Summary

Destinations: Central America
  • 8 Days From
    R 29300
  • Trip code: MAM9
  • Activity: Cycling, Road Cycling
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 6 - 18
Leisurely / Moderate

An active cycling holiday on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexico is home to idyllic beaches, lively music, astonishing archaeology, exciting food and friendly people, making it the perfect destination for a fantastic cycling holiday. Following Yucatan’s backroads, we cycle through colourful villages, explore magnificent Mayan pyramids and temples, and swim in the transparent waters of enormous canyons. We end the trip on the idyllic Riviera Maya, where there is the opportunity to snorkel on the world’s longest coral reef, or simply relax on a palm-filled Caribbean beach: the perfect way to unwind after a week cycling!

Key information
  • 9 nights comfortable hotels all en suite
  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac roads, 10% unpaved tracks
  • Tulum beach extension available

     

Activities
  • 9 nights comfortable hotels all en suite
  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac roads, 10% unpaved tracks
  • Tulum beach extension available

     

Highlights

* Visit Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World * Other Mayan sites of Izamal, Coba, and Tulum * Discover colourful colonial towns  * Ride through traditional Mayan communities * Swim in underground cenotes * Visit Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Dates & Pricing

 
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05 Jan 2019
14 Jan 2019
Guaranteed (Fully Booked)
R 35500
 
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09 Feb 2019
16 Feb 2019
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R 29900
 
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23 Mar 2019
30 Mar 2019
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R 29900
 
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13 Apr 2019
20 Apr 2019
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R 30400
 
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19 Oct 2019
26 Oct 2019
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R 29300
 
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16 Nov 2019
23 Nov 2019
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R 29300
 
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04 Jan 2020
11 Jan 2020
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R 31700
 
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08 Feb 2020
15 Feb 2020
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R 31700
 
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22 Feb 2020
29 Feb 2020
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R 31700
 
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07 Mar 2020
14 Mar 2020
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R 31700
 
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21 Mar 2020
28 Mar 2020
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R 31700
 
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11 Apr 2020
18 Apr 2020
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R 31700
 
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17 Oct 2020
24 Oct 2020
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R 31000
 
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07 Nov 2020
14 Nov 2020
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R 31000
 
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28 Nov 2020
05 Dec 2020
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R 31000

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Cancun.

Fly to Cancun; transfer to family-run hotel in Cancun. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

Boat to Isla Mujeres and cycle around the island.

The day starts with a bike fitting which will take place adjacent to the hotel. Once everyone is ready to go we set off on a short ride to Puerto Juarez from where we’ll be taken by boat to Isla Mujeres (the Island of Women). We enjoy a leisurely cycle around this beautiful island and have a swim or spend some time relaxing on the beach. In the afternoon we will return to the mainland and there is time to go off and explore downtown Cancun should you wish.  *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3

Drive to Merida; city tour and free time.

This morning we transfer after breakfast to the bustling colonial city of Merida (approx. 3 hour drive). Our guide will give us an interesting historical overview of the Yucatan region and take us on a tour of the city featuring the markets and the governor’s palace. Many of the buildings in Merida were constructed using stones from the Mayan city which existed on the site and these are still visible in the walls of the imposing cathedral. There is free time this afternoon and a great choice of restaurants after the sun sets. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4

Ride from Merida to Izamal.

Today is our first proper day on the road and in the saddle! For the next few days we will enjoy cycling down quiet backroads and passing through occasional Mayan villages, plus visits to various cenotes in the coming days (picturesque sink holes to underground rivers). The terrain is flat and the riding is fairly easy going but we will be covering some large distances nevertheless. From Merida we cycle to the delightful town of Izamal, also known as La Ciudad Amarilla (The Yellow City), due to the colour of its buildings. Izamal was an important worship centre for the ancient Mayas. Here we’ll explore the pyramids that were devoted to the gods and take in a 360 degree view across the surrounding jungle. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit the impressive monastery built by the Spanish colonists in the main square.  *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5

Cycle to Chichen Itza; tour of the archeological site.

Back on our bikes, we make our way across a flat landscape towards one of the largest Mayan ceremonial centres at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The impressive El Castillo Pyramid sits in the middle of the site and is surrounded by temples, palaces and ball courts. The leader will give us a tour of the whole site. Nearby, we will stop to visit the Cenote Sagrado (‘Sacred Well’), dredged in the early 20th Century and found to contain precious gold, silver and jade artifacts as well as the remains of sacrifice victims. Our hotel for the night is located close by. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6

Cycle to colonial town of Valladolid.

Today we ride from Chichen Itza to Valladolid passing through yet more picturesque Mayan villages, where locals still speak their ancestors’ language. We have some time to explore the beautiful colonial architecture of Valladolid before heading to a nearby cenote (natural sinkholes in the limestone bedrock that reveal crystal clear underground lagoons and rivers) to cool off after another day in which we cover a large distance.  *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

Ride to Coba; visit ruins and swim in a cenote (natural sinkhole); drive to Tulum on the Caribbean coast.

