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Exploring the Mayan World – Mexico Tour

This Mexico tour has been designed for those adventurous travellers who wish to discover the true wealth of the Mayan Riviera. It has the perfect balance to enjoy the wild Mayan nature, admire the beauty of the turquoise colours of the sea, canals, lagoons and cenotes, lie down under the Caribbean sunshine, visit beautiful archaeological sites and learn about the Mayan ancestral culture, from the extraction of organic chewing gum, to agave threading or listening to Mayan storytelling.

  • Discover the little known community of Takkbil’Ja, where you will be able to dip into a cenote and a swim in a subterranean river.
  • Explore the archaeological site of Cobá, and admire the incredible sunrise in Tulum.
  • Navigate an ancient canal that goes through four different ecosystems in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. You might even see manatees!
  • Snorkel in a beautiful open cenote or even better, take a scuba diving excursion, to be amazed by this underwater world.
  • Go into the jungle to extract chewing gum from trees, and learn how to make thread from the agave.
  • Learn about organic gardening, visit a typical Mayan house and in the evening, listen to Mayan tales.
  • Spend 2 wonderful days in Bacalar and its famous “Lagoon of seven colours”. Enjoy kayaking and take a catamaran for a fun day out in the water, to reach a cenote in the lagoon!
  • Visit one of the most important jaguar reserves, Calakmul, and its archaeological site.

This is a private tour and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide and driver throughout, in a private vehicle. All activities and excursions in this Mexico tour are private (only for you). The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements.

This tour has been created to allow adventurous travellers to get to know the Mayan culture of Mexico. It gives the traveller a taste of how the local communities live, the ancestral Mayan culture, traditional rituals, incredible nature and impressive archaeological sites. The tour starts in Cancun, where you will stay in a charming hotel to have a rest from your flight and get ready before you venture into the wonderful Mayan world. You will visit the community of Takkbil’Ja, a new project where you will experience a homestay with a local family. This small community of 245 people, has created a community school and are guardians of 22,000 hectares of natural reserve. In this community you can plunge into the waters of a less known cenote, and a subterranean river. The following day, after having lunch in Nuevo Durango, you will visit the archaeological site of Cobá. This a lovely site, as it is surrounded by trees, and it is located by a beautiful lagoon. You will walk or bike on the white paths that will lead you to the main pyramid, Nohoch Mul. After this, to your lovely hotel in Tulum. You will visit Muyil on the following day, to experience the wonderful Sian Ka’an biosphere. If we are lucky, we will be able to see manatees in one of the four ecosystems we will cruise through, on the ancient canal. It truly is wonderful to see the turquoise shades of blue combined with the green jungle in the background. Have you ever seen the sunrise in an archaeological site, with the sea in the background? It is an amazing experience and you are going to experience it here in Tulum. Afterwards, we'll visit a beautiful open cenote where you will snorkel, or if you fancy diving, you will be able to do so in this scuba diving paradise, or even take a Discover Scuba Diving course! Each cenote you visit is formed differently, and the refreshing feeling of getting into fresh crystal clear water will be amazing, with the heat you will experience in Yucatan! Afterwards, meet a charming family in the community of Chunhuhub. Here, you'll learn to extract chewing gum from trees, create thread from the henequen, visit an unknown cenote and learn about their life story, and Mayan myths and legends. You will fall in love with the lovely family, who will be your hosts for 2 days. We say good-bye to Chunhuhub to enter yet another paradise: Bacalar. Bacalar is famous for its Lagoon of 7 colours. This amazing lagoon has a cenote inside, which you will be able to reach with your fun catamaran and your guide on day 2 of your stay there. After these 2 relaxing days, let’s go for a bit of jungle!! Our next stop: Calakmul. In Calakmul, you will take your pack lunch and take the road to see one of the most important jaguar reserves and at the end of this track awaits the archaeological site. Amazing photographs can be taken at sunset.

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  • Trip duration: 10 days
  • Countries visited: Mexico
  • Comfort level: Medium: Accommodation in B&Bs or 2-star family-run hotels (always in a private room).
    Note: this is a guideline; please refer to the tour detailed description for what is and is not included.
  • Level of difficulty: Low
  • Accommodation: 1 night in a hotel in Cancun, 1 night homestay in Nuevo Xcan, 2 nights hotel in Tulum, 2 nights in an ecolodge in Chunhuhub, 2 nights hotel in Bacalar, 1 night hotel in Calakmul.
  • Transport: Private car, boat
  • Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Percentage of cost going to local communities:
  • Bilingual guide: Available in English or Spanish
  • Extra services: -
  • Additional information: You will be greeted at the airport on arrival by a local guide who will take you to your hotel and will be able to answer any questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure everything goes smoothly. No minimum number of passengers required. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people travelling. You should expect a cheaper price for bigger groups. Your passport is required at time of booking. For information on visa requirements, immunisations and health formalities please visit the FCO Travel Advice Website (for UK citizens) and US Travel Advice website (for US citizens). Information on money changing in each destination, as well as what it is customary to tip for various services, will be provided. This tour of Mexico has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like. What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, binoculars, alarm clock, walking shoes, water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, torch with extra batteries, comfortable light cotton shirts with long and short sleeves, comfortable trousers made of cotton or a light synthetic material (bring at least two sets of light clothes which can be washed and dried easily), shorts, rain coat, dry bag /ziplock bags for valuables, and waterproof cover for your luggage in case of rain.
  • Best time to travel: November to August
  • Extra budget recommended: Food: Around £120 / $150 to cover meals (+ approx. 10% of the bill for tips) and £60 / $75 for snacks.
  • What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Overland transport (in a private car). Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited.
  • What is not included: Flights. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs.
There is no minimum duration and you can take only the activities or destinations you want. To start creating your ideal, tailor-made tour to Mexico, please complete and send this form. Our Mexican partner will be in touch shortly: [contact-form-7 id="4219" title="Mexico Form - Totonal"]

Exploring the Mayan World – Mexico Tour

£ 2,195 GBP

This Mexico tour offers the ideal combination of majestic scenery, impressive Mayan culture, exquisite gastronomy, pristine beaches and lush nature. It is for adventurous travellers who want to discover the Mexico that is unknown to many, and is guaranteed to amaze your senses every step of the way. You will have the chance to spend time with indigenous communities, hike along wild jungle trails and swim in cenotes (sinkholes).

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