SOPHIE’S FAMILY TRIP TO YUCATAN, MEXICO

18 NIGHTS/8 STOPS 

 

Culture, beach and  diving
Sophie and Fabrice are from Brussels, Belgium and traveled to Yucatan, Mexico during Christmas Holidays with their 2 teenagers girls Julie (16) and Margaux (14). Sophie loves to mix original and adventurous lodging places with more comfortable hotels or rentals. 

SOPHIE’S TRAVEL PROFILE

Lives in Brussels, Belgium
Mum of 2 Teenager girls
Enjoy family time: game, discussion, good food 
Discover local culture through their hosts (B&B, small family hotels, etc.)
Take time to relax
Combine this with a common family activity: diving/snorkeling

Arrival airport: Cancun International Airport
Departure airport: Brussels International Airport
1 stop: via Toronto with Air Canada to Cancun
and via Washington with Lufthansa from Cancun.



Our hosts! They all had an interesting story to help us discovering the true Maya culture
Snorkeling in Mahahual
Ek Balam Maya site

 
Total/person: 1200 $ for 18 nights
Lodging: 500 $/pp for 18 nights 
Flights : 550 $/pp

Rental car: 150$/pp

All the details of the trip
Lodging and activities

Good to know and pictures
Watch them

A snapshot


Rental Car
1200 km in 15 days
17 hours on the road/8 stops

A snapshot


Rental Car
1200 km in 15 days
17 hours on the road/8 stops
1GrnCircleAIRPORT TO
 CANCUN
 

8 km/15 min
Cancun

Cancun

Stop-over
1 NIGHT
2GrnCircle
 CANCUN TO
BACALAR
 

300 km/4h

Bacalar

Bacalar

Beach & Farniente
3 NIGHTS
  • We stayed in Bacalar Lagoon resort.  This resort was perfect to get some  tranquility and comfort in a truly natural setting. it is really very isolated. From the main road, you still need to drive 20 minutes on a bumpy road. Bacalar is situated 40 minutes away. Baba Cool ambience.

  • The goal of this stay was to spend some relaxing days at the beach. It was the perfect place.

    Playing cards on the beach, kayak, sleeping in a hammock, etc…

    Lunch in Bacalar (40 minutes drive) Chile y Mango


3GrnCircle
 BACALAR TO
MAHAHUAL
 

70 km/1h

Mahahual

Mahahual

Diving & snorkeling
3 NIGHTS
  • We stayed in a bungalow along the beach at the Nacional Beach Club. We loved it. The club is full of art pieces
  • Snorkeling and diving center located in the hotel and managed by a mixed Mexican/Canadian couple.
    Very good spot for snorkeling: barracuda, ray, turtles…
4GrnCircle
MAHAHUAL TO
SANTA ELENA (UXMAL)
 

350 km/4h30

Uxmal

Uxmal

Maya site
2 NIGHTS
  • We stayed in a great B&B, The Pickled Onion. A very charming B&B located 10 minutes away from the Uxmal Maya site, far from the touristy hotels. We arrived late in the afternoon to be able to visite the site early next morning and avoid the crowd.
  •  
    Relaxing time at the B&B
    Visit of Uxmal , famous Maya site


     

5GrnCircle
SANTA ELENA (UXMAL) TO
CHICHEN ITZA

 165 km/3h
Chichen Iza

Chichen Iza

Cultural heritage
1 NIGHT
  • We stayed at Mayaland hotels. We were expecting a very average hotel but were positively surprised. it’s very well managed. The building looks like an old colonial style palace and we even had a view on Chichen Itza site.
  •  
    We spent a day visiting Chichen Itza Maya site. We started our tour very early in the morning before the crowd. We were impressed by this spectacular site. Don’t miss this visit.

6GrnCircle
CHICHEN ITZA TO
VALLADOLID
 

160 km/1h40
Valladolid

Valladolid

Maya site
2 NIGHTS
  • We stayed at the Casa Hamaca Guesthouse. Very cute little hotel, full of charm. Very good food. Small swimming pool to get refreshed after a long day of visits.
  •  
    Visit of Ek Balam Maya site. Another cultural wonder left by the Maya.

     
    Wandering along the streets of Valladolid, a cute little town.

7GrnCircle
VALLADOLID
MACARIO GOMEZ
 

80 km/1h10
Macario Gomez

Macario Gomez

Jungle lodge
1 NIGHT
  • We stayed one night in a beautiful jungle bed & breakfast  Casa Selva Orquideas.
  •  
    We visited Tulum and its Maya site. Very disappointing. The location of the Maya site is beautiful but this is it.
     
    We didn’t understand the concept of Tulum. There is just a beach with an arrow of hotels along a road. We were happy not to stay there.

MACARIO GOMEZ TO
SIAN KAAN BIOSPHERE
 

60 km/1h40
Xamachdos

Xamachdos

Beach
3 NIGHTS
  • We stayed in the Sian Ka’an biosphere in beach huts at Xamachdos! A couple of huts on the beach itself. We wanted to start and finish the holidays with some relaxing beach time.
  •  
    Kayak, drinks on the beach, music on the beach, just heaven!
     
    From our last stop, in the biosphere of Sian Ka’an, we drove directly back to Cancun International airport to take our flight back to Europe. This drive took 3h (150 km).

GOOD TO KNOW

 

  • Tulum and its Maya site are not worth a stop. It has become too touristy and artificial.
  • We strongly recommend to have your own car through a rental. In Bacalar, our hotel was very remote and we appreciated our freedom.
  • We were amazed by the friendliness of the Mexican population even in the more touristy areas.
  • We met Mexican tourists in their own country. We felt integrated with the local population.
  • The roads are in good conditions.
  • We felt safe during our whole trip.

MY PICTURES

 

Photo @sophieherpain ©

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