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Mexico Magic Family Adventure

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Family Group
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Designed for:
Ages 9-12
Also for:
Ages 13-16

Discover the magic of Mexico on this culture and nature filled family adventure!

From the sacred Mayan temples of Chichen Itza, to the crystal clear beaches of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico is a country full of natural wonders, colourful traditions and magical surprises. This trip showcases a wonderful variety of Yucatán's cultural and natural highlights; visit the colourful town Vallodolid, swim in the enchanting Cenote Ik-kil, enjoy a Mexican cooking class and learn about the history of chocolate making in Uxmal. We also spend time with a small Mayan community in the jungle wonderland of Punta Laguna and navigate through the mangroves of the Sian Kaán Biosphere Reserve before being captivated by the most beautiful Mayan archaeological site, Tulum. Our adventure finishes at the stunning beaches of Playa del Carmen, the perfect ending to a jam packed family adventure. 


  • Visit Mayan sites of Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Tulum
  • Learn how to make Mexican classics in a cooking class for all the family
  • Explore the colourful town of Valladolid
  • Discover the history of chocolate making in Uxmal
  • Navigate the waterways of Sian Kaán Biosphere Reserve
  • Traditional Mayan community and jungle wonderland of Punta Laguna
  • Idyllic Caribbean waters in Playa del Carmen

Key information

  • 7 nights in comfortable hotels with swimming pools, all en suite
  • 6 days cultural and natural activities
  • Group normally 6 to 15, plus local leader. 
  • Designed for ages 9 to 12, also for ages 13 to 16.
  • Travel by minibus and bus

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner included
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Day 1

    Start Cancun

    Those on the group flights normally arrive in Cancun in the afternoon. Land only passengers can arrive anytime at our downtown hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Adhara Hacienda Cancun or similar

  • Day 2

    Visit the Caribbean beach town of Puerto Morelos; transfer to Chichen Itza

    This morning after breakfast your tour leader will conduct the main group briefing before leaving our hotel in Cancun and travelling south (approx. 40 min) to the Caribbean beach town of Puerto Morelos. Here you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful beach and have lunch next to the Caribbean Sea. In the afternoon we transfer (approx. 3 hrs 15 min) to Chichen Itza where we spend the night.

    Accommodation: Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Visit the famous Mayan temple city of Chichen Itza; swim in the fresh-water pool at Cenote Ik-kil

    In the morning we take a short walk (approx. 15 min) to the most well-known Mayan temple city, Chichen Itza, which served as the political and economic centre of the Mayan civilisation. Here we are able to explore its numerous structures that can still be seen today including the pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of Chac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars and the Playing Field of the Prisoners. The pyramid of Kukulkan was the last of the Mayan temples and is arguably considered the greatest.

    After visiting ancient Chichen Itza, we head (approx. 10 min) to Cenote Ik-kil, one of Yucatan's most enchanting freshwater underground pools. Here you can opt to take a refreshing swim in the cool water or simply admire this natural wonder before enjoying a buffet lunch (not included).

    In the afternoon we transfer (approx. 3 hrs) to Uxmal where we spend the night.

    Accommodation: Hacienda Uxmal Plantation & Museum or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Explore the Mayan temples of Uxmal and go on a scavenger hunt before a traditional lunch.

    This morning we take a guided tour of another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous Mayan temples of Uxmal. Considered a true highlight of the Yucatán, this classic 10th Century Mayan site is one of the most complex and impressive expressions of Puuc architecture. Accompanied by an expert guide, the Mayan mysteries of the region with be revealed to us as we learn about its engineering, architecture and society.

    After our tour, we can participate in a fun scavenger hunt that requires us to search for a variety of clues that will draw on all that we have learned so far in this magical region of Mexico. To succeed, we will need a combination of intellectual acuity, mental fortitude, physical prowess and of course, creativity! 

    Following the scavenger hunt and having worked up an appetite, there is the chance to have a traditional Yucatecan meal at a local Mayan family restaurant. Here we have the option to order a gastronomic gem of the Yucatán Peninsula: slowly cooked pork (Cochinita Pibil) or chicken (Pollo Pibil) with achiote paste wrapped up in banana leaves, a classic meal!

    The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure.

    Accommodation:  Hacienda Uxmal Plantation & Museum or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Cooking class in the colourful town of Izamal; transfer to Valladolid

    Leaving Uxmal, we transfer (approx. 2 hrs) to Izamal, a former Mayan settlement meaning 'Place of the God of Medicine.' Today it is considered a magic town, where every building is painted yellow and white and is well-known for the 16th Century Franciscan monastery that was built upon the base of a Mayan pyramid.  In Izamal we will roll up our sleeves and take part in a cooking class to prepare our lunch consisting of Mexican favourites guacamole, salsa and a surprise lunch speciality.

    After lunch we will explore the monastery and visit the largest pyramid in Izamal, the Kinich-Kakmo pyramid. In the early afternoon we leave Izamal and travel to the colonial town of Valladolid. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the pool. In the early evening we can join the leader for a stroll through this colourful town.

