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What to expect

Explore Chichen Itza

Swim in unique Cenotes

Feast on Mexican Cuisine

Relax on Akumal Beach

About the trip

Join your fellow solo travellers to relax on Mexico’s white sandy beaches, explore Mayan ruins, and discover its mysterious sunken water-filled Cenotes. Our Mexican adventure takes us all the way from the bustling colonial cities to the stunning ancient ruins and their towering temples left by the mysterious Mayans. We soak up epic scenery, jump into torquoise waters, feast on Mexican cuisine and delve deep into the heart of this destination’s fascinating heritage. All this and so much more.

Who can discover the many wondrous riches of Yucatan? You can.

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What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double/Twin room for single use
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 1 welcome dinner including welcome drink
  • Guided tours of Archaeological sites: Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Kabah, Edza and Calakmul
  • Visit to cenotes: Hubiku, Saamal, Lol Ha
  • Rio Lagartos Boat Ride, Mayan Bath and Las Coloradas
  • Visit to Mayan Community with Cooking Class
  • Visit to Izamal, Merida, Campeche
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected

Itinerary

  • Arrival in Cancun
  • Cancun - Cenote Hubiku - Cenote Saamal
  • Valladolid - Rio Lagartos - Maya Bath - Las Coloradas
  • Chichen Itza and Maya Community with Cenote
  • Merida - Izamal
  • Exploring Ancient Mayan cities Uxmal & Kabah
  • Campeche- Edzna - Calakmul
  • Visit to UNESCO Mixed Heritage of Humanity Calakmul
  • Chetumal - Bacalar Lagoon - Riviera Maya
  • Riviera Maya Day at Leisure
  • Riviera Maya Day at Leisure
  • Departure Day

Extras

  • State of Quintana Roo tourist tax USD 11.00 to be paid via VISITAX web portal (more information in F&Q)
  • Insurance click here
  • Optional extension: Ocean Front Room for single use £315 per night + £120 private transfer to Cancun Airport (based on 1 person)

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrival in Cancun

Upon arrival at Cancun Airport, we’ll proceed through immigration, collect our luggage and meet our local guide. We then transfer to our hotel. After check-in, we’ll have some free time to rest after our flight.

In the evening, we enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel restaurant.

  • Dinner Included
  • Adhara Cancun Hotel
DAY 2

Cancun - Cenote Hubiku - Cenote Saamal

After breakfast, we leave for Valladolid. Before arriving at the hotel, we will visit two cenotes where we can cool off and swim. The first is the Hubiku cenote, surrounded by lush vegetation. It has an elevated platform where you can jump into the water, with stairs leading down to the water level for those who prefer a gentle dive. The next one is the Saamal cenote, one of the largest cenotes in the area, characterized by an opening of approximately 50 meters in diameter. To access its fresh waters, you have to descend almost 20 meters through rock stairs and finally, wood. Its depth is greater than 50 meters and it has an artificial waterfall.

  • Breakfast & Lunch included
  • Meson del Marques
DAY 3

Valladolid - Rio Lagartos - Mayan Bath - Las Coloradas

Today we enjoy a boat ride through the reserve to explore the mangroves and observe the diverse fauna, such as aquatic birds, crocodiles and when in season – pink flamingos. Afterwards we can enjoy a Mayan bath which is an ancestral ritual where the body is covered with clay taken from the white sand of the estuary. It contains a high concentration of sulphur, algae, salts, and minerals that exfoliate and generate many benefits to the skin, so we recommend that you bring your bathing suit, as well as another change of clothes.

Our last stop will be Las Coloradas which are a series of pink lagoons due to the high concentration of salt and micro-organisms. The colour may vary depending on the weather. We then return to Valladolid.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Meson del Marques
DAY 4

Chichen Itza and Maya Community with Cenote

Today will be one of the highlights of our Mexican adventure as we enjoy a visit to the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, located 120km east of Merida. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is the most restored of Yucatan’s Mayan sites. While here, we will explore the magnificent ruins set in a dense jungle. These include the Pyramid of Kukulcan – its height and striking geometric design the most prominent of this site, the Great Ball Court – the largest and most impressive in Mesoamerica, the Sacred Cenote – a natural well used for human sacrifice. We’ll also see many other beautiful temples.

