Mexico: Bicycling & Beaches
7-Day Inn Trip
Welcome to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. You’ll feel welcome and safe as we explore a slice of real Mexico on our bicycles together. We’ll cycle through small villages with colonial architecture and thatched roof huts, discover archeological wonders dating back 1500 years, and experience the natural beauty of ocean beaches and freshwater cenotes. We’ll see the quieter side of Mexico, just a few miles outside of touristy and busy Cancun.
Flat cycling on paved roads that can be rough in spots. Leisurely to moderate level.
6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, rental hybrid bike, entrance fees to the ruins and cenotes, guided tours of Chichén Itzá, Tulum and Valladolid, use of snorkeling equipment, detailed cue sheets, maps and GPS files, van support, luggage transfer, transfers to and from the airport, and trained bilingual guides.
Hybrid bicycle is included.
Fly in and out of Cancun, Mexico. Upon your arrival, call the starting hotel for a transfer from the airport. At the end of the tour, we will provide a shuttle back to the airport arriving by 10:30am.
The positives on this tour: the weather, the amazing historical sights (ruins) and the unique geological features (cenotes). I appreciated seeing some of the back roads and Mayan villages of Mexico beyond the tourist scene of Cancun.
DAY 1: Take a break from winter and join us in Mexico! You’ll feel the welcoming warmth the second you step off the plane. Then take a complimentary shuttle to our starting hotel, where we’ll have a rental bike fitting at 3:30pm, followed by an orientation and dinner. If you arrive early, go for a swim in the pool or soak in the whirlpool surrounded by palm trees and songbirds. 0 miles.
DAY 2: After breakfast, we will drive to the small village of Dzitas, where our Yucatan cycling begins. We pedal an easy distance to arrive at Chichén Itzá, the ancient Mayan city whose architectural remains fascinate more than 2 million visitors each year.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site continues to be a place of archeological and anthropological discoveries, yielding clues about a diverse society that was ahead of its time in astronomy, mathematics, calendar and art. We’ll see the 98-foot-tall pyramid that flashes serpent-like shadows on the spring and fall equinoxes and transforms the soundwaves of a human hand clap into a bird on our guided walking tour. After dark, we’ll watch a light and sound show, a mesmerizing interplay between the ancient and modern. 13 miles.
DAY 3: After our Mayaland breakfast, you’ll have the option to cycle or drive back to Dzitas and then we’ll all bike to the colonial city of Valladolid, stopping along the way in a small village for a picnic lunch. We’ll stay right on the central square and have time before dinner for a guided walking tour of this colorful town.
We’ll view the murals at the city hall that depict the struggles between the Mayan natives and European conquistadors through the centuries. We'll walk the cobblestone Friars Street, a lane lined with colonial-era row houses awash in bougainvillea and now home to many chic shops. We'll be sure to stop at Chocolate Maya, a small chocolate museum, factory and store all in one. Then it's dinner in our hotel's courtyard before a good night's sleep. 25 or 38 miles.
DAY 4: One of the most unusual natural features of the Yucatan Peninsula is its cenotes, or sink holes, created when surface limestone collapses to expose crystal clear ground water beneath. There are some 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan, and like snowflakes, each is completely unique and beautiful. This morning, we’ll pedal to one of the most striking subterranean cenotes in all of the Yucatan, Cenote Tankach-Ha. Get ready for a refreshing swim!
After a picnic lunch, our tour van will transport us the rest of the way to our beachside resort at Tulum, gateway to the Riviera Maya. You're on your own for dinner, but the choices are plentiful, from humble taco stands to trendy 5-star hipster havens where you might clink your jungle-smoked mezcal margarita with a celebrity's. 44 miles.
DAY 5: After an early breakfast, we’ll take a gentle ride along the beach road to the Tulum ruins, one of the rare ancient Yucatan cities built on a cliff overlooking the coast. Once called Zama, or City of Dawn, it thrived as a trading hub for jade and turquoise from the 13th to 15th centuries. During our guided tour, you'll learn about how the people used to live here.
We hop on the bikes again for a few miles to Cenote Cristal Escondido, a little-known swimming hole that will prove to you how different each cenote can be. It is more like a small lake, so enjoy the skies and soak in the sunshine. After lunch, we'll drive to Playa del Carmen, one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a pedestrian street full of boutiques and plenty of beach access. 11 miles.
DAY 6: Mexico’s largest island, Cozumel, is ours to ride today after a quick ferry ride across the strait. Cozumel is famous for its coral reef which Jacques Cousteau declared the most spectacular scuba diving place in the world. The island is sparsely populated with the exception of its one main town.
Cycling with the sight and sound of the Caribbean’s rhythmic waves, you can choose to circle the island on your bike or take the time for some extended “beach moments” instead. We’ll celebrate the week with our final dinner back in Playa Del Carmen. 12 – 41 miles.
DAY 7: After breakfast, we’ll shuttle to the Cancun airport, arriving by 10:30am for your trip home. Adios!