Cycling in Mexico

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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!


  • 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
  • Relax on the beautiful beach at Tulum on the Caribbean

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


What's 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

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations



Leisurely: 10-13km/6-8miles an hour



Low altitude; 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved track

Day by day breakdown
Day 228.0km/17.0miles
Day 464.0km/39.0miles
Day 573.0km/45.0miles
Day 671.0km/44.0miles
Day 778.0km/48.0miles
Day 833.0km/20.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Cancun; transfer to hotel.

    Fly to Cancun; transfer to family-run hotel.
    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 over to Isla Mujeres (the Island of Women). We enjoy a leisurely cycle around this beautiful island and have a swim and 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. Cycle approx. 28km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 in the afternoon and a good choice of restaurants after the sun sets.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 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. Cycle approx. 64km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 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. Cycle approx. 73km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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. Cycle approx. 71km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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. Cycle approx. 78km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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. 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. 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. Cycle approx. 33km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 the 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

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Transfer to Cancun airport; depart.

    We depart Tulum and transfer to Cancun airport where you will board your flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

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 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 and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being witten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit‐virus‐q‐a .

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information.

Eating and Drinking

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.


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. Cycling during these hotter months can be tiring - most rides take place in the first half of the day to account for this. 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 classified Road.
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate).
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure for more important information on classification and grading.

6 days cycling with 100% vehicle support
90% tarmac, 10% unpaved track
Routes mainly follow quiet roads

Average daily distance: 58km (36 miles)
Number of days cycling: 6
The terrain on this trip is very flat as per the landscape of the region. We cover some large distances but overall the trip is not demanding. We cycle on quiet backroads that are generally free of heavy traffic, except in the towns. Most of the road surfaces are in good condition but you should expect occasional potholes on some sections. Please remember to drink lots of water when cycling as the heat and humidity can be high. We start the rides early morning in order to avoid the main heat of the day, and this allows more free time in the afternoons and evenings to enjoy our overnight destinations.



Throughout the trip we use carefully sourced high quality hotels that provide comfortable bases for us each night. Some hotels have swimming pools. In Tulum we stay in a hotel situated on the stunning beach front. Rooms are on a twin share basis with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip for a supplement (subject to availability). Please ask your sales consultant for details.

Expert Blog Entries

Why explore the highlights of one country on a cycling trip when you could wheel through two, or three?

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Lynn Pammett

    Boring Cycling With headwinds

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

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Chichen Itza and Tulum. They are really worth a visit and an understanding of the magnificent accomplishments of the Mayan people. The 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 members have everything they need. He answers all questions thoroughly and obviously has a good understanding of the region's history and its populations. He is enthusiastic about his job and this obviously rubs off on his companion driver/bike mechanic, Gabriel. He selected good hotels and a variety 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 surfaces. Ask for more time at Chichen Itza.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Denise Hall

    Cycling Mexico

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

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sun rise at Chichen Itza. The other archeological sites offered a real insight 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 needs. Took us to varied places to eat. Arranged for excellent local guides at 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 mostly into head winds, The scenery is mainly scrub land but you will pass through and stop in local villages, there are also plenty of water and snack stops 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 very refreshing.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Mike MacRae

    Fantastic experience

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

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting 3 sets of Mayan ruins - all different and completing the 323 km trip without using the bus.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Edgar was great - despite suffering from flu he soldiered on and encouraged us all when we were flagging. He was very flexible showed initiative when appropriate. He was patient could not do enough for us all.had an amazing command 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 is long.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotels were very comfortable and most had pools which we used. Would suggest smaller groups as 18 was at times unwieldy. Spent hours in restaurants. Los Lirios the final hotel was disappointing as it was miles from town and the staff were less than enthusiastic
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Andrea Barr

    mayan magic!

    A really interesting and well structured holiday supported by excellent guides. The cycling is flat and the long straight roads can seem unending but the towns visited, the mayan ruins and the swimming in the cenotes at the end of a hot day in the saddle are worth it. Its early starts but also the first time in a tropical country where there has been quality time in the afternoon to enjoy the hotel and its pool or the Caribbean!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Chitzen Itza at dawn. We were the only people there. I thouht only royalty got that privilege. Swimming in cenotes. climbing the temple at Coba floating down the canal at Sian Khan reserve in the utter peace and quiet.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Edgar led the first day then Hernan took over that role and Edgar switched to driving but they were both equally excellent. Nothing was too much trouble.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go on the trip! Take extra time at the end to stay on and go to Cozumel or even Mexico City if you can.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Steven Shuttleworth

