Yucatan Peninsula Adventure

8 Days | Ancient ruins, colourful cities and natural wonders in eastern Mexico

4.6 out of 5 based on 56 reviews submitted.
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From tropical beaches and colourful old cities to spectacular ancient ruins, the Yucatan Peninsula’s draws are many and varied. Learn more about the lives of mysterious civilisations at the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, try traditional cuisine and get cultured in the likes of Merida and Campeche and bathe in the crystal-clear waters of hidden cenotes and pristine beaches. Thousands of years of history mixed with a modern, laidback lifestyle means Mexico, and the Yucatan in particular, should be high on everyone’s bucket list.

Trip overview

Map of Yucatan Peninsula Adventure including Mexico
Start
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Finish
Tulum, Mexico
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Mexico
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
QBSY
This trip generates 32 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Kick back and relax in the lakeside town of Bacalar, known for its deep blue cenote and aquamarine lagoon.
  • Escape the crowds and take a refreshing dip at Yokdzonot, a lesser-known cenote in the heart of the Yucatan managed by the local Maya community.
  • Travel to Tulum and explore the archaeological site of Mayan ruins at your own pace. Then, enjoy some free time to find the best snorkelling spots or local bars.
  • Experience Chichen Itza – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your tour of the ancient ruins includes a visit to the nearby Piste community and a traditional lunch.
  • Sip zingy margaritas, munch on local cuisine and soak up as much culture and history as you can in Merida, Yucatan’s charismatic capital.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Gastromotiva. Donations help them provide nutritious, balanced meals for vulnerable people in Mexico. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The tropical climate of Central America means conditions can be hot and humid. Always carry plenty of water with you and stay hydrated, especially on walking tours. There will of course be plenty of chances to swim!
  • It's a good idea to learn as many Spanish words as you can. Locals are very friendly, but can be shy, so you'll need to make an effort to break the ice. It's a great way to show respect and involve yourself in their culture.

Itinerary

Map of Yucatan Peninsula Adventure including Mexico

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Chichen Itza - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Piste - Traditional Maya Family Lunch
  • Merida - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Merida - Visit to Cenote Yokdnozot Piste
  • Campeche - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Becal - Visit to Jipi hat artisan cave studio
  • Bacalar - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tulum - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tulum - Archaeological site visit
Add on activities
  • Merida - Regional Museum of Yucatan - MXN95
  • Merida – Rio Lagartos (entrance and transport) - MXN1365
  • Merida - Uxmal Ruins tour (inc. shared transport and guide) - MXN1470
  • Campeche - San Miguel Fort (Entrance Fee) - MXN68
  • Cenote Azul - Natural rock pool with option to swim (Entrance fee & Transport) - MXN37
  • Dos Ojos Cenote - Fresh Water Rock Pool (entrance fee with snorkelling gear & life jacket included) - MXN578
  • Tulum- Bike rental - MXN250

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 in Playa del Carmen. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 56 reviews submitted.
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Marian · Traveled May 2024
An excellent trip but a little rushed in places. The fast pace makes for a stimulating holiday of culture, food, fun and experiences. Our group was amazing as was our group leader Susana.
Review submitted 02 Jun 2024

Maria de Los Angeles · Traveled May 2024
Amazing trip that gives you a very good view of how beautiful and great is Mexico. I had one of my favorite trip experiences in my life traveling with Intrepid. I definitely recommend this trip for people interesting in learning of the local culture, try delicious food, having a good time and collecting moments for all your life.
Review submitted 21 May 2024

Carolanne · Traveled May 2024
Thé Yucatan Peninsula Adventure delivered everything and more as far as history and knowledge of the area. Accommodation was good in the main but would have been prepared to pay more for next level accommodation as some hotels were substandard with toilet facility and breakfast options. I’m a coeliac and not always able to have food on offer.
Review submitted 23 May 2024

Heidi · Traveled April 2024
Our tour group leader Lucila was knowledgeable, friendly and all you could hope for. The archeological sights were more than I expected. In all an awesome trip
Review submitted 19 Apr 2024

Graeme · Traveled March 2024
Fabulous week in Mexico, our leader Lu was superb, full of knowledge and ideas and enthusiasm, could not praise her more.
Review submitted 05 Apr 2024
Yucatan Peninsula Adventure
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