Maya Riviera And Merida


Maya Riviera And Merida


11 Days / 10 Nights

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The paradise of Quintana Roo is found in the South of Mexico along a peninsula. It is blessed with lush green natural beauty as well as a modern infrastructure, transparent waters and white sandy beaches. The tropical jungles of the region, protect incredible Mayan  cities and an incredible insight into this impressive civilization. The area encompasses Tulum, Cobá, Ichkabal and Konhunlich, with each site having its own special characteristics.

The Mayan forest of Quintana Roo is home to a wide range of animal species, attracting many visitors each year.  It is also home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, perfect for sub -aqua adventures such as diving and snorkeling where you can enjoy many underwater adventures to witness the marine species living there. 


Today, is arrival day at the Cancun International airport., We will collect you from the airport and head to the stunning Chichen Itza. If there is time along the way, we will stop off at the colourful colonial city of Valladolid.

    Today we will wake up at the crack of dawn to visit Chichen Itza before the crowds arrive. This impressive Mayan temple is famous for the Kukulkan pyramid, the ball court, the observatory, the nunnery and the sacrificial well.  The archaeological site remains in an excellent state of preservation. We will then head on to the city of Merida. 

      Today, we will visit the village of Uman, with its 16th century San Francisco de Asis church. This domed building made of stone, is gothic in appearance, and the centre-piece of the village along with its local market. Heading on for an hour or so more, we will reach Oxkintok meaning “three days of burning,” in the Mayan language. It is considered one of the most important settlements in the northern Yucatan and, possibly the oldest in the central Puuc region. Its location controlled the flow of commercial goods from the ...

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        After breakfast, we will head out to the Celestun Reserve, which is home to the stunning pink as well as more than 170 resident and migratory bird species that inhabit the area. We can also see crocodiles in the marshes, the green hawksbill and loggerhead turtles laying their eggs. We will have the time to relax in a secluded beach, pristine beach before we head back to Merida.

          Today we will head out on a cultural City tour which will take us back in time This “white City” maintains its character with its old paved streets and impressive buildings such as the Merida main Cathedral built in 1561, Casa de Montejo, government palace, municipal palace, theatres, parks and markets. Also the local cuisine is a must, as these Yucatecan dishes are world renowned! 

            Today we will head to the town of Tulum, stopping at Coba Archaeological Site, along the way. Coba literally translates to ‘waters stirred by the wind’, an appropriate Mayan name as this settlement is surrounded by two large lagoons. For many years Coba was an ignored piece of Mayan history due to its location, between Tulum and Valladolid due to the dense jungle surrounding it. This Mayan site is still largely unexcavated making it a true marvel of the Yucatan Peninsula.  

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              Today we will head to Muyil for a fascinating cultural immersion experience. A local nature guide will share the mysteries of the Muyil archaeological site. We will hike through the forest to the shore of a turquoise lagoon called Chunyaxche, where we can jump in the fresh water canal and “float on the calm waters for a relaxing experience. We will then enjoy a Mayan lunch, before we return to the hotel. 

                After breakfast, we will visit the village to enjoy an authentic experience in a Mayan community and where the local people open their homes. We can learn all about the local people, their traditions, customs, and trade. These traditions have been passed through generations and a legacy of their Mayan ancestors. We will learn about Maya Medicine plants, Henequen spinning demonstration, textiles, legends and storytelling. 

                 We will then visit Tihosuco and its church and convent dedicated to the Divine Child. Show more

                  Today we will head to Punta Allen, to see dolphins, turtles and many bird species. We will board the boat to sail through lagoons, mangroves and the caribbean sea. We can snorkel on the second largest reef in the world and swim with a variety of colourful fish, turtles and starfish. We can also appreciate the birdlife and spot other marine animals.

                    After breakfast, we will head to the Tulum National Park. El Castillo, which is the tallest building at the Tulum site, offers spectacular views over the Caribbean. Here we will take the time to do some snorkeling an d once more appreciate the magnificent barrier reef. 

                    We will then enjoy a free afternoon to relax in the beach. 

                      Today is the final day of this adventure and we will drop you at the Cancun International airport in time for your international flight back home or onto your next exciting destination. 

