Mexico - Yucatán Experience

Tequila, tacos, sombreros, cenotes, fiestas & Cervezas, amigo. If you know all those words, and like all of these things, then you need to do this trip. If you don’t know all these words, you definitely need to do this trip. This 10-day loop of Mexico’s Yucutan peninsula, like our other trips in some of the worlds most spectacular destinations, gets the balance just right for young, fun, adventurous travellers like you. The beautiful Caribbean coastline, awe-inspiring fresh water Cenotes, 7 colour lagoons, the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, la fiesta in Merida and plenty of beach-side parties in Cancun and Tulum.

When we say classic, we mean the perfect balance of culture, adventure, beaches and parties. High number of inclusions, low cost. Tru-ly authentic experiences from home-stays & hostels to beach huts, hotels and boats. A classic tour means maximum adventure, minimum hassle. Built for backpackers by backpackers.

What's Included

Airport Pickup
(up to two days before as long as you are booked into the start hotel)

Travel Ninja
Your Guide! Like travelling with your best mates and one of them happens to know where they're going!

All Transport Included Private Van Transfer

10 Nights Accommodation Dorms & Twin Share

Isla Holbox Chichen Itza Guided Tour 7 Colour Lagoon - Bacalar Tulum Ruins

1 x Lunch

The first stop on our incredible Mexico's Yucatán Experience tour is Cancún! This stuning hotel is situated on the Riviera Maya, is located just 20 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the ADO bus station where you can catch a $1 ride to the closest beach, fancy a relaxing day? The pool's pretty cool too!. Perfection!

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

After a fun night out in Cancún, our hotel in Isla Holbox is the ideal place for recovery. We're talking about a beach on its doorstep and a huge pool if you really can't manage to move! Stylish wood interior, a veranda or balcony with every room and palm trees galore, if this isn't the perfect place for a bit of R&R, we don't know what is!

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

After Isla Holbox, we go inland! Our lovely, authentic hotel in Merida is located in the historic centre of Mérida and is just a 10-minute walk from Merida's Cathedral, within walking distance from lots of local restaurants so you can get a real feel for Mexican cuisine and culture! If you want to escape from city life a bit, this hotel has an outdoor pool that you can paddle around in, which is set in a stunning garden.

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

Right on the edge of Bacalar's lagoon, this beautiful hotel features a garden and a terrace, so when you're swimming in the outdoor pool (or the hot tub, if you're not hot enough already in the Mexican heat), you feel like you're right in the middle of tropical rainforest.

At the hotel, each room is fitted with a wardrobe, bed linen and a balcony with a lake view... you lucky thing!

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

Welcome to jungle heaven. Well, that's our hostels vibe in Tulum. Surrounded by luscious greenery and hammocks, you'll be getting those Insta worthy Tulum vibes here. From a lively bar, to a hot tub and pool area. It's the perfect place to get to know the TruFam and try a colourful cocktail or 2.

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

This hotel is just 4 blocks from Playa del Carmen Beach but if an outdoor pool is more your vibe, then not to fear!!! This hotel has a great outdoor pool on its sun terrace. Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, there are lots of shops and restaurants to check out nearby so there's lots to keep you going in your final destination. This hotel is also quite close to Cancún airport so onward travel is as easy as pie!

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

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Bucket List
Chichen Itza
Tequila Tasting

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11
Day 1

Airport Pick Up

When you think of Cancun, you might think spring break students running wild. Well, there is that, but if that’s not your scene then just avoid that time of year, easy peasy! Regardless of what floats your boat, Cancun is a party paradise set against a backdrop of turquoise, Caribbean ocean and white sand beaches. It’s also where we start this trip because it’s near the airport and Cancun is as good a place as any to ease into the trip! Arrive at the airport and we'll pick you up and take you to the hotel. Let’s get this show on the road! Want to explore like a local? Wander over to Market 28, Plaza Las Americas, and Puerto Cancún to browse dozens of Mexican clothing boutiques and accessory stalls. In the evening, It’s time for our welcome dinner where you can get to know your new travel friends aka TruFam, over dinner and a few Cervezas (that’s beers for you uncultured swines) by the pool or on the beach. Salud!

Airport Pick Up
Birds eye view of cancun, Mexico - sea with tall buildings on land
Day 2

Isla Holbox

After a long flight and a night on the town getting to know your group a bit better, you probably could do with a bit of R&R, and we couldn’t think of anywhere better than the Island of Holbox for that. A real piece of paradise, seriously beautiful beaches, no cars, loads of funky beach bars with live music and zero stress or troubles insight. Isla Holbox is home to tropical marine life, so make sure you jump in and explore! Although, if you fancy something a little more chill then how do sea hammocks sound? Dreamy right, we told you it was paradise! If you need us, you’ll find us in the hammocks! Just hanging out, ya know (see what we did there). Spend your day relaxing and chillaxing getting ready for the next day as our Yucatan adventure continues tomorrow!

