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Yucatan Discovery: Cenotes & Seasides
6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Public air-conditioned bus, taxi, private vehicle.
Simple hotels/hostels (6 nts, most multi-share).
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide
You will visit
MéridaPlaya del Carmen
18 to 39 years old
Trust us, the pics you'll take on this trip will need no filters. This snappy seven-day tour takes you through the very best of the Yucatán Peninsula's most colourful sites. Swim in an underground limestone cave through pools of crystal clear water and marvel at the blushing pink hue of the Playa de las Coloradas lake hidden in a biosphere reserve. In between, you'll have time to chill out on the beach and let loose with your new friends on a night out in Tulum (which you may or may not want to leave your camera at home for).
Playa del Carmen
Day 1 — Mérida
Arrive at any time. Find some local grub from one of the food stalls at Mercado 60. Enjoy a few drinks and live music with your fellow travellers. Finish the night at a local bar, then get some rest because your adventure begins tomorrow.
Day 2 — Mérida
Set off into the countryside and visit a cenote (limestone sinkhole unique to the Yucatán to escape the heat with an underground swim. Enjoy an afternoon of freetime to explore more of Mérida. Opt to travel to the Mayan ruins of Uxmal for their nighttime sound and light show.
Day 3 — Mérida/Río Lagartos
After a free morning in Merida, travel to the small seaside town of Rio Lagartos. The area is home to thousands of flamingos in April. Venture to nearby Las Coloradas, which has picture-perfect bright pink and coral hues during the afternoon sun. Seeing is believeing here!
Day 4 — Río Lagartos/Tulum
Continue to the seaside town of Tulum, and visit the dramatic Mayan ruins of Tulum – situated on the edge of a cliff next to the crashing sea.
Day 5 — Tulum
Enjoy a free day in Tulum. Opt to visit a nearby cenote to swim, take a day trip to see the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Coba, go scuba diving/snorkelling, or chill out on the beach. Cap off the day with a Big Night Out.
Day 6 — Tulum/Playa del Carmen
Travel to Playa del Carmen. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.