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Mexico: Cenotes, ancient ruins, and whale sharks

Traverse the Yucatan peninsula visiting ancient underground rivers, pre-Colombian ruins, and snorkel with some of the most breathtaking sea life on the planet.

Family Friendly
7 Days, 6 Nights
Matador Trips
$2,299USD
Per Person
This trip includes everything but your flights and beachside beers! Leave the details to Matador Trips and join us on a full-service overland and boating adventure. All accommodation, transfers, activities, and guided tours included.
Dates & Guides
Availability
June 10th-June 16th, 2022
Flexible booking, 100% refund guarantee.
     

Highlights

What you'll do

1
Cenotes: an entrance to the underworld?

Believed by Mayans to be gateways to Xibalba, the underworld, otherworldly cenotes are uniquely awe-inspiring both under and above the water. We will explore unknown and uncrowded cenotes and focus on unique photographic methods for these unique magical underwater rivers.

2
Coba Archeological Site

Skip the tourist traps, we will venture to the Coba archeological site to avoid the crowds and explore Mayan ruins tucked into dense jungle populated by families of wild monkeys and colorful birds. Coba is tucked between two lagoons that make for amazing swimming and photo ops.

3
Swim with whale sharks

Enjoy the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with gentle and majestic whale sharks on our private excursion led by experienced and dedicated guides. The largest fish in the world, they can measure up to 20 meters long and if we are lucky we may see hundreds of whale sharks on our marine adventure.

4
Photo Education

Whether you are a pro photographer or just enjoy taking cool shots with your phone, our Matador photo instructors will work with you during informal photo walks and mini-workshops to take your personal travel photography to another level. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about underwater and nature photography.

5
A professional video of your epic adventure

Our professional in-house filmmaker will be documenting our adventure on a daily basis, and we will give you the video of this trip so that you can relive the adventure and share it with friends and family on social media.

6
The ultimate adventure with like-minded travelers

We curate groups of like-minded adventurers for the perfect vibe. Bring your friends and make new ones on this epic adventure.

7
Support local communities through sustainable travel

We aim to travel as consciously as possible. This trip supports environmental conservation and indigenous communities.

Where we’re going

Trip Details

What’s my itinerary?

Day 1: Cancun/Playa del Carmen

 

Matador Network will have 2 shuttle times for pickup from the Cancun (CUN) International Airport to bring you the 1 hour trip to Playa del Carmen. In Playa del Carmen you can check into your hotel at your leisure. 

 

Day 2: Playa del Carmen + Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve is home to thousands of species of birds, dolphins, and turtles and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will spend the day admiring the animals, extensive plantlike, and swimming in crystal clear waters.

 

 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 3: Playa del Carmen + Coba Archeological Site

After breakfast we will visit the ancient Mayan city of Coba, tucked inside of a dense jungle and full of animals including families of monkeys and colorful birdlife. We will have a private tour of the ruins as well as free time to enjoy the natural wonders of the surrounding jungles.

Meals included: Breakfast.

 

Day 4: Playa del Carmen + Cenote Tour

 

After breakfast we will depart for a private tour of two breathtaking cenotes, underwater sinkholes or rivers that were worshipped by the ancient Mayans. Here we can swim, relax, hike deep into the caves, and explore various methods of photography.

 

Meals included: Breakfast.

 

Day 5: Playa del Carmen + Holbox

 

After breakfast the group will depart for Holbox island in our luxury private transport. Once on the island everyone can enjoy a little free time before departing on a 2-island tour of Laguna Yalahua and Isla Pasión, where we can snorkel among schools of fish, turtles, and dolphins. The tour will also keep an eye out for numerous endemic bird species like flamingos.

 

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

 

 

Day 6: Isla Mujeres 

 

We depart early in the morning for Isla de Mujeres for one of the highlights of our trip, swimming with whale sharks. On the way to the island our expert guides will educate the group about whale shark behavior, conservation, and the ecosystem on Isla Mujeres.

 

Once we land on the island we will board a private boat and spend the day snorkeling and swimming with whale sharks while enjoying fresh fruits and a healthy lunch.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, snacks.

 

Day 7: Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen

After a final breakfast we will take the boat back to Playa del Carmen to depart at your leisure,

What’s included?
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • All land transportation
  • Round-trip ferry transportation to Holbox
  • Private cenote visits and tour
  • 2-island tour of Holbox
  • Sian Ka’an dolphin and turtle all day tour
  • Mangrove tour
  • Cenote tour
  • Coba ruins private tour and jungle monkey visit
  • Boat transportation to Isla Mujeres
  • Whale shark snorkeling tour with private boat
What’s not included?
  • Your flights to and from Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
  • Accommodation before and after the trip
  • Some meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Perfect weather
How many people will be on the tour?
  • The tour can accommodate up to 14 guests.
What’s the sleeping situation?
  • Accommodation is provided in 3-4 star hotels and jungle lodges and is based on 2-people per room.  For an additional fee private rooms can be arranged or Matador Trips is happy to arrange same-sex solo travelers a shared room.
Who is the trip for?
  • We encourage a wide mix of people, from old-time adventurers to short-break professionals to first-time travelers – they all contribute to a memorable experience. This trip is also suitable for families! Don’t hesitate to reach out for any special needs, requests, or accommodations.
Why is this trip so special?
  • Our small groups will ditch the tourist track and venture into lesser known areas of the Riviera Maya and the Yucatán to experience both ancient and modern wonders as well as untouched nature.
When does the trip depart and return?
  • We will pick you up from Cancun airport (CUN) on June 10th, 2022
  • Depart at your leisure from Cancun after a final group breakfast on June 16th, 2022
How do I get there?
  • Cancun, Mexico (CUN) is easily reached from most places in the world. For assistance with flights just let us know, we are happy to help!

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