Multi-Day Tour

The Yucatan Adventure (9 days)

Journey Mexico

Cancún, Mexico To Cancún, Mexico

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Cancún, Mexico
None Dinner

Arrival Day: Cancun / 16th Century Hacienda.

Transfer from Cancun Airport at 2:00 p.m. to our hotel on the edge of Chichen Itza (2:30 hrs.).  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
Merida, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chichén Itzá/Mérida.  

Morning exploration of the impressive ruins of Chichen-Itzá 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 Mérida (2:15 hrs.), the colonial capital of the Yucatan Peninsula for local fare and optional night out on the town. (Overnight Casa Lucia or equivalent)

Day 3
Merida, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Merida’s colonial architecture, churches, and monuments of this thriving Yucatan city ending with a short “Calesa” ride. (Overnight Casa Lucia or equivalent)

Day 4
Merida, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Loltun Caverns/Uxmal  

Today 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 (:45 minutes) 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 await us. Check-In at our hotel and get ready for our dinner. 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
Riviera Maya, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Valladolid/Coba/Mayan Riviera

After breakfast this morning you will head eastward towards the magic Mexican Caribbean.  En route you will stop at Valladolid (2:00 hrs.), 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 Caribbean Sea takes us to the ruins of Coba (2:00 hrs.), buried in lush rainforest habitat where monkeys abound. We visit in afternoon, when the monkeys and birds become active again after their rest through the day time heat. 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 Mayan Riviera, but not before an impromptu stop at one of the Yucatan’s newest discovered cenotes (:30 mins.) (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 (:30 mins.). Enjoy a tranquil evening as we transition into the magical Mexican Caribbean. (Overnight Ana y Jose or equivalent)

Day 6
Riviera Maya, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sian Kaan

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
Tulum, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Mexico
None Breakfast, Dinner

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
Cancún, Mexico
None Breakfast

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.  

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Description

The Yucatan Peninsula extends northwards from Central America and is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on the west and north, Guatemala in the south, and the Caribbean Sea on the north and east.   The Yucatan offers a fascinating blend of ancient civilizations and spectacular nature.  The restored ruins of the once flourishing Mayan civilization consistently surpass even the most seasoned travelers’ expectations.  Abundant wildlife, dense jungles, towering waterfalls, crystalline underground rivers and pools, and of course, the translucent, turquoise Caribbean Sea make this magical region of Mexico a must see destination.  


Present day residents of the Yucatan have not forgotten their traditions and their culture still shines in their markets, handicrafts, and traditional celebrations.  There is never a dull day in the Yucatan and opportunities for the active traveler are abundant: scuba-diving the worlds second longest barrier reef surrounded by the clear and warm Caribbean Sea; snorkeling through underground caverns and rivers beneath the dense jungles; hiking magical waterfalls to unbelievable ancient ruins; strolling the fine white sands of the Mexican Caribbean; and climbing the towering pyramids of the Mayan past are only a few of the possibilities.  Of course there is no shortage of hammocks to laze away an afternoon or two.  Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has something for everyone.

 

The Yucatan Adventure (YA) always begins and ends in Cancun on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in the extreme south of Mexico. This gateway city is easily accessed both nationally and internationally with a wide array of direct and connecting flights from most international originating cities.


This trip takes in 3 different areas of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is ideal for active travelers who want to combine archeological sites and colonial cities, with outdoors adventure, relaxing beaches and visits to local villages and colonial towns.


 

Highlights Include:


Mérida:

 The lively capital of the Yucatan is a charming colonial city filled with markets, squares and a bustling commercial center

 Visit local artisans and their famous hand-woven Yucatan Hammocks

 Sample regional cuisine with local Yucatan style


 Mayan Civilization

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

 ½ day bike ride on backroads of the Yucatan

 Explore small Mayan villages and marketplaces where Maya is still the native language.  

 

Caribbean Sea:

 Kayaking in the mangroves of Sian Kaan is a fantastic way to explore this incredible biosphere reserve and experience the vibrant flora and fauna of this unique protected area, the largest in Mesoamerica!

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

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Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry

Delightful trip

By: Ginger


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Great Customer Service

By: JJT


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

Yucatan Journey

By: Magritte's Hat


Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

Great Service

By: mh123


Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.

attentive

By: kerri


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

San Miguel

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

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By: DSL


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita


Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

By: Partridge Travels


Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar

Luxury Interior Mexico

By: Kane


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Journey Mexico made our family of 4 Spring Break Trip to Interior Mexico a breeze. The drivers were all very professional and we felt completely safe with the adventure travel operators. It was the perfect mix of adventure family fun and luxury travel.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins

Perfect

By: KZB


Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

Our hotel was perfect and in a lovely location. Our guide Louis was well informed and friendly. Cesar our driver was prompt and showed up exactly where we needed him every time. I was very impressed with the skillful coordination of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones

Journey Mexico in Mexico City

By: TECIV


Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

Journey Mexico was very easy to work with and completely enhanced our trip to Mexico City. We had the same driver for both tours who was wonderful and our guide at the pyramids, Isaias, was extremely knowledgeable and really made the experience there. I cant imagine having done the pyramids without his insight and guidance. I would highly recommend Journey Mexico to any friends and family.
Travel Advisor:  Abby Michaud