"Take Mexico at your own pace and discover Mayan treasures, both above ground and underwater along the way!"
Get in the saddle and get pedalling, as this cycling tour of the Mayan Riviera in Mexico offers you the perfect opportunity to explore the country without spending your time in a cramped tourist bus. The bike route offers a diverse mix of the best of what Mexico has to offer: Chichén Itzá and Tulum are perfect for those who are keen to discover Mayan ruins and experience Mexico’s cultural history, whereas Cozumel and Isla Mujeres are prime beach paradise spots for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. And that’s not to mention the wildlife and locals that you’ll meet along the way!
Not only will you get the chance to swim in crystal-clear natural pools called ‘cenotes’, explore ancient archeological sites and chillax on Mexico’s heavenly beaches, you’ll also encounter ‘real life’ Mexico; cycling through Mayan villages and Mexican jungles gives you the chance to meet the locals, and to get a real taste of the culture of the country. The terrain is flat and if you get tired, you can always have a break in the support van! So whether you’re a hardcore bike enthusiast, or simply keen to explore a country in an alternative way, then this is the tour for you.
The deep green forests and azure lagoons of tropical America are the inspiration behind EcoColors’ vibrant designation. As well as keeping nature in the name, this sustainable tour operator also aims to put nature, and the preservation of natural environments, at the forefront of its operations. EcoColors’ mission is to deliver innovative and exclusive ecotours in the biologically and culturally rich ‘Mayan World’ of Mexico, and to enhance their travellers’ understanding of the natural environments they visit through ‘quality, warmth and education’. All of the company’s tours aim to show off Mexico’s natural wonders, whilst also contributing to the research and ongoing protection of the country’s natural areas.
EcoColors understands that natural habitats are fragile; the company therefore keeps group numbers small, in order to not exceed the biological ‘carrying capacity’ of ecosystems. EcoColors’ tours also contribute to local economies by incorporating visits to rural areas, thereby supporting the communities that inhabit these areas. To ensure that they stay at the forefront of any developments in the field of sustainability, EcoColors works with multiple research organisations including the WWF and the Ecotourism Society. By adopting a collaborative, multi-organisation approach, these agencies are better able to protect natural habitats and their inhabitants.
Life’s a Beach: After transferring to Playa del Carmen and checking in to your hotel, you’ll have the chance to relax on your first day. You can chill on the beach, try out the nearby restaurants and just get settled in to prepare for the days of cycling, sightseeing and excitement ahead of you.
Cozumel and Cycle: It’s time to get in the saddle! You’ll ride a short way to a nearby ferry, where it is only a 40-minute journey to reach the paradise island of Cozumel. Here you’ll have the chance to explore both dry land and wet, snorkelling in the second largest barrier reef system in the world, exploring the crystal clear water and cycling the well-paved roads to take in the breathtaking views of the island. In the afternoon, a van will come and whisk you away to Tulum, the next spot on the agenda.
Cenotes, cycling and culture in Tulum: Tulum is the home of the only beachfront ruins in the world, giving you the chance to combine history with paradise. You’ll cycle to Valladolid, passing through many Mayan villages and encountering the jungle en route. You’ll also get the chance to take a dip in Mexico’s world-renowned cenotes, which are naturally formed turquoise blue pools, filled with fish, turtles and other marine life. A quick dip is the perfect cool-down after a day of cycling!
Get Pedalling to Chichén Itzá: In Chichén Itzá, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, you’ll find some of the most impressive Mayan pyramids still in existence. Even better, unlike the tourists crammed in buses, you’ll enjoy the wind in your hair as you cycle there from the colonial town of Valladolid, giving you the chance to make the most of the Mayan villages, churches and nature along the way. To celebrate the final night, you’ll have a group dinner in Cancun.
Goodbye Paradise: Having covered an impressive 224 km (132 miles) during your tour, you’ll finish with a short relaxing ride around the tropical haven of Isla Mujeres, a beautiful island that is easy to reach from Cancún. This will be the perfect end to your trip before you head off home or on to your next adventure.
- Price shown is per person, based on double occupancy
- The price for a single traveler is approximately £890 per person
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- Refund policy: by 4 months or more refund is 100%, by 3-4 months 90%, by 2-3 months 70%, by 1-2 months 50% and by less than 1 month no refund.
- Land transportation
- Entrance fees
- The services of a bilingual guide
- Bike rental (approx. £80)
- Helmet and bike shoes
- Lunches and dinners
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Anything else not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' to chat to the operator directly!