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$2,379, 28 days, Mexico Trip code: MEXP

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

See the best of the Yucatán Península;

  • Visit Chichén Itzá, Tulúm and Calakmul ruins.
  • Visit Yucatán’s beautiful cenotes!
  • Stay in Mérida’s old colonial city!
  • Volunteer in a local community helping in schools or doing renovation and building work!
  • Relax in Bacalar’s colourful Lagoon
  • Party in Playa del Carmen and Cancún!

Trip Summary

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Experience adventure travel in México with all the best bits packed into just four weeks! You'll spend a full month getting to know México, the lively Yucatán Península, delicious Mexican food, and Yucatán’s stunning landscapes!

 

We’ll take you to some of the best spots in the Yucatán Península, taking a round trip going from buzzing Cancún in the North-east of the peninsula all the way to cultural Mérida in North-west.

 

We’ll then head off the beaten tourist trail where you’ll experience real Mexican life, living in the heart of a community and helping out on local projects.

 

We then head south to see the amazing Mayan ruins in Calakmul and then East again to relax in Bacalar’s lagoon. For the grand finale we’ll head north to party in Playa del Carmen and relax on the stunning beaches!


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Dates of Departures Duration Price (Land Only) Trip Status
3 October 201428 days$2,379Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
7 November 201428 days$2,379Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852
5 December 201428 days$2,379Limited AvailabilityCall Us 1-800-985-4852

What will I be doing?

  • Hello Mexico! (Days 1 - 5)

  • Go back in time with the Mayans (Days 6 - 9)

  • Give something back to the community (Days 10 - 17)

  • Cenotes, lagoons and ruins (Days 18 - 22)

  • Beach time! (Days 23 - 29)

Hello Mexico!: Days 1 - 5

Next Leg

Destination info

A great place for adventure travel, México has a population of 120 million, and shares borders with USA, Guatemala and Belize. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive colonial architecture, including beautiful Mayan ruins. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Cancun to Holbox

Day 1: Arrival into Cancún

Once you arrive in Mexico, you'll be met by one of the in-country team who will take you to your hotel. You’ll have time to unpack and relax at the hotel before the evening when there’ll be a delicious welcome dinner so you can meet the rest of the group a get a first taste of the delicious Mexican food you’ll be eating over the next month! Before you go to bed you'll have time to explore your surroundings.

Overnight in Cancún.

 

Day 2: Explore Cancún

Orientation time! In the morning everyone will meet for a briefing of the trip. You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have and you’ll have time to get to know your fellow travellers and the guides. The rest of the day is really chilled out and you can spend time strolling around Cancún, swimming at the ocean or just having fun at the beach.

Overnight in Cancún. Breakfast included

 

Day 3: Travel to Holbox

You will arrive at Holbox in the morning, so you can seize the rest of the day and take a tour around the island.

Overnight in Holbox. Breakfast included

 

Day 4: Holbox and Whale Sharks (Seasonal Only May to October)

If it’s whale shark season you’ll take a boat tour where you’ll have the chance to jump into the sea and swim with the largest known existing fish species in the world! If you don’t see the whale sharks or it’s out of season, don’t worry there is still loads to do- you’ll have a boat trip to visit some mangroves and other breath-taking beaches in the island.

(If you want to know more about the whale shark season just ask our staff).

Overnight in Holbox. Breakfast included

 

Day 5: Free day in Holbox

Take the day to relax and do as you please on the calm island of Holbox.

Overnight in Holbox. Breakfast included

Go back in time with the Mayans: Days 6 - 9

Next Leg

Destination info

A great place for adventure travel, México has a population of 120 million, and shares borders with USA, Guatemala and Belize. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive colonial architecture, including beautiful Mayan ruins. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Chichen Itza to Merida

Day 6: Travel to Chichén Itzá

Once you arrive to Piste you will have time to unpack and chill out for the rest of the afternoon.