From Chichen Itza, we head to Yaxunah, Primera casa or La casa de color verde is a Yucatecan Maya community of 700 inhabitants, in the municipality of Yaxcabá, where you can learn to cook cochinita pibil (Mayan slow roasted pork dish) and learn about the production process of this important food for the Mayans. In this place, you will have the opportunity to swim in a cenote, so don’t forget your bathing suit. We then continue to Merida.

  • Breakfast & Lunch Included
  • Gamma Merida El Castellano
DAY 5

Explore the colonial towns of Merida and Izamal

Today we visit Izamal, known as ‘The Yellow City’ – a colonial town full of history and culture. During the visit, we will see the Convent of San Antonio de Padua – an impressive Franciscan monastery built on the ruins of a Mayan pyramid.

Then we return to Merida City to enjoy a tour visiting this beautiful city, founded upon the arrival of the Spaniards in 1542, on the remains of the ancient Mayan city of Tho. Part of its colonial architecture corresponding to the 17th and 18th Centuries, can be appreciated in the centre of the city. During the 19th Century, urban architecture acquired French features in harmony with the economic boom for the cultivation of henequen. The Paseo Montejo is an avenue built at the time and inspired by the great boulevards of Paris, imposing mansions were built on its sides.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Gamma Merida El Castellano
DAY 6

Exploring Ancient Mayan cities Uxmal & Kabah

After breakfast, we visit the archaeological site of Uxmal, a World Heritage Site, located 80km south of Merida. Its architecture is characterized by low, horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with a profusion of symbolic motifs and sculptures depicting the long-nosed rain god – Chaac. We explore the magnificent buildings, including the Nunnery, the House of Turtles, and the House of the Magician, which dominates the site. We’ll continue to Kabah, with its amazing Palace of the Masks, covered in nearly 300 masks of Chaac, before arriving to Campeche.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Gamma Malecon Campeche
DAY 7

Campeche- Edzna - Calakmul

Today we depart to Calakmul, stopping off at Edzná – a Mayan archaeological site. The ancient city of Edzná flourished during the Classic period of Maya civilization, between 600 and 900 AD. When planning a visit to Edzná, you can expect to explore several impressive structures and learn about the rich history of the region.

Then we continue to the hotel located in the jungle of Calakmul.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Puerta Calakmul
DAY 8

Visit to UNESCO Mixed Heritage of Humanity Calakmul

This morning, we depart to one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Mexico called Calakmul. In 2014, Calakmul was declared Mixed Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, which recognizes a unique and unrepeatable value in the relationship that occurred between the Mayan culture and the jungle (or local landscape). This recognized heritage covers an area of about 300,000 hectares, and includes about 350 archaeological sites, most of them not yet open to the public. Walk the paths of the ancient Mayan city of Calakmul, one of the main capitals of the Mayan world and one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the last century. Discover the surrounding jungle’s exuberant wildlife, we may come across animals such as monkeys, toucans, ocellated turkeys, deer and possibly jaguars and pumas if we’re lucky. We continue to the hotel in Chetumal.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Capital Plaza
DAY 9

Chetumal - Bacalar Lagoon - Riviera Maya

Today, we visit Laguna Bacalar or Lagoon of Seven colours. This huge expanse of shallow water, with very soft white sand, shows a slight wave of faint blue tones where the composition of the crystals generates a fascinating spectacle. We then continue to Riviera Maya.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Akumal Caribe
DAY 10

Riviera Maya - Day at Leisure

After breakfast, we enjoy the day at our own pace. We could take in the sights & delights of the local area or spend time at the Akumal beach. Translated to ‘land of the turtles’ in the Mayan language, Akumal is famous for its sea turtle population. Its secluded white sand beaches and peaceful bays are also ideal for those seeking a little privacy.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Akumal Caribe
DAY 11

Riviera Maya - Day at Leisure

Another relaxing day taking in the sights & delights of the local area or strolling the sands.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Akumal Caribe
DAY 12

Departure Day

After breakfast at our hotel, we have some free time until the late afternoon. Then it’s time to wave adios to Mexico and get ready to head to the Cancun airport for our overnight flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

Mexico

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar);

  • Adhara Cancun Four-Star
  • Meson del Marques Three-Star
  • Gamma Merida El Castellano Four-Star
  • Gamma Malecon Campeche Four-Star
  • Puerta Calakmul Four-Star Sp. Cat.
  • Capital Plaza Four-Star
  • Akumal Caribe Three-Star plus

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Average Temperatures

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January 26 °C 22 °C

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