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Mexico & Belize Trip Details

Introduction

Experience ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, and crystal clear Caribbean waters.

Start in the culturally rich Yucatan Peninsula that was once dominated by the Maya Civilization as far back as 250 AD.

Make your way to the beautiful and quiet island of Caye Caulker in Belize where there are no cars but plenty of rich Caribbean music, food, and culture.

While in Tulum, see ancient ruins, swim in sacred cenotes (gates to the underworld), enjoy Tulum’s live music, dance, and art, while captivating your sense of adventure.

Immediately following Tulum, dive into Caye Caulker’s island vibe, explore the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, eat local delicious food, and spend the evenings dancing at one of the reggae bars.

Chill out, relax, and enjoy the tropical island vibe on Caye Caulker.

This Under30Experiences trip pairs you with like-minded travelers and combines incredible beaches, Mayan history, and Caribbean soul.

Duration: 9 days/ 8 nights

Start: Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport  (BZE)
To ensure included transportation, plan to arrive on Day 1 before 1:00 PM

Finish: Cancun international airport (CUN)
To ensure included transportation, plan to depart Day 9 after 2:00 PM

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

What's Included

-9 days / 8 nights in hotel with a roommate
-8 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 8 dinners
-Airport transportation from Cancun international airport (CUN) and to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport  (BZE)
-Roundtrip transportation and entrance fees to Mayan Sites and Cenote Tours
-Authentic Mexican cultural experience
-Ferry to and from Caye Caulker
-Hol Chan Marine Reserve snorkeling and cave tubing tours
-Personal recommendations for optional activities
-Access to the Under30Experiences community

Attendees are responsible for their own airfare

Highlights

-Snorkel the famous Hol Chan Marine Reserve for incredible marine biodiversity
-Cave tubing jungle adventure
-Spot tropical sea life while snorkeling the world's second-largest barrier reef
-Listen to reggae music as you walk down Caye Caulker's sandy main street
-Chill out, relax, and enjoy the tropical island vibe on Caye Caulker
-Get a taste of Marie Sharp's hot sauce, Belize’s own local hot sauce
-'Go Slow' (Caye Caulker motto) on an island with NO CARS
-Explore the Mayan ruins of Coba
-Swim in sacred cenotes, Mayan gates to the underworld
-Learn about the Mayan civilization and heritage
-Enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Yucatan peninsula
-Savor delicious, local tacos, mole, fresh guacamole, tequila, mezcal, and much more

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 12
-Transportation: Private shuttle to and from the airport, public water taxies to and from Caye Caulker and to and from Ambergris Caye, private shuttle from Chetumal to Tulum, private shuttle from hotel to Mayan Ruins sites (roundtrip)
-Expect to ride a bicycle as you explore the ancient Mayan city of Coba
-Physical rating: 3 - Average. Some activities might include moderate physical activity like biking, hiking, walking, etc.
-Accommodations: Hotel rooms (8 nights) with roommate(s)

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to our travel community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Meals in Mexico

-Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Cold cuts, fruit jams, local fruit, bread, yogurt, pastries, coffee, tea, water

-Sample Lunch & Dinner Menu:

  • Tacos, burritos, fajitas, chips & guacamole, enchiladas, salads, quesadillas, sandwiches, and plenty of vegetarian options

Lunches and Dinners will be enjoyed at local food vendors and modern restaurants as recommended by your trip leader

Don't worry, they know all the best spots 😎

Meals in Belize

All meals in Belize will be enjoyed at local restaurants or street vendors. Most breakfasts will be at Amor y Cafe.

-Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Eggs, sandwiches, local fruit, homemade bread, yogurt, and granola, coffee, tea, water

-Sample Lunch & Dinner Menu:

  • Fresh & local seafood, Caribbean jerk, sandwiches, salads, and of course, famous hot sauce

Lunches and Dinners will be enjoyed at local food vendors and modern restaurants as recommended by your trip leader

And remember, they know all the best spots 

Transport

Shared, comfortable, safe, air-conditioned private shuttle from Cancun international airport (CUN) to hotel

Comfortable, safe, air-conditioned shuttle to and from Mayan Ruins sites

Scenic water taxi to and from Caye Caulker

Scenic water taxi to and from Ambergris Caye

Comfortable, safe, air-conditioned shuttle to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport  (BZE)

Accommodation

Boutique hotel rooms for duration of trip

Single travelers are paired with someone of the same sex

*Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. 

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.

Do not forget: water bottle, sunscreen, sandals, beach towel, waterproof rain jacket, sunglasses and a hat!

Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.
  • If you have a passport different than USA please check visa requirements to enter Mexico and Belize.  

Health & Insurance

  • Please bring a sustainable water bottle to refill from water coolers; the water is NOT safe to drink.  Join us in our effort to be environmentally friendly and keep Mexico and Belize beautiful.
  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • No inoculations are required to enter Mexico and Belize from USA but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
  • If you are traveling from South America you will be required to present proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine.
  • Mexico’s and Belize’s water is not potable so please do not drink from the tap.
  • Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of Latin America.  Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.
  • Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

Money & Currency

Currency in Mexico
  • Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping
  • Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas
  • Bring cash with you!  It will be helpful to have at least $200 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc. and an extra $60 USD for entrance/exit fees when crossing borders.
  • Be advised that slightly torn US dollar notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).
  • All places accept USD so you do not have to convert to the local currency of Pesos, however, you will get a better rate if you exchange to pesos (which you can do in town)
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the free app XE. Within the app, you can also download the pesos currency and have it available offline to determine costs in real-time 
  • Tipping is expected in Mexico so feel free to leave pesos or small bills for wait staff, maids, and drivers. 10-20% is acceptable.
  • Mexico entrance fee $35 (cash only)
Currency in Belize
  • All places accept USD so you do not have to convert to the local currency of the Belizean Dollar. The exchange rate of the Belizean Dollar is steadily at 2:1 ($10 BEZ = $5 USD).
  • Tipping is not required in Belize, but it never hurts to leave coins or small bills for wait staff, maids and drivers
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE
  • Belize exit fee $20 (cash only)

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency: http://travelregistration.state.gov
  • Although Tulum and Caye Caulker are generally safe, there can be risks wandering throughout any town at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants.
  • Taxis can be organized from reception of your hotel

Weather

Weather in Tulum, Mexico

The weather in Tulum, Mexico can be described as tropical and humid. The average temperature in Tulum is 79 degrees fahrenheit during the day and an average low of 72 fahrenheit at night.

There are two seasons:

-Dry season:  November through April; hot, dry (rainfall is scarce).
Known as the busy season

-Rainy season: June through October; warm, intermittent showers some days that generally pass quickly
Our favorite time of year to visit Tulum

Weather in Caye Caulker, Belize

The weather on the island of Caye Caulker can be described as tropical and humid with an average temperature of  74-84 degrees fahrenheit.

There are two seasons:

-Dry season:  November through April; hot, dry (rainfall is scarce). 
Known as the busy season

-Rainy season: June through October; warm, intermittent showers some days that generally pass quickly
Our favorite time of year to visit Caye Caulker

Key Phrases

Key phrases in Spanish
  • Hello-- Hola
  • Excuse me-- Perdon
  • How are you?-- ¿Como esta?
  • Thank you-- Gracias
  • Please-- Por favor
  • A beer please-- Una cerveza por favor
Key phrases in Belizean Kriol (Creole)
  • Whats up? Hello-- Weh di go aan?
  • I love Belize-- Mi love Bileez
  • Thank you-- tanks
  • Good Morning-- good mawning
  • What time is it? — Da weh time?
  • My name is Lily — Mi naym da Lily
  • See you later — Si yoo lata
  • Where is — Weh/weh-paat
  • Everything’s fine — Everything gud/aarite
  • Good evening — Gud night

Optional Activities

While your trip leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time.

