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Yucatan Panorama

10 Days, Cancun to Playa Del Carmen
Yucatan Panorama

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If you're short on time but want to delve into the Yucatan, this wide-ranging itinerary in one of Mexico's most fascinating regions is an authentic altern read more...

    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 09 Nights accommodation (Hotels (9 nts)).
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, Private van).
  • Chichen Itza guided tour.
  • Merida orientation walk.
  • Palenque guided tour.
  • Beach time in Bacalar and Playa del Carmen.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 240-315 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Cancun
Day 2 Cancun/Merida
Day 3 Merida
Day 4 Merida/Palenque
Day 5 Palenque
Day 6 Palenque/Bacalar
Day 7 Bacalar
Day 8 Bacalar/Playa del Carmen
Day 9 Playa del Carmen
Day 10 Depart Playa del Carmen
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Places Visited
  • Cancun
  • Merida
  • Palenque
  • Bacalar
  • Playa Del Carmen
  • Cancun to Playa Del Carmen Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Cancun

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.
    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Cancun/Merida

    Enjoy a guided tour of Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and an orientation walk in Merida.

    After a guided tour of the fantastic ruins at Chichen Itza, continue on to Merida for an orientation walk to get acquainted with the city.

    With museums, plazas, beautiful architecture, open markets and outdoor cafes, there is plenty to keep you busy here.

    First-class bus
    Cancun - Chichen-Itza 3h30m 196km
    Ride on in style aboard a bus so roomy and comfortable you may not want to get off.

    Chichen Itza Guided Tour
    Spend the afternoon with a local expert and learn about the history of Chichen Itza and the beliefs and rituals that defined this ancient Mayan civilization. This dramatic site includes a 30m (98 ft) high temple, known as the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for its balustrade of 91 stairs up each of the four sides, a ball court with a grandstand, and towering walls. Visit the highlights of the site including the famous Castillo, the ball court, the cenote, and the Nunnery.

    First-class bus
    Chichen-Itza - Merida 2h 124km
    Ride on in style aboard a bus so roomy and comfortable you may not want to get off.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 Merida

    Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal or three cenotes (underground pools) in the nearby town of Cuzam.

    Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route, go bird-watching in Celestun, hit the beach in Progreso, visit cenotes in the nearby town of Cuzam, or walk around town and soak in all of the history this city has to offer.

    Free Time
    Merida Full Day
    Head out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Uxmal Ruins Visit
    Uxmal Ruins 8h-9h
    Founded in 700 AD, magical Uxmal was once home to as many as 25,000 Mayans. Located 62km (38 mi) south of Merida, in Yucatan's Puuc ("hill" or "chain of low mountains") region, this UNESCO World Heritage Centre represents the pinnacle of late Maya art and architecture. Wander the site, see the Pyramid of the Magician, and visit nearby Kabah, one of three neighbouring sites.

    Cuzama Cenote Visit
    Merida 5h-7h
    25-45USD per person
    Hop into a horsecart to ride old rails to the entrance of an underground sinkhole. Swim in crystal-blue mineral water inside this limestone cave. Come prepared with your swimsuit so you can dive in and enjoy. The clarity of the water and depth of cenotes makes swimming a unique experience.

    Celestun Bird Watching
    Celestun 8h-9h
    Drive approx 2 hrs to Celestun and take a boat ride in search of pink flamingos and other birds in the Parque Natural del Flamenco Mexicano (or Celestun Biosphere Reserve). This wetland is the winter home to flocks of thousands of flamingos, as well as herons, ducks, and pelicans; more than 200 species migrate or live here year-round. Celestun is also a hatching ground for endangered sea turtles.

    Day Trip to Progreso Beach
    Progreso 8h-9h
    Roughly an hour drive from Merid, Progreso is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach or strolling along the boardwalk. Stop along the way at the Dzibichaltun archaeological site. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Merida/Palenque

    Travel day to Palenque in the lush dense jungle of Chiapas.

