Mexico

Mexico’s Yucatan

DURATION

9 Days

PRICE

$3,548

LEVEL

All Levels

DAILY DISTANCE

30-60 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included), Hiking & Snorkeling

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts included. One lunch and two dinners are on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

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.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this tour: Chichén ItzáSian Ka’an

Note: There are some stretches of unpaved roads on this tour. We recommend flat-bar or hybrid bikes for the best experience. Sorry, we are not able to provide E-Bikes or Upgrade road bikes for this tour.

Day 01

Bienvenido al paraíso! (Welcome to paradise!) Meet us at our hotel in downtown Cancún for tonight's welcome dinner.

Meals

– Dinner

Lodging

El Rey del Caribe

Dinner is at 7 pm, but if you arrive hungry, there are plenty of great restaurants and bars nearby. Wander to the Plaza de la Reforma or to one of the nearby parks to people watch or practice your Spanish. Or just relax at the hotel spa and dream about the upcoming week! If you are arriving in the afternoon on the first day, we can also arrange to pick you up at the airport.

Day 02

Ride through Henequen (agave) plantations to lunch, then south to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Uxmal.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lodge at Uxmal

Distance

38 miles

Elevation

+880 ft / -755 ft

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 feet! 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!

Day 03

Explore Uxmal, one of the most important archaeological sites in Maya culture. Ride the Ruta de la Cultura (Cultural Byway) to tonight's lodging at Chichén Itzá.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Villas Arqueologicas, Chichen Itza

Distance

53-76 miles

Elevation

+1,379 ft / -1,499 ft (long route)

At daybreak, explore the Uxmal (pronounced Oosh-mal) Archaeological Site, in Mayan lore an “invisible city” 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 interspersed with quaint villages. Arrive just in time for a sunset dip in the pool.

Day 04

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chichén Itzá. Ride through tiny villages to colorful, colonial Valladolid.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

El Meson del Marques, Valladolid

Distance

47 miles

Elevation

+819 ft / -855 ft

Take a guided tour of Chichén Itzá this morning, exploring the site’s diversity and multiple epochs of development. Take time to explore the ruins on your own before hitting the road. Today, cruise through several villages, including Uayma, whose 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 colonial city of Valladolid. Enjoy a city walking tour and a visit to the massive 16th Century San Bernardino Convent.

Day 05

Explore Valladolid's Spanish mansions, colorful side streets and the Zaci Cenote. Or ride to see the ruins of Ek Balam.

Meals

– Breakfast

Lodging

El Meson del Marques, Valladolid

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 restaurants near the hotel and central plaza.

Day 06

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.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Los Lirios Hotel

Distance

62 miles

Elevation

+905 ft / -900 ft

As you pedal through several small Mayan communities and plenty of emerald Yucatán jungle, try to spot an oriole’s 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.

Day 07

Explore Tulum. Ride to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Finish off the day with a swim in Cenote Cristal before heading to Playa del Carmen.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Los Lirios Hotel

Distance

34 miles

Elevation

+457 ft / -445 ft

Awake to the sound of the ocean washing over the 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, ride to the Sian Ka’an (‘Origin of the Sky’) Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 300 species of birds, and ruins dating from 300-50 BC. Take a scenic boat ride into the heart of the Sian Ka’an, where we get to don our swimsuits and float down a natural “lazy river”. Finish the day with a walk through the jungle to a tower with a stunning 360-degree view over Sian Ka’an, then shuttle to Playa del Carmen. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 08

Hop a ferry to Cozumel. Have lunch and snorkel from a local Beach Bar. Pedal to the mangrove forests on the western shore before heading back to Playa del Carmen.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Hotel Grand Fifty Suites

Distance

40-48 miles

Elevation

+691 ft / -692 ft (long route)

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, then bicycle south along the 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, 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 09

After breakfast at the hotel, shuttle back to Cancun International Airport.

Meals

– Breakfast

Indulge in one last “desayuno” (breakfast) before saying goodbye and hopping into the shuttle to Cancun International Airport, a 45-minute drive up the Rivera Mayan coast.

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