Awaken your love for Mexico’s Caribbean beaches, Mayan temples and colonial cities… this short adventure will leave you wanting more…
Your first stop is bustling Cancun, one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations and a great place to start your Mexican adventure. Downtown Cancun is full of small international restaurants and bars or you can take a taxi to the hotel zone where modern shopping centres, nightclubs, bars and international hotel resorts sit side by side. Awaken your sense of history with a day and night in Chichen Itza, home to one of the modern wonders of the world; your stepping stone to historic Merida, the capital city of Yucatan, home to culture and traditions spanning thousands of years. A day trip to the haciendas and cenotes of Cuzama will take you back to a bygone era when henequen was the “green gold” of the Yucatan peninsula bringing great riches to those who controlled its production.
Cosmopolitan Playa del Carmen will be your home for the last three nights of this adventure… awaken your connection to the natural world in this Caribbean paradise… with an ocean full of marine life and the famous 5th avenue full of international cuisine of the highest quality, traditional handicrafts and colourful locals.All Tours
As you step out of the airport you will be welcomed by the warm embrace of the Caribbean sun. You will be greeted by our transport team and taken directly to your hotel close in downtown Cancun. You have a free afternoon / evening to explore your surroundings and sample some of the international cuisine on offer in this exciting city.
This morning you will pick up your rental car from the nearby office. Take your time to get used to Mexican driving and find your way out of this big city! From bustling Cancun, you will drive the short distance to iconic Chichen Itza where you will have time to settle in to your hotel and explore the surrounding area – perhaps discover the underground world in the caves of Balankanche a short drive/taxi ride away or relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
We recommend making an early start today to be at the gates when the archaeological zone opens at 8am… at this time there is more chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of the magical temples and explore the many buildings before the full heat Mexican sun. Later in the day, after checking out of your hotel, your journey takes you towards historic Merida in the neighbouring state of Yucatan. After settling in at your hotel, why not take an evening walk around the heart of the city and experience the street theatre and culture of this historic place.
Your day tour today will take to back to the last century and the life of the henequen workers of Yucatan. Henequen was the richest natural resource of the area and created huge wealth for the Hacienda owners. Today you can explore the remains of some of these haciendas travelling in the traditional horse-drawn trucks and enjoy a refreshing swim in the surrounding cenotes (fresh water sinkholes) which form part of a huge underground network of fresh water throughout the peninsula. You will stop for lunch (not included) before returning to your hotel to enjoy another evening experiencing the flavours of this vibrant city.
From Merida to Playa del Carmen you have a few options to choose from, depending what you would like to see… there is the long route south via Ticul, Felipe Carillo Puerto & Tulum, or the free road via Valladolid and Tulum, or the fast new highway direct to Playa.. whichever you choose, your destination is your hotel close to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean in downtown Playa. Take an evening walk to the beach and dip your toes in the white sands and swim in the blue Caribbean or explore the famous 5th Avenue and choose from the delicious menus on offer in multicultural Playa.
Day 6 and 7 are free to explore and enjoy all that bustling Playa del Carmen has to offer… you can relax on the white sandy beaches, shop til you drop and choose from the many restaurants offering international cuisine on the famous 5th Avenue or take an optional excursion to see a fresh water underground cave system or get up close and personal with the reef dwelling tropical fish.
Enjoy your breakfast and some beach time before driving the two hours to Cancun Airport. Make sure you allow plenty of time for the car drop off and airline check in.