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Mayan Biking Experience
- 6-7 hours
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Yes, you may have seen ancient ruins before but have you seen them from a bike? Join this Merida tour to get in touch with Mexico's Mayan past, then get in touch with Mexico's delicious present with a home cooked lunch prepared by a Mayan family.
* Bike through remote Yucatan towns
* Explore Ake archaeological site
* Visit a living Henequen Hacienda
* Share lunch with a family
* Immerse in a mayan town and market
* Jump on a local bus for a ride
What's included in this trip
Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
Confirmation of booking
Please contact Merida Urban Adventures to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure.
Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.
Travellers must be 12 or older to do this trip.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
For this Merida bike tour, meet at the Cathedral in downtown Merida at 8:00 am. After meeting our local guide, he will lead us to the Mayan village of Tixcocob, a 45 minutes bus ride, enough time to learn some of the customs of Mayan people. Getting on a public bus will be part of the adventure! Upon arrival to Tixcocob, we will visit the church and will see the uniqueness of the vendors at the market. Fresh vegetables and fruits, tortillas, meat and tricycle taxis. Tixcocob is also home to many hammock artisans in the Yucatan.
Then, our Merida biking tour begins as we bike 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) to Ake Mayan ruins, passing trough remote and sleepy villages, where kids say goodbye. With its large and mysterious columns and huge steps, Ake differentiates from other Mayan sites that usually don’t have these kinds of monumental structures. One of the interesting features of the ruins of Ake, is that we still can see the “sacbehs” or white roads, that the ancient Mayas used to communicate from one village to the other. The “sacbehs” we find in the Yucatan are several kilometers long.
After the Mayan Ruins we will stop by the functioning Sisal Hacienda, owned by the Solis family. We’ll have a look of the 19th century when we witness the workers carrying the Henequen leaves into the Machine room and then to the drying area. We head back to Tixcocob for lunch at a real Mayan family. We will taste some of the yucatecan delicacies made by our host, before taking the bus again and go back to Merida.
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