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Mexico & Mayan Ruins Trip Details

Introduction

Mexico sits just below the USA and is famous for its beaches, delicious food, tropical weather, rich culture, and ancient Mayan Ruins.

Tulum is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, once dominated by the Mayan Civilization, and has a hip, artistic, eco-conscious vibe that attracts visitors from all over the world – plus it blends seamlessly with the ancient Mayan Ruins located just steps from the beach.

Experience the Tulum ruins AND the Coba ancient ruins. You'll also swim in sacred cenotes (known as gates to the underworld), enjoy Tulum’s live music, dance, gaze at street art, eat delicious Mexican food, and maybe drink the best mojitos of your life.

Need more reasons to visit? Check out, 7 Reasons to Visit Tulum from our Millennial Travel Blog.

Duration: 5 days/4 nights

Start: Cancun International Airport (CUN)
To ensure shuttle service: plan to arrive Day 1 by 3:00 PM

Finish: Cancun International Airport (CUN)
To ensure shuttle service: plan to depart Day 5 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

-5 day / 4 night stay in double accommodations
-4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners included
-Pickup and drop-off at Cancun International Airport (CUN)
-Entrance fees to Coba and Chichen Itza
-Authentic Mexican cultural experience
-Personal recommendations for optional activities 
-Access to the Under30Experiences community

Attendees are responsible for own airfare

Highlights

-Explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba-Swim in the sacred cenotes, gates to the underworld
-Learn more about the Mayan civilization and heritage
-Enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Yucatan peninsula
-Get to enjoy some mexican delicacies like tacos, mole, fresh guacamole, tequila, mezcal, and many more.

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 12
-Transportation: Private shuttle to and from the airport; private shuttle from the hotel to Mayan Ruins sites (roundtrip)
-Expect to ride a bicycle as you explore the ancient Mayan city of Coba
-Accommodations: Hotel rooms (4 nights) with roommate(s)
-Physical rating: Average. Some activities might include moderate physical activity like biking, hiking, walking, etc.

Community

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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

-Sample Breakfast menu: 

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

-Sample Lunch & Dinner Menus:

  • A variety of delicious Mexican cuisine that has plenty of meat, fish, and vegetarian options

We do our best to accommodate vegan and vegetarian requests or any food allergies 

Transport

Shared, comfortable, safe, air-conditioned private shuttle to and from the airport for your convenience

We also provide all the transportation to and from the Mayan Ruins sites

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.

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 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 innoculations are required to enter Mexico 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 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

  • 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.
  • Please 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 $100 USD (or equivalent).
  • All places accept USD so you do not need to convert to the local currency Pesos.
  • If you’d like a better exchange rate call your bank and order Pesos before your trip.
  • Tipping is required in Mexico, please leave pesos or small bills for wait staff, maids, and drivers.  10-20% is acceptable.
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

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.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended on the beach.
  • Leave flashy jewelry at home.
  • 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 is generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any town at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time activities, as they are the safest and easiest way to avoid any issues one might encounter on the streets after dark.
  • Taxis can be organized from reception of your hotel. Also, take the address of the hotel with you.

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

Key Phrases

  • Hello-- Hola
  • Excuse me-- Perdon
  • How are you?--¿Como esta?
  • Thank you-- Gracias
  • Please-- Por favor
  • A beer please-- Una cerveza por favor

Optional Activities

VISIT TULUM RUINS - $4 Entrance Fee

The Tulum Ruins are found next to the Caribbean sea in the Yucatan Peninsula. They served as a major port city for the Mayan Civilization. It was one of the last cities built by the Maya and had an estimated population of approximately 1000 - 1500 inhabitants. Experience this world renowned city just minutes away from where we stay.

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.

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.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Let your trip leader know and we can help you arrange something.

Or, travel with us to Belize on our 9 day adventure through Tulum AND Belize.

Still need to book your flight?

Check out this article on Travel Hacking

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