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Backroads to the Beach

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Mexico  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Archeology/History  
Season: January - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 800 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 800 US Dollar (USD)

On this 3 week Regular-difficulty tour we start and end in Mérida. We will see most of what the northern Yucatan has to offer; cenotes, Mayan ruins, both gulf and carribean beaches, wetland birds and flamingos, haciendas, friendly Mayan villages and beautiful colonial towns and cities, and of course pleasant quiet roads to cycle on.

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Mérida
Yucatan cuisine, Colonial Architecture, Zocalo, 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.

Day 2: Mérida to Ticul (77km)
Picturesque Towns, Mayan villages, quiet roads, ex-haciendas, cenotes
We'll pass through many small Mayan villages and ex-haciendas. There are also some cenotes to be discovered along the way.

Day 3: Ticul to Sta. Elena (via Muna) (53km)
Uxmal Mayan ruins, some hills
We have a short day of cycling today to give us ample time to explore the deservedly famous Uxmal Mayan ruin. Of course the get there we have to get over the ridge of the Puuc hills, and it's a good little climb. We end the day in a beautiful eco-hotel in Santa Elena.

Day 4: Sta. Elena
rest day. Enjoy the nature. Climb up to the town church for sunset.
Take a walk around the beautiful eco-paradise that we're staying in. Learn about the native trees and other flora. Spot some exotic birds if you can. Relax. Take a walk into town, climb up to the church and watch the sun set into a sea of green forests.

Day 5: Sta Elena to Oxcutzcab (52km)
Puuc route Mayan ruins, Hacienda Tabi, quiet hilly backroads
Today we will ride the Puuc route along a winding road through rolling terrain, stopping along the way to visit a number of different Mayan ruins, including Kabah, Labna and Sayil. We will then visit the beautiful restored ex-hacienda Tabi and then continue on to Oxcutzcab.

Day 6: Oxcutzcab to Tekax (40 km hilly)
hills and backroads, colonial town, classic Yucatecan cuisine
Today we ride long the backroads through ever more hilly terrain to Tekax, a colonial Mayan town with 16th and 17th century churches.

Day 7: Tekax to Tekit (via Cantamayec) (100km)
Longest day, scenic backroads
We will meaner along some beautiful narrow, quiet backroads today on our longest day of cycling, taking us to the small Mayan town of Tekit.

Day 8: Tekit to Izamal (85km)
Rolling hills, backroads, cenotes
We start the day on some very quiet backroads with some rolling hills. In Cuzama we will stop for a little break and the famous Cuzama cenote trip. Continuing on more quiet backroads, at the end of the day we find ourselves in the splendid colonial yellow town of Izamal.

Day 9: Izamal
Mayan Ruins, huge pyramid, Convent, Zocalo, Market, beautiful Izamal, the best tacos in Mexico!
Known as the Yellow Town because of the colour 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 the most voluminous Mayan pyramids in the Yucatan. You can also visit the colourful market, or just stroll around the beautiful zocalo observing the daily routines of the local inhabitants.

Day 10: Izamal to Pisté (via Stilpech, Tunkas and Dzitas) (71km)
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 Pist&eacute we can see the light and sound show of Chichen-Itza, and explore the ruins early tomorrow morning.

Day 11: Piste to Ek Balam village (via Valladolid or via Espita) (88-90km)
quiet roads, tiny Mayan village
More backroads take us to the little visited village of Ek Balam where we'll stay at a community run eco-hotel. No rush to visit the Mayan ruins - there's a rest day tomorrow.

Day 12: Ek Balam
Ek Balam Mayan ruins. Rest day. Nature. Cenote. Authentic Mayan food.
Explore the impressive Mayan ruins of Ek' Balam with its unique winged sculptures and visit the nearby cenote. Enjoy living within nature at our community run eco-hotel in the forest and check out the lookout tower.

Day 13: Ek Balam to Coba (85km)
backroads, small villages
Another day, another bunch of backroads. Today we end up in the little village of Coba, rest up, the ruins are first thing tomorrow morning!

Day 14: Cobá to Tulum (55km)
Coba Mayan Ruins, Cenotes, Beach, snorkel, Scuba-Diving, Tulum ruins, beach camping possible
We'll visit Coba Mayan ruins first thing in the morning, and then cycle on to Tulum. Deep in the jungle, Cobá is the site of an ancient Mayan city whose ruins (an estimated 6500 buildings) are for the most part still covered by dense jungle vegetation. Covering over 10 square kilometers, unexcavated remnants are beginning to emerge from countless hill-like mounds. To reach the only recently uncovered ruins, you will make your way along tunnel-like trails, through the dense jungle. Beautiful birds, spider monkeys rustling the tops of trees, lizards slithering out of your way, as well as fragrant plants and flowers will make your stay here unforgettable.

Day 15: Tulum
Tulum ruins, beach. Bus to Cancun or Mérida to fly back home or stay a while longer
Bus back to Merida or Cancun to fly back home or stick around for a bit. It's best to tour the ruins first thing in the morning before the tourists and the heat overwhelm. Its graying temples and watchtower rise above wind-bent palm trees clinging to a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. After the ruins, why not go for a scuba dive or a snorkel, or perhaps you'd like to learn how to dive?

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price includes only the guiding fee. Accommodations (approx. $240) and meals (approx. $220) are NOT included

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