Your Yucatan trip starts in Cancun and takes you on to Tulum, the wonder of the world Chichen Itza, the flamingos of Rio Lagartos and the pink lake of Las Coloradas. The Yucatan round trip is perfect for combining with a beautiful beach holiday on the dream island of Holbox, in Cancun or on the Riviera Maya. The perfect combination of beach and culture!
This Mexico trip is just right for you if you want to take a Yucatan trip to the highlights of Yucatan in a short time and then (optionally) relax on the beach.
Look forward to your dream trip, which will be 100% tailored to you and your wishes.
Welcome to Mexico! Upon arrival at Cancun airport, you pick up your rental car and drive to the beautiful seaside resort of Tulum.
Today you have time to recover from the long journey. Relax on Tulum’s beach or explore the surrounding area. Enjoy the delicious Mexican food and let yourself be pampered.
Alternatively, you are welcome to book a day tour on the Riviera Maya with us.
Today’s half-day Tulum bike tour is the perfect combination of exercise, culture, water fun, and delicious street food!
The tour starts early in the morning to visit the ruins of Tulum together with your guide before the big tourist crowds. The Tulum temple complex is one of the most photographed cultural sites in the world thanks to its gorgeous location on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.
Afterwards, you enjoy a delicious breakfast at Tulum’s best street food stalls. Now you are ready to discover the town of Tulum and its surroundings by bike. Next, you make a stop at the Melipona Maya Bee Foundation. We all know how important and worthy of protection bees are for our planet. There you will learn everything you need to know about Mexican bees and local honey production.
After your bike tour you have the opportunity to refresh yourself in one of the more than 4000 cenotes (freshwater caves) on the Yucatan Peninsula. Jump into the cool, crystal clear water. For the Maya these cenotes were and are sacred.
Then you head back to the hotel and you enjoy your free afternoon.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing towards Chichen Itza.
On the way, we recommend a short stop at the ruins of Cobá. The ruins are hidden in the Mayan jungle and has one of the few pyramids that you can still climb. From the top you have a stunning view over the jungle and the beautiful landscape.
After this brief stop, continue to your Chichen Itza hotel. The Hacienda Chichen Itza is a beautiful retreat to recover from the previous trip, e.g. by the pool or in the spacious garden. If you are interested, the staff will be happy to give you an insight into the history of the hacienda, where archaeologists used to live and work. Enjoy delicious Yucatecan food from the hotel’s organic garden and a superb cocktail or two.
Psst, an insider tip for you: Watch the Chichen Itza light and sound show in the evening.
Take advantage of the excellent location of your hotel and enter the Chichen Itza ruins through the hotel’s own private entrance before all other tourists arrive. We recommend that you visit Chichen Itza at sunrise for exclusive pictures and a unique, mystical atmosphere, before the crowds begin.
Chichen Itza is the most important historical site in Mexico after Teotihuacán near Mexico City. The ancient city was the most important capital of the Maya during the classical period (AD 600-750). Many of the city’s ancient ruins still stand today – including the famous El Castillo, or Temple of Kukulcán, a massive step pyramid that dominates the city center. The impressive Chichen Itza ruins were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Take enough time to also visit the planetarium and the sacred cenote.
Then you drive to the nearby colonial town of Valladolid. Explore the beautiful Zocalo and the colorful little streets on foot.
Today your guide will pick you up from the hotel and you will then reach the nature reserve of Rio Lagartos. There the journey continues by boat through the still largely untouched nature. In addition to a very species-rich flora and fauna such as eagles, herons, crocodiles, etc., the nature reserve is home to pink flamingos all year round, which sometimes gather and breed in very large colonies.
On the way back you have the opportunity to take a traditional Mayan bath, which is said to instantly rejuvenate your skin by many years 😉
After a delicious lunch you stop at the largest salt factory in Mexico and you see the pink lake “Las Coloradas” in front of you, which looks most beautiful at midday when the sun is shining brightly. This salt lake gets its bright pink color from various sediments, minerals, high salinity and some special crustaceans.
Before arriving back in Valladolid, you will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Ek Balam. After an eventful day, you head back to the hotel.
Your Yucatan trip ends here and we hope you had an unforgettable and wonderful trip to Mexico and take many beautiful memories home with you.
Depending on your flight departure, you will drive to Cancun Airport or to your chosen beach hotel, e.g. on Holbox or in the Riviera Maya. We would be happy to help you organize your beach holiday in Mexico.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Mexico soon. ¡Hasta pronto!
Your On Secret Trails team
Yes. All prices shown on this website are prices per person based on two travelers. Please contact us to send you an individual offer with a single supplement.
Yes! According to the World Bank and the United Nations, the level of security in the state of Yucatan is comparable to that of the European state of Liechtenstein.
We offer you a Covid-19 security package with which you can cancel or rebook your trip free of charge up to 7 days before the start of the trip. You can find more information about this here.