Secrets & Civilisations in Mexico

8 days
from
£1,899
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Suitable for:
Age 30s and 40s
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
EHM
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
6–15

Don a fedora (Indiana Jones style) and spend a week investigating Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Discover ancient Mayan civilisations, journeying through jungles in search of impressive monuments. You’ll visit the incomparable Chichen Itza, stand high above Coba on a towering pyramid, then head underground to discover the hidden rivers and caves of the Yucatan region.

Highlights

  • Discover the intriguing Mayan sites of Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum
  • Learn how to make authentic Mexican dishes
  • Go underground to explore the Yucatan Peninsula’s hidden caves and rivers

Key information

  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels  
  • Free arrival transfer included for everyone 
  • Countries visited: Mexico

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners included
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Cooking class, guided visits around Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum, hike and boat tour of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Rio Secreto cave tour 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations 
  • Tips for leaders and staff
  • International flights
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
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.

Sustainable Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Itinerary

Cancun
to
Cancun
  • Day 1

    Hola Mexico

    You’ll touch down in Cancun in the late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel where you can give into your jet lag and sleep – the real adventure begins tomorrow.  

    Accommodation: Ramada City Cancun or similar

  • Day 2

    Life on the lakeside at Punta Laguna

    You’ll head inland today, taking a two hour drive to Punta Laguna, a lake in Riviera Maya. It’s home to a Mayan community, who live alongside troops of Spider and Howler monkeys. You’ll spend some time exploring the trails and learning more about Mayan life.

    Tonight, you’ll stay at a Hacienda near Chichen Itza, perfectly positioned for tomorrow’s discoveries. 

    Accommodation: Hacienda Chichen or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Mega Mayan marvels

    It’s an early start today, but boy is it worth it. Thankfully the -5-hour time difference works in your favour, so it shouldn’t feel too brutal. Today you’ll visit some poignant Mayan sites, starting with the awesome Chichen Itza, the most famous and well-restored Mayan centre. You’ll learn more about the sophisticated structures, their astronomical significance and the engineering accomplishments. You’ll return to the hotel for breakfast before heading on to Izamal for more Mayan marvels.

    The Izamal of today is a quiet town, nicknamed the Yellow City thanks to its gold and white buildings. There’s an imposing monastery at the heart of the town, built on the base of an ancient Mayan pyramid. You’ll take a cooking class, learning to prepare guacamole and salsa. After your self-made Mexican lunch, you’ll continue to Valladolid for an overnight stay.

    Accommodation: El Meson del Marques or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Cycle through the Mayan ruins of Coba

    After breakfast, your journey continues to admire the remarkable ruins at Coba, nestled in dense jungle. With your guide, you’ll criss-cross the archaeological zone by bike. It’ll give you a feel for its enormity. You’ll climb the steep pyramid and be rewarded for your exertions as you gaze out over Coba. Explorations complete, there’s a visit to a cenote, an underground reservoir in the limestone, before you depart for Tulum in the late afternoon. 

    You’ll check into a beach hotel in Tulum for a four-night stay. This town is a hot spot of the Yucatan Peninsula, luring sun worshippers (and millennials) with its azure shores, vegan cafes and beachside yoga. 

    Accommodation: PavoReal Beach Resort Tulum or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Jungle trekking and archaeological adventures

    An adventurous day lies ahead. You’ll explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, hiking through the jungle to a Maya temple, spotting diverse bird species. You’ll follow a pathway by the water’s edge before boarding a boat to voyage further. There’ll be a chance to swim in the waterways or float along the river on its gentle current.

    In the afternoon, you’ll visit the archaeological site of Tulum. Although not the largest, Tulum is often considered one of the most beautiful Mayan archaeological sites, sitting on high cliffs above white sand beaches and cobalt sea. 

    Accommodation: PavoReal Beach Resort Tulum or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Journey through Rio Secreto

    This morning you’ll visit an enchanting underground cave and river system, the Rio Secreto. You’ll venture into the eerie and otherworldly caves, walking and floating under a canopy of stalactites.

    Back in the open air, you’ll spend the afternoon in Tulum at your leisure, perhaps exploring the town or just taking a dip in those surreal blue waters.  

    Accommodation: PavoReal Beach Resort Tulum or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Sensational cenotes

    You’ll have seen some of Mexico’s cenotes already, but today is all about these intriguing geological features. The Mayans believed they were sacred gateways to the underworld, and thousands of them punctuate the Yucatan Peninsula. On today’s tour, you’ll learn the correct way to enter a cenote, that respects the Mayan culture. You'll visit Cenote Campana and Cenote Wisho, semi-open, fossil-filled caverns, to see the stalagmites, stalactites and rock formations. Then take a jungle walk through monkey-filled trees to Cenote Tres Zapotes an open cenote with crystalline water. There's the chance to drink from the sacred water of the earth Maya, a spring of pure water. 

    Accommodation: PavoReal Beach Resort Tulum or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Adios Mexico

    Mexican mission complete, you’ll return to Cancun Airport today. 

    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

Visas

Mexico

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.

Vaccinations

Mexico

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, 1 lunch and 4 dinners included. 

Mexican food staples include corn, beans, chia, avocados, tomatoes, cacao and of course the chilli pepper. Typical dishes will include tacos, aguachile (a type of ceviche), enchiladas, quesadillas, tostados and tamales. 

During our stay at PavoReal Resort in Tulum the accommodation will be on a full-board basis, however, the timings of the excursions mean that you will generally not be there during the fixed lunchtime period (12:30 - 14:30), as such these meals have not been mentioned in the itinerary. If you are back at the hotel in time, or missing an excursion, you'll be able to eat lunch on these days.  

Other meals not included vary in price from around $15-20 USD for lunch and $15-30 USD dinner. A beer costs on average $3-5 USD. 

Is this trip for you?

  • Hiking trails can be slippery during times of heavy rain and extra care should be taken 
  • Visiting an underground cave system involves spending time in a restricted space 
  • The trip may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. However, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your requirements
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

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

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Accommodation

Hotels

Ramada City, Cancun 

Conveniently located in the downtown area, the Ramada City has comfortable rooms and a swimming pool for a refreshing swim after the long flight. 

Hacienda Chichen 

Perfectly positioned for visiting Chichen Itza, this eco-friendly hotel’s guestrooms are set in tropical gardens. There’s a spa on-site too.  

El Meson del Marques, Valladolid 

In the heart of the historic town, this colonial-style property has spacious rooms, a courtyard and swimming pool. It’s just a short walk to the main square. 

PavoReal Beach Resort, Tulum

Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this resort has a large private beach, three swimming pools, several bars and colourful rooms. 

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

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