|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||32 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Jan 6, 2015|
|Start city:||Cancun, Mexico|
|End city:||Cancun, Mexico|
Cycle through the Yucatan Peninsula from the jungle to the thatched roof villages of the contemporary Maya World! Visit the archaeological sites of Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza and Muyil! These sites have their own history and mysteries so come and visit them as soon as possible.
Besides the Maya villages and ruins you are able to observe the amazing Peninsula’s wildlife, such as different bird species and whale sharks. We have an amazing biodiversity and wonderful landscapes like: cenotes, (fresh water holes), Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve (1.6 million-acre) or the world’s second largest coral reef.
Above all, enjoy the welcoming smiles of the people of the Riviera Maya! You will be welcomed everywhere and the locals will all be very happy to meet you!
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Day 1: Cancún
Upon your arrival at the airport in Cancún, a guide will greet you. You will be transferred to the resort area, about a half-hour south of the airport. Enjoy dinner before orientation to the area’s attractions, climate, and customs, as well as a briefing on the tour. You’ll learn about the routes/roads, rules, support facilities, food, lodging, entertainment, and activities.
Overnight in Cancún
Day 2: Cancún – Isla Mujeres – Cancún (20 mi/32 km)
After an early breakfast, take the ferry to Isla Mujeres, where you’ll bike around the island, then take a boat trip to snorkel in part of the second largest reef in the world. After snorkeling, enjoy a great lunch buffet on site, then bike back to the ferry and return to Cancún, where you’ll bike back to your hotel.
Overnight in Cancún
Day 3: Tulum – Sian Ka’an (22 mi/35 km)
After an early breakfast, take the van transfer to Tulum and visit this amazing archaeological site, the only Mayan walled city overlooking the sea. Tulum is also known as Zama, which means "City of Dawn." Bike from Tulum to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve where you will have the chance to kayak in the wetlands and learn about environmental technologies. Enjoy lunch inside the reserve, and then bike to your beachfront hotel in Tulum.
Overnight in Tulum
Day 4: Tulum – Coba (40 mi/64 km)
Today you’ll be riding your bike to Coba. On the way, stop to snorkel in the amazing crystal waters of the Gran Cenote, which is located along today’s route. Coba is also called "stirred by the wind" because it is situated near four natural lakes. In the afternoon, visit a famous Coba archaeological site before dinner. Transfer by van to Valladolid colonial city.
Overnight in Valladolid
Day 5: Valladolid - Ek Balam (38 mi/61 km)
After breakfast we bicycle through a jungle path to Ek Balam’s archeological site and enjoy a great cenote. Once arrived at the site you will be learning about the culture of Ek Balam and enjoy diving in the crystal clear water of the cenote. After the activities we will turn back to Valladolid by bike.
In the afternoon we will do a city tour through Valladolid seeing: murals, the museum of Valladolid and its cathedral. Valladolid is named for the capital of Spain at the time it was settled by Conquistadors. After Campeche and Merida, it is the third largest city on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Overnight in Valladolid
Day 6: Valladolid – Chichen Itza (38 mi/ 61 km)
Today you’ll ride from Valladolid to the most important archeological site of the Maya, Chichen Itza. Along the way you’ll pass unique Maya villages and impressive churches, arriving at the Chichen Itza archeological site in the afternoon.
The capital of the ancient Maya civilization has recently been declared of being one of the “Seven Modern Wonders of the World.” We will explore the mysteries of the Maya, visit the Temple of Kukulcan, also known as el Castillo and we will visit the Astronomical Observatory at Club Med Chichen. You may opt to attend a light and sound show in Chichén Itzá. We will end the day with a lecture on Chichen Itza and the Maya calendar where we will discuss theories about why the Maya said that 2012 would have been the end of the world.
Overnight in Villas Arqueológicas
Day 7: Xcaret - Cancun
After breakfast, pack your swimming suit and a change of clothes and be transported to enjoy all day to Xcaret (“ess-car-ret”), an arco-eco park famous for its water fun, its educational sections, and its entertainment. Highlights are the park’s two rivers, one with passages underground, the aviary, butterfly and mushroom farms, aquarium, turtle breeding and releasing area, and outdoor entertainment. The evening entertainment is included in the admission. There is also a Mexican Fair that begins at 6:00 pm and the fabulous folkloric night show of Xcaret in the amphitheatre from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Overnight in Cancun
Day 8: Cancun
Coffee will be available in the lobby of your hotel as you check out and transfer to the Cancún international airport.
Does NOT include:
In the registration application, participants interested in arriving or staying over additional nights may request the special RMBA tour rates, and these will be reserved based on availability. January is high season in the Mexican Caribbean and the hotels of the tour are in demand, thus travelers are encouraged to reserve early, whether for the tour or for optional extra nights.
NOTES FOR FOREIGN VISITORS
Recommended packing: Comfortable clothes and shoes, insect repellent, sun block (ecological), hat, sunglasses, swimsuit, towel, long sleeve shirt, long pants, jacket and (waterproof) camera.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Royal Solaris, Cancun
The route is mostly paved roads, but there are some sections of dirt roads.
The tour is recommended for cyclists in average physical condition.
Children under 12 are not permitted on the tour.
Tour start and end:
Nearest airport: Cancun (CUN)
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