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Yucatan with the family

Discover Mexico with this trip thought for families, with short distances and fun activities on the beach or next to the pool… You will love: -The mix of beach and culture - English speaking guides who suggest fun tours for children - Stages with short distances and more than one night in each hotel for extra peace of mind - Hotels with a swimming pool, selected for families - A mix of activities 100 % regional and educational

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Cancún
  • Day 2: Cancún - Chichen Itza - Dzitnup - Valladolid
  • Day 3: Valladolid - Ek Balam - X'Canche - Valladolid
  • Day 4: Valladolid - Rio Lagartos - Valladolid
  • Day 5: Valladolid - Mérida
  • Day 6: Mérida - Uxmal - Mérida
  • Day 7: Mérida - Tour Cenote - Mérida
  • Day 8: Mérida - Valladolid - Coba - Tulum
  • Day 9: Tulum
  • Day 10: Tulum - Akumal - Tulum
  • Day 11: Tulum - Aaktun - Tulum
  • Day 12: Tulum - Cancún

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Cancún

Cancun Arrival
Arrival at the airport (flight ? at ?) and delivery of your vehicle. They offer several insurance options, be careful as some of these are very expensive.


An English-speaking guide will meet you, help you with paperwork and provide you with a road map.



Rental car Chevrolet Aveo or equivalent. Insurance coverage: against theft and damage to third parties (property and people) up to 350.000 pesos. Liability limited to 10% of the commercial value of the vehicle in case of damage or collision.


Do not hesitate to contact us for an inclusive insurance.



Overnight stay at the Ramada hotel.
Included : car rental, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : guide arrival apt - hertz

Day 2: Cancún - Chichen Itza - Dzitnup - Valladolid

Chichen Itza, mayan wonder

After breakfast we head to Chichen Itza. Built by the Maya, and then reorganized by the Toltecs, Chichen Itza symbolizes the unification of both religious cultures. The site, which at its height was the most important religious center of the peninsula, is the largest archaeological site in Yucatan.


In the afternoon, visit of the cenote Dzitnup (possibility to swim) that has a peculiar light beam that, when hitting the water makes it appear turquoise.

Then we drive to Valladolid where we will spend the night.




Option included : english speaking local guide in Chichen Itza.

Overnight stay at hotel meson del marques
Included : car rental, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : English speaking local guide

Day 3: Valladolid - Ek Balam - Valladolid

In the morning, visit of Valladolid, a small and authentic Mexican town that is lovely to stroll around. This peaceful town, built in the sixteenth century by Francisco de Montejo, is dominated by the imposing sobriety of the Franciscan convent San Bernardino de Siena. You will appreciate the pretty pastel colored houses, while eating an ice cream.


The pyramids of the “black jaguar” Ek Balam

Then we head to Ek Balam. This recently explored site remains the major discovery in Mayan archeology of the end of the twentieth century. We will get to climb the steps of the Pyramids and enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding jungle.


Cenote X’canche: swim in the forest

After lunch we go on a bike tour (1.5 km, 20 minutes) from Ek Balam’s site entrance to the cenote X’canche. If luck is on our side, we might see the famous Mayan bird «Toh » and its iridescent colours. Arrival at the cenote for a swim in this sacred place, where we can also go on a zip-line or do some rappelling.


At the end of the day, return to Valladolid.





Overnight stay at hotel meson del marques
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 4: Valladolid - Rio Lagartos - Valladolid

Boat trip in the reserve of Rio Lagartos

After breakfast we head to Rio Lagartos. The Biosphere Reserve of Rio Lagartos is worth the ride alone for its pink flamingos colony, the most spectacular in Mexico. We take a boat trip to the lagoon, and a discovery ride into the mangrove. We'll get to take pictures of pelicans, ibis, cormorants, ospreys, egrets, crocodiles...


Return to Valladolid at the end of the day.





Overnight stay at hotel meson del marques
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 5: Valladolid - Mérida

After breakfast we head to the gorgeous colonial town of Izamal, entirely painted in bright yellow. The Franciscan convent San Antonio de Padua was build on top of a Mayan ceremonial center, and is the continent’s largest cloister.


Then we head to Merida, the capital city of Yucatan. While enjoying economical growth, Merida kept a captivating colonial charm and a strong personality. You will find many well set off historical monuments, and pleasant little squares are a great setting to have a drink while listening to a marimba-playing band.


The handicrafts market offers numerous souvenirs like the renowned huipils (very colorful embroidered woman tunics), the authentic "Panama" hats, the true Yucatecan all-cotton hammocks and many more.


We spend the night in Merida.





Overnight stay at hotel Dolores Alba.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 6: Mérida - Uxmal - Mérida

Conquer the city of Uxmal

The site is peaceful and not widely visited by tourists… You will love it ! Uxmal, in Mayan language, means “Thrice Built”, but in reality the city was constructed five times. The water is really scarce in the region, this explains the omnipresence of representations of the rain god Chac-Mool.


Then we suggest that you discover the archaeological site of Kabah, which belongs to the well-known Ruta Puuc (composed of the sites of Kabah, Labna, Sayil and Uxmal). In Yucatec Mayan language the word Puuc means "mountain" and refers to a range of low hills that cross the region. These sites are all the more enjoyable that they are not widely visited by tourists.


Return to Merida at the end of the day.




Option included : english speaking local guide in Uxmal (meeting at 11:30 in The Lodge hotel’s lobby in front of the main entrance).

