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Mayan Highlights

If you’re short on time but want to delve into the Yucatán, this wide-ranging itinerary in one of Mexico’s most fascinating regions is a worthwhile alternative to the mainstream. Snorkel Caribbean reefs and laze on beautiful white-sand beaches. Enter the world of the ancient Maya at Chichén Itzá and the incredible jungle ruins of Palenque. Your experienced Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on ancient ruins and vibrant sites, or revel in a tranquil sunset from Playa del Carmen beaches.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: MYP/126777
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen
  • Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Mérida
  • Palenque
  • Bacalar

Itinerary

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Day 1: Playa del Carmen

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Playa del Carmen/Mérida

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and an orientation walk in Mérida.
After a guided tour of the fantastic ruins at Chichén Itzá, continue on to Mérida for an orientation walk to get acquainted with the city.

With museums, plazas, beautiful architecture, open markets and outdoor cafés, there is plenty to keep you busy here.

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Day 3: Mérida

Opt to visit the ruins of Uxmal or swim in cenotes (underground pools) in the Yucatán.
Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route, go bird-watching in Celestún, hit the beach in Progreso, visit cenotes in the nearby town of Cuzamá, or walk around town and soak in all of the history this city has to offer.

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Day 4: Mérida/Palenque

Travel day to Palenque in the lush dense jungle of Chiapas.

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Day 5: Palenque

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque.
Take a guided tour of the ruins of Palenque. Later, choose from one of the many optional activities in the area.

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Day 6: Palenque/Bacalar

Transfer to Bacalar and spend time on the beach looking out at the crystal-clear lake.

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Day 7: Bacalar

Opt to kayak around the lagoon or explore the nearby fortress.

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Day 8: Bacalar/Playa del Carmen

Travel to Playa del Carmen to lounge on Mayan Riviera beaches. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.
Head to Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-min drive south of Cancún. Enjoy some nightlife, buy last minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean.

There is the opportunity for snorkelling and diving, as well as long stretches of sandy beaches which are perfect for walking and relaxing after a hectic day.

Just off the coast is the island of Cozumel, renowned for its world-class diving. Take the ferry from Playa del Carmen (30-75 minutes depending on the boat) across the turquoise waters and explore the town and the reefs of the island.

For a final dose of ruins, Tulúm is just a 45-min drive south of Playa.

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Day 9: Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.
We recommend booking post-tour accommodation to fully explore the Playa del Carmen area. Ask your sales agent for help.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen Your Discover Moment: Mérida
    • Chichén Itzá guided tour
    • Mérida orientation walk
    • Palenque guided tour
    • Beach time in Bacalar
    • Free time in Mérida and Palenque
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    • 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Public bus, private vehicle
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Soak up true Mexican culture
  • Marvel at the beauty of Palenque
  • Relax on world-class beaches