Holbox Island
Transfer to Holbox, Beach Day
A picturesque shot of a road lined with palm tree in Isla Holbox, Mexico
Day 3

Three Island Boat Trip

Enjoy a lie-in before we jump onto a boat to explore 3 UNREAL locations, just you wait. First up is Bird Island, which is home to many beautiful birds that you will only find here! Next up is ‘’Eye Of The Water’’ cenote, a large natural pool with freshwater springs in the middle of mangroves, sounds like something straight out of a movie, but it’s real! The bright turquoise pool is located just a few metres away from the sea, so make sure your cameras are all charged as you won’t want to miss this very rare sight! Last but definitely not least, we’re off to Passion Island which is home to flocks of PINK FLAMINGOS! This is truly an amazing experience, to be able to see these wonderful birds in their natural habitat! And hey, now is a good time for us to remind you to be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons, TruFam! Next, it’s time to hop back onto our boat, enjoy a few beers if you fancy it (or drink of choice, you do you boo) and hopefully catch a stunning sunset! And if we’re even luckier we might see the bioluminescence in the ocean after dark, some immaculate vibes, let us tell you!

Boat Trip To Bird Island, Eye Of The Water & Passion Island
Day 4

Mayan site of Chichen Itza

Today is the day! We are off to one of the seven wonders of the world, The Mayan Site of Chichen Itza, a must-see when in Mexico (duh!). We will leave Holbox early to set off to the wondrous monument! Once we arrive, we’ll have a guided tour to learn about the fascinating history of the site and of the Mayan civilisation. Trust us, you won’t forget this moment! After marvelling at the site and ticking it off our bucket list, one of the seven wonders done, it’s time to head to Cenote Yokdzonot. Have a dip in the stunning turquoise water, go on, you know you want to, you are at one of Yucatan’s most incredible natural swimming pools after all! Once we’ve had an afternoon splashing about, floating on our backs and looking up to an unreal view, or just chilling and admiring the cenote, it’s, unfortunately, time to leave. Sigh. But fear not, more good times are pending as we head off to Merida and arrive in the early evening. We’ll go on an orientation walk around the city to see all the spectacular sights. Welcome to Merida!

Chichen Itza Guided Tour, Cenote Yokdzonot, Merida orientation walk
A group of people posing in front of the glorious wonder of the world Chichen-Itza
A scenic image of The Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico with a blue sky in the background
Day 5

Three Cenote Tour & Tequila Tasting

Today we venture slightly outside of Merida, and we will be cycling between three stunning cenotes, with a spot of lunch along the way of course! After we’ve spent our day chilling and swimming in the Cenotes, we’ll head back to Merida to chill out for a few hours, before it’s time to get ready for our evening! Cycling shoes off, dancing shoes ON! Prepare to get those taste buds tingling as we head out to sample some delicious local food, or what we like to call, the ultimate Mexican feast! Tacos & burritos galore! So you are in Mexico (which you already know) but you can’t come to Mexico and not go tequila tasting. Which is why our next activity for the evening is just that! Well, it’s tequila and mescal tasting to be exact. Tequila is also the national liquor of Mexico! You know what they say when life gives you lemons.. Shot tequila! After we’re all tequila’d out, it’s time to put our salsa dancing skills to the test at one of the many bars with live music Merida has to offer. Told you we would need our dancing shoes!

3 Cenote Tour with Bicycles & Tequila Tasting
1 X Lunch
An aerial shot of a blue Cenote showing the bright blue water, luscious greenery, and people swimming in the water
A shot of a colourful rainbow sign reading Merida in Mexico
A scenic photo of a yellow building and busy street in the city of Merida, Mexico
A group of individuals pose in front of the clear blue waters if Cenote Ik Kil.
Day 6

Travel to Bacalar

Rise and shine! This morning we wave goodbye to Merida and set off to Bacalar, arriving in the early afternoon. This afternoon we’ll head to Bacalar Lagoon (which has the clearest blue water might we add!). Spend your time here either just chilling and lounging on the sand, taking a kayak/paddleboard out for a little exploring, or just taking a nice refreshing dip. Whatever you fancy! In the evening we’ll find a lovely spot by the water to watch the sunset *cue oooh’s and aaah’s* with a few beers (optional of course). 10/10 end to the day we’d say!

Transfer to Bacalar
A shot of the emerald green palm trees and vibrant clear blue ocean in Bacalar, Mexico
A scenic view of the waterfront in Mexico, showing a hammock, a jetty and bright blue water
Day 7

7 Colour Lagoon

We know what your thinking, we must really love lagoons because YES we are off to another one, but this time it’s the 7 colour lagoon! And it is totally worth it. Why it is 7 colours or how is it 7 colours you ask? Well, we’re no scientist’s, but we do know that it’s because the clear waters and white sandy bottom of the lagoon cause different shades of turquoise, blue and deep indigo to appear. But we can just pretend it’s magic because you’ve got to see it to believe just how amazing it is. Throughout the day we’ll stop at several places along the way to cool off, get those photos for the ‘gram and of course, we can’t be going hungry, so we’ll stop off for some lunch as well! What an epic week so far!