    Cycling in Mexico MAM

    The trip was excellent cycling not too hard but hard enough considering temperatures with a mix of cycling and culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the Cenotes and the optional activity of floating through the mangroves.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader Edgar was excellent, knowledgeable, amiable and enthusiastic. If he did not know the answer to a question he would say and the next day would have the answers. We were all most grateful for his local knowledge and choice of local restaurants and guides on different local dishes. The back up team were great too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go to Mexico
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Francoise- Walker

    Cycling in Mexico

    Fast cycling along straight roads (jungle on both sides), passing through interesting Mayan villages. All done by lunch time. Afternoons spent in lovely towns and/or visiting Mayan acheological sights. Refreshing swims in fascinating cenotes, comfortable hotels and great Mexican food. Good mixture of leisurely and moderate.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing the pyramid of Coba to be greeted by an amazing panoramic view of endless jungle as far as the eye can see. Floating through the mangrove swamp. Visiting Chechen Itza. Entering Izamel by bike.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Edgar was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The cycling is fast and you cover long distances. It is hot and humid.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Satu Hietanen

    Cycling in Yucatan

    This trip has a good mixture of cycling, culture & beach holiday. The cycling scenery is not the most exciting but frequent stops at colonial towns and Mayan villages make up for it. Cancun feels very American but as soon as you travel inland you feel like you are in a different country. The four main cycling days are very full on with sightseeing, swimming in cenotes etc so it was nice to have free time at the end to relax in Tulum.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The yellow town of Izamal, Mayan ruins (Tulum was my favourite) and swimming in cenotes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fernando was great; very well organised, always helpful and amazingly knowledgeable about Mexican/Mayan culture.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't underestimate the heat! This trip is classified as moderate level but 39C (as we had on our hottest day) could add a level or two of difficulty if you are not used to it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't miss out on the optional boat trip on the last cycling day. The part where you float in the river is so much more fun than it sounds!
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Victor Green

    Hot in Yucatan

    A great week of fast cycling in a flat landscape. Plenty of sightseeing too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Chichen Itza

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fernando was superb. He was laid back but nothing was too much trouble for him. He clearly loves his country and is very proud of it and put that over very well to the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Drink plenty of water

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A very different biking holiday-give it a try!wU
  • Reviewed January 2016
    Frances Galbraith

    Cycling in Mexico

    This was an excellent trip to Mayan Mexico. Visiting small villages, colonial towns, Mayan ruins denotes and the beach was a delight. The cycling was good and the information shared about the Mayan civilization was excellent. Excellent food, advice and facilities made this trip delightful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching Mayan dancers in Merida Gaining an understanding of ancient culture

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was excellent- very knowledgeable, personable and helpful.
  • Reviewed December 2015
    Malcolm May

    Yucatan villages, towns and Mayan sites and all on a bike

    This was one of the most enjoyable cycle trips we've done. It's a lovely mixture combining beautiful colonial towns such as Merida and Valladolid, three stunning Mayan sights (Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum), some interesting villages offering a welcome stop for snacks and drinks along with an inevitable visit to the church and some friendly contacts with local villagers. No doubt they wondered what these Europeans were doing on bikes when they could be swishing about in a car or tourist bus. Add to this, our guide, Fernando who immersed us in fascinating Mayan and Mexican culture, an introduction to Mexican cuisine, some welcome swims in cenotes (crystal-clear lagoons), an unforgettable visit to a marine biosphere and a final 2 days in Tulum, a relatively unspoilt coastal resort.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most surreal moment was floating down the outlet of a huge freshwater lagoon as it made its way to the sea. Wearing a life jacket strapped to your lower body (rather like a nappy) made for 45 minutes of effortless and hugely enjoyable floating. In the heat of the day it was bliss.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fernando Cobos is an incredibly articulate and imaginative Mexican guide. Unlike many local guides who are often difficult to understand, Fernando's conversations were very clear and concise. He had a wealth of knowledge about Mayan and local cultures which helped to make the Mayan site visits an enriching experience. He was also a very good cycling guide with a welcome sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The fairly long daily rides were on flat, mostly quiet roads and we were encouraged to cycle as fast or as slow as we wished although everyone in our group was tempted to keep up some quite high speeds. Fernando and Edgar, his colleague, did everything they could to make sure that the slowest did not feel uncomfortable or stressed in any way. Except for the last day, we passed through a number of interesting villages which provided a welcome snack and drink break, making the long rides quite manageable.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The bikes were in good condition and well maintained by Edgar, the back-up leader who has the obvious potential to become a good leader himself. Again, his English is very good indeed. Make sure you bring a pair of decently padded cycle shorts for the long runs. The whole trip was a wonderful mix of fun, effort and interest. We were blessed with a smashing group of fellow cyclists which made the experience that more enjoyable.

Dates & Prices

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. 


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