Info:Drive from the lagoon Bacalar to Tulum and visit of the archaeological site. In the afternoon free time in a beach club in Tulum and continuation to Akumal.
Hotels:- Las Villas Akumal
Info:Bathing and relaxing on the beach of Akumal, optional visit of the center for sea turtles
Hotels:- Las Villas Akumal
Info:Relaxing at the beach of Akumal, optional an excursion to the center for sea turtles or a trip with more action
Info:End of the family trip with transfer to the airport or beach extension
Info:Arrival in Europe with beautiful memories and experiences
Experience the highlights of the Maya world during an exciting family vacation in 15 days. Tour to the most beautiful places of the peninsula.
Guaranteed with a minimum of 4 participants / a maximum of 12 travelers / Flight 750-1100 EUR according to season
- 4-12 participants (tour can be cancelled within 28 days before the trip if the minimum number of participants is not reached)
- English speaking guide from Day 3 to Day 11
- 13 overnight stays in typical middle class hotels
- Catering according to program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All excursions and visits according to program including entrance fees (Except optional offers)
- All trips and transfers according to program in air-conditioned private bus
- 20 Euros donation per family to the aid organization SWAN
Your contact person
+49 8677 2063 994
Travel tip & Info
You can also explore the Mayan world by car.
Price per Person
Total price for ALL Travellers:
Day 1: Arrival
After your arrival in Cancun you will be picked up by our employee and taken to your family-run hotel in Playa del Carmen
Day 2: Caribbean beach
After a long journey your family holiday starts today. You will enjoy your first day either at the pool or at the fantastic beach of Playa del Carmen where you will get first impressions of the Mexican way of life. Enjoy a stroll along the shopping street of Playa del Carmen with small souvenir shops, bars and restaurants.
Day 3: Rio Lagartos, mud bath, Valladolid (B)
This morning, your family adventure in Mexico starts. After breakfast, you'll meet your guide at the hotel and drive to your first destination, Rio Lagartos. There you will enjoy an exciting boat trip through the salt-rich lagoon while observing flamingos and many other species of birds like pelicans and eagles in their natural habitat. With a bit of luck you will also catch a glimpse of a few crocodiles. Your guide will give you interesting information about the fauna and flora of the area. Later you continue to the second largest salt factory in Mexico. The view of the pink water in the sunshine is simply impressive. On the beach you will enjoy a traditional "Maya Mud Bath" and at noon you will drive into a small village where you can taste the delights of Mexican cuisine such as Ceviche, Empanadas or Guacamole in one of the small restaurants. After your meal, you'll continue to the cenotes. The water-filled limestone holes were formed through the collapse of cave roofs. Their water is clean and clear and a refreshing swim is fun for young and old. In the afternoon you drive to Valladolid and the evening is at free disposal.
Day 4: Cycling through Ek Balam, Cenote (B)
After breakfast, you'll have some time to stroll through the small town of Valladolid. Once this place was an important trading center of the Maya. Today the colonial-style Valladolid is one of Mexico's most beautiful cities and has a lot to offer with its regional delicacies and colonial charm. Later you continue to one of the most beautiful Mayan ruins Ek Balam. This site has a special mystic flair due its calm and quiet. You will explore the ruins by bicycle and then continue to the Cenote Xcanché that lies in the jungle. In the evening you return to Valladolid.
Day 5: Chichen itza, Cenote Yokdzonot, Izamal & Merida
The visit of Chichen Itza is a must for every Mexico traveler. The Mayan and Toltec site is dominated by the temple of Kukulkan. Its architecture is characterized by astronomical and astrological ideas which your guide will explain to you. After an extensive visit of the site you will get the opportunity of a refreshing swim in the Cenote Yokdzonot, in a nearby Mayan village where you will also learn a lot about the traditions and modern life of the Mayas. In the afternoon you will drive to the magical "yellow city" Izamal and visit the Franziscan monastery. From there you will continue your journey to Mérida.
