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Mexico's Yucatán: Ride the glorious, colorful land of pre-Columbian priest/scientists and rich Mayan heritage. Explore recognizable temples like Chichen Itzá and dozens of lesser known sites like the Temple of the God of Wind on the Caribbean coast. Swim in the region's underground cenotes and soak up the sun on sugar-white beaches. Ride through tiny jungle villages built of native limestone and filled with the songs of native birds. Sample local delicacies like octopus ceviche. Explore the ruins of Coba, one of the most powerful cities in the Mayan empire, dating from 50 BC.
Note: There are some unpaved sections of road on this tour. We recommend flat-bar or hybrid bikes for the best experience.
Bienvenido al paraíso! (Welcome to paradise!) Meet us at the Cancún Airport. We'll whisk you away to the Beachscape Hotel on the shores of the Caribbean for tonight's welcome dinner.
Watch for your guides at the Cancún Airport - we'll be holding the Bicycle Adventures sign. Hop into the van for the 30-minute shuttle to the Beachscape Hotel on the white sand beaches of the Caribbean. Dinner's at 7, but if you're here earlier, there are plenty of great restaurants and bars nearby for your pre-dinner sampling. Or take a refreshing dip in the ocean-side pool. Time to dream about the upcoming week!
Ride through Henequen (agave) plantations to lunch, then south to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal.
After breakfast, shuttle across the Yucatan Peninsula to begin today's adventures. After a warm-up through Mayan Henequen (Agave) farms, tour Sotuta de Peon, a beautifully restored Henequen plantation for a glimpse into the western Yucatán’s fascinating history. Following lunch at the plantation, ride south towards Uxmal, climbing the biggest hill of the trip - a whopping 250-foot climb! Once in the village of Uxmal, enjoy the sounds of the jungle and marvel at the variety of birds here. There are 578 different bird species in this part of the world! Enjoy a full dinner at the hotel, fuel for tomorrow’s long ride! 44.9mi/1000ft
At dawn, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal, one of the most important archaeological sites in Maya culture. Ride a Ruta de la Cultura (Cultural Byway) to tonight's lodging at Chichén Itzá.
At daybreak, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal (pronounced Oosh-mal). In Mayan lore this"invisible city" was built in one night by the magic of the dwarf king. Back on the bikes, today’s ride starts off hilly then levels out and soars across much of the western Yucatán. This is a Mexican “Ruta de la Cultura” (Cultural Byway) with scenery to match: locals on three-wheeled cargo bikes; swaths of dense jungle; numerous quaint villages along the way. Arrive just in time for a sunset dip in the pool at the intimate Villas Arqueologicas Hotel. Enjoy an evening birding outing with a local guide before tonight's interpretive lightshow at El Castillo. Day 3: 75.5mi/1376ft
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itzá this morning. Ride through tiny villages to colorful, colonial Valladolid.
Take a guided tour of Chichén Itzá this morning, exploring the archaeological site's unique diversity and multiple epochs of development. You'll have time to explore the ruins on your own before hitting the road. Today's ride cruises through several villages, including Uayma, whose strikingly distinctive cathedral will awe even the most exhausted cyclist. Cool off in a cenote, a characteristic limestone sinkhole with unbelievably fresh water. After a swim and delicious buffet near the cenote, cycle into the gorgeous colonial city of Valladolid. Enjoy a city walking tour and a visit to the massive 16th Century San Bernardino Convent. Day 4: 46.9 - 71mi/818ft
Explore colonial Valladolid's Spanish mansions and architecture and colorful side streets. Take a dip in the Zaci Cenote. Or ride to see the ruins of Ek Balam.
Relax at the gorgeous hotel this morning, or head out to explore the natural and historical beauty Valladolid has to offer. Recently inducted into the ‘Magical Villages Program,' Valladolid retains much of its centuries-old history in large Spanish mansions, churches, and other architecture. A short walk from the hotel is the Zaci Cenote, a tranquil sinkhole peacefully juxtaposed in the heart of the thriving city. Feeling more adventurous? Bicycle (or van) to Ek Balam, an important Mayan ruin about 16 miles away. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight at your choice of the good restaurants near the hotel and central plaza.
Ride through the jungle to Multum Ha Cenote. Explore Coba's network of raised stone walkways and amazing Stelae. Dip your toes in the lake at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve before heading onward to Tulum.
Today, ride through several small Mayan communities and plenty of emerald Yucatán jungle. Try to spot an oriole nest or a blue-and-black Yucatán Jay. Cool off in the Multum Ha Cenote, which - unlike the previous cenotes - is completely underground and retains its incredibly clear waters. After lunch at the cenote, ride a few more miles to Coba, in its day one of the most powerful Mayan cities in the Yucatán. This amazing site is known for a huge network of raised stone walkways connecting its structures as well as its hieroglyphic Stelae, monuments depicting life in the city. Continue pedaling through the dense jungle to Punta Laguna Nature Reserve to dip your toes in the lake and have a beer before shuttling to the beachside town of Tulum. Day 6: 61.9mi/905ft
Explore Tulum, perched on cliffs above the Caribbean. Ride to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Finish off the day with a swim in Cristalino Cenote before heading to Playa del Carmen.
Awake to the sound of the ocean washing over impossibly white sand beach. Ride to Tulum, perched at the edge of dramatic limestone cliffs plunging into the Caribbean. Established in the 6th Century, the site was still occupied when the Spanish arrived a millennium later. After exploring, we will ride to the Sian Ka’an (‘Origin of the Sky’) Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 300 species of birds, and its own small ruins of the city of Muyil, dating from 300-50 BC. From the ruins, walk through the jungle to a tower with a stunning 360-degree view over Sian Ka’an. Finish the day with a refreshing swim at Cristalino Cenote, named after its beautiful crystal-clear waters, then shuttle to Playa del Carmen for dinner. Day 7: 33.3mi/453ft
Hop a ferry to Cozumel. Lunch at Rasta's Reggae Beach Bar, then pedal to the mangrove forests on the western shore before heading back to Playa del Carmen.
A passenger ferry whisks you off to Cozumel Island, off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. The largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, Cozumel is a mostly undeveloped cyclists’ dream. It hosts the Ironman every year, so after the completion of a larger, newer road, most of the old road around the island has been converted to use by bikes & pedestrians only. Cross the island's heart this morning, then bicycle south along its dramatic east coast with its crashing waves and postcard-perfect beaches. Put on your snorkel gear and take a dip - the snorkeling here is amazing. After lunch at the famous Rasta’s Reggae Beach Bar, pedal over to the calm waters and mangrove forests on the west coast, where you might see one of Cozumel’s many endemic birds - or even a sea turtle! Catch the sunset ferry back to Playa del Carmen for a beachfront goodbye dinner. Day 8: 40.9 - 49 mi/617ft
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel, then shuttle back to Cancun International Airport.
After a gourmet breakfast at the hotel, shuttle back to the Cancun International Airport, a 45-minute 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.