Itinerary - Mexico 360°: Cancun, Holbox and Mayan Ruins

day 1

Welcome to Mexico

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Check in

Round trip flights are not included in the package, so you can choose from where and when you want to fly. This is to give you maximum freedom of choice!

Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel in Cancun and get ready to discover the city's vibrant nightlife. We'll kick off the tour with a celebration, indulging in delicious tacos, guacamole and of course, tequila. Cheers to the start of an unforgettable journey!

day 2

Las Coloradas and Ek Balam

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history
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party
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Everything turns pink!

We're kicking off our Mexican adventure in style!

Today's first stop is Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve - literally paradise on earth. We will take a boat tour on the river and we will be able to observe many of the animal species that inhabit this place - birds, flamingos, crocodiles and more!

Next, we will have the opportunity to observe Las Coloradas, an incredible area of the Rio Lagartos reserve. You won't believe your eyes when you see the lagoon and salt marshes here. The water has the most extraordinary color, thanks to tiny crustaceans that release a substance turning it pink! Get your cameras ready because even the least Instagrammers among us won't be able to resist capturing this magical sight!

Ek Balam

After a satisfying lunch, we hit the road towards Ek Balam, but not without treating ourselves to a quick refreshing dip first. We make a stop at a cenote, those magnificent caves where natural freshwater pools form. It's the perfect way to escape the scorching midday heat! Once the temperatures become more bearable, we continue our journey to uncover the mysteries of the ancient Mayan city of Ek Balam. Its name, derived from the Mayan language, translates to "black jaguar," indicating its significance and grandeur. This powerful city boasts incredible paintings, vaults, and complex murals. We ascend the main Acropolis, a towering structure that reaches 32 meters in height, granting us a breathtaking aerial view of the entire archaeological site. It's a sight like no other!

Let's discover Valladolid

As evening approaches, we reach Valladolid. We will take a stroll through the charming town center starting at Francisco Canton colonial square where we'll be immersed in a magical atmosphere reminiscent of a Zorro film. We'll visit the impressive San Sevasio Cathedral, the vibrant San Bernardino da Siena Convent with its colorful murals, and the Iglesia de Candelaria. To beat the heat, we'll take a refreshing dip in the breathtaking Xkeken and Samula cenotes, known for their beauty and popularity among photographers.

Included: minivan with driver, boat trip to Rio Lagartos

Not included: meals and drinks

day 3

Chichén Itzá - one of the Seven Wonders of the World

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history
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culture
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Chichén Itzá

This morning we embark on a journey to explore Chichén Itzá, one of the world's most magnificent and well-preserved archaeological sites. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World has endured violent conflicts throughout history. Fortunately, it remains an exceptional example of Mayan architecture. Here, we can imagine ourselves playing in one of the largest Pelota Fields in all of Yucatan, where the Maya practiced a sport similar to football.

Cenote Santa Barbara

After this incredible dive into history, we head to Cenote Santa Barbara for a well-deserved lunch. This cenote, with its freshwater pools nestled in caves, offers a truly enchanting experience in close communion with nature. We take our time to relish our meal and fully appreciate the magical surroundings before retracing our steps back to our van. Our destination for the evening is the vibrant city of Mérida.

Included: minivan with driver, entry to Chichén Itzá, cenote entrance including lunch

Not included: other meals and drinks

day 4

Merida

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culture
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party
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Merida and mezcal

This morning, we explore the vibrant city of Mérida. For history enthusiasts, there's the option to visit the ruins of Kinich Kak Moo, where we can climb the pyramid for a panoramic view. Alternatively, those craving beach vibes can choose to visit Playa de Progreso, a stunning beach with turquoise waters. In the evening, Mérida comes alive with bustling stalls and music. It's the perfect time to raise a toast with traditional Mezcal and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Let the festivities begin!

Included: minivan with driver

Money pot: excursion to Playa de Progreso

Not included: meals and drinks

day 5

Archaeology, crafts and spirituality

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Uxmal

Today, we visit Uxmal, a very impressive archaeological site that exudes an aura of mystery. Legend has it that if we clap our hands at the Temple of the Soothsayer's steep staircase, we may hear the sacred Quetzal bird chirping. Uxmal, meaning "city built three times," holds the story of a king with prophetic abilities. We'll encounter the fascinating masks of Chaac, the rain god, and be accompanied by charming iguanas throughout our journey. The allure of Uxmal awaits us!

Campeche

In the afternoon we can choose to either visit the Chocolate Museum in Uxmal, or discover the art of making the sombrero - one of the symbols of Mexican culture. Although it may seem ominous, a culture also expresses itself through its funeral rituals and a stop at the Pomuch Cemetery could reveal something really interesting. If, on the other hand, we still want archaeological sites, we can stop at the Edzna site. But the options don't end there, for a true spiritual experience we can also arrange to enjoy a Temazcal - a type of ceremonial sauna typical of pre-Hispanic indigenous peoples. After our activity, we continue our adventure and head to Campeche, where we spend the night.

