatan Panorama was a marvelous trip. I went to bed every night thinking "what a wonderful day!" Our tour leader was fun, courteous, prompt and responsible.Overall Rating
The route of the trip was very good and rates highly among the trips I have taken with them and Intrepid in the past.Overall Rating
I liked this tour very much. I had a wonderful time.Overall Rating
Great balance of archeology and natural history. Superbly led by Eileen who made arrangements at short notice with easeOverall Rating
It was an excellent experience. The trip gave me a view of the Mayan civilization as well as some of the natural sights in the Yucatan.Overall Rating
Nice short fast pace trip that provides an opportunity to learn about Mayan history, experience a sample of Mexican cities and recreation options.Overall Rating
The tour was a great mix of visiting amazing Mayan Ruins & just chillin out on beaches or swimming in Cenotes.Overall Rating
I thought the trip was short and sweet. I felt I got to experience the best of the Yucatan.Overall Rating
I had a great time on this trip. It was well organized, with a well thought-out itinerary. The tour guide and other travelers got along very well, making it even more pleasant.Overall Rating
The trip was fantastic without worry or hassle compared to my last tour. It covered a great range in Yucatan area in Mexico with great adventures involved.Overall Rating
Good balance of ruins and beaches; and of group activities and optional activitiesOverall Rating
I enjoyed myself a lot with the team because I liked the Maya's history, the Caraibic sea, the Jungle, and my cosmopolitan group, and the various activities we did.Overall Rating
Fantastic trip! Spot on with the balance between activities and free time - testament to a well planned trip and Michaels hard work throughout the tour. Palenque was a real gem!Overall Rating
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip - great company and an excellent guide.Overall Rating
My overall thinking of this trip is that it was great. The concept of going.Overall Rating
It was a wonderful trip. Everything went smoothly and there was so much adventure. I was impressed with how the Mayans lived and live now.Overall Rating
Fantastic trip. Every single bit an adventure apart from the awful 12 hrs night bus journey from Palenque to Tulum. The highest point must be the Cenotes day trip from Merida. Whow!!Overall Rating
It felt like holidays because you didn´t have to care about organizing the following day. There were always some suggestions. I very much liked the program of the tour and it was good to rely on the experiences in this area.Overall Rating
The overall impression of the trip was great. Sarah was a great leader and we all had fun with the group. The tour was very well organized. We were really satisfied.Overall Rating
I really enjoyed the trip. Our trip leader, Jemise, was very friendly and helpful, and all the side excursions that she organized were great. I would definitely recommend the trip to others!Overall Rating
It was a great trip overall! I had lots of fun and liked the varied itinerary.Overall Rating
The overall experience on this trip was amazing. Considering I have never traveled alone nor to any country hot and with a foreign language, the set up of the tour was fantastic! It was great on how much I got to see of Mexico in the span of 10 days and the daily trips we got to choose from each day were also very fun! Great leader, great planning and a great time, thanks!Overall Rating
Good variety of sights seen and covered but the bus ride from Palenque to Tulum (12 hours) did not merit just one day in Tulum. Consider adding on a day in Tulum. The Eco lodge and staff were amazing and impressive.Overall Rating
Everything in order for of transport and accommodation went smooth. The tour had a fantastic variety of experiences.Overall Rating
The trip was filled with activities in different levels, and there were not one single boring minute on this trip.Overall Rating
My overall impression of the tour was the absolute best. I will call it excellent!!Overall Rating
Good itinerary, well organized, got what we expected and probably more.Overall Rating
Tour was excellent. It was just over too quickly!Overall Rating
I think it was a great trip . especially if it is your first time in central America!!Overall Rating
overall a great trip,but would have been nice to spend a little more time at some of the great hotels we stayed at rather than traveling so much.Overall Rating
This trip has been life changing! I loved being immersed in the culture and the people! I will definitely book my next tripOverall Rating
The tour was a good mixture of activities and relaxing.Overall Rating
