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Ride the glorious beaches, tropical jungles and ancient ruins of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula! Snorkel the Great Mayan Reef, the world’s second longest coral reef. Explore the archaeological sites of Cobá, Tulum and the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cool off in the crystal clear waters of local cenotes. Visit colorful colonial towns like Valladolid. Explore the tree islands and mangrove forests of Mexico’s second largest national park, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. From the jungle to the Caribbean, discover the beauty the Yucatán has to offer.
Welcome to paradise! Fly in whenever you like today. We'll meet you at the airport.
Look for us at the Cancun airport: we'll be holding a Bicycle Adventures sign. It's a half-hour from the airport to tonight's lodging at the Beachscapes Hotel, with its villa-style rooms and big oceanfront pool. Dinner's at 7, but if you'd like to indulge before then, there are plenty of restaurants and pubs nearby.
Bicycle beside the silver beaches and turquoise waters of Isla Mujeres, sacred to the Maya goddess Ixchel. Hop into the water for a snorkel.
After breakfast, bicycle from the hotel on a multi-use path towards the ferry to Isla Mujeres, an island sacred to the Maya goddess of childbirth and medicine. After a short passenger ferry ride, pedal the perimeter of this gloriously beautiful island with its crushed-coral beaches and calm turquoise water. At the south end, take a refreshing break at the Acantilado del Amanecer (Cliff of the Dawn), where limestone cliffs plunge dramatically into the ocean. Put on your snorkel and say hello to the tropical fish. Dine at the famous Bally-Hoo Restaurant and Margarita Bar before catching the ferry back. On the mainland, it's time for a nap in the van: there's a bit of a shuttle to get to the quaint, yellow-clad town of Izamal at the other end of the Yucatan Peninsula. 17 miles / 414' elevation
Ride through indigenous Mayan limestone villages and tropical jungle to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza.
After a short drive, begin riding in the small Mayan village of Tunkas, adorned with a small, traditional cathedral. Mainly jungle, this area boasts an abundance of the birds for which the Yucatán is famous. With some luck you’ll spot a Yucatán Jay, an iguana or even a gray fox! The Yucatán's underpinnings are limestone, and you'll see Mayan houses, churches and even fences crafted of this rock. Pedal through tiny village after tiny village to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza, one of the largest pre-Hispanic Maya-Toltec cities in Mesoamerica. Have a look around (you'll be back tomorrow.) Then take a guided stroll to do some birding before the interpretive evening lightshow at El Castillo.
Explore the rest of Chichen Itza. Back on the bike, ride to a local cenote for a refreshing swim. This afternoon: a walking tour of colonial Valladolid.
Start the day off with a guided visit of Chichen Itza, exploring the archaeological sites’ unique diversity and multiple epochs of development. You'll have more time to explore the ruins on your own before we hit the road. Back on the bikes, pass several villages, including Uayma with its strikingly distinctive, awe-inspiring cathedral. Cool off in a cenote, a characteristic limestone sinkhole with unbelievably fresh water. After a swim and delicious lunch near the cenote, bicycle into beautiful Valladolid, an important colonial Mexican city. Head back in time with a city walking tour, which includes the massive 16th Century San Bernardino Convent. 29.3 miles / 506' elevation
Take it easy today. Explore gorgeous Valladolid, which the New York Times calls a "City of Yucatán Cool." Take a swim in Zaci Cenote. Or ride to the restored Mayan village of Ek Balam.
Today: explore the natural and historical beauty of Valladolid, which the New York Times calls a "...City of Yucatán Cool." Recently inducted into the ‘Magical Villages Mexico' program restoring architecture to a village's glory days, Valladolid is ablaze with centuries-old history: restored Spanish mansions, churches and other architecture. A short walk from the hotel is the Zaci Cenote, a tranquil underground cavern peacefully juxtaposed in the heart of the thriving city. If you prefer, bicycle (or van) to the fascinating ruins of Ek Balam, a restpred Mayan village about 16 miles away. (16 - 32 optional miles)
Ride north today: coastline, fishing villages and a boat ride through the lagoons. Watch for pink flamingos!
Shuttle to the town of Kikil. Ride north towards the Caribbean coast. Today’s route is starkly different from the canopy-covered jungle earlier. It's drier, with more wide-open spaces, and the Maya have cleared much of the land for cattle-grazing and other agriculture. Marvel at the colorful wooden houses in the fishing villages of San Felipe and Rio Lagartos. Take a scenic boat ride through mangrove-filled lagoons in search of the region’s famous pink flamingos! Shuttle back to spend your last night in Valladolid. 39 miles / 636' elevation
Back to the jungle today: the Multum Ha Cenote and the Mayan city of Coba.
Today, ride through several small Mayan communities and through more of the dense Yucatán jungle. See if you can spot an Oriole nest or a Yucatán Jay. Dive into the Multum Ha Cenote, which (unlike the previous cenotes) is completely underground and so retains incredibly deep crystalline waters. After lunch at the cenote, ride to explore the ruins of Coba, one of the most socially and politically powerful Mayan cities in the Yucatán. A dense network of raised stone walkways connect its structures as well as its sculpted Stelae, which depicted life in the city at the time. Explore a bit, then hop into the van to shuttle to the beachside town of Tulum. 40.8 miles / 603' elevation
Ride to Tulum on the Caribbean coast, then to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka'an.
Wake up to the sound of the ocean washing over the hotel’s impossibly white sand beach. Ride to the Tulum Archaeological Site, perched dramatically at the edge of limestone cliffs dropping into the Caribbean. Established in the 6th century, the site was still occupied when the Spanish arrived a millennium later. Explore a bit. Then ride to the Sian Ka’an (‘Origin of the Sky’) Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 300 species of birds, and also its own small ruins: the ancient Maya site of Muyil. Walk through the jungle to a boat, which brings you out into the heart of the reserve. Float down a natural “lazy river” surrounded by mangroves. Back at the hotel, celebrate the week with a beachfront farewell dinner. 21.2 miles / 312' elevation
After a beachfront breakfast, head back to the Cancun Airport.
Indulge in a gourmet beachfront breakfast before saying goodbye and hopping into the shuttle to Cancun Int’l Airport, not quite a 2-hour drive up the Rivera Mayan coast.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.