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Trip code : Emam
Trip length : 10
Trip starts in : Cancun
Trip ends in : Tulum
Maximum group size :
Mexico is home to idyllic beaches, lively music, astonishing archaeology, exciting food and friendly people, making it the perfect destination for a fantastic cycling holiday. Following Yucatan’s backroads, we cycle through colourful villages, explore magnificent Mayan pyramids and temples, and swim in the transparent waters of enormous canyons. We end the trip on the idyllic Riviera May, where there is the opportunity to snorkel on the world’s longest coral reef, or simply relax on a palm-filled Caribbean beach: the perfect way to unwind after a week cycling!
This morning we transfer to the bustling colonial city of Mérida. Many of its buildings were constructed using stones from the Mayan city which existed on the site and these are still visible in the walls of the imposing cathedral. The city flourished following the conquest and the 19th century homes designed in French style contribute to the attractive appearance of the historical centre.
We leave Merida and cycle to the delightful town of Izamal, also known as La Ciudad Amarilla (The Yellow City) for the colour of its buildings. Izamal was an important worship centre for the ancient Mayas and we zigzag through the pyramids that were devoted to the gods. We also have the opportunity to visit the impressive Monastery built by the Spanish colonists in the main square.
Back on our bike, we make our way towards one of the largest Mayan ceremonial centres at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The impressive El Castillo Pyramid sits in the middle of the site and is surrounded by temples, palaces and ball courts. Nearby, we stop to visit the Cenote Sagrado ('Sacred Well'), dredged in the early 20th century and found to contain precious gold, silver and jade artifacts as well as the remains of sacrifice victims.
Today we ride from Chichen Itza to Valladolid passing through picturesque Mayan villages, where locals still speak their ancestors’ language. We have time to explore the beautiful colonial architecture of Valladolid, before heading to a nearby cenote, an underground river, and cool off in its clear waters.
The final destination of today’s ride is the archeological site of Coba. On the way we stop to snorkel and dive in Tamcach Ha cenotes and ride through more traditional Mayan villages. Once in Coba, we climb to the top of the tallest Mayan pyramid in Mexico and enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding scenery. We then drive to the fantastic beach community of Tulum, where we stay for the next 3 nights. Just outside the town lies one of the most photographed sites in the Yucatan; the ruins of an ancient Mayan city that overlook the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
From our beachfront hotel we cycle towards Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, home to an incredible variety of habitats and over 300 species of birds. We climb up to the lookout point and enjoy the view of the lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, before riding to the ancient Mayan fortress of Tulum. The most famous buildings in the complex are the ruins that overlook the lapping waves of the Caribbean, but there are also several temples, ritual platforms and houses to be explored. In common with many other Mayan cities, the whole site is surrounded by a huge defensive wall.
Today is free to relax on the beautiful, sandy and undeveloped beach of Tulum.
All breakfasts and 1 dinner included, allowing the option to try some local restaurants on the other evenings. Water is included on cycling days.
A single supplement is not available for this tour
9 nights hotels (some with pools), 1 night in rustic lodges. All rooms are en suite.
6 days cycling with 100% vehicle support
90% tarmac, 10% unpaved track
Routes mainly follow quiet roads and can be potholed
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