Arrive to Cancun on Day 1 and airport pick-up. Take an early morning trip to Chichen Itza archaeological site on Day 2, to learn about the intriguing Mayan history and culture of the Yucatan peninsula, overnight in Cancun. Take a bus to Tulum with free time to enjoy the beach and laid-back vibe on Days 3-4. Then visit Playa del Carmen and party along the famous Quinta Avenida on Day 5 and shop for souvenirs. Your trip ends with a transfer from Playa del Carmen to the Cancun airport on Day 6.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Airport Pick-up in Cancun
Today you will be picked-up at the Cancun airport upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation. Get settled in and then enjoy free time for the rest of the day to relax in paradise on your own. Choose to hang out by the pool at your accommodation or go for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. If you are in a party mood, go out tonight to some of the popular clubs and bars in this seaside resort town. Overnight in Cancun.
Day 2: Chichen Itza Day Tour (L)
Learn about the ancient ways of life in this well-preserved Mayan citadel with an English speaking guide. Ponder the disappearance of this archaeological site former inhabitants while you walk around these pre-Hispanic ruins. Recently added to the list of the 7 World Wonders, this is a site you do not want to miss! Depart Cancun early this morning at 5:15 am from a central meeting point for the journey to Chichen Itza. Upon arrival to Chichen Itza, a specialised guide will give you a detailed tour of the site, enjoying the quiet of the morning visit before the crowds. Throughout the tour, your guide will provide archaeological essential background to better understand the history of Chichen Itza. Discover how this large pre-Columbian city played an important role in the Mayan civilization around 600 AD to 1200, and remained a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spaniards. Even today, it is still considered sacred by the Maya people of Yucatán Peninsula site. Like many of the cities of ancient Mexico, the site was abandoned, and its ruins were hidden by jungle. Hear how the site was discovered and excavated by archaeologists, earning the protection of UNESCO and today considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. They will explain the philosophy, cosmology and mythology behind this ancient place, such as the meaning of the stone carvings, pyramids, platforms, ball games. Visit the Temple of the Jaguars, the Temple of the Warriors and of course the famous pyramid, also known as the Temple of Kukulkan. Hear how a serpent of light seems going up the stairs of this temple in the spring and fall equinoxes (around March 21st & September 21st). Enjoy a box lunch on your way back to Cancun. The way back to your accommodation is around 15:00.
This early access morning to Chichen Itza helps you beat the crowds so you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure! Overnight in Cancun.
Day 3: Bus Cancun to Tulum
Take a public bus today from Cancun to Tulum today located about 3 hours from Cancun. Get settled in to your accommodation and then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to go to the beach or walk around town to feel the laid-back vibe of this tranquil beach town. Overnight in Tulum.
Day 4: Free Day in Tulum
Enjoy a free day on your own in Tulum to visit the Tulum archaeological site located on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Choose to visit a nearby cenote and go snorkeling in one of these impressive water caves or make your way over to Coba archaeological site located about an hour’s drive inland. Alternatively, make your own way to a beach club to spend the rest of the day sipping a freshly made daiquiri or coconut water and go on a snorkel tour, boat trip or try your luck at kite surfing. The options are endless! Overnight in Tulum.
Day 5: Bus Tulum to Playa del Carmen
Take a public bus today to nearby Playa del Carmen located about an hour from Tulum. Get settled in to your accommodation and then enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax on the beach or to walk along Playa’s popular Fifth Avenue where you can go shopping, have a drink at a bar and your last Mexican dinner. Go out tonight on your own for your last night in town and party until the wee hours. Overnight in Playa del Carmen.
Day 6: Bus Playa del Carmen to Cancun Airport
Say goodbye to the Mayan Riviera today and you check out of your accommodation and take a public bus from Playa del Carmen directly to the Cancun airport where your trip will come to an end with great memories of unforgettable experiences.