Welcome to the enchanting Yucatán Peninsula, a paradise brimming with ancient wonders, breathtaking marine life, and the heartfelt hospitality of its people. Allow us to take you on a seven-day journey through the Yucatán, where you will begin by swimming with the magnificent Whale Sharks. Witnessing them up close in their natural habitat is a humbling experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a newfound appreciation for marine life conservation. where you will witness the majestic ruins of Chichen Itza, experience an awe-inspiring encounter with whale sharks, experience the spiritual cenotes and swim alongside graceful sea turtles. But perhaps what will leave the most lasting impression is the warmth and genuine friendliness of the locals, making this trip truly unforgettable. Adventure awaits in the azure waters off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Set out on a thrilling whale shark excursion, where you'll have the opportunity to swim alongside these gentle giants. Despite their imposing size, whale sharks are peaceful filter-feeding creatures that pose n...
From the moment you arrive at Cancun airport, a team member of Va Expeditions will be waiting for you at the airport to take you, in private transport, to your hotel. Today is a free day so you can take it easy after your international flight and absorb the wonderful warm weather and the warmth and hospitality of the Yucatecan people that will forever hold a special place in your heart.
Whale Shark Adventure:
Embarking on the whale shark excursion will be the highlight of your Yucatán journey, promising an exhilarating adventure like no other. You will be collected from your hotel by your experienced guides who will provide a comprehensive safety briefing and educate you about the whale sharks and the local marine ecosystem. Rest assured that responsible tour operators prioritize the well-being of these magnificent creatures and adhere to strict guidelines to ensure sustainable tourism. As your boat sets sail into the open waters of the Caribbean Sea, the ant...
As the sun rises, you'll embark on an enchanting journey to Akumal, also known as the "Place of Turtles" in the Mayan language. This coastal gem on the Riviera Maya is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and its resident sea turtle population. On arrival you will be greeted by passionate local guides who are dedicated to preserving and protecting the sea turtles and ...
Visit to a Cenote and the second largest barrier reef in the world!
Among the most captivating attractions are the cenotes and coral reefs, offering travelers an unforgettable experience of Mexico's rich biodiversity and geological marvels. We will head out on an extraordinary journ...
The captivating site of Chichen Itza is designated UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and bears witness to the brilliance of the ancient Mayan civilization. Its existence dates back to approximately 600 AD, and it served as a thriving city for centuries, boasting remarkable structures that reflect the Mayan's advanced knowledge in astronomy, mathematics, and architecture. Upon arrival at Chichen Itza, visitors are greeted with a sense of awe as they step into the world of ancient wonders. The entrance area hosts essential facilities like restrooms, gift sh...
Visit Isla Mujeres:
Take a ferry from the Hotel Zone to Isla Mujeres, a small island off the coast of Cancún. It offers a more laid-back atmosphere, stunning beaches, and opportunities for snorkeling or scuba diving in the MUSA Underwater Museum.
Explore El Rey Archaeological Zone:
Located within the Hotel Zone, this archaeological site features well-preserved Mayan ruins, including temples and structures. It's a great way to delve into the region's history without venturing far from the beach.
Shop at Mercado 28:
In Downtown Cancún, Me...
This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the Cancun airport. This marks the end of the uniquely impressive Amazing Yucatan Peninsula tour. We hope you have a safe trip home and a bag full of incredible memories of this 7-Day – Amazing Yucatan Peninsula tour by Va expeditions.
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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
III. SPECIFIC PREVENTION MEASURES
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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