Overnight Chichén Itzá. Breakfast included

 

Day 7: Visit Chichén Itzá and its cenotes

Today you will get to see one of the wonders of the world: Chichén Itzá! The main pyramids are not only astounding but they are right in the heart of beautiful natural landscapes. After a few hours exploring the ancient site, you will visit one of Mother Nature’s best and unique gifts: a cenote. A cenote is a very deep natural pit of water that can go as deep as 300 metres! The Yucatán Península is full of cenotes and you will be able to explore and relax in at least two of them.

Overnight in Chichén Itzá. Breakfast included

 

Day 8: Travel to Mérida

In the morning you’ll visit the ruins of Ek Balam, another important ancient Mayan site, before travelling to Mérida, the state's capital. Mérida is not only the capital of Yucatán, but one of the biggest cities in Southeast Mexico. The city is bustling, vibrant and very hot in some months of the year and it’s famous for its warm and easy going locals. You’ll have the afternoon free in Mérida so there’ll be plenty of time for you to take a look around, have a drink, meet some of the locals and have some fun.

Overnight in Mérida. Breakfast included

 

Day 9: Mérida

You’ll have a full day in this beautiful city and you’ll get to visit the important landmarks and see all of the sights, so make sure you bring your camera!

Overnight in Mérida. Breakfast included

Give something back to the community: Days 10 - 17

Next Leg

Destination info

A great place for adventure travel, México has a population of 120 million, and shares borders with USA, Guatemala and Belize. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive colonial architecture, including beautiful Mayan ruins. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Outside of Merida

Days 10 –17: Volunteering near Mérida

Over the next week you’ll be giving something back to the community as you get involved in some incredible volunteering projects in Aldea Maya. You’ll be helping three different communities (Sabbaché, Ek Balam and Yaxunnah), and volunteer roles are mainly working in schools or are conservation based. On the first day at the project you’ll receive an orientation from the staff so you can familiarise yourself with the project and your surroundings. You’ll be volunteering throughout the day, from 9am to 2pm and from 4pm to 6pm. The afternoons will be free for you to join in any activities or just relax and enjoy the sights.

 

Overnight in Volunteering Project. Breakfast lunch and dinner included.

Cenotes, lagoons and ruins: Days 18 - 22

Next Leg

Destination info

A great place for adventure travel, México has a population of 120 million, and shares borders with USA, Guatemala and Belize. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive colonial architecture, including beautiful Mayan ruins. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Xpujil to Bacalar

Day 18: Travel to Xpujil

Be prepared for a long bus journey today as you transfer to Xpujil. When you arrive in Xpujil you’ll have the rest of the day free to relax or explore.

Overnight in Xpujil Breakfast included

 

Day 19: Calakmul and surrounding ruins

Calakmul is an important Mayan site and UNESCO World Heritage site located in the southeast of the state of Campeche within the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, which is more than 700,000 hectares wide and it is just a few kilometres away from the Guatemalan border. You will visit one of the most amazing prehispanic ruins Mexico has to offer. The ruins are located in the middle of the jungle and you’ll be able to go trekking surrounded by trees, birds and tropical foliage just to be surprised by pyramids that were built circa 415 A.D. The Mayan Experience can't get more exciting than this!

Overnight in Xpujil. Breakfast included

 

Day 20: Travel to Bacalar

Before we head to the amazing and exotic Bacalar lagoon, we’ll make a pit stop in the surrounding ruins called Chicana and Xpujil and the Bacalar Lagoon. The Bacalar Lagoon is known as the 'Seven Colours Lagoon' because you can literally distinguish seven different shades of blue in its crystal waters. This happens because the lagoon consists of the water of seven different cenotes. Each one of them overflowed and together they created a unique and stunning lagoon. Once we get to Bacalar you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to yourself.

Overnight in Bacalar. Breakfast included

 

Day 21: Bacalar

Get ready to take a boat tour that will take you to the different cenotes of the lagoon, one of them being the Cenote Azul, one of the most stunning in the world!

Overnight in Bacalar. Breakfast included

 

Day 22: Free day in Bacalar

You will jump into a kayak and cross the 'Seven Colours Lagoon'. In the afternoon you will have time to rest or visit the town.