Great itinerary with a good mix of beach, jungle, culture and nightlife.Overall Rating
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I had a good mix of ruins, traditional mexican towns and beachesOverall Rating
The tour was a really fantastic experience that allowed me not only to visit some amazing Mayan temples but also to get closer to the real people of Yucatan and their lives.Overall Rating
The trip was fantastic! We saw so many unique and special things that it was difficult to describe to people when we got home.Overall Rating
The tour was well organized. There were excellent choices for optional activities.Overall Rating
A healthy blend of excitement, awe, education and day-to-day reality. Good for the mind, body and spirit.Overall Rating
We had a great time and experienced true culture and had a chance to socially interact with locals. We credit this to the fact that we stayed in great areas (away from the resort hotels). It was a fantastic experience.Overall Rating
it was a very fun, stimulating, educational tour. it was good to see so much of the genuine local culture, not just the tourist crap.Overall Rating
I felt as though the trip ran very smoothly and that there was a new experience every day. I loved the accommodations and enjoyed the different daily options available to us. The local tour guides were great and made the experience all the more wonderful!Overall Rating
I learned so much from not only the tours, but the diverse group we had. The hotels chosen were great as well - reflected the culture and local area, not just the common hotels you see everywhere.Overall Rating
Wowie wow whoa woo. Our tour guide was excellent, which totally made our trip. The locations we visited and the daily options to do different activities was great.Overall Rating
I loved the system, it was like my usual style of travel but with all the hard stuff (buying bus tickets, deciding where to stay, asking for directions in a foreign language)taken care of for me, so I could spend all my time doing the fun stuff (taking pictures, exploring, drinking beer!). It was the perfect vibe.Overall Rating
It was honestly better than I expected and is definitely an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.Overall Rating
The trip couldn't have been more fun. The history and ecology of the area are awesome to see and the group was a blast. I've never laughed so much in my life! Highly highly recommended!Overall Rating
This tour was a great mix of activities, where we experienced culture, history, and different geography. Most of all, it was so much fun meeting and traveling with the (diverse) group during the adventure.Overall Rating
I had a great time on this trip. The accommodations were interesting, which was much better than a standard hotel. The jungle huts were my favorite since they were so different to what I find at home. Loved the differences between the towns, jungle and the beaches.Overall Rating
The tour was well organized and gave a little of everything. It was a nice experience of Mayan life and enjoyed the various modes of transportation.Overall Rating
A well organized short tour, which showed us so much of the real Mexico.Overall Rating
Overall, I had a wonderful experience. The trip offered a great balance of nature, culture, history and city life. I came away feeling that I have a good understanding of Mexican life, and I can't wait to see more of the country!Overall Rating
Quite a lot of traveling in a short period but fantastic places visitedOverall Rating
This was a great tour, relaxing with a great itinerary and lots to see and do.Overall Rating
I think the program was excellent, all the places we visited was well worth it! Some places I didn't even know about before and wouldn't have visited without them.Overall Rating
The tour was awesome - Can't wait to do another one!Overall Rating
Colonial cities, secret swimming holes, jungle adventure, exotic waterfalls, gorgeous beaches on luminescent seas, and ruins, ruins, ruins. Yucatan Panorama satisfied all my travel desires. Wow!Overall Rating
It was my first trip. The Yucatan peninsula with its fascinating Mayan history, cool turquoise waters and the so seductive Isla Mujeres as the finale to my journey have enchanted me thoroughly. I will return!Overall Rating
Generally had an excellent time in Mexico and the Yucatan.Overall Rating
The tour was great! I will definitely use it for future plans.Overall Rating
I have to say that this is my first trip with them and first trip with a group in general. It far exceeded my expectations!!Overall Rating
Trip Name: Mayan Highlights
Duration: 9 Days
From Price: $1,539
Supplier Tour ID: MYP/126777
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