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Haciendas, Cenotes & Ruins

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Mexico  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 540 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 540 US Dollar (USD)

We offer no-frills guided, self supported Tours of the Pacific coast, the Sierra Madre mountains, the Yucatan peninsula, and the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca. Eating and sleeping where the locals do, we go inn-to-inn and eat at local markets and eateries. Our small groups are limited to 8 to 10 cyclists, plus your 2 friendly, fun and knowledgeable tour guides.

Colonial Mérida to Valladolid. This is a REGULAR difficulty tour. We will enjoy the beautiful colonial architecture of several towns on this tour including Merida, Izamal and Valladolid. Mayan ruins that we visit include the famous Chichén-Iztá, Uxmal and several others including more in the Puuc hills. There are caves including Lol-Tun, and cenotes. A cenote is an opening to the immense underground lake and river system of the Yucatan; each one is spectacular and unique.

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Mérida
Yucatan cuisine, Murals, Colonial Architecture, market.
Mérida, the White City, was founded in 1542. Its architecture still shows an exquisite union of pre-Hispanic and European elements. During its Colonial era, this state capital was the most important city in the region, leaving such living monuments as the House of Montejo, Government Palace, and the main building of the University of Yucatan. Museums, theatres, handcrafts, nightclubs and beautiful parks have created a beautiful and vibrant city. Once settled into our hotel room, we will experience Méridas delicious culinary tradition at one of Merida's numerous restaurants.

Day 2: Mérida to Ticul (83km of cycling)
Picturesque Towns, Mayan villages, quiet roads, ex-haciendas, cenotes, Uxmal Mayan Ruins.
We'll pass through many small Mayan villages and ex-haciendas. There are also many cenotes to be discovered along the way. Upon arriving in Ticul you'll jump into a van for a trip to the Mayan ruins at Uxmal and back.

Day 3: Ticul to Oxcutzcab (via ruta Puuc Mayan ruins & Loltún cave) (67km of cycling)
Rolling, hilly roads. Spectacular Mayan ruins and caves.
We'll visit several minor Mayan ruins almost completing a circuit. Near the end of our loop we visit Loltún caves; the largest and most interesting cave system in the Yucatán and end up in the town of Oxcutzcab.

Day 4: Oxcutzcab to Izamal (118km of cycling)
Quiet roads, no tourists, cenotes.
We start along the 'Convent Route' and then continue on even quieter roads. We'll pass through many small villages and have the chance to visit several spectacular cenotes.

Day 5: Izamal
Massive pyramid, Convent, Zocalo, Market ... The Best tacos in Mexico! Optional side trip.
Known as the Yellow Town because of the color of the colonial buildings that line the zocalo, Izamal is famous for having the largest church plaza in Mexico. It includes an enormous Franciscan convent (built with Mayan stones) and the remnants of one of the tallest Mayan pyramids in the Yucatan. You can also visit the colorful market, or just stroll around the beautiful zocalo observing the daily routines of the local inhabitants.

Day 6: Izamal to Pisté (via Stilpech, Tunkas and Dzitas) (71km of cycling)
Cenotes, quiet roads, small towns.
There are many cenotes and caves to visit along the way. An option detour will take us to the town of Cenotillo where there are even more cenotes and caves. In Pisté we can see the light and sound show of Chichén-Itzá, and explore the ruins early tomorrow morning.

Day 7: Pisté to Valladolid (45km of cycling)
Chichén-Itzá ruins, caves, cenotes, colonial town.
In the early morning we will visit the important Mayan-Toltec ruins of Chichén-Itzá, avoiding all the crowds. After that we have a short ride with many attractions on the way. The Balancanchen Caves are about 6 km before Pisté. They are believed to have been a center for Maya-Toltec worship. The impressive stalactites and the ceramic religious offerings left behind by the Maya-Toltec civilization are definitely worth a visit. Cenotes X-Keken and Samula are a few kilometers before Valladolid. We will stop in for a refreshing dip in their cool, limpid waters. Valladolid is another colonial gem well worth spending some extra time in after the tour is over.

Day 8: Bus back to Mérida
Yucatan cuisine, Murals, Colonial Architecture, market.
Mérida, the White City, was founded in 1542. Its architecture still shows an exquisite union of pre-Hispanic and European elements. During its Colonial era, this state capital was the most important city in the region, leaving such living monuments as the House of Montejo, Government Palace, and the main building of the University of Yucatan. Museums, theatres, handcrafts, nightclubs and beautiful parks have created a beautiful and vibrant city. Once settled into our hotel room, we will experience Méridas delicious culinary tradition at one of Mérida's numerous restaurants.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price includes only the guiding fee. Accommodations (approx. $110) and meals (approx. $95) are not included


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