Day 6: Merida cooking course, visit of the market & Hacienda Sotuta de Peon (B, D)
Mexico is world famous for its gastronomy. The combination of aromas, taste and texture is unique. Since 2010, Mexico's gastronomy has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural heritage. You will cook with an authentic Mayan cook and get a lot of interesting information about gastronomy in Mexico. You will buy the ingredients together with the Mayan cook in the market of Mérida. You will go by bus to the cook's house where the food will be prepared. Very interesting are the different types of chili with their diverse degrees of heat. After the excellent meal, you will drive to your next accommodation, a beautiful hacienda.
Day 7: Sisal production, interactive chocolate museum, Mayan ceremony (B)
You will visit a Hacienda and get to know the manufacturing process of Sisal. Sisal is obtained from the fibers of the leaves of the sisal agave and is one of the earth's most important natural fibers. At the Hacienda, sisal is extracted and refined with machines. Later you will be driven by mule-drawn carriage through the agave plantations where you will see replicas of Mayan dwellings and learn a lot about the differences between the Mayan past and their present day life. Afterwards you will enjoy the chocolate museum "Choco story" where you can taste fresh cocoa and learn a lot about the over 2000 year old production of chocolate. In the afternoon you will experience and participate in a Mayan ceremony with Mayan shamans. In the same area you will find a breeding station for Jaguars, giant spiders and many other species of animals. In the evening you will reach Campeche and have the evening at leisure.
Day 8: Campeche & Mayan site Calakmul
The beautiful colonial capital of the state of Campeche is always worth a visit. The fortress recalls the time when Campeche was visited by European pirates. After a discovery tour of the city, the journey will take you into the jungle where you will stay in your next accommodation. With a bit of luck, you will catch a glimpse of some monkeys.
The sunset over the rainforest is best viewed from a small hill near the hotel.
Day 9: Calakmul & the lagoon of the seven colors (F)
Early in the morning your journey takes you to the ruins of Calakmul. There, parts of the structurs are still overgrown with lush jungle vegetation that give the site a mystic flair. Calakmul means "The Kingdom of the Snake Head" and was once the biggest enemy of Tikal in Guatemala. On the top of the pyramid you have a breathtaking view of the lagoon Bacalar. Bacalar is also called "lagoon of the seven colors" because you can distinguish seven different shades of blue.
Day 10: Magical lagoon Bacalar (B)
You start the day with a good breakfast and a beautiful view of the lagoon. Later you have the possibility to participate in a 3-hour boat tour. You drive through the lagoon and visit the interesting villages of Cenote and Mangroven. You can snorkel in the clear water, swim and take a healthy mud bath. You also have the opportunity to hire kayaks in the hotel and explore the lagoon. In the afternoon, you will visit the small village of "San Felipe" with your guide.
Day 11: Tulum (Riviera Maya) (B)
After breakfast your journey takes you to Tulum, the Mayan site that presents itself proudly on the rocks above the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The "Castillo" (the castle) sits majestically on the cliff above the Caribbean beach. You will also enjoy the show of the "Voladores" at the entrance of the site. In the afternoon, you will visit a nearby club where you can have a swim in the sea before lunch. In the evening you will drive to your beach hotel in Akumal where you will say good-bye to your guide and where you will stay for the next two days.
Day 12: Beach extension in Akumal (B)
You will spend the last two days of your family trip at the beach of Akumal. Enjoy and relax at the beautiful Caribbean beach.
Day 13: Beach extension in Akumal (B)
Akumal is also famous for its turtles that lay their eggs there every year. There is also a center for sea turtles where you can learn more about turtles and other animals. You can also make excursions to the surrounding areas.
Day 14: Travel home or days at the beach
Today your Mexico family trip ends. A transfer takes you to the airport according to your time of departure. We wish you a safe journey home or more beautiful days at the Caribbean.
Day 15: Departure to Country of Residence
program after the tour
We recommend a beach extension at one of the white sandy beaches of the Mexican Caribbean.