                        WHAT'S INCLUDED

                        • All private ground transportation during your trip for tours and transfers mentioned according to the program
                        • 7 nights of lodging in Mexico
                        • 7 breakfasts (American and continental)
                        • 2 picnic lunches
                        • Professional English guide for tours
                        • Entrances fees and activities to the sites of visit mentioned in the itinerary
                        • Celestun Boat Tour 
                        • Hotel Taxes

                        WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                        • Extra charges for payments with credit card
                        • Travel insurance for trip cancellation, medical services, or evacuation
                        • Meals not described
                        • Departure tax
                        • Domestic or International flights
                        • Alcoholic and no alcoholic beverages
                        • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, etc
                        • Gratuities for drivers and guides
                        • Services not described

                        Trip Preparation & FAQS

                        Guides & Drivers:

                        2.2. Protective Measures and Equipment to consider:

                        2.2.1. Mandatory Equipment:


                        • Face mask

                        • Tied Hair (in case of having long hair)

                        • Closed Shoes (not sandals)

                        • Constant use of Hand Sanitizer

                        • Use pants with the uniform (not shorts)

                        • Sanitize your backpack and equipment constantly when providing services

                        • Limit the use of accessories (wallets, fanny packs, watches, etc.)

                        • Avoid sharing glasses, spoons, bottles, etc.

                        • Avoid the use of reusable tissues, make use of disposable towels or napkins

                        • Make use of the digital thermometer

                        • Avoid wearing a tie or scarf




                        3.1. Tourist Guide Service


                        • Maximum 1 Guide for every 14 visitors

                        3.2. Tourist Reception

                        • Welcome: greet without physical contact and maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters.


                        3.3. Delivery of Preventive Utensils

                        • Take the temperature of Each Visitor

                        • Hand Sanitizer

                        • Masks, if necessary.

                        • Gloves

                         Physical distancy and wear masks in public spaces are mandatory for clients, guides and drivers.

                        We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                        We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

                        We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                        As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                        We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                        Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                        VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                        Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                        Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                        Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                        Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                        We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                        We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                        We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                        The official currency in Mexico is the mexican peso (MXN). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                        Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                        As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations.  An example of our sustainable projects:

                        Sustainable Tourism Policy

                        Our partner, Martsam Travel, organizes trips focused on sustainability while respecting the natural environment, the communities, and their traditions, trying as much as possible to use suppliers committed to sustainability practices, and collaborating with them in the implementation of these practices that lead us to raise the quality of the services offered.

                        Environmental Friendliness (Eco-Friendly):

                        All the activities of the company are analyzed, and it considered in order to avoid, mitigate, reverse or compensate any kind of environmental impact, since the natural environment is an essential part of our product and therefore is vital for our daily survival.

                        Social and Cultural Responsibility

                        It implies that the company analyzes and takes into account the social and cultural background of the sites and their areas of influence, in which it develops activities, so that these result benefits the local inhabitants as much as possible. The cultural environment is the most charismatic part of our product and therefore conserving it is conserving our way of life.

                        Financial Sustainability

                        We make sure that our operation generates profits for the local communities and make sure the benefits are real, we also ensure that the payments to the services they provide are fair.

                        Our partner, Martsam Travel, cooperates with different service providers such as hotels, restaurants, community projects, leaders, and local guides, relying on the “Best Practices Agreement in Sustainable Tourism”, established with the Rainforest Alliance in 2006.

                        Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                        Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

                        The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                        This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                        For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: + (502) 5417-5517

                        At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. An example of our sustainable projects: Conservation in Ria Lagartos,

                        Conservation in Selestun, Merida Yucatan

                         Conservation at Sian Kan Reserve and Muyil Archaeological Site,

                        Visit local families, markets, etc

                        Visit communiarian projects at Señor and Tihosuco in Quinta Roo,

                        Projects at Oaxaca with artisanal agave production.

                        All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: + (502) 5417-5517. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                        This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                        This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                        The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                        Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                        Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                        For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                        In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                        In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                        It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your  program.

                        We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. Depending on your destination, at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.

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