    First-class bus
    Merida - Palenque 9h-10h 540km
    Ride on in style aboard a bus so roomy and comfortable you may not want to get off.
    We recommend to bring a sweater for the bus as they can be overly air-conditioned. There are toilets on the bus and the occasional stop to stretch your legs or pick up snacks. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Palenque

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque. Opt to visit Agua Azul or Misol-Ha waterfalls or explore the jungle on a hike.

    Take a guided tour of the ruins of Palenque. Later, choose from one of the many optional activities in the area.

    The famous Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls are approx. 45 minutes away from Palenque and are both well worth a visit. The 35m-high Misol-Ha waterfall is set in the middle of lush jungle, with smaller falls just inside a nearby cave. Take a break from the heat with a swim in the stunning naturally formed pools at the waterfalls of Agua Azul, located just 15 mins from Misol-Ha.

    Palenque Ruins Guided Tour
    Palenque Morning
    Experience the elegant jungle site of Palenque on a guided tour. See the highlights -- the Temple of the Cross Group, Temple of Inscriptions and the Grand Palace. Howler monkeys sound in the distance as the fog rolls in and out of this mystical site, one of the most important centres for trade and culture during the end of the Classic Maya period.

    Free Time
    Palenque Afternoon
    Don't waste a minute, get out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Misol-Ha Waterfalls Visit
    Misol-H 1h30m-2h
    Enjoy a swim at the beautiful Misol-Ha waterfall. Its name comes from the Mayan phrase "streaming water". Surrounded by green vines and moss-covered boulders, this is the place to relax, renew and remember why you love spending time in nature.

    Agua Azul Visit
    Agua Azul 3h-4h
    20USD per person
    Agua Azul is a series of waterfalls that cascade through the Chiapas jungle for several kilometers. During the dry season, this waterfall has an especially intense sapphire blue colour due to its high mineral content. Bring your swim suit if you want to go for a dip. Shop for handicrafts and grab some lunch at nearby restaurants.

    Jungle Trail Hike
    Palenque 2h-2h 30m
    20USD per person
    Only two percent of the ruins in the Mayan capital of Palenque are out in the open. Follow a local guide into the jungle along a trail, visit ruins that are now overgrown with moss and vines. Learn about the wildlife and different medicinal trees and plants that grow in and around the Usumancinta River of this mountainous forest area of Chiapas.

    Roberto Barrios Waterfalls and Barbecue
    Palenque 5h-6h
    35-50USD per person
    Visit the Zapatista community of Roberto Barrios, Chiapas and have an optional local barbecue. After chowing down, have a swim and explore the cascading waterfall. If it hasn't rained for a few days, you will be astonished how refreshing the light blue water can get. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Palenque/Bacalar

    Transfer to Bacalar and spend time on the beach looking out at the crystal-clear lake.

    Private Vehicle
    Palenque - Bacalar 7h-8h 487km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
    The van is air-conditioned and will make stops along the way.

    Optional Activities
    Fortress Exploration

    Built in 1729, the San Felipe Bacalar fort was built by the Spanish hoping to fend off further pirate attacks. See the original stone walls, with canons facing out to the sea. The fort is built in the form of a four-pointed star and is surrounded by a moat.

    Throw on a lifejacket and paddle the pale blue waters of Laguna Bacalar. Bring a camera to capture the surreal beauty of the mineral-infused lake. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 Bacalar

    Opt to kayak around the lagoon or explore the nearby fortress.

    Free Time
    Bacalar Full Day
    Don't waste a minute-get exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Fortress Exploration
    Built in 1729, the San Felipe Bacalar fort was built by the Spanish hoping to fend off further pirate attacks. See the original stone walls, with canons facing out to the sea. The fort is built in the form of a four-pointed star and is surrounded by a moat.

    Throw on a lifejacket and paddle the pale blue waters of Laguna Bacalar. Bring a camera to capture the surreal beauty of the mineral-infused lake.