Continuing eastwards, we ride to the archeological site of Coba and afterwards stop for a refreshing swim in the nearby Tamcach Ha cenotes. Once in Coba, we climb to the top of the tallest Mayan pyramid in Mexico and enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding scenery. We then drive to the fantastic beach community of Tulum, which will be our picturesque home for the next 3 nights. Just outside the town lies one of the most photographed sites in the Yucatan; the ruins of an ancient Mayan city that overlook the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.  *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

Ride Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve coastal path; drive to Tulum ruins.

From our beachfront hotel we’ll head towards Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve on a coastal road (there may be sections of unpaved road) in a southerly direction. Along the way we’ll learn from our guide the importance of protected areas in Mexico and all about the ecosystems and wildlife of the Sian Kaan Reserve. This area is home to an incredible variety of habitats and over 300 species of birds. Today we have also included a boat trip in which you will encounter the mangroves and learn more about the reserve. Afterwards we will cycle back towards the archeological site of Tulum, where Caribbean and Mayan culture blend into beautiful landscapes. The Tulum site has some impressive buildings. The most famous buildings in the complex are the ruins that overlook the lapping waves of the Caribbean, but there are also several temples, ritual platforms and houses to be explored. In common with many other Mayan cities, the whole site is surrounded by a huge defensive wall.  *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

Free day at the beach in Tulum; optional marine wildlife activities.

Today is a free day, and you may wish to spend your time swimming in the Caribbean and relaxing on a golden sand beach. If you prefer to do an extra optional activity on this day then speak to your leader the night before and they will help to arrange and book something for you. There are several possibilities for marine excursions (dependent upon availability and time of year). *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 10

Transfer to Cancun airport; end.

We depart Tulum and transfer to Cancun Airport where the trip ends. **

Included

* All breakfasts * All accommodation (see accommodation section) * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Local bike hire

Food

All breakfasts and 1 dinner included, allowing the option to try some local restaurants on the other evenings.

Water is included on cycling days. Many Mexican dishes are already known and loved around the world but you will also encounter lots of new delicious dishes on this trip. Each day the guide will suggest local dishes specific to the area that we are in, for example pollo pibil from Merida cooked in a banana leaf, and the grilled grouper in Tulum.

Trip Notes

Download the detailed trip notes for everything you could possibly want to know about this trip, including detailed itinerary and full kit list.

Map

Reviews

Boring Cycling With headwinds

If you really want to see the archeological sites visited on this trip, i.e. nChichen Itza, Coba and Tulum on a bike you should know that the roads cycled nare flat, straight and boring with daily headwinds. The scenery is extremely nuninspiring with piles of garbage alongside the roads on the outskirts of nevery town. This trip will largely appeal to cyclists who are there mainly nto put their heads down and ride as fast as possible to to get the 45 to 70 nkm days over with.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Visiting Chichen Itza and Tulum. They are really worth a visit and an nunderstanding of the magnificent accomplishments of the Mayan people.nThe towns and villages were interesting as well, especially Merida.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Anwar (Edger) is a terrific guide. He is always checking to see if group nmembers have everything they need. He answers all questions thoroughly and nobviously has a good understanding of the region's history and its npopulations. He is enthusiastic about his job and this obviously rubs off on nhis companion driver/bike mechanic, Gabriel. He selected good hotels and a nvariety of restaurants for the group.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • The heat is not so much a concern as the headwinds and occasional rough road nsurfaces. Ask for more time at Chichen Itza.

Cycling Mexico

If you don't mind the long cycle rides you will be rewarded by the sites you nvisit on the trip.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Sun rise at Chichen Itza. The other archeological sites offered a real ninsight into the Myan culture.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Edgar had excellent knowledge of the area. Was always attentive to everyone's nneeds. Took us to varied places to eat. Arranged for excellent local guides nat the different sites.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Be prepared for cycle rides that are on long straight roads that are hot and nmostly into head winds, The scenery is mainly scrub land but you will pass nthrough and stop in local villages, there are also plenty of water and snack nstops on route.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Floating down the lazy river after the last ride is a must it is relaxing and nvery refreshing.

Fantastic experience

Cycled the Yucatan peninsula in January. Great weather,flat terrain and namazing company.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Visiting 3 sets of Mayan ruins - all different and completing the 323 km ntrip without using the bus.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Edgar was great - despite suffering from flu he soldiered on and encouraged nus all when we were flagging. He was very flexible showed initiative when nappropriate. He was patient could not do enough for us all.had an amazing ncommand of English.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Remember to hydrate as the weather can be hot. Take a gel saddle as the trip nis long.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Hotels were very comfortable and most had pools which we used. Would suggest nsmaller groups as 18 was at times unwieldy. Spent hours in restaurants. Los nLirios the final hotel was disappointing as it was miles from town and the nstaff were less than enthusiastic