    Accommodation: Meson del Marques or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    To Punta Laguna, a small community and jungle wonderland; late afternoon arrival in Playa del Carmen

    Following breakfast, we drive to the natural protected area of Punta Laguna; home to a small Mayan community along with 500 spider monkeys and a few howler monkeys. Covered in lush vegetation, this ancient jungle is inhabited by a vast variety of trees including a sacred 700-year-old Pitch tree where traditional Mayan blessings are conducted. Today, the small Mayan community that lives here consists of around 30 families that organise different activities such as hiking, bird watching, monkey watching, zip-lining and rappelling. Punta Laguna is a wonderful example of how local people can manage tourism whilst still retaining complete respect and conviction to protect their natural and cultural heritage.

    After our visit to Punta Laguna, including a picnic lunch, we transfer (approx. 2 hours) to Playa del Carmen arriving in the late afternoon. Playa del Carmen will be our base for the last two nights of the tour.

    Accommodation:  Las Golondrinas or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Morning visit to Sian Kaán Biosphere Reserve; afternoon visit to Mayan site of Tulum; return to Playa del Carmen

    This morning we will drive (approx. 1 hr and 30 min) to visit the Sian Kaán biosphere reserve. Meaning 'origin of the sky' in Mayan, this special biosphere reserve is made up of a large water system, marshes, mangroves and a virgin tropical forest. Upon arrival at the reserve, we take a short hike through the jungle to the Muyil Maya temple, before walking along a wooden pathway by the water's edge to board a boat and continue our tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, we will explore the reserve by water including discovering a cenote (sinkhole) that lies underneath the surface. During our visit, there is also the chance to swim in the clear waterways or float along the 'lazy river'. After arriving back on dry land, we take a short drive (approx. 30 min) on to Tulum. 

    Upon arrival in Tulum, there is the opportunity to have lunch before we visit the archaeological site of Tulum (meaning wall in Mayan). Whilst Tulum is not the largest of Mayan archaeological sites, it is considered to one of the most beautiful due to its striking location; set on 15-metre high cliffs above the sea. Also known as Zama, or city of dawn, Tulum was the only Mayan archaeological site to be in use at the time of the Spanish conquest.

    After visiting Tulum we transfer (approx.1 hour) back to our hotel in Playa del Carmen.

    Accommodation:  Las Golondrinas or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Playa del Carmen

    For land only passengers, the trip ends this morning after breakfast in Playa del Carmen.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info



Holders of British, Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian and most EU passports do not require visas for Mexico.
However, please note that if flying via the USA, you will have to clear immigration during transit. In this case, you will be required to get an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) prior to flying if travelling via the USA under the Visa Waiver Scheme (as is the case for most UK citizens). Please see www.exodus.co.uk/USVisa for more information.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

Breakfast generally consist of buffets - generally American and western style breakfast dishes.

Meals vary in price from around $15-20 USD for lunch and $15-30 USD dinner. A beer costs on average $3-5 USD.

There is a lot more to Mexican cuisine than fajitas and tacos and we have the opportunity to discover the wealth of dishes on offer. In Izamal we attend a cooking class, where we learn to cook salsas, guacamole and a special traditional lunch dish. We also visit a Mexican local market in Valladolid where we can taste the exotic fruit and local produce on offer. Throughout the trip there will plenty of opportunity to try traditional Yucatán and Mexican dishes.


On the coast there is little variation in temperatures between the seasons. These are likely to be 28C to 33C average daytime maximum and 18C to 23C night time minimum. The heat and humidity are moderated by sea breezes, but inland it is likely to be quite humid between May and October. The wet season is from June to October, when it normally rains on average one day in three. The rains tend to be short and heavy, alternating with pleasant clear spells. During the other months rain is much less likely, but there is the chance of an occasional storm at almost any time.


Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Level 2, Leisurely/Moderate. It is designed for ages 9 to 12 but is also suitable for ages 13 to 16.

Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. We are confident it is also suitable for those in the ‘Also for’ age range, however note if your child is in this secondary category they may find it a little easier. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information.

When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved. Then there’s the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too.

Though there is no strenuous physical activity involved on this itinerary, you and your family will be doing a fair amount of walking in some places, particularly during guided visits to temples, and the heat and humidity can be tiring.

Travel time is kept to a minimum wherever possible, although there are some long travel days. On some long travel days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time at our next destination.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


3-Star Comfortable Hotels

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

We use a mix of 3-star hotels during our trip chosen for comfort and convenience. All hotels have en suite facilities and offer free Wi-Fi. Most hotels also have swimming pools.

Cancun- Hotel Adhara Hacienda Cancun

Chichen Itza – Hotel Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza

Uxmal- Hacienda Uxmal Plantation & Museum

Valladolid- Hotel Meson del Marques

Playa del Carmen- Las Golondrinas 

Single supplements are available upon request.

Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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