Included: minivan with driver

Money pot: any entrance fees

Not included: meals and drinks

day 6

Jungle Ruins

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history
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Calakmul

Early start today! 4 hours journey awaits us to reach the Xpujil area in the heart of Yucatan. Today's highlight will be Calakmul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over a thousand structures, the site boasts two remarkable stone giants that stand over 50 meters tall. Climbing the stairs of these giants rewards us with a breathtaking view of the surrounding jungle. Unlike the previous sites we've visited, Calakmul is immersed in the lush greenery that characterises Central America, creating a truly mesmerising experience for our eyes and souls.

Afterwards, two days of relaxation await! Whether it's Bacalar or Mahahual, our coordinator will reveal our final destination. With the first part of our trip completed, it's time to fully enjoy the remaining days in Mexico!

Included: minivan with driver

Money pot: entrance fees and transport to enter Calakmul

Included: meals and drinks

day 7

Bacalar or Mahahual

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Relax

If we choose to stay in Bacalar, we'll discover a breathtaking lagoon known as the "seven-coloured lagoon" by the Mayans. The water here resembles the Caribbean, displaying an incredible array of shades of blue. Can we accurately identify all seven colours with their Pantone numbers? Let's enjoy this paradise and consider taking a boat trip to fully immerse ourselves in its beauty. We'll spend the night in Bacalar, witnessing a spectacular sunset that is truly unforgettable.

Alternatively, if we opt for Mahahual, we'll be greeted by a picture-perfect village overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. White sandy beaches shaded by palm trees invite us to relax, while the shallow and crystal-clear waters are ideal for diving and snorkeling. The pedestrian street is lined with charming shops and restaurants, offering delightful experiences to explore. If we feel like a day trip, we can easily visit the seven-coloured lagoon in Bacalar, just an hour away. As the day comes to a close, we'll return to Mahahual to unwind and enjoy the evening, perhaps right on the beach.

Included: minivan with driver

Money pot: any entrance fees

Not included: meals and drinks

day 8

Tulum

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history
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relax
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Sun and sea

A must-visit classic destination about 3 hours from Bacalar is the incredible Tulum. Known for its fortress, pristine white sand beach and crystal-clear waters, Tulum is one of Mexico's most iconic locations. Exploring the ancient city is a must, but the allure of the sea is irresistible. Time to dive into the waves and enjoy a perfect day by the beach. We then have a late afternoon transfer to Playa Carmen to stay there overnight.

Included: minivan with driver

Money pot: entrance to the Tulum Archaeological Site and other transportation

Not included: meals and drinks

day 9

Playa del Carmen

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Beach day

Famous for its beautiful beaches, vibrant atmosphere, and stunning coral reef, it's a must-visit destination. We'll even spend a night there to fully experience the city's lively nightlife, with its bustling bars, restaurants, and music venues. This evening will undoubtedly be one to remember!

Included: minivan with driver

Not included: meals and drinks

days 10, 11

Holbox

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party
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Island life

In these final two days in Mexico, we indulge in the beauty of the sea. Today, we head to Holbox, a hidden gem away from the crowds of the Riviera Maya. Here, we can fully relax and unwind in a tranquil setting, surrounded by stunning beaches and a wonderful sea.

Depending on the day and season, we have various options for activities and excursions. From mid-May to mid-September, we can embark on the exhilarating experience of swimming with whale sharks, these gentle giants of the sea. We can also enjoy boat trips, snorkeling, bike rides, or explore nearby islands. If luck is on our side and we're feeling adventurous, we can return to the beach at night to witness the enchanting spectacle of bioluminescence.

Included: boat and minivan with driver

Money pot: any entrance fees and excursions

Not included: meals and drinks

day 12

Cancun

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party
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Return to Cancun

On our last day, it's time to say goodbye to Holbox and make our way back to Cancun. We might feel a twinge of sadness, but the incredible memories we've made will stay with us forever. In Cancun, we have a full day to explore. For those craving a final dive into Mayan history, we can check out the museum or visit the El Meco or El Rey archaeological sites. If we're looking to soak up the sun, we can head to popular beaches like Playa Tortugas. And of course, we can't forget about indulging in delicious tacos, tortillas, cervezas, and tequila to celebrate our Mexican adventure together. Let's toast and hit the dance floor for an unforgettable evening!

Included: boat ticket and minivan with driver

Money pot: other transport, entrance fees and excursions

Not included: meals and drinks

day 13

Goodbye Mexico

Check-out and goodbye

Check-out and goodbye – until your next WeRoad adventure!

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