11 days from £1,228 (was £1,535)
- Bliss out on the paradise island of Holbox
- Learn about ancient Mayan civilisation at Tulum Ruins and Chichen Itza
- Swim below ground in jewel-like cenotes
- Take a boat trip on the blue waters of Lake Bacalar
- Sample the legendary nightlife in Playa Del Carmen and Tulum
Live la vida loca in magical Mexico on this sizzling 11 day group tour. Discover ancient Mayan ruins, chill out on textbook tropical islands, explore colourful colonial towns and salsa the night away. It’s the perfect trip for the adventurous traveller who’s looking for a blockbuster blend of beach, culture and nightlife. What are you waiting for amigos?
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Day 1: Cancun. Welcome to Mexico! You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your starting accommodation. Chill by the pool or head straight out to explore. This evening, meet your guide and group and sample Cancun’s legendary nightlife.
Day 2: Isla Holbox. Hop on the ferry to the idyllic island of Holbox - get ready to relax! With beautiful beaches, colourful street art and a seriously laid-back vibe, Holbox is textbook paradise. Chill in a sea hammock, snorkel or kayak. Later, grab a drink at one of the funky beach bars.
Day 3: Holbox boat trip. Kick off today’s private boat trip with the aptly named Bird Island, followed by ‘Eye of the Water’, a cenote island where we’ll swim in the jewel-like lagoon. Last up it’s Passion Island, where we’ll see flocks of bright pink flamingos – amazing!
Day 4: Chichen Itza & Merida. Travel to the world famous Mayan site of Chichen Itza, where we’ll take a guided tour before heading to Cenote Ik Kil for a refreshing dip. Our last stop is the stunning colonial city of Merida, where we’ll take an orientation walk, before leaving you to explore at your own pace.
Day 5: Merida. We’ll experience three more cenotes today, cycling between them and stopping to swim and for a spot of lunch. Spend the afternoon back in Merida with a visit to a food court tonight, a tequila and mescal tasting, and some salsa in one of the city’s many live music venues.
Day 6: Bacalar. We’ll Travel to beautiful Bacalar today, the ‘Lake of Seven Colours’. Spend the afternoon kayaking, paddle boarding or just chilling. Watch the sun go down over the lagoon with an ice-cold margarita.
Day 7: Bacalar. See shades of blue you didn’t even know existed with a day-long cruise round Lake Bacalar. There will be lots of opportunities to stop and swim as well as a delicious lunch – make sure you’ve got your camera!
Day 8: Tulum. Travel to trendy Tulum. Spend the afternoon exploring the town, or relaxing on the gorgeous beaches, before freshening up ready for a night out in the vibrant town with the group.
Day 9: Tulum. Visit Tulum archaeological site, a spectacular Mayan ruin set high on a cliff. Then stroll down to the beach for a swim and a drink a one of the hip beach lounges.
Day 10: Playa Del Carmen. Travel to Playa Del Carmen where you’ll have a last full free day to top up your tan, pick up some souvenirs or bob about in the sea. Enjoy a farewell dinner and a few margaritas with your travel buddies tonight.
Day 11: Trip end. Pack your bags and say goodbye to your new friends – the trip has come to an end. Either make your way to Cancun Airport if you’re flying home, or continue your travels in Mexico. See you again soon!
- 10 nights’ accommodation
- 4 lunches
- Airport pick up on arrival
- All on-trip transport
- Walking tour of Merida
- Guided tour of Chichen Itza
- Trip to Cenote Il Kil
- Walking tour of Merida
- Tequila tasting session
- Cenote day trip with bicycle tour
- Bacalar Lake boat trip
- Tulum Ruins and beach visit
- 24 hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Return airport transfer
- Most meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities and excursions
10 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. Rooms are dorm share with the exception of twin rooms in Merida and Playa del Carmen. Let us know if you’re travelling with a friend or partner so we can ensure you’re in the same room. We can help arrange pre nights of accommodation at an extra cost. Speak to your travel adviser for more information.
4 lunches are included. You’ll need to buy the rest of your meals and any snacks and drinks yourself. This offers you maximum flexibility to enjoy the amazing Mexican cuisine. From mole and tamales to enchiladas and quesadillas, there are so many delicious dishes to try.
The trip starts in Cancun on day 1. You’ll need to fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN) where you’ll be met by one of our local team and transferred to your accommodation in Cancun. There are no activities planned until this evening when you’ll meet your group, so arrive at a time that suits you.
The trip finishes in Playa Del Carmen on day 11. The closest airport is Cancun International Airport again. You’ll need to arrange your own return transfer but your guide can help with this. Transfer options are taxi or bus. Bus journey time is around 70 minutes and taxi about 60 minutes, although you should leave plenty of time to get to the airport to account for traffic or unforeseen delays.
You need to be 18 or over to join this trip. The trip is designed for travelers aged between 18-39.
British citizens entering Mexico as tourists don’t need a visa but you’ll need to complete an immigration form and have this with you when you enter and leave the country (forms are available at border crossings or on board flights to Mexico).
Is It Ok To Do This Trip As A Solo Traveller?
Absolutely! Lots of our customers travel on their own and find that our trips suit them really well as our small group format means you’ve got a readymade group of mates to travel with!
What Will The Weather Be Like?
It really depends what time of year you go. The Yucatan Peninsula is hot all year round but it has a wet season from June to October. Generally speaking, even during the wet season, the rain lasts for an hour or two most afternoons but the weather is clear for most of the remaining time. Pretty much any time of year is a good time to visit.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring?
As everyone's spending habits do vary we usually recommend around £150-£250 spending money for the trip.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.