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Tulum & Belize Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Tulum & Belize!

Start in Caye Caulker’s Caribbean island vibe, explore the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, eat local delicious food, and spend the evenings dancing at one of the reggae bars.

Experience this beautiful and quiet island where there are no cars but plenty of rich Caribbean music, food, and culture.

Immediately following Belize, head to the culturally rich Yucatan Peninsula that was once dominated by the Maya Civilization as far back as 250 AD.

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.

This experience 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) -- Belize City, Belize
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before plan to arrive 1:00 pm on Day 1.

Finish: Cancun International Airport (CUN) -- Cancun, Mexico
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart after 2:00 pm on Day 9.

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 shared accommodations in boutique hotels
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • Snorkeling the second largest barrier reef at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Cave tubing experience
  • Experience the island lifestyle
  • Round-trip ferry to and from Caye Caulker
  • Bike through the Mayan Riviera, Tulum town, and Tulum ruins
  • Explore two Mayan Ruin sites: Tulum & Chichen Itza
  • Discover the Sian Ka'an Biosphere
  • Swim in 2 ancient cenotes
  • Professional guided tour of Chichen Itza - a modern wonder of the world
  • Visit the colonial city of Valladolid
  • Boat trip across Muyil and Chunyaaxche lagoons.
  • Float in Sian Ka'an Biosphere
  • Explore the archeological site of Muyil
  • Authentic Mexican & Belizean cultural experience
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Private airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to Belize and from Mexico

Highlights

  • Swim with diverse marine life in the world's second-largest barrier reef
  • Cave tubing jungle adventure
  • Enjoy the tropical island vibes on Caye Caulker
  • Bike the Mayan Riviera & Tulum town
  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza
  • Float in a biosphere reserve and UNESCO world heritage site
  • Swim in sacred cenotes - the gates to the underworld

Is this Trip for You?

If you want to visit two of Central America's most stunning countries in one epic experience, this trip is for you.

In Mexico you will spend your time learning about Mayan culture, visiting Mayan archeological sights, lounging on beautiful beaches, and eating delicious Mexican food.

In Belize, you can expect to see some of the most diverse and abundant marine life on the planet. You will have the possibility to swim with sharks, sea turtles, manatees, and so much more.

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 12
-Physical rating: 2 - Moderate. Some activities might include moderate physical activity like biking, hiking, walking, etc.

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences 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

Breakfasts will be served at your hotel and local restaurants. Dinners will be enjoyed at local restaurants and street vendors a short walk away.

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
Belize

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

Transport

You will be traveling by private ground transportation and public speedboat throughout your trip.

  • Private ground transportation to and from the International airports in Belize and Mexico (Included)
  • Public water taxi to and from Caye Caulker (Included)
  • Private ground transportation to included activities (Included)
  • Private ground transportation between Chetumal and Tulum (Included)

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip.

Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

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. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance. For World Nomads, the “Explorer Plan” will cover all of the included activities on U30X trips.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or 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.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible

Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. 
We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader 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

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

We recommend using a travel 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 organically inspired when possible.

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

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. 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 U.S. Department of State 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.

Health & Insurance

The tap water in Mexico and Belize is not safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from filtered water stations and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep these countries beautiful.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter Belize from USA but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

If you are traveling from South America you will be required to present proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine.

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. For legal reasons our Trip Leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

Money & Currency

We suggest bringing USD $300 in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

The official currency in Belize is Belizean Dollar (BZD).

The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).

All places in Mexico and Belize accept USD so you do not need to convert to the local currency. However, if you'd like the best exchange rate, we recommend exchanging from USD to MXN at your local bank before arriving in Mexico.

The Belizean Dollar by law is tied to the US Dollar at a fixed rate of 2:1 so there's no need to exchange before arriving.

Budget an extra USD $60 in cash for entrance/exit fees when crossing borders.

Tipping 10-20% is expected in Mexico and acceptable for wait staff, maids and drivers.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Leave flashy jewelry at home.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Although Tulum and Caye Caulker are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering around any town at night. We recommend staying in small groups when traveling at night.

Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.

Weather

Mexico

The average temperature in Tulum is 79 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and an average low of 72 Fahrenheit at night.

The climate in Tulum is tropical and humid. There are two seasons:

Dry season months of November-April

  • Hot & dry weather
  • Rainfall is scarce
  • Known as the high season with many travelers

Green season months of June-October

  • Warm days and less crowds
  • Please expect showers and thunderstorms most days that pass through
Belize

The climate in Belize is subtropical. There are two seasons:

Dry season months of November-April

  • Average temperature is 73-82°F
  • Hot & dry weather
  • Rainfall is scarce
  • Known as the high season with many travelers

Green season months of June-October

  • Average temperature is 79-86°F
  • Please expect showers and thunderstorms most days that pass through.

cultural information

Belize

Eating breakfast is called "drinking tea."

Punta is the most popular genre of Garifuna music and has become the most popular genre in all of Belize.

Belize is very influenced by Afro-Caribbean culture.

It is considered rude not to greet one another, even slight acquaintances.

“Go slow” is the Belize mantra

Mexico

Family is at the foundation of Mexican relationships.

Mexico has the world's second largest number of Catholics and religion plays an important part of their culture.

The country is known for folk art traditions which include colorful garments and crafts.

The traditional Mariachi style of folk music is commonly associated with Mexico.

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

Belize
  • Scenic Flight Over The Blue Hole: USD $200-$450
    An unforgettable one hour scenic flight over the Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Atoll and Belize Barrier Reef.
  • Half Day Dive: USD $135
    Shallow reef, beautiful soft corals, and calm waters. Experience one of the best places to dive.
  • Paddle board/Kayak Rental: USD $15/hour
    The rental rate includes a 10 minute introduction and crash course for safety.
  • Golf Cart Hire: USD $60/day
    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.
  • Bike rental: USD $10/day
  • Chilling at the Split - FREE
Tulum
  • Dive the Gran Cenote: USD $150 (scuba diving certification required)
    In Tulum, you’ll be within a stone’s throw of some of the country’s most magnificent cenotes. We highly encourage you to take advantage of these incredible natural formations.

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

Staying longer or arriving early?

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