Day 1 – Travel to Cancun, Mexico
Fly to Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico,
where your Program Leader will welcome you.
After checking in at your hotel you will have dinner at a typical
Day 2 – Xcaret Eco Park
This morning you’ll take a
full-day excursion to Xcaret, a natural eco-park where you will encounter
indigenous plant and animal life, take a rafting trip down a river and through
caves, learn about ancient Mayan civilization and culture, and have an
opportunity to snorkel and swim with dolphins! In the evening you’ll
return to your hotel for dinner.
Day 3 – Snorkeling at Ixlache
Reef and Contoy Island
After breakfast at your
hotel, you will board your cruise vessel to Ixlache Reef and Contoy Island. At
Ixlache Reef you will have the opportunity for snorkeling among coral reefs,
sea turtles, and fishes of every color of the rainbow. Later in the morning you
will join the few tourists allowed to visit Contoy Island every day. This national park and wildlife refuge is
home to various turtles and dozens of species of birds. Here you will join a
naturalist guide on a tour of the island, after which you have plenty of time
to wander on a trail, visit a nesting lagoon or lounge on the beach. In the
evening you’ll return to your hotel for dinner.
Day 4 - Chichen Itza with an Archaeologist & Merida
After an early breakfast at
your hotel, depart for Chichen Itza where you will join your specialized guide
for an in-depth tour of the site. Enjoy the tranquility of your early-morning
visit before the crowds arrive. Your
archaeologist guide will explain how this large pre-Colombian city played an
important role in Mayan civilization from around A.D. 600 to 1200, and remained
a center of worship and pilgrimage until the arrival of the Spanish. Even
today, it is still considered a sacred site by the Yucatán peninsula’s Mayan
population. This massive ceremonial center contains many impressive monuments
and is home to the famous pyramid, the Temple of Kukulkan, also known as El
Castillo. You’ll also see the Great Ball Court, the Sacred Cenote, the
Platform of the Eagles and Jaguars, the Platform of Venus and more. After
your visit you’ll have lunch and then continue to the colonial city of
Merida. Upon arrival you’ll take a guided city tour, enjoy some free time
to shop, and then enjoy dinner together. After dinner, you will drive to
Celestun and check into your hotel.
Day 5 – Celestun Biosphere
Celestun is a quaint fishing
village located in the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, home of hundreds of species
of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, many of them in danger of
After breakfast at your
hotel, you will take a boat ride through an estuary and mangrove forest. Here you will have the opportunity to witness
one of the largest flocks of flamingos in the world in their natural habitat. From your boat you will be able to see lots
of marine and terrestrial animals that find their home among the mangrove trees.
In the afternoon you will return to your hotel and have dinner.
Day 6 – Return to Cancun via Traditional Villages
Breakfast at your hotel and
early departure by bus back to Cancun.
Along the way you will stop at traditional small villages where your
guide will share with you about the traditions and history of this captivating part
of Mexico. You will enjoy lunch en route
and dinner back in Cancun.
Day 7 – Cancun
After breakfast at the
hotel, you will time to explore the world famous beaches of Cancun. You will have lunch together and, later, a
special farewell dinner where you will celebrate the conclusion of your Mexican
Day 8 – Departure
Today your Mexico program
comes to a close as you depart for your flight back to the US.