Yucatán, Mexico

Introduction

Welcome to the Yucatan! 

Explore the tropical destination of the Yucatan Peninsula as you split your time between Merida, Mexico and Campeche, Mexico. Swim in sacred cenotes, visit Mayan ruins, and learn about the local customs as you immerse yourself in the Yucatan culture. 

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Start: Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID) -- Merida, Mexico

To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive in Day 1 by 2:00 pm.

Finish: Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID) -- Merida, Mexico

To ensure included transportation: plan to depart Day 5 after 12:00 pm

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

What's Included

  • 6 days/5 nights accommodation in boutique hotels
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Cenote visit
  • Local Mayan community lunch
  • Celestun Biosphere Reserve boat tour
  • Campeche City Tour
  • Walking tour of Fuerte de San Miguel 
  • Visiting Uxmal
  • Private ground transportation to all included activities
  • Free time in Merida and Campeche to explore on your own
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival 
  • Airport drop-off upon departure 
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community  

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Merida, Mexico.
Optional activities are not included.

Highlights

  • Admire beautiful colonial architecture
  • Swim in sacred cenotes
  • Enjoy lunch with a local family
  • Visit Celestun Biosphere Reserve
  • Discover Campeche, Mexico
  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Uxmal

Is this Trip for You?

This trip is an excellent mix of history, architecture, and outdoor activities, all centered around one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico! Take in the unique Yucatan and Mayan culture with several walking tours through cities and ancient sites and enjoy swimming in sacred cenotes.

Age requirement: 21+

-Group size: 10-16

-Physical rating: Light. There will be some leisurely swimming and long walking days while we explore multiple cities throughout the trip. 

Travel Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Before your trip you'll have the opportunity to join a custom Facebook Group and connect with other members of your group. Many travelers meet in the airport, or for pre-trip drinks if they are from the same city. Others coordinate plans to stay in a country after their trip.

During your adventure, our Trip Leaders do their best to foster an open, supportive environment, where people feel safe to truly be themselves.

After your trip, you'll be an official U30X Alumni, and part of our large online Travel Community where you'll have access to our network of thousands of past travelers. We are constantly hosting meetups that range from simple happy hours to hikes, to outdoor movie nights.

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

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. Dinners are enjoyed in local restaurants. 

In Mexico you can experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what, and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. 

In Campeche and Merida, the food is rich in Mayan heritage and with a unique personality. You will find many dishes including pork, corn and seafood in Campeche. 

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Fresh fruits, toast, breakfast beans, juice, coffee, eggs, toast, tortillas.

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Seafood, tacos, meat dishes, rice, beans

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Some meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private, locally-owned, ground transportation. There will be early departures on some days in order to optimize time.

  • Private ground transportation to and from the airport 
  • Private ground transportation to and from your hotels and included activities
  • Private ground transportation to and from Campeche

Taxis and other public transportation are not included unless specified on the itinerary.

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 in 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 $200,000 USD 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.

We recommend using either Wanderwell or World Nomads to purchase your policy. The Wanderwell “Preferred Plan” or the World Nomads “Explorer Plan” will cover all included activities on U30X trips. Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, selected by Under30Experiences.

If you have travel insurance with your credit card we require proof of purchase of the trip in the form of a receipt or credit card statement on a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.

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 eateries, 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 to refill where clean water is available.
  • 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. 

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.

Passport & Visas

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 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 Mexico beautiful. Travelers are responsible for purchasing and transporting their own water throughout the day while in Mexico.

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

Please consult with your doctor before traveling regarding physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter Mexico City from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests routine vaccines for all travelers. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.

More specific health information for travelers to Mexico can be found at the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

The official currency is the Mexican Peso. The symbol for the Mexican Peso is $. To distinguish this from the US Dollar, you sometimes see it presented as MX$ or the value with the letters “MN” after it, e.g. $100 MN.

We suggest bringing $200 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.

ATMs are available in the cities and towns we visit. Although you can withdraw cash from any ATM, it's a good idea to come with some local currency just in case.

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 XE Currency Exchange App.

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.

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

Although most parts of Europe are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering around any town at night, especially alone. 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

The weather in the Yucatan Peninsula is warm and comfortable year-round. During your trip, you can expect lows in the upper 60s to low 70s and highs in the lower 90s. 

June through September are more likely to see rain showers. Don’t forget to bring your light rain jacket and to check the local weather before your departure. 

cultural information

Merida

Merida is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan and stands out for its vibrant colonial and Mayan heritage. It is located just 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to its tropical climate.

Merida is nicknamed the “white city” due to the primary color of most buildings and the high level of cleanliness that the residents of Merida successfully maintain. 

Campeche

Campeche is a southeastern Mexican state that borders the Gulf of Mexico and was named a World Heritage Site in 1997. 

Campeche is in the tropics, meaning that it also has a humid climate with a defined rainy season and a relatively dry season from late winter to early spring. 

Key Phrases in Spanish:

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

Tipping Customs

While tipping isn’t customary, it is certainly appreciated especially when you have received great service.  Be sure to tip in the local currency (pesos) to ensure the recipient does not have to pay additional fees when exchanging.  Here are some common guidelines to follow:

  1. Dining at a sit down restaurant = 15-20% of the check. 
  2. Bell boy  ($2-3 USD)  
  3. Hotel cleaning staff- $5 USD per night per room

Optional Activities

Due to the short nature of this trip, there will not be a lot of time for optional activities. However, if you would like to arrive early or stay later, there are plenty of activities in the area.

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?

Extending your stay in the Yucatán and looking to stay under budget? Check out less expensive accommodation options on HostelWorld!

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