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Trace the trade routes of the Mayan civilization through the lush tropical jungle and white sand beaches, experiencing the very best of Mexico. Home to historic ruins and UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as buzzing nightlife, the Yucatán state has something for everyone. Venture to the Temple of the Inscriptions on a guided walking tour, discover the beauty of the ‘Lagoon of Seven Colours' on a scenic boat trip, visit vibrant waterfalls, shop in local markets, or sample the famous Mexican cuisine and buzzing nightlife on a night out in Mahahual and Playa del Carmen. Snorkel or dive, sunbathe or salsa on this amazing 9 day adventure through Mexico.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: MDB/208541
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Cancun, Mexico
  • Finishes: Cancun, Mexico
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Cancun
  • Chichen Itza
  • Merida
  • Uxmal
  • Campeche
  • Palenque
  • Bacalar
  • Mahahual
  • Tulum
  • Playa Del Carmen



Day 1: Cancun - Chichen Itza - Merida

Head on out of Cancun to begin your journey of adventure and discovery with a visit to Chichén Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved of all the archaeological sites in Mexico; the perfect start to your Mexican odyssey! Be awed by the iconic El Castillo pyramid and take a glimpse into the Mayan past as you learn about the Great Ball Court and its bloody history. Next you'll make your way to the beautiful city of Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán. Explore the many shops and museums of this charming city, hang out in the Zócalo (Main Square) and eat local food such as Cochinita Pibil (slow-roasted marinated pork). Head out for your first night with your new amigos and mingle with the locals - descendants of the Maya whose culture is laced with Spanish influence.Please note: it is possible that you will overnight in Itzamal during busy periods.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Chichen Itza - Cenotes visit US$5


Day 2: Uxmal - Campeche

Travel to the UNESCO ruins of Uxmal for an included visit, where intricately carved temple facades 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 travellers than other ruins in Mexico. Drive on to the city of Campeche, the only coastal walled city in the ‘New World’, and explore the remnants of its colourful past. Why not start your visit with a walk along the Malecón, 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 specialities caught directly from the surrounding seas - perfect! 

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Bike rental US$15


Day 3-4: Palenque

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

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Guided nocturnal jungle tour US$60


Day 5: Bacalar

Cross the Yucatán peninsula for a night on the shores of the beautiful 'Lagoon of Seven Colours' at Bacalar, which appears to change colour at sunrise and sunset. Enjoy an included scenic cruise to take in the views, before a refreshing swim in the Cenote Azul (blue cave). Laguna Bacalar is one of the most unique freshwater lakes on earth, with its varying shades of turquoise and blue, and its beautiful setting surrounded by jungle and loads of wildlife. 

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Kayak tour US$35


Day 6-7: Mahahual

Head to Mahahual on Mexico's Caribbean Coast, a small but popular beach town. Mahahual boasts white powdery beaches, great bars and an awesome atmosphere. Because it’s still a little out of the way, Mahahual retains a more authentic feel than the larger beach hotspots and has less big commercial development. Nearby is Banco Chinchorro, Mexico’s largest coral atoll and underwater paradise, where you can 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. 

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally


Day 8: Tulum - Playa Del Carmen

En route to Playa del Carmen, explore the coastal ruins of Tulum, the only Mayan city built by the coast, before continuing to the beach resort of Playa del Carmen. Enjoy some downtime in one of the trendiest places on the Yucatán 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. 

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Whale shark boat trip US$160-$200


Day 9: 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 Mayan Riviera, it’s time to say adios to your new amigos as you arrive in Cancun for the end of your tour.This tour ends at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Meals Included: All meals to be paid locally

  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • Private transportation
  • All accommodation
  • Accommodation: Budget Lodging, Budget Lodging: 3, Hotel: 5
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Tour Highlights:
  • Chichén Itza’s El Castillo pyramid, Great Ball Court & Temple of Kukulkan
  • Uxmal’s intricately carved ruins & Pyramid of the Magician
  • Jungle tour in Palenque
  • Boat cruise on Bacalar's ‘Lagoon of Seven Colours’ & visit to Cenote Azul
  • Walking tour of Mérida, capital of the Yucatan province
  • Explore the only coastal walled city of the 'New World' in Campeche
  • Visit the beautiful Misol Ha Waterfall in the jungle of Palenque
  • Sugar white Caribbean beaches of Mahahual & Playa del Carmen