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Cycling in Mexico

An active cycling holiday on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.



At a glance

* 9 nights comfortable hotels all en suite
* 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
* 90% tarmac roads, 10% unpaved tracks
* Tulum beach extension available

 

An active cycling holiday on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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 Maya, 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!

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts and 1 dinner included, allowing the option to try some local
restaurants on the other evenings.

Water is included on cycling days. Many Mexican dishes are already known and
loved around the world but you will also encounter lots of new delicious
dishes on this trip. Each day the guide will suggest local dishes specific to
the area that we are in, for example pollo pibil from Merida cooked in a
banana leaf, and the grilled grouper in Tulum.

Start destination: Cancun

End destination: Cancun

Cycling profile

Day 1

Fly to Cancun; transfer to family-run hotel in Cancun.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

The day starts with a bike fitting which will take place adjacent to the
hotel. Once everyone is ready to go we set off on a short ride to Puerto
Juarez from where we’ll be taken by boat to Isla Mujeres (the Island of
Women). We enjoy a leisurely cycle around this beautiful island and have a
swim or spend some time relaxing on the beach. In the afternoon we will
return to the mainland and there is time to go off and explore downtown
Cancun should you wish. 

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3

This morning we transfer after breakfast to the bustling colonial city of
Merida (approx. 3 hour drive). Our guide will give us an interesting
historical overview of the Yucatan region and take us on a tour of the city
featuring the markets and the governor’s palace. Many of the buildings in
Merida 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.
There is free time this afternoon and a great choice of restaurants after the
sun sets.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4

Today is our first proper day on the road and in the saddle! For the next few
days we will enjoy cycling down quiet backroads and passing through
occasional Mayan villages, plus visits to various cenotes in the coming days
(picturesque sink holes to underground rivers). The terrain is flat and the
riding is fairly easy going but we will be covering some large distances
nevertheless.

From Merida we cycle to the delightful town of Izamal, also known as La
Ciudad Amarilla (The Yellow City), due to the colour of its buildings. Izamal
was an important worship centre for the ancient Mayas. Here we’ll explore
the pyramids that were devoted to the gods and take in a 360 degree view
across the surrounding jungle. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit the
impressive monastery built by the Spanish colonists in the main square. 

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5

Back on our bikes, we make our way across a flat landscape 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. The leader
will give us a tour of the whole site. Nearby, we will 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. Our hotel for the night is located close by.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6

Today we ride from Chichen Itza to Valladolid passing through yet more
picturesque Mayan villages, where locals still speak their ancestors’
language. We have some time to explore the beautiful colonial architecture of
Valladolid before heading to a nearby cenote (natural sinkholes in the
limestone bedrock that reveal crystal clear underground lagoons and rivers)
to cool off after another day in which we cover a large distance. 

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

Continuing eastwards, we ride to the archeological site of Coba and
afterwards stop for a refreshing swim in the nearby Tamcach Ha cenotes. 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, which will be our picturesque home 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. 

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

From our beachfront hotel we’ll head towards Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve on
a coastal road (there may be sections of unpaved road) in a southerly
direction. Along the way we’ll learn from our guide the importance of
protected areas in Mexico and all about the ecosystems and wildlife of the
Sian Kaan Reserve. This area is home to an incredible variety of habitats and
over 300 species of birds. Today we have also included a boat trip in which
you will encounter the mangroves and learn more about the reserve. Afterwards
we will cycle back towards the archeological site of Tulum, where Caribbean
and Mayan culture blend into beautiful landscapes. The Tulum site has some
impressive buildings. 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. 

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

Today is a free day, and you may wish to spend your time swimming in the
Caribbean and relaxing on a golden sand beach. If you prefer to do an extra
optional activity on this day then speak to your leader the night before and
they will help to arrange and book something for you. There are several
possibilities for marine excursions (dependent upon availability and time of
year).

