SANDRINE’S TRIP

TO YUCATAN, MEXICO.

8 NIGHTS/4 STOPS

 

Cenote-Diving-Mayan culture

Sandrine and Stéphane, with their twins Lise & Guillaume, went for a 8 days trip to Yucatan They enjoyed Mayan culture, diving in the Cenotes, Tulum’s white sandy beaches, good food, and the warmth of the locals. The family lives in NY, but they are originally from Belgium. They traveled in April 2016.
 
Photo @sandrinepeters ©
NEW YORK – CANCUN
4 hours direct flight
$500 pp
 
RENTAL CARS
610 km in 8 days
6 hours on the road – 4 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
$1410 / pp for 8 nights all included
$910 /pp for 16 days (without breakfast)
$500 /pp 
 
EASY TRIP
Grand Cenotes
Posada Margherita Hotel
Holbox Island
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Lodging and activities

In a snapshot

1GrnCircleAIRPORT CANCUN TO
TULUM



122 km/2h
Tulum
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    We stayed at  posadamargherita. It is nicely decorated and has good food and excellent fruit juices.
  • We stayed 3 days in Tulum, which was perfect.
     
    We spent one morning visiting the Tulum ruins. Go there early in the morning. A taxi can take you there in 5 minutes from the hotel. There is a splendid walk in the ruins and a marvelous view.

     
    Another day, we went diving in a Cenote and just swimming there.
    The rest of the time we just relaxed on the beach with a good book. 
     
    We stopped in COBA on the way to Valladolid. The Mayan site is beautiful. The temples are scattered in a dense tropical forest.. Don’t forget to take water, sunglasses and sunscreen. It can get very hot there, even in the forest. It’s also a good idea to bring some food, as the only things you will find in the park are expensive snacks. 
TULUM TO
VALLADOLID

 



107 km/1h30
Valladolid
  • We stayed in a small and typical casa called Posada San Juan.
  • It’s really worth a visit. Half a day is sufficient.

    We jumped and swam in the cenote in the center of the town. 


    We visited the beautiful covent of de san bernardino de Ciena dating 1522, built 30 years after Christofer Colomb discovered the American continent. Very cute and colorful streets. 
VALLADOLID TO
CHICHEN IZA



45 km/0h45
Chichen Iza
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    We arrived early morning to the site. We stayed there until mid afternoon. Half a day visit was sufficient for us. Beautiful site. We drove directly from Chichen Iza to Holobox
CHICHEN IZA TO
ISLA HOLBOX



160 km/2h
Isla Holbox
  • We rented a house on Airbnb. Very well located at the beach, close to the center of the village.The house belongs to a Swiss family.
  • Beach, hiking, bicycling, relaxing, fishing trip, family time. Just magic!!

GOOD TO KNOW

 
Read some interesting facts about the Cenotes in Yucatan from Lonely Planet writer, Phillip Tang. 
– Staying in Valladolid to visit Chichen Itza  is a very good idea. You avoid the touristy and crowded town of Chichen Itza.
– It’s worth to get up early to drive to Chichen Itza to avoid the crowd again and be the first to enter the park
Many many Cenotes in this area…just stop in function of your inspiration in one of them.  You might discover a hidden secret far from the crowd.
– Our favorite Cenote with the nicest view was the Gran Cenote