Here you find an overview of beach hotels according to category:
- GOOD AND AFFORDABLE > show
- CABAÑAHOTELS (small resorts in bungalow style) > show
- ALL-INCLUSIVE-RESORTS > show
You may want to travel to Mexico a few days before your tour in order to relax and enjoy the beach. In this case the night in the first hotel of the tour is canceled and you receive a discount. Instead, you stay in the hotel of your choice where you will be picked up for the tour (see travel configurator).
You can also round off your trip with a few days at one of the beaches of the Riviera Maya. If you bring additional luggage that you don't want to take with you during the tour we will send a representative who will pick it up and keep it for a small fee.
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How to guarantee that a small group tour will take place?
Our small group tours will be conducted with a minimum of 4 people (in some cases even with 2 people), which excludes almost always a cancellation of the tour. You will find the current number of participants in the travel configurator. If there are only 4 or less travelers of one language in a group the exceptional case may happen and a trip may be run multilingual (eg German & English).
Skeptical about internet bookings?
Only with Mextrotter: Travel first, pay afterwards! By paying only 4% extra you enjoy your trip first and pay within 7 days after you go back home.
How do I pay at Mextrotter? Are credit cards accepted?
(Within the EU) at no cost to you. Credit card payments can only be charged via the online service of paypal; The fee of 4.5% invoiced to us will be passed on to you in full.
Do I need a visa for Mexico?
The following information applies to the majority of the cases. Even if we have investigated carefully, we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the information. We strongly advise you to contact the corresponding embassy and/or Mexican consulate in advance. Please also make sure that all questions are answered before you leave your home country. Please take all the necessary steps with sufficient time before leaving.
1. Entry in -or transfer to and from- the USA:
Even if Mexico is your final destination, you may need to enter the United States to change flights (as a passenger in transit). If this is the case, you will need an entry permit (since January 2009) as part of the Visa Waiver Program. This permit can be obtained - at the latest 72 hours prior to boarding - over the internet. Go to ESTA website (Electronic System for Travel Authorization): https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html. Make sure you type this address correctly since we have heard of the existence of fake websites. Follow the instructions, fill out the required forms and submit them. Since March 2010 the US department of Homeland Security asks you to pay a fee of 14 USD per travel permit per person. This fee can be paid by credit card on the internet. Besides this internet form you will need to complete another one in the airplane, the so-called I-94W form. Follow the instructions of the Migration Department at the passport control and customs once you arrive to the airport.
2. Entry into Mexico:
To be able to enter Mexico you will only need to complete a tourist visa (FMT) on the plane and present it to the passport control upon arrival in Mexico. The visa will be stamped and given back to you so you can return it when you leave the country. Make sure you keep the visa in your passport: if you happen to loose it, you will have to pay a fee. In case you do not have a EU passport we STRONGLY advise you to contact the Mexican and/or US Embassy before you leave. Swiss citizens, for example, are subject to a special visa for the entrance to the United States. This is a very useful link http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/practical-information/visas
What costs should I calculate per day (food, drinks)?
Be aware that the price level in Mexico is approximately 40% lower than in Europe. In other words: food and drinks cost about half the price (excluding table wine, which is quite expensive in Mexico). A guide for personal meal expenses could be 15 to 30 Euro per person per day. The exact amount you spend per day depends on your drinking and eating habits.
Are vaccinations required for Mexico?
There are no obligatory vaccinations. For trips into the rain forest of Chiapas and in the south of Yucatan prophylaxis vaccinations against malaria and hepatitis A and B are recommended. Your personal physician will advise you in detail. You also find information at the Foreign Office.
Our personal recommendation (which is not supported by a doctors' opinion) is not to vaccinate. People who receive injections often travel with a weakened immunity system that causes problems in stomach and intestines (Montezuma's Revenge). We advise you to bring a "stand by Malaria pill" which can be taken in the event of an emergency.