7 Colour Lagoon Boat Trip
A scenic shot of two huts and a jetty in the stunning bright blue clear ocean in Bacalar, Mexico
A stretch of bright blue clear water, surrounded by luscious greenery in Bacalar, Mexico.
Day 8

Travel to Tulum

Did someone say trendy beachside town? Hell yeah, we did! We are off to Tulum today, where we can spend the afternoon exploring the town and seeing what this funky beachside town has to offer or simply relax on the white sandy beaches. Vamos a La Playa!! Once we’ve had our beach fix, it’s time to head into own for tonight’s dinner and drinks with the rest of the TruFam, cheeeers!

Transfer to Tulum
A scenic shot of the beach ruins in Tulum, Mexico showing the stunning bright blue ocean and golden sandy beach
beach beds on beach with palm trees and the sea in the distance
A scenic shot of the coast in Tulum, Mexico, showing the bright blue clear sea, white sandy beach and surrounded beach houses
A shot of a wooden statue in Tulum, Mexico.
A pair enjoying drinks at a vibrant bar.
Day 9

Tulum Ancient Ruins

In the morning, we head to Tulum archaeological site in the Riviera Maya to explore the ancient Mayan ruins. Sounds like a mesmerising sight to see anyway right? Well, now imagine the brightest of blue ocean and white sandy beach as a backdrop, it’s tru-ly one of a kind so make sure those cameras are all charged up and ready to go! Wait till the ‘gram hears about that *wink wink*. After marvelling at this spectacular view, we head down to the beach to take a refreshing dip as it looks extremely inviting, and enjoy a cocktail (or two, or three, you decide) at one of the groovy lil’ beach lounges. This is the life.

Tulum Ruins & Beach
A scenic shot of the Ancient ruins on the beach in Tulum, Mexico showing the pristine sand, bright blue ocean and sky with luscious surrounding greenery & palm trees
Day 10

Playa Del Carmen

Ok, so we have a thing for stunning lagoons, but we also have a thing for amazing beaches (if you didn’t figure that out already) and that’s why we are off to Playa Del Carmen, which is a popular resort town by the beach! You can spend your time here doing some shopping for souvenirs or just to treat yourself (you deserve it), or relax on the beach and top up that tan to fulfil that summer glow we all dream about. The choice is yours! All good things must come to an end, which means it’s time for our farewell dinner and drinks in this lively, exciting town. Let’s make this a night to remember or not to remember depending on how many tequila sunrises you have but we don’t judge!

Playa Del Carmen
Transfer to Playa Del Carmen
A shot of a street in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, with colourful flags, palm trees and surrounding market stalls.
Hammock on beach with blue sea and sky behind
A picturesque shot of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico showing the bright blue sky, golden sand beach and palm trees.
Day 11

Chilled Check Out

Time really does fly when you’re having fun. How is it day 11 already? Well, we aren’t so sure either, but we know it’s been one heck of a trip, with memories and friends made for a lifetime. We’re sad to see you go, but that just means you’ll have to come back again soon! If your adventure doesn’t stop there, our TruNinjas will be happy to help with any onward travel but if it’s homebound then don’t be a stranger! Stay epic, TruFam, it’s been a dream!

Ready to get to Mexico? Check out our departure dates and get pumped for your Yucatán - Experience! 




Playa Del Carmen
A group photo at sunset on the beach in Thailand

Trips Departure Dates


Where does the trip start & finish?

The trips start's in Cancún and finishes in Playa Del Carmen.

What airport do I need to fly into?

You will need to fly into Cancún International Airport (CUN).

What is the closest airport to the end destination?

Cancún International Airport (CUN).

How do I get back to the start destination and how much does it cost?

Takes approximately 1 hour via taxi & costs around £65.

What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

Twin bedroom and shared dorm room accommodation

How much is a pre-night accommodation?

Pre-night accommodation is £65 per night.

What is the currency?

The currency used in Mexico is Mexican Peso.

What visa do I need for Mexico?

You don't need a visa to enter Mexico but you’ll need to complete an immigration form and have this with you when you enter and leave Mexico.

Are there any COVID precautions in place for my trip?

Yes! We’re doing everything we can to make your trip as safe and stress- free as possible. All trips are run with enhanced safety and hygiene protocols advised by the FCO (Foreign Commonwealth Office) & WHO (World Health Organisation) including only working with partners who uphold the same standard and are taking the maximum amount of precautions. From switching to private transport where possible to offering private room upgrades, we’ve got all areas covered to ensure your trip is an amazing one!

What happens If I can’t travel due to COVID?

We’re only operating in countries that are open without quarantine and are safe and easy to travel in. That being said if you could no longer travel due to COVID or if something were to arise our TruCrew are always here to give you some TLC and to go through your options. Think of us as ya BFF’s, the fun auntie/uncle of the family who loves a drink or your travel guardian angels. We're not fussed.

Is my money protected?

Yep! You will never lose your money. You’re protected. TruTravels is both ABTA and ATOL registered meaning your money is safe. We also offer 1 free date change before 60 days of your departure date.

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