    Cenote Azul
    Cenote Azul is south of Puerto Aventuras in the Mayan Riviera. It's a great place to swim and people watch. Test your cliff diving skills as you leap into the main cenote (natural pool) -- it's 91m (300 ft) deep and 183m (600 ft) wide -- so there's no fear of hitting your head. Enjoy the clear clean water, it's 100% pure rainwater that's been filtered through limestone. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 Bacalar/Playa del Carmen

    Travel to Playa del Carmen to lounge on Mayan Riviera beaches.

    Head to Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-min drive south of Cancun. Enjoy some nightlife, buy last minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean.

    There is the opportunity for snorkelling and diving, as well as long stretches of sandy beaches which are perfect for walking and relaxing after a hectic day.

    Just off the coast is the island of Cozumel, renowned for its world-class diving. Take the ferry from Playa del Carmen (30-75 minutes depending on the boat) across the turquoise waters and explore the town and the reefs of the island.

    For a final dose of ruins, Tulum is just a 45-min drive south of Playa.

    First-class bus
    Bacalar - Playa del Carmen 4h-5h 275km
    Ride on in style aboard a bus so roomy and comfortable you may not want to get off. This is not your grandmother's public bus.

    The air-conditioning remains on for the duration of the ride so bring something warm to wear. There is a toilet on the bus.

    Optional Activities
    Slather on the sunscreen and head out into the tantalizing waters. Float effortlessly in the clear warm water and look for schools of fish, coral, sponges and more. Spot a sea turtle in the sea grass.

    Grab your bathing suit and go for a refreshing swim. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Playa del Carmen

    Enjoy a free to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum, visit one of the many cenotes or the diving mecca of Cozumel.

    Free Time
    Playa del Carmen
    Do as much or as little as you want.

    Optional Activities
    Cozumel Diving (Certified Divers)
    Cozumel 5h-8h
    50-120USD per person
    Take the ferry to Cozumel Island and discover one of the world's top scuba diving destinations. See schools of tropical fish (over 250 species) swimming in and amongst colourful coral, look for sponges and other aquatic marine life. Two main coral reefs provide plateaus beginning in less than 9m (30 ft) of water. All this, plus clear, warm water. Every diver's dream!

    Tulum Ruins Visit
    Tulum 1h-4h
    5-40USD per person
    The Maya built the ancient seaport of Tulum in the late 13th century. Located some 130 km (80 mi) south of Cancun, this picturesque site features a number of limestone structures protected on three sides by a 7m (23 ft) thick wall. Visit "El Castillo" (the castle), overlooking the Caribbean coast, and the Temple of Frescoes, then head down to the beach. Dive into the warm aquamarine waters and imagine spotting ancient vessels laden with turquoise and jade.

    Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Visit
    Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve is one of Mexico's most important protected areas due to its diversity in bird and animal species. The Reserve uses ecologically responsible technologies, including systems for wetland waste management, rainwater collection, and solar and wind energy generation to protect the environment.

    Cenote Visit
    Playa del Carmen 1h-4h
    7-50USD per person
    Pack your swimsuit, hail a shared van (colectivo) and ask for directions to one of Yucatan's many cenotes. These natural swimming holes were formed thousands of years ago, when the peninsula's porous limestone collapsed to reveal fresh water pools fed by underground systems of canals and rivers. Dive into the turquoise waters surrounded by cave walls or tropical foliage, watch fish dart in and out of the shafts of sunlight and realize why the Maya called cenotes "sacred wells".

    Coco Bongo Disco and Show
    Playa del Carmen
    65-70USD per person
    Coco Bongo lives up to its name. Visitors describe it as "insane", "exciting" and "amazing". This Vegas-style disco and show features a range of high energy acts including Elvis, Lady Gaga, Moulin Rouge and more. The price includes all your drinks and the show is cheaper on weekdays. Go wild! (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Depart Playa del Carmen

    Depart at any time. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


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    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 240-315 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

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