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 10

We depart Tulum and transfer to Cancun Airport where the trip ends.
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Date: 2017-11-042017-11-13

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Date: 2017-11-182017-11-27

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Date: 2018-01-062018-01-15

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Date: 2018-02-102018-02-19

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Date: 2018-02-242018-03-05

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Date: 2018-03-102018-03-19

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Date: 2018-03-242018-04-02

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Date: 2018-10-062018-10-15

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Date: 2018-10-202018-10-29

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Date: 2018-11-032018-11-12

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Date: 2018-11-172018-11-26

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Date: 2018-12-012018-12-10

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Date: 2019-01-052019-01-14

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Date: 2019-01-192019-01-28

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Date: 2019-02-092019-02-18

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Date: 2019-02-232019-03-04

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Date: 2019-04-132019-04-22

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Date: 2019-10-052019-10-14

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Date: 2019-10-192019-10-28

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Date: 2019-11-022019-11-11

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Date: 2019-11-162019-11-25

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Customer Feedback

Boring Cycling With headwinds

Summary:
If you really want to see the archeological sites visited on this trip, i.e.
Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum on a bike you should know that the roads cycled
are flat, straight and boring with daily headwinds. The scenery is extremely
uninspiring with piles of garbage alongside the roads on the outskirts of
every town. This trip will largely appeal to cyclists who are there mainly
to put their heads down and ride as fast as possible to to get the 45 to 70
km days over with.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting Chichen Itza and Tulum. They are really worth a visit and an
understanding of the magnificent accomplishments of the Mayan people.
The towns and villages were interesting as well, especially Merida.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Anwar (Edger) is a terrific guide. He is always checking to see if group
members have everything they need. He answers all questions thoroughly and
obviously has a good understanding of the region’s history and its
populations. He is enthusiastic about his job and this obviously rubs off on
his companion driver/bike mechanic, Gabriel. He selected good hotels and a
variety of restaurants for the group.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The heat is not so much a concern as the headwinds and occasional rough road
surfaces. Ask for more time at Chichen Itza.

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Cycling Mexico

Summary:
If you don’t mind the long cycle rides you will be rewarded by the sites you
visit on the trip.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Sun rise at Chichen Itza. The other archeological sites offered a real
insight into the Myan culture.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Edgar had excellent knowledge of the area. Was always attentive to everyone’s
needs. Took us to varied places to eat. Arranged for excellent local guides
at the different sites.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for cycle rides that are on long straight roads that are hot and
mostly into head winds, The scenery is mainly scrub land but you will pass
through and stop in local villages, there are also plenty of water and snack
stops on route.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Floating down the lazy river after the last ride is a must it is relaxing and
very refreshing.

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Fantastic experience

Summary:
Cycled the Yucatan peninsula in January. Great weather,flat terrain and
amazing company.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting 3 sets of Mayan ruins – all different and completing the 323 km
trip without using the bus.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Edgar was great – despite suffering from flu he soldiered on and encouraged
us all when we were flagging. He was very flexible showed initiative when
appropriate. He was patient could not do enough for us all.had an amazing
command of English.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Remember to hydrate as the weather can be hot. Take a gel saddle as the trip
is long.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Hotels were very comfortable and most had pools which we used. Would suggest
smaller groups as 18 was at times unwieldy. Spent hours in restaurants. Los
Lirios the final hotel was disappointing as it was miles from town and the
staff were less than enthusiastic

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mayan magic!

Summary:
A really interesting and well structured holiday supported by excellent
guides. The cycling is flat and the long straight roads can seem unending but
the towns visited, the mayan ruins and the swimming in the cenotes at the end
of a hot day in the saddle are worth it. Its early starts but also the first
time in a tropical country where there has been quality time in the afternoon
to enjoy the hotel and its pool or the Caribbean!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Chitzen Itza at dawn. We were the only people there. I thouht only royalty
got that privilege.
Swimming in cenotes.
climbing the temple at Coba
floating down the canal at Sian Khan reserve in the utter peace and quiet.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Edgar led the first day then Hernan took over that role and Edgar switched to
driving but they were both equally excellent. Nothing was too much trouble.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go on the trip!
Take extra time at the end to stay on and go to Cozumel or even Mexico City
if you can.

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Cycling in Mexico MAM

Summary:
The trip was excellent cycling not too hard but hard enough considering
temperatures with a mix of cycling and culture.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Swimming in the Cenotes and the optional activity of floating through the
mangroves.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader Edgar was excellent, knowledgeable, amiable and
enthusiastic. If he did not know the answer to a question he would say and
the next day would have the answers. We were all most grateful for his local
knowledge and choice of local restaurants and guides on different local
dishes. The back up team were great too.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go to Mexico

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Cycling in Mexico

Summary:
Fast cycling along straight roads (jungle on both sides), passing through
interesting Mayan villages. All done by lunch time. Afternoons spent in
lovely towns and/or visiting Mayan acheological sights. Refreshing swims in
fascinating cenotes, comfortable hotels and great Mexican food. Good mixture
of leisurely and moderate.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Climbing the pyramid of Coba to be greeted by an amazing panoramic view of
endless jungle as far as the eye can see. Floating through the mangrove
swamp. Visiting Chechen Itza. Entering Izamel by bike.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Edgar was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for him.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The cycling is fast and you cover long distances. It is hot and humid.

