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Yucatan Peninsula Adventure

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

4.6 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
NZD $2,716
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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 Uxmal; 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
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Tulum, Mexico
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 37.43 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 Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve, where you’ll explore the Maya site of Muyil. Unlike many of Mexico’s well-known ruins, most of these ancient temples are shaded by lush forest.
  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Some included activities, such as guided tours of archaeological sites, can be quite strenuous. Be sure to bring suitably sturdy footwear.
  • 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.

Map of Yucatan Peninsula Adventure including Mexico



7 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Private vehicle


Hotel (7 nights)

  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Chichen Itza - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
  • Piste - Traditional Maya Family Lunch
  • Merida - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Merida - Yokdzonot Cenote
  • Campeche - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Campeche - Uxmal Archeological site entrance fee( INAH )
  • Bacalar - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Muyil - Archaeological site (Entrance fee)
  • Muyil - River Boat Tour
  • Tulum - Leader-led orientation walk
Add on activities
  • Merida - Regional Museum of Yucatan - MXN90
  • Merida – Rio Lagartos (entrance and transport) - MXN1300
  • Campeche - San Miguel Fort (Entrance Fee) - MXN65
  • Cenote Azul - Natural rock pool with option to swim (Entrance fee & Transport) - MXN35
  • Dos Ojos Cenote - Fresh Water Rock Pool (entrance fee with snorkelling gear & life jacket included) - MXN550
  • Tulum - Archaeological Site (incl. entrance & national park fee - no guide) - MXN142
  • 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.
3. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.

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4.6 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
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Italo · Traveled November 2023
Mariana Becerra was one of the best tour guides. She wasn't just a well versed tour guide but an experienced, enthusiast traveller herself that liked to have fun with the group.
Review submitted 12 Nov 2023

Kevin · Traveled October 2023
Great trip that introduces you to the Yucatán as advertised. Different stop/start points is odd and expensive. I recommend the ADO bus to/from the airport for 400 pesos.
Review submitted 22 Oct 2023

Lorraine · Traveled October 2023
Ended up here because a trip was cancelled.. exceeded all expectation. Highly recommend.
Review submitted 24 Oct 2023

MIHIR · Traveled September 2023
We have unforgettable memorable experience. We learned a lot of the places we visited. We experience delicious authentic Mexican cuisines. We could have given more historical information of the villages, towns and cities were passing by but did not say. Transport vehicles could have been fitted with entertainment facilities to avoid boredom.
Review submitted 13 Sep 2023

Mihir · Traveled September 2023
After coming from holiday I thought you need some feedback from us for your business with Intrepid. Overall it was very good. We enjoyed it very much. As we discussed it started with a hiccup. The driver took us to the right hotel, Hacienda Maria Bonita in Playa del Carmen which was changed from the original booking in hotel Coco Rio. When we asked receptionist, Fernando he said we did not have reservation. By the time our transfer driver left. The weather was really very hot for us. We had to take taxi to Hotel Coco Rio costing 150 peso. When we arrived we found that Coco Rio was shut for renovation. Nobody was there. We took helps from local people and managed to get in touch with you. Luckily we had a Mexican SIM card so that I could communicate. After communicating with you we found out that our booking was changed from Coco Rio to Hacienda Maria and our driver took us to the right place. We had to hire another taxi to go back to Hacienda Maria costing us anther 125 peso. Fernando was still there. I asked him why he said before that we did not have reservation. He did not have any answer. I was very exhausted and really upset about the whole issue. I mentioned the issue with Suzana, our guide. She asked me to get in touch with Intrepid. Please ask Intrepid to explain to me what happened and refund my taxi fare at least?. If you need any further information please let us know. We must say that we enjoyed the holiday apart from that issue. We visited beautiful memorable places. We enjoyed the local foods and hospitalities very much in every stops. Kind regards. Mihir Sarkar
Review submitted 13 Oct 2023
Yucatan Peninsula Adventure
NZD $2,716