Overnight stay at hotel Dolores Alba.
Included : car rental, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : English speaking local guide

Day 7: Mérida - Tour Cenote - Mérida

Tour cenote off the beaten tracks

Cenotes are natural pools of fresh and crystalline water, where the sunrays create spectacular lighting effects. On the way we cross a typical Mayan market where the colors of fruits and vegetables are matched only by those of the women’s traditional clothing. Then we explore 2 cenotes, and take a refreshing swim in the forest. One thing is certain, you will leave completely transformed.


Return to Merida.




Option included : Lunch at Doña Ana home
Option included : english speaking local guide for the cenotes tour. Meeting at 09:00 am at your hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel Dolores Alba.
Included : car rental, lunch, local guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : Lunch included., English speaking local guide

Day 8: Mérida - Valladolid - Coba - Tulum

After breakfast we head to the caribbean coast.


We stop by Valladolid, a small and authentic Mexican town that is lovely to stroll around. You will appreciate the pretty pastel colored houses, while eating an ice cream.


Then we head to Coba, one of the largest mayan city. Its ruins have remained essentially intact in the middle of the tropical jungle. The archaeologists brought to light a 42 meters (138 feet) high pyramid, a 9-storey high palace, a ball court and the most extended network of large calk cobbled roads ("sacbé") ever discovered.


We then continue our trip. An exceptional area is now ahead of us: the Caribbean Coast with its endless beaches and its turquoise waters hosting the 2nd largest coral reef in the world.


Arrival in Tulum at the end of the day.






Overnight stay at the hotel Don Diego de la Selva. Room with a/c.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 9: Tulum

White sand and turquoise sea
Day at leisure to enjoy the beach and the sun. We recommend that you visit the archeological site of Tulum, with the unforgettable turquoise Caribbean Sea as a background!




Overnight stay at the hotel Don Diego de la Selva. Room with a/c.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 10: Tulum - Akumal - Tulum

After breakfast we visit Tulum’s archaeological site, which witnessed the arrival of the first colonists, in 1518, as the Spanish conquistador Juan de Grijalva set foot on the beach, under the stunned eye of Batab (Mayan governor of the time). Visit of this ancient harbor (and the only one known) built in 1200 and which disappeared at the end of the sixteenth century.

Then we head north to Akumal, where we can do some snorkeling to watch the numerous turtles that come eat the abundant sponges in the bay, and also lay their eggs on this pretty beach. Turtles are here all year long.

Return to Tulum.




Overnight stay at the hotel Don Diego de la Selva. Room with a/c.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 11: Tulum - Aaktun - Tulum

Departure for the ecotourism project Aaktun, a traditional Mayan village that counts about 250 inhabitants. The community has kept a strong cultural identity : most residents still speak maya and ancestral customs are still important. The inhabitants gathered around an ecotourism cooperative to offer different activities (contact us).
Simple and friendly welcome. There, we eat with a host: a member of the community is chosen beforehand, he welcomes us in his house and let us enjoy traditional yucatecan dishes.

Return to Tulum at the end of the day.


Option included : Lunch in XXX.



Overnight stay at the hotel Don Diego de la Selva. Room with a/c.


Included : car rental, lunch (no drinks), room & breakfast
Included opts : déjeuner chez une famille maya

Day 12: Tulum - Cancún

Hasta luego México
Departure from the hotel to Cancun Airport 4 hours before take-off.
Return of the rental car to the Hertz desk.


Included : car rental

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 2:

Option included : Entrance fees to Chichen Itza.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrance Chichen Itza

Day 3: X'Canche

Option included : Entrance fees to the cenote X'Canche.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Entrance fees cenote X'Canche

Day 4:

Option included : Boat excursion in Rio Lagartos. Meeting at 09:30 at restaurant Ria Maya (a map will be given before departure).

Included opts : Upgrade.

Day 6:

Option included : Entrance fees to Uxmal.
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Excurs: entrance sites

Day 11:

Option included : Entrance fees cavern of A'aktun
Included : entrance fees
Included opts : Grotte sacrée de A'aktun : easy tour

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 9:

Included : excursion (shared)

Ramada Cancun   Cancún

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Ramada Cancun City is ideally located in downtown Cancun close to shops, restaurants and beaches. It opened its doors in February 26, 2010 after a deep renovation program, equipped with new furniture, all rooms with 32' LCD TV, bright vibrant colors, new bathrooms and redesigned and refitted lobby, restaurant and bar.

meson del marques   Valladolid

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

This wonderful hotel was constructed on the ruins of a 17th century house. It offers the perfect balance between excellent modern facilities and the natural beauty of this charming location. The interiors of the hotel are quirkily decorated with empty birdcages containing signs that read “The birds are where they belong”…

Dolores Alba   Mérida

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

This hotel, entirely renovated in the year 2000, is situated in the center of the city of Mérida, and offers numerous facilities including a restaurant, bar/lounge, wireless internet access in public areas, outdoor pool, multilingual staff and a laundry service. The hotel has 100 rooms each with a balcony with a view of the pool, the garden or the patio. Every room is individually decorated and furnished.

Don Diego de la Selva   Tulum

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Located at the end of the town of Tulum, this comfortable hotel is close to the beach by road, entirely surrounded by tropical gardens and also houses restaurant. The Don Diego de la Selva Hotel has 8 air-conditioned rooms and 2 bungalows with ceiling fan all of which have a private bathroom and a balcony with hammock.

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