This 14 day adventure will take you from the peaceful beaches of paradise-island Holbox via Mayan temples, jungles and waterfalls to the Caribbean beaches of Playa del Carmen or Tulum. Holbox is your first stop on this exploration of the Yucatan peninsula… start with a golf buggy tour around beautiful Holbox with its deserted beaches and tiny village centre… or take a boat tour to explore its clear waters, with its colourful marine life and friendly fishermen. Next take a tour of spectacular Chichen Itza with its iconic pyramid and impressive history before visiting the capital of the state of Yucatan; Merida, the white city, where thousands of years of culture and history combine. Colonial Campeche was once the gateway to Yucatan for the Spanish invaders, but now this peaceful city is home to great seafood restaurants, colourful painted houses and a hearty pirate history.
A trip to Villahermosa will take you along the industrial coastline of the Gulf of Mexico and into the ruins of an Olmec ceremonial site in the park “La Venta”. The mountain state of Chiapas will show you its treasures in magical San Cristobal, the city in the clouds and in the misty jungle surroundings of the Mayan city temples of Palenque… After all this adventure, a few days relaxing on a Caribbean beach will provide the perfect end to a perfect holiday.All Tours
Arrival in Mexico and straight to Holbox. This Island is a favorite island destination in Mexico. It’s small, idyllic and authentic. Local islanders make a comfortable living fishing around the Island and they’re not economically dependent on tourists, which gives the place a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere.
Chichén Itzá is the most well known and most visited Maya site and since July 2007 one of the new world wonders. You can visit the ruins in 2, 5 hours but could easily spend a whole day as well. The main temple El Castillo at the Gran Plaza is spectacular, but also the Juego de Pelota and other buildings are very special. El Castillo is a huge and impressive monument, also because of the symbolic. Each side of the pyramid is divided by stairs in 18 parts. The 18 months of the Mayan year and each stair have 91 steps. Multiply this by 4 and you have 364 days and together with the upper platform 365 days.
Here you can take the option to Pick up car and start driving to Merida or continue on the Public Bus. Mérida is a colonial, cultural city and the capital of Yucatán State. Almost a million people live here. It is the most hectic town you will visit during this trip, although you will not notice that walking in this “white city” with beautifully renovated buildings.
In Campeche it is just nice to walk around and enjoy the beautiful, typically Mexican colonial architecture. The sights within the old city walls are extremely different to the sights you can see around the modern Playa Moch-Couoh close to the ‘malecon’ (boulevard near the water). Campeche used to be the busiest harbor in this area and was well known by pirates. That is why the Campechanos build an impressive wall to defend themselves.
You can’t leave Villahermosa without seeing the most important site here: the open air museum La Venta on the shores of the Grijala River. The Parque Museo La Venta is situated on the Boulevard Adolfo Ruiz Cortines.
San Cristóbal de las Casas is situated at 2100 m altitude in the south of Mexico. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains and Indians villages where the authentic culture is mixed with catholic faith. It is a magical place that attracts artists, students and human right activists as well.
The churches and colonial buildings have bright, happy colours and so do the beautiful handicrafts that are sold on the street. The centre of San Cristóbal is in fact surrounded by two hills. This is where the city centre was 20 years ago. You can climb the hills but we recommend that you take a local guide.
Palenque is one of the few Mayan cities where archaeologists were able to learn a lot about Mayan history thanks to well-preserved hieroglyphs that were found here. They tell stories of dynasties, conquests, wealth and destruction. And according to many people the most beautiful ruin of Mexico. The location in the jungle is phenomenal.
Travelling to Tulum or Playa del Carmen.
Tulum is a nice quiet place to relax in a hammock or on a chair on the beautiful beach. Should you still have some energy and time left, a visit to the stunning ruins of Tulum, overlooking the sea, should not be missed. Or explore the underwater world by snorkeling or diving in one of the nearby cenotes.
Playa del Carmen is a tropical beach destination with warm white sandy beaches where you can soak up the Mexican rays. The Quinta Avenida, the main shopping street in Playa is lively place with plenty to see and do, particularly in the evening.
Departure to Cancun Airport.