Wildlife & Nature
Mexico Family Adventure
This Mexican adventure takes you across the Yucatan Peninsula uncovering and discovering the delights of this region, both nerw and old. Enjoy swimming in Cenotes, snorkelling in warm Caribbean water and lazing on Caribbean beaches. This trip isn't just about beaches though as we will explore the many Mayan ruins that can be found in this area including the incredible Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal and one of the Mayan's most visited sites, Chichen Itza. We will take a snorkelling tour and kayak through an intricate lagoon system, once part of an ancient Mayan trade route.
Arrive into La Ciudad Blanca (The White City) of Merida, founded in 1542. The city still retains much of its old-world charm with a well preserved Old town, wonderful museums and city streets alive with art and culture. There are no activities planned today until our welcome meeting at 6pm. For a taste of Merida's 19th century glory go for a walk along the mansion lined Paseo de Montejo or take time to visit the city's many parks or taste a cornucopia of ice-cream flavours at the many street-side stalls.
This morning we head out to Celestun, a small fishing village with beautiful beaches, wonderful wildlife and is only a short drive from Merida. We'll undertake a tour to see the many residents flamingos and other bird life that call the estuary home. The ecosystem is unique here due to a combination of fresh water from the estuary and salt water from The Gulf of Mexico. Celestun is also known as a hatching ground for endangered sea turtles and Wildlife conservationists have an ongoing project to protect the sea turtles from encroaching modernization.
We visit Cuzama today and get to go swimming in the Cenotes (natural underground reservoirs) before returning back to our hotel to relax by the pool or discover more of this charming city.
Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. The Yucatan peninsula of Mexico is blessed with lots of these natural swimming pools. Most cave cenotes have fresh water that has been meticulously filtered by the earth, making them so clear and pure that you can see straight through to small fish frolicking in the plant life below.
This morning we head into the ancient ruins of Uxmal to view the amazing Palace of the Governors, considered by many to be the finest example of classic Mayan architecture, and the mystical Pyramid of the Magician, which consists of 5 super-imposed temples.
They date from before the 10th century AD and are therefore over 1000 years old. We explore the site in the morning before heading onto the peaceful atmosphere and pastel-coloured buildings of Valladolid.
Adorned with serpents, masks and lattice work, the Maya ruins at Uxmal are remarkable - and it's possible to climb the staircases to access certain inner chambers.
This morning we drive for about 45 minutes to Chichen Itza which is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Itza which known as “El Castillo” (the castle), is one of the new seven wonders of the world elected in 2007. We have a tour and some free time here before driving another 30 minutes to the Ixil Cenote where we can go for a swim before continuing our journey to Tulum.
One of the most impressive Mayan sites, Chichen Itza contains both Toltec and Mayan ruins lying alongside each other. The famous El Castillo pyramid dominates the ruins and the site also has the largest ball court where games used to be held, the losing players in which would not have escaped with their heads. The games are depicted in carvings on the walls. Nearby, excavations of the well of sacrifice offered up treasures of jade, copper and gold as well as many human and animal bones.
Today we get up early and visit the incredible site of Tulum before the crowds descend and it gets too busy. We then drive a short distance to Akumal where we take to the water for a snorkel tour. Here fresh water and salt water mixes creating a rare visual effect called the halcoline and the temperature and combination of water are known to attract fish in large schools. Tulum is a beach paradise on the Caribbean coast. Spend your time relaxing on the beach or strolling along the white sands. In the evenings kick back and watch the waves with a margarita. For a taste of Mayan architecture take an optional visit of the ruins of Tulum. These ruins sit atop a cliff amid palm fringed beaches and white sand beaches. You can even go for a swim within its ancient walls.
This morning we take part in a Mayaking tour where we paddle the quiet water of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, A Unesco World Heritage site. We kayak in the wetlands and discover many beautiful aquatic and terrestrial birds such as osprey, herons, egrets and others. We then return to our hotel in Tulum to relax and unwind. Today we get up early and visit the incredible site of Tulum before the crowds descend and it gets too busy. We then drive a short distance to Akumal where we take to the water for a snorkel tour. Here fresh water and salt water mixes creating a rare visual effect called the halcoline and the temperature and combination of water are known to attract fish in large schools.
Enjoy a free day to do as you please. There are plenty of adventures to be had in this slice of tropical paradise. Perhaps spend time at the beach, playing in the water or soaking up the sun, or head to a nearby cenotes for a swim.
Your Mexico family holidays ends after breakfast where you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, but why not extend it with a few additional days on the beach ? Ask your travel consultant for details.
Explore Merida, the capital of the Yucatan State in Mexico. Known as The White City (or La Ciudad Blanca) Mérida retains an abundance of beautiful colonial buildings and is a vibrant cultural center with music and dancing playing an important part in day-to-day life. We will also visit Valladolid, also known as the Sultaness of the East, Yucatán’s third-largest city is known for its quiet streets and sun-splashed pastel walls.
Is there anything more exciting than coming across ancient ruins in the middle of the Jungle ? Well on this trip you'll visit Chichen Itza, the second most visited archaelogical site in Mexico today and home to the Kulkulkan Pyramid, one of the new seven wonders of the world as voted for in 2007. In addition we will visit the incredible Pyramid of the Magician which according to ancient legends, a magician-god named Itzamna single handedly constructed the pyramid in one night.
Beaches and Cenotes
Plenty of time for family beach fun on the idyllic shores of Tulum. We will also take you on a snorkelling tour and there wil be plenty of opportunities to swim in Cenotes , which are dotted alla round the Yucatan Peninsula. These natural underground reservoirs are the perfect place to take a dip and cool down.
Our Magic of Mexico trip is just one of our many Americas Family tours. To find out more visit our Americas holidays page.