Overnight in Bacalar. Breakfast included

Beach time!: Days 23 - 29

Destination info

Tulúm: a walled city from the Mayan times located in the state of Quintana Roo, in the coast of the Caribbean Sea. It is now one of the great attractions of the Riviera Maya. Just beside it, there is a modern town of the same name, Tulúm. In Mexico there are hundreds of prehispanic ruins and pyramids, but none of them compares to Tulúm, inside of the National Park Tulúm, with unrivalled sights to the magnificent sea.

 

Playa del Carmen: As well inside of the so called Riviera Maya, the city is caressed by the Caribbean Sea waters. Its main economic activity is tourism. It is one of the best places in Mexico (and the world) to party! From small bars, to large clubs, to beach DJ bashes, if you enjoy fun nights, this is the place to be alive!

  • Location: Tulum and Playa del Carmen

Day 23: Tulúm

Say goodbye to Bacalar, say hello to Tulúm! You will arrive in Tulúm, visit the town and kick back and relax on the fantastic beach.

Overnight in Tulúm. Breakfast included

 

Day 24: Tulúm

You will visit the ruins and pyramids in Tulúm. The Mayas picked this place for several reasons, one of them being the light. When the sun rises every morning, Tulúm is the first spot in the entire country to feel and experience the rays of the sun. At night, once you are ready to have fun, there are a few bars in the surrounding areas.

Overnight in Tulúm. Breakfast included

 

Day 25 to 28: Beach time and party time Playa Del Carmen

Once you arrive in Playa del Carmen you will never want to leave, we promise! You will have loads of free time, so you can enjoy the beach, the sun and the parties! There’s so much to do during the day from snorkelling, swimming, take a trip to Puerto Morelos, or just chill out on the beach, but it’s the night when Playa del Carmen really comes alive. There are restaurants, shops, bars and clubs galore!

Overnights in Playa Del Carmen. Breakfast included.

 

Day 29: Departure

Wow, what a month it’s been but unfortunately all good things must come to an end! It is time to say goodbye to Mexico and your fellow travellers. Our staff will take you to the airport in Canún where you will catch a plane back home.

 

Please note: Activities and itineraries are subject to change.

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What's included?

  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodation
  • All transportation in Mexico
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Some tours and activities

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Tourist visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years old. Recommended maximum age limit of 30 years old.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This trip requires minimum numbers to operate.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation and style of rooms will vary during your programme as you will be staying in different locations. 

You could be staying in anything from a dorm room, to sharing rooms with three other people, to camping when you'll share a tent with only one other person.

 

You will share a room with members of the group of the same sex and numbers per room will be dependant on group size and dynamics. There are fans in the bedrooms.

 

Please remember to inform us if you want to share a room with your friend or partner, so we

can make sure you stay together throughout your trip.

 

The local coordinators will stay close by so you will easily be able to contact a member of staff should you need any assistance.

 

Meals

The variety of Mexican food is huge. From sweet to sour and especially spicy you’ll have a large set of choices to choose from. For those who don’t like Mexican food most of the places we’ll be going to have western style food as well.

 

All breakfasts are included. While we are at our volunteering camp, all meals will be provided. All the other meals are not included. Food in Mexico is very cheap. It may vary but you can have a decent lunch from 5$ to 6$.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

DBS

This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Holbox - the island was beautiful, really nice atmosphere and the Hostel we stayed in (Tribu) was the best hostel i have ever been to! Sabacche - Volunterring, playing with the children was so much fun, they were so adorable Calakmul - Ruins in the middle of the jungle, amazing views, really good experience. Bacalar Lagoon - practically didn't leave the water for like 3 days, had so much fun here! Tulum - the ruins were also amazing, swimming in the sea whilst looking up at them <3 Playa - awesome parties!!! Basically the highlights of my trip was the whole thing!! <3

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take some scrappy clothes for volunteering! BRING BUG REPELLANT!!! i used a Global Traveller card (CaxtonFX) which was definitely the best / easiest method of withdrawing cash!

Would you travel with our company again?

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Would you recommend us?

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