Optional Activities in Tulum, Mexico

BIKE RENTAL - $15/day

Due to the peculiar layout of Tulum – the coastline, its principal attraction, is separated from the centre of the town by a short drive or a rather much longer walk – it’s advisable to rent bikes for at least a couple of the days you’ll be there. This gives you far more freedom to explore the area without a reliance on taxis; plus, with the wind flowing through your hair as you cycle around, you’ll practically forget about the often humid climate.

DIVE INTO THE GRAN CENOTE - $150 (scuba diving certification required)

One of the advantages to being in the Yucatan Peninsula as a whole is that you’re surrounded by Mayan sinkholes, otherwise known as cenotes. In Tulum, you’ll be within a stone’s throw of some of the country’s most magnificent examples, so you really ought to take the chance to check them out. El Gran Cenote, Calavera and Carwash are some of the most well-known examples, but with a little searching you can find some underrated and practically deserted ones to explore too.

MUYIL'S CHANNELS - $115/person (4 people min)

Visit the archaeological site of Muyil. Hike through a jungle interpretative path, climbing up to an incredible view point of the lagoon and surrounding jungle, reaching the Lagoon of the Natural Reserve of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere (Mayan language: place where the sky was born), floating through the channels that once were ancient maritime commercial routes of the Mayan civilization. After that, we'll visit a crystal clear freshwater cenote and enjoy a delicious meal.

Another option is to stay in Tulum after the trip and explore different activities on your own. Be sure to check out our article, 7 Reasons You Must See Tulum.

Optional Activities in Belize

SCENIC FLIGHT OVER THE BLUE HOLE

The Scenic Flight over the Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Atoll and Belize Barrier Reef. This is truly an amazing ONE hour unforgettable scenic plane flight. Each person has their OWN viewing window. So get your batteries charged and come see the amazing Barrier Reef and Atolls by scenic plane flight. We offer a 3 or 5 seat plane. The flight is ONE hour in length from Caye Caulker Airstrip.

The price per person fluctuates from USD $200-$450. But Please keep in mind, all three or five seats must be sold in order to confirm flight. Or you can charter the whole plane.

HALF DAY DIVE

Shallow reef. Beautiful soft corals. Calm waters. Protected from the deep blue by Turneffe Islands, Spanish Bay usually provides calm waters even when other areas are choppy from wind. The protection is good for divers and good for the corals which have avoided damage during storms. We dive along a sloping wall. We descend at approximately 50ft/15m onto a sandy bottom and then swim out along the wall to a maximum depth of 70ft/21m. Halfway through the dive, we ascend to the top of the wall where shallow reef creates a “field of coral” approximately 30ft/10m wide, an excellent opportunity for divers to spread out and explore the coral crevices where we find Turtles, Moray Eels, Crabs, and other creatures.

Price: USD$135. Includes: Scuba gear (BCD, weights, fins, mask, regulators, snorkel and wetsuit), light snack and water.

PADDLEBOARD/KAYAK RENTAL

The rental rate includes a 10 minute introduction, aka crash course for safety.

Price: USD $15 per hour

GOLF CART HIRE

While there aren’t any golf courses on Caye Caulker, you’ll see golf carts all over the island. These carts are the islanders’ main mode of transport – there are no cars or scooters on Caye Caulker; just picture how clean the air is without any pollution.

Price: USD $60 Per day

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Bike hire: Price USD 10 per day

Chilling at the Split: FREE

U30X Amazing Caye Caulker Race – Ask your Trip Leader!

General Rules

We reserve the right to decline any traveler that may affect the welfare of the other travelers or trip leaders.

Illegal drugs or any illegal activity will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs puts the rest of the group at risk. Our trip leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or any other illegal activity like prostitution.

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