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Hiking in the Yucatan Peninsula

from £628 pp

Mexico, Yucatan

6 days

Private group of 2-8 people

Hiking in the Yucatan Peninsula

What You'll Do

Hike through the Mayan jungle to meet local Mayan communities, hidden cenotes and ancient haciendas.

The Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle contains numerous hidden treasures: cenotes, haciendas, archaeological sites and small Mayan communities that are hardly ever visited, and that invite you to experience Mexico as local as it gets.

Through a carefully crafted itinerary, you will be able to visit some of these hidden treasures, and some not so hidden but that are worth the visit, like Hacienda Yaxcopoil.

The route in this itinerary spans 90 kilometres of walking path, through the jungle and along old train tracks, on a journey of discovery that incites encounters with nature and the local culture like few other experiences in Mexico.

Experience
Highlights

Hike through the Mayan jungle, sleeping in camping sites and local communities

Explore hidden, rarely visited cenotes

Visit beautiful haciendas not often included in other itineraries

Taste the local cuisine, prepared by Mayan descendants in small communities

Your Local Host:

Alex and Team

Alex and his team take you to see the less visited, more authentic side of the country. Even if you’re staying in a big resort area, we have designed our tours to focus on unique experiences.

Wander through cobblestone streets, watch craftspeople in their workshops (or participate in craft making!), taste the food, and learn how to make it. Visit the natural wonders of Mexico, and marvel with our rich culture.

Having worked in tourism in Mexico for 50+ years, we have curated our experiences to show you only what we love the most.

Experience Itinerary

Welcome to Merida

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our team, who will transfer you to the hotel in downtown Merida.

Accommodation: El Castellano

Exploring the Mayan Jungle

After an early pick up at the hotel (at 6am), you will be transferred by car to the small community of Dzoyaxche, where after breakfast and visiting the hacienda and church of the town, you will head out for your hike. The day today includes visiting three different cenotes, ancient haciendas from colonial times (including the majestic Yaxcopoil Hacienda), a visit to a chocolate hacienda-factory, a small Mayan archaeological site, and Mayan communities.

Kilometres walked today: 35

Accommodation in small cabins

 

Another day exploring the Mayan Jungle

The day will start with a tasty breakfast at the local community of San Antonio Mulix, after which you will hike along an ancient train track, through the lush Mayan jungle until we reach a refreshing cenote. The day today includes visiting three different cenotes and two ancient haciendas, as well as a Mayan community.

Kilometres walked today: 23

Accommodation: camping next to a hacienda

Mayan jungle and Mayapan

After a light breakfast, the hike continues along paths previously used by “truks”, which were carriages used by haciendas of the region to transport goods (most often the produce) across the grounds. The highlights today include a visit to the once magnificent Hacienda Uayalceh, lunch with a Mayan family, and experiencing the Mayan jungle at night. The day today includes visiting three different cenotes, one Mayan archaeological site, three Mayan communities, and one Hacienda.

Kilometres walked today: 25

Accommodation: camping at the ecotourism centre in Lepan

Hiking and lunch with a Mayan family

The last day of hiking will take you to discover the ancient capital city of the Mayas: Mayapan. With an undeniable similarity to Chichen Itza, this smaller yet equally grandiose Mayan city is the final stop of the hike, after having visited today 2 cenotes, one Mayan community, one hacienda (the magnificent, restored, Xcanchakan Hacienda) and having learnt about the role of train development in the area. 

Kilometres walked today: 17

Accommodation: El Castellano

Farewell

The journey has come to its end. At the specified time, we will pick you up for your transfer to the airport.

Location Information

Located in the eastern-most part of Mexico, the Yucatan peninsula holds a wealth of places to visit: the resort destinations of Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen; the less visited beaches of Progreso, El Cuyo and Sisal; countless cenotes (natural sinkholes) and caves; a dense jungle perfect for hiking and bird watching; a myriad of little towns where the descendants of the Mayan people still speak their native language, and carry on with their traditions; and of course, the dozens of archaeological sites left behind by the Mayas.

  • English-speaking local guide
  • 2 overnights in well located, locally rated 4* hotels in Merida, at the beginning and end of the tour
  • 1 overnight in Mayan cabins while on the hike
  • 2 nights camping while on the hike; tents and sleeping bags included
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 local food lunches while on the hike
  • 2 local food dinners while on the hike
  • Fruits, snacks and water during the hike
  • Entrance fees according to described itinerary
  • Private vehicle for the group with A/C, as described in itinerary

FAQs

The active level of this tour is moderate. While the track itself is not hard or steep, it is recommended to have previous hiking experience.

Guests are recommended to bring light, comfortable clothes, walking shoes, sunblock, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses.

We will be visiting and staying with local communities and sometimes at a family’s house. While we are invited and welcome, please exercise respect and ask permission before taking pictures or video.

The Yucatan Peninsula is a very hot and humid area; please bring a water bottle that you can take with you every day on the hike.

The tour starts and ends with an overnight at a hotel in Merida; if you are bringing luggage that you do not wish to take on the hike, we can arrange for the hotel to keep it safe.