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Cycling in Yucatan

Summary:
This trip has a good mixture of cycling, culture & beach holiday. The cycling
scenery is not the most exciting but frequent stops at colonial towns and
Mayan villages make up for it. Cancun feels very American but as soon as you
travel inland you feel like you are in a different country. The four main
cycling days are very full on with sightseeing, swimming in cenotes etc so it
was nice to have free time at the end to relax in Tulum.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The yellow town of Izamal, Mayan ruins (Tulum was my favourite) and swimming
in cenotes.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fernando was great; very well organised, always helpful and amazingly
knowledgeable about Mexican/Mayan culture.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t underestimate the heat! This trip is classified as moderate level but
39C (as we had on our hottest day) could add a level or two of difficulty if
you are not used to it.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Don’t miss out on the optional boat trip on the last cycling day. The part
where you float in the river is so much more fun than it sounds!

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Hot in Yucatan

Summary:
A great week of fast cycling in a flat landscape. Plenty of sightseeing too.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Chichen Itza

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fernando was superb. He was laid back but nothing was too much trouble for
him.
He clearly loves his country and is very proud of it and put that over very
well to the group.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Drink plenty of water

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A very different biking holiday-give it a try!wU

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Cycling in Mexico

Summary:
This was an excellent trip to Mayan Mexico. Visiting small villages,
colonial towns, Mayan ruins denotes and the beach was a delight. The cycling
was good and the information shared about the Mayan civilization was
excellent. Excellent food, advice and facilities made this trip delightful.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Watching Mayan dancers in Merida
Gaining an understanding of ancient culture

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader was excellent- very knowledgeable, personable and helpful.

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Yucatan villages, towns and Mayan sites and all on a bike

Summary:
This was one of the most enjoyable cycle trips we’ve done. It’s a lovely
mixture combining beautiful colonial towns such as Merida and Valladolid,
three stunning Mayan sights (Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum), some interesting
villages offering a welcome stop for snacks and drinks along with an
inevitable visit to the church and some friendly contacts with local
villagers. No doubt they wondered what these Europeans were doing on bikes
when they could be swishing about in a car or tourist bus. Add to this, our
guide, Fernando who immersed us in fascinating Mayan and Mexican culture, an
introduction to Mexican cuisine, some welcome swims in cenotes (crystal-clear
lagoons), an unforgettable visit to a marine biosphere and a final 2 days in
Tulum, a relatively unspoilt coastal resort.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The most surreal moment was floating down the outlet of a huge freshwater
lagoon as it made its way to the sea. Wearing a life jacket strapped to your
lower body (rather like a nappy) made for 45 minutes of effortless and hugely
enjoyable floating. In the heat of the day it was bliss.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fernando Cobos is an incredibly articulate and imaginative Mexican guide.
Unlike many local guides who are often difficult to understand, Fernando’s
conversations were very clear and concise. He had a wealth of knowledge about
Mayan and local cultures which helped to make the Mayan site visits an
enriching experience. He was also a very good cycling guide with a welcome
sense of humour.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The fairly long daily rides were on flat, mostly quiet roads and we were
encouraged to cycle as fast or as slow as we wished although everyone in our
group was tempted to keep up some quite high speeds. Fernando and Edgar, his
colleague, did everything they could to make sure that the slowest did not
feel uncomfortable or stressed in any way. Except for the last day, we passed
through a number of interesting villages which provided a welcome snack and
drink break, making the long rides quite manageable.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The bikes were in good condition and well maintained by Edgar, the back-up
leader who has the obvious potential to become a good leader himself. Again,
his English is very good indeed. Make sure you bring a pair of decently
padded cycle shorts for the long runs. The whole trip was a wonderful mix of
fun, effort and interest. We were blessed with a smashing group of fellow
cyclists which made the experience that more enjoyable.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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